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Aftercare for Your Hair Extensions

How to Take Care of Your Weave After it is Taken Out

Weave, bundles, and inches.

Whatever you may call it, taking the proper steps to care for your hair extensions is essential! It is stressed to care for installed extensions as if you were caring for your hair, but what about when you take those extensions out?

Before storing your hair away until your next install, make sure to cleanse the wefts and hair to prevent shedding, tangles, and dryness.

Today, we are going to show you how to bring your weave back to life after uninstalling it!

Taking Our Your Weave

Sometimes when we as women decide to uninstall weave, we may not be thinking about how to care for the extensions after we take them out, because we now have to worry about our natural hair.

If you took the time to invest in human hair extensions, then you must also take the time to invest in care and patience. You can use most high-quality hair for up to one year, and when you take the time to “bring your hair back to life” it can be rewarding.

So how do you get those beautiful tresses to look fresh and revived?

These next few steps could be what you need to get the best bang for your buck when it comes to extending the life cycle of your gorgeous extensions.

removing sew-in

Step 1: Before Removing the Weave

Post takedown, gently comb through the hair with a wide-toothed comb (for more curly styles use your fingers to comb through the curly tresses) to remove any tangles or knots. You may also take this time to sort your extensions, depending on the length.

This step has helped me when it comes time to wash and deep condition the hair and helps you to stay organized during the washing process.

combing hair extensions

Step 2: Clean the Weave

Next, you will grab shampoo to cleanse the wefts of your extensions to remove dandruff or buildup.

When working the shampoo into the wefts use your pointer finger and thumb to massage the product in, and to lift up any dirt. When you are shampooing your hair, focus mainly on the wefts.

Make sure you cleanse the extensions one at a time. For my beauties that are on a budget, Garnier Fructis carries a wide variety of shampoos and conditioners that are under five dollars. I have invested in the Triple Nutrition shampoo and conditioner, and it revives my extensions as if they were brand new every time.

You can find the shampoo and conditioner at your local grocery or drugstore, and leave the store paying no more than nine to ten dollars. The best part about the Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition line is that it is paraben and sulfate free, which will aid in moisturizing and strengthen your hair.

Who wouldn’t love that?

Garnier Fructis

Step 3: Wash out the Shampoo

After shampooing, rinse the tracks under cold water until all of the soap suds are washed away.

You can guide the shampoo off of the wefts while rubbing in a back and forth motion under the cold water with your pointer finger and thumb.

If needed, please repeat the shampooing process to ensure that all dirt, dandruff, and buildup is no longer present.

Step 4: Condition Your Weave

Then, apply a generous amount of conditioner to the tracks and hair one at a time.

Using your fingers or a wide-toothed comb to gently comb through the hair and distribute the conditioner evenly through each stand. If a section of your extension is dry simply run it under the cold water again, and then apply the conditioner.

Lay the hair into a plastic bag to deep condition for up to 20 minutes, do not lay the extensions on top of one another to prevent tangling.

For better results, use a handheld dryer for a deeper conditioning treatment, or place the hair into a hair dryer on cool or low heat. I have noticed that the hair comes out softer and shinier after applying heat to the extensions.

Step 5: Rinse Your Weave

After 20 minutes, rinse with cold water, and use an old t-shirt or your hands to squeeze any excess water out.

Try not to clump up the hair together or ball it up when doing this step. Squeeze out the water in a downward motion, working your way from the top to the tips of the hair. After squeezing out the water you can either let the hair air dry or use your handheld dryer to make time go by faster, but it is important to protect the hair before carrying on with either step.

Use a light heat protectant or oil to seal the ends of the hair and the wefts; the Tresemme Heat Tamer is a great option.

This heat protectant aids in protecting the hair from the potential damage of heating tools, and seal in shine and moisture.

Step 6: Dry Your Weave

Finally, hang the hair up to air dry. To do this, you can use a clothes hanger with pants clips on both sides to clip onto the tracks.

If you do not have hangers with clips already attached then can also use a clothespin and clip it onto the hanger. After hanging up all of your extensions place them in an area that is well ventilated, and high enough for the hair not to touch the ground.

After an hour and a half check on the drying process, do not leave the wet hair out for more than four hours to prevent any moldy smell.

If your hair is not dry in time, you can finish the drying process with a handle held hair dryer.

drying hair

Step 7: Properly Store Your Weave

Storing hair extensions is not hard but should be something you take seriously if you want it to last for another install.

Once the hair is fully dry, you can place your extensions into a bag or bundle them back together, securing each bundle with a hair tie or rubber band. A lot of our clients use our custom hair extension packaging which is a nice touch for their clients to store the weave.

Now the hair will be fully prepped for the next time that you set up an appointment with your favorite hair stylist! You can also use these simple steps when you are caring for wigs as a weekly wash routine.

What ways do you take care of your extensions after removing them?

Please share this article or comment below to share your questions and thoughts!

silk hair extension packaging

About Carrie Byrd

Carrie Byrd is a journalist and blogger with aspirations to help those around her one word at a time. From starting her own blog to writing for magazines, such as, Sheen Magazine Carrie works to deliver high quality content for all readers. Be sure to stay up to date with her by following her on Instagram and twitter @CarrieByrd_.

One thought on “Aftercare for Your Hair Extensions

  1. Jennifer Thomas says:

    Thanks for sharing these aftercare tips. Would you please share some tips to follow while brushing or washing the hair extensions? I once went to HEH in Houston and really loved their services but I have recently moved to Marcus Hook (PA) and doesn’t know any reliable place for hairstyling here.

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