How to Repair Damaged, Tangled & Dried Out Hair Extensions (2019)

Learn to Soften, Revive and Prevent Hair Extensions Tangling.

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Chances are you did not come here all happy and with perfectly smooth hair. Tangled or damaged extensions is a common issue that is often overlooked by buyers. Hair extensions are extremely popular in all its forms, from tape-in hair extensions, glue-in, sewn-in or braided, clip-in, and many, many others. Hair extensions add length, volume, color, and shine to your natural hair so it’s really no wonder why they are so popular.

You finally got new beautiful Remy wefts and they’ve been holding on pretty good for some time, but now you’ve noticed that your hair extensions look damaged, dry, tangled, and dried out. And you ask yourself, what to do now? Don’t worry! There are many ways to repair damaged hair extensions and get them back to the original shine.

So, before you decide to call it quits and throw newly purchased wefts into a bin, let AiryHair specialists help you! In this article we will learn all there is to damaged extensions! From hair softening and reviving to extensions detangling as well as preventing such occurrences in the first place.

Damaged Hair Extensions, Before and After Repair

1 How to Take Care of Hair Extensions?

First, we must talk about hair extension care. You need to be sure that the products you apply on your hair are of good quality and designed for hair extensions. This is the most important advice. If you take care of your extensions with high-quality products from the beginning, there is a lot less chance of them getting damaged in the first place.

High quality products ensure the health of your extensions as well as your real hair. That’s why it’s important to use products that will preserve your hair because if you don’t, it’s going to become dry or dull.

  • It’s important to avoid using any hot tools on your extensions. If you really have to, make sure to use heat protectant spray. However, it’s really the best to not use hot tools at all.
  • When you wash hair extensions, be very careful how you scrub your hair. You don’t want to push hair too hard or scrub hair upside down. Hard scrubbing will cause matting and tangling.
  • It is imperative to brush your hair every single day, at least twice a day! It is also important to use an extension brush, not a regular brush. Be very careful when brushing to avoid breaking and damaging your extensions. Brushing your hair regularly keeps your extensions in great condition and prevents matting and tangling of the extensions.

If you missed some of these important steps on how to care for your extensions, you probably ended up with tangled, dry, and damaged extensions that nobody wants. Since you have paid a lot of money for your extensions, keeping them in a perfect condition is of everyone’s best interest. Luckily, there are several tips and methods that you can try out to repair your damaged, tangled, and washed out hair extensions.

2 How to Repair Damaged Hair Extensions?

When fixing damaged hair extensions, in 9 out of 10 cases damage was caused by the moisture or lack of it. The result is skanky hair, which can be avoided.

LOC Method

A lot of women want to figure out how to keep their hair extensions moisturized for an extended period of time. You might have seen professional hair stylists use this technique without even thinking. It looks like a casual procedure without any thought process. However, you’d be wrong!

What’s a LOC Method?

The secret is in the process of you layering products, from the wateriest consistency products to the thickest. This is called the LOC method. It is an abbreviation for the type of products that you use and the order in which it is applied to your hair.

  • L stands for liquid, which can also be water or a watery product
  • O stands for any type of oil
  • C stands for cream and its products

The LOC method is particularly important if you have very curly, wavy or kinky hair extensions because just a little bit of oil may not do justice for keeping the hair moisturized, healthy and shiny. Especially when you’re using curly extensions to add to the look of your hair! There’s no debate, you must incorporate the LOC method to prevent the extensions becoming dry.

3 How to Soften, Moisturize and Repair Dry Hair Extensions?

How to Repair Damaged, Tangled and Dried Out Hair Extensions (2019)

There are a couple of methods you can try out to save your dry hair extensions. Such extensions are a big problem because dryness leads to tangling, matting, and breaking. There are also many products that are designed specifically for reviving and repairing damaged, dry, and washed out extensions.

You can try those as well, although if you don’t want to spend a lot of money on expensive products, use the alternative methods listen below. All from the comfort of your home.

