Washing Your Extensions

These are an investment. Treat them like one.

extension care

With the right type of love and care, your extensions from Extend Your Styles can last years. Keep reading to find out how to care for yours.

Just like our own hair, extensions need to be cared for regularly. Treating them like your own hair aids in the process to make the last as long as possible.


Since hair from extensions is not physically attached to a head, shampoo is not necessary for the cleansing process. Regular shampooing can actually be harmful to your extensions. Thankfully, there is an alternative out there for you–co-washing. The idea of co-washing has become very popular throughout the world of Black hair. It combines the ideas of washing hair to cleanse and remove build up, refreshing hair between washes, and keeping the hair moisturized. There are co-washes out there in the market but regular conditioner will do the trick for this process.

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Here are 5 easy steps to co-wash your extensions:

  1. Fill sink, bath, or bowl with enough lukewarm water to cover all of your extensions (add conditioner to the water for added moisture if you’d like).
  2. Gently saturate your extensions in the water with your hands keeping the strands going the same way to reduce tangles.
  3. Taking one clip-in or weft at a time, saturate it with conditioner and incorporate in by gently squeezing the conditioner in the hair.
  4. After insuring the hair is fully saturated with conditioner, start the detangling process from the end and work your way up. Use fingers first and a comb or brush after if you feel all of the tangles have left the hair (Denman brushes are great for bring out curl patterns). The hair is always going to shed so, working through tangles with patience and a few extra drops of conditioner will help reduce it.
  5. Optional Step: Let the conditioner sit for 5-10 minutes.
  6. Final Step! Once you have worked through the tangles, rinse the conditioner out and lay the hair flat on a towel to dry or clip with a pants hanger to dry (If using a pants hanger to dry, clip solely on the weft area of the hair or place something soft between the hair and the hanger.)

Important Things to Remember:

  1. The more curls, the longer this process will take. Don’t give up! Just make sure the hair is soaked and add more conditioner to work through those tangles.
  2. Sulfate-free conditioner is recommended because sulfate dries out the hair and your extensions are not producing any natural oils to keep themselves moisturized.

Tips for Washing Hair With a Sew-in:

  1. Focus shampoo on your scalp and leave-out. Separate your leave-out from your extensions with clips to help with this process.
  2. Rake conditioner through gently to avoid shedding.
  3. Applicator bottles can help reach underneath braids.


Try these tips out for yourself and tell us how it went in the comments section below, tag us on your social media post @ #ExtendYourStyles, or share it with us on Facebook! Have fun extending your style! We’ll see you next Sunday on The Extension with a review of one of our clip-in bundles.





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