How to Remove Taped Hair Extensions At Home

With lockdown in full swing, many of us ladies are struggling to maintain our usual beauty routines without our regular trips to the salon for our favorite professional treatments.

Hair extensions are relatively difficult to maintain in general as they require a lot of care and commitment to ensure they remain in good condition. What hair extensions also require is regular ‘move-ups’ as your natural hair grows or the extensions naturally slide down. Extension move-ups are usually done by a qualified hairdresser. When the period between your move-up dates is relatively long, it is often easier to remove the extensions completely, which is what many of you are turning to during quarantine!

Here’s how to safely and effectively remove your taped hair extensions yourself, from the comfort of your home.

What you will need: 

  1. A tailcomb
  2. Bond remover


First, you need to drench the tape bonds with the tape remover. You can get the Salon Pro 30 Sec Super Hair Bond Remover, one of the most widely-used bond removers on the market, from Amazon. Let the solution slide in between the bonds and sit for approximately one minute.


Once the minute is up, gently rub the extension tape to start the take off process. Peel back the tape that starts coming loose. If you find that the extensions are stuck, apply more remover and rub. You can also use the tip of your tailcomb to carefully slide in between the tape to help release and separate them. Grab a pack of the steel-tipped tail combs that make it easier to get into tight spaces to pry the tape apart.


To fully move the extensions, you shouldn’t need to pull on them. You must be very careful throughout the removal process to avoid any damage. Continue adding remover and drenching the bonds until the extensions slide out.


Once you have successfully removed your tape extensions, you may find there is still some adhesive residue remaining. To remove, use an oil-based product or coconut oil to nourish the hair and scalp and eliminate any leftover adhesive. You can also douse residue and any remaining tape with Walker Tape 12.0 oz Spray C-22 Adhesive Solvent to further get rid of any remnants.

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