How to Care For Your Hair Extensions During the Summer

The dog days of summer are upon us ladies and you know what that means! Summer vacations, pool parties, and family cookouts. Oh yes, I am right there with you, summer is without a doubt, my favorite season. Plus, you get to rock the cutest outfits and fliest hairstyles with Estelle’s Secret clip-in hair extensions! Have you watched all the awesome tutorials on the site? From beach waves, braids, and highlights, you will have literally the best summer hairstyles around. I have to warn you though, if you’re not careful with your clip-in hair extensions, they could go from fly to, well, fried! Nobody wants that, so let me give you a few tips on keeping them protected from sun, sand, and sea all summer long!

Swimming is a No-Go for Clip-In Hair Extensions!

Ok, I’m going to start off with what I feel is the most important tip I can give you, and it sucks but it will save you a ton of time and headache. You do not want to go swimming with your clip-in hair extensions. I know, but trust me, it’s a recipe for disaster! This goes for both the pool and the beach water. Chlorine and the salt in the water will damage your extensions by drying them out immensely. On top of that, your hair will tangle like crazy! I can tell you from experience, it’s true and it’s not fun. You will literally spend an eternity trying to untangle your natural from the hair extension so I recommend avoiding it all together.

Wave Goodbye to Salt Sprays!

So, you want those fabulous beach waves you saw Blake Lively sporting last year, right? Of course, who doesn’t?! The question is, what is the best way to accomplish the wavy style without damaging your even more fabulous clip-ins? The first thing that comes to mind are those popular mermaid salt spray’s that have been all the rave, but for us hair-extension rockin gals, it’s best to stay far, far away! These sprays contain sea salt which again, damages not only the hair extensions but also your own hair. They also contain alcohol, delivering a double dose of dryness, frizzies, and tangles. Instead, you should opt for a keratin-infused leave-in conditioner. Simply soak the hair, scrunch it up with your hands, and you’re all set. You’ve got bold, beautiful, beach waves that are full of body without all the harsh chemicals.

Too Hot to Handle for Your Hair Extensions!

I’m sure you guys already know how the sun’s harmful UV rays can wreak havoc on your skin but it can also damage your hair extensions. The constant heat from the summer sun can easily and quickly dry out your clip-in hair extension leaving them looking less than cute. This isn’t exactly something you can easily avoid but you can combat it by deep conditioning your clip-ins on a regular basis. We always recommend using a keratin-infused conditioner and soak the extensions starting at the ends and working your way up. You can expect the best results by either leaving the conditioner on overnight before rinsing them or wrapping them up under a warm dryer for a good hour. Deep conditioning is essential for keeping your hair extensions (and your natural hair) hydrated and moisturized during the summer.

If you have any summer care tips for clip-in extensions that we missed, let us know! Also, just in case things don’t go as planned, if you are headed to the beach or pool with your extensions in, wearing them in a braid or bun will help reduce tangling and damage. Be mindful of products, as many products contain sulfate and other yucky chemicals that your extensions don’t like. Other than that, Estelle’s Secret wishes you a hair-tastic summer and don’t forget to watch all the quick and easy tutorials to slay the hair game all summer long!


  • Wow, I’m glad that you mentioned that swimming is a bad idea for people with extensions. My wife has been talking about getting extensions lately but has never had them before. Given that our kids love to swim, and we take them a couple times a week, it may not be the best idea. I’m not sure she knows the limits she’ll encounter if she decides to get them, but I’ll be sure to give her a heads up!

  • Millie Hue says:

    Thanks for pointing out that the hair extensions should be conditioned regularly so that it won’t dry out when the sun’s too hot. I will keep that in mind because I plan to have a hair extension installed on my hair for the wedding of my best friend. The setting will be on a beach in a tropical country that is why I need to make sure that it will not get damaged too much.

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