How to Clean Remy Hair Extensions


Question: “I have a Remy hair weave in my hair. I really love the hair. I will be going on a cruise. I know I will get it the water; what is the best process or product to use to dry my hair as to get to the crown of my hair. Thanks for any advice.

Remy hair extensions are one of the most popular human hair extensions available. With a wide range of quality levels, it’s important to know what your extensions can and cannot handle as far as use and styling. With proper care, your extensions with give you several months of beautiful hair that is soft and beautiful.

Regular Cleaning Instructions

Hair extensions do not receive natural oils from your scalp like natural hair. This requires some extra care when washing to ensure that one does not dry them out. As a rule of thumb, hair should be washed and conditioned every 3-4 days.

You Will Need:

  • Soft bristle hairbrush
  • Low pH/High moisturizing shampoo and conditioner
  • Comb

The Cleaning Process:

  1. Brush hair thoroughly prior to washing to remove any knots and/or tangles. Start at the bottom and gently work your way to the top being cautious not to pull on the hair.
  2. Wet hair as normal.
  3. Apply conditioner to the extensions prior to washing to help maintain moisture levels. Do not rinse.
  4. Apply shampoo (on top of conditioned extensions) and wash gently.
  5. Rinse thoroughly.
  6. Apply moisturizing conditioner.
  7. Rinse thoroughly.
  8. Wrap hair in a towel and allow the towel to absorb moisture. Avoid rubbing the towel through hair to dry.
  9. Comb carefully to work through any knots and tangles that may have formed while washing.
  10. Allowing hair to air-dry is best. Never sleep in wet hair as this causes tangles.

Cleaning Extensions after Swimming

The chlorine found in swimming pools and salt found in the ocean can be damaging to hair extensions. In general, the more processed the extensions (ex: Bohemian), the less they can handle being in the water. If you have high quality extensions, they should be fine with proper care. Follow these steps to keep your hair looking great.

You Will Need:

  • High moisturizing conditioner
  • Towel
  • Hair wrap

The Cleaning Process:

  1. The most important thing when swimming with extensions is to clean the hair immediately afterwards to avoid damage from chemicals,
  2. chlorine and salt.
  3. Rinse hair thoroughly to remove all chemicals. If necessary, wash hair following instructions above.
  4. Allow hair to air-dry completely.
  5. If hair becomes dry, follow these steps:
    1. Apply high moisture conditioner to hair
    2. Wrap in a moist, warm towel.
    3. Let the conditioner remain on hair for 10-30 minutes.
    4. Rinse as normal.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • If you are unsure about the quality of your hair extensions, consult your beautician or avoid swimming altogether.
  • For extensions that cannot tolerate the chemicals and salt in the water, simply wrap hair up and do not allow them to get wet.


  1. I was just introduced to this product called Kenra!! It’s in a silver spray and smells wonderful!! It’s a silkening spray that puts my Remi extension back in its original state! I love it!! Hope this helps your dilemma! Also, I use the TRESemme moisturizer and shampoo also!! Good luck. It’s light and in a black and white bottles at any Publix market!

  2. How long can I leave my hair in for?

  3. I have an odd smell. How do I get it out?

  4. Good advise! I used this process and I think it was amazing!

  5. I have very thin, short hair… how do I wash my hair and extensions when they are glued on my hair? Thanks.

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