There’s a lot of misinformation floating around the internet in regards to hair extensions, so we thought it was high time to set the record straight! Now there’s a couple of ways to break down this question because there’s no easy answer. The short answer is no. The long answer has to do with brand, maintenance, type of extensions, etc. So buckle up, we’re about to get technical!


The first factor to take into account when asking if hair extensions damage your hair is brand. Not all extension brands are created equal. And it doesn’t just have to do with the quality of the hair itself (although that is very important). It has to do with the technology used. Tony Odisho’s extensions use tested technology to safely secure the wefts to your natural hair. 

Plus our specially formulated removal solutions help ensure that damage during the removal process is slim to nonexistent. Not every brand takes the care we do to ensure the safety of your natural hair!

Type of Extensions

Tony Odisho carries three different types of extensions: Fusion, Tape, and Velo. Our Velo Extensions are made with a double wefted wire suspended clip-in system, so they are virtually damage-free and can be taken in and out by the wearer as desired. 

Tape extensions are applied in smaller wefts. Their seamless application technology is safe on hair when applied and maintained correctly. Plus, they last 6-8 weeks and can be reapplied up to two times after the initial application.

Fusion extensions are applied strand by strand and stick a lot longer than tape. They last up to 4 months. Removing them is a more involved process than with tape, but our removal solution is specially made for it, so any TO certified professional hairstylist can remove them with minimal damage.


Proper application and removal cannot be emphasized enough when it comes to avoiding damage from hair extensions. That’s why Tony Odisho offers such carefully designed, hands-on certification classes. Our classes will leave stylists fully equipped to create a perfect extension application every single time. 


Of all the factors that come into play in regards to minimizing damage to hair after wearing extensions, maintenance is the most important. First, we highly recommend only using product from the Ostia Collection hair care line because all of the products in it are specially formulated to be safe on extensions.

We also recommend using our mixed bristle paddle brush at least twice a day to limit tangles and distribute healthy natural oils to your extensions. Additionally, when heat-styling hair, you should always use a heat protectant like our 3-in-1 Mist and avoid placing heat directly onto tape tabs or fusion bonds. For any other questions you have regarding maintenance, be sure to ask your stylist!

So we finally have an answer to the question: do hair extensions damage your hair? It doesn’t have to be as scary or daunting as some folks make it out to be. If you follow these tips, you’re sure to love your hair while you have extensions and after you remove them!

Sure, dry hair sounds like more of a winter than summer problem, but hear us out! Your hair can get severely dried out from a number of different factors in the summertime. For example: sun exposure, chlorine, and even saltwater. Here’s how you can combat these and keep your hair hydrated this summer without sacrificing any fun!

Heat Style Less Often

We know how hard it can be to put down the blow dryer and curling iron, but this is important. If you can even just go a few days with your natural hair texture, it will do your hair a lot of good. If you really can’t stand how your hair looks, try some heatless hairstyles like braids or buns. The benefits to lessening heat styling are immeasurable!

Use a Heat Protectant

If you absolutely must heat style your hair, be sure to use an effective heat protectant. We recommend 3-in-1 Mist because it packs so many benefits into one bottle. Not only does it protect against heat, it also protects against UV rays and has detangling properties! It’s a must for your next beach day.

Brush Regularly

Brushing out your hair often helps distribute healthy oils from your scalp so they can moisturize your hair naturally. Be wary if you have naturally curly hair, however. If you have straight or wavy hair, this step is essential. We recommend brushing with a boar bristle paddle brush at least twice a day, especially if you have hair extensions.

Deep Condition Semi-Regularly

Deep conditioning is an easy way to rehydrate your hair quickly. However, you should make sure to check the ingredients and only use products that are free of sulfates and parabens. Sulfates and parabens actually dry out your hair and can even compromise your color! Luckily, the Hydrate Masque (formerly known as Intense Conditioner) is free of those harmful ingredients!

Drink More Water

This may seem like an odd inclusion on a list of hair tips, but it’s actually very important. If your body is hydrated, it’s easier to keep your hair hydrated. It’s really as simple as that. If you’re spending a long day out in the hot sun, be sure to fill your water bottle (or bottles) ahead of time!

