When you choose to put extensions in your hair, there are a few ways to go about it. One way is to have the new hair sewn in, but that technique can be kind of painful. Another option is to have them glued into place, but then again that glue can be difficult to remove from your scalp. While hair extensions let you enjoy beautiful, long hair without having to wait for it to grow out, getting them without knowing how to remove hair glue from scalp skin is a big no-no.
More than just a sticky situation, leaving glue on your scalp for too long can cause serious damage. Still, it may be worth the trouble considering how weaves, metal rings, wigs, and tape cannot match the staying power of some good old fashioned hair glue. The secret to keeping your hair and scalp intact after your extensions are removed lies within a few essential oils. After you have read this, you should know how to remove hair glue from scalp skin like a pro.
The three easy steps to removing glue from your scalp
Having hair glue stuck to your scalp is no laughing matter. In fact, you probably shouldn’t do any more styling until you have the situation under control. You could always learn how to remove hair glue from scalp skin by making an appointment with your stylist to have the problem fixed. That method may be expensive and time-consuming though. Luckily, you can do it yourself right at home and in about an hour, but only if you have the right supplies and you follow three simple steps.
Things you will need to get started
Oil (it is best to use almond oil, olive oil, or baby oil for this)
An old but absorbent towel
2 or 3 hair clips
A small bottle of extension glue remover
1 or 2 pairs of disposable gloves
Gather your supplies and make your way to the bathroom. Be sure to wash your hands prior to beginning and have a mirror available so you can monitor the process and avoid making mistakes. When you are ready, begin with step one as follows:
Begin by applying a nice, thick coating of oil to your entire head of hair. Your hair can be wet or dry for this, but dry is typically favored by stylists. Make sure you put a little extra on the bead-like parts of the glue that held your hair extension in place. Go ahead and get as comfortable as you can, because you’ll need to let the oil sit on your scalp for at least 15 to 20 minutes.
After your time is up, complete this first step by combing through your hair as gently as possible. If necessary, you may repeat the process until all of the remaining extensions have come off.
*TIP: Be sure not to pull on your hair or the extension with your comb.
Rinse out your hair as best you can in the sink or shower using warm/hot water. Keep in mind that the temperature of the water will affect the elasticity of the glue. After you have thoroughly rinsed your hair of the oils you put on it in step one, apply the conditioner.
You need to leave the conditioner on your scalp for at least another 20 minutes while it breaks down the glue molecules that are stuck in your hair. Once your time is up, gently comb again through your hair and repeat the process as many times as you feel is needed.
Take those hair clips and pin your natural hair so that the extensions and glue are exposed in the mirror. Put on a pair of your disposable gloves to protect your hands from the commercial hair extension glue remover you are about to use. Apply this substance to each and every little pebble of glue you see.
Make sure that you work the glue dollops using your gloved finger so that they break down more quickly. Once this is complete you can remove the remaining extension and repeat the process for persistent bonds. You might want to grab a friend for this part, although that’s not on the “Things You Need” list.
Now that you have successfully removed the extensions and glue from your head, you might want to wash your hair with a gentle and hypoallergenic shampoo. Follow with a good conditioner.
Special considerations about learning how to remove hair glue from scalp skin at home
Always read and follow the instructions on any and all products you use for this endeavor, especially when dealing with commercial hair extension glue remover. For those who do not have access to almond oil, baby oil, or olive oil, you can use peanut butter and it will suffice. However, it may increase how long the process takes to complete.
Never use products with which you are mostly unfamiliar. Learning how to remove hair glue from scalp skin and hair is easy but it may take a little bit of practice or guidance. As a general rule of thumb, always consult with the stylist that put the extensions in to find out more about proper maintenance and safe removal methods.
Proper after-care methods for hair glue removal
When you are finished you may notice that you hair is a tad bit greasier than it was before you started removing the glue from your scalp. This is perfectly normal and will actually serve to protect your hair from further damage. Try to wait at least one day before washing your hair again, and longer if you wish to grow your hair back out. When you finally do wash your mane, be sure to use a shampoo that supports fine or damaged hair. For an added bonus, try a product made especially to give your hair body. That way it’s not as noticeable that you have recently removed your hair extensions.