How To Protect Your Hair While Wearing A Weave
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Weaves can be great for trying out a new cut, color, or style and wonderful as a protective style. But just because your natural hair is hidden doesn’t mean it should be neglected. Use these tips to keep your natural hair in tip-top shape while rocking your weave.
Before you install your weave
- Go to a professional. Or, at the very least, do some research beforehand. I know many of us are budgeting but an improperly installed weave can cause breakage and hair loss.
- Be sure your natural hair is clean and moisturized.
- Be prepared to commit to the upkeep of your weave. Contrary to what many believe, a weave is not a “set it and forget it” process. You should do your best to keep your natural hair as well as the weave in optimal condition.
While wearing your weave
- Wash your natural hair. Wearing a weave is not an excuse to neglect your scalp or hair. Keep your hair clean by diluting shampoo in a spray bottle and spraying between each track. You can also use an ACV solution or even, although I would advise against using this for every shampoo as it can be harsh and drying. You can condition your hair the same as you wash it.
- Deep condition your hair. That’s right…you can still DC while wearing a weave. However, you may need to opt for a lighter, thinner conditioner to be sure it penetrates your braided hair underneath.
- Do not be afraid to wet your weave while washing your scalp. You want to treat it like natural hair.
- Be sure you dry your hair completely after washing and conditioning. If you don’t, you risk growing mold. A hooded dryer gets the job done quickly and with little effort.
- Keep your natural hair oiled and moisturized. For moisture you can use a plain ol’ braid spray like BB African Royale BRX Braid and Extensions Sheen Spray or a juicy activator like Luster’s S-Curl Activator and Moisturizer. If you decide to oil your hair as well, be sure not to get any on the weave as it will make it limp and greasy. Use a bottle with a nozzle for easy application.
- Protect your hairline. You’re putting extra pressure on an already fragile area of your hair so be gentle. Nightly massages with castor oil are relaxing and can help stimulate growth.
- Detangle your weave before and after washing with a wide tooth comb from ends to the roots, just as you would your natural hair.
- Protect your hair at night. Use a
satin bonnet and/or a satin pillowcase. Depending on the style, you can wrap, braid, or even roller set your hair at night to decrease tangling and styling time in the morning.