Although they aren’t a permanent solution, some clip in hair extensions lasts longer than you might think. Certain factors contribute to their longevity but once you know the type you have, it is easy to estimate. When you know this, you can plan ahead so if you have a holiday coming up you know if your long luscious locks are going to be able to go with you before they need to be reattached. We take a look at this, and other aspects of these popular products.

So, How Long Can You Leave Them In?

Because they are not designed to stay in the long term and require daily maintenance, it is best to remove your clip-ins at the end of the day. If you do wish to sleep in them, be sure to brush them then braid the extensions before you go to sleep to prevent them from tangling. This will also stop them from pulling as you toss and turn.

How Long Do Clip In Hair Extensions Last?

Depending on the product, you can expect to get around 6 to 12 months of use out of them before they are unusable and you need to replace them. The less you use them, the longer they will last so unless you have to be seen with long, full hair every day they should be fine for nearly a year most of the time. There are certain things you can do to get more months out of them including the following:

Wash Occasionally

There is no need to wash clip in hair extension as much as you might think. Since they do not produce natural oils like real hair, the main need to wash them is if you have applied products. Usually, once a month is enough to keep them looking and smelling nice without drying them out when there is no need. Dry shampoo can also be used between actual washes.

Regular Brushing

We’ve already mentioned this but it is that important. If you neglect this part of owning extensions then they and use products such as hairspray to finish your look, they won’t be as soft as you might hope. Don’t go too hard, only light brushing is necessary or you could damage the product.

Use Conditioner

Although there is less of a need to wash the extensions, it can be prudent to condition them more often. Because it can lose some of its shine, a bit of conditioner can restore some vibrancy and make the extensions look their best. It is fine to use a product that you leave in but either way, you don’t need a lot for it to do the job.

Trim The Ends

After a while, the ends can start to show signs of wear and tear and although this is to be expected, it is still no reason to give up on the extensions. You can prolong their lifespan by trimming the ends a little. This will take a little of the length but it is better than walking around with split ends.

Carefully Store Them

When taking them out at night it is best to not throw the hair extensions over the end of the bed. Careful storage where they are laid out nice and straight will help to ensure they last longer. With their own dedicated place in a drawer or box, you can rest easy knowing they have been taken care of.

Buy A Quality Product

This sounds like an obvious point but a lot of people buy cheap knock-offs from China and are left with extensions that do not last as long as they might hope. The best way of making sure you have long-lasting clip-on hair extensions is to purchase from a reputable company that is known for making quality products.

Keep Them Away From Heat

It is fine to straighten your extensions but it is best not to do it too often. Heat can be detrimental and cause them to look dull beyond repair, potentially damaging them. The same applies to blow-drying clip-ins. Even though the temptation is to break out the dryer at every opportunity, it is better to air dry extensions after you have washed them. If you are in a rush and need them to dry, try a lower heat setting that will be kinder on them.

Use Hydrating Products

We’re not trying to contradict our selves here but when you do use shampoo and conditioner, be sure to use quality products that help to hydrate the hair. It is a good opportunity to give the extensions a decent amount of moisture and there are even specialist hair care products designed to be used with hair extensions.

Don’t Swim In Them

If you really cannot be seen without your extensions in, then wear a swimming cap at the pool. Because swimming pools are full of chemicals harmful to extensions such as chlorine, it is in your best interest to keep the two away from one another. Either take them out or wear a cap. Otherwise, too many swims and you can expect to have to replace them sooner than you expected.

Color With Care

One of the best things about wearing clip-in hair extensions is that if they are made with human hair, they can be colored to your liking. Having said that, it is best to not keep changing the color as this can damage the hair. Even if you do decide to go darker or lighter, it is always a good idea to get a professional to do the coloring. Because it can be difficult to gauge how the hair will react to coloring based on its original shade, a professional will know the right approach and if it is even possible.

Use The Right Brush Type

Even though you can’t feel the snag if you comb through your extensions too eagerly, it is best to treat them like they are attached to your scalp! Because too much rough treatment can cause damage, be careful with your choice of brush. For tangles be sure to use a wide-toothed comb and don’t pull too aggressively or the clips can fall out. Brush from the roots and go slow the first few strokes on each area.

If you adhere to the above then there is no reason why you can’t get close to, if not, full years use out of clip-in hair extensions.