Thinking about extensions – This is what you need to know

 

Professional Extensions

 

WHAT ARE BALMAIN HAIR EXTENSIONS?

Balmain Hair Extensions are an innovative method of adding volume, colour, creating texture or adding length to your natural hair, the possibilities are endless. Balmain extensions offer an extensive range of extensions and hair pieces providing you with endless creative opportunities to achieve beautiful, healthy and shiny hair.

 

WHAT ARE THE RANGES?

Balmain Hair offers an extensive Professional portfolio. The ranges include Prebonded extensions, ring extensions, tape extensions, wefts & clip extensions.  They are available in 100% Human Hair and revolutionary Memory Hair.  The brands within the portfolio are Balmain Fill-in extensions and the DoubleHair family of products. We have a collection of over 70 colours available from natural shades to fantasy colours, including fabulous ombre effects.

 

HOW ARE PROFFESIONAL EXTENTIONS APPLIED?

During application a small, highlight size extension is taken and added to a highlight size section of you natural hair. These are joined together using our Bond or Ring. The bond can remain in place for up to 3 months and will not damage your natural hair in any way. The extensions can last 3 to 4 months depending on the natural hair growth, aftercare and maintenance. The better care they receive, the longer they last. Doublehair may need to be re-fitted more regularly, depending on the natural hair growth.

     

  

 

HOW ARE THEY MAINTAINED?

During the 3 to 4 months it is normal to lose a few extensions or the odd bond may become visible, this is due to your natural hair growth. To compliment your home aftercare regime and help you keep your extensions beautiful, we recommend a regular maintenance visit to your extension stylist. This could be every four to six weeks and your stylist will re-apply any extensions that have fallen out or become loose. This will ensure they stay and look great. We recommend a full removal must be done around 3 months. This is because as the extension grows down the hair shaft, the bond begins to show and your natural hair loss is held inside the extensions. If they are not removed at this time it could cause damage to the natural hair. Doublehair may require more regular maintenance; we recommend Doublehair is re-fitted every 6/8 weeks. To validate the exclusive 6 month quality guarantee on our human hair products you need to use the Balmain Hair aftercare products.

 

REMOVAL & RE-APPLICATION

Removal is a simple procedure, which does not damage the hair in anyway if performed by your Balmain Extension Stylist. A removal solution is applied to the Bond either manually or using the Balmain Quick remover, the bond disintegrates and the extension is removed. If the Ring System has been applied then your Balmain Extensions Stylist will remove the extensions using the Ring Squeezers. Your hair is then brushed thoroughly and shampooed, conditioned and blow dried. Balmain Guarantees the condition of the HUMAN HAIR extensions for 6 months when the recommended Balmain aftercare regime is followed.

Failure to do this can damage the extensions and invalidate your guarantee. The good news is that your stylist can re-apply a percentage of the extensions using the Balmain Rebonds or Ring system, therefore re-application is very cost effective, significantly lower than the cost of your initial extensions application.

 

CARING FOR YOUR NEW HAIR

Long beautiful hair is a sign of radiance, health and luxury. To maintain your Balmain extensions in premium condition just follow these simple steps and your hair will remain radiant, healthy and beautiful.

Brushing

When brushing your hair it is always better to use a large soft bristle brush. The Balmain brush is recommended, as this will ensure the hair does not snag or catch your extensions or natural hair, as other types of brushes might. Using the recommended Balmain brush will leave the hair shiny and in optimum condition. We recommend that you begin brushing at the ends of the hair, then move up to mid length and finally brush the root area. At night time gently tie your hair back in a loose braid or twist; this will help prevent tangles and knots.

 

Cleansing

 First brush your hair thoroughly, then soak with warm water, we would suggest that you do not turn the head upside down but always wash from the crown down. Next apply shampoo, we recommend using the Balmain cleansing shampoo. Distribute your normal amount of shampoo at the root area; gently massage in small circles over the scalp area, this will cleanse both the natural hair and your extensions. There is no requirement to scrub the mid-length or ends as these will be cleansed sufficiently during the rinsing process. Rinse thoroughly and repeat if necessary. Pay particular attention to the bond area to ensure thorough rinsing.

