Maintaining Hair Extensions
Hair Care Tips, Hair Extensions

Maintaining Your Hair Extensions

Maintaining hair extensions involves way more than just going to the salon every few weeks (or months). That is- of course- if you want to get the most out of your extensions.

Since our extensions are made of 100% Remy Human Hair, most of our systems can be reused up to three applications if cared for correctly.


Before any physical activity (pool, beach, gym, biking, etc.), secure hair well in a braid or under a cap. Make sure to wash hair very well soon after to remove any chemicals, sweat or residue. It is best practice to never leave your hair wet after a workout for any long lengths of time. Moisture left in the hair over time will cause slippage to the extensions.

Hair Extensions and Working Out


Keeping your hair extensions brushed from the bottom to mid-shaft and untangled twice a day with our Boar Bristle Brush will guarantee the longevity of the hair. With itsโ€™ heat resistance, you can do just about anything with a single brush: detangle, style, blow-dry, you name it! When brushing, secure your hair with the other hand to prevent tension on the roots.

Brush well before wetting your hair (always starting with your ends). Wash your hair using Aqua Hair Extensions Sulfate and Protein-Free Shampoo and Conditioner, at most 3 times a week. Do not shampoo the hair within the first 48 hours of the installation. After wetting the hair well, gently apply the shampoo to the root area. Using your fingers, lightly massage between the tape/bonds, separating them well to remove any residue and oils. Rinse out. Do not vigorously scrub your hair as tangling may occur. Apply conditioner from mid-length to the ends. Never condition at the root area. For deeper conditioning, leave the conditioner on for a few extra minutes or use a hydrating treatment once a week. Do not go to sleep with wet hair, as this will cause tangling and knotting. Loosely braid your hair before you go to sleep.

Fun Tip: Aqua Hair Extensions Conditioner doubles as a deep conditioner when left on for 10-15 minutes.

After getting out of the shower, let your hair air-dry for about 10 minutes, and apply a heat protecting spray before blow-drying. If possible, just air-dry altogether (the less heat used on your extensions, the better). For smoother results, run some serum throughout your hair avoiding the bonds. Lastly, always put your hair in a ponytail or loose braid before going to sleep to avoid tangles and matting.


  • Never sleep with damp or wet hair moisture will cause slippage over time
  • Avoid applying heat directly to the adhesive or bonds.
  • Only use professional products that are sulfate and sodium-free. Don’t overdo it with products.
  • Donโ€™t wash your hair more than 3 times a week.
  • Be careful not to put the product directly on the application area (especially hairspray).
  • Avoid products with alcohol.
  • Do not towel dry.
  • Wait at least 48 hours before washing your hair after first getting the extensions installed.


13 thoughts on “Maintaining Your Hair Extensions

  1. Taylor Bishop says:

    Thanks for these tips for taking care of hair extensions. I’m glad you mentioned that you shouldn’t try to condition at the root area. If that’s the case, I’m interested to learn if there’s a method you need to use to take care of the root area or if you should just leave it be.

    1. Aqua Hair Extensions says:

      Hey Taylor,

      Since the roots produce natural oils, they don’t need as much nourishment as the rest of the hair. We highly recommend leaving the roots alone, and just focusing on the ends of the hair to avoid any slippage. If you find your roots are very dry, we suggest consulting your hairstylist for alternative solutions. Hope this helps!

  2. Joy Butler says:

    I’m grateful for your advice that we should never, never condition at the root area. I just want to make a clarification about this. Is it only applicable to hair with extensions? Or can also be applied to hair without an extension?

    1. Aqua Hair Extensions says:

      In this context, it’s intended for hair extensions. Although, the same could be said for very oily, thin or fine hair- it varies from person to person.

  3. Mark Murphy says:

    I really appreciate your tip to avoid shampooing your hair within 48 hours of getting hair extensions installed. My wife has been thinking of getting some hair extensions to help make her hair look more full. If she does get the hair extensions, I will be sure to tell her that she shouldn’t wash her hair for two days after the installation.

  4. Gary Puntman says:

    My wife has been wanting to get hair extensions for a while now. I’ll have to share this article with her. I’m sure she would want to read about some tips for maintaining extensions. It’s good to know that one of the most important things to remember is to not condition the root area of your hair and to only apply it to the ends.

  5. Tatiana Wilson says:

    Thank you for mentioning that by brushing the hair extensions from the bottom to the mid shaft will make sure that it lasts a long time. I will be sure to keep this in mind since I intend to get hair extensions in the near future, and I needed to know how I can maintain it. This got me because I do not usually brush my natural. I guess I have to start learning to brush my hair regularly if I want my investment to last until my birthday next year.

  6. Tatiana Wilson says:

    Thank you for pointing out that I need to make sure that I do not scrub the hair extensions too much if I do not want it to tangle. I will keep this in mind since I am getting myself a set of hair extensions for my birthday. I thought it would be a good idea to listen to this tip because I usually brush my hair while washing, and now I realize that it really isn’t a good idea.

  7. Kit Hannigan says:

    Thanks for pointing out how people should put on a heat protecting spray before blow drying your hair so that it can last longer. My daughter is looking to get hair extensions before her prom. She is all grown up now so she pays extra attention to her looks. and I would wager that she would want to keep the extensions for as long as possible. This tip about blow drying can surely help her achieve that goal.

  8. Ellie Davis says:

    Thank you for pointing out that you should avoid putting heat directly on the adhesive. My sister and I are wanting to get hair extensions for her wedding. I’ll have to look into finding the best hair extensions for us.

  9. Brooklyn Johnson says:

    I like how you mentioned that when washing hair extensions, you should apply conditioner from mid-length to the ends, and never condition at the root area. I just got hair extensions because I recently cut my hair, and have decided that I really miss having long hair, but I’ve never had them before and have no idea how to properly maintain them. I will definitely keep all of your great tips and information in mind when trying properly take care of my new hair extensions.

  10. Carly Mckeen says:

    Thank you for stating that you should not shampoo the hair extensions within the first 48 hours of the installation. I am thinking about getting hair extensions because I just cut my hair and I think it’s too short and I want to add some length, but I’ve never had them before and don’t know how to take care of them. I will definitely utilize all of your great tips and information if I do end up getting hair extensions, so I can take care of them properly.

  11. Tanu says:

    Thanks for giving this useful and important knowledge about how we should taking care of our Keratin Hair Extensions and also to never condition our hair roots.

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