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How to Properly Care for Your Hair Extensions

How to Properly Care for Your Hair Extensions

Even if you’ve had hair extensions in the past, it’s always a good idea to brush up on your hair care so you can make your luscious locks look their best. Maintaining your hair between trips to the salon can not only save you money, but it keeps your hair healthy.


It’s easy to see why so many beauty gurus are raving about hair extensions. They have the power to completely shake up your look in only a single trip to the salon. Gone at the days of having to grow your hair naturally or suffer from poor-quality hair extensions. With proper care, your hair extensions should last their full lifespan (up to 6 months depending on your type), and you’ll be able to push off your next visit to the salon. This guide will share the best ways to properly care for your extensions.

Washing Your Hair

Hair extensions need to be cleaned as regularly as you wash your natural hair. That being said, the less frequently you wash them, the longer they’ll last whether they’re just clip-ins or attached to your head. Extensions are prone to product buildup like your natural hair, so if it’s becoming challenging to style that’s a good clue it’s time for a deep wash.


When washing your strands, it’s essential that you’re gentle. Run hands softly through your strands to prevent tangling. Avoid harsh scrubbing that can damage your locks. If you’re unsure what products to use, you should ask your hair stylist or look into the care instructions for your extensions. Different types of hair will respond differently to products.

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Brushing and Styling

One of the most intimidating parts of maintaining your extensions is brushing your hair. Avoiding tangles is key, but this isn’t always possible. The best way to brush through your hair is to go slow.


Don’t brush directly on the adhesive or bond, and start from the tips and make your way up. A stylist tip is to put your hair into small ponytails so you’re able to brush the lower tips without applying stress to the bond. Lift your hair up from time to time to check that the bonds aren’t tangled.

Styling your hair can be another challenge. While you’re free to style your hair, as usual, you should be particularly careful with heat products. Synthetic hair does not respond well to heat, and this article may help you to decide what type of extension is right for you. Natural hair can be styled with heat, but you should still be careful, especially around the bonding.

Deep Condition

Your hair goes through a lot on a daily basis. From pollution to heat styling, it goes against a lot so you can look your best. Deep conditioning is a must to restore both your natural hair and your extensions to their healthy glory. You can apply a deep conditioning treatment at home to create shiny, healthy locks. Allow your deep conditioner to penetrate the hair for at least 20 minutes for the most effect.

Use the Right Products

Some products are harsher on hair than others. Your natural hair already takes a beating, but your hair extensions have even more to worry about. Because they aren’t attached to the scalp, they aren’t exposed to as much oil as your natural strands. This means they’re prone to dryness and frizziness.


If you use hair products with alcohol, that will lead to even more drying and unwanted static. That’s never a good look, so use a low alcohol hairspray to keep your style in check and your extensions hydrated. When in doubt, ask your stylist about extension-friendly products to add to your routine.

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Professional Removal

Finally, never attempt to remove your permanent extensions at home. While it’s possible to remove most types of hair extensions without damage, an expert needs to do this for you. You don’t want to end up as another lousy DIY story. Many types of extensions can be reused if they’re removed properly, so that’s just another reason to get it professionally done. Talk to your hair stylist about the best time to remove your locks.


Hair extensions are gaining popularity because they’re such a fun way to change up your look. You can achieve the hair of your dreams quickly thanks to the variety of hair extension options, but you need to know how to take care of your new look. Without the right hair care, your hair will get damaged quickly and won’t last. These tips will ensure your hair is healthy and happy.


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