 

Conditioning

All hair needs conditioning whether natural or extensions. To condition we recommend you apply Balmain conditioner every time you wash your hair. Apply the conditioner to the mid-lengths and ends only, do not apply to scalp or bonds, gently massage, distributing the conditioner thoroughly.

You can brush the ends using your soft bristled brush. This will help ensure every hair is coated thoroughly with conditioner. You should leave the conditioning treatment on for a minimum of three minutes and a maximum of 10 minutes. Once conditioned, rinse thoroughly with warm water. You should consider completing your after care routine with Balmain Shine Spray as a finishing spritz, or the Balmain Hair Mask, as a once a week treatment.

 

Towel Drying

After rinsing squeeze excess water from the hair and wrap a towel around the head and gently pat towel to remove moisture from hair, avoid rubbing at scalp and hair. Next gently brush hair with soft bristle brush, beginning at ends, moving to mid-length and then roots.

 

Drying and Styling

You can leave the hair to dry naturally or blow-dry. If using a hairdryer we suggest that you use a low heat and a soft bristled brush to style. Once dry, you may style using Carmen Rollers, Hot Sticks, Curling Tongs or Hair Straighteners. NB 100% human hair and memory hair up to a temp of 160° only; do not use these styling methods on Fibre extensions.

Do not sleep with wet or damp hair; ensure if drying hair naturally that the hair is fully dry before going to bed. Sleeping with wet/damp hair may cause matting to extensions and natural hair.

 

Hot Hints

  • We recommend using Balmain aftercare products. Do not use Shampoos or Conditioners that contain oils or fruit acids, such as Wheatgerm or Citrus, using shampoos that contain these ingredients could result in damage to your extension bonds and invalidates your 6 month quality guarantee. Please keep a copy of your batch number, you will find this on your Balmain packaging.
  • When rinsing hair, rinse for a few seconds extra as the extra volume created by your extensions may mean it takes longer to rinse.
  • We advise never to sleep with wet or damp hair as it could affect the bonds or may cause the hair to tangle whilst asleep.
  • If you have an oily scalp wash hair regularly, as build up of natural oils could leave your bonds slipping or falling out, or shedding of extension hair from bond.
  • You can use styling products, if using serums, use sparingly and only on the ends.
  • Treat your extensions with the same respect as your natural hair. Good aftercare and a regular maintenance programme with your extension stylist will keep your hair looking great for longer. If you regularly swim or are planning to holiday whilst wearing extensions we recommend that when swimming in the sea or swimming pool, you wear a protective bathing cap as the chemicals in the pool or salt levels in the sea may affect your extensions. We cannot guarantee the quality if adequate precautions are not taken.
  • If wearing DoubleHair you must visit your hairdresser every six/eight weeks for maintenance. Due to the added weight and volume of DoubleHair you must add extra time for washing, rinsing, and conditioning. It is essential the DoubleHair is brushed from the ends, into the mid-lengths and end the root area. You should section the hair for brushing and support the DoubleHair at the root area, the root area must be brushed as regular brushing will

 

Ready to Wear Extensions

 

HOW ARE THE READY TO WEAR EXTENSIONS APPLIED?

These are an innovative range of hair pieces which are clipped in for instant change.  They can be used to create stunning ponytails, catwalk chignons, and bouncy, beautiful celebrity hair. Perfect for party hair, wedding hair or just to banish bad hair days forever!

HOW ARE READY TO WEAR EXTENSIONS & PIECES MAINTAINED?

To look after your hair piece is easy.  Firstly regularly brush the piece after wearing, do not be tempted to sleep with it in!  Wash it as often as required, it really depends on how often you wear it.  To cleanse first brush and then soak with warm water, we would suggest that you do not turn the head upside down but always wash from the crown down. Next apply shampoo, we recommend using the Balmain cleansing shampoo. There is no requirement to scrub gentle cleansing is sufficient. Rinse thoroughly and repeat if necessary. Pay particular attention to the bond area to ensure thorough rinsing.  If the ready to wear piece is memory hair then there is no requirement to condition. Once dry, spritz with the Memory Hair Conditioning Spray.

