Clip-in hair extensions are a popular and easy way to add length and volume to your hair. They come in various lengths, colors, and textures, making it easy to find the perfect match for your hair. However, keeping them clean and well-maintained is crucial to ensure they last long and look their best.
When it comes to washing clip-in hair extensions, there are a few things to keep in mind. According to Byrdie, it’s important to avoid rubbing them with intense friction while washing them. Instead, hold the clip-ins at the clips and submerge them into a sink filled with lukewarm water. Another important tip is to avoid scrubbing directly at the bonds since it can weaken and damage them.
There are different methods and products you can use to wash clip-in hair extensions, and it’s important to choose the one that works best for your hair type and extensions. In this article, we will explore some of the most effective ways to wash clip-in hair extensions and provide tips to keep them looking their best.
Preparing the Extensions
Before washing clip-in hair extensions, it is important to prepare them properly to ensure they are clean and tangle-free. This section will cover the two main steps to prepare the extensions: detangling and applying shampoo.
Detangling the Extensions
Before washing the extensions, it is essential to detangle them first. This will prevent them from getting more tangled during the washing process, which can cause damage to the hair. To detangle the extensions, follow these steps:
- Hold a few wefts in one hand, about an inch down from the clip.
- With the other hand, work on the ends of the hair with a denman brush, pulling down gently.
- Repeat, starting a little bit higher up the hair shaft each time until the brush can slide through the entire length of hair with no resistance.
By following these steps, you can ensure that your clip-in hair extensions are tangle-free and ready for washing.
Once the extensions are detangled, it is time to apply shampoo. It is recommended to use a moisturizing, colored hair-friendly shampoo to keep the extensions soft and shiny. Here are the steps to apply shampoo:
- Fill a sink or bath with warm water.
- Add 2-3 pumps of shampoo to the water to create a soapy “bath” for the hair.
- Swirl the water to ensure the shampoo is evenly distributed.
- Place the extensions in the water and gently massage them from base to ends.
- Rinse the extensions thoroughly with warm water, making sure all the shampoo is removed.
By following these steps, you can ensure that your clip-in hair extensions are clean and ready to be conditioned.
Washing the Extensions
Washing clip-in hair extensions is an essential part of maintaining their quality and longevity. Here are the steps to follow:
Rinsing the Extensions
First, wet the hair extensions with lukewarm water. Then, apply a small amount of shampoo to the palm of your hand and work it into the hair. Be gentle and avoid rubbing the hair too vigorously to prevent tangling. Rinse the hair extensions thoroughly with water until the water runs clear.
After rinsing the shampoo out, apply a generous amount of conditioner to the extensions. Use your fingers to work the conditioner through the hair, starting at the ends and working your way up to the roots. Leave the conditioner on for a few minutes to allow it to penetrate the hair shaft.
Once the conditioner has been left on for a few minutes, rinse the extensions thoroughly with lukewarm water until all the conditioner has been removed. Be sure to rinse the hair extensions completely to prevent any residue from building up, which can lead to tangling and damage to the hair.
It is recommended to deep-condition the extensions once a month to keep them in top condition. To deep-condition, spread the hair extensions on a clean surface and apply a generous amount of conditioner. Let the conditioner sit for 15-30 minutes before rinsing it out thoroughly with lukewarm water.
Drying the Extensions
After washing the clip-in hair extensions, it is important to dry them properly to avoid any damage. Here are some tips on how to dry your clip-in hair extensions.
Removing Excess Water
Before drying the hair extensions, it is important to remove excess water. Gently squeeze the hair extensions from top to bottom to remove any excess water. Avoid rubbing or wringing the extensions, as this can cause damage and tangling.
Air Drying the Extensions
The best way to dry clip-in hair extensions is to let them air dry. You can place the extensions on a towel and let them dry naturally. However, avoid placing the extensions in direct sunlight or using a hair dryer, as this can damage the hair and cause it to become brittle.
Alternatively, you can use a hanger to dry the extensions. Hang the extensions on a hanger and let them dry naturally. This will help the extensions maintain their shape and prevent any tangling.
If you are in a hurry and need to dry the extensions quickly, you can use a hair dryer on a low heat setting. Hold the hair dryer at least 6 inches away from the extensions and use a cool shot setting to prevent any damage.
It is important to note that you should not brush or comb the extensions while they are wet, as this can cause damage and tangling. Wait until the extensions are completely dry before brushing or combing them.
Stephanie is a hair specialist at Belady Hair Factory, a high-end hair distributor located in downtown Toronto. She is a trained cosmetologist and has been with the company for over five years. Stephanie has vast knowledge in hair care and styling and can provide clients with everything from classic to trendy looks. She is also knowledgeable about the different products in the market and can help clients choose the right one for their hair type. Full her bio.