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A hairstyle can be a powerful way to express yourself. Human hair extensions radically transform your look by adding bouncy volume and luxurious locks. Even celebrities depend on them to get flashy hairstyles in a snap.

Unlike synthetic options, human hair extensions require just as much care as natural hair. If you want your extensions to maintain their luster and volume, you need to take care of them properly. Here are a few pointers to get you started.

Treat them like your natural hair

You can wash your extensions with your natural hair if they were taped, sewn, or micro linked. Be sure to use a moisturizing shampoo and to be gentle to prevent the extensions from coming undone. Such a formulation will rejuvenate the human hair extensions and help maintain their volume.

However, you should avoid washing extensions that were clipped or glued. Such extensions need to be removed and treated separately.

Shampoos and products to avoid

Using the right product is essential to the maintenance of human hair extensions. The right product will ensure your extensions remain tangle-free, soft, and manageable. Products that have Ethanol, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Propanol, SLS, Isopropyl, Sodium Sulfates, Alcohol Denat, SD Alcohol, and Propyl should be avoided.

Sulfate-free and alcohol-free products maintain your hair’s natural oils. These oils make your hair suppler, thus less likely to tangle.

Use conditioner

The use of a conditioner replenishes the cuticle layer of your hair. Without this layer, your hair would be dull, limp, and less capable of protecting your hair from UV rays. Ensure you work an adequate amount of conditioner into the roots. You can use a leave-in conditioner for curly or braided extensions.

Wash your extensions three to five times a week

Just like natural hair, human hair extensions become dried out when over washed. Three or five times a week is an adequate amount of time to clean them. You can give them a gentle rinse with a little conditioner on days you haven’t washed them.

Thickness, amount of product used, and oil content determine how often you should wash extensions. Someone with thin extensions needs to wash them more often that another with thicker and drier extensions.

Keep your hair dry

Unless you want your extensions to bunch up and tangle, never go to bed when they are wet. Therefore, it’s an excellent idea to blow-dry your hair thoroughly before climbing into bed. If your natural hair is braided beneath the extensions, ensure you dry it thoroughly. Such a measure will prevent odor-causing mildew from developing.

Brush your hair properly

Gently brush your hair using a padded brush. Doing this daily ensures that your extensions maintain their luster and smoothness. Brushing your hair spreads essential oils across each strand.


Human hair extensions are considered high maintenance. However, as you see from these tips, it doesn’t vary from taking care of natural hair. With these simple tips, you can maintain your luxurious human hair extensions for longer, saving a lot of money in the end. Just think of it as protecting an investment in your image.

For more human hair care and maintenance tips, at New-U our certified hair extension experts specialize in helping clients create the fuller, healthier look they desire. To schedule a free consultation contact New-U Hair Replacement Specialists today!