by HSI Professional | Jul 31 2017
If you’re not interested in getting a weave or permanent extensions, then clip ins might be one of your best options, and sometimes, cleaning them can be a bit of a pain. What do you do? How do you do it? There are a few different ways to wash your extensions and we’re going to discuss two of the most common. One method many people have used is to simply put them in and hop into the shower, but if you’re looking for a bit of a more refined method, then keep reading. Remember, if you’re going to use a ceramic flat iron on your extensions after the fact, you do need to make sure they’re dry.
Beyond Just Straightening with the Ceramic Flat Iron - A Quick Guide to Cleaning your Extensions
Straightening your extensions with a ceramic flat iron is usually a pretty good idea, but it’s not the only way to get it straight and presentable. You’re going to need to do some serious cleaning, and it’s not always the easiest thing in the world. Fortunately, we have a few steps for you to follow, and we’re going to start with one of the most common methods: shampoo and conditioner.
Shampooing and Conditioning your Extension
Before you start, you need to make sure that you have a decent spot to lay your extensions down. For example, some will attach them to the shower curtain, and that really isn’t a bad idea. You can actually use the built-in clips to attach them to your shower curtain to dry and trust us, they won’t be going anywhere once you do that. Secondly, you’re going to need to make sure you have three buckets laid out. All three will be filled with water, but one will be mixed with shampoo, while the other is mixed with conditioner. At this point, it’s pretty self-explanatory. You will swish the hair extensions, one at a time, first in the shampoo, then in the water, and then in the conditioner. Finish by swishing in the water again, and hanging them up to dry. Be warned, if you do not rinse out the conditioner fully on the first pass, the hair will dry stiff. Fortunately, if you need it in a pinch, you can fix it with an HSI styling comb (see the one we sell right here on our website!) We would recommend, however, that you wash it again after the fact.
Try the Boiling Method
This is a little less common but it tends to work just as well, especially with synthetic extensions. You can boil a pot of water on the stove, add a drop of soap, and swirl your hair extensions in the water. This is something that you cannot do with your natural hair, and it’s a great way for you to get rid of any hairspray or another product buildup. Once you finish washing out your extensions, allow them to dry, and then feel free to style them using a ceramic tourmaline ionic flat iron or any other implement of your choosing. Once you’ve finished that, you will be able to proceed to wear them and enjoy your long hair. Just remember to follow the above instructions, and most importantly, make sure they’re thoroughly conditioned before you head out into any sort of humidity as this will help to ensure that you do not run into any serious curling or fizziness.