 

What is Memory Hair & How to Style

Soft touch and movement

The most important characteristic is that it feels and moves like your own hair. What’s so unique about Memory®Hair is that it feels soft and blends easily. The soft touch is mainly a result of the surface and the diameter of the hair, which is very similar to human hair.

 

Natural shine

What gives the typical shine to human hair? The outer layers of human hair consists of cuticles, scales which lay on top of each other. This structure creates the irregular surface that diffuses the reflection of light.

This results in a shine that is interpreted as ’natural shine’. Memory®Hair has that same typical ’natural shine’ because like human hair it also has an irregular surface with the diffused reflection. To keep in top condition, use conditioning spray for Memory®Hair.

 

Changing the curl time after time

Changing the Memory®Hair texture permanently can be done easily and quickly with styling tools like curling irons and straightening irons.

Step 1: The bridges are weakened with heat and the hair can be reshaped.

Step 2: Cool down in the new shape. The Memory®Hair will keep its new look for as long as you want or until you repeat these 2 easy steps.

 

Lightweight

Memory®Hair weighs 20% less than your own hair. Not only because the Specific c gravity is lower than human hair, but also because of the different shape.

Memory®Hair looks like an ’8’, your own hair is triangular or ’O’-shaped.

 

No color fading

Another advantage of Memory®Hair is that the color does not fade.

Compared to human hair it’s 18 x more resistant to the influence of UV light.

 

 

Memory®Hair

Memory®Hair can be curled or straightened time after time with any styling tool (160˚C / 320˚F). For best results, make sure the hair is cooled off in the desired shape for at least 30 seconds, before brushing. To learn more about changing the texture, please check www.balmainhair.com

Human hair Memory®Hair

 

MH Styling tips - Curly to Straight

Recommended Tool:

Straightening Irons with thermostatic control

Optimum Temperature: 160°C / 320F

Styling Tip

  • Brush the Memory®Hair to remove any knots.
  • Start by taking a section of hair around 6cm wide and running the straightening irons from top,through mid section and then the ends. Do not hold on hair but glide over hair.
  • Continue to take 6cm sections until straightened.
  • Brush and spray lightly with Balmain Shine Spray.

Or

  • Blow Drying Straight
  • Recommended Tool: Hair Dryer
  • Optimum Temperature: Cool Setting
  • Brush Memory®Hair to remove and tangles.
  • Section hair onto Balmain soft bristle brush, working the dryer over the section. Do not hold the dryer over the brush but keep the brush and dryer moving over the section, hold dryer 12cm from hair, this will ensure a smooth even finish.

 

MH Styling Tips – Straight to Curly

 

Recommended Tool:

Round Barrel Curling Tong / Iron with thermostatic control

Optimum Temperature: 160°C / 320F

 

Styling Tip

Brush hair to smooth & remove tangles. Section hair into manageable size sections. The larger the section the looser the curl, the smaller the section the tighter the curl. Wrap the section around the barrel of the tong / iron.

Slip the section off the end of the iron & clip curl with section clip, to hold the curl shape in position, leave this to cool. This cooling time activates the memory which will hold the curl shape in place. While the curl cools & sets move on and take your next section and repeat the process.

• Take a section

• Wrap the section around barrel of tongs at max temperature of 160°C

• When curl formed, slip curl off end of curling iron

• Keeping hair in curl shape, hold in place with section clip

• Allow to cool completely to activate the memory

• Once cool remove clip

Top Tip

The secret to getting a great curl and keeping the curl is to make sure the each curl has completely cooled before removing the clip holding the curl in place. But the really great news is your memory hair will stay in the same shape until you next you change it by applying heat.

 

Styling with Carmen / Heated Rollers

Plug in heated rollers / Carmen’s and allow time for them to heat fully. Take a section of hair and wind around the roller / Carmen & secure with clip.

Repeat process until all rollers / Carmen’s are in place. Leave until completely cool, leaving to cool activates the Memory Hair. Taking out rollers before cooling is competed will result in hair remaining straight. Once rollers removed, gently shake curls into position and lightly mist with Balmain Shine Spray.

 

Top Tip for Gorgeous Curls

Use, curling tongs, heated rollers, hot wand or hot sticks. We do not recommend using straightening irons for creating curl styles