How to Care for Kanekalon Hair

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Kanekalon hair is a popular choice for extensions. It's relatively inexpensive, easy to care for, available in a wide range of colours and is versatile. It's also synthetic, so you may find caring for it quite different than caring for your own hair. With a little know-how, you'll find that Kanekalon doesn't require a lot of maintenance, so you can enjoy wearing your long extensions with minimal care, whether you wear them in individual braids, cornrows or loose.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Vinegar
  • Shampoo
  • Oil sheen

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  1. 1

    Soak Kanekalon extensions in a vinegar/water solution before braiding into your hair if you know that untreated Kanekalon irritates your skin.

  2. 2

    Add one cup of vinegar to a sink full of water and soak extensions for 15 minutes. Rinse the Kanekalon thoroughly and let them dry.

  3. 3

    Add Kanekalon extensions to your hair in whatever style you choose. Most women choose this hair for creating braids. Once Kanekalon extensions are added, maintenance is simple.

  4. 4

    Shampoo your hair as usual, being careful to keep most of the shampoo on your scalp. Rub shampoo in with your fingertips, not your nails.

  5. 5

    Let the water work shampoo through the Kanekalon hair, but don't rub shampoo into the extensions.

  6. 6

    Rinse hair thoroughly. It's not necessary to apply conditioner to Kanekalon.

  7. 7

    Spritz your hair with oil sheen if desired, but don't overdo it. After spraying, run your fingers through your extensions to distribute any oils.

Tips and warnings

  • Shampoo hair in the shower. This keeps extensions facing downward, making it less likely for them to tangle.
  • Do not apply direct heat to Kanekalon. This is synthetic hair that will melt if a flat iron or curling iron is applied to it.

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