How to Wash Clip-In Hair Extensions: Step by Step

So you've purchased a gorgeous set of clip-in hair extensions, worn them a few times and now it is time to shampoo the hair and start with a clean slate. We love our full array of clip-ins because they provide so many of styling options and allow you to try new things with your hair without any permanent changes. Add volume or fullness with our Kai Kinkly Curly textures or length our 24 inch hair extension options. 

Whatever you choose, the key to looking your best is consistent and effective hair extension maintenance. Just because the hair is clipped in, you still need to put in some effort to keep it looking its best. Learning how to wash clip-in hair extensions is an essential first step so let's get started. 

Step 1: Prepare the Clip-In Hair Extensions

Lay out your clip-in extensions on a clean towel or clean surface. Make sure they are free from tangles or debris by gently combing through each clip. If the hair was previously curled or if the hair has a curly texture, this is important. Doing this before adding shampoo and water will ease the process. 

Step 2: Gather Your Products

You'll need a sulfate-free shampoo, a quality conditioner, and a wide-tooth comb for this process. Remember, you are working with human hair, so our rule of thumb is to choose quality products as you would your natural hair.

Clarifying shampoos are always a great option to remove residue and product build-up, followed by a moisturizing conditioner.

Step 3: Fill a Large Bowl With Warm Water

Fill a large bowl with warm water to avoid making it too hot as this can damage the tresses. You can also do this in your bathroom sink if you don't have a large bowl. Either option will work.

Step 4: Shampoo the Extensions Gently

Shampoo the extensions, one clip at a time. Use a small amount to avoid leaving behind residue in the extension hair. Don't scrub too hard or twist the hair, which might damage the attachment area. Instead, rub the hair gently but firmly to remove as many impurities as possible.

Focus on the root of the clip-in as well to remove the oil build-up as that is the closest area to your scalp.

Step 5: Rinse and Repeat

Rinse the clip-in hair extensions thoroughly and then repeat the process once more to ensure that you have effectively cleaned the hair. Similar to shampooing your natural hair, a double cleanse ensures that is free from impurities before moving on to the next step.

Step 6: Condition

Use a good conditioning product to restore moisture and shine to your clip-in hair extensions. Focus on the midsection of the hair and the ends, as hair may fray a bit here. Let it sit on the hair for about 5-10 minutes, then move to the next step.

Step 7: Rinse the Hair a Final Time

Rinse the hair for the last time, removing any additional traces of shampoo and conditioner. It is imperative to leave your clip-in hair extensions free of residue. This will help with styling easily.

Step 8: Dry the Extensions Gently

Allow the extensions to dry completely before you attempt to clip them back into your hair. You can blot them with a towel and then let them air dry. The Go Sleek Hair Hanger and Hair Holder are both great options. 

If you choose to use heat, remember to use a heat protectant. 

Step 9: Comb/Brush Through the Hair

Conduct a final comb-through of your clip-in hair extensions to de-tangle the hair before storing it until you are ready to use it next. A wide-tooth comb or our detangler hair extension brush will also do the trick!

Step 10: Store Extensions Properly

Store your clip-in hair extensions in a cool, dry place away from the sun or any other harsh light. A satin hair bag is also a perfect choice for hair extension storage. Along with good hair extension maintenance, this will help preserve your hair for years to come.

Proper hair extension maintenance is the best way to ensure that your investment in clip-ins lasts. Various clip-in hair extensions allow you to experiment with different styles without damaging or altering your real hair.

Our textures range from Kinky Curly to Body Wave, so there are plenty of options to ensure your hair blends seamlessly. Are you ready to add volume, length, style, and slay your next look? Start now with our collection of clip-in hair extensions and learn more about how to style them on the Go Sleek Vlog