How to Remove the Glue From a Weave

by Daina Galante ; Updated September 28, 2017

Hair extensions offer a way for you to make your own hair appear thicker and longer. Gluing them in ensures a quick way to "grow" your hair, with the option to remove whenever. The glue is strong enough to hold the weave to your scalp, which is why the glue sometimes remains in both your scalp and the track of the extension. There are ways to safely remove the glue without jeopardizing hair loss or losing the integrity of the weave.

Removing Glue From a Weave Off Your Scalp

Massage olive oil in to your scalp targeting spots where the glue is condensed.

Allow the oil to soak into the scalp for about an hour. This will soften the hold of the glue, loosening it from the scalp.

Rinse your hair.

Apply conditioner, coating the scalp. Leave the conditioner on the hair and begin to comb the hair making sure to drag the comb across sections of the scalp where the glue is. The teeth of the comb should be gently pulling at the glue, hard enough to separate it, but soft enough as to not pull the hair from the root.

Continue to comb out the glue from the scalp and them combing out the strands so that the glue becomes removed. You may need to continue to condition the scalp and comb until completely removed. Rinse out completely.

Removing Glue From the Actual Weave Track

Apply oil to the track where excessive glue has built up. Allow this to set over night, or at least an hour, to allow the moisture to break up the glue.

Pull at the glue with the teeth or end pick of the comb. Scrape the moistened glue with the points of the comb, pushing the loose glue away from the track.

Add more oil or conditioner to the weave track where the glue is. You may need to add water to the weave as well, to dampen the glue and encourage the conditioner and oil to separate it.

Comb out the glue from the track, scraping the glue and removing clumps.

Wash the weave and re-do until all glue is removed from track.


  • You can soak your hair overnight with water and conditioner, because the moisture will dilute the glue's stickiness. Having other people help you to get the glue out of the back layers of your head will make the task quicker and easier. You can also use the pointy end of the comb to remove tough or very stuck glue from both the scalp and the weave itself.

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About the Author

Daina Galante began writing professionally in 2009. Her work has been published in the book, "One Word!" and she has won contests and has been published through the Rutgers University English department. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English from Rutgers, where she is also pursuing her Master of Education in English education.