Saturday, January 28, 2012

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. :)


  1. 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! :)

  2. 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!

  3. How long were the extensions that you used?