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By Sarah Ingham - 11 May 2022

All You Need To About The Colour Chipping On Hair Extension Rings

Whether it's your client asking about it or you have noticed it in a maintenance appointment, it’s likely there has been a time you have come across colour chipping on hair extension rings. In this post we are going to answer the two most frequently asked questions around this topic; what is causing it? And how can this be prevented?

What Is Causing The Colour To Chip?

Firstly, when trying to determine what may be causing the rings to chip, there are four main areas you need to consider; application, styling tools, wet hair and chemicals…

1. Application

Whilst applying extensions, there is a risk of causing damage to the colour of the ring. Despite the rings needing to be fitted on tightly to make them secure, squeezing them on too tightly with the pliers can result in the rings surface becoming damaged. You may wish to switch your pliers from the tooth variety to a smooth pair to protect the surface of the ring.

2. Styling Tools 

When it comes to using styling tools there are two causes that can result in the colour of the rings chipping. Using heated tools too close to the rings can result in the colour being damaged due to the heat breaking down the surface.

As well as this, when styling with tools, if your client is doing this too closely to the ring the tools may knock onto the rings, this can affect the quality of the surface of the ring and the likelihood that the colour will start to chip.

3. Wet Hair

Leaving the hair wet for too long around the ring can result in the risk of the paint chipping away due to the water breaking down the coating.

4. Chemicals

From the chemicals in your client's sweat to those that are in their hair care products, these can cause the colour of the rings to chip.

How Can Colour Chipping Be Prevented?

Now the four most common causes of colour chipping on hair extension rings have been discussed, you surely want answers on how you and your client can prevent this…

1. Review Your Application Technique

Keep testing. Overall, it's extremely important that when applying the rings you find a balance between making the rings secure but not damaging them so to get this right, testing, testing and some more testing will be required. Whether it’s on a model or a mannequin head, make sure you are testing a variety of different pressures to monitor the results on the rings which will then help you find that perfect balance.

2. Be Careful With Heated Tools

When your clients are using heated tools, ensure you are advising them that they are not using them too close to the rings. This will help avoid the colour of the ring becoming overheated and chipping.

Also, advise them on some styling tips so they can still style their gorgeous hair however they want, whether that's bouncy curls or super straight but without having any contact between the bonds and the tool(s) they use. Reducing this contact and not having the rings and tools knocking against each other will help the colour last longer.

3. Keep The Hair Dry

Despite previous advice highlighting to avoid contact between tools and the bonds, when it comes to blow drying it is important that this is done throughout your client's hair. This will then prevent wet hair resulting in the paint from chipping away. Therefore, always ensure a low heat setting is used when working near the rings.

4. Protect The Hair From Damaging Chemicals

If your clients are gym-goers, sweat may be a risk they are exposed to, with this compromising the colour of the ring. To avoid this, advise your clients to always tie their hair up and away from their neck and forehead to avoid extensive exposure to sweat.

Moreover, ensuring your clients are advised on the correct aftercare is extremely important to maintain the quality of the extensions and avoid issues such as chipping rings.

Make sure you read up on our Aftercare Guide for everything you need to know about our advice and recommended products for your clients to look after their extensions to ensure your rings are also kept in top condition.

For any questions about any of these tips feel free to contact us.Don’t forget to show off your looks by tagging us, mentioning us, and of course, adding #ShareYourHair for a chance to get featured.

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