At the end of a long day, sometimes all we want to do is to hop in bed, curl up under the blankets, and get a full cycle of uninterrupted, deep sleep to recharge. And yet, no sleeping routine would be good enough without the proper hair care cycle! Just like your skin, your mane needs its nighttime hair routine – so that you can wake up to beautiful, flawless tresses every morning. Ready to find out how? This nighttime routine, designed to help you take care of and say goodnight to your hair will help you ensure that your natural hair and human hair extensions are properly looked after, maintaining the health and appearance of your locks. Do I have your attention? Read on to find out about tips and tricks on how to create the perfect nighttime routine for your hair! .

Essential Steps for a Nighttime Hair Routine with Hair Extensions

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The ideal nighttime hair routine can be divided in three major sections: prep, protect, and rehydrate. Let’s see them together.


Before hitting the pillow, it's crucial to prep your hair extensions for a night of beauty sleep. The number one rule is, never go to bed with knotted or tangled hair. This could lead to breakage and matting, especially if you’re wearing permanent hair extensions! Grab your hair extensions brush and start by gently detangling your locks dividing it into sections, so that no strand is left out. Applying a dose of Moisturising Hair Mist can be helpful to make your tresses more manageable as you slowly start detangling it, brushing it (or combing it with a large-toothed comb) from the ends, working your way up to the roots. 

The Best Brush For Hair Extensions

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When it comes to brushing and detangling your hair and Remy hair extensions, the Cliphair team knows that you need something specific – a hair extensions brush that will take care of knots and tangles in a breeze, without damaging bonds and extensions attachments. So what if I told you that we designed our own? Tested and trusted by salon professionals and hair enthusiasts already, The Wet One by Cliphair takes care of your tresses like no one else – even under the shower, for a smooth styling process and an easy nighttime hair care routine.

You can get yours here, or explore the rest of the Cliphair Hair Accessories collection.

Protective Measures

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Taking care of your hair at night doesn’t have to be a daunting task – all you need to do is tuck it in a protective hairstyle. There are many different protective hairstyles that you can use to keep your strands together whilst you sleep, to prevent tangling and breakage, and in some cases even to style your hair in flawless waves while you’re getting your beauty sleep. Putting your tresses into a single plait before bed is a simple gesture that can help keep your hair and hair extensions secure whilst reducing friction. Other little tricks that you can resort to in order to protect your tresses whilst sleeping are using silk or satin bed sheets and pillowcases, or using a silk bonnet.

Protective Hairstyle Ideas

If you’re looking for a particular protective hairstyle to sleep in, here’s some of the basics that you can recreate at home without any particular skills:

  • Single Plait or Two Plaits. This hairstyle, also known as the classic plait or three-ways plait, is probably the easiest braiding technique. On top of protecting your tresses from friction and tugging, it can also be used as a protective hairstyle to style your tresses into gorgeous, soft waves. The tighter the braid, the crimpier the wave!
  • Low Bun or Chignon. If your braiding skills still need some work, then putting your hair up in a low bun or chignon resting at the nape of your neck is probably the best solution available. This way, most of your hair will be tucked in and sheltered from friction, tangling, and breakage. Be careful not to tie it up too tightly, or you might actually cause more dryness in your hair than anything else.
  • Low Ponytail. And then, last but not least, the easiest of them all: the classic ponytail, worn low on your head for comfort, without any tightness on your scalp. The ponytail isn’t the best protective hairstyle, but you can supercharge it by adding a few more hair ties along it, in the style of a bubble ponytail. This way, your hair will be secured from root to tip.

  • Find out more about protective hairstyles for sleeping and discover new styling possibilities based on your hair type in these two blogs: 10 Protective Hairstyles For Sleeping (Straight To Curls Edition) and 10 Protective Hairstyles For Curly Hair: 3B To 4C Edition.

    Moisturising Techniques:

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    When it comes to maintaining your hair and hair extensions’ health and beauty, hydration is an often overlooked or misunderstood topic. Whilst yes, our scalps already take care of nourishing our tresses the best way they can, the same can’t be said about our hair extensions. They are not attached to our scalp after all, so they do require some extra TLC! 

    Incorporating high-moisture treatments in your nighttime routine and washing day is key to achieving flawless, shiny, and manageable tresses, and helps restore vitality to your hair extensions. 

