How to Take Out Your Braids Fast and Easy

Taking braids out fast

Braids are a popular hairstyle that can last for weeks, even months with proper care. They are a great protective style for natural hair, and they can be styled in many different ways. However, taking out braids can be a time-consuming and sometimes painful process. In this article, we will share some tips and tricks on how to take out braids fast without damaging your hair.

How to Take Out Braids Fast: Tips and Tricks for Easy Removal

Taking out braids fast  is a real flex especially if it is done properly and here are a couple of tips to make the braid removal process a fast one:

1. Get the right tools

Before you start taking out your braids, it’s important to have the right tools on hand. You’ll need a pair of sharp scissors, a detangling brush or wide-tooth comb, a rat-tailed comb, a spray bottle with water, hair oil or conditioner, detangling spray, and hair ties or clips to keep your hair organized. 

Types of combs for black hair

Removing braids can sometimes be a messy process, but there are some tips that can make it more manageable. Firstly, consider removing the braids before taking a bath or shower to prevent loose hair and scalp particles from spreading.

The next helpful tip is to drape a towel around your upper body to protect your clothes from any hair debris. To minimize the mess further, sit on a mat or place a piece of material on the floor surrounding you to catch any stray hair.

Now this is our favorite tip; to make the process more enjoyable and maintain patience, try taking out your braids while watching your favorite TV show or something entertaining. These will definitely help make the task of removing your braids a smoother and more enjoyable experience.

2. Divide your hair into sections

Dividing your hair into sections is crucial to taking out braids fast. Start by dividing your hair into four or six sections, depending on the size of your braids. Use hair ties to secure each section, making sure that they are not too tight. This will make it easier for you to focus on one section at a time and prevent your hair from getting tangled.

3. Cut the extensions before unravelling

Taking braid out quickly
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If you have braids with extensions, it’s best to cut them short instead of trying to unravel them whole. Use your hair scissors to carefully cut the extensions close to your natural hair length. Make sure that you are not cutting your natural hair in the process.

Oftentimes, you should be able to trace where your natural hair length ends on each braid. But if you’re unsure, ask someone to help you!

Fun fact: Sometimes, after cutting my braids, they look like a whole new hairstyle. I once cut my braids and carried them for one extra week! To prevent cut braids from unravelling, simply use rubber bands to hold the tip. I also cleaned my scalp and trimmed the frizz to make it look newish.

Once you have cut off all the extensions and unravelled them, you can move on to the next section.

4. Use a detangling spray

Spray each section of hair with a detangling spray to make it easier to comb out and unravel. A conditioner, hair oil, or giving a spritz of water are the multiple choice available if a detangling spray isn’t within your reach.

Let the spray sit for a few minutes to soften the hair. You can make your detangling spray by mixing water and a leave-in conditioner in a spray bottle.

5. Use your fingers or rat-tailed comb

Use your fingers to separate each braid. Start at the bottom of each braid and gently pull apart each section. A rat-tailed comb makes the process quicker and more efficient.

Begin at the bottom of the braid and hold it firmly with one hand. With the other hand, insert the rat comb near the ends of the braid. Gently and slowly work the comb downwards through the braid, starting from the bottom and moving upwards.

Be cautious not to pull or tug on your hair to prevent breakage. If you encounter any knots or tangles, use your fingers to separate them before continuing with the comb. Repeat this process for each section until you have unraveled all the box braids, ensuring you’re gentle and patient throughout.

6. Detangle your hair

Using a wide-tooth comb, gently comb a section of hair starting from the ends and working your way up to the roots. This will help to remove any knots or tangles in your hair. If you encounter a knot that cannot be combed out, use your hair scissors to carefully cut it out.

7. Wash and condition your hair

Once you have taken out all of your braids, it’s important to wash and condition your hair to remove any dirt or buildup. Use a clarifying shampoo to remove any product buildup and follow up with a deep conditioning treatment to nourish your hair. This will help to restore moisture to your hair and prevent breakage and damage.

8. Let your hair air dry

After washing and conditioning your hair, it’s best to let it air dry to prevent damage from heat styling tools. If you must use a blow dryer, use a diffuser attachment and set it to low heat. Avoid using a high heat setting, as this can cause damage to your hair.

It’s important to be gentle when taking out braids to prevent damage to your hair. Do not pull or tug on your hair, as this can cause breakage and damage. If you encounter a knot or tangle, gently work it out with your wide-tooth comb or hair scissors.

Benefits of Taking Out Braids Fast

  • Saves Time: If the braids can be taken out quickly, it can save time for both the person who wore the braids and the person who is removing them. This is especially beneficial when the braids are removed from children, who may be more prone to fidgeting or becoming restless during the removal process.
  • Reduces discomfort: Braids can cause discomfort or even pain if left in for too long. If the braids are taken out quickly, it can help reduce discomfort and minimize the risk of headaches, scalp tenderness, or even hair breakage that can be caused by wearing tight braids for an extended period.
  • Allows for styling flexibility: Once the braids are removed, the hair can be styled in a variety of ways.
  • Prevents damage to the hair: If the braids are left in for too long or are removed improperly, they can cause damage to the hair, such as breakage or split ends. If the braids are taken out quickly and with care, it can help prevent this type of damage and keep the hair healthy.

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