How to make extensions smooth & silky again

Updated April 17, 2017

Keeping hair extensions soft and silky is only possible if you take the time to care for them in the right way. Neglecting your extensions is likely to lead to tangles and knots, which can result in irreversible damage. Good quality extensions are not cheap, so make them last as long as possible by looking after them properly, or you will have to pay to have them replaced.

Wash your hair at least three times every week, and always right after exercising or swimming. If your natural hair is particularly oily, wash it more often. Use your regular shampoo on your extensions, working it from the roots of your hair to the ends. Avoid piling your hair on top of your head and massaging the shampoo in, as this is likely to lead to tangles and making combing your hair a nightmare. Build up a good lather by adding water to your shampoo. Never scrub too hard; treat your extensions gently. Rinse thoroughly, then condition your hair in the same way before a final rinse.

Keep your head upright when wrapping your hair in a towel. Hold the towel at the front of your head and wrap it round the back of your hair, keeping the ends of your hair facing down.

Tie your hair in a loose ponytail or plait it before you go to bed to avoid tangles. Always make sure your hair is completely dry before going to bed.

Ask a friend to help you loosen any knots from your extensions. If the tangle is at the back of your head, it can be really difficult to see it yourself. A friend with a gentle touch will have a better chance of avoiding permanent damage to your hair.

Brush your extensions with a soft brush every morning and evening. If you find your extensions becoming dry or coarse, or developing knots, add a small amount of leave-in conditioner before brushing.

Leave your hair extensions in their natural state. Don't colour, cut or perm them. If you want your extensions coloured or styled, visit a professional hair stylist who has experience in extensions.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft brush
  • Leave-in conditioner
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C. Giles is a writer with an MA (Hons) in English literature and a post-graduate diploma in law. Her work has been published in several publications, both online and offline, including "The Herald," "The Big Issue" and "Daily Record."