Once the need for bonded hair extensions is over, it's time to face the task of removing the extension glue out of your hair. Although extensions can be placed in your hair with lightening speed, care must be taken when removing them to prevent hair damage and loss. Following a removal plan may take more time, but it can save your hair from undue stress.
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Things you need
- Hair clips
- Oil sheen or baby oil
- Hair bond remover
- Wide-tooth comb
Isolate the section. Stand in front of a mirror to ensure you have an adequate view of each area. This is especially important when dealing with hair extensions applied to the back of your head. Use your fingers or a comb to find each hair extension weft. Part your hair directly above the weft and secure it with a hair clip.
Use an oil-based conditioner. Apply a generous amount of oil sheen or baby oil onto the top and underside of the hair weft. Locate any isolated areas of glue, and apply this oil to these areas. This helps loosen the bonding glue and prepares your natural hair for glue removal by lubricating it. Massage the oil onto the weft to allow the oils to soak into the hair glue. Let the oil work into the glue for 5 to 10 minutes before continuing the glue-removal process.
Apply bonding glue remover. Snip the tip of the bottle at an angle so the product can flow out easier. Saturate the hair weft and any additional glue spots with the mixture. Leave the glue remover on the hair for 5 to 10 minutes for maximum benefit. Bonding glue remover works by breaking down the adhesive action of the hair-extension glue. Work the glue into the hair weft with your fingers to ensure all glue is covered.
Remove the weft. Gently grasp the hair weft and slowly pull it away from the glue. If you reach resistance, saturate the area with more bonding glue remover and wait for 10 minutes longer. Once the hair weft is fully removed, use a wide-tooth comb to remove the excess glue.
Shampoo the hair thoroughly. Feel for glue as you work the shampoo into a lather. Apply hair conditioner to lessen the damage of the glue application and removal process. Following conditioning, use a wide-tooth comb throughout your hair to ensure that it's completely free of glue spots.
Tips and warnings
- Always use caution when separating a hair weft from your scalp.
- Asking a friend for assistance can lessen your anxiety.
- Never use a fine-tooth comb to search for remaining hair glue. This could cause hair damage.
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