Monday, 26 December 2011

Removing Yarn Braids

Hi all and Happy New Year!! 

It's that time! Yarn braid removal! 

I wore my yarn braids for 8 weeks, having installed them on October 15th. I started the removal on December 16th and finished on the 22nd of December.

I initially thought removal was going to be quick and easy, but I was wrong. I didn't spend most of the day removing the braids, just hours here and there, but it took longer than I expected. My first take down was quite quick - it was for a day or two with breaks and errands inbetween. 

Anyhow, taking down yarn braids requires care and caution because you could cause breakage to your hair if you don't remove them properly. 

Tools you may need:

  •  Scissors
  • Conditioner of choice (mine was Dr. Organic Manuka Honey Conditioner) 
  • Spray bottle with water 
Optional items may include: ponytail holders or sectioning clips

I mixed the left over conditioner with some water and put it in the spray bottle. I used the spray bottle to spritz my hair and the yarn braids to provide some extra slip so that the yarn can be removed easily.

To save time, it is best to cut off a section of the yarn where your hair is not present. Here I grabbed a braid and try to cut about 1/2 inch away from my actual hair. This saves time. Also since the yarn is burned at the end, it is much easier to cut the end off because unraveling that will take a lot of time. 

The bit of yarn cut... you can dispose of it. 


When removing the yarn braids, I tend to unravel the braids or unbraid them (I find this the easiest and fastest method). However, if you don't know which bit of yarn your hair has been braided with, removing yarn braids can be quite difficult. Mostly because your own hair can get tangled with the yarn, making unraveling the braid almost impossible. It is very important to be patient at this point. Try grabbing a string of yarn above the tangle and pull it out to help make the untangling process easier. The tangles you may face makes the process more time consuming but it is better than doing damage to your hair. 

After removing the yarn you can then finger or comb detangle the sections and twist/braid them together until all the yarn braids have been removed. After the removal, you can proceed to either shampooing, cowashing or deep conditioning, depending on your hair and scalp needs. 

A few things which you may face is a snapping sound when unravelling. Since yarn is a fibre, the snapping sound may occur as you are unravelling and separating the fibres. If you have very fine hair, you may find it difficult to differentiate between the yarn and your hair itself. It is therefore important to stay patient and use other tools such as a mirror or ask someone else to help you in the removal. 

The process of removing and sometimes installing yarn braids can take time. But I find that the benefits of wearing yarn braids outweighs the negatives because it is such a lightweight style and your hair stays in good condition (provided you stay on top of your regimen. This is why I'll be doing them again very soon.

Happy hair journey ^o^