    Moisturising Shampoo and Conditioner For Hair Extensions

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    When it comes to creating the perfect washing routine for your hair and hair extensions, the Cliphair team thought about what your hair needs. And what we came up with, is possibly the best shampoo for hair extensions ever (plus a lightweight, nourishing conditioner that will make your detangling process as easy as one, two, three!).

    Enriched with Shea butter and Baobab seed oil, the Quench The Thirst: Deep Moisture shampoo takes care of your hair and gently removes sebum in excess, product build-up, and dirt from your scalp. 100% sulphate-free and paraben-free, its kind formula is non-sticky and lathers normally despite not having any harsh, oil-stripping ingredients in it. What’s not to love?

    Follow up with the Quench The Thirst: Deep Moisture conditioner, infused with rice proteins and silk amino acids, for a lightweight but rich conditioning session, just what your hair needs to find its strength and bounce back in a breeze! 

    Deep Conditioning Treatment: Quench The Thirst Deep Moisture Hair Mask for Hair Extensions

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    I might be biased, but this is the hair mask I am never, ever going to give up. Packed with powerful ingredients such as Avocado oil, Coconut oil, Fig Extracts and Honey, this deep conditioning hair mask is to be used as a weekly treatment to quench the thirst (pun intended) of parched hair and hair extensions.

    Its formula penetrates deep into the hair fibres, revitalising my hair from the inside out for long-lasting softness, shine, and manageability, Those who know me know that my hair has seen it all – jet black, then bleach, then red, then back to brunette, then blonde again… The list of transformations I’ve put my hair through is too long. And at the end of the day, yes… I’m left with lots of dryness and breakage. When I say that this mask makes my hair feel almost as if I’ve never poured a single drop of bleach on it, I mean it!

    Check out the Quench The Thirst Deep Conditioning Hair Mask for an extra boost of hydration.

    Nighttime Hair Care Routine For Clip In Hair Extensions

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    When it comes to clip-ins, the rule number one is, of course, to never sleep with your clip in hair extensions on. The hair extensions should be removed, and stored appropriately. Let’s see together what the hair care routine at night should be for your clip in hair extensions!

    No matter the type, your clip-ins need their nighttime routine too. First, gently unclip them and take them out, one by one. Then, you can brush and detangle the pieces individually, using The Wet One by Cliphair.

    Add a spritz of Moisturising Silky Spray to add hydration and softness to each hair piece as you proceed to detangle.

    Then, store your hair extensions in a Hair Extensions bag or in their original storage box, and place them in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight (your closet or dresser drawer are just fine).

    Clip in hair extensions don’t need to be washed as often as you would with your natural hair with professional hair extensions fitted in, however, when you do you can always resort to the Quench The Thirst Hair Care range. If you’d like to know more about it, find out everything and check out the step by step tutorial on this dedicated post: How To Wash Clip In Hair Extensions.

    Tips for Maintaining Healthy Hair Extensions Overnight

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    You know everything you need about prepping your hair before sleeping, protective hairstyles to tuck your tresses in and shield them against friction, tugging, and snagging, and last but not least: the best products for hair extensions in order to achieve flawless, moisturised hair every time you wash it. What else?

    Here’s how to ensure that your nighttime hair care routine has everything you need:

    - If you’re using hair oils, leave-in conditioners, and other products on your tresses before going to bed, make sure they are sulphate-free to prevent your hair extensions from drying. 

    - Stick to your nighttime routine religiously. I know it sounds a little bit like a given, but hair takes a bit of time to show the results of your efforts. Stay consistent!

    - Arm yourself with silk everything. Scrunchies, headbands, pillowcases, bonnets… It makes a huge difference, and also helps prevent static hair.

    - Invest in high-quality hair care tools and accessories to take care of your hair and hair extensions. From alligator clips to a pintail comb or a detangling brush for hair extensions, come and find your hair’s new best friends in the Cliphair Hair Accessories collection


    Now that you’ve established your perfect nighttime hair care routine, get your hair extensions essentials and explore our Hair Care collection to keep your tresses moisturised, soft, and manageable at all times! Experiment with your protective hairstyles, go on a shopping spree for the right Hair Accessories, and make the most of your gorgeous, luscious tresses! 

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