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How to remove wax extensions

Updated February 21, 2017

Long-lasting hair extensions are usually applied by a stylist and last for up to three months or more, as long as they are cared for properly. There are several different types of bond extensions, which stylists bond to the natural hair using keratin glue or wax. Although keratin extensions typically last longer (up to six months), wax-based extensions are better for the hair. One disadvantage when sporting wax hair extensions is the removal. The wax can be stubborn and difficult to remove once the extensions are ready to come out. Fortunately, there are products specially made for wax-based extension removal.

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  1. Isolate the extension by clipping away the natural hair. Use the rattail comb to pull away any stray hairs that get in the way of the extension.

  2. Apply the wax bond remover to the cotton ball or pad. Make sure the bond remover is designed to remove wax extensions. A different type of bond remover is needed for glue-based extensions versus wax-based extensions.

  3. Apply the bond remover-soaked cotton ball to the underside of the extension bond. With the pointer finger and thumb, squeeze the cotton ball so the bond becomes soaked in the remover. This will soften the wax bond.

  4. Crunch the bond using extension pliers. Be gentle; too much pressure can pull out the natural hair and cause discomfort.

  5. Slide the wax bond out of the hair. Position the comb at the root and pull down in light, rapid strokes to remove any residue. Repeat Steps 1 through 5 for each extension.

  6. Wash hair using a clarifying shampoo. Make sure to focus attention at the root area, since this is where any leftover wax build-up may remain. Shampoo twice if necessary.Apply a deep conditioner to the hair and leave it on for five to 10 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.

  7. Tip

    According to Latest Beauty, certain brands of rum will take out most bond extensions. When shampooing after extension removal, it will appear as though large amounts of hair are falling out. This is associated with hair's natural shedding process, so do not be alarmed.


    Do not use household pliers to remove bond extensions.

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Things You'll Need

  • Hair clip
  • Rattail comb
  • Wax bond remover
  • Cotton ball or pad
  • Extension pliers
  • Clarifying shampoo
  • Deep conditioner

About the Author

Elizabeth Chaplin
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