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Guide to Quickly Remove Braids: Take out Braids Fast and Easy

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I am an African Woman and almost always have my hair in weaves and braids. I am an enthusiast and write about it.

Braiding Hiarstyle picture. Large braids such as these are easier to remove, but are not very durable - the braids at the hairline become untidy quickly

Braiding Hiarstyle picture. Large braids such as these are easier to remove, but are not very durable - the braids at the hairline become untidy quickly

Tip One - Prevention is less damaging on the hair

If you are lazy, consider the size of braids ab initio. It is difficult to think of loosening your hair extensions at the point you are getting the hair done, yet this is the best time to plan it.

Removing micro braids is more difficult than removing larger braids. Braid removal can be done quickly with minimal damage to the mane or scalp, but you have to be patient. If you have very coarse hair, avoid very tiny braids. Also, oil and condition the hair as you braid.

Tip Two - Wash, Condition and Moisturize the Braids Hairstyle Regularly

Wash or clean your braid hairstyle regularly. When a lot of products and dirt builds up on the braids over a period of time, it cakes together making it extremely difficult for you to quickly remove the braids. Take particular care about buildup on the edges to avoid hairline loss. If you have normal, not very dry hair, wash as usual but use an oil based shampoo and conditioner. Braiding tends to dry out the hair making it tangle.

If you have coarse natural hair or have micro braids, do not wash. Use cotton balls and an astringent hair cleanser to clean. Good ole methylated spirit works well too.

Chimamanda Adichie with braids. At times the thoughts of taking down the  braids quickly can wipe the smile off your face.

Chimamanda Adichie with braids. At times the thoughts of taking down the braids quickly can wipe the smile off your face.

Tip Three - Removing Braids is easier when you cut off the Extensions

Carefully identify where the extensions end and your hair starts. The shorter the length you have to unravel, the easier the job will be. If you are using human hair extensions, don't cut them. They are really expensive and can be reused.

Ask a friend for help, don't just cut hair off in your bid to quickly take out the braids. It is not easy to know where your hair ends especially if the extensions are the same colour as your hair.

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Tip Four - Loosen Braids by combing them out

Especially with micro braids, you can just comb them out. The way to do this is to pick a few braids with one hand, then gently comb it out. Stop the combing before you get to the roots, then unravel with your fingers.

Sit in a comfortable chair, put on some music or your favorite show, and brush the hair gently.

Resist the urge to tug as a way to quickly remove braids. It will cause damage on the scalp and cause more tangling. If you encounter any snags or knots on any braid , stop, unravel it and comb it out fully.

Waiting till the end to loosen the snags will result in seriously tangled hair.

Tip Five - Brush Immediately

To help remove the braids quickly, divide the hair into sections for braid loosening. Brush out each section as you loosen it, and hold the hair together with a hair clip, please avoid hair bands or any form of elastic as they aggravate breakage. If your hair is really dry, spray with a hair oil spray as you progress, if not use plenty of water, just spray on liberally

Knowing how to remove braids quickly is great since nobody has 10 to 12 hours to devote to braid removal. Going to a professional shortens the time but lightens your pocket.

More Tips Needed

If you have any other tips or ideas on how to quickly remove braids, please share it further down. The braids fraternity needs all the help it can get.

How to Take Care of Braids

  1. Never let them put in the braids too tight. If it hurts and little bumps appear at the base of the braids, its too tight. Take it off.
  2. Clean the braids often. You can do this either with a wad of cotton and medical spirit, or simply wash the whole head with shampoo.
  3. Moisturize lightly. Its easy to build up grease which makes the hair dull and heavy.
  4. To keep your braids looking fresher for longer, use a brush with soft bristles. Try to minimize the brushing to the braids around the hairline and brush the roots only. Vigorous brushing pulls hair out of the braid making you look disheveled.

Braids are an exciting versatile hairstyle, long lasting, ethnic, classic and paradoxically modern. Unfortunately they are difficult to remove. Based on my years of experience with braids and weaves, I have outlined tips on how to quickly remove braids.

Braids are made by twisting two or three strands of hair together. Types of braids hairstyles include box braids, tree braids and micro braids. After having them on for a couple of weeks, there is bound to be new growth below the braid roots.

The new growth is neither combed nor brushed and twists to its hearts content. By the time you are ready to loosen the braids, the new growth combined with dust, sweat and oil combines to form difficult to unravel knots. To loosen up hair extensions read through the tips below.

© 2012 Bianu

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