How to Remove Glued-in Hair Extensions at Home

DIY Hair Extension Removal with Readily Available Products

While growing long hair creates some awesome looks, it does take a long time to achieve it. In the meantime – or if you just want a temporary change — glued-in hair extensions give you instant length, varying colors, and any texture you want. They’re the closest you can get to a natural look, and well-done extensions can be combed and styled just like any other hair. That said, eventually the glue will wear off, or your hair will grow out enough to make them noticeable.

Here are a few techniques if you want to remove glued-in hair extensions at home instead of paying a local stylist. Just remember that all home procedures come with no guarantee, and always go with a licensed professional if you’re unsure of the technique or want to be certain of the results.

Using conditioner to remove glued-in hair extensions

Conditioner by itself is often the least-damaging effective way to remove you glued-in extensions. If you use an expensive salon conditioner, you may want to invest in a cheap $1-$2 bottle specifically for removing hair extensions. It’ll take quite a bit of conditioner, but it’ll all be washed out when you’re done.

Using your finger or a wide paintbrush, apply conditioner liberally over a section of combed and detangled hair. You don’t have to go all the way to the end of the extension, but make sure that your natural hair is completely coated. Condition both sides of the weft where it’s glued. Let it sit for about 30 minutes, the gently tug on one end of the extension. If it starts to slip, move along the weft with short, gentle tugs. If it doesn’t move, then leave it for another 30 minutes and try again. You should never have to pull hard. The process is slow, but should leave your natural hair looking untouched.

Hair extension remover products for removing glue

If the glue used on your extensions or your particular hair type makes the conditioner too difficult to use, then you can add in a hair glue remover. These are sold in many department stores and virtually all hair-related specialty stores. Read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully and test it on a small section of hair that’s not very visible first.

Removing glued-in extensions with rubbing alcohol

As a last resort, either if the glue remover product doesn’t work or if you don’t have access to any, rubbing alcohol usually works very well for removing glued-in extensions. Apply 70% isopropyl alcohol to the glued parts of each weft to get it to come loose. Bear in mind that rubbing alcohol is very drying and can make your hair brittle, especially if you remove extensions regularly.

Shampoo and condition your natural hair immediately after removal. This will help eliminate any remaining bits of glue and remover product, as well as reduce the drying effects of rubbing alcohol. Consider deep-conditioning or using a protein gel to further reduce the potential damage.

How To Remove Glued In Hair Extensions (clip by Tessarr)

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