Use Olive, Coconut or Argan Oil

First method is simple and with ingredients that most of us already have. Use extra virgin olive oil, coconut or ragan oil. Be sure that these are pure, unflavored oils.

  1. The procedure is very simple. Just take a bowl and put some extra virgin olive oil and put it in a microwave for about a minute.
  2. You want to get it nice and warm, but not too hot so you can’t touch it.
  3. Then, put your extensions in the bowl and douse them in olive oil.
  4. Afterwards, add hair extensions in a plastic bag, close it, and keep it there for about an hour.
  5. Now simply rinse extensions and brush them through a little bit. Be extremely gentle since strands are wet.
  6. Add some conditioner to coat the hair so it doesn’t smell of oil, which will also help to smooth out the locks.
  7. Lastly, place hair extensions on a towel and let them dry overnight.

Timeframe: 1 to 2 Hours

The Boiling Pot Method

The first method is the easiest, although requires the highest amounts of oil. If you want to try something different, hear me out. There is a boiling method that is often used to revive dry and / or damaged extensions.

  1. Simply boil a small pot of water until it’s hot, just not burning hot.
  2. Add ten to twenty drops of olive, coconut or argan oil and add two spoons of hair conditioner.
  3. Place dry hair extensions and leave them in for about 10 minutes.
  4. It’s important to let the hair cool down before you take extensions out.
  5. Again, place the wet extensions on a towel and let them dry overnight.

Timeframe: 15 Minutes

If you’re adding oil on your extensions, make sure to stick with the extra virgin, coconut or argan oil. Other substances are known to cause breakage or fat build-up.

Did it work? If not, don’t despair! There are more ways to bring back their old shine. Follow next guide and your extensions will be almost like brand new.

Advanced Hot Water Method

This one uses similar principles as the previous method, just pushes things bit further. Regardless of whether you have clip ins, tape ins, fusion or micro links, you should remove your ruined extensions. You will need a sink or a tub, shampoo, conditioner, and natural oil.

  1. Pour hot water in the sink or pot and place your extensions inside.
  2. Add some natural shampoo, gently squeeze and massage the hair. Do this for a couple of minutes until the hair is thoroughly washed.
  3. Rinse and make sure that there is no shampoo on the strands.
  4. Now, pour hot water again and add the hair. This time add a leave in conditioner and a few drops of natural oils.
  5. Use your hands to mix it all in together. Don’t be shy with that conditioner, you want to coat all the strands.
  6. If you want, add some treatment for damaged hair inside.
  7. Leave hair overnight, or even longer if you have the time.
  8. While the extensions are still wet and covered in conditioner, brush them gently. Begin at the ends and work your way up towards the roots. Be very patient here because it will take quite some time, depending on how bad was the state of the extensions.
  9. After you thoroughly brush every weft, make sure that there are absolutely no knots or tangles.
  10. Rinse out the hair with warm water.
  11. Place brushed extensions on a dry towel and leave to air dry.
  12. When the extensions are completely dry, brush them one more time and they’re ready to wear.

Timeframe: 60 Minutes

Your hair should now be completely revived, shiny, and tangle free!

4 How to Detangle Hair Extensions?

How to Detangle Hair Extensions?

Upon purchase, your hair extensions look perfect, but many of us don’t always take proper care and that’s when some problems may appear. Sometimes your extensions might get a little bit tangled and that’s not a good look. Fortunately, there are many ways you can try to detangle your hair extensions and things to do to prevent it from happening again.

Your hair extensions shouldn’t get that badly tangled if you use them properly. Nonetheless, if you’re wearing a lot of hair spray or it’s particularly windy, you might run into this problem. Of course, nobody wants tangled and messy extensions, so you should really try to get your extensions back into perfect condition and keep them that way.

Tangled hair extensions look like a rat’s nest, the experience that no one wants to have. However, with millions of extensions that are washed every day, sometimes you can get unlucky. But whether tangled hair is the result of poor maintenance or low-quality extensions, there are ways to salvage the mess.

