Clip-in hair extensions are a inexpensive, faster to apply, and healthier for your hair than going through traditional hair application methods. They can add length, volume, or colour to your hair in minutes. Maintaining them isn’t hard at all.
In this blog post, we’ll give you the run down on how to get your extensions squeaky clean, as well as how to restore moisture and shine. Remember, the less you wash your extensions, the longer they’ll last.
Brush Your Extensions
Always brush your clip-in extensions before and after application using a tangle teezer brush. The brush is designed to be gentle to your extensions, eliminating knots and tangles but preventing the extensions from shedding. Brushing is an important step before you get your hair wet. This helps minimise the possibility of tangling during and after washing your hair.
Washing Your Extensions
Clip-in hair extensions don’t receive any of the nourishing, natural oils from the scalp like our own tresses do, so it’s best to wash them as infrequently as possible to prevent them from becoming unnecessarily dry. It shouldn’t be necessary to clean your hair extensions more than every 4-6 weeks.
- Before we begin, make sure your sink is squeaky clean, plug the drain and begin to fill it with luke warm water – we don’t want the water too hot or too cold. Add a small handful of shampoo in to the water and wave the water around to ensure the product is evenly dispersed. We advise using hair extension shampoo or any moisturising cream shampoo. When working with your extensions, we recommend using hair products that are alcohol and sulphate free.
- We recommend splitting up your extensions into manageable bundles to ensure every weft gets washed thoroughly. Alternatively you can bundle the entire set and wash it all together. Hold the top of the wefts in one hand, dunk them into the water and start washing them. Gently work the shampoo into the hair with your fingers with light strokes, as we don’t want to tangle the hair. Once you’re finished washing, set them aside neatly on a towel and repeat with the rest of the bundles.
Condition Your Hair!
- This is a very important step as it helps ensure that your extensions remain moisturised, nourished, and soft. You should use hair extension or moisturising cream conditioner. You can also use a deep conditioning hair treatment masque. Take a generous amount of conditioner or hair treatment and apply on each bundle of wefts from top to bottom, massaging the product thoroughly into the hair.
- In order for the product to really soak in and work it’s magic, we highly recommend leaving it on for at least an hour. Ideally, it would be best if the treatment is left on overnight. If you do leave them overnight, we recommend putting your extensions in a shower cap to leave overnight. This will help to seal in the moisture and really condition the hair.
- Once that time has passed, all you have to do now is rinse out the conditioner. Be sure to rinse out each weft thoroughly, otherwise, if there is product residue on the hair it may feel a bit greasy once it has dried.
- When you’re washing out each bundle or weft, we recommend to blast cold water on the hair for the last 10 seconds. This closes the cuticles to lock in moisture, which keeps your hair looking and feeling good for longer.
Air Dry Your Hair
We highly recommend air drying the extensions in order to prolong their lifespan, as opposed to using heat. This is because using heat on hair that is not being constantly revitalised at the scalp can harm them in the long run. If you do decide to use a blow-dryer, be sure to use a heat protectant spray and set it to cool air to prevent damage.