Summer Hacks For Your Hair Extensions


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    Heat damage, dryness, frizz and discolouring are some of the top reasons we struggle with our hair during the summer months. Heatwaves, chlorine and humid temperatures all contribute to our tresses not looking their best, leaving us feeling a little hesitant when it comes to sunbathing or taking a well-earned dip in the pool.

    These risks leave many of us wondering how to take care of dry hair in summer without over-washing or using too many different products. Our hair extensions often face the same challenges in summer as our natural hair, whether you opt for tape ins, nanos or temporary solutions like clip in hair extensions, each type must be cared for in the correct way.

    Follow these sizzling summer haircare tips to keep your extensions looking stunning all season long:

    How Do You Take Care Of Extensions In The Summer?

    Protection from Sun, Sea, and Chlorine:

    • Wear a Stylish Hat: Opt for wide-brimmed hats or scarves to shield your hair from direct sunlight, which can fade colour and dry out extensions.
    • Use UV-Protective Spray: Apply a quality UV-protective spray specifically designed for hair extensions. This helps to minimize damage from UV rays and environmental stressors.

    Swim Smart:

    • Prevent Tangles: Before swimming with permanent hair extensions, braid your hair or tie it up in a loose bun to minimise tangling. This precaution is especially important in chlorinated pools or salty seawater.
    • Post-Swim Rinse: Immediately after swimming, rinse your hair with fresh water to remove chlorine or salt residues. This step prevents buildup that can cause dryness and damage. Wash and condition as soon as possible to remove any bacteria.

    Hydrate and Cleanse:

    • Sulphate-Free Products: Use Cliphair’s sulphate-free Deep Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner formulated for hair extensions. Our products are gentler and help maintain moisture balance without stripping natural oils.
    • Deep Conditioning: Regularly apply a deep conditioning treatment such as a Hair Mask to keep your extensions hydrated and silky smooth. Focus on the mid-lengths to ends where extensions are attached.

    Regular Brushing:

    • Gentle Brushing Routine: Use Cliphair’s soft-bristled detangling brush to gently detangle your hair extensions. Start from the ends and work your way up to avoid pulling or stressing the bonds or clip ins.
    • Daily Maintenance: Establish a daily brushing routine to prevent tangling and maintain the natural flow and texture of your extensions.

    Whether you’re strutting around a rooftop bar for brunch or taking insta-worthy shots on the beach, if you follow these simple steps, you'll rock your extensions with confidence and shine brighter than the summer sun! For more inspo, we’ve put together the ultimate list of the best products to indulge in over the next few months, and for future summers to come: 10 Best Haircare Products For Summer.

    Preventing Damage to Hair Extensions In Summer

    What sunscreen is safe with hair extensions? 

    Choosing the right sunscreen when you have hair extensions is crucial to maintaining both your skin's health and the longevity of your extensions. Opt for a sunscreen that is water-based or labelled as "oil-free," as oil-based products can weaken the adhesive bonds in tape-in extensions or cause slippage in other types of extensions.

    Additionally, physical sunscreens with active ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide are preferable, as they are less likely to cause buildup on the extensions compared to chemical sunscreens. Always apply sunscreen carefully, avoiding direct contact with the extension bonds, and consider using a UV-protective spray specifically designed for hair to provide extra protection without compromising the integrity of your extensions.

    If you’re planning to soak up the sun without compromising your hair, check out our guide on The Best Non-Staining Sunscreen For Hair Extensions and equip yourself with everything you need to take the heat head on!

    How Do I Keep My Extensions Moisturised In The Sun?

    Our Quench The Thirst haircare range, complete with our deep moisture Shampoo, Conditioner, and Hair Mask are the ultimate trio to rescue your strands from the drying effects of UV rays. Formulated without sulphates and parabens, they gently cleanse and nourish while locking in essential moisture. Our shampoo delicately removes impurities without stripping natural oils, while our conditioner replenishes hydration and enhances smoothness.

    For an extra dose of TLC, our hair mask for dry hair deeply conditions, leaving extensions feeling luxuriously silky and manageable. With Cliphair's hydrating trio by your side, your extensions will not only survive the summer heat but thrive with radiant health and shine. Treat your hair to the moisture it deserves and step into sunny days with confidence and style!

    How Can I Protect My Hair From The Summer Heat?

    Whether you want to enjoy a worry-free holiday abroad or simply need advice when it comes to storing your extensions throughout the hotter months, here’s some quick and easy ways to heat proof your hair this summer:

    • Style Hacks: When styling your hair extensions during the summer, opt for loose, heatless hairstyles to minimise damage. Braids, buns, and ponytails are great choices. Avoid excessive use of heated styling tools such as straighteners and curling irons, as these can weaken the bonds of permanent extensions and cause dryness. If you’re planning on using heat to style your hair or step out into the sun for longer periods, our Heat Protection Spray is an absolute essential to keep in your bathroom cabinet or travel bag!
    • Storage & Travel Solutions: If you're not wearing your extensions, store them properly to prevent tangling and maintain their shape. Use a satin-lined bag or a dedicated extension storage case to keep them safe during travel. Avoid storing them in direct sunlight or humid environments, as this can cause them to frizz and lose their lustre.
    • Sleeping Tips: To prevent tangling and matting while you sleep, braid your hair gently or tie it in a loose bun. Use a silk or satin pillowcase to reduce friction and minimise static electricity, which can cause frizz. Brush your extensions with a detangling brush before bedtime to remove any knots or tangles.


    Any good hair stylist will want your hair to thrive during the summer, so don’t be afraid to ask questions when it comes to achieving gorgeous locks. By incorporating these detailed care tips into your summer routine, you'll ensure your hair extensions look vibrant, feel healthy, and withstand the seasonal elements with ease. Flaunt your beautiful locks confidently all summer long!

    For more tips on keeping your extensions flawless, check out our guide on 10 Hair Mistakes To Avoid This Summer.

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