Link hair extensions are an increasingly popular form of hair extensions due to their more realistic look and feel. Many people opt a visit to the hairdresser to have their link hair extensions removed, however with a little time and care you will be able to remove these yourself without too much trouble. Make sure you take care of your hair though, this article shows you how.
Equipment needed to remove link hair extensions
Before you get started, it is important to have all of the equipment necessary for removing your hair extensions. Firstly, you need a hair extension connector tool, this is one of the main items of equipment you need due to it being able to force apart the links. You can find these in a variety of online marketplaces at a reasonable price, however if you are not going to be using them often you may be able to borrow one from a hairdresser or friend. Next you will need a good, strong comb and some hair clips, preferably duckbill clips as these will hold your hair up at the roots better. Lastly, a dollop of your favourite conditioner and a small towel for the final process of removing your link hair extensions.
Step by step guide on removing link hair extensions
Once you have gathered all the equipment you need for removing your link hair extensions it is time to remove them using this step by step guide.
1) Starting at the crown of your hair, select a link you wish to remove and place it firmly in between the pincers of the connector tool. Using a sturdy grip squeeze the pincers, hard enough that it opens the link, however not so hard that it will close the link the other way.
2) Carefully slide the link, along with the extension, down the section of hair that it was attached to. As long as you are gentle with this it should be fairly easy not to pull on the hair itself. If the link crumbles for any reason, or is proving difficult to remove then work the link back and forth until it breaks and then remove the pieces from your hair.
3) Now looking at where the extension was attached, comb gently down from there. Be careful not to comb the roots of the hair as these will be tender and susceptible to breakages. It is perfectly normal for a lot of shed hair to be on the comb, so try not to worry if you think it is pulling out too much hair.
4) Continue with the steps one, two and three until all of the links have been removed from your hair.
5) Wet your hair and use that dollop of conditioner to completely cover your hair. Leave it on for as long as you wish, the suggested time is around 5-10 minutes.
6) Using the clips, separate your hair into sections and clip it to the top of your head. Leave the bottom layer, that is around the nape of your neck, down as this will be the most tangled area.
7) Using your comb, work out any tangles in the section of hair that is loose, being careful not to tug too hard. Once this section is complete you can continue with the other sections of hair until all of it has been combed. Make sure you try not to rush this by trying to comb it all at once, or in larger sections as this could cause breakages and extreme tangling.
8) Finally, rinse the conditioner from your hair and towel dry. You may wish to wash your hair again with shampoo and conditioner if just conditioned hair is hard to style.
This guide on how to take care of your hair and remove your link hair extensions should hopefully give you a good idea of how easy it is to do this at home. As long as you have the right equipment and take your time and care removing each link, then you should not encounter any problems when trying to remove your hair extensions.
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