I have been rocking crochet braids the past few weeks, but it was definitely time to take them down. Today, I wanted to share how to safely do this in 3 simple steps! But first, I’d like to offer some tips on how to make the removal process even that much easier from the jump:
Tip #1: Make sure you are using good quality hair.
The hair I used this time around was much more easily tangled than what I’m used to (which is also why I didn’t share the installation), Tangly hair can make the takedown process much more difficult, so be sure to use a quality hair that is tangle resistant.
Tip #2: Keep your hair underneath moisturized.
The layers of moisture I applied when installing this protective style were very beneficial in the take down, as the oils and butters gave slip to my hair. This enabled smoothness and ease in removal.
Tip #3: When installing, crochet underneath the braid, not through it.
Doing this prevents the potential for the crochet hair tangling into your own thus preventing unnecessary breakage.
#4. Limit your usage of the complicated knotting methods.
Complex knotting and looping can make it more time-consuming to remove the crochet hair safely to avoid breakage (I had the knotless method around the perimeter of my head, which I don’t think I’d do again 🙂 ). Although, if you use a good quality hair with slip, this can pose less of an issue.
#5. Take your time!
Don’t rush the process, as it can leave your hair in a worse state. Be gentle so as to retain the length and health of your hair.
The very point of protective styling is to preserve your hair to retain length, so following these tips will help you to do just that! Now, with those tips in mind, let’s get to the removal process!
Step 1: Cut the crochet hair as close to the knot as possible without cutting your own hair.
Using my hair shears, I locate where the knot is and cut about an inch above, just to be safe.
Step 2: Remove the remaining crochet hair.
First, try to remove as much as you can without removing your braids, as this will lessen the likelihood of tangling and breakage (this is where tips #3 & #4 come in handy). If needed, unravel the braids and slide out any remaining crochet hair (this is also where tip #2 can make an assist).
Step 3: Finger detangle to remove shed hair.
Doing this in preparation of the wash will help to reduce tangling that could also leave room for potential breakage.
Once you’ve completed these 3 steps, you should be primed and ready to wash! Pretty simple right? If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to comment down below!
Have you ever tried crochet braids and have tips for removal? If so, let us know in the comments so we can all step our game up 😉
Until next time,