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The Hair Boiling Method: The Ultimate Restoration for Hair Extensions

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How to Bring Your Weave Back to Life!

When you spend your hard earned money on extensions, the purpose is to wear for a while, but most people wear them until it gets matted and dry.

They don’t come with an expiration date though so typically people go off of how it looks. Then at that point, they toss them out. But what isn’t clear is the fact that those extensions and wigs have so much more life to them.

Ladies, your extensions are not dead! You spend that money on purpose, and it’s important to make sure you fulfill that purpose! Extensions get old just like our real hair does. When that happens, we wash and condition our hair and then we’re back to a clean slate. Our extensions should go through that same process.

So have no worries, I am here to walk you through how to bring your old wigs and extensions back to life by just boiling them in hot water!

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Boil Hair

I know what you’re thinking; clearly, chicken is not the only weird thing that gets boiled. But it just works for some people.

The purpose of boiling hair is to restore old wigs and extensions. A lot of us have thrown away many extensions because of how they looked. Which would make sense to do, especially after you’ve had them for a long period?

But the boiling method will save you in the future. All you will need is a pot and some Silicon Mix. Silicon mix is a crème base deep conditioner. It helps add shine, moisturizes, add bounce and so much more to extensions. The cost of the product is cheap too. Now, this product doesn’t necessarily have the best smell to it. It can be a little on the strong side so just be sure to add your favorite conditioner to your extensions when it’s time to style.

What you will need to do is begin to boil a pot full of water. Your pot size should depend on how big your extensions are. The size matters because you want to make sure the extensions get saturated fully into the water. No strand should be left behind! Once you boil your water, scoop out about three spoons full of the silicon mix and drop into the water. Stir the product around and then place your wig in, the boiling mixture. Again, make sure all pieces of the extensions are soaking.

Leave your extensions in the boiling water for about 15 to 20 minutes. If you like, you can also put a lid on the pot. Once the time is up, use a kitchen utensil to remove the extensions and place it on a towel to dry overnight. The next day, the hair should be totally dry. At that point, you can style your extensions as normal.

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As simple as this technique is, it has some really good benefits. Who would have thought boiling water would have such an impact in the beauty world, but it does.

Saves Money

Hair extensions can be very pricey depending on whom you get it from and the quality of hair it comes in.

Because of that, the boiling method is allowing you to save your money from buying new extensions. Most people purchase new extensions every six to eight weeks, but now they can last longer. This method allows people to get their monies worth.

Brings Alive Old Extensions

I don’t know about you but I know I have some old wigs in the back of my closet that now only gets used for Halloween purposes!

If you’re like me, you deeply wish that you could reuse them and bring them back to life, as it was when you first purchased them. With the boiling method, you will be able to. Take all your old extensions and recreate them!

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Works on All Hair Types

Oh, you didn’t think this hair care method only worked on human hair, did you (Check out this article: human hair wig care) ? The boiling method works on all hair types!

I knew someone who bought a $12 synthetic wig and of course, it didn’t last longer than two seconds, but they were able to revive it by boiling it. Their wig had a few matted areas, but they simply cut them out and styled as normal.

Even their synthetic hair looked moisturized and conditioned just as it would with human hair. This boiling method does not discriminate.

Additional Styling Option

The boiling method doesn’t just restore extensions, but it also helps with styling as well.

For example, if you were in a rush and you wanted your wig to be curly, you could easily roll it with flexi rods and dip it in the boiling water for a few minutes, and then you’ll have a head full of curls! I know there have been plenty of times that I woke up wishing I had popped some rollers in my wig so it could set overnight. Well, the days of wondering are long gone!

Also, a lot of people don’t always want to curl their hair in the morning. So the boiling option makes life a lot easier when it comes to styling.

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Boiling Weave to Revive It

This boiling method is by far one of the best extension resolutions ever. Boiling a pot of water is no longer just for cooking options!

It’s now used to restore your extensions, giving it loads of shine and moisture all while conditioning it. Your old extensions will be soft and full just as they were when you first bought it!

The best thing about this method is that it’s natural! So there’s no chemicals or harmful products involved with this method. Your extensions will thank you for doing minimal work! You really can’t beat this! It gives lots of benefits and allows life to be easier while saving you money!

What do you think about the boiling method? Do you think it would work for your extensions? Let me know in the comment section below!

