How to Care for Kanekalon Extensions

by Charmiane Wilson ; Updated September 28, 2017

Braiding with Kanekalon hair adds length and volume to your hair.

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In the world of extensions, human hair is the ultimate in terms of appearance and feel. It is also the ultimate in terms of price. For a long time, the only alternative to human hair was pure synthetic hair. Pure synthetic hair is much less expensive, but it can look extremely fake and it cannot be styled using heat. Kanekalon hair is a kind of extension hair that bridges the gap in quality and price between human and synthetic hair. Kanekalon hair has a more realistic appearance than synthetic hair; tends to be reasonably priced; and is not difficult to care for.

Wash your hair regularly to avoid buildup of dirt and styling products that can cause your extensions to slip and look dull. While washing, concentrate your cleaning focus on your scalp. Kanekalon is not real hair and does not require the same cleansing that your own hair does. The extensions will be cleaned as suds from your scalp wash through them.

Apply a leave-in conditioner to help with detangling your extensions after washing. Curly or wavy hair can be gently combed through with your fingers. Detangling should always begin at the ends of your hair and move toward your scalp.

Use braid spray for regular conditioning. These sprays are created especially for extensions and can also be used for weaves and other styles using Kanekalon hair. Spray your hair every two to three days to keep your hair moisturized and soft without creating excessive product buildup.

Use satin accessories at bedtime or sleep on a satin pillowcase. Twist your hair into a loose bun and tuck it under a satin scarf or sleep cap to prevent your extensions from rubbing against your bedding and becoming frayed and loose.

Avoid leaving your extensions in for too long. The appropriate length of time that you can keep your Kanekalon extensions in will depend on the style you have. Consult your stylist about when to remove your extensions to prevent problems like hair loss or damage to your scalp and hair.


  • Use a clarifying shampoo when washing your extensions. This product removes buildup of dirt as well as styling products that can accumulate at the base of your extensions.

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About the Author

Charmiane Wilson's writing career began in 1992 as a contributing reporter and writer to "Hollywood Beat" entertainment magazine. This position lasted until 2005, when she returned to her passion of writing fiction. Her novel, "A Series of Prayers," was published in late 2008. She holds an associate degree in business from Axia College.