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The Best Hair Care for Blonde Hair Extensions

Blonde Hair Extensions

We’ve all heard the saying, “Blondes have more fun,” and I could not agree more. Here is the thing about blonde hair; it comes with great responsibility. While it is the new rave in the hair industry let’s face it, your blonde hair it is only as good as its care. When it comes to blonde hair extensions, the proper care is key to the longevity of the extensions.

Dying extensions any color puts a strain on the hair but more so when bleaching hair lighter. That does not mean you slack on the upkeep ladies! You spend a pretty penny on your hair extensions, right? So it’s always in the best interest of the consumer to know how to take care of the hair once it’s colored.

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A Little More Maintenance Than Usual

When buying your blonde bundles, the last thing you want to deal with is tangled, matted and dry hair. Whether you buy the hair blonde or you dye the hair yourself, the care will be the same.

Blonde hair can become brittle and dry because dying hair strips the hair of its natural oils. So with that, you will need to make sure the extensions remain moisturized at all times. A key to keeping the hair moisturized is finding a color safe yet sulfate free conditioner.

Once you find a great color safe conditioner, you should condition the hair at least 3-4 times a week. Do not be afraid of the conditioner; it is your friend ladies!

Although you may be scared to oil your extensions, it won’t hurt to use oil on your blonde extensions. Lightly oiling your extensions helps retain the moisture and that is what’s it’s all about.

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Great Color Safe Conditioners

Below are a few great conditioners to help keep your hair color fresh and extensions moisturized all in one:

Aveda’s Color Conserve – With a plant base, this product is not only all natural but very light on the color-treated hair.
Super Rich by Bumble & Bumble – This conditioner can be found at Sephora. It helps hair go from dehydrated to super rich, no pun intended
Herbal Essences Color Me Happy – I find this product to be great for wavy or any hair with some texture. Herbal Essences keeps your color treated extensions silky and hydrated.

When you get your hands on one of the mentioned or any other color safe conditioner, please co-wash the extensions at least twice before installing. Upon air drying, use oil to seal in the moisture. Jojoba, almond, and even coconut oil are the best for color treated extensions. These oils are not heavy at all and will not weigh down the extensions. I know what you are thinking; “won’t the oil make my hair greasy?” the answer is no, mainly because you only need to use a small amount.

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Co-Wash vs. Shampoo

Now you are probably wondering why I have not mentioned shampooing the extensions right? That’s because shampooing usually is useful in cleaning the hair only. While on the other hand conditioning helps treat the hair of dullness, brittleness, dryness while also cleaning the hair.

With blonde hair extensions moisture is the number one thing. Don’t get me wrong; color-safe shampoos are just as important. They help make sure that the hair remains clean but it does not always help protect the extensions (co-washing does).

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What To Avoid

What did we say about dry blonde hair, it sucks! At best, once you finish washing the extensions, just lay them flat on a towel, no harm in that.

With so many hair companies selling hair, it’s hard to tell who is the real deal and who isn’t. The game of buying hair extensions is all about preservation. How long can you maintain the quality of hair you have and make the hair last?

Once your extensions become fried, they will either remain in that state, become extremely dry or you may experience a lot of shedding. Your extensions can also fall from the weft if they are too damaged!

While there are probably more things to avoid when having blonde hair, the ones listed are the most important. Chemicals on top of chemicals can only cause further damage and frankly who has time for that? So before you turn into a mermaid ladies, please remember that chlorine is not your friend and will harm your blonde extensions. Adding excessive distress or chemicals can do nothing but damage the hair beyond repair.

Here is a list of things you should avoid if you want to take care of your blonde extensions.

Chlorine

Try to wear a swim cap while swimming. The chlorine can cause the hair to tangle or even become matted. Another cool thing to know about chlorine is that if your hair is already wet before, the chlorine has a harder time attaching and damaging your extensions.

Too Much Heat

With any texture of hair, too much heat can also damage your hair. This too goes for blonde hair extensions, too much heat can cause the hair to fry permanently. Using heat once a week is more than enough on your hair. No one is saying you can’t use heat, just use sparingly and always use heat protectants.

