When it comes to choosing hair extensions methods in NYC, you should do thorough research to make the right selection that fits your needs. But how can you make them last longer? Obviously, you have to take care of them properly so the hair will last for 6-9 months with ease.

Especially since quality hair extensions are expensive, it’s a really good idea to invest the time to get the most out of them. Contrary to popular belief, hair extensions are not always low-maintenance additions and even clip-in extensions need proper care to stay usable for longer.  After all, you want to protect your investment.

Here are some of the best practices to enhance the longevity of your hair extensions:

Use the recommended Shampoo & Conditioner

All products are not the same and while they may be great on your own hair, they cannot be great at all for your hair extensions.  Hair Extensions need extremely moisturizing products that have been tested for extensions.  All extensions are minimally processed and not attached to your scalp’s natural oils and blood supply.  Therefore, they need to be shampooed and conditioned differently.  High quality hair needs to be washed and conditioned on a regular basis.  Many places will tell you to limit washing because the hair is coated and when the coating washes off the hair is dry and lifeless.

Do you wash your hair daily? If your hair is extremely oily, you can use a dry shampoo or just wash the top of your hair to save time as the extensions don’t need to be washed every day unless you have tape in’s and have extreme oil or perspiration from working out, etc.


You have to detangle your hair using a wide tooth comb at the end of the day, every morning, and before washing. But do it gently so that the extension rows lie in the right direction. Always start at the ends and work towards the root. This prevents additional tension at the roots and lowers hair loss as well as scalp sensitivity.  If you have tape in’s, use a Mason Pearson brush or a wet brush.

Gentle washing  

When you wash your hair,wash the extension hair gently to avoid extensive tangling thus making it harder to comb out. You can scrub away at your scalp and in between the extensions but it’s not necessary to “scrub” the extensions as it just makes more work for you. The right way to clean your hair is to tilt your head backward in the shower and start washing your hair from scalp to ends. Don’t flip your head over in a sink or wrap up in a towel as it causes unnecessary tangling and can cause breakage.  After that, always rinse your hair thoroughly.

Use a wide tooth comb 

Unless you have tape in’s or individual extensions, a wide tooth comb pulls less hair and gets tangles out easier.  A Mason Pearson brush, wet brush or loop brush is good at the root for tape ins and Individuals so as to not tear the root.  Always comb or brush to the root of the hair to keep out tangling and matting from rubbing up on collars and coats. 

Condition Thoroughly

Always use the recommended conditioner and follow your stylist’s instructions.

For tape in’s and individuals, apply it about 4 inches away from the scalp and work all the way to the ends. Do deep conditioning of your hair once a week; which will work wonders in maintaining lustrous and healthy extensions for longer. 


After 2-3 months of wear, you should trim your hair extensions. Doing so makes sure they stay healthy. Trimming hair extensions will also look better with your natural hair. The end result will be extensions that look and seem natural. So, you won’t be able to tell the difference between your hair and the extensions.

Bottom Line

When you visit a professional hair extension salon, you will get recommendations for hair extensions methods in NYC that are the best choice for you. At Custom Hair by Catherine, we can make sure that you have the right hair extensions for your situation.  We also give you complete Maintenance Care instructions to keep your extensions in the best condition possible.