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How to Wash Weave Hair Extensions

How to Wash Weave Hair Extensions

Last updated date Tue Apr 16 2024 By William Brown

Fashion Blog

Hair weave is becoming popular because of its convenient and natural look. It’s a kind of permanent hair extension - that you cannot remove daily. So, it means you have to wash it together with natural hair. Although many people have already worn weave hair for a while, they still have issues. Understand your problems. In this guide, I will let you know how to wash weave hair by giving you a step-by-step guide and some helpful tips.

How To Wash Weave Hair: Step-by-Step Guide

Hair weave is becoming popular for all women. However, Some people still do not know how to wash weave hair in the right way. Mic Hair will let you know how to wash weave hair easily at home:

Wet your hair with warm/cool water

First, you should let the water run over your entire weave to wet your hair weave. With oily and combination scalp, warm water is highly recommended. On the other hand, cool water acts very well on dry and normal skin.

Apply shampoo on your hair

When your hair is wet, apply shampoo from the roots to the end of your hair. Once the shampoo is covered over your hair, scrub your hair gently to remove dust, sweat, and excess oil. Focus on the root of the hair and scalp. After around 5 minutes, you should rinse your hair thoroughly with clean water to remove shampoo from your hair.

Condition your hair

To get a really beautiful hair weave, you should apply conditioner on your hair weave. Some conditioners may contain silicon that can cause build-up on your scalp, so you have to avoid applying conditioning near the root of the strands. 

Rinse your hair under water

After waiting 2-3 minutes for the conditioner to be active on your hair, you should rinse your hair underwater to clean your hair one more time. Excessive conditioner and shampoo leave on your hair and scalp might need to build-up and hair loss, so make sure there is nothing left on your scalp.

How To Wash Weave Hair: Step-by-Step Guide

How Often Should I Wash Weave Hair Extensions?

There is no fixed schedule to wash weave hair extensions. In general, it’s recommended to wash your weave hair extensions 1-2 times a week. However, It depends on factors like your personal lifestyle, your hair's natural oil production, and the type of product you use.

For people who have an oily scalp or you are regularly involved in activities that cause you to sweat, you should wash your hair extensions more frequently. However, washing your hair with weave hair extensions too often can lead your hair and scalp to dry out. Then, the scalp’s oil production will increase and make your hair look more greasy.

How Often Should I Wash Weave Hair Extensions?

Choosing Shampoo for Types of Weave Hair Extensions

You have to use shampoo to wash your hair even if it’s natural or synthetic. The purpose of shampoo is to make your hair clean and smell fresh. So, you have to choose a shampoo that is strong enough to clean dust and sweat out of your scalp without drying out the scalp.

For virgin weave hair, you can use most types of shampoo. This weft hair has the same characteristics as your natural hair. If you have an oily scalp, you should use shampoo with sulfate to clean the hair thoroughly. If not, you can use gentle, no-sulfate shampoo which is safer for your hair and scalp.

For colored, bleached hair, you should use specific formulated shampoos. These shampoos are created to clean your hair without changing the shade of color. For example, if you wear a blonde weave, you should use purple shampoo to avoid the blonde turning into yellow.

Choosing Shampoo for Types of Weave Hair Extensions

>> Read more: 5 Must-have shampoo for low porosity hair <<

Dry Your Hair Weave After Washing

Wet hair takes longer to dry. By removing excess water with a towel first, you will reduce the amount of time required to use the hair dryer. When drying your hair with a towel, always pat or squeeze your hair dry – don't rub. Rubbing hair can cause friction and make it weaker over time.

To save your time, you can use a blow dryer. A hairdryer is much faster at drying your hair than air-drying, particularly if you have long or thick hair. Although high heat and speed from the hair dryer will make your hair dry out faster, it also damages your hair. That’s why I always recommend my customers use a heat protectant before blow drying.

Dry Your Hair Weave After Washing

How to Care Your Weave Hair After Washing

Apply leave-in conditioner

Once your hair weave is dry, you can apply leave-in conditioner to maintain the moisture. Leave-in conditioners can create a seal to lock the moisture inside the hair strands. Unlike regular conditioners that you rinse out after a few minutes, leave-in conditioners can stay on your hair until the next washing.

Detangle your hair

After applying leave-in conditioner, your hair will be smooth and very soft. Then, you can gently detangle your weave using a wide-toothed comb or a detangling brush. When detangle your hair weave, always start from the ends and work your way up to the root.


So the next time you think that how to wash weave hair consider this guide as your ultimate best friend for all the solutions. But, remember that as much as hectic this job is, nothing will make sense if the weave extension is not of good quality. Use only highly qualitative ones.

Also, get it done by a professional who has a lot of experience in getting them on your hair. Choose the length that suits you, and you would be able to manage because apart from that, you will face many issues. Try keeping it only for 6-8 weeks because, after that, the hair starts to loosen up.

Keep these things in mind, and that’s it! Your work for the majority of the time gets sorted, and there won’t be any such thing that would trouble you during having weaves. But, question how to wash weave hair, consider the process and only then finalize your decision to do it. You’re good to go!

>> Read more: Is a weave bad for your hair? <<


William Brown

William Brown


William is a professional hair stylist with over 10 years of experience. He is passionate about creating personalized, trendy looks for his clients and specializes in hair treatments and updos. He is now a certified hair adviser for Mic Hair Company. His articles are always filled with advice, pro tips, and latest hair research results.


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