Hair Extensions 101 : How To Properly Cleanse Hair Extensions/Wigs

My short Curly C hair extensions are my prized possession lol.
As such, I don’t play when it comes to cleansing and conditioning them.
I’ve had these extensions on a wig for about……4 – 5 months now.
And it was overdue for some maintenance.
I know wigs are very popular right now. So I thought it would
be helpful to provide a tutorial on how I keep my tresses looking sparkly and pretty
Here is my wig looking tired and exhausted lol. It just needs some love!
I had an extension in the back that was holding on for dear life, so
I snipped it off and sewed it back on.
I then used a Denman brush to prepare the extensions for the wash.
Here she is all brushed out. She’s a light brown beauty 😉
Products used :
Herbel Essences Hello Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner.
Africare 100% Glycerin (love this stuff!)
I prepare for the wash by adding some shampoo…
and glycein to a tub of water.
I allow the wig to soak in the water for a few minutes.
I add some more shampoo to the extensions…and begin the cleansing process.
It’s important to cleanse the hair in a downward motion so as
not to cause unnecessary tangling.
Rinse. (You can repeat this process if desired. I typically only
shampoo once).
After the extensions have been thoroughly cleansed, I add some conditioner…
..and of course, some glycerin.
I massage these products into my hair and the curls immediately
start to take shape.
I then rinse the conditioner from the extensions.
Some people leave the conditioner in the hair…some use a leave-in.
I typically don’t. I prefer no products at all.
I plop/plunk the hair in a towel.
It’s pretty much an up and down motion to amplify the curls.
I then drop the curls down onto themselves and allow the hair to set for about 10 – 20mins.
This is the hair after shampooing, conditioning, and plopping.
I allow the hair to air dry on a flat surface in the sun.
Here the hair is 50% dry. The curls are starting to get their swerve on!
And here is the hair 100% dry!
Curls galore!
I’ll be back a bit later with the hair on my head.
If you all have any questions, feel free to drop them down below. :)

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  • Jennifer
    01/29/2012 at 7:25 AM

    Thank you for this!

  • Anonymous
    01/29/2012 at 7:27 AM

    Are your wigs full or half wigs? I’m slowly starting to wear wigs…and for now I’ve decided on half wigs. What’s your experience with those? Thanks! :)

  • Onye
    01/29/2012 at 7:41 AM

    Jennifer – You’re welcome hun!

    Anonymous – I wear full wigs and pull a bit of my hair out in the front. Half wigs are just as good except that they require that you pull out a bit more of your own hair. Because I’m trying to grow mine out, I opt for the full wigs. Hope this helps!

  • LaManda Jones
    01/29/2012 at 2:58 PM

    Thanks for the tutorial;-)

  • LaManda Jones
    01/29/2012 at 2:59 PM

    Thanks for the tutorial;-)

  • Anonymous
    09/12/2012 at 9:33 PM

    How long were the extensions that you used?