How to Detangle Your Hair Extensions Effortlessly? The Ultimate Detangling Guide

How to Detangle Your Hair Extensions Effortlessly? The Ultimate Detangling Guide

tangled: adjective
1. a time-consuming issue often loaded with frustration 😒
2. something that nobody wants to deal with when it comes to their hair extensions

Ok ok, so these definitions might not exactly be from an actual dictionary, but if there's one thing that's true with all types of hair is that it can get pretty tangled from time to time. Today we're addressing this issue by the root 😏, where we take a candid approach on how to detangle hair extensions. This no-nonsense guide provides simple, step-by-step guidance to not only solve your current tangle troubles but to prevent future ones, too. So whether you're a tangle veteran or are just now looking for ways to smooth out your extensions' locks, this article is for you.

Key Takeaways

  • Always prep your extensions by separating them from your natural hair and dividing them into sections. This does wonders to minimize any tangles and can prevent excess damage to your extensions.

  • You can detangle extensions by using your fingers for big knots and following up with a wide-tooth comb or specialized brush. Work from ends to roots to maintain the integrity of your Remy hair extensions.

  • Using the right products is key to preventing your extensions from getting tangled. Regular brushing, moisturizing with leave-in conditioner, and using alcohol and sulfate-free products are all vital when it comes to keeping your hair extensions shiny and smooth.

Essential How-To's For Detangling Extensions

Woman holding hair extensions separately from natural hair

Combing your extensions separately from your own hair is critical even with the best quality hair extensions. Doing this will not only help you to divide them into manageable sections, but it lays the foundation for a smoother hair experience overall. So, if there's one thing that you take away from today's read, let it be this: when it comes to hair extensions, separation ain't always a bad thing. Oh, and you'll also massively avoid the pitfalls of additional knots and breakage with just this one simple step. 👏

BUT... not only should you separate your clip-in hair extensions from your natural hair, you should also remove them before you begin detangling. Just lay them flat on a surface and you’ll find that they’re much easier to work with. And while this will make the whole detangling process easier, even more importantly, it will protect both your natural hair and extensions from the damage that can result from co-tangling.

And don't forget, Remy hair extensions have feelings too! Well maybe not literally, but it is essential to treat your Foxy Hair extensions with the same love you’d shower on your natural locks. To fix tangled hair extensions, you have to prep them first to make sure that they’re ready for the detangling process. But more on that later...

Keep on Dividing

Once you've got your extensions separated from your natural hair, it’s time to divide them into smaller, more manageable sections. We recommend using sectioning clips to isolate small parts of your hair extensions, as this will allow you to focus on one area at a time without creating new tangles. But not only does this method help you detangle each section carefully, it also reduces the pulling and stress that can lead to split ends and breakage.

So while it may seem like a lengthy process, trust us, the end result will be worth it.

Best Practices for Detangling Hair Extensions

Best Practices for Detangling Hair Extensions

Now that your extensions are prepped and primed, let's get into more detail on how to keep your Foxy Hair extensions tangle free. The one rule we place above all? Always be gentle. And this really applies to any kind of hair... whether you’re dealing with human hair or synthetic extensions, you should 100% employ the same approach to your detangling efforts: patience and care, along with the right tools and products.

As you've guessed by now, detangling hair extensions isn’t just about removing the knots; it’s about maintaining the integrity of each strand so that your extensions last longer and continue to blend seamlessly with your natural hair.

Use Your Fingers to Detangle

We'll be the first to admit that there’s a certain finesse to detangling hair extensions, and sometimes your best tools are at your fingertips – quite literally. 😏 Start by using your fingers to gently pull apart any major tangles. While this method is particularly effective for slight tangles, it can really help to minimize any kind of damage that can occur from pulling too hard with a brush.

Choosing the Right Detangling Tools

Now that the larger knots are dealt with, it's time to bring in reinforcements. Here are some tools that can help:

  • A wide tooth comb is a great asset when it comes to hair extensions, as it helps to gently work through the tangles without yanking on the hair.

  • For those with less severe knots, a soft bristle brush or boar bristle brush can ease strands apart and offers extra protection on the integrity of the extension.

  • Some salons have specialized brushes designed specifically for hair extensions, so it may be worth checking in with your local salon to see what products they have that will work for you.

Work from Ends to Roots - Always

The journey to detangled hair (and yes, it is a journey) should always start from the ends and work its way up to the roots. This technique prevents the formation of new knots and minimizes any stress on your hair extensions - a super important factor to keep your extensions looking good. For clip-in extensions in particular, focus on detangling from the ends to the seams as this will make the process much more manageable. Remember, patience is key, Foxies! We recommend addressing small sections of knots at a time, which will preserve the health and beauty of your extensions. 🦊

Solutions for Matted Hair Extensions 😱

detangling hair spray

Even with the best care, hair extensions can sometimes become matted, especially near the roots where natural oils and product builds up—creating a perfect storm of tangles. Don’t throw in the towel just yet, honey; we have the solutions that can help you detangle even the most stubborn knots with ease.

