How do I Get Rid of Dirt Build Up in Hair Extensions & Braids?

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How do I Get Rid of Dirt Build Up in Hair Extensions & Braids?
Hair brushing is essential to the care of extensions and braids. (woman brushing hair image by forca from

Proper use of hair care products and consistent washing techniques help maintain healthy hair. When washing extensions or braids, consider the type of hairstyle. Consult with your stylist to find out the best way to care for your new extensions and braids. Braids require light touching, washing, and massaging without scrubbing. Extensions need consistent downward brushing and the very light use of after-wash product. The goal for people who use extensions is for the hairstyle to look natural, and the goal for people who have braids is for the hairstyle to look neat and put together.

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Things you need

  • Shampoo
  • Brush
  • Conditioner
  • Moisturiser

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    Cleaning Hair Extensions

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    Brush hair and remove tangles.

    How do I Get Rid of Dirt Build Up in Hair Extensions & Braids?
    Extensions add body, length and volume to your hair. (face beautiful girl closed by hair image by Anatoly Tiplyashin from
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    Gradually wet hair while brushing it.

  3. 3

    Wash hair going in a downward motion with a good shampoo recommended by your hair stylist.

  4. 4

    Brush hair with a soft bristle brush in a downward motion. Brush hair twice a day and let it air-dry naturally. Do not use heat to dry hair or it will damage your extensions.

    Cleaning Braids

  1. 1

    Wash hair with horse shampoo or protein-enriched shampoo.

    How do I Get Rid of Dirt Build Up in Hair Extensions & Braids?
    Massaging braided hair keeps the braids clean and toned. (beautiful Asian girl with braids image by Gina Smith from
  2. 2

    Rinse hair with a 3-to-1 ratio mix of distilled water and apple cider vinegar.

  3. 3

    Tone hair by massaging it with the pads of your fingers. Follow the pattern of the braid.

  4. 4

    Condition your hair using water-based conditioner.

  5. 5

    Add oil-based light moisturiser for scalp.

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    Brush hair with a soft-bristled brush then let it air-dry.

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