Got extensions put in? The last thing you want is to do something that ruins them. In summers, it’s harder to maintain your hair; add hair extensions into the equation and things get a little more challenging. But that gorgeous look at the end of the day makes it all worth it!  

Increased exposure to external elements, salt water from beaches and chlorine from the pool, can strip the hair of natural oils and leave it looking like a hot mess. That being said, it is still possible to swim with your hair extensions on; you just need to learn to protect them from the harsh chemicals and sun damage.

Here’s everything you need to know:


If you’re not going to put on a swimming cap then you’ll definitely need to pre-condition your hair before you jump in. Preconditioning it will protect it from the chlorine in the water.

Glue in Loose Extensions

Extensions get loose all the time. Before you cannon-ball into the water, make sure you check for loose extensions. If you notice any loose ones, use a sealant to glue them in or cover your head with a swim cap and tuck in all your hair and extensions.

Wear Swim Caps

Alright so swim caps may not be the sexy but they do protect your hair. By popping on a swim cap, you minimize the contact between the chlorine and your hair extensions.

You can pick from an array of swimming caps in the market. The latex ones will fit tightly around your head and secure your extensions; you won’t have to worry about any water coming in or your extensions falling out.

Rinse the Hair with Cold Water

If you’re not going to wear a cap then rinse your hair with cold water before you get into the cool. There’s only so much water your hair can absorb; by rinsing it in cold water, you prevent it from absorbing too much of the chlorinated water.

Condition the Ends

Rubbing a sulfate and paraben-free conditioner into the ends of your hair before getting into the pool will stop it from getting too dry. High quality conditioners prevent your hair and extensions from chlorine and other chemicals.

Wash Your Hair Thoroughly Afterwards

What’s worse than soaking your hair in chlorinated water?  Not washing it properly afterwards! If you’ve spent hours in the pool exposing your hair to chlorine and other moisture-stripping chemicals, you better use a moisturizing shampoo and wash off the chemicals thoroughly.

Use an oil-based conditioner to moisturize the rest of your hair.  If you’re swimming regularly, use hair masks once a week and deep condition your hair and extensions frequently.

Having trouble maintaining natural looking hair extension Houston? Hair Extensions of Houston specializes in installing and maintaining top quality hair extensions on all types of hair. We also provide salon services including deep conditioning, keratin and Olapex treatments that restore moisture and keep your hair looking healthy and shiny.

If you’re in Houston, book an appointment today by calling (832) 717-3626.