Hair Extension Maintenance: After-care Tips

Jun, 21 2019

How to take care of Great Lengths hair extensions.



Do not shampoo your hair for at least 48 hours after you get your extensions applied by your hairstylist. This time will allow GL Pre-Bonded or GL Tapes to set. For the regular care, it is recommended to shampoo and condition your hair at least twice a week, and be careful: never wash your hair with your head upside down - always keep your head upright!





Gently de-tangle your hair before drying, following the brushing recommendations in this article. Towel dry your hair with a soft pressure, but never with a rubbing motion. Instead, use a blotting motion and wrap your hair in a towel to remove excess water.


Always dry your hair thoroughly, do not leave it to dry naturally as hair is at its most vulnerable when wet. Blow dry on a low heat, starting at the roots and the attachment areas of GL Pre-Bonded or GL Tapes and working downwards with a GL Brush.


Remember that styling products should only be applied to the lengths and ends of your hair and never to the GL Pre-Bonded or GL tapes itself.





Great Lengths brushes are the most suitable for brushing your hair. Take small sections of hair and brush from the scalp over the extensions to mid lengths, being careful to tease any tangles out from the bottom lengths first. Do not back comb areas where the GL Pre-Bonded or GL Tapes are placed. For Pre-Bonded wearers, separate the extensions with your fingers on a regular basis to prevent matting.





At night, tie your hair in a loose ponytail or a braid to prevent tangling and always choose a silk pillow to avoid friction.





Great Lengths hair extensions suit most lifestyles, however, please be mindful of the following activities, which may affect the lifespan of your GL Pre-bonded or GL tapes if daily or frequently repeated:


  • Swimming, particularly in seawater and chlorinated water
  • Sauna or steam room use
  • Excessive aerobic activity.

If you prefer GL Pre-Bonded, a great tip to try after these activities is to use diluted Great Lengths Anti Tap Water solution to restore your hair and scalp to its natural pH balance.