Removing your hair extensions during quarantine, shelter in place for Covid-19.

In Covid-19 by Admin

The unthinkable as happened for all extension wearers. They can’t  go in for their scheduled maintenance appointments.  These are uncertain times and the future of how salons conduct business with new social distancing guidelines are unknown.  

Now more than ever, your at home extension care is essential. Here are some key points in caring for your extensions past your maintenance appointment timeframe:

  • DO NOT brush your hair when it is wet.  Hair is at its weakest when it is wet. The added water weight, in addition to the cuticle being open when the hair is wet, will add unnecessary tension while brushing. 
  • Minimal tension is best for overgrown extensions. Air dry your hair as much as you can before using a blowdryer on low heat.    
  • Use a boar bristle or wet brush to brush your hair.  Start from the ends and work your way up to the scalp.  Personally I prefer a wet brush that’s a mix of boar and nylon bristles.  This is an excellent tool to help with the natural shed that happens at the point of attachment for extensions. 
  • Seperate your extensions so the bonds or tabs don’t intertwine or twist.  Separating the extensions, injunction with diligent brushing will keep the natural shed that is inside the point of attachment of your extensions from interlocking, matting or causing dreads. 
  • Minimal styling is best.  A low side braid, or braided pigtails keep all the hair exactly where it needs to be.  Avoid high ponytails as they may cause too much tension. 
  • When the time comes to wash your hair, think of DRY CLEAN ONLY.  Gentle washing with the pads of your fingers ( not nails), or your knuckles.  Wash gently, using the “z” formation.  This keeps your nails from snagging on your hair.  

Now let us fast forward to the inevitable question… “What if I have to remove my own extensions?”  Fear not, I found 2 awesome articles to aid you at this time. 

The first one is:

How to Remove Hair Extensions at Home

This article features the Bellami Head of Education and showcases her Instagram videos on removing tape-in and weft extensions.  I’m including the direct links to her instagram videos to remove Tapins, Itips and Wefts.

Tape-Ins:

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AT HOME TAPE EXTENSION REMOVAL ⁣ I would normally ALWAYS suggest to have a professional remove your extensions . But right now this is a strange time and we need to adjust. So…. ‼️IN AN EMERGENCY YOU CAN REMOVE YOURSELF:‼️⁣ ⁣ PRODUCTS NEEDED:⁣ (professional extension release liquid and oil based cleansers are better but if you don’t have them these will work! 💠HIGH PERCENTAGE ALCOHOL in a spray bottle . (Im using 99%. Any spray bottle will work that you have around.)⁣ 💠OLIVE OIL ⁣ 💠PAPER⁣ 💠COMB (finer toothed combs are best)⁣ 💠CLIP ⁣ 1️⃣Removing tapes row by row starting In the nape and working you way up to the top. ⁣ Saturate the top and bottom of tape sandwich with alcohol. ⁣ 2️⃣Begin to separate the top tape from the bottom by pulling back on the middle first to create a gap. (Do not pull tapes apart from one side to the other)⁣ 3️⃣Once you have a small space between the 2 tapes spray more alcohol inside to release (I work my finger like a windshield wiper.) ❌DO NOT FORCE THE TAPES APART, ❌ALLOW THE ALCOHOL TO RELEASE THE TAPE AND WHEN IN DOUBT, SATURATE MORE). ⁣ 4️⃣Place tape tabs on a piece of paper to keep them organized. (You can write what row each one is on the paper💡.)⁣ 5️⃣Use olive oil to remove excess residue where the tapes were removed and use a comb to bget shed and residue out. (this might take a few rounds to remove tackiness depending on how much residue you have . I only had to do it once🧼) Wash out. (I use matrix clarifying shampoo) ⁣ 6️⃣Put the paper with tapes on them into a gallon ziploc bag for safe keeping until your can see your stylist for reapplication. ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ @bellamihairpro @bellamihair @hairextensionmagazine @hairvideeos @hair.videos

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Removing Itips:

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AT HOME I-TIP EXTENSION REMOVAL ⁣ 📢VOLUME UP📢⁣ I would normally ALWAYS suggest to have a professional remove your extensions . But right now this is not a normal time and we need to adjust. So…. ‼️IN AN EMERGENCY YOU CAN REMOVE YOURSELF:‼️⁣ ⁣ PRODUCTS NEEDED:⁣ 💠PLIERS (needle nose or otherwise. You can also buy extensions pliers on amazon. ) ⁣ 💠DOUBLE SIDED TAPE ⁣ 💠PAPER⁣ 💠COMB (finer toothed combs are best)⁣ 💠CLIP ⁣ 1️⃣Removing I-tips row by row starting On your top row and working you way down to the nape . ⁣ 2️⃣ When using the pliers squeeze gently to shape the flatten bead back into a cylindrical shape. This is what will release the extension. Hold your tool far back on the handles for better control. ⁣ Push the bead up towards the scalp and the I tip will become loose. Remove the extensions then the bead separately. ⁣ 3️⃣Use the double sided tape on a piece of paper and stick the extensions row by row and one by one on the tape to keep organized. ⁣ 4️⃣Gently comb our natural shed from your hair ‼️❌‼️❌DO NOT NOT PANIC!!! THIS IS NATURAL SHED THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO RELEASE FROM YOUR SCALP!! ‼️❌‼️❌REMOVE AS MUCH AS YOU CAN THE REST WILL COME OUT WHEN YOU WASH YOUR HAIR ⁣ 6️⃣Put the paper with the i tip extensions on them into a gallon ziploc bag for safe keeping until your can see your stylist for reapplication. ⁣ ⁣all clients be ready for reapplications. ⁣ @bellamihairpro @bellamihair @hairextensionmagazine

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Removing Wefts:

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At home Removal of a @bellamihairpro volume weft⁣ ⁣ I would normally ALWAYS suggest to have a professional remove your extensions . But right now this is not a normal time and we need to adjust. So…. ‼️IN AN EMERGENCY YOU CAN REMOVE YOURSELF:‼️⁣ ⁣ 1. When your weft is grown out 6+ weeks it’s time for a removal and reapplication. During this time reapplication isn’t an option for most and removal at home could be necessary, here are some tips on removing. ⁣ 2. Lift the weft up and brush the natural hair to release shed and any tangling so the beads can slide off. Gently pull the beads in a downward direction for a little more wiggle room.⁣ 3. Take a pair of pliers and gently squeeze the bead. When we initially install the extensions the bead is round. It is flattened and tighten down on tv e natural hair. To real ease this bead you simply squeeze on the bead the opposite way. It is not necessary to make the bead completely cylindrical again. Just reshaping it even the smallest amount will release the bead and allow it to slide off the hair. BE CAREFUL! If you squeeze too hard or fast the bead could crimp down the wrong way (hot dog bun style), double over become more difficult to remove. FOR A VIDEO OF HOW TO REMOVE A BEAD PLEASE SEE PREVIOUS POST ABOUT REMOVING I TIP EXTENSIONS. ⁣ 4. Once all the beads are removed you can slide the weft off of the natural hair. Sometimes the edges of the weft can need a little bit more coaxing off but overall it should be a easy. Take your time and don’t rush yourself. Wash your wefts, dry completely and store in a ziplock or wrap in tissue paper until your stylist can reapply ❤️ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣@bellamihair @bellamihairpro ⁣

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This article from Allure Magazine, covers the removal of tape ins, individual bonds, aka fusion or ktips, & sewins:

https://www.allure.com/story/how-to-remove-hair-extensions

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Hope everyone is staying safe!

-Love Rachel