What to Expect When Wearing Hair Extensions for the First Time: Normal or Not?

Hair extensions can be a great way to add length, volume, and versatility to your hairstyle. However, if it’s your first time wearing them, it can be hard to know what’s normal and what’s not. In this post, we’ll explore some common concerns you may have with your new extensions and give you tips on how to manage them.

An itchy scalp can be caused by a lot of things, and hair extensions can be one of them. It’s normal to experience mild itching if your extensions are freshly installed and you have a sensitive scalp. This can be because some small hairs may get into the section where your extensions are being installed (known as cross-hairs). However, if the itching lingers or is intense, please let your salon know right away so they can check your extensions. You may also experience itchiness if your extensions are overdue for a reinstallation. This is because if your natural hair grows out too much, it can cause uneven pressure on the section where your extensions were applied, causing you to feel a sensation much like itching. If you’re suddenly experiencing itching, it may be time to schedule your next reinstallation!

Discomfort While Sleeping
This is another common concern for first-time extension wearers. When your head is placed against a pillow, you may feel the beads or attachment points of your extensions for the first time as they press against your scalp. For the vast majority of women, this is only a very mild sensation and goes away within a night or two. However, if the discomfort persists, you may want to try sleeping on a satin pillowcase or using a silk scarf to protect your extensions while you sleep.

Intense Pain or Blistering
This is definitely NOT normal and you should contact your salon immediately if you experience this. This kind of pain can be caused by improper installation, the wrong method or too much weight on your natural hair from extensions, or in rare cases, an extremely sensitive scalp. Here at Crown, we pride ourselves on being able to recommend the best method for you, and our extension specialists are fully certified and trained to give you the best service and make your extension experience as comfortable as possible.

Aside from the concerns mentioned above, another issue you may encounter with your extensions is dryness or brassiness. This can be caused by hard water and chlorine in your shower. One way to combat this is by using a shower filter. This will remove the impurities in the water, leaving your extensions and natural hair softer and more vibrant.

In conclusion, wearing hair extensions for the first time can be a bit daunting, but with the right knowledge and care, you can enjoy your new look with confidence. Remember to keep in touch with your salon and ask any questions you may have. They’re there to help you make the most of your extensions and ensure that you have a positive experience.