How To Revive Your Hair Extensions
We get that buying hair extensions is a big investment which is why we're answering one of your most asked questions today... how to revive them. Reviving your old set of hair extensions will help to add longevity to your set and replace the moisture lost to bring them back to life. Our extensions can last anything from 3 months to a year depending on how much you wear and heat style them but with this tutorial, you'll be able to make them last much longer.
Today we're reviving Christy's 16-18” Deluxe set in the shade Bel-Air which is around 2 years old. It has a lot of product buildup through the lengths and there's some heat damage from over styling. We're going to show you how to replace the moisture and repair the hair in 11 easy steps.
- A sulphate free shampoo
- Hair mask
- Silicone Spritz
- Wide-tooth comb or Tangle Teezer
- Hair straighteners
To start you want to fill a bowl or your sink with warm water and apply a few pumps of a sulphate free shampoo. We're using the Tigi Bed Head Colour Goddess as it is really nourishing and gentle on the hair. Next, you want to swish the shampoo into the water until it’s fully mixed.
Once you’re done you can then start washing your hair extensions. You’ll need to do this weft by weft while making sure not to tangle the hair in the water. The washing process can be a little time consuming but doing it weft by weft will help to get your set clean without causing any tangles or knots.
Once your set has been shampooed you can then move onto the conditioner. You’ll need to fill your sink or bowl with boiling water before adding two tablespoons of conditioner. We used the TIGI Bed Head Colour Goddess Conditioner from the same range as the shampoo as it's really nourishing.
Next, you’ll want to add a drop of silicone spritz into the water, this is amazing at reviving hair extensions and adds loads of moisture and shine. The boiling water will open the cuticles and cleanse the hair while allowing the conditioner and silicone to deeply nourish your set and repair any damage.
You’ll want to place your set into the water using a spoon to make sure it’s fully submerged. You’ll then need to leave it in the water for 10 minutes so that the cuticles can fully open and the conditioner and silicone can sink into the hair.
When the 10 minutes is up you want to carefully take your set out of the water and place your wefts flat onto a towel. You then want to apply a nourishing hair mask to each of the wefts. We used the TIGI Bed Head Colour Goddess Miracle Treatment Mask which combines keratin, Provitamin B5 and natural oils. It’s important that all the products you choose are designed to add as much moisture to the hair as possible as it will really help to revive your old set of hair extensions. Once you’ve applied the mask to each weft you want to leave this on the hair for 30 minutes.
Once your mask is done you can then rinse each weft in cold water to remove the conditioner and shampoo. The cold water will help to close the hair cuticles and seal the moisture from the conditioner, silicone spritz and hair mask that you’ve applied. Gently wash each weft individually making sure to avoid tangling the hair in the water. Once you’re done you can then lay your weft flat on a towel before moving onto the next one.
When all your wefts are clean you’ll want to gently remove any tangles using a tangle teaser or a wide-tooth comb. You want to start from the ends of the hair and work your way up to avoid causing any damage.
Once the hair is tangle free you'll want to apply a spritz of silicone to give the hair an extra boost of moisture before leaving your set to dry overnight.
In the morning, when your set is completely dry you’ll need to prep it with a heat protectant before you can style it. We love the Color Wow Dream Coat for this as it protects from heat and humidity while adding loads of shine.
To complete the reviving process you need to straighten each of your wefts as it will help to seal in the silicone spritz and give you a really glossy finish. You're done!
As you can see the hair looks insanely glossy, healthy and totally revived. This quick tutorial will make such a big difference and will give your hair extensions a new lease of life so that you can wear them for longer. If you need a more in depth tutorial then be sure to watch our video below.