Mojisola Yewande takes us through the secret to having lush and healthy and the importance of caring for our hair even while wearing weave of braids.
Hair-Weave Maintenance 101: Taking care of our hair while wearing a weave will ensure that the hair is healthy and lush when the weave is removed, below are a few tips to take care of the hair.
We all love a good weave and sometimes after removing the extensions we notice our hair has taken a beating. At times, we blame the stylist for not fixing the hair well but sometimes we are really the person to be blamed as we probably didn’t take care of our hair while it was under the weave.
Taking care of our hair while wearing a weave will ensure that the hair is healthy and lush when the weave is removed, below are a few tips to take care of the hair.
- Get your hair in good shape before adding extensions
Make sure your hair is clean, well-conditioned and free of styling products as these can cause dryness, flaking, and itching.
- If it is painful, stop
Extensions should not be too tight on the hair, if it is too tight, it puts a lot of tension on the hair follicles, and this can make your hair fall out. If the getting the extensions cause pain or headaches, then it is too snug; you should ask your stylist to loosen them.
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- Limit the heat
Try to avoid using curling and flat irons as this will stress your hair
- Apply oils to your scalp
Your hair and scalp need nourishment even when protected beneath a weave. Work natural oils such as coconut oil beneath the weave and onto your scalp massaging it in. If the weave is made of human hair, oil getting on it won’t affect it
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- Don’t neglect the weave
Comb the weave regularly so it doesn’t tangle excessively. Secure the weave when sleeping with a satin cap or scarf. You should treat human hair weaves the same way you treat your hair.
- Don’t leave your weave in too long
No matter how beautiful your hair still looks, don’t wear your hair extensions for more than six to eight weeks at a time
- Remove the weave carefully
You should be extremely careful when removing your extensions especially those secured with bonding glue. Use bonding glue remover to take out the weave and also to ensure no glue remains in the hair.
- Let your hair breathe
Give your hair a 2-3 week break between weaves to allow your hair breathe