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How to Safely Remove Crochet Braids

Avatar • Aug 8, 2014

by Portia of huneybflyy.com

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Last week, we told you how to get 5 amazing styles with crotchet braids. As you gaze into the mirror and admire your new crochet braids, taking your hair down may be the farthest thing from your mind. However, the day will certainly come when you’ll have to figure out how to safely remove the added hair from your own hair. As you know, crochet braids require you to weave hair with a latch hook tool against cornrows and tie several knots to make sure the hair is secure. Since you have to knot faux hair against your own, it may be scary to even think about trying to remove them. You might think that it’s going to be easy separating your natural hair from the synthetic hair, but that isn’t always the case.

There’s no need to panic. The process is long at first and requires precision, but it’s not too difficult. Much like the installation process, once you get the hang of it, things won’t seem like such a nightmare. Here are a few tips on how to safely remove your crochet braids.

Removing crochet braids can be tricky when dealing with fake hair that closely resembles your own texture. YouTube vlogger, Breanna Rutter, shows you how to safely cut the added hair without cutting your own hair. She simply cuts the top of the knot that she tied to secure the hair and removes the hair one knot at a time. She also removes the little hairs that are left around the corn row by pulling them out.

YouTube vlogger, Teeday6 uses a similar technique, except she cuts as much of the added hair as she can without cutting her cornrows. Afterwards, she is left with the knots that she tied and she removes them one by one. The whole process takes a quick 30 minutes.

Some like to include an additional step to the process by applying conditioner to the hair. This may not be necessary for most crochet braid wearers, but for some it’s crucial. If you’ve had your crochet braids in for a long period of time or if the hair you used is feeling a little stiff, then applying conditioner to your hair may be an excellent route for you. This tutorial by AfricanExport advises that you want cut as much of the added hair as you can, while making sure to avoid cutting your cornrows. After you cut the added hair, proceed to saturate your hair with conditioner. According to this tutorial, the conditioner aids in slip and will keep your hair moisturized during the process. After applying the conditioner, you can start removing your cornrows, causing whatever faux hair that is left over to slide right out.

As with any hair removal process, you want to make sure that you have plenty of time to take down your install. There’s nothing worse than taking down crochet braids when you are in a rushed state. Not only will you run the risk of cutting your own hair, but you will also increase the risk for knots and tangles. Crochet braids are a protective style, so if you are tugging and pulling at your hair and breaking it while trying to uninstall, you’re defeating the purpose of the hair style.

 

Do you have any tips on how to safely remove crochet braids?

 

Portia is a wife and mother who enjoys making things and people look pretty! As a graduate of Rowan University, Portia has an insatiable craving for natural hair, beauty, and fashion, but she also enjoys traveling and home decor. If you’d like to know more about her, visit her blog at huneybflyy.com

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D
6 years ago

Is there a way to take down crochet braids without cutting them?

rb
rb
6 years ago
Reply to  D

by unraveling the cornrows

Jacky
Jacky
6 years ago
Reply to  D

I was thinking of the same thing. I haven’t tried crotchet braids on myself fully but i did a little experiment with braid hair on a little section of hair to learn how to crotchet braid; I found that I can easily remove the full braiding hair( without cutting it ) if I don’t knot the hair, that is, if i simply put the braiding hair through the loop but not knot it afterwards. The hair was able to stay without knotting it but I’m not sure about how it will be in the long run; I’m hoping that it… Read more »

jaz
jaz
6 years ago

just take down your braid thats how i take mine out without cutting the hair

KettleKorn
KettleKorn
6 years ago

I cut mine out and then pre-poo with coconut oil before unbraiding. The first few times I had crochet braids, it look me just as long to unbraid my crochets as it took my braider to put them in. I use cheap Freetress hair, so I’m not trying to reuse the braid hair, and I find it’s a million times faster than unbraiding it and then taking out the extensions as I go.

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