How to Remove Hair Extension Glue

As much as you might love your glue-in hair extensions, one thing is for sure: they can leave a whole lot of residue. And who wants leftover glue tangled into their roots? Not I!

If you’re finding yourself with some glue in your mane, then you need to know how to successfully rid your locks of the pesky adhesive. Well, ladies, I am here to tell you that it’s actually quite simple to remove hair extension glue – you just need the right product.

That said, we’re going to dive into all of the different methods of successfully removing hair extension glue from your natural strands. 

1. Oil

One of the simplest solutions for getting rid of hair extension glue is to use oil. Bonus perk: most of us have oil lying around our kitchen cabinets, so you won’t need to purchase anything more to get rid of the glue.

It doesn’t really matter what type of oil you use, either. If you love the smell of coconut oil, use that. If you love the sleek feel of olive oil or baby oil, you can use these, too. As a bonus, the oil will also help moisten your natural locks, leaving you with silky strands. 

To use oil, saturate the area where the adhesive is located. Let the soil sit for at least 15 minutes. However, I will tell you one thing – the more, the merrier when it comes to timing. The longer you leave the oil in your mane, the easiest it will be to slide the glue off.

2. Dish Soap

Another budget-friendly option you likely have under the sink is dish soap. Is there anything dish soap can’t do? Seemingly not. I mean, it can do a whole lot, like make dishes look brand new, clean oil off of baby ducks, and yes, remove hair extension glue from your hair. 

To use dish soap, simply apply it to the sticky areas. Let the dish soap seep into the hair for at least one hour. Remember, keep it in for as long as you can for the best results. IOf after the initial hour you don’t have results, reapply and leave in for longer. 

One cool thing about using dish soap is the scents! I don’t know about you, but I love the way certain dish soaps smell. That said, when you’re using dish soap to remove hair extension glue, use your favorite one.

3. Conditioner

Conditioner is always a great solution for removing hair extension glue. As a bonus, it will add additional hydration to hair that might be a bit roughed up from removing hair extensions. 

To use a hair conditioner, start by damping your locks. Thoroughly massage the hair conditioner into your mane, paying extra close attention to the areas with the hair extension glue. Then, wrap your hair up in a towel. Leave the conditioner on for at least 20 minutes. 

When you’re ready, rinse the conditioner out of your mane and comb through your locks. If you still have some leftover glue, try the conditioning procedure again.

4. Professional Products

Some people prefer to use professional products because they feel more confident in the results, and there is nothing wrong with that. There are plenty of products on the market that will work wonders at removing hair extension glue.

However, my recommendation is the X10 Pro-Tools D Bond Gel Remover. It’s safe and effective and only takes a few clumps of product to remove any type of hair extension glue. 

5. Peanut Butter

Are you feeling desperate? If you don’t have any other products at home, you can always use peanut butter. That is all thanks to the natural oils found inside of peanut butter. 

Slather the peanut butter into your hair where the hair extension glue is located. Leave it on your mane for around 25 minutes or more. For some, they may need to wait longer than 25 minutes for the glue to loosen up entirely. 

6. Acetone

Last but not least, acetone is another top-notch option for removing hair extension glue. To use acetone, you will want to soak some in a cotton ball or cotton pad. Hold the acetone-soaked cotton against the glued areas until it starts to loosen up.

If you notice that the acetone is struggling to loosen up the glue, add more acetone to the cotton. You need the bond to be saturated, but you don’t want to pour acetone into your locks. 

Final Thoughts

Removing hair extension glue from your hair doesn’t have to be a challenge. There are tons of options – even budget-friendly solutions you likely have in your kitchen.

Whether you opt for the oils, conditioner, dish soap, or acetone, the goal is to apply enough for success and be patient – sometimes it may take several minutes and applications for success.

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