Thankfully RPZL gave me a guide for how to care for my extensions, which included avoiding excessive heat tools, avoid salt and chlorinated waters, use conditioner on only mid-lengths to ends, and loosely braid or pig tail hair for bed. I took the instructions quite seriously, and when I returned to have the extensions removed, I was told that they were actually in pretty good shape. The removal process was pretty quick, including a good wash and blow out alongside gently taking out the extensions; so much so that I didn’t even realize it happening. My stylist, Kelly, spritzed a simple combination of an alcohol-based product mixed with some oil to help it glide right out without damaging my actual hair one bit.
[Left: Julia with the extensions in; right: Julia with the extensions freshly removed]
I still left looking quite glam, thanks to the blow out after, and felt a bit naked the first few times I tousled the back of my head. Although I did extensions for volume, most people tend to do them for length; be sure to inform your stylist as to how you plan on wearing your hair and what you’d like to achieve with the extensions, not to mention a bit about your lifestyle so that she/he can assess the perfect match for you!
RPZL is located at 27 West 20th Street in NYC, and you can book an appointment online or call 212.255.0036. Blow outs are $40, while extensions using 100% virgin Remy hair range from $60-$850, and the removal process, which includes a blow out, is $80-$120.