Reverse DIY: How to Remove A Hair Wrap
You know how they say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas? Well, that would be true for me (Vegas being my best friend's graduation party on Long Island) if it weren't for the hair wrap I drunkenly decided was a great idea to get at the time.
So, with my decision-making skills temporarily impaired and sentiments heavy (I mean, who doesn't get nostalgic around graduation?) I decided to let my impossibly gorgeous boho friend wrap my hair.
But wait—you haven't even heard the best part yet. See, not only did I decide to let her wrap my hair, I chose the more advanced 'Chinese Staircase' hair-wrapping technique. The difference? While most Carribbean vacationers come home with some cotton string intricately woven in circles around a strand of hair, I have cotton string intricately woven and knotted around mine.
Great idea, right? Nope. I woke up the next morning, looked in the mirror, and felt more shame than an actual walk of shame.
But how do you get a massive knotted wrap out of your hair without performing follicular amputation?
Naturally I went searching for answers, because while a colorful strand of tied up thread may fly in the Carribbean, it doesn't necessarily work too well on the stone-cold streets of Manhattan.
Here's what I found:
1. Use a seam ripper: Pretty self explanatory. First cut the beads at the bottom, above the knot. Then, take a seam ripper and carefully rip each strand. If you are like me and have a Chinese staircase wrap, this is going to take a lot longer than a regular wrap since people with regular wraps only have to rip the knots at the top of each section, as opposed to the hundreds of knots that make up a staircase stitch. However, you need to be careful, because apparently you can rip your hair too, and then you may as well have just cut the entire thing off.
2. Cut with cuticle or nail scissors: Pretty much the same theory as above, cut the wrap little by little after you've initially chopped off the bead on the bottom, but again, be careful because you don't want to accidentally cut off the entire patch of hair.
3. Soak in conditioner for God knows how long: Apparently, you can soak the wrap in conditioner—or mayonnaise (!), says the internet (Ed Note: Don't do it)—for a non-specified very long time, and the threads will eventually loosen so that you can simply slide them off.
4. Cut your losses, literally: While everyone has warned against this, if all else fails you can just chop the darned thing off. Better luck next time?
For a visual, check out this mom's removal that combines steps one and two: