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How to Take Out a Sew in

Hey there! Ready to learn how to take out a sew in? Well, you've come to the right place!

In this article, I'll guide you through the step-by-step process of removing a sew in with ease and care. We'll cover everything from preparing your tools to detangling your hair afterwards.

So, grab your scissors and let's get started! Trust me, by the end of this, you'll be a pro at taking out sew ins.

Let's dive in, shall we?

Key Takeaways

  • Gather the necessary tools and materials for sew-in removal, including scissors, a comb or brush, a spray bottle, and a mirror or helper.
  • Work in a comfortable and well-lit area, starting from the bottom and working your way up when removing stitches.
  • Use proper scissor technique and be gentle to avoid damage to the fabric and hair extensions.
  • Understand the difference between unraveling and cutting, and choose the method that best suits the condition of the sew-in.

Preparing Your Tools

Now it's time to gather your tools and get ready to take out your sew in. Taking out a sew in can be a bit tedious, but with the right tools and technique, it can be a breeze.

The first tool you'll need is a pair of sharp scissors. These will come in handy for cutting any thread or elastic bands that are securing the sew in. Make sure the scissors are sharp to ensure clean and precise cuts.

Next, you'll want to have a wide-tooth comb or a detangling brush. This will help you gently loosen any tangles or knots in your hair without causing damage. Start by combing through the hair from the ends to the roots, working your way up.

To make the process easier, it's also helpful to have a spray bottle filled with water or a detangling solution. Spritzing the hair with water will add moisture and make it more pliable, making it easier to remove the sew in.

Lastly, you'll need a mirror or someone to assist you. It's important to have a clear view of what you're doing to avoid any accidental snips or tugs. If you have a friend or family member who can help, they can provide an extra set of eyes and hands to make the process smoother.

Now that you have all your tools ready, you're prepared to take out your sew in. Remember to take your time and be gentle with your hair to avoid any unnecessary damage. With the right tools and technique, you'll have your sew in removed in no time.

Loosening the Stitches

To begin loosening the stitches in a sew-in, you'll want to gently untangle the thread. It's important to approach this process with care to avoid damaging your natural hair or the extensions.

Here are a few steps to help you effectively loosen the stitches and remove your sew-in:

  • Find a comfortable and well-lit area: Set up a space where you can work comfortably. Having good lighting will make it easier to see the stitches and ensure you don't miss any.

  • Use a seam ripper or small scissors: These tools are essential for removing the stitches. A seam ripper has a small, sharp hook that can easily slide under the stitches, while small scissors provide more precision.

  • Start from the bottom: Begin by locating the last stitch at the nape of your neck. Gently slide the seam ripper or scissors under the stitch and carefully cut or lift it. Then, work your way up, removing each stitch one by one.

  • Be patient and gentle: Take your time and avoid rushing the process. Tugging or pulling forcefully can cause hair breakage or discomfort. Instead, use a gentle touch and work with small sections at a time.

Remember, taking out a sew-in requires patience and attentiveness. If you encounter any difficulties or are unsure about the process, it's best to seek professional help to avoid any potential damage.

Cutting the Thread

When it comes to cutting the thread, it's important to use proper scissor technique to ensure clean and precise cuts. This not only helps in removing the stitches effectively but also prevents any potential damage to the fabric.

Additionally, it's crucial to understand the difference between unraveling and cutting the thread, as each technique has its own advantages and considerations.

Proper Scissor Technique

Using proper scissor technique is essential when taking out a sew in. As someone who has been in the hair industry for years, I have learned the importance of precision and care when removing sew ins. Here are a few tips to help you master the art of scissor technique:

  • Hold the scissors correctly: Position your index finger and thumb in the holes of the scissors for maximum control.

  • Cut in small sections: This ensures that you don't accidentally cut your own hair or damage the extensions.

  • Avoid cutting too close to the scalp: Leave a small amount of space between the scissors and the scalp to prevent any accidents.

  • Use sharp scissors: Dull scissors can cause uneven cuts and make the process more difficult.

Avoid Damaging the Fabric

Avoid cutting too close to the scalp, as this can potentially damage the fabric. When removing a sew-in, it's important to handle the process with care to preserve the quality and longevity of the hair extensions. To make it easier for you, I have created a table below that outlines the steps involved in taking out a sew-in. By following these steps, you can safely and effectively remove the sew-in without causing any harm to the fabric or your natural hair. Remember, taking your time and being gentle is key to avoid any unnecessary damage. Trust me, I've been through this process many times and have learned the best techniques to ensure a smooth removal. So, let's get started and take out that sew-in gracefully!

Step Description
1 Detangle the hair using a wide-tooth comb
2 Locate the thread or knot securing the wefts
3 Carefully cut the thread or knot using scissors
4 Gently unravel the wefts from your natural hair

Unraveling Versus Cutting

It's important to understand the difference between unraveling and cutting when removing a sew-in.

Unraveling involves carefully undoing the stitches that hold the extensions in place, while cutting involves snipping the threads or tracks to remove the hair.

Here are a few key points to consider:

  • Unraveling is a safer method as it minimizes the risk of damaging your natural hair.

  • Cutting may be quicker, but it can lead to hair breakage or uneven results.

  • Unraveling allows you to preserve the extensions for future use, saving you money in the long run.

  • Cutting is best suited for situations where the sew-in is severely tangled or damaged.

