All types of real hair extensions will eventually need to be taken out and either replaced or repositioned. Ideally you will have your extensions removed by a professional for the best results however it’s becoming more and more common for people to attempt the removal at home themselves. We can see the benefits - its free, timesaving and avoids the hassle of booking an appointment but it does come with some risk. Incorrectly removing human hair extensions can damage them and your own hair so we are going to give you a full run down of how to safely remove all types of hair extensions, what you will need and provide a difficulty rating for each.

How much does it cost to remove hair extensions?

On average a removal service which does not include a reposition can range from £50-£200. The factors that will affect the cost of your removal are the condition of the hair, the amount of hair extensions and the hair extension type. As you will learn in today’s blog some hair extensions are easier to remove than others, it is the easier types that tend to have a cheaper removal cost like a hair weft.

IMPORTANT: Things to be aware of before your removal…

If you plan to re-use your extensions make sure you remember where on the head they were removed from so that they can be placed back in their correct position. The easiest way to do this is keep all the back extensions in a bag labelled “back”. Repeat this for the 2 front sections labelling their bags “front left” and “front right”.

Throughout the removal you will notice some hair fall out, this is completely normal. We all naturally lose around 50-100 hairs a day however when you have extensions attached this hair does not fall out completely but becomes trapped inside the attachment. Therefore when your extensions are removed you will see a lot of hair coming out with them, this is simply the hair that would have naturally shed in the time you’ve had your extensions applied.

If the hair has been badly cared for and you have a lot of matting do not attempt the removal yourself, you will need help to remove the matting before taking out the extensions. Only remove your own hair extensions if the hair is in good condition and has no matting at the root.

How to remove Tape in extensions at home

Removing tape in hair extensions can get a little messy but its actually very easy when you have the right equipment. It’s important that you remove your tape hair extensions after 6-8 weeks of wear and either replace them or reposition them. They will need to be professionally reapplied however the removal and re-taping can be done safely at home if you follow the steps below.

Difficulty: 2

What do you need:

Step 1.

Before you start give your hair a thorough brush through to remove any knots on the ends.

Step 2.

Section your hair to keep the removal as neat and mess free as possible. Using sectioning clips portion the hair from the parting down to the ear and clip this away from the back, repeat on the other side. Now take a horizontal section just above the first row of tapes at the nape of your neck and clip the hair on top tightly out of the way.

Step 3.

Generously spray the tops of the first row of tapes and underneath with your tape extension remover spray and leave for 15-20 seconds.

Step 4.

Gently peel the top tape away from the hair, spraying more remover if needed. If the tapes are very sticky and stubborn you can use the end of your pintail comb to delicately prise the tapes apart. Once you have loosened the tabs the tapes should easily peel away from the hair.

Step 5.

When you finish removing each row of tapes give the hair comb from the roots using your pintail comb. The fine teeth will remove any glue, residue, knots or hair fallout that has been trapped in the tape. Repeat this process in rows all over the head until all the tapes are removed.

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How to re tape hair extensions at home

Tape for hair extensions

If you plan to reuse your tape in extensions they will need to be re-taped before applying again. You can easily do this yourself at home in a few simple steps. All you need is a pack of spare tape tabs!

Step 1.

Peel the previous sticky tab away from the tape extension.

Step 2.

Give the hair extensions a good wash with a sulphate free shampoo and follow with a deep conditioning treatment to restore moisture to the hair. Dry and straighten the extensions. Use heat protect spray to prevent drying the hair out.

Step 3.

Once the hair is clean, dry and smooth you can apply the new tape. Simply peel a strip from your spare tabs pack and stick it to the top of your tapes. Make sure you apply the tab to the same side as the previous sticky tab. Repeat on all tapes and your extensions are now ready to be reapplied by your stylist!

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How to remove Micro ring hair extensions at home

Remove micro ring

Removing I-Tip Hair Extensions or Micro Ring Extensions from the hair can be tricky to do yourself, especially the back extensions so you may want to enlist a friend to help you with this. The actual removal itself is quite simple and uses no chemicals or heat. I-tips or micro-rings will need to be maintained after 6-8 weeks and then removed and repositioned after 12 weeks of wear.

