Hair extensions are wonderful. How to take good care of your extensions? Here, we take clip-in hair extensions and sewn-in extensions for example to show how to properly care for them to ensure they’ll be around for a while.
How to Care For Clip-in Extensions
1. Take extensions out before going to bed, and gently brush them.
2. Wash extensions once a month with a gentle shampoo and conditioner.
- Place the extensions in a tub or sink.
- Dampen them with lukewarm water. If you can, use a handheld shower head.
- Apply a small amount of shampoo and gently massage the fibers.
- Rinse the lather out, and repeat with the conditioner.
- If your extensions are synthetic, use a wig shampoo intended for synthetic fibers.
- If your extensions are real hair, use a mild shampoo and conditioner, or a shampoo intended for extensions.
3. Hang the extensions up to dry, and don’t brush them while they are wet.
- Pat them dry with a soft towel first.
- Clip them to a pants hanger.
- Place the hanger in your shower, or in a well-ventilated area.
- Wait until the extensions are dry before you brush or style them.
4. Comb extensions using a wide-toothed comb.
- Make sure that the extensions are dry.
- Start combing them from the ends first, and work your way to the top.
- Never comb straight down from the top to the ends.
5. Keep clip-in hair extensions moisturized, especially when you style extensions often.
6. Take care when heat styling your extensions.
- Dry extensions before heating.
- Avoid blow drying extensions. This can cause them to tangle.
- Style the extensions before clipping them to your hair.
- If you can, get two sets of the same extensions. Keep one pair “just for curling” and one “just for straightening”. This will cut down on style time and damage.
7. Only wear extensions in a ponytail if they were made to be worn that way. Some extensions will fall apart in a ponytail. When buying new extensions, read the labeling to see if you can use them in a ponytail. If it doesn’t say whether or not you can, it is best to be on the safe side and do not put them in a ponytail.
8. De-frizz synthetic extensions with water and fabric softener.
- Fill a spray bottle with two parts fabric softener and one part water.
- Close the bottle, and shake it to mix.
- Spray the extensions with the solution.
- Comb through them with a wide-toothed comb and work in small sections, starting from the ends first.
How to Care For Sewn-in Extensions
1. Detangle your hair before washing it and before going to bed.
- Use a wide-toothed comb, a wig brush, or a special looper brush.
- Start combing your hair from the ends, and work your way to the roots in small sections.
- Never comb straight down from roots to ends.
- If you just got extensions, wait a few days before combing your hair. If you must comb your hair, do so gently, and avoid getting too close to the joint.
2. Wash sewn-in hair extensions every other day using a gentle shampoo.
- Lather your hair gently.
- Work the shampoo downwards, from scalp to ends. Try to avoid touching the sewn part.
- Massage your hair using circular motions.
3. Take care where you apply the conditioner.
- Start applying the conditioner from just below the sewn part.
- Your extensions may fall out if you apply too much conditioner where the extensions connect with your real hair.
4. Dry your hair all the way to the roots. Otherwise, you will risk the extensions loosening.
5. Do not use heat styling on your hair, such as straightening or curling. Don’t tie your hair back just after you get the extensions. Wait a few days.