How to take care of Raw Hair extensions

So, I've bought Raw Hair, now what? 

Purchasing a luxury product means looking after it like your life depends on it. Joke aside, it’s like purchasing your first Rolex watch and nurturing, polishing and protecting it from environmental factors. For this exact reason hair maintenance is vital and your responsibility. The better you look after it, the longer you can enjoy and wear it to its full potential.

Remember that Schwan Hair's raw hair extensions have been cut from a real person's head. Once no longer attached to its human host, the constant supply of nutrients i.e. proteins, vitamins, iron, water etc. responsible for the health, survival and continuous cell repair of individual hair strands are gone forever. This means your hair extensions won't receive its natural moisture and oils needed to stay "healthy" from its original hair donor. This is where you come in!

How to wash raw hair extensions:

Always wash your extensions before wear! Clean and freshly washed hair is so much easier to manage and style, and honestly makes such a difference. It’s as if water activates the life of your extensions. Thank us later :)

Detangle before washing. Use a wide tooth comb and work your way from the tips to the roots. Use lukewarm water and a mild hydrating shampoo & conditioner considering the following suggestions:

- Sulphate Free
- Paraben Free
- Alcohol Free
- Free from any oils 

We also recommend applying a coin size pump of a lightweight and nourishing hair serum after washing your hair and before air drying your extensions to seal strands and lock in moisture. 

Click here for a list of our favourite Hair Serums that we absolutely love and won't break your bank!

Things to avoid:

- Using harsh shampoos with alcohol, paraben and sulphate
- Washing or boiling hair with hot water
- Harsh scrubbing of hair
- Excessive heat (too much flat ironing, blow-drying on high temperatures)
- Over-bleaching of hair
- Pulling and tugging of hair (either on wefts or lace)
- Using the wrong hair tools i.e. brushes not suitable for heat (could melt and burn hair), brushes not suitable for detangling (could end up pulling hair out of wefts or lace), brushes not suitable for curls (do not have the ability to define curly hair wefts/lace) etc.

Doing any of the above will dry out your extensions, strip away its natural oils and moisture and ultimately cause breakage, split ends and pre-mature "hair death". 

Please be aware of shampoos with high oil content. It often achieves the opposite desired effect of retaining moisture. Due to the abundance of different oils and its complex molecular structure, water is unable to penetrate the hair shaft and is locked out, instead of locked in. 

Things to do:

- Be gentle! Raw hair is coarser and extremely delicate. It hasn't been coated in silicons to give it that "Virgin Hair" slippery feeling. Developing a healthy and consistent hair routine is indispensable
- Wash with cold to lukewarm water and never scrub hair/lace against itself
- Air dry extensions whenever you can
- Blow dry hair on low temperature - always!
- Treat hair with occasional trims to avoid split ends
- Seal your wefts to enjoy them longer

Hair Tools:

- Use heat protectors before applying heat - always!
- Use wide tooth combs to detangle bundles from the ends and work your way up
- Use a Denman D3 curl definition brush to define curly hair
- Wash lace closures/frontals with a D93 and smooth out the hair from the bottom up. If incorrectly and carelessly handled raw hair closures/frontals could easily tangle especially if rubbed against itself

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Hair Maintenance:

Hair maintenance is your responsibility. If you have damaged*, cut or bleached your hair extensions and are not satisfied with the outcome as a result, please note that we are not held responsible for your actions and are not able to offer an exchange or a refund. Please read more about the *definition of damage and its applicable criteria here -> CLICK