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7. Washing your extensions

Updated: Jan 10

Its recommended to wash your extensions 1-2 times a week. More frequently isn’t a bad thing. If you have time to wash and dry your hair more often then go for it but you can use a dry shampoo in between if necessary.


Excessive washing can cause extensions to loosen quicker. You must remember the rule of all rules – DO NOT GO TO BED WITH WET HAIR! No matter how tedious blow drying may be it will make your hair matt up very quickly and will be very uncomfortable when we try and brush it out!

Top Wash


Rather than washing the whole head every time, try a top wash in between! This means washing your hair above the extensions over the sink or the shower, tying your extensions back in a low bun out of the way. If you have top washed one too many times then it’s time for the full wash ! Example routine as follows:

  • Monday – full wash

  • Wednesday – top wash

  • Saturday - full wash

  • Monday – top wash etc

(not essential, but saves time!)


Tangle Tamer


Before washing, it is advised to detangle your extension hair with a tangle tamer (by Denman) and separate the micros, tapes or each row of the weave. It is essential you only use shampoo and conditioner that is designed for hair extension use that I have recommend.

Washing Method


  • When washing your hair, do not tip your head forwards over the bath as this could cause tangling - always wash with your head upright – in the shower is ideal.

  • Smooth the shampoo down the extension hair – do not rub vigorously!

  • Only condition from the mid lengths down to the ends of the hair. Do not apply any conditioner to the rings/tape as this may cause slippage.

  • Pick the top section of your own hair up and apply conditioner to this section just try and avoid your root area. Pat hair gently when washed – do not rub.



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