Hair Extension Wear & Care

How To Brush Your Hair Extensions

Video: How To Brush Your Hair Extensions

When wearing hair extensions, you will want to take care of your own hair along with your extensions which is why we are showing you how to brush them.

To keep from pulling out hair extensions by your roots, you will want to follow these steps for brushing your hair extensions:

1. You will hold your hair extensions firmly around the attachments.

2. You will begin by brushing the ends of the hair extensions first. Remove and small tangles in the ends by hand or with a wide tooth comb. (These are usually shed hairs which have fallen from your scalp to the ends and tangled those hairs.) Remove those tangles carefully. (To read more about shed hairs and hair extensions, see this article here: About Shed Hairs and Hair Extensions.

3. Next, work your way up toward your scalp, still keeping a firm hold at the attachments. (This will help ensure you don’t catch the brush on a snarl in your hair extensions and inadvertently pull it out.)

4. Once all the tangles have been removed from the hair, use your looper brush to get into the scalp between the bonds. (You will want to use the SPECIAL hair extension brush included in your ManeMaxx® Hair Extension Starter Kit.) A standard brush can get caught in your hair extension attachments and pull them out.

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About Fixing Tangles and Matting

Whether it's just small tangles or it's a lot of matting going on in your hair extensions, you can find out what to do to fix or prevent these from occurring. When wearing strand by strand hair extensions, you will probably find a bit of shed hair tangling around the root of your hair and the hair extensions where your hair extension bonds are attached. Here’s how to stop your hair extensions from tangling and matting.

Remember to care for your strands and never sleep with wet or damp hair. ManeMaxx® Extension Hair is the best extension hair product for many months of silky, tangle-free extension hair wear!

About Major Tangles or Matting in Your Extensions

This is what looks like a very large rats nest at your scalp involving multiple (more than 3-4 strands) at the area of your attachment and against your scalp.  It usually involves shed hairs as well as your natural hair that has been left outside of the bonds during application, along with the extensions hair. 

Major matting is almost always caused by sleeping with wet or damp hair and hair extensions, or wearing your wet hair extensions in a bun or ponytail and not allowing the extensions to dry loosely worn. This can also happen if, over a long period of time, you are not maintaining your hair extension install.

This client washed her hair everyday and then put her extensions in a ponytail that she did not take out until she washed again. Before she knew it her hair and extension hair became tangled beyond what most would believe repairable. But with careful diligence we removed the extensions and then worked to detangle the mattes produced by lack of correct care in her hair. We took the steps as described below in the solution for removing the mattes and were able to do so without harming any of her hair. Many stylists have told me they would cut something like that out. It’s avoidable that this type of matting occur with hair extension wear but, if it were to happen, detangling and brushing them out without harming the hair is possible. It only looks overwhelming, when in truth it isn’t and can be fixed.


This clients hair still, in spite of her matting, grew while she was wearing the extensions. Her before picture shows her hair above the shoulder line. This sort of growth is something we do constantly see with Tiffany’s safe and gentle Soft Bond™ Hair Extensions you find in the ManeMaxx hair extension kit. Strand by strand extension wear can be the most comfortable and add to that a most gentle, flexible long-wearing bond and you will have incredibly blended and discreet hair extensions free of chemicals and scary glues and metals which slice at the hair. Read more here:

Remember that the area around the roots is the last to dry. It is always best to wash during the day when your hair has many hours to fully dry at the root.  

With major strand tangling or matting, it is best to remove the extensions, detangle the hairs, remove the shed hairs, then flat iron the hair and replace the extension. For incredible matting, use the tail end of a fine-tooth comb, inserted into the matt and make small circles to loosen it. Brush with a soft bristle brush and even tally using these 2 methods, you will loosen the matt without having to cut it out. (I’ve removed these mattings and cutting the hair was never needed. Here is the worst I’ve seen, ever. We worked through it in an hour and advised her in her hair extension wear.)PHOTOSIf your hair seems to be tangling in the area on which you sleep, i.e., one particular side of the head, consider purchasing a satin pillowcase. 

It’s a great idea to run your fingers through your hair, around the bonds, as best as possible to detangle the shed hair from root hairs. It is impossible to remove the shed hairs as they are typically stuck in the bonds, but you can keep them from getting messy by separating them every few days, or so, as your hair grows out.

