How to Take Out Soft Locs: 3 Easy Ways!

In this article, we will tell you how to take out soft locs without cutting your hair.

Soft locs is a distinct style of faux locs that requires a specific installation and synthetic hair extension type. They get their name because of their soft texture. Soft locs make faux locs look more natural.

It also makes your scalp tension-free and allows for movement. Soft locs are generally designed to be worn around very long hair. They also give their wearer a lot of freedom to style.

In order to create soft locs, hair is braided into appropriate portions till the ends. Then wavy hair extensions are wrapped around the natural braid after securing it at the base to give the hair length and volume.

When done properly, soft locs can look like natural hair. On the other hand, faux locs are painstakingly crocheted into the lengths of your natural hair.

How to Take Out Soft Locs
How to Take Out Soft Locs

3 Easy Ways to Remove Soft Locs Without Cutting Them

1) Moisturize Your Hair

By moisturizing your hair as you remove your soft locs, you are not only able to remove the extensions easily but also moisturize your hair along the way, maintain its length, and also prevent breakouts. All you need to do is-

  • Combine conditioner and water in a spray bottle.
  • Cut the ends of the soft locs. By making sure that your soft locs are a little longer than your natural hair then you are not at risk of cutting your hair.
  • After cutting the ends of the soft locs, slowly start to unwrap the extensions around your hair.
  • In order to avoid tangling, soften your hair with the mixture in the spray bottle.
  • Remove one extension at a time and oil the braids as you move along to the next braid. This keeps your hair from getting dried out.

2) The Knotted Method

If your hair is knotted, then this technique of removing soft hair locs is appropriate for you. All you need to do is:

  • Starting from the base of the soft hair loc, twist the braid in the opposite direction from how the spring twist hair was coiled.
  • Establish a good grip on your hair by unraveling the hair extensions until you can reach your own hair.
  • Start pulling your natural hair gently out of the wrapped hair.
  • Once you have got your braid out of the way, hold to the part of the wrapping hair and cut it off with scissors after ensuring your natural hair is out of the way. Or if you wish to use the wrapping hair again, you can not cut it and carefully unbraid your natural hair.  
  • Once the soft locs are out of your hair, then you can start removing the remaining hair from the base of your braid.

Also read: How to Take Out Butterfly Locs

3) The Straightforward Method

The straightforward method of removing hair extension is considered the easiest way of removing soft locs without cutting your natural hair. Although this method of removing hair takes a long time, it doesn’t cause as much harm to your natural hair as the other two.  All you need to do is-

  • Cut the ends of each soft loc.
  • Start tugging on your hair to loosen the grip of the wrapped hair and gently untangle it.
  • It is optional to detangle or moisturize your hair but many people wait until all of the wrapping hair is removed before they do so.

Tips to Maintain Soft Locs

Many hairstylists say that for easy removal of hair wraps and extensions, it is important that you take care of your hair before and after installation.

  • Moisturize and hydrate your hair- Once soft locs have been installed in your hair, use oils to massage your scalp and roots. Regularly moisturising and hydrating your locs will make your roots stronger.
  •  Clean your locs regularly- Shampooing doesn’t necessarily clean your locs. However, your scalp does require a rinse every so often to reduce build-up. You can use a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water on your scalp once every week to get rid of sebum, sweat, and dirt build-up.
  •  Nighttime routine- You can avoid picking up dust and lint by covering your hair in a silk or satin hair wrap before sleeping. This will also keep your hair tidier and more hydrated and moisturized.


Softs locs are a beautiful protective hairstyle that simultaneously looks amazing and is versatile. However, no matter how amazing soft locs look, it is always a hassle to remove them. We hope that we were able to help you find a suitable method that is quick, painless, and doesn’t break your natural hair.

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