It’s time – you have to face the music. You cannot go another weekend. It is time to remove that protective style. Whether you have Box Braids, Senegalese Twists, a Sew-In, or any other protective styles, you knew that eventually there would be a removal process. It’s inevitable, unless you have faux dreads, and decide to grow your hair with it.
Moreover, when you have worn your braids in an “I don’t care bun” for a week straight, or your sew-in is hanging on by a thread, then you know it is time to take your style out.
Depending on the style you have installed, your long term style should be worn from 6 to 12 weeks. Anything over that is detrimental to your hair, causing possible tangles, matting, and even overgrowth with the weave. Not cute!
Although you can go back to your stylist or braider to have your style removed, you can also opt to take your style out yourself. Personally, I would rather save my $40 for removal by my stylist, and take out my own hair.
I have some steps that you can follow for an easy, stress free removal and pampering process of a few styles: sew-in, crochet braids, and all other braids (Senegalese Twists, Box Braids, Kinky* Twists, etc.).
I recommend making this a two day removal process, but you can choose to do all of this in one day. Taking out your extensions* could take an hour or so; in the meantime, put on your favorite show, talk to a friend, or listen to some music.
Take out process for common protective styles
With this style your hair is cornrowed back, or in a spiral pattern with your extensions woven in the braids by a latch hook. To remove your crochet braids, all you have to do is cut the knots of your extensions.
Once all of the extensions have been cut out, carefully pull the cut-knot from your braids. Now that your extensions* have been removed completely, take your time to unravel your braids.