How to Care For Clip-In Hair Extensions

Written by: Nancy Pinder



Time to read 4 min

According to Final Step Marketing, 34% of women in the United States use hair extensions as a part of their regular beauty routine. 

Many women wear hair extensions because they enhance their natural beauty.

However, most people do not know how to properly care for clip-in hair extensions. Do you want to learn more about hair extension care

Keep reading this article to learn how to wash hair extensions and more!

Brush Them Out

First things first, you want to make sure you brush your clip in extension regularly. This is especially important to do before you wash your hair extensions, but is vital if you want to prevent tangles and unnecessary breakage.

By patiently detangling your hair with a wide-tooth comb or a deluxe RiRi brush that has soft bristles, you will be less likely to break strands of your extensions or damage your hair.

Start brushing from the bottom of your extensions to the top of your extensions to make sure they are smooth and knot-free.

While you want to detangle and brush out your extensions before you was them, you really want to make sure you do this after each use! 

Before you store your extensions, make sure they are smoothly brushed out.

Learn How To Wash Hair Extensions

Next, you want to learn how to wash your hair extensions properly. Many people are under the false impression that they are not supposed to wash their extensions. 

However, because your extensions clip into your other hair, they don't get the same natural oils that come from your scalp.

Make sure you do not overwash your extensions so you don't dry them out. Generally, you can expect to wash your hair extensions every 4-6 weeks.

This will greatly depend on how you use your extensions as well. For example, if you frequently style the extensions or add in new products, you will need to wash them more often to prevent product buildup.

To wash your extensions, you can fill your bathroom sink with water and shampoo. Submerge your clip in hair wefts into the water and shampoo and condition them thoroughly. 

You can also use a hair mask to keep your synthetic hair extensions or your real hair extensions soft.

Dry Hair Extensions Properly

Next, you want to make sure you dry your extensions properly. This means that you always need to air dry your extensions! You can speed up this process by squeezing out any excess water with a microfibre cloth or towel.

Squeezing, rather than rubbing your extensions with a towel, will prevent frizz, tangles, and other damage to your hair extensions. If you absolutely have to dry your extensions with a blow dryer, make sure you use the lowest heat to prevent heat damage to your extensions.

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Sleep On Silk Pillowcases

Hair can easily break when you are sleeping, especially if you have a pillowcase that is made from a rough fabric. 

To prevent breakage and additional frizz on your extensions, it is best to sleep on silk or satin pillowcases! These materials will allow your hair to easily slide across your pillow while you sleep, rather than catching your hair and causing it to tangle.

You can find silk pillowcases in most stores or online! This inexpensive purchase can make a big difference to your clip in hair extension care.

Don't Use Too Much Product

The products you use for your extensions are very important. While it is vital to use a high-quality shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask, it is just as important to avoid using too many products.

If you do, it can easily build up on your hair which results in more frequent washes and drier hair. This is why it is important to avoid using too much dry shampoo.

Use Heat Protectant

When you use extensions, you want to protect them the same way you would your own hair. This means that you should learn to protect it from the heat of styling tools. 

One of the best things you can do is limit how often you style your hair to prevent heat damage.

If you need to use something like a blow dryer or a curling iron, you want to always use a heat protectant on your hair. These heat protectants work as a barrier between your hair and the heating tool.

This is essentially like putting sunscreen on your hair! It can prevent heat damage, frizz, and breakage.

Store Them Safely

Finally, it is vital that you learn how to properly store your clip-in hair extensions. 

As was mentioned before, it is easy for these hair wefts to get tangled. To prevent tangles, you can brush them out before you store them.

Make sure you never leave your extensions all over the place. Immediately after taking them out of your hair, you want to put them in their hair extension storage bag or box. 

Do not pile them and make sure they are laid out nicely. This will keep your extensions in great condition and can prevent unnecessary damage!

Learn More About Hair Extensions Today

Hair extensions are a great and easy way to make your hair look longer and more full. However, it is vital that you learn how to take care of your clip in hair extensions properly so they last longer.

Do you want to learn more about hair or buy new hair extensions? 

RiRi Hair Extensions can help! Contact us today to learn more about our extensions or to get a free colour match!

Nancy Pinder

Nancy is our resident hair and beauty specialist at RiRi Hair Extensions. She advises customers daily in our Lakeside and Bluewater stores, helping them find the perfect look, length, and shade of hair extensions. 

Nancy also presents our TikTok live to thousands of viewers across the world. You can catch her on our TikTok every week!

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