Check out my previous post on how I prepped my hair for the "take down"
First let me review that method. I don't think it is necessary to deep condition your hair before you take down the extensions.I religiously moisturised my hair while I was wearing extensions, so there was no need for the deep conditioning. After taking out the extensions, my hair was not exceptionally soft but it was not dry either. My hair and scalp were very clean especially since I deep conditioned and rinsed the day before.
Now, onto the actual process of taking out extensions, it took me about 6 hours because I was being very gentle. I had a lot of shed hair (had my hair hidden away for two months!!!). I experienced some breakage in about 4 sections of hair and they were all around my edges and back. Despite the fact that the parts were made big, it was VERY necessary for me to take out the braids around the edges and redo them every two to three weeks. However, I did not do that. The result? My hair, around the edges especially, (I guess due to the thinness of that area)was so matted together. I could have saved some hair if I let those sections soak in oil for a while and used a pin tail to carefully take the shed hair out. Like stated above, it was not a lot of breakage, so I am not crying..LOL
For some reason, conditioners do not work on my matted hair. Only oils do. At first, I started used Qhemet Biologics Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee to remove the shed hair and detangle each section, but it seemed like my hair was coiling up more and detangling was like pulling tooth. So, I opted for the use of oil, Olive oil in this case. Detangling became a breeze once I started using olive oil. By the time I was done, my hair was so weighed down but it was okay because I had to cleanse and detoxify my hair anyway. I still added conditioner and to help me in the process of removing shed hair. As pictured above, I left my hair twisted in 8 sections under a plastic cap and called it a night.
My Review of wearing Extensions
Yes, I will do it again. I believe in protective styling. My hair is fine and breaks easily. It fares well when it is left alone (excessive styling breaks my hair). No, I will not go to a stylist again. I think I have gained more than enough confidence to do my own hair. This way, I can redo my edges every two weeks or so.
Some people complain of itchy scalp, I did not experience that at all, probably because I washed my hair every two weeks, and oiled my scalp regularly. However, my hair was shrunk up when I took the extensions out.