How to remove extension braids? You've had your braids in for a while and now it's time to take them out. This process can take anywhere from 4 to 8 hours depending on how many and how long the braids are. You might want to solicit some help from a friend or family member :) To start, if you look down the shaft of the braid, you should be able to see where your hair ends within the braid. You can tell this by a texture difference or excessive frizz sticking out the braid. This is where you can cut, just below where your hair ends, to limit how much unbraiding you will have to do. Once this is cut, grab a rat tail comb and use it's end to stick into the braid to help with unbraiding. Using your fingers on small braids can be very time consuming so this method will help speed up the process. Once you have removed the braid you will notice a hard lump near the root of the natural hair. This is what I refer to as a "dirt knot". This is dirt that has built up while the braids where in the hair. Please use caution when removing this. Improper removal can cause damage and hair loss. Now there will be "some" hair that comes out during the removal of the dirt knot but don't fret! Our hair sheds naturally and this is what was shedding while the braids were in but had no way to fall out. To remove the "dirt knot" generously spray the knot with water or an unbraiding solution that you can find at your local beauty supply store. Work the solution into the knot by massaging it between your fingers. Then with a rat tail comb gently comb thru the knot. Once it is loosened, take a brush with lots of bristles close together and brush thru the natural hair. this should remove anything the rat tail left behind. Once all of the braids and knots are removed, proceed to wash and deep condition the hair. You can do this method with multiple braids at a time to speed up the process.
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