Can You Wash Hair Extensions?

Can You Wash Hair Extensions?

Since you are now the proud owner of your very own set of hair extensions, it is important to take good care of them. That way they will continue to appear lush, silky, and shiny.

It is important to understand something: you can’t wash your extensions in the same way that you wash your natural hair. Or that is, if you want them to keep their smooth texture and lustrous appearance.

If your extensions are made of real human hair, taking proper care of them will let you enjoy them for at least six months, and possibly much longer. 

Here in this article, we will tell you whether or not you can wash your hair extensions.

Can You Wash Hair Extensions?

The short answer to that is yes, you can wash your hair extensions. But of course how you will wash it and how often depends on the type of hair extension.  

As human hair extensions do not receive natural oils from the scalp like our own hair does, they do not need as frequent washing. The less you wash your extensions, the longer they will usually last.

How Frequent Should You Wash Your Extensions?

This answer varies. You can use your best judgment here, but, it is advisable to only wash them when you see a significant amount of product buildup.

A good rule of thumb is if your extensions become increasingly difficult to style, you have product buildup. That means it’s time to wash them!

This rule, however, only pertains to clip-in extensions. If you wear more permanent hair extensions, such as tape, it is recommended that you wash them two to three times every week.

After you install your hair extensions, follow these washing procedures:

Step 1: Brush Your Hair Extensions

First, brush your extensions out before getting them wet. This helps to minimize tangles and knots after washing. Start brushing from the bottom and work your way up, regardless of the type of extensions you have.

When working on your hair extensions, it is recommended to use a wide-tooth comb or a soft bristle brush. The best way to comb out hair extensions without damaging them is to use a loop brush designed specifically for them.

The looped bristle design keeps hair from getting tangled or pulled on the comb. Reducing the amount of fallout when brushing.

If you have clip-in extensions, stack the wefts on top of each other before washing.

Step 2: Prepare Your Sink And Shampoo The Hair

Make sure the sink is clean before washing your wefts. Only use lukewarm water to wash your hair and extensions, never hot or cold.

Squeeze 2-3 pumps or a small handful of shampoo into the water and swirl it around to ensure the product is spread evenly.

We recommend that you use hair products that are alcohol-free, sulfate-free, and designed for colored-treated hair. You can also use products for extensions to ensure the color is preserved.

Be wary that you don’t wash the hair too intensely, especially near the bonds or clip. Wash your extensions one weft at a time to avoid tangling and to ensure that each weft is thoroughly washed. If you are short on time, you can bundle the extensions with an elastic and carefully wash them all at once.

Step 3: Apply Conditioner 

After you’ve rinsed your hair, apply a sulfate-free conditioner from the middle to the ends. Avoid using conditioner on the roots or near the bonds of the extensions. Massage the product into your hair thoroughly.

Allow at least 5 to 10 minutes for the conditioner to work.

Step 4: Apply A Hair Mask

It is recommended that you use a hair mask once or twice a month to keep your natural locks and extensions soft and healthy. If you have clip-in hair, place the wefts in a shower cap overnight to allow the mask to work.

Just make sure to thoroughly rinse your hair after each application to avoid residue and keep the extensions from slipping.

Step 5: Air Dry The Hair Extensions 

After washing your hair, squeeze out any excess water and allow your hair and extensions to air dry.

If you want to remove the excess water quickly, invest in a microfiber towel. Not only will your hair dry faster, but it will also have fewer tangles.

To avoid pulling the hair out of the clip, place your clip-in extensions on a flat surface before patting them dry.

If you can’t wait for your hair to dry naturally, use a heat protection spray before blow-drying it. It is strongly advised that you blow-dry your hair on a cool setting and refrain from brushing it until it is almost completely dry. Begin by drying the roots of your hair and extensions before moving down to the ends. By smoothing the cuticle, blow-drying your hair downwards will help prevent frizz.

Step 6: Comb Your Hair

Brush your hair gently once it’s dry, making sure to use the proper tools. Brush the hair from the top down, working your way up. Straighteners and curling irons can now be used to style your extensions and natural hair.

If you’re not going to use your clip-in extensions right away, store them in an appropriate bag or box, or hang them on an extensions hanger.