What with heat styling, blow drying, up-doing, detangling and all that malarky, your trusty clip-in hair extensions can go through an awful lot on a weekly basis. All that wear and tear can leave them looking a little bit tatty. So why not treat your hair extensions to some well-deserved TLC this week and help keep them in great condition for longer?
Not sure where to start? Don’t worry! In today’s post, I’m going to talk you through how to easily care for your clip-in hair extensions. From washing and drying to brushing and storing them, I promise I’ve got you covered!
Clip-in hair extensions don’t receive any nourishing, natural oils from the scalp like our own hair does, so it’s best to wash them as infrequently as possible to prevent them from becoming unnecessarily dry. I would recommend giving them a wash every six weeks or so, but this can vary depending on how many styling products you’ve been using and what you’ve been getting up to in general!
When it’s eventually time to give them a wash, make sure you prep your clip-in hair extensions by removing any tangles with a gentle brush that’s been designed especially for use on hair extensions. And remember, you should never brush your extensions while they are wet! Next, fill a washbasin with lukewarm water, and place your hair extensions into it gently, making sure you keep hold of them at the clips to prevent them from becoming tangled. Then take a little bit of moisturising shampoo, and gently distribute it through the extensions in a downward motion. Whatever you do don’t rub and scrunch the hair together like your washing an old pair of socks, as it will only damage them.
Once you’ve shampooed your extensions, refill the sink with more lukewarm water, and gently apply a hydrating conditioner in the same way. This will replenish your hair extensions with as much moisture as possible, and help keep them looking healthy and shiny.
Once you’ve finished shampooing, conditioning and rinsing each one of your clip-in hair extensions, it’s time to let them dry! Always make sure your extensions are tangle-free before allowing them to dry by gently running your fingers through them. This is much kinder to them than using a comb.
Once they’re all ready for the drying stage, I recommend lying your extensions out flat on a clean towel, then wrap the towel up around them into a kind of hair extension sausage roll. Gently squeeze the towel to get rid of any excess water, then leave your extensions lying flat on the towel to dry naturally. If you’re in a hurry you can blow-dry them, but it’s much better if you can leave them to dry naturally away from direct heat.
If, despite your best efforts, circumstance dictates that you simply must dry your extensions in a rush, always remember to use a heat protection spray when blow-drying. This will not only help to protect your extensions against premature dryness and breakage, but it will also keep them looking shiny and feeling silky smooth. It goes without saying that you should also always, always use a heat protector when using any other kind of heat styling tool on your clip-in hair extensions too.
It’s really important to brush your extensions regularly to keep them looking silky and smooth. A big brushing no-no, however, is to start brushing at the top of the weft next to the clips. All this will do is push the tangles down the length of your extensions, where they’ll tighten into knots along the way. Don’t do it! Instead, start by gently brushing the section of hair at the tips in a downwards motion, then start brushing from the section above, gradually working your way to the top of the hair as it de-tangles. Don’t forget what I said before about it being best to use a gentle brush that’s been designed especially for use on hair extensions.
Once you’ve finished wearing your clip-in hair extensions it’s time to store them carefully! Before you do this, it’s always a good idea to ensure that they are free from tangles, as well as being nice and clean. This is because some hair products have a knack for damaging or discolouring your beloved clip-in hair extensions if they’re left on for too long. It’s also important to care for your clip-in hair extensions by ensuring they’re kept free from mildew and mustiness – always remember to make sure that they are completely dry before putting them away. This way you’ll avoid any unpleasant surprises the next time you come to use them!
And there you have it – my top tips for caring for your clip-in hair extensions. I hope you found it useful. And if you’ve read this and are now thinking that you’d like to treat yourself to some nice new clip-in hair extensions, I highly recommend checking out https://www.oxyextensions.co.uk, who have a wide range of different extensions to suit everyone.