Apply Smooth Serum

Smooth Serum is made with a super lightweight formula that moisturizes dried out hair without weighing it down like other hair serums. Apply it to damp hair after a shower or to dry hair as needed. It smells and feels fantastic so you’re practically guaranteed to get hooked and use it year-round!

Whatever your hair care regimen is, be sure to carve out some time and choose products specifically to keep your hair hydrated this summer. Follow these tips and you’ll have healthy, hydrated hair, no matter what the season!

You’re packing for summer vacation. You’ve got your favorite clothes, most reliable makeup, and of course, your hair care products. Did you remember to pack 3-in-1 Mist? It’s an absolute must-have hair care product for your travels this summer! Here’s why.

Heat Protection

First and foremost, 3-in-1 Mist offers heat protection. Even if you’re not heat styling your hair every day, it’s super important to protect it. It’s also important to take into account that sun exposure is heat exposure. So if you’re spending a long day lounging at the beach, protecting against heat is vital! This will also help keep hair from drying out or getting frizzy after prolonged sun exposure.

UV Ray Protection

Speaking of sun exposure, 3-in-1 Mist also protects against UV rays. Why does this matter? Well UV rays can seriously compromise your hair color and even dry it out. If you want your color to stay vibrant and your hair to stay hydrated, prep with 3-in-1 Mist before setting foot outside this summer.


If you’re spending your summer swimming a lot or generally just staying active, your hair is going to get tangled. It just so happens that 3-in-1 Mist is a super quick and easy-to-use detangler. So no matter how much time you spend on a windy beach, you can rest assured it won’t take long to detangle your tresses afterwards.


As if all those properties and benefits weren’t enough, 3-in-1 Mist also offers a natural shine to the hair. It’s perfect for hair that’s dull or dry because it adds much-needed shine and moisture, but not so much that it weighs down the hair. Plus it smells heavenly. So it’s a win-win-win all the way around!

Don’t leave 3-in-1 Mist out of your suitcase when packing for your next vacation. Take advantage of its numerous benefits and enjoy healthy hair all summer long! Buy it here.

If you tend to spend a lot of time outdoors in the summer, then this list is for you! Don’t neglect your hair care regimen just because you’re on vacation. Now it’s more important than ever to protect your hair against harsh chemicals and sun exposure. With these essential summer hair care tips, you’ll be ready to take whatever this season throws you!

Protect Against UV Rays

Prolonged exposure to UV rays can cause severe damage. It dries hair out, makes it frizzy, and can even fade the color. The solution to this problem is protecting your hair with the Ostia Collection 3-in-1 Mist. Not only does this one-of-a-king product protect against UV rays, it also protects against heat styling and has detangling properties. It’s an absolute must for your summer hair care routine.

Try to Go Longer Between Washes

Admittedly, washing hair less frequently is doubly difficult in the summertime, but hear us out! You can still rinse out the sweat and grease with just water. Plus using our talc-free Ostia Collection Dry Shampoo can help extend your style even longer. The reasoning behind washing hair less frequently is that it can actually be very drying, which consequently causes the scalp to over produce oil. It becomes an endless cycle of oiliness where the more you wash it, the oilier it gets!

Use Conditioner While Swimming

If you swim a lot, it’s very important to protect your hair. From the extreme drying properties of chlorine to the possibility of blonde hair turning green, you’re going to want some protection. We recommend wetting the hair and applying a generous amount of conditioner before swimming. Leave the conditioner in–don’t rinse it out before you swim. This will help protect hair from many kinds of potential damage.

Deep Condition Semi-Frequently

Another vital summer hair care tip is making sure to deep condition your hair. We recommend doing it every 1-2 weeks. The best product for this is our Hydrate Masque. It’s comprised of a unique formula that restores and maintains the health, moisture and shine of hair. Apply to wet hair from the mid shaft to ends and leave in 5+ minutes for best results.

These essential summer hair care tips are just that–essential. Don’t destroy your hair this summer, instead nourish your mane and enjoy gorgeous healthy hair, year-round!

It’s officially prom season and we are thrilled to share this cute and easy updo tutorial for it. This elegant hairstyle can work well with just about any prom dress, plus it’s insanely easy to create. All you need is: Dry Shampoo, Flexible Hairspray, Strong Hairspray, and an Infrared Curling Iron. Here’s how!

On dry hair, apply Ostia Collection Dry Shampoo. This will help add some texture. Plus the formula is talc-free, so it leaves zero residue!