Difficulty: 3

What you need:

Step 1.

Before you start give your hair a thorough brush through to remove any knots on the ends.

Step 2.

Section your hair to keep the removal as neat and mess free as possible. Using sectioning clips portion the hair from the parting down to the ear and clip this away from the back, repeat on the other side. Now take a horizontal section just above the first row of micro-rings at the nape of your neck and clip the hair on top tightly out of the way.

Step 3.

Using your clamp tool, simply squeeze the ring in the opposite direction to what it was closed in to open it. The ring should open and you should be able to easily pull the extension out. If the ring is tricky to open you can use a hair extension pliers tool to prise the ring open by twisting the ring with the prongs.

Step 4.

Lay the extension down and slide the ring out from the hair strand. Gently comb the natural hair to remove any residue, hair fall out or knotting that has occurred over time.

Step 5.

Repeat this process working from the bottom up through the head until all the extensions are removed.

How to remove Nano ring hair extensions

The removal process for Nano ring hair extensions is the same as any micro ring removal the only difference is the rings are smaller so can be a little trickier to detach from the hair.

How to remove weft hair extensions at home

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Hair Weft or Weaves are applied in a variety of methods. They can be sewn in, glued in and attached with rings to the natural hair. We would not recommend removing a weft or hair weave yourself as scissors will need to be used to cut the thread sewn into the hair. You will not be able to clearly see what you are cutting around the back of your head and could accidently cut your own hair rather than the thread so you will need someone else to help you with this! Although removing weft hair extensions from your own hair yourself is not advised the good news is it is a very simple process for somebody else to do for you. Depending on which method was used to install your weft will depend on what you need to remove it, we’ve explained how to remove the main method which is a LA weave.

How to remove a LA weave from the hair

Difficulty: 2

What you need:

Step 1.

Before you start give your hair a thorough brush through to remove any knots on the ends.

Step 2.

Section your hair to keep the removal as neat and mess free as possible. Starting from the bottom and working your way up section the hair on top of the lowest weft away from the hair so that the attachment of the weft is exposed and easy to access.

Step 3.

Using scissors carefully snip the fastened thread at the sides of the weft and slowly pull the thread out from each ring. Starting at the sides should allow you to only need to cut once to unravel the string however if the hair is a little knotted you may need to cut at other areas too. Always take care that you are not cutting the natural hair or the seam of the extension.

Step 4.

Once all the thread has been removed the weft should easily fall away from the hair revealing the rings underneath. You can now remove these by simply squeezing them in the opposite direction to open them and then slide them out of the hair.

Step 5.

Use your comb to remove any residue, hair fallout or knots before moving on to the next section.

Step 6.

Repeat this process on all wefts until they are all removed from the hair.

For a sewn in weave the process is the same however there are no rings to remove. Follow the same cutting pattern and simply undo the braids from the natural hair.

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How to treat hair after extensions

After having hair extensions for a long period of time and even after a hair extension removal the hair may be slightly weaker and drier than usual. Its always important after any big change to the hair to restore its strength by using the right products and haircare regimes. After every hair extension removal, the following steps should be taken to protect and replenish the hair. 

Step 1.

Give the hair 2 good washes with a clarifying shampoo. This is to remove any leftover residue from the hair that could cause a build-up resulting in irritation or damage.

Step 2.

Towel dry the hair and apply a strong deep conditioning treatment. Drying the hair slightly before applying the mask allows the product to penetrate deeper into the hair restoring the natural oils it may have been lacking. Give the hair a thorough comb whilst the conditioner is on to ensure there is no leftover glue or residue from the hair extensions. Leave the mask on the hair for 30-60 minutes for maximum effect.

Step 3.

Rinse well with a final splash of cool water to seal the hair cuticles and enhance shine.

Step 4.

Before styling the hair remember to use a Heat protection spray to protect it from any further damage. 

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