How to Store Hair Extensions

We all know hair extensions are susceptible to tangles while wearing them (that includes human hair and synthetic hair extensions). But did you know that your favorite clip-ins can also become a matted mess when they’re not in use?

Improper storage can wreak havoc on your lovely hair extensions. That said, ensure you have a good hair extension storage box or bag to put them in. Brush them gently and thoroughly before packing them away in a cool and dark spot. This will keep them in tip-top shape.

Are you storing your hair extensions properly? Maybe not – but don’t let that stop you from learning how to do it the right way! Below, you will find the three simple steps to storing your hair extensions correctly. Trust me – your hair extensions will thank you!

Let’s discover how to store hair extensions.

How to Store Hair Extensions in Three Simple Steps

If you’ve resorted to tossing your hair extensions under the sink in hopes they’ll last as long as you want them to, you’re going it all wrong. There is a definite “right way” to store your precious faux locks. Here’s how.

1. Wash and Dry Your Hair Extensions

The first thing you need to do is wash your hair extensions

Now, you only need to do this if they’ve been worn excessively or if they haven’t been washed in more than a week or two. You don’t want the dirt, grime, and build-up to sit on your faux strands excessively.

So, give them a good wash and condition with a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner combo

Lay them out on a towel or hang them from a hanger to dry entirely. Never store hair extensions when they’re wet or damp. Otherwise, you could end up with hair extensions riddled with bacteria and mold. Ew.

2. Brush Gently (But Thoroughly)

Now that your hair extensions are nice and dry, you can move on to the next step: brushing your hair extensions.

You want to remove all tangles and mats before storing the hair extensions. The problem will only get worse.

To brush, hold onto the top of the hair extensions (where the adhesive is, such as the clips). Using your hair extension brush, gently brush from the top to the bottom of the hair extension. Here is a great video showing exactly how to get it done: 

3. Store in Your Preferred Storage Container

Got rid of all the knots and tangles? Then you’re ready to store your hair extensions! 

Place in your preferred storage container. There are a few options:

  • Storage box – There are many hair extension storage boxes on the market specifically designed to keep your extensions neat and tidy.
  • Storage bag – Much more common is the storage bag. These allow you to hang your hair extensions and keep them safe from the elements simultaneously.

If you don’t want to go out of your way to purchase a box or bag, you can always hang your hair extensions on a hanger and put them up in your closet. Just ensure the hanger is away from other items that could snag the faux hair.

Regardless of your chosen storage method, always place the extensions in a cool and dry place. Excessive heat and light can compromise the color of your hair extensions and make them dry out – two things you definitely don’t want to deal with.


Storing hair extensions correctly is easy-peasy. I highly recommend getting a professional bag or box to keep them safe and tidy, though. Oh, and before you store your hair extensions, check out these frequently asked questions.

Do hair extensions have a shelf life?

Not necessarily. It really depends on how often you wear them. For instance, someone who wears them for months, stores them for a month, and puts them back on a month later won’t have the same longevity as someone who wears their extensions three days per year.

How do you keep fake hair extensions in good condition?

The best thing to do is wash them in cold water and use specialty synthetic shampoo and conditioner. Limit washes to once a week or less. Always brush them thoroughly and store them correctly. 

Do extensions damage hair growth?

Extensions don’t automatically equate to damaged hair growth. It really depends on how they’re applied. Improper application can lead to impaired hair growth. However, as long as the extensions are installed correctly (any type), you don’t need to worry about any damage to your hair growth.

Storing Hair Extensions is As Easy As One, Two, Three

Proper hair extension storage is key to longevity and beautiful locks you can wear time and time again. All you need to do is wash and dry, brush, and store in a box or bag away from sunlight and heat. 

How do you store your hair extensions?

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