How to Wash Out Built Up Dirt in Hair After Removing Hair Extensions

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How to Wash Out Built Up Dirt in Hair After Removing Hair Extensions
Remove dirt build-up from extensions with a clarifying shampoo. (the bathing woman image by sumos from

Hair extensions are an easy, albeit somewhat expensive, way to get length and volume in your hair quickly. There are many types of hair extensions, including glue bond, braiding and sew-ins. Regardless of the method of application, extensions usually will leave your hair with excessive build-up. This is due to the use of products such as gels, creams and hairspray. Also, hair that sheds naturally every day gets caught in the extensions, causing more build-up and tangles. Remove built-up dirt in your hair after taking your extensions out.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Clarifying shampoo
  • Deep conditioner
  • Fine-tooth comb (optional)

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  1. 1

    Apply a medium-sized dollop of clarifying shampoo into the palm of your hand, then rub your palms together.

  2. 2

    Massage the clarifying shampoo into your hair, moving your fingers briskly in a circular motion. Focus on the scalp and near the root area, which is where most of the build-up gathers. Make sure to shampoo from root to tip.

  3. 3

    Rinse your hair thoroughly with lukewarm water. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 if necessary to remove leftover built-up dirt. Rinse with lukewarm water.

  4. 4

    Apply a deep conditioner to your hair, making sure to fully saturate all of the strands. Let the conditioner sit for about 2 minutes, then rinse with cool water.

  5. 5

    Gently towel-dry your hair, squeezing the excess water out instead of rubbing your head. Rubbing will create unnecessary tangling.

  6. 6

    Take a fine-tooth comb and position the bristles at the root of your hair if you used latex glue bond extensions. Gently pull the comb up, but do not yank or pull hard enough to cause discomfort. The bristles of the comb will pick up the glue flecks that remain in your hair.

Tips and warnings

  • To avoid excess build-up after extension removal, shampoo your hair in a downward motion, focusing on your scalp, once every two weeks with a clarifying shampoo.
  • Avoid using styling products that contain alcohol, which makes hair very dry.

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