Are you a DIY queen like myself? Would you rather instead save your coin and take down your hair extensions yourself? Are you unsure how to properly remove hair extensions?
If you answered yes, you’ve clicked on the right article.
Now get your pen and paper out because I have some removal hacks that you need to know!
Full disclaimer: every hair extension method does not have the same removal technique. From micro links, fusion extensions, sew-ins, tape ins and quick weaves I will give you the rundown on how to remove them properly.
Fusion Hair Extension Removal
Fusion hair extensions have become famous by people who want a more natural look. Multiple individual strands are attached to a small piece of actual hair.
These extensions can be connected to a wax-based protein, such as keratin. It sounds like it would be hard work taking down these extensions and it’s pretty simple.
To remove fusion hair extensions, all you need is a special bond remover. Use the bond remover in between the strands of hair until they slip out.
If you don’t want to use the bond remover, feel free to use a wide-toothed comb to comb out the extensions gently. Head over to Sally’s Beauty, they have a wide variety of bond removals you can use.
Micro Ring Hair Extension Removal
Micro link hair extensions are extensions placed on your hair strands by a small link. Although tiny, the hair link is very undetectable which makes these extensions look more natural than others.
Because of how unnoticeable the link is, you want to make sure that you are aware of that when attempting to remove them.
Once your micro links outgrow, you can tell that it is time to have them removed. All you need is some pliers and a rat tail comb.
Step One and done: Take your small pliers and carefully pull the link apart, releasing the hair extensions from your hair. Once you take out the hair extension from your scalp, make sure to comb out your hair to make sure that the roots are not tangled.
Removing Sew-In-Hair Extensions
This hair extension method is the most difficult to remove, but not impossible to do. This method takes longer than the rest so there will be more detailed steps. While this doesn’t cause for any tools or bond remover; sew-in extensions removal must be done carefully.
You have to pay considerable attention to the thread and your hair. Thread holds the hair extensions in place into your braid foundation, so all you need is a pair of scissors and a rat tail comb.
Make sure your extensions are ready to come out.
If you notice that your braids are lifting from your scalp or your hair extensions are becoming loose: time for removal! If this is not the case, you are at a higher risk of cutting your hair, and we cannot have that.
Steps To Remove Your Sew In Extensions
1. Start with putting your hair into a high ponytail but leaving the last track out. You will have to do this track by track. Take your time ladies and make sure you are using a mirror!
2. Use your rat tail comb to separate the thread from your braid creating a gap in between. This way you can see or feel what thread you need to cut.
3. Once you have identified the thread, with a small pair of scissors, you want to make sure that you cut the thread at least twice. Cutting it twice will ensure that it will come out.
4. When the thread becomes cut, you can lightly pull the thread from your braids. Since the thread is what holds the wefts in place, as you remove the thread the hair extensions will slip out.
5. Repeat the above steps with the rest of your sew in. You might need to make more cuts into the thread but always cut near the knots.
Disclaimer: Make sure you are doing this in a well-lit area. You want to make sure that you DO NOT cut your hair.
Removing Quick Weave Hair Extensions
Also known as a stocking cap weave, this method is installed by gluing hair extensions onto a secured cap. While the stocking cap route is the best option for a quick weave, there is another way that its done: by gluing the extensions directly to your hair.
Any type of quick weave is the fastest hair extension method yet it can be the most damaging to your natural hair. While this isn’t the hardest to remove, it is the hardest to remove without pulling your hair out.
When doing a quick weave where you glue the extensions directly to your hair, this can cause the glue and your hair to fuse together which equals trouble.
When you have a quick weave using the stocking cap method, it is just as risky when removing. The glue is used to secure the weave to the stocking cap. The glue adhesive is strong and over time will seep through the cap and onto your natural hair and scalp.
Don’t be alarmed ladies; you can still remove your weave cap and extensions without damaging your hair if you are very careful.
Here are the steps to delicately remove your quick weave extensions
It is time to remove when you notice pieces of your hair wefts starting to fall out or loosening up. This means that the glue is breaking down and that it has seeped through to your natural hair. This process makes removing the hair extensions easier to remove.
Stocking Cap/Quick Weave Removal
Carefully pull off the stocking cap starting at your forehead and working your way backward.
Make sure to pull the cap off slowly since you cannot tell where the glue has seeped through the cap and stuck to your hair.
You can use hair glue remover around the base of your cap if you are having a hard time.
If you notice any place where the glue is on your hair you can use warm water and a rat tail comb to comb out the adhesive gently.
Be gentle. Any amount of force is risking the damaging of your hair.
The key to removing quick weaves regardless of the method is to make sure that all glue is out of your hair. Carefully comb out the adhesive if you are not able to pick it out with your hands.
Removing Tape in Hair Extensions
Tape in extensions is one of the best options for semi-permanent hair extensions. No two tape in extensions are the same; some adhesive is stronger than others. Make sure you try and buy tape in extensions that do not have such strong adhesive.
This extension technique is easy to apply and easy to remove. While it is one of the easiest, it can still damage your hair if taken out incorrectly or impatiently.
How are tape in extensions removed?
There are no tools or chemicals needed to remove, all you need is tape in bond remover. You can find this at any local beauty store.
1. Wet your hair completely
2. Make sure to drown the tap bonds with the remover and let sit for 60 seconds before you remove from your hair.
3. Carefully peel the tape back off of the extensions. If you notice a bond is stuck, add oil to the adhesive to loosen
4. Do not pull, allow the remover or oil to dissolve the adhesive, causing the hair extensions to slip out.
5. Comb out any residue left
Do not believe the hype about using rubbing alcohol because that can cause your hair to fall out. It takes 20 minutes or less to remove the tape in extensions, quick and easy.
That’s All for Now!
I know I gave you so much information to take in, but it is all beneficial. I wish I had found an article when I first became to do my hair, would’ve saved me time, money and my hair.
Nonetheless, I am glad I was able to provide readers with insightful information that will save your time, money and hair!
When removing your hair extensions, the most important thing is to take your time when removing your hair extensions. Ladies, carve out a few hours of your day and dedicate it to strictly taking down your extensions regardless of the type.
If you are ever feeling uncomfortable with removing your hair extensions, please see a professional.