You will save your hair along with your extension hair.  By fixing or maintaining tangles you will keep larger, more time-consuming tangles from occurring.

How to Deal With Small Tangles in Your Hair Extensions

As your ManeMaxx® hair extensions grow out, you will probably experience shed hairs that tangle around each other at the root of your hair.  It will seem the strands are “stuck together” or growing out mixed up with each other.

Some of this is caused because of your partings or small sections to which you are attaching, which is more difficult to get extremely neat when applying hair extensions yourself, but most is just a natural occurrence when wearing strand-by-strand hair extensions.

If you have some strand tangling, use your small removal comb (aka, eyebrow comb and brush) and comb the shed hairs from the top of the bond TO your scalp in an UPWARD stroke.


Combing the shed hairs toward your scalp can also be done with your finger tips.  Now, slowly peel apart the bonds which have twisted around each other. You will feel the shed hairs loose their grip and in a manner which you know is not harming your hair.  Never force the separation.

This will detangle the sheds and allow you to separate your strands. When doing this sort of maintenance on your strands you should have no issues with the bonds growing out an inch or more.

Before applying the hair extensions.  A flat iron at the root before install is a great idea to tame the hairs so that they are nice, flat and straight for lining up your extension bonds.This is an important step for extension hair that is wavy or curly. When attaching strands to wavy or curly hair, and without flat ironing all this hair prior to install, you will have a hard time lining up, and securing, the bonds.

After removing the hair extensions For removing, and after all your strands are out, carefully comb the tangles, aka shed hairs, UP toward your scalp, then carefully DOWN the hair shaft. It can go quick once you get the hang of it.

Don't remove hair extensions from wet hair. Remove extensions and tangles from dry hair only!

Itching, Pulling, Comfort and Ponytails

You should find strand-by-strand hair extensions to be the most comfortable and versatile hair extension method when it comes to applying and wearing hair extensions but hair extensions are something in your hair and it does take a little time to get accustomed to them. With that, there are steps you can take, and things you can do, to ensure the most comfortable and unnoticeable hair extension wear.

For myself, I can only wear a hat or a ponytail for a certain period of time before it is driving me crazy, but the hair extensions I can wear for months and not even notice them there in my hair. (After I get though the Day 7 to Day 10 issue. Read more about that in the paragraph marked “IMPORTANT” below.)

Pulling, Itchy Hair Extensions Discussed

After Application Comfort

You should not feel the extensions beyond the first night or 2. The flexibility of the TemBond® allows for comfortable wear shortly after installing your hair extensions. As you sleep, the bonds will mold to the shape of your head. This means no hard balls of glue or metal rings poking into your head. For immediate comfort or to hurry that process after applying, use a heating pad on low while you lie your head on it.


Ponytails may not be comfortable to wear tight and high on your head right after your hair extension application. High ponytails will get more comfortable after your hair grows out a little bit, typically 1-3 weeks. Until then, low ponytails work great for pulling your hair back.

Another issue with high, tight ponytails would be the pulling this could cause on your natural hairs which are already working to support the weight of your new extensions. Sometimes small red bumps can result. You should eliminate the pulling if this occurs. Either remove and stop wearing the tight ponytail for a while, or remove the extensions in that area altogether.

Itchy Scalp

There have been many positive reports to the comfort of these hair extensions. The bonds are flexible and mold to the shape of your head. Thus, you shouldn’t have discomfort, itching or poking with the hair extensions beyond bearing, but if you do have a comfort issue, please try the below fixes and see if it improves. Some things to be aware of:


At about the 1-2 week point you will have enough shed hairs held in your bonds that you might feel these poking and tickling you at your scalp. This causes itching. If you can just make it thorough this period, and allow your hair to grow out another week or so, the washing you do will bend those hairs downward and away from your scalp. Thus, you will no longer feel the discomfort while wearing the extensions.

To Help Stop Itching Hair Extensions, You Can:

While Applying
Follow the steps of dipping and attaching carefully. Do not use too little bond or scrape the tip off on the side of the pot. This leaves too little bond to cover all the hairs which can then peek and poke and become a little irritating.

When Wearing
Be sure you rinsing the product off of your hair thoroughly after washing. Any shampoo or conditioning product left at your scalp could cause irritation and itching. Rinse for a very long time sectioning the hair so that the water may run over, under and around all the bonds.