5 How to Fix Tangled Hair Extensions?

The things you don’t want to do is yank the tangles out with a brush or a really fine tooth. Instead get the antistatic comb or extremely wide comb. These will not damage extensions.

  1. Start off with your hair extensions towel dried, not completely wet or dry.
  2. Use a detangler and work out the knots with a very wide tooth comb.
  3. Afterwards, condition them. It’s important to be gentle with your hair extensions and be patient.
  4. The leave-in conditioner will help you to get rid of the tangles, so you don’t have to apply much force.
  5. If you have a particularly big knot, it’s a good idea to use a tail comb and gently work through the knots. This way you’re ripping out less hair.

Timeframe: 30 to 45 Minutes

6 Products to Remove Knots and Untangle Hair Extensions

Products to Remove Knots and Untangle Hair Extensions

Infusium 23 Leave-in Treatment

This is an inexpensive product available in many places and it’s a leave-in conditioner. It’s good to use on your hair and it’s safe to use on the extensions. It works well and gets the tangles out.

Price: $12.73

Johnson’s No More Tangles

Another option is Johnson’s detangling spray. It’s made for children but is another very inexpensive option that works great. It’s completely safe to use on extensions and it also has benefits for your natural hair.

Simply spray it on your extensions and comb using a wide tooth comb to get rid of the knots and tangles. Start combing from the bottom and work the tangles. No need to rinse.

Price: $17.19

It’s A 10 Miracle Leave-In Product

Yes, a full name does sound like this. This is a great product that controls frizz, helps to detangle your hair and add shine to it. As with other products, you simply spray it on and start with the detangling.

Price: $28.49

Argan Oil

Argain Oil has many benefits for your hair and your hair extensions. There are many brands of argan oil, and you can choose your favorite. Argain oil works great with detangling and removing knots from your extensions.

This is also a great product to use with hair extensions in general. Basically, it keeps them in great condition, and it is a natural substance that won’t damage your hair extensions.

Price: $19.99

Pick any of these based on reviews and pricing. You can’t go wrong with any.

7 How to Prevent Tangled Hair Extensions and Knots?

How to Prevent Tangled Hair Extensions and Knots?

The first thing you need to incorporate into your routine is brushing. Extensions require combing, the same as your natural hair does. It may sound obvious, but many girls are don’t brush regularly and that’s when the rat’s nest look appears.

Brush Your Hair Extensions

Even if hair extensions are soft and tangle free. That’s how you want to keep them!

Preventing is much easier than reviving so make sure to brush a couple of times every day. If you have permanent extensions like fusion or tape in, then you comb everything together, like your natural strands. If you have clip ins, make sure to brush when you clip them, and when you take them out to store them. You must brush your hair before and after every wash.

One thing to keep in mind is to be very gentle with the brushing as not to damage the hair. It’s a good idea to purchase a brush that detangles hair, which is made especially for extensions. It will get rid of all the knots and matting.

To make your life easier and do less brushing, it’s a good idea to sleep with a sleeping cap or a scarf around your head. The goal is to secure your locks and prevent it from matting and tangling while you sleep. You can also tie a ponytail or a braid to prevent the hairs from brushing together and creating tangles.

Don’t Wash Hair Extensions Often

Another thing that is obvious, but girls sometimes skip this step completely. Although it’s not required to wash additional locks as often as you would your own hair, that still doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wash them at all.

How Often Should You Wash Hair Extensions?

For flip-in and clip-in hair extensions, stylists recommend washing hair every 20 or 30 wears. For other extension types, wash them no more than once a week.

The products you use to wash is also an important thing. Avoid harsh shampoos and buy something that’s gentle to the hair. The more natural the better since chemicals could also ruin your extensions.

Don’t Use Many Hair Products

Other products you use like hairspray, gels, and oils also affect the condition of your hair and you should avoid everything you can. The more product you put on, the more you will need to wash your hair and that will eventually lead to tangled extensions or knots.

