Friday, October 25, 2013

TAKING DOWN BRAID EXTENSION

Since am trying to transition from relaxed to natural, i tend to mostly wear my hair in protective styles . am currently wearing box braids and i think it time to take then out, and knowing the time and energy i have put into caring for them, i really wanted to be careful when taking taking the extensions down so as to avoid damage or unnecessary breakage. and here are some important tips i found which i think can be very helpful.

NOTE; if your goal is to grow longer healthy hair, then never leave your braids extensions in your hair longer than 10 weeks.

 if you mess up your extension removal process all your hair growth and handwork will be in vain.
  Before you begin taking down your braids, realize that every average person sheds between 70-100 hairs a day. so when removing braids which has been in for weeks without manipulation your hair must experience some shedding.this shedding is natural, this is the hair that would have come-out on a daily basis if the hair was not braided.
Before you start your braid extension removal process, try having the following;
conditioner-
rat tail comb



well manicured fingernails free of snags and chips


 and you will also need plenty of time and patience!!!!!!!!!!!


_be sure your fingernails are well filed and oiled,because your finger will be doing most of the work when removing your braid extensions. if you have snags or chipped nails in your fingernails this will break your hair.

_if your hair is short and you are absolutely sure where your own hair stops in the braids, then you can go ahead and cut your braids few inches below where you know your natural hair stops. this will definitely save you several hours and lots of energy. if you are not sure where your own hair stops at the braid extensions then you can use the rat tail comb to unravel your braids or twist.

_if you find that your own hair has matted or stuck to the extension, then apply some oil to the hair as you are unravelling the braids. when you come across a snag or knot do not tug or force it, stop and apply some conditioner to the knot then continue to slowly unravel the braid carefully.

_once you have removed all your extensions form your hair, apply a generous amount of conditioner to soak into your hair. use fingers to untangle your hair and remove all knots or tangle from each section of the hair. many times you will feel a knot where the hair extension was attached and will also feel the accumulation of dust and lint. you want to unravel this gently because this is where most of us become impatient and loose most of our hair.

_when you are finished with the de-tangling process you can then use a wide tooth comb and comb through the entire hair.

40 comments:

  1. wow, I needed this. I thought I was the only black person trying to go back to a natural hair type. I have not relaxed my hair in three months but am always on weave though.

    When it's all natural then, I will think about totally stopping the weave. But for now I will stick to weave to save myself from the stress of combing although am still considering cutting the hair.

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  2. my dear you are not alone in the struggle. keep on practising healthy hair treatment.

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  3. Yea, these are good tips. I have taken out a lot of braid extensions in the past and I follow these guidelines. It definitely helps.

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  4. good tips! I'm very lazy when it comes to following step by step processes.

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    1. pls try my sister, after taking your time and installing those braids it should be a waste .

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  6. Great tips! I add extra oils and conditioner to my homemade braid spray on take down days and spray each section as I go along, I let the mixture sit in my hair for about five minutes to saturate before I start. I usually divide my hair into sections mostly four sometimes three depending on the size of the braids and work on each section detangling each individual braid as I go along once finished I detangle the entire section then braid it into one huge braid and continue with the other sections until my entire head is done.

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    1. thanks you so much for visiting. really appreciate it. i have sure a huge crush for your hair

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  7. Ive just finished undoing my braids today using a similar method to yours. I started my process on Monday evening (I only undid for a few hours per evening) but it is well worth the trouble when you retain most of your length from your PS!

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    1. its really worth the trouble when you really want to retain length.
      XOXO

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    1. thanks dear. i love your blog and your hair so much

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  9. I wear protective styles 90% of the time because I feel like I am still in transitioning mode. These are some great tips.

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    1. me too dear. i so love my protective styles.

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  10. Great tips! :) I wear braids often and making sure your nails are filed is definitely essential when taking them out

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  11. Wow! this is good. will remember to try this when I get my braids done. Great info. Thanks for sharing

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  12. thanks for visiting my blog, like what you have here, very good tips

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  13. Thanks for stopping by my blog, Belladonna. Nice post! Very informative.

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  14. Great tips,uche. Fantastic blog overall!

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  15. Love the tip and Tresemme is really good.

    xoxo
    Stella
    www.jadore-fashion.com

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    1. thank you so much for the visit.
      i really admire your style.
      XOXO

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  17. I usually coat my hair with oil whether i am loosening braids(though i don't do braids anymore due to the several setbacks i have had) or the conrows under my weave.

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    1. i have also suffered serious thinning on my edges thats why i go extra miles when taking down braids.

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  18. Nice, useful tips; thanks for sharing...

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  19. please come and take my braids out for me!!! I hate taking them down but I make sure to take my time when taking them out.

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    1. lol!!!!! will really loved to do it, you just have to be very patient when taking them out next time.

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  20. I love your blog! I want to braid my hair but am scared don't want my edges to dissappear

    Belledazzy.blogspot.com

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    1. thank you sis.!!! just tell whoever is making your hair to handle your edges with care. and they must not pick every tiny piece of hair

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  21. Patience is key! Being gentle definitely works. I agree with everything here.

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  22. Great Tips
    Please I need your advice
    Having difficulties getting a hair moisturise without Mineral oil and petroleum and a deep conditioner without sulphate
    Woulld be grateful if u can recommend a few products
    Relaxed my hair last in April and am currently on braids thougj intend loosenin braids by next week
    ThX

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    1. my dear thank you so much for visiting.
      mineral oil and petroleum are very bad for our natural hair. discontinue any one you are using one. try using natural oils like extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil,avocado oil.
      for the deep conditioner try using the more natural home-made ones like mayo and egg. then you can wash off with any normal cheap conditioner.
      pls be very careful when taking the braids down so that you don't loose length.
      XOXO

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