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Products To Avoid With Hair Extensions

Hair extensions are a fabulous way to add length, volume, and even a splash of color to your hair. However, maintaining their luscious look and ensuring their longevity, requires careful attention to the products you use. Certain hair care products can significantly shorten the lifespan of your extensions and even damage your natural hair. Here’s a guide to products you should avoid to keep your extensions looking their best.

Sulfate-Based Shampoos and Conditioners

Why Avoid Them?

Sulfates, commonly found in many shampoos and conditioners, are harsh cleaning agents that can strip natural oils from your hair and scalp. While this might leave your natural hair feeling squeaky clean, it can be detrimental to extensions. Sulfates can weaken the installation that holds your extensions in place, leading to premature shedding and tangling.


Opt for sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners that gently cleanse without stripping moisture. Look for products labeled "sulfate-free" to ensure they are safe for extensions.

Heavy Conditioners and Masks

Why Avoid Them?

Thick conditioners and deep-conditioning masks can weigh down your extensions, making them look flat and lifeless. They can also cause build-up at the roots, leading to tangling and matting.


Use lightweight, extension-friendly conditioners and masks. Apply them from mid-length to the ends of your hair, avoiding the roots where extensions are attached.

Heat Protectants with Silicones

Why Avoid Them?

While heat protectants are essential for preventing heat damage, those containing silicones can create a barrier that makes it difficult for moisture to soak into your hair. Over time, this can lead to dryness and brittleness in your extensions.


Look for silicone-free heat protectants that provide thermal protection without coating your hair with a heavy film. There are many excellent silicone-free options that can shield your extensions from heat damage.

Dry Shampoos with Talc

Why Avoid Them?

Dry shampoos are great for refreshing your hair between washes, but those with talc can cause build-up and make your scalp feel gritty. This can lead to itching and discomfort, especially at the roots where extensions are attached.


Use talc-free dry shampoos that absorb oil and refresh your hair without leaving a residue. These formulas are typically lighter and less likely to cause build-up.

Sunscreen Sprays and Lotions

Why Avoid Them?

Many sunscreen sprays and lotions contain ingredients that can be harmful to hair extensions, such as alcohol, oils, and silicones. These can lead to dryness, build-up, and weakened bonds, making your extensions more prone to slipping and damage.


Look for hair-specific sunscreens that are formulated to protect your hair from UV damage without the harmful ingredients found in skin sunscreens. We recommend the use of a mineral-based sunscreen. Alternatively, wear your hair up in a ponytail, bun, or braids to avoid contact.

Tanning Products

Why Avoid Them?

Self-tanning products, especially those in spray or lotion form, can transfer onto your extensions, causing discoloration and build-up. The ingredients in these products can also weaken the adhesive bonds in tape-in extensions.


If you use self-tanners, be sure to avoid direct contact with your hair extensions. Consider using self-tanning products specifically designed for the face and body that are less likely to transfer to your hair. 

Final Thoughts

Caring for hair extensions requires a bit of extra attention, but avoiding these harmful products can significantly extend the life and beauty of your extensions. Always read product labels carefully and choose hair care items specifically designed for use with extensions. By taking these precautions, you can enjoy gorgeous, healthy extensions that look fabulous for months to come.


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