How to Clean Your Hair Extensions Like a Pro: A Complete Guide

How to Clean Your Hair Extensions Like a Pro: A Complete Guide

How to Clean Your Hair Extensions Like a Pro: A Complete Guide

Hair extensions can be a great way to add length, volume, and style to your hair. But, like any hair, they need to be cleaned and cared for properly to keep them looking their best. This guide will teach you how to clean your hair extensions like a pro, ensuring they stay soft, shiny, and tangle-free.

Why Clean Your Hair Extensions?

Cleaning your hair extensions regularly is essential for several reasons:

  • Prevents Product Buildup: Hair products, styling gels, and even natural oils from your scalp can build up on the extensions, making them look dull and lifeless.
  • Reduces Tangles: Clean extensions are less likely to tangle. Dirt and product buildup can create friction, leading to knots.
  • Extends Lifespan: Proper cleaning helps keep your extensions healthy and looking their best for longer.
  • Prevents Odor: Hair extensions can absorb odors from your environment, so regular cleaning helps keep them smelling fresh.

What You'll Need

Before you start cleaning, gather the following:

  • Mild Shampoo: Avoid shampoos with sulfates, parabens, and alcohols, as these can strip the extensions of their natural oils. Look for a shampoo specifically formulated for hair extensions or a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo.
  • Conditioner: Again, choose a conditioner designed for extensions or a moisturizing, detangling conditioner. We recommend Aussie Miracle Moist Shampoo and Conditioner 
  • Wide-Tooth Comb: A wide-tooth comb will help detangle your extensions without pulling or damaging them. 
  • Clean Towel: A microfiber hair dying towel will be used to dry your extensions gently.
  • Optional: A leave-in conditioner or detangling spray like Mielle Organics Pomegrante & Honey Leave-In Conditioner for extra moisture.

Step-by-Step Cleaning Guide

1. Prep Your Extensions

Begin by removing your extensions from your hair. If you have clip-in extensions, simply detach them. If you have sew-in or tape-in extensions, consult your stylist for proper removal instructions.

2. Detangle Your Extensions

Gently detangle your extensions with a wide-tooth comb, starting from the ends and working your way up. Be patient and careful not to pull or tug at the hair.

3. Wash Your Extensions

Fill a sink or basin with cool water. Add a small amount of shampoo to the water and swish it around to create a soapy mixture. Gently submerge your extensions in the soapy water, making sure they are completely immersed.

Avoid rubbing or scrubbing the extensions vigorously. Instead, gently move them around in the water to loosen dirt and product buildup. Rinse the extensions thoroughly with cool water until all the shampoo is gone.

4. Condition Your Extensions

Apply a small amount of conditioner to the extensions, focusing on the ends. Avoid applying conditioner to the hair wefts (the part where the hair is attached). Let the conditioner sit for a few minutes, then rinse it out thoroughly with cool water.

5. Dry Your Extensions

Gently squeeze out excess water from the extensions. Then, wrap them in a clean towel and pat them dry. Do not rub or twist the extensions, as this can cause tangles.

Once the extensions are mostly dry, you can air dry them completely or use a hairdryer on a low heat setting. If using a hairdryer, make sure to hold it a safe distance away from the extensions and move it constantly to prevent heat damage.

6. Style Your Extensions

Once the extensions are completely dry, you can style them as usual. Use a wide-tooth comb to detangle them again, and apply any leave-in conditioner or detangling spray if desired.

Maintenance Tips

To keep your hair extensions looking their best, follow these tips:

  • Clean Your Extensions Regularly: Wash them every 2-3 weeks, or more often if you use a lot of hair products or sweat frequently.
  • Detangle Regularly: Detangle your extensions with a wide-tooth comb before and after wearing them.
  • Avoid Heat Styling: Limit the use of heat styling tools on your extensions, as this can cause damage.
  • Store Your Extensions Properly: Store your extensions in a cool, dry place. Avoid storing them in direct sunlight or heat.
  • Get Professional Cleanings: Consider getting your extensions professionally cleaned and conditioned every few months, especially if you wear them frequently.


Cleaning your hair extensions properly is essential for keeping them looking their best and extending their lifespan. By following these simple steps, you can ensure your extensions stay soft, shiny, and tangle-free. Remember, taking good care of your hair extensions will allow you to enjoy their beauty and benefits for longer.

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