Once the conditioner and/or oil have had some time to sit on your hair, carefully begin to detangle your hair. Don’t be alarmed if you a lot of shed hair during this process, this is normal.
There will be lint and knots throughout your hair, so be sure to take your time, and be extremely careful during this process. You can use a wide-tooth comb, or your fingers for this process. Make sure to remove all the shed hair, lint, and pieces of extensions as much as you can. If not, your hair will become tangled and matted during your washing process.
Additionally, since your hair was in the long term style, you want to remove any debris and build up from the products that were used to maintain the style as well. You can also opt to do a pre-poo or hot oil treatment, before you wash your hair to ensure that your hair won’t be too stripped of moisture.
Protein treatments after long term styles are a must! Because your hair has been in a long term style, your hair strands are weak, and using a protein treatment in your washing regimen will strengthen your hair strands.
After your protein treatment, you will need to do a moisture based deep conditioning treatment. Whether you use your own concoction or a commercial product, deep conditioning* will bring a great amount of moisture back in your hair. Using a plastic cap under a hooded dryer* for at least 30 to 45 minutes will be beneficial to your hair, as well.
What to do now
It is important to give your hair some time to breathe once your extensions* are removed. Your hair needs at least one to two weeks to regain the proper moisture balance and its strength from your long term style. Once your hair is healthy and strong again, then you can get your next install.