Summer will be here again before we know it and if you are planning to install hair extensions for your upcoming holiday, there are a few dos and don’ts that you should keep in mind.

The hotter temperatures can wreak havoc on your new hair extensions if you don’t take the proper precautions but by avoiding a few simple mistakes, you can enjoy your longer locks all summer long. 

How to Protect Your Hair Extensions During Summer

Don’t just throw them in your suitcase

By not packing your hair extensions correctly, you will end up damaging them. If you will be using clip hair extensions on holiday, be sure to brush them, roll them up and place them in a protective bag or box before you pack them in your suitcase. This will ensure that you have smooth, tangle-free extensions by the time you reach your destination.

Salt and chlorine will damage your hair extensions

Leading hair extension suppliers such as don’t recommend swimming with hair extensions. The salt and chlorine that’s present in the water will destroy your new locks.

The reason for this is that your extensions don’t benefit from the natural oils that your scalp produces, which means they can easily dry out without the proper care. If you do get them wet, it’s best to use a leave-in conditioner to help your extensions recover from a dip in the pool. 

Don’t wear them to the gym if you can help it


It’s understandable that you want to get your body summer-ready but if you are using clip hair extensions, it’s best not to wear them to the gym. The reason for this is that you don’t want to wash your clip hair extensions too often.

It’s also important to make sure that your natural hair is clean before you apply for your extensions again. If you have other types of hair extensions such as tape, choose a hairstyle that will keep you cool and your extensions as dry as possible. 

Lightening your extensions are not recommended

It’s always nice to step into summer with lighter hair but this isn’t recommended if you’re planning to wear extensions. Bleaching or lightening your hair will damage them, causing them to look and feel dry and brittle.

It’s also not a good idea to use products such as sun sprays that promise to lighten your hair in the sun. If you haven’t yet purchased your hair extensions, rather lighten your natural hair and choose hair extensions that match your new color. 

Stay away from salt sprays

Salt sprays are a great way to add more texture to your hair but it will also drain your extensions of moisture, leaving them looking and feeling dry.

If you do want to add some texture to your hair, rather speak to your stylist about a texturizing spray that won’t dry your hair out too much.

Keep your sun exposure to a minimum


If you are planning to work on your tan during your holiday, it’s best to keep your hair covered to avoid drying it out. The sun can do a number of your hair extensions if you’re not careful. Plus, spending less time in the sun is going to be good for your skin too.

To learn more about how to take better care of your hair extensions during the summer months, speak to a hair extension professional during your installation. They will also be able to provide you with excellent product recommendations.