Once your human hair extensions have been fitted, how you look after them and how closely you follow your aftercare routine will have a dramatic impact on how long your human hair extensions last. A common question asked by those wearing human hair extensions is how to wash them. Washing your human hair extensions is not a difficult task, however it is important to understand how to do this correctly in order for your hair extensions to last as long as possible.
- Remove your extensions.
One of the advantages of clip-in extensions is that they are temporary and easy to both apply and remove at home. Removing your extensions will make washing them much easier.
Be sure to always remove your clip-ins before showering or swimming. Sometimes the metal used in the clips can rust or otherwise be damaged by water.
- Detangle your extensions if needed.
Just like your natural hair, it’s best to detangle extensions before washing them. Gently run a wide-tooth comb to remove any knots. Start at the extension’s root and end at the hair tip.
Hair extensions are prone to drying and may need extra care if tangling occurs. If you cannot remove the tangles with the extension dry, try wetting it with detangling spray and trying again. If you still have a knot, try wetting the hair completely and adding conditioner before combing.
- Soak the hair extension.
Hold the extension by the clip and dip it into the basin. Avoid getting water on the clip. Run a wide-tooth comb through the hair to make sure it has been evenly wetted.
- Shampoo your hair extension.
Select a shampoo that is gentle, moisturizing, and free of sulfates. Lather a dollop of shampoo and work it into the hair from just under the root to the tips. Try not to create tangles, but use the wide-tooth comb again if needed.
Lather the extension just like you would washing your own hair. The major difference is the hair in the human hair extension is likely to be much dryer and delicate than your natural hair. Make sure it is soaked through before working in the shampoo to keep in from tangling.
- Rinse your hair extension with warm water.
Start by dipping the extension into the basin. Gently squeeze the extension from clip to tip while submerged. Then, delicately run the extension under warm water from the faucet.
- Condition your hair extension.
Use a light-weight moisturizing conditioner. Massage in a dollop of conditioner, focusing on the center of the hair and working up and down. Treat it as you would natural hair. Rinse again with warm water. Remove excess water by gently squeezing the extension with a towel.
- Allow your hair extension to air dry.
Hang up your hair extensions to dry straight. This type of hair extension can be conveniently clipped to many surfaces. Avoid blow drying hair extensions, as this may dry out and damage the already delicate hair.
Whenever you intend to wash your human hair extension, bear in mind these above 7 steps!