Hi Everyone! Although I may not have weave in at the moment, this is the season where women want to protect their hair from the hot elements or maybe they just want a break from their natural hair. I know the feeling. There’s nothing like a good sew-in to make you feel like a brand new woman. So today this post is going to be dedicated to you ladies who are thinking about getting a weave or already have on in. Eh hem my friend Geraldine this is for you as well ;) How to keep your weave looking fresh for the duration you have it in, while not neglecting your hair underneath. I always say that’s just as important, if not more. I wouldn’t keep a weave in for more than 4 to 6 weeks. Take it out give your hair a nice treatment before installing the next.
Okay first things first cleansing. There’s nothing worse then getting the side eye from someone while you’re going to town itching that scalp or doing the infamous patting motion. We’ve all done it. Depending on how much you sweat or how your hair is looking cleansing is important. Whether you get it done at a salon or do it at home is up to you. I recommend using a mild shampoo or a cleansing conditioner. Cleansing conditioners are perfect for weaves because they still keep that moisture in your hair, while clarifying at the same time. Smooth the product into the hair in a downward motion. Never gather the hair on top of your head scrubbing or bunching it up, this will just induce knots, matting, and tangles. To get to your scalp simply lift the the hair and massage the product in between the wefts. Rinse well and use a wide tooth comb to detangle. Allow your weave to dry completely. You don’t want to smell like a wet dog…seriously.
Leave in conditioners are the perfect way to freshen up your weave after getting it washed or throughout the week when it just needs some life back into it. Leave ins come in a lot of forms but for weaves I would recommend the kind in a spray bottle. Just because its light and won’t weight your hair down. Creme of nature argan oil perfect 7 is perfect for this. Stay away from oils and if your must use it apply it directly to your scalp not on the weave. If your hair seems to be getting dry at the ends apply a small amount of light oil such as the light penetrating oil by organixs. Remember less is more when it come to the product department.
Silk Scarf or Bonnet
Another tip to keeping a nice looking weave is to protect it while you sleep. Grab yourself a silk pillowcase or a satin bonnet, nothing cotton. Cotton will only absorb the moisture out of the hair leaving it looking dry. This will prolong the life of your weave. They sell these at your local beauty supply store for super cheap