Tips for removing braided hair extensions without damaging or loss.
1. Carefully Wash
If you have kinky or kinky-curly hair, you should avoid washing or conditioning braids with any product that dries the strands, because coarse hair tends to loc together over time. To keep each strand healthy and separated from the others, you can try oil-based products and waterless shampoos since they give the hair “slippage”.
You should rinse braids with water and cleanse the scalp with a cotton ball or swab dipped in an astringent if you have oilier scalps and finer or straighter hair, preventing hair odor, keeping the scalp healthy and clean, stopping hair oils from gumming strands together, and helping control fine flyaways.
2. Apply natural oils to hair before removing braids
Before removing braids, you can try lightweight oils (like carrot, sunflower, Vitamin E, or coconut) because they can lubricate the hair and help you slip the hair extensions out more easily.
3. Regularly Rotate
Don’t leave braids in for too long. Women with curlier Type 3c and Type 4 hair should be extra careful because coarse hair tends to loc together quickly. Then, it is hard to separate all the strands and remove the extensions hair without cutting. Don’t wear the same braids for more than 6 weeks. 4 weeks is a safe choice.
4. Brush hair
Use a natural-bristle brush to brush hair after removing all braids, catching any leftover strands of extension hair that you didn’t remove with your fingers. Finally, wash, condition and style as you like!
5. Unravel the braids
Use fingers to unravel each braid down to the scalp and work out any snags you encounter. Resist the urge to get impatient and try to pull the braids out from the top although this process can be lengthy.
6. Snip hair extensions at the ends only
Cut off the ends of your braids with hair scissors or shears. Try cutting away as much of the extension hair as you can before snipping your natural lengths to get the best results. Next, put the scissors away. Once you’ve started unbraiding your own hair, do not cut out snarls or tangles in the hair extensions, or it will only lead to trouble.