What with heat styling, blow drying, up-doing, detangling and all that malarky, our trusty clip-in hair extensions can go through an awful lot on a weekly basis. All that wear and tear can leave our extensions looking (and us feeling) more than a tad ratty. So to make sure our hair extensions stay in immaculate condition, we like to follow these simple rules on how to care for our clip-in hair extensions:
1. How to care for your clip-in hair extensions: Washing your hair extensions
Clip-in hair extensions don’t receive any nourishing, natural oils from the scalp like our own tresses do, so it’s best to wash them as infrequently as possible to prevent them from becoming unnecessarily dry. Here at Dirty Looks, we recommend giving them a clean every four to six weeks, but this can vary depending on how many styling products you’ve been using and what you’ve been getting up to in general! When it’s eventually high time for a wash, make sure to prep your clip-in hair extensions by removing any tangles with a gentle brush. We love the Spornette Super Looper Brush as it has ultra-gentle bristles that have been designed especially for use on hair extensions. Remember you should never brush your hair extensions when they are wet!
For best results, wash your hair extensions in a sinkful of lukewarm water, making sure to keep hold of them at the clips to prevent any nasty tangling incidents. We find that the most effective washing technique is to gently distribute a moisturising shampoo, such as the Tigi Catwalk Oatmeal & Honey Nourishing Shampoo, throughout the extension in a downward motion. To make sure you don’t cause any breakage, remember to avoid the temptation to scrub or twist the clip-in. Finish with a hydrating conditioner (like the Tigi Bed Head Urban Antidotes Resurrection Conditioner) in order to replenish your hair extensions with as much moisture as possible and to keep them looking healthy and shiny.
To ensure that your clip-in hair extensions remain glossy and soft, it’s worth treating them to a deep conditioning mask roughly once per month. If you find that your clip-ins are feeling a little on the dry side despite the regular (ish) conditioning treatments, try spritzing on a leave-in conditioner to give them a long-lasting moisture boost. The deliciously-scented Tigi Bed Head Colour Goddess Leave-In Conditioner and the Tigi Bed Head Dumb Blonde Leave-In Conditioner not only work to keep hair soft and hydrated, but they also serve to prolong your extensions’ colour intensity.
2. How to care for your clip-in hair extensions: Drying your hair extensions
To keep your clip in hair extensions in tip-top condition, it’s best to avoid the lure of the time-saving hair dryer (we know, easier said than done) and leave your clip-ins to dry naturally. As such, we recommend saving extension-washing rituals for lazy days when you’ve got all the time in the world and won’t be needing a glamorous, volumized, long and lustrous ‘do in a hurry! Always make sure your extensions are tangle-free before allowing them to dry by gently running your fingers through them (this is much kinder on the extensions than using a comb), and leave them to dry on a clean towel.
If, despite your best efforts and carefully-laid plans, circumstance dictates that you simply MUST dry your extensions post-haste, always remember to use a heat protective spray when blow-drying, such as the Tigi S Factor Flat Iron Heat Defender. This will not only help to defend your extensions against premature dryness and breakage, but it will also keep them looking shiny and feeling silky smooth. It goes without saying that you should also always, ALWAYS use a heat protector when using any other kind of heat styling tool on your clip-in hair extensions. Got that? Good.
3. How to care for your clip-in extensions: Storing your hair extensions
Finished wearing your hair extensions? Before you store them, it’s always a good idea to ensure that they are free from tangles, as well as being nice and clean. This is because some hair products have a knack of damaging or discolouring our beloved clip-in hair extensions if left on for too long. It’s also important to care for your clip-in hair extensions by ensuring they’re kept free from mildew and mustiness - always remember to make sure that they are completely dry before putting them away. This way you’ll avoid any unpleasant surprises!
If you follow these tips on how to care for your clip-in hair extensions to the letter, then they should stay looking healthy, nourished and well-loved. Do you have any of your own handy hints on how to care for your clip-in hair extensions?