When Brushing
Be sure you use your looper brush at the scalp and brush thoroughly to remove shed hairs which can be freed from your natural hair. Shed hairs held in the bonds will remain there until you remove them.

From Tiffany Twist: My top recommendation for comfortable hair extension wear?
Rinsing! It is amazing what a good, long, continuous rinse after washing can accomplish for your hair extension wear. Rinse, rinse, rinse! Your hair will shine and feel great (even for days, if you want it to)!


Washing, Drying, Styling Your ManeMaxx® Hair Extensions

Great, Your ManeMaxx Hair Extensions Are In! Now What?

Part of your successful wear is caring for your new hair extensions.

This includes brushing and combing daily, washing 1-3 times a week at least and a little bit of maintenance with your bonds and strands to enhance your hair extension wear.

Some of the questions we should ask and topics we should research before wearing hair extensions need to be about the care of hair extensions. How we care for our hair makes a huge difference in how we feel about the overall experience of wearing our hair extensions.

How To Wash Your Extensions

Washing while wearing hair extensions is a little different from you may be used to. Extra hair on your head is going to create a thicker “barrier” to your scalp and those oils can really build up if you aren’t getting in and cleansing underneath and around your extension bonds. The same goes for rinsing. You will want to rinse longer and much more thoroughly. Sticky, mushy or too soft of bonds can result from not cleansing and rinsing thoroughly. Also, TemBond® bonds can become broken down and extensions lost from not cleansing and rinsing your hair and hair extensions thoroughly.

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Caring for Your Installed Hair Extensions Right After Installing Them

Your hair extension bond should be allowed to cure for 3-12 hours after installing. During this time you may carefully comb and style your hair extensions without disturbing your new bonds. Wait as long as you can, at least 48 hours for washing. Washing too soon can cause your extensions to shed throughout your wear. Allowing the bonds to cure for a full 48 hours will help to ensure no shedding of the extension hair for many months of wearing it!

Styling Your Extension Hair

Wash and dry hair extensions

ManeMaxx Extension Hair is 100% human hair which can be straightened with a flat iron or curled with a curling or waving iron.You will want to keep all hot tools from touching your bonds at all times. Sometimes it takes a little oops to remember this. Use the warm or cooler setting and don’t leave the hair dryer in one spot for too long.

Washing Your Hair Extensions

You will find your hair extensions don’t get as dirty as ofter which will allow you to shampoo your hair less if you'd like. One to 3 times per week is recommended for longer wear time. Some wearers do wash daily and this isn’t harmful, just more work.

It is recommended you just wash and condition your own hair, without putting any product on your extension hair directly, and just allow the gentle wash for your extensions to happen as you rinse your own hair. Be gentle with your bonds after washing and until your root area is completely dry.

Products for Your Extension Hair

The products you use for washing your hair extensions could make a huge difference in whether and why your hair extensions tangle or matt up. Sulfate shampoos, soft or treated water and many products can be very drying to extension hair and your own hair. Avoid these products while wearing your hair extensions since these products can cause tangling and matting. Check for alcohol content in products you use and try to use little product directly on the extension hair when washing.

Tips for Good Water

If you have a water softener or highly chlorinated water, you can,
A.) Get a filter for your shower, they are cheap and easy to implement or,
B.) Rinse where the soft water hasn’t been run to, typically the cold water in the kitchen sink, or rinse with distilled water. (These less desirable choices in option B make option A the best and easiest for you.)

Shampoo Basics

Sulfate-free shampoo can be found on the PUREOLOGY line of products, available only at salons. PUREOLOGY carries gentle, but effective, conditioning and leave-in products, and solutions, for many hair types and conditions.

Shampoo products for hair extensions

PUREOLOGY Hydrate or SuperStraight are excellent choices for washing while you are wearing your extensions.  PUREOLOGY Purify is a clarifier which should only be used prior to installing your hair extensions.  The Purify should only be used to strip and free your hair of oils and products before your application. Using the Purify on your extensions will cause them to become dull and dry.

When washing, carefully work your shampoo under all of your hair extension attachments and at your scalp. Don’t worry about so much shampoo on your extension hair, it doesn’t get as dirty and a thorough rinsing of the soapy water through your extension typically suffices.

Lighter conditioners, such as PUREOLOGY's, can be worked into the scalp underneath your bonds, to condition your scalp and hairs at the root area and precent tangling of the extension hairs.  When using conditioners in the area of your bonds, be sure you are rinsing, rinsing, rinsing for as long as you can.

