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How to Remove Hair Extension Glue From Hair

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author image Dan Ketchum
Dan Ketchum has been a professional writer since 2003, with work appearing online and offline in Word Riot, Bazooka Magazine, Anemone Sidecar, Trails and more. Dan's diverse professional background spans from costume design and screenwriting to mixology, manual labor and video game industry publicity.
How to Remove Hair Extension Glue From Hair
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Hair extensions allow you to forgo the growth process and change your style on the fly, but attempting to get the glue out without knowing the basics can quickly turn in to a sticky situation. Weaves, metal rings, tape and all manner of other methods serve to keep extensions in place, but few can match the strength and staying power of glue. When the time comes -- which may be months after you've applied the extensions -- the key to defeating that staying power lies in simple oils.

Step 1

How to Remove Hair Extension Glue From Hair
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Apply an ample coating of oil -- either almond, olive or baby oil -- to the bead-like glued parts of your hair extension. Allow the oil to rest for a minimum of 15 minutes, then comb through your hair. Repeat as necessary until all of the extensions come loose.

Step 2

How to Remove Hair Extension Glue From Hair
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Rinse your hair in the shower thoroughly, then work in a very generous coating of hair conditioner. Leave the conditioner in, and wrap your head in a towel, letting the conditioner break down the glue for about 20 minutes. Comb through your hair to free the extensions, and repeat the process as needed.

Step 3

How to Remove Hair Extension Glue From Hair
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Clip your hair up to expose the extensions, then equip yourself with a pair of disposable gloves and apply a dollop of commercial hair extension glue remover, available at beauty supply stores, to each pebble of glue. Work the glue between your gloved fingers to break it down, then remove each extension. Repeat the application on stubborn bonds. You can also enlist a buddy to help you with this method.

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