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Apply Flexible Hairspray. This acts as a heat protectant and it offers a buildable hold that’s perfect for updos.

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Using the Ostia Collection Infrared Curling Iron, create soft curls for added texture and volume in the updo.

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Tease hair at the crown of the head to create even more volume.

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Lightly brush out hair afterwards.

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Pin into a bouffant, leaving plenty of face-framing pieces in front.

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Take a piece of hair from the right side and twist it slightly, then pull it across the head, beneath the bouffant. Pin into place.

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Repeat the previous step, this time going from left to right.

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This style can be worn to prom as is or with the following steps you can create an updo!

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To turn this into an updo, repeat the last step listed, going piece by piece.

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Finish pinning everything into place, then spray with Ostia Collection Strong Hairspray to hold the style while you dance the night away.

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And that’s it! It’s an easy yet elegant updo, perfect for prom. If you enjoy our tutorials, be sure to check out the rest of our News page for more fun hairstyle ideas.

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tony odisho collaborated with artshow chicago

Photo by @renewarrior_portraits

On February 9th, 2019 the Tony Odisho team collaborated with ArtShow Chicago to put on a unique fashion show, entitled Fashion Show 2 F R E E D O M. ArtShow Chicago is a non-profit that puts on art and fashion shows to highlight local artists and designers, as well as draw attention to social issues while giving back to the community. This particular show, Fashion Show 2 F R E E D O M, was created to celebrate the most fundamental human right and demonstrate what it means to the community.

The designers involved with the show primarily went to design schools in Chicago or have/had their own personal lines before. Most of the designers didn’t take a literal interpretation of freedom in their collections, but instead made collections that celebrate the joy of freedom to them personally, consequently creating a diverse and innovative collection of pieces.

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Photo by @renewarrior_portraits

Tony Odisho’s involvement in the show came in the form of hair styling with our high end Ostia Collection styling products. Stylists Margot (Hairy Godmother) and Josue (of Exsalonce Salon Chicago) handled hair styling for the majority of the models in the show. Additionally, Tony Odisho’s director of sales and professional makeup artist, Alexa applied makeup for many of the models.

Initially only 150 tickets to the event were available, but they sold out so quickly that ArtShow added more and ended the night with nearly 300 tickets sold! Suffice it to say that this event was a smashing success. Proceeds of the show went toward funding artists in Chicago. This one-of-a-kind celebration of creativity and–more specifically–freedom was a sight to behold and the Tony Odisho team was honored to be a part of it.

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Photo by @renewarrior_portraits

When making New Year’s resolutions, don’t forget about your hair! Whether you have extensions or wear your hair natural, hair care is super important. That’s why we recommend that you resolve to take better care of your hair in 2019! Here’s how:

Use paraben and sulfate free hair products

Ingredients like parabens and sulfates dry out and damage your hair. They can even fade your color and weaken extension bonds. Luckily, all of Tony Odisho’s hair products are sulfate, paraben, and alcohol free. So you can rest assured that when you use our products, your hair is safe!

Drink more water

Whether you’re planning on starting a new workout regimen or you just need to cut back on the coffee in favor of something more hydrating, drinking water is essential. It’s extremely important for your hair’s health. The more hydrated you are, the more hydrated your hair is. It’s that simple!

Always use a heat protectant

We probably sound like a broken record on this one, but it deserves to be said again. Always use heat protectant! If you don’t protect your hair from heat with a spray like our 3-in-1 Mist, be prepared for dry, frizzy hair and split ends throughout 2019. No excuses!

Stay on schedule with your hair appointments

For the love of all that is holy, do not wait too long between hair appointments. Whether you’re prone to letting your extension bonds grow out past your ears or your split ends rise up to them, please don’t. Your hair (and your hair stylist) will thank you.

Wash your hair less frequently

Washing your hair every day is definitely something to leave in 2018. It dries it out and ultimately makes your scalp greasy. To extend your style between washes, use our talc-free Dry Shampoo. It may take a little bit for your hair to adjust to a new washing schedule, but it will be well worth it!

Follow these tips to take better care of your hair this year and we promise you won’t be disappointed. Whatever you aim to do in 2019, we wish you the best of luck and endless good hair days to go with. Happy New Year!

