How To Wash Hair Extensions
A very important but perhaps often overlooked aspect is how to wash extensions or weaves and properly care for them. All our products are 100% Remy which means that they can be washed and styled just like your own natural locks. Since wefts don’t receive the natural oils from the scalp as your natural locks do, they don’t need to be washed as often as they won’t get oily or greasy like natural hair. This still means you should learn how to wash them – after all, just like your natural locks, they’ll become dirty and greasy mixing in with your own hair. We recommend washing them every 10 or so wears or when there’s a lot of product build-up that prevents styling. Our Premium Collection (Vietnamese and Indian) weaves are raw and virgin in addition to being Remy human which makes them even closer to your own natural locks and thus can be washed as many times as you’d like without damaging them.
Be sure to have these items handy before you start!
- A sink with a plug
- Alcohol/sulfate-free shampoo
- Alcohol/sulfate-free conditioner
- Hair oil
- A wide tooth comb
You might be wondering why we recommend alcohol and sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. The reason is that these products are extremely drying on hair and since weaves already don’t receive the natural oils from the scalp, it’s best to preserve moisture as much as possible. Thus alcohol/sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners will keep your new weave looking beautiful and vibrant.
Step 1: Brush Your Weave
Just as brushing your locks before showering will help against tangling, the same applies when learning how to wash your weave. Before washing them, give them a good brush with a wide tooth comb or paddle brush from bottom to top, carefully removing any knots and tangles. Then place each weft neatly on top of each other to keep them tangle free during the washing process.
Step 2: Preparation
Make sure your sink is clean to avoid dirtying the wefts and then fill it up with lukewarm water – be sure to avoid hot or cold water. Pump several drops of shampoo into the water and swish the soap around until it’s nice and bubbly.
Step 3: Shampoo The Wefts
Wash the weave one weft at a time to ensure that each weft gets washed thoroughly without the set tangling. If you’re pressed for time you can always bundle the wefts together with an elastic and wash them together like that. Hold the weft with one hand and submerge it into the water and very gently wash the hair, being sure to shampoo it in with light strokes and avoid tangling. When you’re done, take it out and set it aside neatly on a towel and repeat the same steps for the rest of the wefts.
Step 4: Condition Each Weft
After you’ve shampooed the wefts it’s time to condition them. This is a very important step not to be skipped as it helps ensure that your weave remain moisturized and soft. It’s a good idea to use a deep conditioner for this step to really help penetrate the hair shaft. Take a generous amount of conditioner and apply it to each weft from top to bottom, working the product in thoroughly into the hair. It’s best to leave the product in overnight to really allow it to soak in and be the most effective. To do this, simply bundle your wefts and carefully coil them and place them in a shower cap to leave overnight.
Step 5: Rinse The Wefts
The following morning, thoroughly rinse out each weft, making sure that there’s no conditioner residue left. A common mistake is to not fully wash the wefts and leave “the slip” or the slippery soft feeling after conditioning. The reason you want to avoid this is that it will either weigh the wefts down or cause it to look greasy when dry. Wash each weft with cold water to help close the cuticles of the hair and seal in the moisture and make the extensions look silky smooth.
Step 6: Drying The Wefts
It’s always best to avoid using excessive heat on any hair but it’s especially important to set good habits while learning how to wash extensions. Before laying them out to dry, make sure the wefts are fully wrung of water, then lay all the wefts out separately on a towel on a flat surface. A helpful trick to preventing frizz once the hair is dry is to apply a small amount of hair oil to each weft to ensure the hair remains manageable.
Step 7: Comb Each Weft
Although it’s usually not recommended to comb when wet as it’s more easily tangled, in this case, you want your weave to dry straight with little to no tangles. Use a wide tooth comb to gently brush from top to bottom.
Step 8: Let Dry
That’s it! Leave the wefts to dry and then enjoy a clean, beautiful weave ready to add instant volume and length to your natural hair.
Washing your Endless Hair Extensions doesn’t have to be complicated and we hope you now will have the confidence to know how to wash hair extensions flawlessly!
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