Undoing extension box braids can be incredibly arduous and tiring, if you’re undoing your own hair. When it comes to box braids, I usually undo my own hair without anyone else helping. This needs a relaxed state of mind on my part and a free day, so my patience is not tested and I end up with damaged hair.
The takedown stage of box braids is a crucial stage of trying to make sure that the hair growth attained is retained and that no damage is done to the hair that was being protected.
This is what I do when I’m undoing my extension box braids:
- Get a free day, a few good movies, some pillows and cushions to be as relaxed as possible
- Spray my braids and my own hair with a detangling mix spritz until my hair is damp – I use about a fifth aloe vera juice, a few drops of extra virgin olive oil/coconut oil, about a quarter light conditioner and the rest water
- Then depending on the length of the braids, I cut of the ends about 3 inches below where my hair is, then undo the braids using my hands to unravel and pull off the braid when it’s loose enough.
- With each extension braid off, I make sure I detangle the ‘box’ part of my hair, remove whatever buildup is in the hair. DON’T just pull out a knot, make sure the section is undid, using more oil and the spritz if necessary. (THIS STAGE IS KEY! )
- Undo all the box braids, putting all the undone parts in larger twisted sections
- Just go steady at a leisurely relaxed pace until it is all undone
- Do note that you will likely have a lot of shed hair, it’s the perks that come with having hair in a protected style for a while.
There isn’t much to it, just PATIENCE and MAKING SURE TO DETANGLE PROPERLY.
After undoing my hair, I usually detangle again in the bigger sections, then wash my hair, condition my hair with a protein conditioner and a moisturising treatment. Then figure out how I’ll style my hair.
Honestly, I prefer undoing my hair to getting my hair done though. The excitement of seeing my hair after a few weeks and new hair growth does the trick.