Nine times out of ten, hair extensions are going to be a different texture from your natural hair. Factor in the added thickness and length, and you’ve got a whole new head of hair to figure out how to style. Don’t get overwhelmed, though! If you follow these easy tips and tricks on how to style hair extensions properly, you’ll be just fine.

Use the Right Shampoo/Conditioner

Using the right shampoo and conditioner is critical to styling hair extensions. Luckily the entire Ostia Collection is safe on extensions. All of the products are sulfate and paraben free, so they don’t dry out your natural hair or extensions.

Avoid Air Drying Hair

Regardless of what you may have done prior to having extensions, air drying your hair is no longer an option. Frankly, it shouldn’t have been an option to begin with because very few hair textures look naturally pretty after air drying.

Don’t Blow Dry Lazily

In that same vein, don’t just flip over your hair and rough dry it. You’ll need to dry it section by section with a round brush. This will limit breakage and offer a more well-rounded, less frizzy look.

Always Use 3-in-1 Mist

3-in-1 Mist is an absolute must to style hair extensions properly. It detangles and protects against heat and UV rays. Use it in every style to keep your extensions tangle-free and healthy looking.

Apply Serum

Smoothing Serum will do wonders for your natural hair and extensions. It’s lightweight and adds a gorgeous shine to hair while smoothing out frizz. You don’t necessarily have to use it every day, but we certainly recommend using it around once a week.

Other than these tips, just style your hair like usual. It’s not so daunting once you get started! As our CEO always likes to say: hair extensions don’t require more maintenance than natural hair, just different maintenance.

Why leave vintage Hollywood glamour in the 1940s? Their styles are timeless, which is why they’re still popular today! Whether you’re feeling nostalgic over old movies or have an upscale event to attend, we’ve got you covered. Here’s how to create old Hollywood waves using Tony Odisho hair products.

For this tutorial, you’ll need: Flexible Hold Hairspray, an Infrared Curling Iron, 3-in-1 Mist, a Paddle Brush, Smoothing Serum, and single prong clips.

Step 1 – Section Hair

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Divide the hair into four quadrants as shown above. Lightly coat it with Flexible Hold Hairspray for a workable style and heat protection.

Step 2 – Begin Curling

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Starting with a lower quadrant, begin curling the hair.

Step 3 – Pin Each Curl

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Pin each individual curl with a single prong clip to cool and set the pattern. Spray each curl with hairspray as you go to maximize hold.

Step 4 – Repeat Steps 2-3 for Remaining Quadrants

Step 5 – Unpin and Brush Out Hair

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Spray 3-in-1 Mist onto the Paddle Brush. The 3-in-1 Mist will add shine. Unpin and brush out curls.

Step 6 – Apply Serum

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Rub some Smoothing Serum onto your hands and rake it through the hair. The Smoothing Serum is lightweight and offers a sleek shine without loosening the curls too much or weighing down hair.

Step 7 – Mold Face-Framing Waves

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Using your fingers and two clips, gently mold some waves. Spray hairspray onto it. When hairspray is dry, remove clips. And that’s it!

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Now you’re all set to step into a time machine—or attend a particularly glamorous party or event!

Is it the second day after washing your hair? Or third or fourth? Don’t worry, we won’t tell! There’s an easy and quick way to give dirty hair a second life when you don’t have time to wash it. Better yet, it just requires a few key steps and products. We’ve got you covered! Here’s our foolproof favorite way to refresh hair between washes.

Start by brushing it out with a boar bristle paddle brush. Hair naturally tends to be oilier at the roots and dry at the ends. Brushing it regularly helps distribute the oils and revive dry hair.

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One of the biggest complaints of dirty hair is the oiliness on the scalp. This can remedied with our talc-free Dry Shampoo. It goes on clear so it’s invisible, but when applied at the roots, it quickly absorbs excess oil.

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Next, apply some Flexible Hold Hairspray. It’s lightweight and provides a workable hold that won’t weigh down hair. It also protects against heat damage.

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After that, loosely curl the hair with an Infrared Curling Iron.

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Run fingers through the curls to break them up a bit.

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Apply Smoothing Serum from the mid-shaft to ends. This will supplement what distributing the natural oils by brushing did. It helps revive dry ends with a lightweight, nurturing shine.

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And voila! You’ve got a gorgeous refreshed hairstyle between washes. And no one will know your secret.