As a woman, there’s nothing that makes you feel more beautiful than a look that’s flawless from top to bottom. I’m talk about makeup on point, new shoes, an edgy outfit, and of course — long, gorgeous locks! Now, because of genetics, not all of us are born with gorgeous, naturally long hair that looks out of a magazine, or perhaps we went through a bad breakup and cut it off (girl, we’ve all been there).
But no matter the reason, that’s what human hair extensions are for! They help to enhance our beauty and confidence all the while looking flawlessly natural in the process.
But while hair extensions can be an awesome addition to any look, there does come a point where they need to be cleaned, and that’s where it can get tricky.
Not everyone has mastered the art of washing human hair extensions the right way, which can ultimately result in damage they just can’t heal from! For that reason, we've put together an easy go-to guide to help you wash and care for your extensions the right way, and make sure you’re getting the most out of them. Let’s get started!
1) De-tangle Your Clip Ins
Clip in human hair extensions require a special wide-tooth comb for de-tangling. Do this before beginning to wash in order to give them a proper cleanse and truly clean away any dirt or grim.
2) Use Warm Water (not too hot, not too cold)
Next, fill a sink or bucket with warm water. It is extremely important on this step that you don’t use hot water, as this can damage extensions and cause them to wear away easier and appear more dull. Make sure the water isn’t cold either, as this will not properly cleanse the oils and dirt away.
3) Soak Extensions
Next, hold your extension piece by the clip and make sure you dip it all the way in up until that point. You don’t want to get water on the clip of the extension, as this can ruin it and make it very difficult to attach again. And just as you would with your natural hair, run a comb gently through the hair extensions to ensure you are wetting all hair pieces for a full and proper cleanse.
4) Lather, Rinse, & Repeat!
Next, you’ll want to select a shampoo that’s gentle and moisturizing. Shampoos that are free of sulfates (which are very damaging) are best for this! For this, we would recommend the human hair extensions shampoo Pure Care Hydra Shampoo by BeautiMark.
This one is a beautiful blend of amino acids and avocado oil for safe, natural, and pure hydration for healthy hair!
After selecting the shampoo of your choice, make sure you lather your extensions fully and begin to work it into the hair, avoiding the clip. If you run into tangles, gently brush through the hair once more to ensure you have covered all bits of hair with the shampoo.
5) Rinse with Warm Water
Next, gently dip your extension back into the water and gently squeeze from the clip down to the ends, gently squeezing out all shampoos. Then, run it under a faucet of warm water until the water runs clear.
6) Work In Conditioner
Afterwards, you can choose your favorite conditioner to work into the hair! What we would recommend is the Pure Care Hydra Conditioner by BeautiMark. This conditioner for human hair extensions is sulfate free, with the essential amino acid and antioxidant compound for hydration, strength, and natural shine.
Work the conditioner from top to bottom, greatly focusing on the middle and ends, as this is where most damage occurs. Work the conditioner through as if it were your own hair and allow it to sit for a minute or two before rinsing with warm water once more.
7) Allow To Air Dry
And lastly, allow your hair extensions to air dry instead of blow drying or towel drying. Blow-drying and towel drying can cause damage and can dry out your extensions — which we definitely don’t want! Use clothes pins to hang them on a clothing hanger so they can dry sitting straight up.
And after that you’re done! Simple, right? Now go show those extensions who’s boss and rock them, girl!