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10 Tips for Removing Hair Braiding and Weaves

1. Hair braiding, weaved, or locked hair can become dry and matted together, so you must use a hair care product that softens, oils and moisturizes your hair so that after these styles are removed unhealthy and broken hair is not left behind.

“Removing Hair Braiding”

2. Do not shampoo or relax until your hair braiding is completely combed out and detangled. Because if you try to “wash away” clumps/knots of matted or braided hair, the water will absorb every last drop of oil in your hair and all your hair will tangle in to a big matted mess. And if you try to “perm/relax” the knots and tangles out of your hair-it will not work either! Relaxers are not designed to penetrate through clumps of matted and braided hair.

3. Before you begin to remove hair braiding soak the roots of your hair and the braids with a removal cream. Do the same for sew-in weaves, but first cut the extensions off, then proceed to soak the cornrows with a removal cream. This will prevent tearing and breaking of the hair when you are combing through it.

4. Believe it or not, locked hair can be removed without having to be cut off. It may take more than one day but a removal cream can salvage natural hair. You will have some shedding, but for the most part you can keep your hair.

5. When removing hair braiding Dreadlocks that are 1-4 years old, cut only the tip of the lock. If hair braiding is older than four years, you need to cut half of the locked hair before it unravels.

6. Contrary to popular belief, you can relax your hair the same day you remove hair braiding, weaves, bonding glue, or dreadlocks. A product such as TAKE DOWN removal cream allows you the ease of transitioning from hairstyle to hairstyle.

7. Conditioners or oil sheen should not be used to remove bonding glue from the hair. It was not created for that purpose (oil is an aerosol, an alcohol based product). Secondly, it does not effectively remove the excess bonding glue from the scalp. Over time excess bonding glue that builds up on the scalp can damage the scalp and will cause balding.

8. And if you do use oil sheen to remove the bonding glue from your hair, please do not relax your hair immediately after the removal process. You are causing serious damage to your scalp.

9. Most people don’t have the time or patience to remove hair braiding, locks, weaves or hair extensions the right way. The average consumer thinks it’s too costly to visit a hair care salon to undo or “take down” a hairstyle. So, she pulls, she tugs, and ultimately damages her hair when it’s time to remove hair braiding, weaves, hair extensions, or even dreadlocks. Please do not rush when removing these hairstyles; it will only hurt your hair.

10. Love your hair. Be patient with whatever type of hair you have been blessed with, and take the time to learn about what your natural hair needs. There are so many good hair care products in the marketplace but every product is not for every head.

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7 Comments »

  1. Thank you for doing this article. Removing braids, weaves, bonding glue and hair extensions is such a big problem. So many women are losing hair from tangled hair from the braids, bonding glue ripping their hair out or fusion keratin bonds. Even removing dreadlock extensions has become a dilemma.

    There is a new product on the market call the Take Down Remover cream that really gets all the excess bonding glue out of your hair and “SHOWER FLOOR”, it really detangles and softens when removing braids, micro braids or sew-in weaves. Its works fast to moisturize and soften the natural hair so your edges don’t break off from the little lint balls at the roots. Also it removes dreadlocks and very matted tangled hair easy and fast.

    Comment by Take Down Braids — June 13, 2011 @ 3:54 am

  2. what is the right hair stlye for someone that works out 4 days a week

    Comment by Gloria — October 2, 2006 @ 9:25 pm

  3. I found your article very informing. But you still didn’t tell the correct way for removing weaves and bonding glue from your hair.
    Thank you.

    Comment by Gloria — October 2, 2006 @ 9:01 pm

  4. ok…i have a serious situation. While attempting to wash bonding glue out of my hair, i got it ALL OVER my shower floor. Any recommendations for removing it?…from the shower floor that is.

    Comment by Brandi — March 28, 2006 @ 7:03 pm

  5. You still have not said what products would be the most helpful in removing bonding glue from the hair safely

    Comment by Desirre — February 17, 2006 @ 5:08 pm

  6. I found your advice to be very helpful. But if possible could you name some removing conditioner products. Your advice is so needed cause my hair is matted from taking out my braids

    Comment by Kya — September 11, 2005 @ 1:36 am

  7. I found your article very informing. But you still didn’t tell the correct way for removing weaves and bonding glue from your hair.
    Thank you.

    Comment by Shondra — September 10, 2005 @ 9:06 pm

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