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How to Safely Remove Sew-In Extensions

Fri., May. 27, 2011 4:16 PM EDT
by McKenzie Harris

I have a very clear memory of begging and bartering with one of my friends to help me remove my sew-in weave during my college days. My $300 extensions would be hanging on by a thread before I decided to take them out … mostly because I was going to rock every dime out of it. So when it came to who was going to help me remove them … my friends’ cell phones were no longer working. I was left to figure it out by myself.

Those who have removed a sew-in by themselves understand how frustrating the process can be. I would end up cutting small strands of my own hair out because I couldn’t see or feel where the thread was.  But fret no more because here are some helpful hints and tips to removing your own sew-in with minimal frustration. Just make sure you allow yourself ample time to really focus. –mckenzie harris

Separate and find the thread

With sew-in extensions, your natural hair is braided to the scalp, and your extensions are sewn in with thread through the braid. Start by diving your hair into the sections that the rows were sewn in, separate the first row starting from the nape of your neck and tie the rest of your hair into a ponytail. Take scissors, and more importantly, take your time, and carefully cut the thread in the braid from the row you’ve sectioned off. Be careful not to cut your own hair, and gently pull the extension away from your hair.

Comb, shampoo and condition

Once you’ve continued the above steps and carefully removed all of the extensions, thoroughly comb or brush your hair. It is easiest to comb each row out as you remove the extension to avoid tangling your hair with hair that has naturally shed underneath. Finally, shampoo and use a deep conditioner to nourish and moisturize your hair.

Give your hair some space

It’s important to let your hair breathe once you have removed your extensions. Give your natural hair a few weeks to be styled sans weave. This will help your hair remain healthy, strong and maintained until your next killer style.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=566137274 Tracie Marshall

    This is really common sense…. Weave 101…. If a woman doesn’t know how to take down a weave without losing all her hair, she really shouldn’t be getting one. Just stick to half wigs and be done with it. lol