Caring for Your Hand-Tied Hair Extensions

Taking care of your new Hand-Tied Hair Extensions at home can be a little bit of an adjustment, but don’t let that scare you! Most women say it’s like being high-maintenance one or two days a week to be LOW maintenance every other day! With a little extra care and attention, you’ll be used to your new routine in no time. Below, we’ve done our best to outline what extra steps you’ll need to take to make sure you’re keeping your extensions in great condition between maintenance appointments.


Before washing, thoroughly brush hair starting from the bottom and working your way up to remove any tangles. You’ll find it easiest to use a clip to section your hair row by row to be able to shampoo your scalp in between your rows (starting from the bottom up!). Gently shampoo with sulfate- and paraben-free shampoo and lukewarm water. Never rub the ends of the hair together while washing. Repeat as needed, then add conditioner to your extension hair and leave in for up to 5 minutes or more. Avoid getting conditioner near the top of the row, as it may encourage slipping at the attachment points, and it will be difficult to rinse thoroughly. Be sure to completely rinse all product from your hair. We recommend a treatment-level moisturizing line like Unite 7Seconds, Iles Formula, or Mr. Smith to keep your extension hair in ideal condition for the duration of its lifespan. All products we recommend are available for purchase at Heyday Collective and a shampoo, conditioner, and leave-in treatment are included in the Heyday Hand-Tied Home Care Kit which is gifted to you at your initial installation appointment.

Drying + Styling

Gently squeeze out the excess water and blot with a cotton towel. Use a detangling brush to detangle and straighten hair while extensions are still damp, starting from the bottom up. Again, it may be best to section your hair if you have more than one row. Rough dry your hair 80% of the way before using a brush (meaning, no tugging at the extensions with a brush or comb on sopping wet hair, just use your hands/fingers). This applies to Blow-Dry Bars as well – be sure to communicate to whoever is styling your hair NOT to  round-brush your hair from start to finish! You may use a round brush or boar bristle brush and a small amount of tension to smooth your hair and the extension hair the last few minutes of your blow-dry. If curling your extensions, run the extension hair through the curling iron to smooth the hair once or twice before placing the curls – this will give your extensions a more polished look. Be sure to use a heat protectant such as Unite 7Seconds Glossing.

Extensions on Vacation

One of the most common questions I get starts with, “I’m going on vacation…!” Well, I’m here to tell you that YES, you absolutely can enjoy your vacation with your extensions in, just know that you’re going to have to take a little extra care if you plan on swimming!​

  • Wet hair before entering ocean, lake, or pool water. Detangle and braid hair before entering the water. Use a color-safe clarifying shampoo and conditioner after exposure to ocean, lake, or pool water. Minerals found within natural and man made bodies of water can react poorly with extension hair and may lead to discoloration.
  • Never let sunscreen or suntan oil touch the extension hair as this may lead to discoloration.
  • I will not be held responsible for any discoloration or change in hair integrity resulting from contact with ocean, lake, or pool water, or sunscreen products.

A few more tips…

  • Use only sulfate- and paraben-free products
  • Use spray leave-in conditioner or moisturizer on extensions to keep from tangling or drying out
  • Braid extensions before sleeping
  • Sleep on a silk pillow or using a silk turban
  • Brush regularly with a detangling brush (while brushing, hold base of scalp with opposite hand where the extensions are attached to the natural hair
  • Avoid using professional-only toning shampoos – we will not replace any extension hair that has been discolored as a result of using toning shampoos
  • If you notice any excess tangling or hair shedding, please contact your artist immediately – these are quick fixes when addressed right away!

Caring for your new hair is easier than you think! If you have any additional questions, be sure to ask your artist at your next maintenance appointment.



Erin with extensions client