Removing the Weft

To start removing the weft, you'll need to carefully cut the thread holding it in place. This step is crucial in taking out a sew-in because it allows you to remove the weft without damaging your natural hair or the extensions. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to remove the weft properly.

First, gather all the necessary tools. You'll need a pair of sharp scissors or a seam ripper, a comb, and some patience. Find a comfortable and well-lit area where you can work undisturbed.

Next, locate the thread that is holding the weft in place. It is usually sewn along the cornrow tracks. Carefully cut the thread, making sure not to cut your own hair. Take your time and be gentle to avoid any accidents.

Once the thread is cut, you can start unraveling the weft. Use your fingers or a comb to gently separate the weft from your natural hair. Take it slow and be mindful of any tangles or knots. If you encounter any stubborn knots, use a detangling spray or conditioner to make the process easier.

Continue unraveling the weft until it is completely removed. Take this opportunity to inspect your natural hair and scalp for any damage or issues. If you notice any problems, such as breakage or scalp irritation, make sure to address them before installing a new sew-in.

Removing the weft can be a tedious process, but with the right tools and technique, you can do it safely and efficiently. Take your time, be gentle, and remember to take care of your natural hair throughout the process.

Detangling the Hair

Now that the weft has been removed, it's time to move on to the next step in taking out a sew-in: detangling the hair. Detangling can be a bit of a challenge, especially if the hair has been in a sew-in for a while. But with the right tools and techniques, it can be done smoothly and without causing too much damage to the hair.

To detangle the hair after removing a sew-in, here are a few steps you can follow:

  • Start by spraying a detangling solution or leave-in conditioner onto the hair. This will help soften the hair and make it easier to comb through.

  • Use a wide-toothed comb or a detangling brush to gently comb through the hair, starting from the ends and working your way up to the roots. Be sure to be gentle and patient, as forcing through tangles can lead to breakage.

  • If you encounter any stubborn knots or tangles, try applying a little bit of hair oil or serum to the area and use your fingers to carefully loosen the knot before combing through.

  • Once you've detangled the entire head of hair, give it a final comb through to ensure all tangles have been removed. You can also use a paddle brush to smooth out any remaining kinks or snags.

Post-Removal Care

After removing the sew-in, you'll want to focus on caring for your hair to restore its health and vitality. Taking out a sew-in can be exciting, but it's important to remember that your hair may need some extra TLC afterwards.

The first step is to gently detangle your hair using a wide-toothed comb or your fingers. Start from the ends and work your way up to prevent breakage.

Once your hair is detangled, it's time to give it a deep conditioning treatment. This will help restore moisture and nourish your strands. Choose a deep conditioner that is specifically formulated for your hair type and apply it generously from root to tip. Massage it in and leave it on for at least 30 minutes, or longer if possible. For an extra boost, you can cover your hair with a shower cap or plastic bag to trap in heat and enhance the conditioning process.

After rinsing out the deep conditioner, it's important to follow up with a moisturizing shampoo. Look for a shampoo that is sulfate-free and gentle on your hair. Massage it into your scalp and work it through your hair, focusing on the roots and any areas that may have product buildup. Rinse thoroughly to remove all traces of the shampoo.

To lock in moisture and prevent breakage, it's essential to moisturize and seal your hair. Apply a leave-in conditioner or moisturizer and seal it in with a light oil or butter. This will help keep your hair hydrated and protected throughout the day.

In addition to the immediate post-removal care, it's important to continue with a regular hair care routine. This includes washing and conditioning your hair regularly, avoiding excessive heat and styling, and protecting your hair while sleeping. Taking these steps will help restore your hair's health and vitality after removing a sew-in.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Does It Take to Remove a Sew-In?

It usually takes me about 30-45 minutes to remove a sew-in. I carefully unravel the braids and gently cut the thread. It's important to take your time to avoid damaging your natural hair.

Can I Reuse the Hair Weft After Removing It?

Yes, you can reuse the hair weft after removing it. It's like finding a hidden treasure in your closet - you can transform it into a whole new look and save some money too!

Is It Necessary to Wash the Hair After Removing the Sew-In?

Yes, it is necessary to wash the hair after removing the sew-in. This helps to remove any residue or build-up from products used during the installation and ensures the hair is clean and ready to be reused or stored.

Can I Remove a Sew-In by Myself or Should I Seek Professional Help?

I can definitely remove a sew-in by myself, but seeking professional help ensures a safer and more effective removal. It's important to consider the potential damage and the expertise required for proper removal.

How Often Should I Remove and Reinstall My Sew-In for the Health of My Natural Hair?

For the health of my natural hair, I should remove and reinstall my sew-in every 6-8 weeks. This allows my scalp to breathe, prevents breakage, and gives my hair a chance to recover.


Removing a sew-in may seem daunting, but with the right tools and technique, it can be done smoothly. By loosening the stitches, cutting the thread, and carefully removing the weft, you can safely take out a sew-in without damaging your hair.

Remember to detangle your hair and give it some post-removal care to keep it healthy.

So, why wait? Take out your sew-in and enjoy the freedom of your natural hair. Who knows what styles you'll try next?


Challenging traditional beauty norms, I explore the evolving world of gender-inclusive skincare and cosmetics. Together, we'll redefine beauty standards, celebrating self-expression and embracing products that cater to all identities and preferences.

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