When it comes to taking care of your Philocaly hair extensions, there are certain things you might not have realized may affect their colour and overall appearance.
One surprising culprit? Sunscreen!
Yes, you read that right.
The sunscreen you use to protect your skin from harmful UV rays can actually alter the colour of your extensions. But fear not! We're here to share our top tips to help keep your Philocaly extensions looking flawless all summer long.
So, say goodbye to peachy pink or orange-toned extensions and hello to a foolproof way to maintain their beauty. Read on to discover the sunscreen secrets you need to know...
We all know the importance of applying sunscreen to shield our skin from the sun's rays. However, many sunscreens contain an ingredient called avobenzone, which can cause a surprising side effect when it comes into contact with hair extensions.
Avobenzone has been known to react with the hair dye used on extensions, resulting in a colour shift that can turn your extensions peachy pink or even orange. This unwanted alteration can quickly diminish the natural look and appeal of your extensions.
Pretty and Protected - Which Sunscreens Are Extension Safe?
You might be wondering how to protect your extensions without compromising their colour and quality!
The key lies in choosing the right sunscreen. Look for mineral-based sunscreens that contain ingredients like titanium dioxide or zinc. These minerals provide effective protection against the sun's harmful rays while being extension-friendly (it’s a win win)!
Mineral-based sunscreens work differently from those containing avobenzone. They act as a physical barrier, reflecting and scattering the sun's rays, rather than relying on chemical reactions.
By using a mineral-based sunscreen, you can rest assured that your extensions stay safe from colour-altering interactions, preserving their original shade and vibrancy.
Our Hot Takes – How Do I Avoid the “sunscreen effect”?
When it comes to wearing sunscreen, it's best to keep your hair elevated above your shoulders in a high bun or ponytail. By doing so, you'll prevent your hair from absorbing any chemicals or oils present in sunscreen products. This simple trick not only protects your hair, but it also helps avoid undesirable texture and stickiness that can occur when sunscreen comes in contact with your extensions.
And while we know how tempting it is to unleash your inner mermaid and let your hair down to flow in the summer breeze. However, when it comes to sunscreen and extensions, it's important to exercise caution. If you absolutely must let your hair down, make sure you're using a highly absorbable sunscreen that won't leave any residue on your hair. Allow the sunscreen to fully absorb into your skin before letting it make contact with your hair. This way, you can enjoy the best of both worlds—stunning flowing hair and protected skin!
Now, let’s stay proactive with maintenance. Taking care of your Philocaly extensions goes beyond avoiding sunscreen mishaps. Regular maintenance is key to keeping them in optimal condition throughout the summer. Follow a consistent hair care routine, including gentle washing, conditioning, and detangling. Use products specifically formulated for extensions to ensure they receive the nourishment they need. We also recommend avoiding excessive heat styling and protecting your extensions when swimming in chlorinated pools or saltwater.
AND! To fully ensure your extensions are receiving the best care this summer, we’ve shared a few of our favourite products – check it out here.
Fixing the Peachy Problem – What to Do If You Get sunscreen on Your extensions?
So, your sunscreen turned your hair orange... time to start the rescue mission for your extensions!
First, don't fret if your sunscreen gave your Philocaly extensions an unexpected orange twist. We've got your back with this step-by-step guide to restore them to their original glory:
- Give those extensions a soothing cleanse! Shampoo and rinse, then towel dry until they're just damp.
- Time to work some magic! Open up the Malibu Blonde Crystals sachet and wet your palms. Pour the crystals into your palms.
- Emulsify until those crystals transform into a gel-like consistency.
- Emulsify the gel into your damp extensions, ensuring to scrub thoroughly until you witness the colour change spreading throughout the extensions. You can also follow the sachet's instructions for the suggested 5 minutes.
- If any traces of discolouring remain, fear not! Simply repeat the process until every last hint of orange has disappeared.
- Rinse away the remnants of the rescue mission, shampoo once more, and indulge your extensions with a hydrating conditioner or mask to give them that extra love and nourishment.
- Blowdry and style those revived tresses as you usually would!
So, your extensions may have gone pink and the DIY just isn’t doing it. Again, don’t panic! We have some fabulous stylists who can help fix these babies!
If this is the case, visit our salon locator here to find a Philocaly certified stylist in your area. An appointment with them will ensure that your extensions receive the professional care they deserve.
With their expertise and understanding of your hair's unique needs, they can work their magic to bring your extensions back to their original glory.
Now, Let’s Share the Wisdom
As a stylist or extension enthusiast, we think it’s important to spread the word about this sunscreen secret to help others keep their extensions looking pretty and protected.
Educate your clients about the potential effects of regular sunscreen on extensions and encourage them to opt for mineral-based alternatives.
Who would have thought that sunscreen could have such an impact on the colour of your extensions? With the right sunscreen and a little knowledge, you can confidently bask in the sun while keeping your extensions on point.
Now that we’re equipped on how to keep our Philocaly extensions looking flawless, it might just be time to get a fresh set installed! Whether you or your clients are looking for a subtle enhancement or a dramatic change, Philocaly offers a range of high-quality extensions to suit all preferences.
This season, let’s get ready to rock every occasion with confidence, flair, and the perfect hair to match.