How to Wash Clip In Hair Extensions

Now that you are a proud owner of your very own set of Luxy Hair extensions, it is important to care for them properly to keep them looking luscious, smooth, and shiny for longer. If given the TLC they deserve, Luxies can last anywhere from 3-6 months, or even up to a year or longer!

Luxy Hair extensions are made with 100% Remy human hair, but since they don't receive natural oils from the scalp like our own hair, they do not need to be washed as often as your own hair. In fact, we recommend washing your Luxies every 15-20 wears or when there is too much product buildup to the point where they become unmanageable to style.  

In this blog post, we'll give you step-by-step instructions on how to get your Luxies squeaky clean, as well as how to restore moisture and shine. Remember, the less you wash your Luxies, the longer they'll last! Watch this quick video tutorial or scroll down for text instructions:

Step 1: Gather your products

To wash your Luxies, you'll need a shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask. We highly recommend using alcohol-free and sulfate-free products, as these ingredients are very harsh on the hair and can dry out the hair. Dry hair = frizzy, tangly hair and no one wants that! Organic hair products are packed with natural ingredients like proteins, essential oils, vitamins, and fruit extracts. These ingredients provide nourishment to your hair, making it healthy, beautiful, and glossy. Organic hair products may be a few extra dollars, but trust us, they're worth it! Mimi uses the brand Rahua, while Leyla uses Amenta. Some of our other favourite brands of organic hair products include John Masters, and Intelligent Nutrients. Check out this article for more information on why we love organic hair products. Whichever shampoo you use, make sure it is moisture restoring and nourishing, to give the hair that extra goodness. For conditioners, try to use a deep conditioner that restore dryness and repairs damage. 

Step 2: Fill up your sink

Plug the drain in your sink and fill it up with lukewarm water. You don't want the water to be too hot or too cold. Just like Goldilocks would say, lukewarm water is "just right!" Next, add 2-3 dollops of shampoo into the sink and swish it around, then take your hair extensions and place them in the water. To avoid tangling, we recommend to wash your extension wefts one by one. 

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Step 3: Shampoo your hair extensions

With your hands, gently soak your Luxies in the water to get them nice and wet. Once they are fully wet throughout, pop a few more drops of shampoo directly on the hair, and use your hands to lather the shampoo. Use a top to bottom motion, gently working the shampoo throughout the hair, and try to avoid lathering up and down, as this could create tangles in the extensions. Continue lathering up the hair for a few minutes, until the hair extensions are nice and soapy. Then, submerge the hair extensions into the water and let them soak for 2-3 minutes.

Shampoo for hair extensions

Step 4: Rinse out each weft

Once you have let your Luxies soak, drain the sink, and rinse each weft separately under lukewarm water. Gently run your fingers through the hair from top to bottom. When the water runs clear, that means all the shampoo has washed out. Rinse and repeat with each weft. 

Step 5: Condition hair extensions

Once all the wefts are rinsed off, squirt 2-3 pumps of a deep conditioner on your hand and run the product through each weft from top to bottom, again, avoiding moving in a bottom to top motion, as this could cause tangles. You should feel the hair instantly become softer and smoother. Once you have worked the conditioner through your first weft, set it in the sick and repeat with the rest of the wefts. Then, grab all your wefts together and work the conditioner through the hair one last time. Set the extensions in the sink for at least 4-5 minutes or longer, to give the hair ample time to soak up nourishment and moisture.

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Step 6: Rinse out each weft again

Once you have let your wefts sit for at least 4-5 minutes, take each weft and rinse them under lukewarm water, squeezing out the water from top to bottom. Rinse and repeat with the rest of the wefts.

Step 7: Give the hair a burst of cold water

Once your extensions are squeaky clean and all the conditioner has been rinsed out, run cold water and rinse the extensions again. Cold water helps restore shine to the hair and coats the cuticles of each strand of hair, which protects the hair as well. Then, squeeze out as much water as possible. 

Step 8: Use a deep conditioning hair mask

A hair mask works wonders for reducing frizz, and re-hydrating the hair. Healthy, hydrated hair = smooth, glossy, shampoo-commercial-worthy hair! Take a generous amount of leave-in hair product and work it through the extensions from top to bottom, making sure to coat all the strands with the hair mask. Then, lay a towel on a flat surface (we usually use our beds) and lay each weft down flat. 

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Alternatively, after conditioning your Luxies, we recommend to apply a deep conditioning mask and putting all the extensions into a shower cap to help seal in moisture. Leave overnight. In the morning, gently rinse and lay out on a flat surface to dry. Once dry, say hello to smooth and shiny hair extensions!

Step 9: Apply heat protectant and brush your hair extensions

While still wet, grab your favourite heat protectant spray and spray the extensions from top to bottom, for an extra layer of protection. (We recommend doing this every time you heat style your Luxies as well.) Then, take either a wide tooth comb or a wet brush, and brush the wet hair gently from bottom to top. This ensures that if there are any tangles in the hair, they are brushed out and smoothened, instead of breaking off. Brushing the hair while wet, also ensures that the hair dries flat, straight, and smooth.

Hair extension brush

Step 10: Let the hair air-dry

We recommend using as little heat as possible on your hair extensions, to prevent damage, so we like to let our Luxies air dry. If you're in a rush, you can blow dry your Luxies using a low heat setting.

And that's it! If you follow these 10 simple steps when washing your extensions, your clip-in Luxy Hair extensions should last longer, and look beautiful for longer. 

Washing your extensions properly isn't the only thing that prolongs their lifespan, however. Check out this video for Mimi's additional care tips and tricks. We also love using creative ways to style hair without heat, for healthier hair. Click here for some fun, heatless hairstyles.

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