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The Best Shampoo and Conditioner for Hair Extensions

A good shampoo and conditioner is a staple for most girls.  We want something that cleans our hair thoroughly, does not leave it feeling dry, smells great, and leaves our hair soft and shiny.

With so many different shampoos and conditioners available, it can be hard to know which one we will like best, and really takes trial and error to find out which ranges you like, and which ranges you want to avoid.

When you have hair extensions, the search for the best shampoo and conditioner becomes that much harder. There are very few shampoos and conditioners that will list themselves as being specifically for hair extensions, which means you are left with the same shampoos and conditioners sold to those without hair extensions. A trial and error approach can be disastrous for your expensive hair extensions. If you make the wrong choice, not only will you have wasted money on a shampoo and conditioner that you don’t like, but you may also damage your hair extensions in the process.

It is for this reason that HairExtensionsBff was born.  We wanted to provide a solution to this issue with a shampoo and conditioner that was tried and tested and could be used on all forms of human hair extensions.

But what does that mean?  What ingredients are needed to make the best shampoo and conditioner for hair extensions?  Here we outline some of the fundamental elements you need to look out for when it comes to hair extension hair care.

Hair Extensions Need The Right Surfactant

Huh? That’s right, in order to find the right hair extensions shampoo, you need to be looking for one with the most suitable surfactant. Basically, it’s the ingredient that makes your shampoo all foamy. It makes any dirt, grease or grime on your hair attach to the water so that it can be washed away, and is, of course, a very important ingredient in a shampoo. Unfortunately, although surfactants are good at removing dirt, they are also good at removing oils from the hair, in fact, they are too good.  Some surfactants can be really drying as they strip away the natural oils from the hair, so if you are looking for the best hair extension shampoo, one with a really harsh surfactant like Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, one of the most popular surfactants currently used, is not going to be the product for you and your hair extensions.

You want to select a shampoo that has a gentle surfactant.  Gentle surfactants still foam up so that dirt can be removed, but they do not penetrate the hair cuticle as easily as Sodium Lauryl Sulphate does.  This means that you get the benefits of a shampoo that is great at cleaning your hair, without worrying about it stripping away your natural oils and causing your hair extensions to go dry.

Can I use sulphate free shampoos on my hair extensions?

Sulphate free shampoos are not ideal for hair extension wearers, as they are not as efficient at removing dirt as a shampoo with a more complex sulphate designed to not strip oils from the hair.  When you remove sulphates all together, your shampoo will not not foam up like a traditional shampoo.  This makes it very hard to spread the shampoo throughout your hair extensions, as the shampoo being foamy is what allows you to easily reach all of your bonds, weft tracks etc.  

It is for this reason that if you are looking for the best shampoo for hair extensions, you want one with a complex surfactant like Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate, as you are getting the benefits of the foamy consistency, with the complexity of a formula that won’t dry your hair extensions out. ALS shampoos and the best for hair extensions, and will help keep your hair clean without causing dryness.  Check out our Hair Extension Shampoo Here.

So now we know what type of shampoo is best for hair extensions, what about conditioner.  Here we talk through how to choose the best conditioner for your hair extensions, and it’s all about silicones.

Hair extensions need the right silicone

Huh?  I thought silicones were bad for hair extensions?!  They are, but only if you are using the WRONG silicones.  Just like surfactants, silicones come in a wide variety of versions, some which are bad for your hair extensions, and some that are good for your hair extensions.

The main difference between silicones in terms of what will be good for your hair extensions and what will be bad for your hair extensions is whether or not the silicone is water-soluble.

If a silicone is not water-soluble, it means that over time the product can build up on your hair, which will make your hair feel sticky but will also start to cause your hair extensions to become dry. If you use a water-soluble silicone, this means that every time you wash your hair you will wash away the silicone, preventing any product build-up from occurring.

Of course, just like surfactants, there are silicone-free conditioners available, however, these are not the best conditioners for hair extensions. The reason for this is that silicones are very good at their job, which is to smooth your hair and make it easy to brush. Silicone-free conditioners will help to smooth your hair, but they will not do what a silicone can do. If your hair is very knotty when you come out of the shower because you have used a silicone-free product, this will mean that your hair extensions will be harder to brush, putting more tension on the bonds and wefts which could loosen the fitting. As your hair is wet and in its weakest state, it also means that you could cause breakage by trying to remove the tangles.

It is for this reason that the best conditioner for hair extensions is one that uses a water soluble silicone, such as BisPEG/PPG-20/20 Dimethicone.  You can shop our hair extensions conditioner here.

About HairExtensionsBff Shampoo and Conditioner

We wanted to create a range of products that could be used on all human hair extensions, without the worry of whether or not they were suitable for hair extensions.

Our tried and tested range of products is suitable for all brands of human hair extensions, and you can shop the full range of products here, including our award winning hair extension hair brush which won the 2019 hair awards for best multipurpose brush, and our preshampoo treatment which was a finalist for star product at the 2019 hair awards.


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