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How To Prevent Hair Extensions From Matting

Most hair extensions wearers may have experienced having tangled hair near the scalp. Matting is a common problem that is certainly avoidable, if only wearers know how to properly care for and maintain their hair extensions. The longer that the hair stay tangled, the more serious the problem will be, so it's always best to implement prevention methods and address the tangles right away.

Below are a few effective strategies for ensuring your hair extensions stay smooth, soft, and beautiful for longer.

Understanding Hair Extensions

Before learning the prevention techniques, it's essential to understand the basics of hair extensions. They come in various types, including clip-ins, tape-ins, sew-ins, and fusion extensions. Hair extensions made with real human hair offer the most natural look and feel, while synthetic extensions are more affordable but may not blend as seamlessly with your natural hair. 

Each type of hair extension has its own advantages and disadvantages as well as caring techniques. For example, clip-in extensions are easier to maintain as they can be easily removed when you're taking a shower or you want to swim. Tape-ins on the other hand, require you to visit your stylist every six weeks to make sure that the tapes are still in place and your natural hair won't get damaged by the weight of the extensions.

Common Causes of Matting and Tangling

One of the main cause of matting and tangling is improper installation. It's always best to do your research before going to a salon or having a hair stylist install your extensions. Since bonded hair extensions and tape-in extensions need to be professionally installed due to how neatly and methodically the extensions need to be applied, choosing an unqualified stylist can give you a lot of headaches later on. 

Go for hair stylists that are certified to install hair extensions and those recommended by your friends. Make sure to also read online reviews and client testimonials, so you're sure you're paying someone who knows their craft.

Other common causes of matting are friction, dehydrated locks, product buildup, sleeping while your hair is wet or damp and improper care. Here are some proactive steps to minimize the risk of matting and keep your extensions looking their best:

Daily Care Routine

Establishing a regular care routine is key to preventing matting. Begin by using a gentle hairbrush to detangle your extensions daily, starting from the ends and working your way up. Avoid harsh pulling or tugging, as this can lead to breakage and matting.

When washing your hair extensions, use lukewarm water and a sulfate-free, moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. Focus on the mid-lengths and ends while shampooing, and apply conditioner generously to keep the extensions soft and manageable.

Drying Techniques

After washing, gently towel dry your extensions to remove excess water, taking care not to rub or twist them vigorously. Opt for air drying whenever possible to minimize heat damage. If using a blow dryer, set it to a low or medium heat setting and use a heat protectant spray to shield the extensions from heat styling.

Styling Tips

When styling your hair extensions, handle them with care to avoid unnecessary tension and friction. Limit the use of heat styling tools, such as flat irons and curling wands, and always apply a heat protectant product beforehand. Opt for loose hairstyles that don't put too much stress on the extensions, and avoid pulling or twisting them excessively.

Maintenance Between Washes

In between washes, use dry shampoo sparingly to absorb excess oils and refresh your roots. Apply a leave-in conditioner to the ends of your extensions to keep them hydrated and smooth. Lightweight oils, such as argan or coconut oil, can also be used to add shine and prevent frizz.

Nighttime Care

Proper nighttime care is essential for preventing matting while you sleep. Make sure that your hair is dry before going to bed. Loosely tie your hair extensions in a low ponytail or braid to minimize tangling. Invest in a silk or satin pillowcase or sleep cap to reduce friction and keep your extensions smooth and tangle-free throughout the night. 

Regular Maintenance and Check-Ups

Schedule regular appointments with your stylist for maintenance and check-ups. Depending on the type of extensions you have, they may need to be removed and reinstalled every few weeks to prevent matting and damage. Your stylist can also inspect the extensions for any signs of matting or other issues and provide professional solutions as needed.

Proper Storage

When you're not wearing your extensions, store them properly to prevent tangling and matting. Use a designated storage bag or container to keep them clean and protected from dust and moisture. Avoid folding or creasing the extensions, as this can lead to permanent damage. 

Avoiding Harsh Chemicals

Be mindful of the products you use on your hair extensions. Avoid harsh chemicals, such as alcohol-based styling products and chlorine from swimming pools, as they can strip the extensions of their natural oils and cause them to become dry and brittle. Opt for gentle, sulfate-free formulas that are specifically designed for use with hair extensions.

Protecting Extensions from Sun Damage

Just like natural hair, hair extensions can be damaged by prolonged exposure to the sun's UV rays. Whenever possible, protect your extensions from direct sunlight by wearing a hat or using a UV-protectant spray. This will help prevent dryness, fading, and weakening of the hair fibers.

What to do when your hair extensions are tangled or matted?

If you have attempted to untangle your hair but the problem still persists, visit the hair stylist that installed your hair extensions so they can help remove the matted or tangled hair.




With proper care and maintenance, you can prevent hair extensions from matting and enjoy beautiful, long-lasting results. With the tips outlined in this guide, you'll keep your extensions looking smooth, soft, and radiant, allowing you to rock any hairstyle with confidence.

Invest the time and effort into caring for your extensions and don't forget to visit your stylist so that you can enjoy that gorgeous-looking hair that turns heads wherever you go.

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