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How do I remove a hair wrap?

Updated February 21, 2017

A hair wrap is a style involving a variety of colourful threads that are wrapped around locks of hair. Thread wraps are common on cruise ships or at theme parks and are administered by trained wrappers. Colours of thread are layered, creating a stripe-like effect, and beads are usually attached at the end of each thread wrap. Hair wraps can stay in for weeks, if taken care of properly, and removing them is simple.

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  1. Locate the knots of thread found on each colour change.

  2. Snip the knots off carefully with scissors, making sure not to cut through the thread wrap or to cut any hair inside the hair wrap.

  3. Slowly unravel the threads at each section. It does not matter which section you begin with, but starting with the bottom may be faster.

  4. Pull out the lock of hair that had been wrapped and unravel it gently to reduce the potential for tangling.

  5. Tip

    Shower after removing your hair wrap and use a leave-in conditioner on your hair afterward. Once the bead comes off of the wrap, the wrap will not stay in long. Breaking the bead or cutting off the bead is another way to cut off your hair wrap. Wraps will not damage your hair. You can wear them for three to five weeks without them beginning to fall apart.


    Use extreme caution when cutting the threads. You do not want to accidentally cut the whole thread-wrapped section of hair off.

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Things You'll Need

  • Scissors

About the Author

Ginger Yapp has been writing professionally since 2006, specializing in travel and film topics. Her work has appeared in such publications as "USA Today" and online at Yapp also has experience writing and editing for a small California newspaper. She earned her B.A. in film and media studies and has worked as an ESL teacher at an international school.

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