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.
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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.
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.
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.
REFERENCES & RESOURCES
- HairBoutique.com: Hair Extensions: Types of Hair Extension Methods
- HairBoutique.com: Hair Extensions -- The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
- Avalon School of Cosmetology: How to Remove Glued Hair Extensions
- Sally Beauty: Fusion Hair Glue Remover
- Cosmopolitan: 10 Hair Extensions and Tips
- Seventeen: Hair Extension Tips
- Sally Beauty: Hair Extension Care and Styling Tips