How to wash Clip in Human Hair Extensions? Easy & Simple!

Freshly washed hair, there is nothing more refreshing and relaxing then freshly washed hair. Today we will discuss washing clip in human hair extensions. The human hair extensions doesn’t get greasy as fast as our own hair, as they are not attached to the scalp, so we don’t need to wash them as often. But they do get product build up, dirt and pollution, so we need to wash them. I recommend washing once a month, or over 20 to 25 uses, depending on how often you wear them and how much product you use to style them.

The longevity of our extensions depends on how well we keep them and maintain them. I have personally seen girls who keep their clip in extensions for over 9 to 12 months. There are more factors involved in this debate, the quality of the extensions, and the quality of the products you use. I recommend using products designed specifically for hair extensions, because it makes a huge difference.

Now that we have discussed the basics, let’s get into the 10 simple easy steps for washing your clip in extensions. For this blog I am using Cliphair’s 20” clip in hair extensions a full head set in the shade #4.


Things we will need are:

  1. Your hair extensions
  2. Tangle teaser brush or a wide tooth comb
  3. A hair tie
  4. An extensions shampoo
  5. Towel
  6. Moisturising spray for extensions (optional)



Separate all the pieces and brush from the tip to the top, slowly and gently. Now you can wash each section separately, but I just wash it together to save time, so wrap them together and tie a hair tie around it gently. Always brush your hair with a soft bristle brush, a wide tooth comb or a tangle teaser brush. Brushing before you wash is essential and it helps your extensions to be less tangled after the wash hence less breakage.


Brushing hack: If you have bad knots, spray the knotted part with the Cliphair silky moisture spray and then gently comb the knots out.


Wet the hair avoiding the clips with warm water under a running tap. Always use warm water, not cold and not hot. Hot water will dry out the hair, as it does with our own hair too, and the cold water causes the cuticles not to absorb the moisture from the products.


Take a generous amount of shampoo and lather it into the wet hair, gently massaging it along the length of your hair for 2 to 5 mins. Use extensions friendly shampoo and conditioner for this step. You can use any brand and you can use them separately. I recommend using the Cliphair 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner, as it is specifically for extensions and it is 2 in 1 so it saves time, it is very moisturising and works great.



Wash the shampoo out thoroughly under a running tap of warm water, making sure all the product is out.

Washing Hair hack: Run your fingers down the length of the hair under the water to keep it tangle free.

Cold Rinse

Rinse the hair in cold water after it is washed. This locks in the moisture in the cuticles, resulting in less frizz and more silky and shiny hair.


This is my personal preference, I take my forefinger and the middle finger and press the hair gently to wring out the water. I have seen people squeezing the hair, but I prefer it this way, as it doesn’t damage the hair or leave any waves, and it also helps in the drying process.


Now place the extensions on the towel and pat it, not shake it, not rub it, just pat it gently. Rubbing or squeezing with towel is how you break your hair and they become coarse and then frizz.


Use a nice moisturising spray to these wet hair, I use the Cliphair moisturising silky hair spray. This spray is amazing, it prevents frizz, it moisturises the hair making them shiny and soft, and it has a very pleasant scent to it.

Air dry

Take out the hair tie, separate each piece gently and leave to air dry, you can hang them or lay them flat on the towel. Never brush wet hair, to prevent breakage, brush gently after it is dry to remove any tangles.

Hair dryer

You can use a hair dryer if needed, but I recommend air drying. If you need to use a hair dryer, them always use a heat protectant spray. And again, I emphasise on using a spray that is made for extensions.

And now you have fresh clean silky soft clip in extensions ready to use! Enjoy!