About Fixing Tangles and Matting | Hair Extension Wear & Care

About Fixing Tangles and Matting

Whether it's just small tangles or it's a lot of matting going on in your hair extensions, you can find out what to do to fix or prevent these from occurring. When wearing strand by strand hair extensions, you will probably find a bit of shed hair tangling around the root of your hair and the hair extensions where your hair extension bonds are attached. Here’s how to stop your hair extensions from tangling and matting.

Remember to care for your strands and never sleep with wet or damp hair. ManeMaxx® Extension Hair is the best extension hair product for many months of silky, tangle-free extension hair wear!

About Major Tangles or Matting in Your Extensions

This is what looks like a very large rats nest at your scalp involving multiple (more than 3-4 strands) at the area of your attachment and against your scalp.  It usually involves shed hairs as well as your natural hair that has been left outside of the bonds during application, along with the extensions hair. 

Major matting is almost always caused by sleeping with wet or damp hair and hair extensions, or wearing your wet hair extensions in a bun or ponytail and not allowing the extensions to dry loosely worn. This can also happen if, over a long period of time, you are not maintaining your hair extension install.

This client washed her hair everyday and then put her extensions in a ponytail that she did not take out until she washed again. Before she knew it her hair and extension hair became tangled beyond what most would believe repairable. But with careful diligence we removed the extensions and then worked to detangle the mattes produced by lack of correct care in her hair. We took the steps as described below in the solution for removing the mattes and were able to do so without harming any of her hair. Many stylists have told me they would cut something like that out. It’s avoidable that this type of matting occur with hair extension wear but, if it were to happen, detangling and brushing them out without harming the hair is possible. It only looks overwhelming, when in truth it isn’t and can be fixed.


This clients hair still, in spite of her matting, grew while she was wearing the extensions. Her before picture shows her hair above the shoulder line. This sort of growth is something we do constantly see with Tiffany’s safe and gentle Soft Bond™ Hair Extensions you find in the ManeMaxx hair extension kit. Strand by strand extension wear can be the most comfortable and add to that a most gentle, flexible long-wearing bond and you will have incredibly blended and discreet hair extensions free of chemicals and scary glues and metals which slice at the hair. Read more here: store.manemaxx.com

Remember that the area around the roots is the last to dry. It is always best to wash during the day when your hair has many hours to fully dry at the root.  

With major strand tangling or matting, it is best to remove the extensions, detangle the hairs, remove the shed hairs, then flat iron the hair and replace the extension. For incredible matting, use the tail end of a fine-tooth comb, inserted into the matt and make small circles to loosen it. Brush with a soft bristle brush and even tally using these 2 methods, you will loosen the matt without having to cut it out. (I’ve removed these mattings and cutting the hair was never needed. Here is the worst I’ve seen, ever. We worked through it in an hour and advised her in her hair extension wear.)PHOTOSIf your hair seems to be tangling in the area on which you sleep, i.e., one particular side of the head, consider purchasing a satin pillowcase. 

It’s a great idea to run your fingers through your hair, around the bonds, as best as possible to detangle the shed hair from root hairs. It is impossible to remove the shed hairs as they are typically stuck in the bonds, but you can keep them from getting messy by separating them every few days, or so, as your hair grows out.

You will save your hair along with your extension hair.  By fixing or maintaining tangles you will keep larger, more time-consuming tangles from occurring.

How to Deal With Small Tangles in Your Hair Extensions

As your ManeMaxx® hair extensions grow out, you will probably experience shed hairs that tangle around each other at the root of your hair.  It will seem the strands are “stuck together” or growing out mixed up with each other.

Some of this is caused because of your partings or small sections to which you are attaching, which is more difficult to get extremely neat when applying hair extensions yourself, but most is just a natural occurrence when wearing strand-by-strand hair extensions.

If you have some strand tangling, use your small removal comb (aka, eyebrow comb and brush) and comb the shed hairs from the top of the bond TO your scalp in an UPWARD stroke.


Combing the shed hairs toward your scalp can also be done with your finger tips.  Now, slowly peel apart the bonds which have twisted around each other. You will feel the shed hairs loose their grip and in a manner which you know is not harming your hair.  Never force the separation.

This will detangle the sheds and allow you to separate your strands. When doing this sort of maintenance on your strands you should have no issues with the bonds growing out an inch or more.

Before applying the hair extensions.  A flat iron at the root before install is a great idea to tame the hairs so that they are nice, flat and straight for lining up your extension bonds.This is an important step for extension hair that is wavy or curly. When attaching strands to wavy or curly hair, and without flat ironing all this hair prior to install, you will have a hard time lining up, and securing, the bonds.

After removing the hair extensions For removing, and after all your strands are out, carefully comb the tangles, aka shed hairs, UP toward your scalp, then carefully DOWN the hair shaft. It can go quick once you get the hang of it.

Don't remove hair extensions from wet hair. Remove extensions and tangles from dry hair only!
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