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Easy Ways to Take Care of Your Hair Extensions During Lockdown

by InvisiblyMe
A woman is tilting her head back as her long blond hair flows behind her and we can see the different colours in her hair. Overlaid is the title: Easy ways to take care of your hair extensions during lockdown

It’s not surprising that self-care, especially when it comes to our appearance, can slip by the wayside during lockdown. It’s still important to care for your hair, and those with extensions may know they need some extra TLC. I don’t have extensions but I know many use them to improve their confidence, especially if they’ve suffered hair loss through stress or chronic illness. Today I’m sharing a guest post where the author provides a few suggestions on caring for your hair extensions at home.

Caring For Hair Extensions In Lockdown

During these uncertain times, it’s even more important than usual to stick to a routine that supports your mental health & self-care. The routine can be something as simple as taking a break from social media, reading from your Kindle, soaking in a bathtub, or taking care of your hair — including your extensions.  

If you are currently stuck at home and worried about the state of your extensions, here are some things you can do to make them last until you can visit your favorite salon again. 

Brushing Hair Extensions

Hair is at its weakest when wet, so don’t brush it while it is still wet from the shower. Make it a habit to brush your extensions once they’re completely dry, preferably before going to bed.  

Separate the extensions into several sections to ensure the brush you use reaches every part. If possible, use a brush that has been specifically designed for extensions. If not, you can opt for a soft bristle brush. 

Using short strokes, start brushing from the ends of your hair and work your way to the top. This way, you get to untangle the knots without accidentally pulling any hair extensions out. 

A woman smiling and brushing her long dark hair.


Most shampoos contain sodium lauryl sulfate, which can strip the hair of moisture. Since extensions don’t get sebum from the scalp the way natural hair does, they tend to get frizzy easier.

Make sure to use a sulfate-free shampoo to cleanse your hair. Just keep in mind that this type of product may not create a lot of lather compared to regular shampoos.

Gently massage your scalp and the root area of the extensions, but be careful so as not to disturb the bonds. Aside from your regular shampoo, apply a clarifying shampoo at least once a week to remove product build-up and fortify the hair. 

Conditioning Hair Extensions

After rinsing shampoo out of the hair, apply conditioner to the midlength and ends. Do not apply on top of your natural hair, because the product will only weigh it down. You can apply it to the length of the extensions, however. Leave it on for five to ten minutes before rinsing.

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Use a microfiber hair towel to dry hair once you step out of the shower. Avoid rubbing hair vigorously; instead, gently pat it dry to soak up the excess water. 


Air dry your hair extensions instead of blow drying them. If you’re in a hurry and have to blow dry, apply a heat protectant product then use a low heat setting to minimize damage.

A look requiring little to no heat styling is best to give your hair time to breathe from all the styling you did pre-lockdown. A messy bun, braided pigtails, or French twist look great on just about everybody. Avoid high ponytails and sleek topknots, as they can create tension and friction, which is bad for the extensions.

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Dry Shampooing

Since hair extensions are susceptible to pulling and getting damaged when wet, it’s recommended that you go longer in between washes, if possible. Since you’re not getting out of the house, you can afford not to wash your hair for a couple of days. If you have online meetings and conferences to attend, spritz some dry shampoo on the top layer of the hair, and then distribute the product to the rest of the hair with a brush.       


Without natural oils from the scalp, hair extensions can get dry. Combat the effect by nourishing each strand with a serum or a leave-on conditioner, or apply a hair mask at least once a week. 

Before Sleeping

Put your hair into one large braid before going to bed. This will prevent the extensions from moving around and getting all tangled up while you sleep. Plus, it will give you loose, beachy waves when you let it down in the morning. You can also use silk pillowcases to prevent tangles and breakage.

Hair Care While in Isolation

The best thing to do right now is to give your hair and extensions a much-needed break. By following these steps, you get to keep your extensions beautiful and tangle-free so you can still look your best the next time you go out shopping for essentials or meet friends online. 

Once we transition into our “new normal” and things have settled down, keep doing these things even when salons reopen. This will ensure that your hair extensions are well-cared for and will last as long as possible!

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[ This is a sponsored guest post & as such the ideas expressed here are that of the author ]

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Sandee August 4, 2020 - 5:01 pm

When I was young I had hair that hung down to my waist. I loved it. Now that I’m old I have very short hair. I love it. I’ve never had hair extensions.

Have a fabulous day, Caz. ♥

Masha August 4, 2020 - 5:04 pm

I don’t use extensions, but this was a really informative post, some of her recommendations I actually apply now to my own hair. And I love your new heading with colors. Thank you Caz xoxo

da-AL August 4, 2020 - 5:30 pm

Hasha, so glad you pointed that out — I noticed something was different but hadn’t put my finger on it 🙂 well done, Caz!

Masha August 8, 2020 - 1:10 pm

Your welcome Da-al. <3

johnrieber August 4, 2020 - 5:09 pm

While I don’t have a need for this, it’s great advice for those who do!

Blogging_with_Bojana August 4, 2020 - 5:47 pm

First a new head, I’ll deal with hair later. The quality of my hair is not much, so YES!

Positively Alyssa August 5, 2020 - 2:35 am

I would love to have extensions because I have always wanted my hair to be longer, but can’t seem to afford them. My sister in law is now a hair dresser, but not to that level yet. I just dyed my own hair last week, without her knowledge! She would be super mad, so thank goodness I do not leave the house! I used to dry my hair and make it look nice, but now that I work from home and hardly leave the house, I wash it and let it air dry. I think my hair just gets to a certain length and stops growing. But at least now I have some great tips for when I ever get extensions! Thank you!!!

foodzesty August 5, 2020 - 3:38 am

I don’t have extentions but this is a great post!

Darnell Cureton August 7, 2020 - 9:25 am

Good ideas for those with extensions. I don’t have to worry. My hair is fading away to baldness. (lol)
Have a good weekend Caz.

The Oceanside Animals August 9, 2020 - 5:12 pm

Charlee: “Hey Lulu! You should come read this! It can help you take care of your hair extensions!”
Lulu: “What are you talking about? I don’t have hair extensions.”
Chaplin: “You mean that giant fluffy tail of yours is real?!”


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