How To Wash Your Hair Extensions
How To Wash Hair Extensions
If your hair extensions are becoming progressively difficult to style, this is most likely a sign that they need to be washed due to product build-up. After 30 wears or once a month, we recommend washing them.
When you invest in high-quality hair extensions, you want to make sure they last as long as possible and look as good as new.
Step 1: Brush Your Hair Extensions
The first thing you should do before getting your extensions wet is brush out the tangles. This will help reduce how often they need to be shampooed and conditioned, which means less work for yourself!
When working on your extensions, we recommend using a wide-tooth comb or a soft bristle brush.
Step 2: Add Shampoo Into Your Sink
Make sure your sink is spotless, plug the drain, and fill it halfway with lukewarm water – we don’t want the water to be too hot or cold.
To ensure the longevity of your extensions, we recommend using a shampoo designed for colored treated hair or one without alcohol and sulfates. It’s also important to note that colour-treated locks can fade quicker than normal if they’re not cared for properly so make sure you follow these tips!
Step 3: Apply Shampoo to Every Weft
Before and after shampooing, we recommend using a moisturizing sulfate-free and alcohol-free conditioner. You can even skip the shampoo and just use conditioner to co-wash your extensions! To avoid tangling and to ensure that each weft is thoroughly washed, wash each weft one at a time. If you’re short on time, tie the extensions together with an elastic and wash them all at once.
Hold the weft in one hand at the top, submerge it in the water, and gently wash the hair with light strokes, working the shampoo into the hair. When washing the extensions, be gentle with them and avoid rubbing them vigorously as you would with your natural hair. After washing the weft with shampoo, place it neatly on a towel and repeat the process with the remaining wefts.
Step 4: Apply Conditioner to Every Weft
It’s time to condition the wefts after they’ve been shampooed. Apply a generous amount of conditioner from top to bottom to each weft, massaging the product into the hair thoroughly. Leave on for 5-10 minutes before thoroughly rinsing each weft. In general, the more time you leave it on, the better.
Step 5: Use a Hair Mask
This step is essential for keeping your hair extensions soft and moisturized. Take a good amount of the hair mask and work it into each weft from top to bottom, just like your conditioner. Bundle your extensions and carefully coil them before placing them in a shower cap to allow the product to soak in and work its magic overnight. This will help to keep the moisture in the room all night.
Step 6: Rinse Them Out
Rinse each weft thoroughly the next morning, making sure there is no conditioner residue on the hair. A common blunder is only washing the hair halfway, which results in “the slip”–that slippery, soft feeling after conditioning. This is a no-no because it leaves product on the hair, weighing it down or making it look greasy when dry.
Rinse each weft with cold water after washing it out to help close the cuticles of the hair and seal in the moisture, making the extensions shinier.
Step 7: Let them air-dry
To begin, gently squeeze any excess water from the extensions, being careful not to rub them dry with a towel. When at all possible, we recommend air-drying your extensions. When air drying your hair, use a micro-fibre towel to remove excess water faster and avoid roughing up your hair (which can also cause tangles).
Place all of the wefts on a flat surface and gently pat away any excess moisture. Applying a small amount of hair oil to each weft to keep the hair manageable and silky smooth after it dries is a good way to avoid frizz.
If you must blow-dry your extensions, be sure to use a heat protectant spray first to ensure that they last as long as possible. The most important thing is to make sure you’re blow drying on a cool setting to avoid heat damage and that you don’t brush your hair until it’s 90% dry. When blow-drying, begin by concentrating on the root of the weft and working your way down to the ends. Blow-dry your hair downwards to not only smooth the cuticle, but also to keep it from becoming tangled from being blown in so many different directions.
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