What Shampoo and Conditioner Should I Use With My Hair Extensions?

by ABBEY WILSON / MAR 29, 2024

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    You’ve just had your new hair extensions fitted and your locks are enviably bouncy and baby-soft. Please don’t ruin that fresh-out-of-the-salon aesthetic by using the wrong hair extension shampoo and conditioner! Babe, do yourself a favour and prolong the gleam by investing in a specially formulated hair extension shampoo and conditioner.

    But what ingredients should we be looking out for and which ones do we avoid? Why do we even need shampoo and conditioner for hair extensions? Does it matter about our hair and extension type? Which products are best? ALL will be revealed in our hair extension shampoo and conditioner guide below!

    Understanding Hair Extensions and Hair Care Needs

    Gentle Cleansing

    We lather up to cleanse our hair and scalp of dirt, oils and product build-up. Consequently, regular shampoo manufacturers looove to pump their products full of sulphates. Why? These nasties may clean your hair and create a luscious lather, but they additionally strip your hair of natural oils, damage bonds and dry your hair and extensions out. Yuck.

    Of course, your hair extensions must be cleansed or they will become heavy, lacklustre and limp. This is where a specialised hair extension shampoo and conditioner comes in. The best shampoo and conditioner for hair extensions offers the perfect balance of hydration without weighing down the hair.

    Opt for sulphate-free formulas that are infused with natural ingredients to gently remove impurities and product build-up, without weighing those luscious locks down.

    Nourishing Formulas

    Hair extensions can get thiiiirsty. So choose a hair extension shampoo and conditioner that hydrates, nourishes and moisturises your hair. The best shampoo and conditioner for hair extensions are additionally designed to prolong the extension’s longevity and appearance. Look out for formulas that provide lasting softness and mega-watt shine.

    Deep moisturising conditioners are especially important to prevent your glossy extensions from turning into a bird’s nest. Seek out ingredients that moisturise, detangle, seal cuticles, minimise frizz and prevent split ends. Many of these include:

    • Shea butter Coconut milk and oil
    • Argan oil
    • Vitamin A & E
    • Avocado Oil
    • Rice proteins

    PRO-TIP: Don’t just stop at the shampoo and conditioner... throw a mask into your shower routine too! @bethwilliamsstyle uses our specially formulated hair extension shampoo and conditioner plus deep moisture mask for a triple hydration boost!


    Think you can choose any old shampoo and conditioner to lather up your hair extensions? Think again. Although most hair extensions are crafted from real hair, they still need extra TLC. Chemicals in regular shampoos can damage the extension’s hair and bonds, whilst dehydrating those lovely tresses.

    Invest wisely and choose a specifically formulated hair extension shampoo and conditioner, that’s compatible with your hair type and extensions, for optimal results. These state-of-the-art hair elixirs nourish your extensions with EVERYTHING they need to stay beautiful, shiny and healthy for longer. Sweeet.

    Top Recommendations for Shampoo and Conditioner

    Product Reviews

    ClipHair Quench the Thirst Deep Moisturising Shampoo

    Meet your new hydration hero. This Deep Moisture Shampoo gently removes impurities and product build-up for long-lasting freshness. Despite being Sulphate-free, it generates a lovely lather compared to other Sulphate-free shampoos. Plus, it’s loaded with creamy shea butter, hydrating Baobab oil and nourishing rice proteins. Hello, glossy, healthy and baby-soft hair.

    “Nice lather and not drying like other shampoos”
    Kim N.

    Specially formulated for hair extensions and your own hair, the ClipHair Deep Moisture Shampoo is designed to prolong the lifespan of your cherished extensions, keeping premature maintenance appointments at bay. Phew!

    ClipHair Quench the Thirst Deep Moisturising Conditioner

    Suffer from ultra-thirsty locks? Quench their thirst with our Deep Moisturising Conditioner. Loaded with hydrating ingredients such as Shea butter, essential fatty acids and vitamins A and E, the formula injects your tresses with a nourishing feast! Shine is enhanced, frizz is abolished and cuticles are sealed for smooth, ultra-moisturised and manageable locks.

    Plus, the formula is mega-moisturising yet beautifully lightweight. Which means…. the conditioner is appropriate for everyday use, without weighing your hair down with product! Our customers regularly praise the conditioner for “leaving their hair lovely and soft” – read all the reviews here.

    ClipHair Quench the Thirst Deep Moisture Hair Mask

    Up your hydration game by investing in ClipHair’s Deep Moisture Hair Mask. Slathering on this baby once a week will leave your tresses glistening and revitalised. Infused with juicy ingredients such as coconut oil, Shea butter, fig extract, honey and avocado oil, the mask restores dehydrated, brittle and damaged hair and extensions. A Godsend for dry hair, split ends and frizz, this intensely moisturising formula is everything you need to give your hair a shot of hydration and shine.

    “Great product, feels very luxurious and leaves the hair shining and soft”
    Natasha M.

    For optimum results, use all of the Quench the Thirst trio together. Just like @mxxed does in the below video – check out her before and after!


    We now understand that the best hair extension shampoo and conditioner should nourish, hydrate and prolong the longevity of your extensions. But wait… your natural hair type and extension type should ALSO be considered. Different hair types/textures and concerns can include:

    • Bleached or coloured hair
    • Chemically treated hair (permed, relaxed)
    • Dry, damaged or brittle hair
    • Thick, coarse or curly hair
    • Greasy, thin, limp hair
    • Bonded or weaved hair extensions
    • Clip-in extensions
    • Sensitive scalp

    For example, if you have greasy, thin and limp hair pleeease don’t slather on intense, ultra-moisturising formulas. Choose lightweight products that hydrate without drowning your hair with product, instead. Tailor your hair extension shampoo and conditioner care routine to your specific hair type/concern for optimum results.

    PRO-TIP: Wondering how to wash your clip-in hair extensions correctly? Check out this handy video by @abbhair_ for a step-by-step guide!

    Your hair extensions cost you some moola. So don’t ruin them before their time is up! Investing in the best shampoo and conditioner for hair extensions will gift your luscious locks with longevity. Identify your hair, extension type and concern then arm yourself with the wisdom of this article to find the best hair extension shampoo and conditioner for you.

    ClipHair’s shampoo and conditioner for hair extensions are designed to work with ALL hair types and are safe for all hair extensions. Whoop! Check out our Quench the Thirst Hair Extension Shampoo and Conditioner here.

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