How to Remove Hair Extension Glue

In this article, I am going to talk about how to remove hair extensions glue.

I’m Lori and I have been wearing hair extensions for over six years, it is a stylish and practical way to add depth to your hair. Depending on the style of hair extensions you chose, using glue to attach it is fairly common properly.

However, removing the glue can be time-consuming when not properly done. It can be quick and painless, with no lasting damage done to your natural hair when done correctly.

Why Use Glue in The First Place?

Bonding glue for hair extensions is one of the most popular methods of attaching hair extensions. Glue offers an extremely strong hold, so it is perfect for people on the go. If you plan on dancing or doing a lot of movement with your hair extensions in place, the glue will offer an extremely reliable hold.

While there are many different ways to attach hair extensions, bonding glue is used more than twice as much as the rest. In addition to producing a very strong and reliable hold, it is also much quicker to apply than other methods. Other advantages of using bonding glue to attach your hair extensions may include:

  • Durability. Using bonding glue to attach your hair extensions means you are getting a very durable and long-term hold. It’s not uncommon for properly applied glue to hold your hair extensions in place for several months.
  • Flexibility. You will not be limited to just one type of hair when using bonding glue. In fact, most types and styles of hair will work including curly, straight, long, short, Remy and virgin hairs.
  • Invisible attachment. Unlike some other attachment methods, such as clips or sew-ins, bonding glue offers an invisible attachment point. Your hair extensions will look extremely natural no matter what activity you are doing!

4 Best Hair Extensions Glue Removal Methods

You’ve enjoyed your hair extensions for many days or even months, and now it’s time to remove them. If you prefer to do this at home, there are various things you can use to remove bonding glue from your hair extensions completely. But finding the easiest and most effective method may be difficult.

Oil

One of the most commonly used and recommended methods is oil. Skin or hair-specific oil is best, so try to avoid cooking oil. Use an oil-soaked cotton ball to keep the oil on the glued spots. Let sit for 15 minutes, and the extensions should slide out. Repeat if necessary.

Conditioner

Hop into the shower and rinse your hair to make it damp. Liberally place the hair conditioner on the extension glue thoroughly. Cover your hair with a towel and let it sit for 20 minutes. After this time, comb through the extensions and see if they will remove. Repeat if necessary.

Dish Soap

Dish soap specifically made for removing grease from your dishes is a great option. Dawn is a commercial brand of dish soap that many people have had luck with. Apply it liberally to your glued areas and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes before rinsing out in the shower. 

Commercial Bonding Glue Remover

If none of the above solutions worked, or you don’t want to try them, there are a range of commercial bonding glue removers on the market. Any beauty store that has hair care specific products will have a commercial remover for hair extension glue.

Helpful Tips

  • Peanut butter can be used in place of an actual oil. Let the peanut butter sit for 30 minutes to one hour so the natural oils can permeate the bonding glue. Rinse out in the shower.
  • Always read warnings and instructions on commercial glue remover. Some will require you to use cotton balls to place the remover directly on the bond and others will not.
  • Apple cider vinegar can be used instead of conditioner. Using a spray bottle to place the vinegar on your entire head works, as does soaking the glued areas with a cotton ball. Some people may not enjoy the smell, however.
  • Don’t use acetone or alcohol. Unless it’s an absolute last resort to remove the glue, alcohol and acetone can be too harsh for some hair types. It can cause scalp burns and permanent hair damage if used improperly.

Hair Care After Glue Removal

Bonding glue and the glue removal process can leave your hair extremely dry. After removing the glue from your hair, always take the time to rehydrate your scalp, hair follicles, and the hair itself. If left untreated and not given a chance to rehydrate, your hair can become brittle and break easily.

One of the best ways to help rehydrate your entire scalp is with a hydrating shampoo and conditioner. Always use a gentle shampoo with a conditioner that specifically says it can help rehydrate dry or brittle hair. Don’t be afraid to use more shampoo or conditioner than you normally would. Your hair will be healthier over the long term if you take time to rehydrate it now properly.

If you don’t have the proper shampoo or conditioner in your home, going to a professional stylist is a great option. Not only do they have the hair care products on hand to treat a range of hair types, but they can also tailor a visit specifically for your hair rehydration. Always let them know you recently removed bonding glue for hair extensions, so the stylist knows just what to do for the best and healthiest results.

My Verdict

Hair extensions are a great way to give yourself longer and thicker hair instantly. But dealing with the hair glue used to attach the extensions may be frustrating at times. Luckily, you have a range of options that can be used to quickly and easily remove the glue.

If one method does not seem to be working for you, don’t be afraid to try another. Always remember to take your time and don’t force the glue out of your hair. Doing so may damage your natural hair and cause breakage.

Once you find the best method to remove the bonding glue from your natural hair, you can rest assured knowing that the future glue removal will be much quicker and easier.

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