Hair Extension Care & Maintenance

By Sam Villa Ambassador Kauilani Goodwyn

Stylists and consumers are turning to hair extensions for a quick and easy way to change their style without having to make a major commitment. Since it’s an accessory that can either stay in the hair for an extended period or be removed and stored, maintaining them properly to extend their good condition is important. Sam Villa Ambassador Kauilani Goodwyn (@kauigoodwyn) shares how to protect and preserve extensions so they always look beautiful.

“It’s really convenient if you have a weft extension holder. It allows you the ability to shampoo, blow dry, and style your clip-ins without someone else having to hold them,” explains Goodwyn.

Prep: Shampoo and Condition

Cleanse with moisturizing shampoos and conditioners that are sulfate-free (if possible). Mizani True Textures Moisture Replenish Shampoo and Conditioner is good for clip-ins styled with a diffuser. If smoothing hair, try Mizani Press Agent Shampoo and Conditioner. And remember, ABD (Always Be Detangling) while shampooing and conditioning.


If air drying, lay flat or hang on an extension hanger and clip where weft is seen; if in a bind, use a pant hanger. If using a blow dryer, make sure to use one that has a concentrator and diffuser, like the Sam Villa Artist Series Professional Blow Dryer. Use light tension and direct airflow down the hair shaft to smooth with a concentrator, or an in-and-out motion when enhancing with a diffuser. Remove tangles by starting at the ends and working up to avoid damaging hair and/or dislodging it from the clip. Heat settings will vary depending on the natural reflection (consistency) of the hair. Human hair extensions can get heat damage, so be sure to use a light liquid leave-in that has heat protection benefits—like Mizani 25 Miracle Milk. 

Other Tips:

  • When not in use, place clean extensions in a satin scarf or pouch.
  • Never sleep with wet extensions.
  • Do not sleep with clip-ins for too many nights; rubbing can cause weak spots. If it is a high pony style, it’s fine.
  • Sleep on silk/satin pillowcase to prevent breakage.

Learn more from Goodwyn and the Sam Villa team.

Credits: Photographer/Jesse Leon; Hair and Makeup/Kauilani Goodwyn.

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