Again, a thorough final rinse of all products will give your hair extensions a clean, crisp, fabulous result that will last for days. Section your hair extensions while rinsing and allow the water to flow freely around the hair extension bonds and through all your hair.

A little extra care and time during washing and rinsing will save you time in the long run and provide you with the best, longest hair extension wear.

Between full washings, you can freshen your own hair by just washing at the crown. To do this, tie your extension hair back, pull the hair at the crown forward and wash and rinse just this area at the crown.

Testing products before using on hair extensions
TIP: So many products out there and they aren’t all great for our hair extensions. Many contain drying alcohol and sulphates. It is a good idea to save a little of your ManeMaxx® Extension Hair just for testing these products before using them on your whole head. Wash, dry, use your gels and sprays on this “sample” piece before you use it on your installed extension hair to prevent any issues later.


A-Z Hair Extension Care

A-Z Quick List of Care For Your Extension Hair

Thoroughly clean, rinse and dry your hair before you start.  Use a clarifier before installing if you can, and no conditioners.

Use cleansing and conditioning products sparingly while wearing your extensions.  Test products on some of your leftover extension hair before using on your whole head.

Get a shower filter (they are cheap and easy to install) or use distilled water if you have a water softener.

Always wash with your head tilted back, never forward.

Never sleep with wet hair, not even damp at the roots! Matting can result.

When you wear extensions you add weight to the roots of your natural hair. Follow application instructions and measurements carefully so that you are not causing unnecessary stress to the roots of your natural hair.

Always comb from your ends up and hold on to the area at your bonds to keep from pulling or stressing the natural hair. Don’t brush or stress bonds while your hair is wet.

Shed hairs are held in your bonds and untangled carefully upon removal. Naturally shed hairs have a hard “bead” at the tip of them.

Style carefully.  Do not put the heat of a straightener or curling iron directly on the hair extension bond unless you want to remove them.

Root touch-ups while wearing their bonds shows no problems or effects to the bonds at all. Rinse thoroughly.  Remember that when you color WHILE WEARING your bonds there WILL BE NO COLOR CHANGE to any of the hair UNDER the bonds. You should remove the extensions for coloring full head.

When installing, you are instructed to use small bundles of 1/4 inch in thickness laid flat. For thin hair or just for smaller bonds you can use bundles even 1/2 this size. These tiny bundles wear just as long, or even longer, than larger bundles.

Larger bundles and larger bonds are NOT recommended for satisfaction, success and the safest hair extension wear. Keep those bundles small!

Thinner hair may require some extra concealing by back combing the hair right above the hair extension bond to create a thicker cover.

The bonds will become somewhat flexible with the heat of your head and conform to the shape. This allows for the most comfortable and unnoticeable hair extension wear!

It is important to follow the dipping and applying instructions to see no bond loss or extension hair shedding.

You will choose a hair extension color from our list that will best blend with the dominant color of your current hair. As long as your color is within a shade or 2, the strand method will blend the extension hair with your own for unnoticeable wear!

Take advantage of adding a highlight or lowlight piece to your kit for blending if your hair contains 2 or more dominant colors. Choosing a highlight or 2, if you have them in your own hair, increases your unnoticeable blend and your hair will look amazing!

You will probably want to have at least 3-4 inches of your own natural hair for using the system and covering the bonds, although the extension hair can be attached to an inch or so. Shorter natural hair risks showing hair extension bonds but is completely acceptable for wearing. Order a topper piece or try a hat or scarves to help cover bonds until your hair has grown out more.

The more length you add to your own hair, the more extension hair you will need to produce a natural look. A package and 1/2 is always suggested when adding lengths of 18, 22 and 26 inch hair. On that same note, the thicker your own hair is, the more extension hair you will need to produce a natural-looking, finished result.

The hair extensions can be cut or trimmed, if desired, to produce a great finished look.

Combing your hair gently with a comb is recommended above brushing with a standard hair brush.  Use your special hair extension looper brush when brushing your hair extensions.

You may sleep in your hair extensions. A loose braid or ponytail is recommended to keep from tangling.

If you are looking for less extension hair maintenance wash hair extensions approximately 1-3 times per week.  Daily washing will not compromise the bonds.

