How Much Does it Cost to Remove Hair Extensions?

In the beginning, you set out on a quest to get the longest, fullest, and most gag-worthy hair of your life, which led you to hair extensions. But now? You’re interested in letting your #shorthairdontcare vibes come to full display. 

That said, you need your hair extensions removed, which comes at a price. How much should you expect to pay to have your hair extensions removed?

The cost of hair extension removal depends mainly on the salon you go to, what extensions you have installed, and how many hair extensions you have applied. Most salons charge an average of $50 to $75 per hour for hair extension removal.

If you want to find out how much it costs to remove hair extensions, keep reading. Today, we’re discussing how much money you should expect to bring to the salon and which factors go into play.

Be prepared to say sayonara to your extensions!

How Much Does it Cost to Remove Hair Extensions?

The average price of hair extension removal varies between $50 and $150. Needless to say, you won’t be shelling out too much money to have your extensions removed. (Far cheaper than the installation!)

There are three key things to consider.

1. The Salon

Some salons simply charge more than others. For example, I got the same hair color done at two different salons, and the price difference was almost $100. (Spoiler alert – I actually liked the lower-priced hair color better. Who’d have thought?)

That said, if you want to find the best price, you might consider checking out several salons for hair extension removal. Double-check with reviews and certifications before trying out a new, cheaper salon. As the old saying goes, “You get what you paid for.”

2. The Extension Method

Another thing to take into consideration is the type of extensions you have. Some extensions are easier to remove than others. For instance, tape-ins are more straightforward and will take less time than the more complicated sew-ins.

So, if the hairstylist charges $50 per hour, you might pay $50 (plus tip) for tape-in removal or $100 (plus tip) for sew-ins. 

3. Number of Extensions

Lastly, think about how many hair extensions you have installed. The more extensions are installed, the longer it will take for your hairstylist to remove them, which means you might pay more in the long run.

How to Remove Hair Extensions At Home

If you don’t want to spend your afternoon in the salon chair and would rather spend your money on upcoming DoorDash or GrubHub food deliveries, then you’ll be happy to know that you can remove your hair extensions at home.

However, you must be careful when removing your own hair extensions. Things can go haywire, and you can end up with damage ranging from minimal to severe.

That’s why I recommend getting them professionally removed – you know, to stay on the safe side. Yet, I totally understand that you might prefer DIY methods to save a few bucks.

That said, here’s a quick lowdown on how to remove hair extensions at home.

1. Tape-In Removal

Removing tape-ins is relatively easy. You can try using ingredients on hand, such as coconut oil, conditioner, or even peanut butter. But purchasing actual tape-in remover will render premier results. Here’s how to do it.

  • Apply the oil solution to the tapes.
  • Peel the tapes apart gently, one side at a time.
  • Apply a bit more oil to the area. 
  • Use a pintail comb to remove any leftover residue.
  • Continue until all tape-ins are removed.
  • Rinse with a clarifying shampoo and follow up with your preferred conditioner or hair mask.

Here’s a great video showing how it’s done:

2. Sew-In Removal

Removing sew-in (braided) hair extensions will be wildly tricky to do on your own. That’s because you must cut the stitches, avoiding your natural strands, which can be challenging as you’re unable to see the back of your head correctly.

My suggestion is to recruit the help of a friend or loved one. They can use scissors to cut through the stitches. Once the stitches are cut, you can gently pull the weft from the braid. Then, work to remove the braid from your natural tresses.

This may not sound very clear, but it’s actually relatively simple. This video shows exactly how to do it:

3. Micro-Ring Removal

In order to successfully remove micro-ring (micro-bread) hair extensions, you’ll need a pair of pliers. But don’t rush off to your tool chest. You need specialty hair pliers designed to apply and remove micro-rings from hair.

Once you have your handy dandy hair pliers, you can start the removal process:

  • Section your natural strands away from the hair extensions.
  • Hold the root of your natural strands with two fingers right above the ring.
  • Use the pliers to squeeze in the opposite direction.
  • Once the ring has popped open, you can gently slide it down your locks.
  • Repeat until all micro-ring extensions are removed.
  • Wash your hair and apply a conditioning treatment to revive your mane.

This lovely lady shows how easy it is to remove micro-ring extensions:

4. Keratin Removal

Removing keratin hair extensions is relatively simple, too, yet it’s one of the more time-consuming processes. The key is to remember that “slow and steady wins the race.” Rushing the procedure can lead to extensive damage.

You’ll need the same pliers mentioned above to remove keratin hair extensions. You can also purchase a special keratin glue remover to ensure the extensions slide right off. 

  • (Optional) Apply the keratin glue remover to the adhesive.
  • Use the pliers to squeeze the bonds in the opposite direction gently.
  • Continue squeezing until the bond loosens up.
  • Grip your roots with two fingers, then slide the hair extension off delicately.
  • Wash your locks with clarifying shampoo, followed by a conditioner or hair mask.

For my visual babes, here’s a top-notch vid to check out:


Hair extension removal shouldn’t cost you more than $100, but it all depends on your salon and what extensions/how many extensions you have. Want to learn more? Here are a couple of exciting FAQs I found on the net.

How long does it take to get hair extensions removed?

A professional hairstylist will need one or two hours to remove extensions. It all depends on their experience level, how many extensions are being removed, and what method was used to install the extensions. If you remove them at home, it may take longer.

Is it hard to take out hair extensions?

Some extensions are more difficult to take out than others. For instance, removing tape-ins is somewhat simple, but removing sew-ins and micro-rings is more challenging. Regardless, the key is to be patient and remove with extreme caution to avoid potential damage.

What do you do with your hair after taking out extensions?

The best thing you can do after taking your hair extensions out is to let your mane breathe for a bit. I.e., don’t run off to get new extensions put in right away. During this waiting period, moisturize your locks using conditioner, leave-in conditioners, and hair masks. 

It Doesn’t Cost Too Much to Remove Hair Extensions

Hair extension removal is relatively cheap and should never cost more than $150. The price will depend on the salon you attend, how many extensions you have installed, and which application method was used to install the extensions. You can also consider removing them (for free) at home!

How much do you pay to have your hair extensions removed? What do you think is a reasonable price for removal? Have you ever removed your own hair extensions? Answer in the comment section!

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