Also, avoid using hot tools as much as you can since the extensions will become dry faster, and the heat could shorten their lifespan.

8 Take Hair Extensions Quality in Consideration

Take Hair Extensions Quality in Consideration

Okay, you have followed all these steps and your hair still looks like an awful ball of goo? The other thing to think about, and you probably don’t want to hear this, but there is a possibility that you have poor-quality extensions. The best way to tell if extensions are healthy and are great for sustaining the span of time that you wish for them to, is if your hair stands up to the test of time.

Real hair does develop hair splits. If you’re doing everything possible to keep hair healthy, trim away any little splitting hairs, that’s a good indication of quality. Wait, what? Yes, if split ends are not excessive, you have real hair extensions.

If hair is drier, keep it moisturized! Now, if you do all there is to keep your extensions healthy and hair is still breaking off or is hard to style, your hair could be filled with fillers.

Most fillers appear very silky, with plastic fibers that one can notice. If your hair extensions are not retaining moisture, there is nothing you can do as the hair was processed with fillers.

The only solution is to get a set of actual hair. If you prefer quality over quantity, then genuine Remy extensions is what we recommend.

Conclusion

Follow all these tips to keep your hair extensions healthy. If procedures fail, you don’t have great quality hair extensions. The practices above are worth to try because they can work wonders on your old, worn out extensions. Of course, there are many, many more methods to research and try out. Although these are the easiest ones that actually work.

We hope that these tips have helped you to repair your damaged, tangled, and dried out hair extensions and keep locks in pristine condition.

And of course, if you want to avoid having to repair your damaged hair extensions, make sure to follow all the steps for caring for your extensions. You can read the full extensions care guide here. This article focuses Remy tape-in hair extension, but most of these tips are valid for any type of hair extensions.

So, take a good care of your extensions and good luck in repairing them!

4 COMMENTS

  1. Good article, except my extensions are on my head. Can I put the oil on my extensions and use a cap for saturation, then rinse out? “…you can use some special extensions products on your hair…” What are those special extensions products? What is recommended?

    • I have the same question as you, please email me if you get a reply. Leisha@mail.com I have blonde wavy tape in extensions that have become Very dry and tangled. I just spent a week in Mexico in the ocean and pool so I’m guessing that’s why they got so bad recently! Thanks!

  2. I had beautifull 22″ blond ombre extentions this is my 2nd set my 1st was just bad quality the owner of the local hair store lied & sold me. Horse hair 😆 lol no really😫 they were soft for 1 week then i delt with bad hair. Till i had $ and researched good hair so after all that i got my 2nd set of my 22″ blond & straight and they were soooo soft and long and shiney & beautiful so i went straight to sallys and told them i have extentions in and i need a hair oil that will penitrate and keep them soft so they dont dry out so she says heres take this argan oil spray so im spraying it in my hair 2-3 times a day after 4 days my hair turns in an instant out of no where 1 day soft the next dry and brittle so im looking trying to figure out what i can do and why this happened after about $800 im worried & angry to find out argan oil is good for your hair every now and again in small doses but daily & to much can dry it out so now the sallys lady has ruined my $800 locks & i am freaking out i have tape ins can i do what she said and just apply to my hair with a cap? And im to scared with the bioling thing i just cant ,lol😵😲😱😬😕 so i will never go to sallys again. Airyhair beauty is way better they have way more products and actual hair dressers in store you can talk to and have. More professional product than sallys with off the shelf products you can get any where, so i went and got high quality shampoo , conditioner , leave in conditioner. And dry shampoo with all natural ingredients im hopeing it will work after the oil process & to keep them nice if they go back to pretty again i really hope so!!!😫😭😵

  3. Here is the ONLY solution for preserving silky hair extensions.. never wash them. The minute you wash them , I don’t care what product you use, they are never the same. It was an expensive lesson, but now my extensions finally last six months to a year and look as beautiful as the day I bought them!

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