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Washing your extensions is one of those things that is super easy once you know how to do it! But it can seem very intimidating the first time. This post will hopefully make it much easier. I'm sharing all my tips on the best washing technique to prevent shedding and damage, how often to wash, and my favorite product for keeping my extensions silky.
There are two major differences between washing your natural hair and washing your clip in extensions.
1 | You only need to use conditioner to wash extensions.
- Clip-In extensions don't get the same oil from your scalp that your natural hair does. Shampoo will only dry out your extensions. Conditioner will cleanse the minimal amounts of dirt and styling products on the extensions.
2 | Clip-In extensions only need to be washed every 6 months to a year.
- Again, because clip-in extensions aren't getting the oil from your scalp and they aren't worn during working out, swimming, or sleeping, they actually don't need to be washed that often. Unless you had to use a lot of hair spray or product on them, washing them every 6 months should be enough.
As you'll see in the video below, I use a gentle squeezing motion to wet the hair, distribute the conditioner, and rinse the hair.
I squeeze the hair by grabbing it and giving it a few gentle squeezes in the same spot, before moving my hand down and repeating on the spot below. The light squeezes will distribute the water or conditioner through the hair without having to pull through it.
This method reduces the pressure on the wefts, which prevents shedding. It's important to not run your fingers down your extensions (while they are wet or dry) as this will loose the wefts, cause shedding and breakage on the hair itself. I only recommend gently brushing after the extensions are dry and again after wearing them and before storing them in their storage case.
After your extensions dry, you'll notice that they will dry with a slight wave. This is because they are real human hair. You can easily straighten them back out or curl them. I always use this heat protectant spray before using any heat tools on my extensions. This will also help them stay silky much, much longer.
I hope you find this video helpful! It's amazing how much longer your extensions will last with proper care and storage.