Just like your natural hair, hair extensions need to be washed, conditioned, and taken care of. While they won’t go through the same wear and tear as your natural hair, simply setting and forgetting them can lead to damaged, lack luster extensions that have lost their shine. However, it’s also possible to wash hair extensions too often, and the wrong way. Learn how to wash your hair extensions to maintain their original, healthy look.
How Often Should You Wash Your Hair Extensions?
Hair extensions don’t need to be washed as often as your natural hair because they don’t get the natural oils from your scalp as your hair does. It is recommended to wash your hair extensions about every 15-20 wears, or sooner if they have a lot of product build-up. If you wear your hair extensions every day, you may need to wash them once a week to keep them clean, but try not to wash them any more than that amount.
We also recommend using a sulfate-free shampoo made for dry and damaged hair, since it will be very moisturizing to the hair.
How to Wash Hair Extensions
To maintain the integrity of your hair extensions, you need to know how to wash them properly.
- Lay the extensions from root to end
Similarly to how your hair extensions should arrived in the packaging when you first bought them, lay your hair extensions on top of each other, all in the same direction. All of the tops of the extensions should be together, with the ends all going the same direction. You can secure them together with a hair tie to make it easier.
- Brush your extensions
The next step to washing your hair extensions is brushing them. You don’t want your extensions to have any knots before getting them wet. Brush them from the bottom to the top to remove any knots and help prevent tangling while you wash them. Use a wide toothed comb or a soft bristle brush to de-tangle them without pulling too hard.
- Prepare the sink
Using your bathroom sink, make sure it is very clean and free from any debris that can dirty your hair extensions. Plug the drain and fill up the sink with warm water, not hot water because that can damage the extensions. Squeeze about 2-3 pumps of your moisturizing shampoo into the water to suds it up evenly.
- Shampoo the extensions
Holding the wefts together with one hand, place them in the warm soapy water. Avoid swishing and swirling them around because it can tangle them. Simply let them sit in the water and use your fingers to gently work the shampoo into the hair. If you need to do separate sections, repeat the same thing to the rest after you’ve set your clean extensions aside on a towel. Once you’re done shampooing, rinse the hair extensions under clean water and set them aside on a dry towel.
- Condition the extensions
Your extensions need to be conditioned to keep them soft and nourished. You can use a bit more conditioner than you would on your natural hair because they don’t get as oily. Use a generous amount of regular or a deep conditioner and apply it to each extension from the bottom working your way up. It’s best to leave in the conditioner for at least an hour, or overnight to allow the product to absorb into the extension and condition it deeply. Once you’re ready to wash the conditioner out, use clean cold water to remove the product and close the cuticles.
- Air dry the extensions
After the conditioner is washed out, lay the extensions separately onto a clean dry towel and allow them to air dry. Once the extensions are dry, you can use a few drops of a hair oil to keep them silky smooth and prevent any frizz.
- Comb each weft extension
It’s best to comb extensions when they are dry because doing so when they are wet can cause them to stretch and become more vulnerable to pulling and breakage.
And that’s how you wash hair extensions, the right way. If you have any questions about how to take care of your hair extensions, browse our blog for more tips and tricks. Look through our haircare products for what you need to wash and condition your hair extensions.