Addressing Matted Hair at the Root

When dealing with matted roots, your best bet is a quality detangling spray or conditioner designed for hair extensions. Just apply it directly to the matted area and gently work it through with a comb or your fingers. This not only eases up the detangling process but also helps prevent damage as you work through the knots.

Using a leave-in conditioner on damp hair extensions after the initial application can also provide extra slip— helping to gently tease out those matted strands. Before you get started on any of this, though, it’s important to know how to properly wash hair extensions to maintain their quality and longevity. We recommend thoroughly reading the care instructions on your Foxy Hair extensions pack before your first use.

Synthetic Hair vs. Human Hair?

If you've been using hair extensions for some time now, you've probably gathered that not all hair strands are created equal. Synthetic hair, while more affordable, is typically prone to tangling and requires an extra-delicate touch to avoid damage. Human hair such as our Remy clip-in hair extensions are more resilient but still needs to be treated with care to maintain their natural appearance, and of course, to prevent tangling.

Above all, make sure that you tailor your detangling methods to the type of extensions you’re sporting so that they stay smooth and luscious for as long as possible.

Tips for Preventing Tangled Hair Extensions

Brushing hair extensions with a specific brush

They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and when it comes to hair extensions, this couldn’t be truer. Incorporating a few maintenance habits into your daily routine will do wonders to keep your Foxy Hair extensions tangle-free for the long run.

Regular Brushing

To keep your extensions looking their best, aim to brush them 2-3 times a day with a brush that's specifically designed for Remy hair extensions. This type of brush will help to:

  • Distribute natural oils

  • Detangle

  • Prevent matting

  • Be gentle enough to avoid breakage

Regular brushing not only maintains the health of hair extensions, but will also keep them looking as good as the day you got them.

Moisturizing with Leave-In Conditioner

Let's be real: dry hair is not a good look on anyone, and it's especially noticeable when it comes to hair extensions. Not only that, it's the #1 issue that will cause tangles. The cure? A leave-in conditioner is one of the best ways to keep your extensions hydrated and manageable, helping to restore moisture, reduce frizz, and provide that much-needed slip... making detangling a breeze.

You'll find that many people have different preferences when it comes to a leave-in conditioner, so it can be worth it to shop around to find one that works for you. Just make sure that it's made with Remy hair extensions in mind!

Choosing Alcohol and Sulfate-Free Products

On the other end of hair care products, steer clear of those containing harsh chemicals like SLS and alcohol, as these can strip the hair of natural oils. Instead, look for sulfate-free and alcohol-free formulations to keep your extensions hydrated and prevent tangling.

But remember, not all alcohols are bad; fatty alcohols can actually be beneficial for hair extensions, providing moisture and manageability.

Braiding Hair Extensions

Braiding hair extensions is another method that some use to keep them from tangling, especially when travelling or physically active. A simple three-strand braid can work wonders in keeping your extensions tangle-free throughout daily activities or even the for the evening. Just remember to braid loosely to prevent unnecessary tension that could lead to damage over time.

Professional Help for Severely Tangled Extensions

woman at hair dressers with professional stylist

Sometimes, despite your best efforts, the tangles may seem impossible, and it’s at this point you should consider calling in some professional help. 🫡 Professional stylists have the expertise and tools needed to detangle hair extensions without causing damage, and hey, you might even learn a thing or two while they're smoothing out your extensions.

You can also take your extensions to a salon as a preventative measure. This is a great way to ensure that your extensions stay in prime condition for longer.


When all is said and done, remember that the key to tangle-free hair extensions lies in consistent care and gentle handling. Whether you're prepping your extensions with the right products, addressing tangles, or even just going about your daily extension maintenance, know that each step plays a crucial role in keeping your Foxy Hair extensions nice and sleek. Now fly, dear Foxies... and keep that shine where we can see it. 😉

Frequently Asked Questions

My hair extensions are dry and matted... help!

To prevent dry and matted hair extensions, make sure to comb daily while using an extension friendly detangler. We also suggest to separate the bonds at the root when combing and to avoid sleeping with wet hair extensions.

How can I make my extensions soft again?

You can make your extensions soft again by using an all-natural oil treatment as applying natural oils to the hair can mimic sebum secretion and help revive dry extensions. Go ahead and try it out with your favorite oil treatment!

How do you fix knotted extensions?

To fix knotted extensions, use a wide-toothed comb to work out the knots from tip to root, and then condition them. These tips also work well for your natural hair, not just for Foxy Hair extensions.

How often should I brush my hair extensions to keep them from tangling?

You should brush your hair extensions 2-3 times a day using a brush designed specifically for extensions as this will prevent tangling and matting. Oh, and it will also help to distribute natural oils and keep them looking great.

Is it okay to sleep with my hair extensions loose?

Yes, it's but better to braid your hair extensions loosely before sleeping to prevent tangling and minimize the risk of knots forming.