Hair extensions have been around since 3400 BC, adding length and volume to hairstyles across the world. While their production has changed somewhat since then, there’s no avoiding it: high-quality clip-in hair extensions are pricey.
Maintaining and looking after your extensions helps you get the most out of your new do, saving you money while elevating your look.
Are your extensions matted and tangled? Have they lost that signature sleekness and shine?
Here are the best beauty tips to maintain your clip-in extensions, as well as step-by-step guides on washing and drying them the rightway.
Beauty Tips for Clip-In Hair Extensions
Whether you use extensions for volume, length, or to change up your everyday look, small changes in your extension care routine can make the biggest difference.
Here are six tips to keep your extensions looking brand new.
Tip #1: Pretend You Grew It
Good quality hair extensions are an investment worth looking after. If you removed your natural hair at the end of every day, would you throw it on the ground? Do you use cheap and damaging products on your natural hair?
If you said no, then why not extend that level of care to your extensions?
Tip #2: Use the Right Products
Just like your natural hair, hair extensions are damaged by harsh chemicals. Using the right beauty products works wonders in extending the life of your luscious locks!
If you’re working with synthetic hair extensions, your regular shampoo and conditioner aren’t going to cut it. Your extensions end up dry, tangled, and can start to feel slimy from product build-up!
When looking for suitable shampoo, your favorite words should be hydrating, gentle, and moisture. Try to find cleansing options formulated specifically for synthetic hair extensions or synthetic wigs.
Tip #3: Know When to Replace Them
Even with diligent and careful maintenance, extensions won’t last forever. Clip-in extensions typically last 3-6 months, but with these tips, you can use them for a year!
Here are some signs you need to replace them:
Breaking or splitting
Product build-up on the wefts
They aren’t soft or silky anymore
The ultimate sign that they need to be replaced is that you’ve admitted they’re ruined. It’s time to let them go!
Tip #4: Prioritize Proper Installation
If you want to use your hair extensions for long, you want to make sure you put them in correctly every time. Poor installation can strain and damage your natural hair!
When putting in your extensions, start by rushing out knots and tangles in your natural hair. Section the right amount of hair by measuring each weft against your head, and clip them as close to your roots as possible.
Tip #5: Limit Dry Shampoo
For the days where you just don’t have the time to wash and dry your hair, dry shampoo is your knight in a shining spray bottle. But when you have extensions, this miracle product can do more harm than help.
Too much dry shampoo will dry out your extensions and decrease their lifespan. Luckily, you can quickly take out (and put back in) clip-in extensions.
If the oil in your hair is unbearable, remove your extensions before using your favorite dry shampoo to give your hair some life. Once the product has worked its magic, clip in your extensions and you’re good to go!
Tip #6: Take Them Out to Sleep
While other types of extensions are designed to be worn permanently, clip-in extensions get damaged if you wear them to bed.
If for whatever reason you can’t take them out for the night, make sure they are securely fastened.
Washing Your Extensions
Washing your extensions prevents product build-up and helps them last as long as possible.
Here are the steps to follow during extension washing:
Step 1: Soak
Fill a basin with lukewarm water. Dip your extensions in the water to thoroughly soak them.
Step 2: Shampoo
Gently rub shampoo into the hair, massaging out product build-up or leftover hairspray. Make sure to use suitable shampoo, remembering that the benefits of sulfate-free shampoos extend to synthetic hair extensions, too!
Step 3: Rinse
Rinse the hair in lukewarm water until no shampoo remains. If the water gets sudsy, replace it with fresh clean water.
Step 4: Conditioner
Making sure to cover every strand, coat the hair with conditioner. Again, use a product suitable for extensions.
Step 5: Comb
With the conditioner coating the hair, carefully comb through your extensions. This helps to spread the conditioner fully and get rid of any tangles.
Step 6: Double Rinse
Rinse the hair in lukewarm water until no conditioner remains. This sometimes takes a few rounds of rinsing!
Clip-in hair extensions shouldn’t be washed until they need to be. We recommend washing them if there is a noticeable product build-up. Otherwise, wash them every 6 weeks or so to keep them in good condition.
Drying Your Extensions
So your extensions are clean! And sopping wet…
Here are the steps to follow to correctly dry your extensions:
Step 1: Brush
Remove any tangles that popped up during the final rinsing. To prevent damaging the hair, brush slowly and carefully. You can also use a brush specifically designed for hair extensions.