Cleansing your hair extensions for the first time might appear somewhat intimidating, but worry not – we’re here to guide you through the precise process of washing hair with extensions. This guidance aims to assist you in effectively managing both your new extensions and your natural hair. Adhering to our aftercare recommendations is crucial for sustaining the health of your extensions, and the reassuring aspect is that it’s a straightforward process. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll cover essential do’s and don’ts of washing, offering you a step-by-step tutorial to make you a proficient expert in no time!

Yes, washing your hair with extensions in is entirely feasible! This essential practice contributes to maintaining overall hair health, ensuring both your natural hair and extensions remain free from product build-up while receiving necessary nourishment.

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How Often Should You Wash Your Hair with Extensions?

The frequency of washing depends on the type of extensions you choose. Clip-in extensions, for example, don’t require as frequent washing as your natural hair. A general recommendation is to wash clip-in extensions every 10-15 wears to maintain a fresh look and eliminate any product build-up. On the other hand, professional extensions can be washed as regularly as your natural hair. However, many extension users find they can extend the time between washes, and we suggest washing professional extensions 1-2 times a week for optimal care.

Washing Your Hair with Extensions for Optimal Hair Health

Discover the precise steps essential for washing your hair with extensions to uphold the health of your hair. Follow these detailed instructions to maintain the well-being of both your natural hair and extensions.

Step 1: Brush Your Hair

Initiate the washing process by thoroughly detangling your hair through brushing. To minimize tension, start from the bottom and progress upward slowly. Always secure the top of your hair extensions firmly before brushing to avoid excessive pulling and ensure a gentle approach.

Step 2: Shampoo Your Hair

Once your hair is thoroughly brushed, proceed to the shower. Wet your hair and apply shampoo, selecting the appropriate one based on the type of extensions you have. For professional ranges, such as Stick Tip Extensions, Nanobond Extensions, Tape Extensions, and Flat Tip Extensions, use a sulfate-free shampoo to preserve the integrity of the Micro Ring or Keratin securing the extensions. Weft Extensions and Clip-in Extensions, on the other hand benefit from other nourishing shampoo which contains sulfates to eliminate excess product build-up.

While washing your hair with extensions, exercise care around the roots to prevent any pulling or catching on the extensions. This gentle approach is crucial for maintaining the overall health and longevity of both your natural hair and extensions.

Step 3: Condition Your Hair

After rinsing out the shampoo, apply a generous amount of conditioner from the mid-length to the ends of your hair which is specially formulated to nourish, repair, and detangle hair extensions. For optimal results, leave the conditioner on for a few minutes before rinsing it out with warm water.

Step 4: Gently Comb Your Hair

Once your clip-ins are thoroughly rinsed and the water runs clear, delicately comb through your hair to eliminate any remaining tangles. This step ensures a smooth and knot-free finish, contributing to the overall health and appearance of your hair and extensions.

Step 5: Blow Dry Your Hair

Gently blot and squeeze any excess water from your hair using a towel, preferably a microfiber one for optimal care. After applying a heat protectant, proceed to blow dry. We recommend using a round blow dry brush, moving in a downward motion to ensure thorough drying of each section.

Selecting the right hair dryer for your extensions is crucial in preventing frizz or heat damage over time. Some dryers may lead to hair frazzling with repeated use, and that’s something everyone wants to avoid! You may also consider to opt for a dryer with advanced ionic technology. This technology produces negatively charged ions that counteract frizz-inducing atoms and repel water, promoting a silky and smooth finish while safeguarding your hair from potential damage.

Step 6: Finish Your Hair with Argan Serum

Following the blow-drying process, control flyaways and enhance shine by applying some hair serum. Simply rub a few drops of the serum into your hands and then smooth it through your hair.

And there you have it – the straightforward steps to washing your hair with extensions! For an added deep treatment, consider using hair mask once a week. Always remember to use a Heat Protection Spray before engaging in any heat styling for optimal hair care.


Hair Extensions Care: Common Questions Answered

Can You Let Hair Extensions Dry Naturally?

No, it is advisable to avoid letting your extensions air dry. For optimal results, it is recommended to blow dry your hair extensions after washing. The use of an advanced hairdryer can expedite the drying process without compromising the quality of the extensions.

Do Hair Extensions Thicken After Washing?

Yes, hair extensions typically appear fuller and thicker after the first wash. This effect is attributed to the removal of the protective coating applied for storage, which washes away during the initial wash.


We trust these insights help you in maintaining your extensions with ease through proper aftercare! Explore our range of hair extensions now to embark on your hair journey, and don’t forget to follow us on our Hera Hair Beauty Instagram for inspiring hair content.