Sun Damage

Didn’t you think the weather could affect your hair huh? Think again; extreme climates can cause hair color to become dull which is essentially drying out the strands. Ladies before you head out to the beach on a sunny day, grab you some UV hairspray and make sure your extensions are protected. A hat works just as well, why do you think they make those cute sun hats.

Dry Shampoos

Dry shampoos are all the rave, they do not protect or adequately clean extensions. Since essentially hair extensions are dead hair follicles, this type of shampoo does nothing but cause an issue. Stick to what you know, regular color safe, sulfate free shampoos will do the trick. Don’t try and take Loopholes to haircare.

Liquid Bleach

For those ladies who like DIY projects when it comes to hair, try to use a powered bleach when dying your extensions, opposed to liquid bleach. The powder isn’t so harsh on the extensions and will give your hair that perfect shade of blonde. While liquid bleach is just as or perhaps more efficient in bleaching hair, it is also full of harsh chemicals.

Use A Towel

Drying your hair with a towel is normal for you right? Sounds harmful right? Wrong! While drying your hair extensions with a towel isn’t going to make the world combust; it will dry out your locks.

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How To Repair Blonde Extensions Gone Bad

Do not, I repeat, do not panic! Your hair can be repaired with proper care. Where there is a will, there is a way. Because your extensions are not attached to a scalp, there is room for error but correction. Thankfully there are so many excellent leave-in conditioners that can be used to help restore blonde hair extensions. Anything with an oil base can help restore the moisture which is all I have been screaming this whole article.

Here are some helpful tips to restore your blonde hair extensions:

Detangle

First you want to detangle the hair. Detangling will stop any further tangling. Using a wide tooth comb or brush is acceptable. Always start from the end all the way up to the weft, never top to bottom. Of course, while detangling you want to either damp the hair with water or a mixture of apple cider vinegar & water.

Rinse

Make sure to rinse out any products or oils, just with warm to cold water. Too cold or hot water can take a toll on the hair, especially if it isn’t super dense.

Soak

Soak the extensions in a mixture of warm to cold water & your conditioner. Let the hair soak for 20 minutes to 60 minutes depending on the level of damage.

Comb/ Brush

As the extensions are submerged in the water, comb/brush through the hair to make sure it is no longer tangled. You can also tell while doing this step if the hair is getting back to its normal state. With this tip, remember that hair extensions are most fragile while wet, so go easy with the combing and brushing.

Rinse Again

Lastly, rinse the hair one last time to get out all of the solution and conditioner. After these steps, the hair should be back to its original state at purchase. Easy enough!

Repairing your blonde extensions isn’t so hard to do. We want to make sure that we are correctly taking care of them so that you won’t have to do any repair at all. Things happen, and that’s why we are here, to help you. Things happen, and not all hair (good or bad) can withstand such active chemicals such as bleaching blonde.

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The information given in this article is catered to blonde hair extensions but can be used for all hair extensions of all textures. Remember ladies, you pay a pretty penny for your extensions, let the care you give them reflect that.

Comment below letting us know your thoughts and advice as well!

12 thoughts on “The Best Hair Care for Blonde Hair Extensions

  1. Tela Johnson says:

    Great article. I noticed that my blonde ombré extensions looked a bit dry on the ends and it made the overall look of my extensions seem low quality. Thanks for these tips. I absolutely love the blonde ombré and I will now buy it again since I have a better sense of how to take care of it.

  2. Qiana S. says:

    Certainly a good read! With blonde extensions being one of the hottest trends of today, I think being educated on how to care for them is very crucial because you don’t want to spend your hard earned money on a product just to have it go to waste because you didn’t take the time out to learn more about what you were getting into.

