How to Wash your Hair Extensions

How to Wash your Hair Extensions

Girl washing her hair extensions in the shower
Washing hair extensions require a few small different techniques to ensure they stay healthy and last as long as possible

First of all there are a few things to consider if you have just recently had hair extensions installed. Im going to run you through a few steps that will help you care for your extensions, or inform you better if you are considering purchasing Great Lengths extensions!

1.)  Do not shampoo for two days after your Great Lengths application! This is important to allow proper bonding of the extensions.

2.) Great Lengths also recommends that you return to your certified Great Lengths extension specialist approximately two weeks after your application. This follow-up visit allows your extension specialist to inspect the bonds to ensure that your Great Lengths application result is performing as expected.

3.) When shampooing, always wash your hair with your head tilted back, not forward. Never dry with a scrubbing action, instead wrap a towel to absorb the excess moisture. Great Lengths recommends that the attachment sites be dried with a blow dryer to prevent the bonds from remaining wet for an extended period of time if you are air drying your hair.


Cleaning your Great Lengths hair

a girl working conditioner through her wet hair after a shower

To cleanse your hair extensions, gently massage shampoo into the root area with soft smooth motions – don’t be afraid, it is important that your scalp and bonds are cleaned thoroughly. While washing your hair in the shower, it is best to tilt your head with the flow of the water as this helps avoid knotting. Rinse and repeat your shampoo treatment when you wash your hair extensions, and if you’re a regular swimmer or sweat a lot in the gym be sure to rinse or wash your hair every time you exercise.

Conditioning your soft extensions

girl combing out conditioner with a wide toothed comb
Gently combing conditioner through your hair is a great way to ensure it is evenly distributed.

As your pre-bonded hair extensions are made from 100% human hair, it is also important to use a conditioner to keep them looking silky and smooth. Because they are not attached to your scalp like normal hair, they do not have a steady supply of healthy oils and nutrients. Healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp, so make sure you take care of your hair to ensure your extensions last as long as possible. When applying conditioner lightly combing it through your hair with a wide toothed comb is also a safe practice.

Drying your Hair Extensions

Hair extensions being dried with the blotting technique
The blotting technique is must easier on your hair, it reduces possible damage and knots.

Once you have perfectly shampooed and conditioned your hair it is time to dry your beautiful hair extensions. Traditionally the best method to practice is blotting your hair with a towel. This is the safest and softest method to practice and ensures the least amount of pulling on your bonds.. Avoid rubbing the hair with your towel directly on your scalp, as this will cause knots and damage to your bonds. Don’t forget to keep your drying motions gentle.

Remove any tangles gently

Sofia Pastro combing her hair with a wide toothed comb
Wide tooth combs are my first choice when removing tangles and knots after showering.

I recommend that once your hair is dried use a wide toothed comb or flat brush to remove tangles. Always start at the bottom working your way towards the scalp. 

To keep your locks healthy, you should dry your hair fully with a blow dryer after you have blotted it. If you are short on time, make sure you at least dry the area with your bonds. 

Thats all you need to know about proper cleaning care for your Great Lengths Hair Extensions! If you have not already booked a consultation with me be sure to do so, they are always free. I would love to hear about what you would like to do with your hair.

Xo – have a great hair day!

Here is the quick youtube video i did on this blog post as well! 🙂

Leave a Reply