About Brit Tea

Brit Tea is an American Author. She has written two books so far and isa copy/content writer as well. She believes words can change the world.

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21 thoughts on “The Hair Boiling Method: The Ultimate Restoration for Hair Extensions

  1. Toni Hammond says:

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    Wow! I’m blown away, I have thrown away upwards of thousands of dollars over these past years not knowing this method of replenishing human AND synthetic hair! I will be using this on my wig I just constructed for the first time😊

    Awesome article!

    1. Brit Tea says:

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      Hey Toni! Don’t feel too bad about throwing away thousands of dollars worth of hair over the years, it happens! But now think about all the money you will be saving in the future!! Your wigs and bundles are going to last you years now! I am so glad this article was helpful!!

      ps- I hope your wig comes out great too! Thank you so much for commenting too! xo

  2. Monica Johnson says:

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    Wow, who knew boiling your hair would give it new life. I have seen my daughter use the boiling water method on the ends when she braids hair. But never gave it much thought beyond that. This is something I will try before tossing out any extensions.


    1. Brit Tea says:

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      Hi Monica! Hair extensions have evolved so much over the last 10 years! Things we use to do, just don’t work the same and the things we do now, are just about unheard of. When you’re daughter uses the boiling method, she is most likely securing the ends of braided or twisted hair. Now you know more than one way to utilize the boiling method. Yes, try it out, you have nothing to lose! Thank you so much for commenting too! xo

  3. Jada says:

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    I have used this method before to restore my hair, but I never thought to use it for styling. A lot of people never knew about this method but this article is putting it out there and helping women save money. Good read.

    1. Brit Tea says:

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      Hey Jada!! I’m so glad to know you have heard of this method. This article was more of a refresher for you than anything I’m sure. Hopefully, the word begins to spread about this method so we can save people a couple dollars in their pockets and give new styling options as well! Thank you so much for commenting too! xo

      1. fiiiif says:

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        I tried the boiling water came to a failure a big failure

  4. jenny says:

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    Although I’ve heard of this method before now. I decided to give it a try today, so I went online to get more info and I came across your article which made everything easier. Just finished boiling my hair extension and it came out good as new. Thanks for the article.
    PS. Must I leave it overnight to dry? I would have loved to fix it in the next four hours!

    1. Private Label Extensions says:

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      It should be ready in the next few hours.

  5. Gabrielle Massey says:

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    Have you ever boiled tape in extensions? what ab2our washing with something like baking soda first? I have no idea but I have about $1000 worth of tape in hair and I would love to use them. I just keep buying new ones. I do have the replacement tape but the hair its self needs love. Thanks you for your article!

  6. Princess says:

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    What if I didn’t have the silicon mix? I am here in Africa. What else can I use? Do you have to braid the hair first? My strands are standing out, will it work on that to make it good as new?

    1. Private Label Extensions says:

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      No, you don’t need to braid the hair first. If you don’t have silicon mix, I would try using any deep conditioner that you have. You can also use the conditioner by saturating the hair first, and then adding the hair to the boiling water.

  7. Winnie says:

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    Great tip. Please does this work for synthetic hair?

    1. Private Label Extensions says:

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      I wouldn’t suggest boiling your synthetic hair, because it could “melt” when exposed to high heat. This type of hair can sometimes only be exposed to low levels of heat, such as a curling iron set at a very low temperature. Boil water temperature is extremely high, so I would only recommend using human hair.

  8. tibletz says:

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    Hi I also live in Africa.. so can i use any conditioner and is it also applicable for freeze human hair or only weaves?

  9. Cheri Johnson says:

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    Will boiling my hair first help it take the color better when it’s dyed? Thank you

  10. ronalda says:

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    Great information! I read and enjoyed it. This post is really worthwhile for hair lovers. Keep writing.

  11. Nikki says:

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    Could you do this with stick tip human hair extensions?

  12. Ray says:

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    How often can you boil your wig or extensions? Can it be done more than once a month?

    1. Private Label Extensions says:

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      When reviving hair, it depends on how often you wear your wig or extensions. For heavy usage, we would not recommend going over a one time process a month.

  13. Diana Houston Barnes says:

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    Hello, thank you for posting. I would like to try this method on my Brazilian body wave unit. I’m a little apprehensive, not sure if the wave pattern will come back. I’ve had my unit for a year now. I have to bring my unit back to life. Please let me know what you think. Thanks in advance.

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