Many professionals advise removing your protective style with extensions after 4-8 weeks. Partly because the weight of protective styles can begin to harm your hair line as your new growth gets longer and longer moving the extensions further down the hair strand. The other reason is hygiene. It is advised that you wash your hair while in extensions at least 1-2x a month, but let’s face it, you can’t clean your hair as well as you can when it is interwoven in extensions.
When I am ready to take my hair out of a protective style, a lot of planning goes into this because I need to dedicate about 3-4 hours to the removal process. Most of the time I have to remove my twists in sections because my time and attention is divided amongst things at home. I wish I could sit and take down my hair without interruption, but this is unrealistic.
The goal is not how fast you can take your protective style down. The goal is getting them out safely without damaging your hair that you worked so hard to protect.
Choosing the Day
I select a day that I know I have nowhere to go. I also select a time of day where I can get the most of my hair done, in the event that I do have to stop frequently. I highly recommend you do the same.
If you know you have to be somewhere at night don’t loosen your hair in the morning with hopes of being done before you go out. You won’t!
If you have somewhere to be in the morning, don’t begin taking your hair down the night before. You won’t be able to take down your extensions, wash your hair, moisturize your hair and then detangle. Well not unless you plan on pulling an all nighter with no rest at all before your scheduled obligations the next morning.
When taking down my protective style, I grab all my tools to ensure that I don’t need to get up for things that I forgot. I usually have all of the following items:
Scissors- to cut the lower part of the extensions off
Wide tooth comb- to remove all shed hair from sections of your hair
Rat tail comb- to loosen any tight knots and tangles
Water bottle- fill it with warm water, conditioner, and oil. This will help to soften your hair before loosening your protective style
Bag- to throw all extensions and she hair in.
Patience- Don’t rush. Don’t rip. Don’t count the minutes.
In the video below I show you how I take down my protective style