How to Repair Damaged, Tangled, and Dried Out Hair Extensions

Damaged Extensions, Before and After

Damaged Extensions, Before and After

Repairing Damaged Hair

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. So you finally got new beautiful hair extensions 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 different ways of repairing your damaged hair extensions and getting back their original shine. Just follow these few simple tips, and your extensions will be as good as new and stay that way!

Taking Care of Your Hair Extensions

First of all, we have to talk about caring for your hair extensions. You have to make sure you use quality hair products that take good care of your extensions. This is the most important advice because 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 and dull.

  • It’s also very important to avoid using any hot tools on your extensions. If you really have to, make sure to use heat protectant spray but it’s really the best to not use hot tools at all.
  • When washing your hair extension, be very careful how you scrub your hair, you don’t want to scrub it too hair or scrub your hair upside down. Hard scrubbing can 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 as long as possible 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.

LOC Method

A lot of women want to figure out how to actually keep their hair moisturized for an extended period of time and the secret of this is the way you layer your products going from the most watery consistency products to the most thickest products. 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 oil, and C stands for cream.

The LOC method is particularly important if you have very curly or 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 very kinky extensions to add to the look of your hair, you have to incorporate the LOC method to prevent the extensions becoming dry.

Take Extensions Quality in Consideration

Hair extensions transformations

The other thing to think about, and you probably don’t want to hear this, but there is a possibility that you have a poor quality extensions. The best way to tell that your 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. So if you’re doing everything possible to keep them healthy and you’re trimming away any little splitting hairs from it because real hair still splits so if you’re noticing split ends on the end of the hair, this is a very prominent indication that you have real hair on your extensions.

So, if you’re noticing that it’s splitting at the ends, you want to make sure to keep those trimmed. If you’re noticing that the hair is drier, you got to keep it moisturized and if you’re doing everything possible to keep your extensions healthy and it’s still breaking off and it’s hard to even style it, it’s possible that your hair is filled with fillers. Most fillers are usually with very silky, plastic fibers and you can notice this especially if it seems that and you can notice this especially if it seems that your hair isn’t even growing properly or retaining moisture.

If you prefer quality over quantity, then genuine AiryHair extensions is what we recommend,

Best Tips for Saving Extremely Dry Hair Extensions

There are a couple of methods you can try out to save your dry hair extensions. Dry extensions are a big problem because dryness leads to tangling, matting, and breaking. There are also many special products that are designed specifically for reviving and repairing damaged, dry, and washed out extensions. You can try those as well, but if you don’t want to spend a lot of money on expensive products, there are simple, alternative methods that use products you probably have at home.

  • One method is using extra virgin olive oil or argan oil, you want something that has nothing added to it. 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. You want to get it nice and warm, but not too hot so you can’t touch it. Then, put your extensions in the bowl douse them in olive oil. After that, put your extensions in a plastic bag, close it, and keep it there for about an hour. Then simply rinse the extensions and brush it through a little bit, but be extremely gentle because the extensions are wet. After that, you can add some conditioner to coat the hair so it doesn’t smell so oily and to smooth it out as well. The last step is putting the extensions on a towel and let it dry over night.
  • There is also a boiling method that is used for reviving your dry and damaged extensions. Simply boil a pot of water and add a few drops of olive oil and you can also add about a spoon of conditioner. Then add the extensions and leave them in for about 10 minutes. It’s important to let the hair cool down before you take it out. And again, place the wet extensions on a towel and let it dry over night.
  • Another tip is, if you’re using oil on your extensions, make sure you use three top oils to make sure it’s not going to cause any build-up on your hair or cause any further breakage or dryness and those two oils are extra virgin olive oil, argan oil, and coconut oil.

Tips for Tangled Extensions

If you didn’t brush your hair as often as you should have, you probably ended up with tangled hair extensions that look really bad and irreparable.

  • Firstly, you have to thoroughly brush them using high quality extension brushes. Working from bottom to top, carefully detangle each piece. This will avoid any breakage and this is the gentlest way to remove knots and tangles. You really have to be patient here and brush until you get rid of all knots. After brushing, you can use some special extensions products on your hair to restore its shine.


You have to follow all these tips to make sure that you keep your hair healthy, moisturized and shiny and if all that fails, it’s probably because you don’t have great quality hair extensions. But these tips and methods are definitely worth a try because they can work wonders on your old, worn out extensions. Of course, there are many, many more methods you can research and try out, but these are the simplest ones and they are proven to work. So, I hope all these tips help you repair your damaged, tangled, and dried out hair extensions and keep your hair extensions 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 in 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!



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How to Repair Damaged, Tangled, and Dried Out Hair Extensions

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