  3. Lillian Johnson says:

    TAKE HEED OF THOSE TIPS LADIES!! Because the last thing you want are extensions that are so dry that they look like they’ll catch on fire. Another tip I’d like to add is how to prevent unwanted brassy or warm undertones..a topic that sometimes gets overlooked. This issue can cause an originally beautiful platinum color to look a pale yellow mess. Avoiding the sun and making sure that you’re not using hard water is a start to preserve the color of your golden tresses. However, the toners used to achieve that blonde color eventually wears off so you can potentially be face-to-face with extensions that look almost unrecognizable compared to what you’ve purchased.

    However, this can be an easy fix with a good toning shampoo/conditioner aka purple shampoo (such as Clairol’s shimmer lights). By adding this to your routine every now and then (or when needed), you can eliminate unwanted undertones and keep your blonde vibrant and true to color.

  4. DeAndrea says:

    I love blonde so much it is my go-to color. Knowing how to take care of the Hair once you color it is very important because if you don’t maintain it that Hair can just go to waste with shedding, botchy coloring etc. great read

  5. A'Lante Hunter says:

    In love with this article as well! Many hair companies will not give you extensive details about how to maintain blondes and curly textures, just the bare minimum to say they did something. Keep blondes moisturized, without being heavy, and keeping it in the blonde state is important too! Another tip to add would be using a sulfate free purple shampoo to keep brassiness away and keep that blonde beautiful! Along with a clarifying shampoo for when you go swimming in a chlorine pool!

  6. Brittany says:

    Wow, thank you so much for this post. I was Just in the process of trying to bleach my bundles to create an ash blonde color, not realizing there were so many things I was About to do wrong lol. Also, i find It so funny how a lot of women love wearing 613 extensions for vacation. They probably do not know how harsh chlorine, the sun & even using a towel can harm their extensions. I surely Didn’t lol.

  7. Raquellwashington says:

    I love my blonde hair. When dying my hair I use a demi semi-permanent hair color so it will not be as damaging to the hair. I only use professional hair coloring products. I am too afraid to use anything less on my bundles. Thankfully my sister is a cosmetologist so she helps me out with recommending the best products to use.

  8. Taveena Wyley says:

    Blonde is a very Hot commodity and super versatile ( meaning being able to convert to whatever your mind or stylist mind can conjure up). It could be easily mistaking for an invincible palate, and also easily damaged. I absolutely love the many different topics PLE offers and the encouragement offer…..I’m ADDICTED

  9. Miekell says:

    This. Many people don’t know how to maintain their blonde tresses. This is a great help!

  10. Corinne McCullough says:

    Okay, I know this sounds weird but I find this technique works very well for maintaining the integrity of the hair. Completely cover blonde bundles in organic coconut oil, shampoo with clarifying shampoo to remove residue and then clean color safe shampoo. The coconut oil lacrosse as a reconstructive treatment for drying hair. Hope this helps someone!

    Sincerely,
    Your Favorite Hairstylist

  11. Phyllis, The Weaveanista says:

    These are some awesome tips and pointers regarding the care of blonde extensions! There are a plethora of products on the market for lighter color extensions. Some work better than others and some work better on Indian hair than on South East Asian hair and every other ethnicity origin in between. I’m a professional wig maker and licensed Cosmetologist in Atlanta so I’ve worked with a lot of ethnicities of hair and type of products. I’d like to offer a couple, that from a universal standpoint, perform amazingly well!

    1. Bed Head Dumb Blonde Purple Toning Shampoo. From a regular maintenance perspective, this shampoo is great to maintain that awesome blonde by keeping it consistently toned.

    2. Silicon Mix conditioner. This product offers excellent conditioning benefits. It penetrates the cuticle and its ingredients blanket the hair to keep it soft & flexible.

    Keep up the good work PLE! I hope this has helped someone!

  12. gisele sterling says:

    I never trusted my hairdresser when she recommends shampoo to me, but my hair was so damaged last time I saw her. She gave me a free bottle of the Somaluxe Paradise Shampoo (which is made for dry and damaged hair) and I have seen a 100% difference in my hair for the better. It’s softer, less flat, and less split ends. NO FRIZZ.

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