Let’s face it, we’ve all been there. You buy hair extensions that cost you an arm and a leg, then within months they look like they’ve been through a tornado. Or, you have old hair extensions that you used to love but they’ve run their course, but you just can’t part ways with them. Well, I have a method that will restore your hair extensions and make them look as good as new, maybe even better! It’s called the microwave method. I know what you’re thinking, “Kierstin, are you crazy?! You put your hair in the microwave?” Trust me! At first I was a little skeptical but after doing this myself last night I just had to share it with you guys! Check out how I restored my 22”, 20” and 18” Brazilian Loose Wave bundles from She’s Happy Hair. This hair was purchased last October and since then it has been cut, dyed and installed three times! Obviously, it’s been through a lot!
*Disclaimer: The microwave method only works with human hair! DO NOT put synthetic hair in the microwave because it will burn!
What you will need:
Pony tail holder (optional)
Plastic bowl (medium or large size)
Ziploc bag (gallon size)
Avanti Silicon Mix
Leave-in conditioner of choice
Using a wide tooth comb or paddle brush, detangle the hair extensions.
STEP 2 (optional):
If you are working with a lot of hair, add a ponytail holder to group all of the extensions together. Set aside for later use.
-Make sure the ponytail holder you’re using DOES NOT have metal attached. Remember, you will be putting this in the microwave.
Fill your bowl with warm water about halfway. Then, add two small scoops of Avanti Silicon Mix. Stir until well blended.
-I purchased the 16 oz. jar of the Avanti Silicon Mix from my local beauty supply store for $7.99.
Place the hair in the bowl and work the solution through the hair making sure no areas are dry, including the tracks.
Carefully remove the hair from the bowl and remove excess water.
Place the hair in the Ziploc bag and seal. Then microwave the bag for two minutes.
-Make sure you watch this process. If it seems like the bag is going to burst, it’s not. The air inside is what is steaming the hair which is causing the deep condition.
Remove the bag and open so it can air out. Steam will be released from the bag so be careful to not burn yourself.
When you can tolerably hold the hair, rinse thoroughly under cold water to remove all product.
Remove excess water + ponytail holder and apply leave-in conditioner.
-I used the Bobos Remi Leave-In Conditioner. I love it because it’s in a spray bottle so it’s easier to apply evenly throughout the hair. It detangles and adds shine + luster back into the hair, literally bringing it back to life! I bought this at my local beauty supply store for $9.99.
Set out your hair extensions to air dry.
-I used a hanger to hang them up in my room to dry overnight. Since you basically deep conditioned the hair using heat, you do not want to apply more heat to dry.
And that’s all there is to it! I’m so excited about rocking this hair again! It was purchased for my birthday last year and since my birthday is next week, October 22, I decided to revamp it! I plan on doing a tutorial on that as well! If you use this microwave method please let me know how it works out for you!