What Can I Use As
A Hair Extension Glue Remover?

(and other extension glue remover questions)

"What can I use as an alternative hair extension glue remover?"

Quite a few folks have asked about an alternative hair extension glue remover to remove those stubborn residues of hair extension adhesive.

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The first thing we'd say is that it's best to first use a specific hair extension removal product and follow those instructions.
The second thing we'd say is that if that doesn't quite do the trick, maybe a trip to the local hair salon is in order.
The third thing we'd say is that if all else fails, here are some tips or as they say in the gaming world "cheat moves" to get rid of those pesky hair extension glue residues.

It's Oil, Baby (well actually, baby oil, olive oil, almond oil and the like)

Yes, that's right, oil. Oils are great to use as an alternative hair extension glue remover as they have the power to defeat stubborn hair extension glue residues. Oils can be used as a first stop for removing those little beads or lines of glue used to attach your hair extensions. 

The fact that hair oils can be used to remove and loosen glue is the reason they shouldn't be used as part of glue in hair extensions care.

Oil Tools

Oil (inexpensive ones are fine) disposable gloves, and a comb.

Oil Method

Using your oils of choice, apply it to the glued areas of the hair extension (or the glue residues stuck to the hair if you've already removed the hair extensions).
Leave for about 20 minutes to allow the oil to soak into the adhesive (glue).
Use your comb to gently remove the glue residue or hair extensions from your growth hair.
Repeat as necessary.

Conditioners Don't Just Condition

A regular supermarket brand conditioner can also be used as a hair extension glue remover cheat move and this too is the reason that they should not be used as part of your glue-in hair extension washing routine.

Conditioner Tools

Conditioner, disposable gloves and a comb.

Conditioner Method

Rinse the hair first and then apply the conditioner to the glued in areas. Start off with a small amount and then add more so that you can control the amount of conditioner in your hair as well as where it sits.
Leave for about 20 minutes to allow the conditioner to do its thing (cause the glue to deteriorate and soften)
Use your comb to gently remove the glue residue of hair extensions from your own growth hair.
Repeat as necessary.

The Ace In The Hole (or should that be ace in the tone) as it's... Acetone

We're not talking the stuff you use to remove nail varnish (or as some call it, nail polish); we're talking the stuff that's around 99% acetone. This is a tried and tested substance that makes an excellent hair extension glue remover.

Acetone Tools

Acetone, cotton pads, disposable gloves, hair clips or ties, pliers (if you have pre-glued (nail tip) hair extensions) and a comb.

Acetone Method

Divide your hair into sections.
Use the pliers to crack the bonds of nail-tip hair extensions
Soak a cotton pad in the acetone (not so it's dripping)
Place the cotton pad on the bonded hair (or wrap it around the bonded hair) and hold it until the bond begins to soften. If the bond doesn't soften enough, apply more acetone to the cotton pad and place it on the bonded hair extensions until the bond softens enough to remove the hair extensions.
Use the pliers if you have pre-glued bonded hair extensions (keratin tips) and gently squeeze until the bond breaks.
Gently comb the glue (and hair extensions from your growth hair.

Removing Hair Extension Glue Remover Residues From Hair

Whichever product you use to remove hair extensions, afterwards your hair will need to be washed.

Fully detangle the growth hair and then shampoo without water in order to easily break down any oils on the hair and then slowly add water to slowly rinse. Alternatively, use a clarifying shampoo as these contain more cleaning agents (surfactants) than ordinary shampoos which is why they produce more foam and suds in order to thoroughly clean hair.

That's the amble through alternative hair extension glue removal products. 

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