Although you wouldn't need any special shampoos or conditioners, we highly recommend you use oil free shampoo's and conditioners. PUREOLOGY is our product line of choice for your hair extension wear and care, PUREOLOGY HYDRATE is our specific product choice. We do not recommend leave-in conditioners or product on the bonds themselves, although product kept on your hair and extension hair is fine.

Do not use clarifying shampoos or natural cleansing bars (looks like soap) on the extensions.

Before you wash, remove tangles from your hair and the extension hair by brushing from the ends to roots. Brush or comb your hair extensions before washing, while your hair is dry. Wash your hair extensions carefully, do not scrub or twist the hair extensions. Use lukewarm water and mild shampoo and conditioner. Carefully pat your hair dry, NEVER rub or twist the hair extensions into a towel.

Water adds weight to the extension hair so to eliminate unnecessary stress to your own hair it is a good idea to wash it with a loose ponytail and/or set the extension hair on your shoulder while it's wet.

Feel free to use a hairdryer away from the bonds, and comb very carefully when hair is wet and while drying.

You may swim in your hair extensions. The TemBond® is water resistant.  Wearing a cap is recommended for long periods of time in the water (hours), a quick dip in the pool or even 30 minutes of laps is not going to harm your bonds at all.

Hot tubs and saunas are fine, just don't tug or pull at the extensions until you have returned to cooler temps.

To eliminate the water weight from adding stress to your own hair, and to prevent tangles, wear a loose pony or a braid when swimming.

Untangle wet extension hair with your fingers or carefully with a wide tooth comb while you dry your hair.

Please note that chlorine may dry out, and thus effect the texture of, your extension hair. (Careful care with washing and using the ManeMaxx® Extension Hair when you're going to be in chlorine pools and you should be able avoid the dry hair.) Also, too long periods of time in the water may cause bonds to shed. Once again, wearing a swimming cap will resolve this.

The bonds are created to be secure, but not so secure you have to have metal tools, chemicals, gooey removers or professional assistance to remove them.

In high heat your bonds may soften. This is supposed to happen. The heat does not harm your bonds or compromise the integrity of your bond. The bonds will never "melt" out due to high heat or direct sun. It may be different from what you are used to with more "cemented" methods such as fusion or hot glues, but once you realize your extensions are very secure, and in light of the fact you are not harming, and losing, your own hair with extension wear, you will be pleased! Don't pull at your extensions in 150+ degrees (like in a sauna for example.) Wait until you have returned to a cooler temperature until you brush, or tug, at your extensions.

It is recommended you flat iron your hair before installing to keep hairs from wrapping around your individual strands and bonds. When wearing your extensions for 3-4 months you will want to remove, and comb out, areas that have tangled at the root.

You shed about 100 strands of your own hair per day. While wearing your hair extensions most of these will be held in a bond.

Shed hairs have a small, hard bead at the base. Broken hairs do not have this hard bulb and hair that has been pulled from its base has a sticky, living end on it.

Depending on how many days you wear your hair extensions, you may see your shed hairs when you remove the extensions. Never has this because of the bond. The TemBond® does not attach to your hair like glues and pre-tipped extensions. It seeps through and around the hairs and attaches to itself to form the safe, secure bond in your hair.

There is no shedding of extension hair with the correct use of the TemBond® bonding product. You'll be able to follow our concise instructions on forming a very secure bond for your own hair. Some hair extension systems defeat the purpose and you struggle with a self-conscious worry that your clip-in extensions will slip out, or your hair extension tape will become loose, etc. You will be able to tell by the time you finish the TemBond® application that your extension hair is VERY secure and you need not worry about your hair extensions falling out.

Some of the hair extension bond may wear away thus loosening an extension or two, this depends on your application and usually only happens after a few weeks of washing. Having your hair extension bond-warmer ready to go allows you to replace your hair extensions very quickly when styling!

Removal: Simply break the bond to loose it, brush, and wash the remaining residue away!

After removing the extensions, olive oil overnight and a morning shampoo or 2 will dissolve and remove TemBond® residue. You will always need to comb out shed hairs from the bonded areas to loosen the small tangles, though.

To prepare the extension for re-use, break off as much bond from the end as you can, snip the tip just enough to have a clean, blunt edge, and re-dip for attaching. (Any leftover TemBond® flakes will remelt when dipping into the warm bond.)