How to Revive Human Hair Extensions

If we can be honest for a second, hair extensions aren’t cheap. As much as I love them, they can put a fairly big dent in your wallet (depending on which hair extensions you purchase). So, when they start looking dingy and grimy, it can be rather upsetting.

Instead of shelling out more money for a brand new pack of human hair extensions, why not revive them? That’s right – you can successfully restore your hair extensions, so they look and feel like new.

Sure, you might need to buy a few products. But I can guarantee these products will be less expensive than a whole new pack of hair extensions. Not only that, but you can continue to use these products on your natural mane and your extensions for months.

3 Ways to Revive Human Hair Extensions

When it comes to reviving old hair extensions, you have a few options. So grab your dull, lifeless, and frizzy hair extensions, and let’s get into it, queens.

1. The Boiling Water Method

This is an easy yet effective method for bringing old hair extensions back to life. While there are a few steps to follow that might seem tedious, you can achieve incredible results.

  • Always start by thoroughly but gently brushing your hair extensions.
  • Fill up a basin with cold water mixed with some sulfate-free shampoo.
  • Place the hair extensions into the bowl and gently massage the shampoo into the wefts.
  • Rinse the hair.
  • Add boiling water to the basin with a few squirts of conditioner and your preferred oil, such as coconut, baby, or olive oil.
  • Place the extensions into the boiling water and let it sit for 30 minutes.
  • Rinse the extensions in cold water and apply a deep leave-in conditioner.
  • Gently brush the extensions and leave them on a towel to air dry.

Now, why is this simple method so effective? It’s all thanks to the boiling water. Boiling water will allow for the cuticles to open up and receive the conditioner and oils. Rinsing with cold water will then seal the cuticles, locking in the hydration.

For a great shampoo and conditioner kit to use for this method, I recommend the Revibe Shampoo and Conditioner Kit by The Hair Shop. This 2-in-1 pack has everything you need to bring lifeless extensions back to life, and it works incredibly well!

2. The LOC Method

If you’re looking for an effective solution that doesn’t require a whole lot of effort on your behalf, then you will love the LOC method. The LOC method stands for liquid, oil, and cream. Basically, you will be layering these products to boost hydration and revitalize your drab hair extensions. 

To perform the LOC method on your extensions, simply do the following:

  • Thoroughly brush the hair extensions, so they are tangle-free.
  • Rinse the hair with the warmest water possible to open the cuticle.
  • Apply the liquid. This can be just water, or you can use a liquid product such as the Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser Liquid Strength Treatment.
  • Next, apply the oil layer. You can use whichever oil you prefer, such as argan, olive, avocado, or coconut oil. You can also use an oil product specifically designed for hair, for example, the Moroccanoil Treatment Oil.
  • Finish with heavy cream. I love the Redken All Soft Heavy Cream Super Treatment. It’s super-rich and hydrating to take care of even the most damaged locks.
  • Let the extensions air dry, then brush.

Now, using the LOC method, you want to stay away from the adhesive. Whether you’re trying to revive clip-ins, halos, tape-ins, or other kinds of extensions, it’s best to avoid the bond so that they do not become weakened. 

3. The Warm Oil Method

This method is even simpler than the last and is great if you’re not keen on buying any additional products right now. Basically, this one is for the babes on a budget or girls that just don’t feel like wasting another second to revive their locks.

The key to this method is to use very high-quality oils. Extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, Moroccan oil, and argan oils are all great options. To utilize this method, follow these steps:

  • Start by filling a bowl with half a cup of your preferred oil.
  • Microwave the oil for around one minute, so it is warm but not too hot.
  • Place the extensions inside of the bowl.
  • Massage the oil into the hair.
  • Cover the bowl.
  • Let the extensions sit in the oil for at least one hour.
  • Rinse the extensions under cold water using a sulfate-free shampoo.
  • Thoroughly condition and comb the hair extensions.
  • Let them air dry.

Yes, it’s that easy. You don’t really have any excuses not to bring those mangy extensions back to life, do you?

Final Thoughts

Reviving human hair extensions is actually a lot easier – and more common – than you may have ever imagined. Whether you go for the boiling water, LOC, or warm oil method, you can rest assured the hair feels and looks incredible once more.

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