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.

hair weave on a track

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.
  • 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.

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7 Responses so far.

  1. ImNappy says:

    #1 is SOO important, one must do the research on a professional to install, if the professional does a poor job;then everything after is a fail…good post

  2. Mageesh says:

    I needed this because i am currently wearing a sew in and it is actually my first time. so thank you i am gotin to try the apple cider on my sweave because its been feelig alittle stiff hope it helps i payed alot for this hair lol. ur the best have a great day

    • Hi, sis. I’m glad you’re taking the steps to keep your hair healthy. Weaves in themselves aren’t bad…it’s not keeping them in shape that causes damage.

      Thanks for dropping by. Come back and let us know how the ACV works for you.

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  4. jmoss says:

    Hi its my first time wearing a weave and now my hair is graying. How do i just dye the gray without getting it on the weave? Please answer soon.

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