7 Must-Dos: Before, During and After Your Hair Extension Removal

So, it’s been a while since you've started rocking your fabulous semi-permanent hair extensions, but sadly, it’s time to remove them. Luckily, Showpony hair extensions give you the freedom to switch up your hairstyle anytime you want.

The process of removing semi-permanent hair extensions can sometimes be a bit tricky and must always be done by a professional stylist.

There are a few things you need to remember before, during and after removing your hair extensions. Follow these steps to ensure your natural hair remains healthy and undamaged.

Photo: Shelby Green @shelbygreen10 wearing Silver Blonde (11NG).

1. Preparation

Before we get on to the things you should do when removing your hair extensions, a good routine that will prevent natural hair damage starts "before" the removal. Let's briefly discuss first how you should prepare your natural hair before starting your hair extension removal.

Before your appointment, make sure your hair is in good condition. It should be free from buildup and oil caused by hairspray and other hair styling products. We recommend using Showpony Shampoo to wash it thoroughly. Shampooing your hair also helps calm your scalp, avoiding irreversible damage and breakage of your natural hair.

2. Be Patient

Take as much time as you can during your hair extension removal. Remember that anything you put on your natural hair for a long time can cause irritation due to buildup, itchiness, and new hair growth. With the correct technique and products, tape hair extensions are quite easy for your stylist to remove. We recommend using Showpony Tape Remover to lift the adhesive and gently remove the tape weft from your natural hair. You can also use Showpony Residue Remover to get rid of any remaining residue that may be present.  

After you've removed your hair extensions, here are your next steps.

3. Untangle Your Hair

It's normal for your hair to shed a little after your hair extension removal. Run your fingers through your hair to untangle it before using a detangling brush or comb. Using your fingers to comb your hair will prevent you from pulling it and causing any unnecessary damage. After you've finished detangling with your fingers, comb your hair with a Paddle Brush or broad comb.

4. Moisturise

Apply a moisturising conditioner to your hair – Showpony Strength & Shine Conditioner is perfect for this! After soaking your hair with conditioner, you can comb it. Begin combing from the top and gently work your way down. Allow the conditioner to sit on the hair for a few minutes before rinsing.

To keep your hair hydrated, you should condition thoroughly each time your hair is washed. Once your hair extensions are removed, why not let your stylist treat you to a hair care treatment or recommend a care routine that’s best for you.

5. Trim Those Ends

To avoid developing split ends, have your stylist trim your ends. Although split ends are uncommon when using hair extensions, it's important to have your stylist evaluate your hair and decide whether or not it’s a good idea to do a little tidy up of your locks.

6. Let it Breathe

We know… it's tempting to put hair extensions back in place as soon as you take them out. However, it’s critical to give your hair some time to rest.

Allow your scalp and hair to breathe for a few minutes, this will keep your scalp and hairline happy and healthy. If you feel lost without your Showpony hair extensions, ask your stylist for some trendy styling tips.

7. Have a Routine

No matter the condition of your natural hair, it’s important to have a healthy hair care routine. Make sure you're using the right hair products and accessories for your particular hair type. For your Showpony hair extensions, it’s a good idea to stick to products that are specially formulated to be used with them!  

Need advice on how to care for your Showpony hair extensions correctly? Our friendly Customer Service team are always happy to help!

Hair Shedding

Don't be alarmed when you see a little bit of hair fall during your hair extension removal process. This is normal since your natural hair didn't go through the typical shedding process, so a small amount of hair may fall out after removing the extensions. 

However, if you think the amount of hair shedding is more than usual, this might be due to overly tight hair extensions, not hair loss.

Hair extension removal is an essential process that most people overlook, yet it is critical to remove extensions properly. It's essential to go to a hair salon that specialises in extensions and have the extensions removed by a professional. Your stylist will be able to check your hair and advise you on how to care for it.