What to Do With Your Old Hair Extensions

If you’re a hair hoarder like us, then we’re sure you’ll have masses of old hair extensions tucked away in a drawer somewhere, never to be worn again. Unlike old clothes, we can’t just bag them up and send them to the nearest charity bin, besides we love them too much to be able to part ways with them!

That’s why we have come up with ten things you can do to rekindle your love with your old hair extensions. Better yet, all you need is a few pins, elastics and a hefty can of hairspray to turn your matted hair pieces into accessories your hair stylist would be proud of! So go and put your innovative eye on and get styling!

Recycle your old Extensions

We have teamed up with the Matter of Trust Programme for their Clean Wave Campaign to promote the awareness and environmental impact of waste fibre recycling. The donated hair extensions are turned into special mats which as set to work in oil leaks to effectively soak up oil spills. Simply post your extensions back to use at: Hair Recycling, M+B Studio, 2nd Floor, 124-125 Bute Street, Cardiff, CF10 5AE, UK.

Silicone Spritz

Want to revive your old extensions? Try giving them a mist of the silicone coating spritz for hair extensions. This maintenance spray helps to make the extensions soft and maintain their lustrous shine for as long as possible. It is especially effective at eliminating tangles and preventing hair extensions from matting.


Make a Braided Headband

We love a chunky braid, and there’s no better way to accomplish the braided crown than to cheat with an old hair extension! To make your braided headband, take a thin plastic headband and your longest and most thickest hair extension that matches your current hair shade. Then tie one end of the extension to one end of the headband and secure with a small hair elastic. Finally, split the extension into three strands (include the headband in one of them) and complete a standard braid along the headband. Once you have reached the end, tie with another small hair elastic. Et voila! Super chic braided headband that's remarkably easy to create!

Chalk You Extensions

Inject a pop of colour to your hair extensions by chalking them. Yes, you heard right, take a couple of coloured chalks and chalk the ends of your hair extensions. It’s the easiest way to play around with pastels without the commitment! Top Tip: Dampen the hair extensions before chalking as this will encourage the chalk to stick to the hair better.

Ombre Ends

Dip dye the ends of your extensions to try out the ombre hair trend! Just remember that hair extensions can only be dyed one or two tones darker and cannot be bleached

Messy Bun

We love a good top knot and a messy bun is the perfect option for days when we just can’t be bothered! So we couldn’t be happier to learn that we can make a faux messy bun with our old hair extensions. No more knots and tangles for us to tackle!

Make your own bangs

Fancy seeing what you look like with a full fringe? Then make your own bangs with your old hair extensions. Take your thickest weft (quad) and clip from ear to ear. Use the hair from the crown of your head to hide the clips. Then cut and shape into your desired style. This way you can see what style of bangs to choose and whether they actually suit you, before going for the chop.