8 Simple Hair Care Tips for Your Weave
Weaves can be fun, great protective styles but can get a bad rep for the damage they can cause for your hair underneath. Follow these tips on proper ways to care for your weave that’ll protect it and even help promote fullness and length!
Deep condition your hair.
Make sure you deep condition your hair before getting a sew-in weave. You are preparing your hair and scalp to undergo a “hibernation” for a few months and it is necessary to prepare your locks. It’s crucial that you also deep condition your weave periodically while it is installed.
Be careful with using the glue-in method.
Using glue to attach weave hair is relatively simple and it’s also a faster process than sewing in a weave. However, hair glue does come with pitfalls if you’re not careful. If you choose a glue-in weave, make sure you use a high-quality adhesive made specifically for its purpose.
Installation is pretty straightforward, but some women run into problems during the removal process. If rushed, you may damage your own hair. Proper tools for takedown include a glue remover, so make sure you have plenty on hand. Glued-in weaves are a good choice for short-term wear since they usually don’t last longer than a week or two.
If your sew-in hurts and is too tight, tell your stylist right away.
Your braids should be firm and the tracks should be sewn in correctly and comfortably. *Keep a weaving thread and needle handy at home in case any tracks come loose. You can never be too prepared!
If possible, add a net.
To take stress off of your hair, you can have the tracks sewn onto the net instead. Also, this makes washing your scalp and weave removal easier.
You should wash your hair every two weeks. Here’s how:
- Part your weave into four parts. Create loose knots and secure with clips to reduce tangling.
- Use a spray bottle with diluted shampoo and diluted conditioner to reduce buildup. Saturate each section then massage product into scalp and hair as you would your natural hair (using your fingertips, not nails and carefully maneuvering between tracks and under braids).
- When conditioning, use a wide-tooth comb to detangle.
- Rinse section by section, loosely wrapping back up in a knot when moving onto the next. When all product is removed, create four braids.
- Finally, sit under a hooded dryer so that scalp and hair can thoroughly dry.
Oil your edges and scalp.
Oils like jojoba, argan or almond oil can condition and help stimulate hair growth. They’re also very lightweight oils that won’t weigh down your weaves and cause buildup. Apply the oils with a spray bottle for easy, direct access to your scalp.
*Also, make sure to use a heat protector spray or serum when applying heat to your weave.
How long should you leave your weave in for?
The recommended length of time to keep a weave in is 6-8 weeks. Full head weaves and tracks should be touched up every 2 to 4 weeks. You should also leave a 2 to 4-week gap between weaves and it’s essential to have conditioning treatments done before, during and after your weave.
Hope this was helpful for all you weave stunners! Have any extra tips? Comment below!