After all the money that you’ve spent on your hair extensions, whether they are real or fake you should be maintaining them for a long time. An easy and simple way to maintain them is by washing them on an as-needed basis. Therefore, you should wash them before or after you install them to remove all the junk that accumulated since the last installation. You would be surprised by the product, oil, dirt, and flint that has been trapped on the hair strands from wearing them. The wash aids in removing all of that and leaving a clean slate for healthier scalp and for the new installation process. However, it’s important you wash your hair extensions the right way, so you won’t damage it. So how you should wash your hair extensions? Well, there are two ways that you can wash your extensions. The method depends on the type of hair extensions you have weaved real hair extensions or synthetic clip-in hair.
- 1 How To Wash Your Real Hair Extensions:
- 2 How To Wash Your Synthetic/Real Clip-In Hair Extensions
- 3 Final Words:
How To Wash Your Real Hair Extensions:
Step 1: Clarifying your scalp, hair strands, and extensions
Depending on how long you have had your extensions installed a lot of junk could have accumulated since you last washed them. Therefore, it is time to thoroughly cleanse them using a clarifier. You can use a store-bought clarifier or a DIY.
For the DIY clarifying hair rinse:
- mix ½ warm water and ½ apple cider vinegar into a spray or applicator bottle and shake vigorously.
- Next, apply the mixture unto your scalp and along the length of your hair shaft.
- Let it sit for 5 minutes. The clarifier will remove the weeks of products that have been sitting your scalp and hair since you last washed it that could not be removed with a regular shampoo.
- Rinse thoroughly.
Step 2: Shampoo your hair
Next, you would shampoo your scalp using a mild or gentle sulfate-free shampoo in the shower. These shampoos will remove the excess oil, sebum, dirt and hair products thoroughly without leaving your hair and the extensions dry.
Squeeze a dollop of the shampoo on your scalp and then lather it up. Ensure to massage the shampoo into your roots to thoroughly cleanse the scalp. Do not massage too vigorously as you can create tangles, remove the extensions or even cause breakage.
Step 3: Rinsing Your Hair
Then, you should rinse using warm water. The warm water aids in allowing the cuticle layers to lay flat which prevents frizz and breakage. While rinsing ensures to squeeze along the hair shaft in a downward motion gently to remove the shampoo or conditioner.
Step 4: Dry Your Hair
You can air dry or dry your hair using a hooded dryer. Do not use a blow dryer whether the temperature is not too hot or cold because it will damage your extensions. Your real extensions are fragile and the heat can destroy the hair strands which may cause tangles, shedding or even breakage.
If you are using the hooded hair dryer, ensure that your roots are 100% dry as they usually take the longest to dry. As well as, if the extensions are left damp for a long time it can cause a bacterial infection.
How To Wash Your Synthetic/Real Clip-In Hair Extensions
Step 1: Remove the extensions from your scalp
Removing your extensions makes it easier for you to see exactly what you are working with. Therefore, cleaning it will be easier because you will be seeing all the accumulated products, sweat and dirt. Ensure to unclip or cut out all of the extensions before getting started.
Step 2: Thoroughly detangle the extensions
Detangle your extensions to make the washing process easier. Extensions are naturally dry especially if they are not moisturized regularly. Therefore, dry hair will always have nots so you have to remove them. An easy way to remove them is by using a wide-tooth comb and detangling from the tips to the roots. However, if you have a stubborn knot you can add water and conditioner to soften the hair to untangle it.
Step 3: Prep for washing the extensions –
In this step, you will need a washbasin filled or your bathroom sink (once it is stopped up) with lukewarm/cold water. Then, dip most of the extension into it to let it soak for 3 to 5 minutes. Ensure to leave the portion that is attached to your scalp out of the water. You can let that part hang over the rim of the basin or sink.
Also, ensure to get your favorite shampoo on deck for when it’s time to wash it. Ensure to use a shampoo that is sulfate-free that would be gentle on the hair to not leave it dry thus making it susceptible to knots, shedding and even breakage.
Step 4: Shampoo Your Hair Extension
After the extensions are drenched in the water, squeeze a dollop of shampoo into your hand and work it into the hair. You should apply the shampoo from below the part that is attached to the scalp towards the ends. To prevent tangles you should apply in a downward motion. As well as, you can use a wide-tooth wooden comb to evenly spread the product and remove any tangles.
Step 5: Rinsing Your Extensions
You should rinse your extensions with warm water. You would submerge the extensions into the basis and gently squeeze the extension. If you are using your bathroom sink, you would run the extensions under the warm water faucet and gently squeeze from the roots to the ends of the extensions. Ensure to rinse out all of the products that you added thoroughly.
Step 6: Drying Your Extensions
And finally, you will air-dry the extensions only. Do not use a blow dryer on your extensions as the heat will cause the hair cuticles to rise and create frizz. As well as, it may melt the adhesive or metal clip that is used to attach to your scalp.
You can air dry by securing the extensions on a hangar or even on the shower bar. Ensure that the extensions are 100% dry before application because damp hair can cause mildew.
Whether you have real weave hair extensions or synthetic clip in hair extensions, washing your hair extensions the right way is the key to keeping them beautiful and your scalp healthy. The above methods are quick and easy, and once you follow the instructions carefully your hair extensions not only will look fresher but also will last for much longer.