Hello, Harper Ellis girl!

We are so excited that you & your stylist decided on Harper Ellis Hair Co. hair extensions. We know you are going to LOVE your new look! Be sure to tag us in your selfies on Instagram at @harperellishairco and feel free to use our hashtag, #harperellisgirl, too!

In order to keep your hair looking and feelin gits best, here is our Ultimate Hair Extension Care Guide – made just for YOU!

Please read & apply the following tips to your hair care routine. Remember to contact your stylist should you have any additional questions.

Let’s get started…

First, let’s talk about washing your hair.

  1. Before you hop into the shower, make sure to prep your hair by thoroughly brushing it to remove any tangles. This helps to prevent extra tangling during the washing process and ensures the entirety of your hair gets evenly cleansed.
  2. Once you are ready to wash, dampen all of your brushed hair with lukewarm water and a sulfate-free/paraben-free, salon-quality shampoo.

Avoid rubbing the ends of the hair together while washing, which may cause extra tangling.

  1. Next, add conditioner throughout and leave in as directed or for 5-7 minutes. Extensions need to stay hydrated, so make sure you condition your hair well, every time you wash it!

Note — be sure to totally rinse away all excess shampoo and conditioner. You may find that washing your hair with extensions takes longer and requires more effort to clean effectively. 

Make sure you have enough time to thoroughly complete this process. We don’t suggest washing/drying your hair when you are in a big hurry, as the process tends to take some time if done correctly.

Next up: Drying your Extensions

  1. Start by gently squeezing out the excess water with your hands. When you are ready to step out of the shower, squeeze it again with a cotton towel wrapped around the length of your hair. Do this a few times until your hair feels damp (no longer soaking).

We recommend gently detangling your hair with a wide tooth comb or a soft, bristle brush (WET Brush works great). Please don’t forget to ALWAYS hold your hair in place with one hand at the installation point and carefully brush it with the other hand. This process should be done with extra care as to not harm the integrity of your hair or disturb the point of installation on your head.

  1. Next, proceed to smoothly blow drying sections of your hair using a brush on low heat. Do not rough dry (this means NO tornado drying!)

Styling & Recreation Care

Harper Ellis Hair can be styled using a boar’s hair bristle brush or wet brush, and heat tools such as a flat iron or curling iron. Remember to use heat tools with caution. We do not recommend exceeding 250 degrees of heat when using any tool on your extensions. Always remember to use a salon quality heat protectant, as well.

It is imperative to brush your hair extensions daily. While brushing, hold base of scalp where your extensions are attached to the natural hair with and brush with the other hand.

Note – Please don’t let your clients forget! Your extensions must be brushed thoroughly from ROOT to END DAILY! This is a must to keep sections and extensions detangled and looking their best!

For best results, we recommend the following when caring for your extensions:

  • Use only sulfate-free and paraben-free, salon-quality products
  • Use spray leave-in-conditioner or moisturizer on extensions to keep from tangling or drying out
  • Braid your extensions before sleeping
  • Always dry your hair before going to bed
  • Sleep on a silk pillow case

We all love water activities, but please proceed with caution…

We love the beach or poolside as much as the next person —  but it’s vital to consider the following steps to protect your hair if you choose to engage in water activities.

  1. Prep your hair by wetting it with clean water from a shower before entering an ocean, lake or pool.
  2. Comb and braid your hair before entering the water.
  3. Rinse your hair immediately in a shower after leaving the water.
  4. For an extra measure of care — wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo after water activities to remove all impurities that may cause damage to the hair. Then, follow with your regular extension care system of shampoo/conditioner/leave-in products.

Note — we urge you to please use caution when applying/using sunscreen around your hair extensions. Some sunscreens (including spray sunscreen) contain chemicals that can cause discoloration to the hair. We suggest a vegan or all natural, non-aerosol sunscreen to prevent discoloration.

Download Our Hair Extension Care Instructions!

Attention Licensed Cosmetologists:

We do not recommend dying our extensions, as it can alter the integrity of the hair.

If you do decide to dye Harper Ellis Hair Extensions, our suggestion would be to use a demi or semi-permanent color. Likewise if you chose to tone our hair, please watch it carefully.

Any color alterations done to Harper Ellis Hair extensions should be performed by a licensed professional only.

So what are the steps we personally use if your extensions need extra hydration?

1: Comb the hair with a wide tooth comb

2: Apply Brazilian Bond builder b3 Ionic Extension Cleanser leave for 30 min to open the cuticles

3: Soak in water for 2 hours to rehydrate

4: Dip in Vinegar & rinse to close the cuticles

5: Towel Dry

6: Apply Brazilian Bond Builder + b3 Demi Permanent Conditioner leave for 1 hour

7: Rinse and blow dry with low heat setting

8: Style using low heat (250*)

Download Our Hydration Guide

Terra’s Favorite Products For Hair Extensions


Kevin Murphey Hydrate Me Conditioner

Brazilian Blowout Shampoo & Conditioner (great for the dryer clients that seem to dry their extension faster)

Leave in Sprays/Detanglers

Kevin Murphey Untangled

Oribe Run Through Detangling Primer

And that’s it, friends! A good shampoo, conditioner, and leave in for moisture! I love to keep it simple, and don’t forget…keep your heat under 250 degrees!

Professional In-Salon Use:

Ionic Extension Cleanser

Absolutely no sulfates, parabens, and no proteins.

Style using low heat 250* and low blow dry setting. 

So there you have it! I hope some of these tips have helped you learn the proper care of hair extensions.

Now it’s your turn! What did you pick up from this article? Are you, and/or your clients following these or similar care instructions?  Any other tips? Let us know in the comments below!

Thanks again for choosing Harper Ellis Hair Co! Please feel free to contact us should you have any further questions regarding caring for your hair extensions!