Want to use a weave as a protective style?
Things to Do Before Installing Hair Weave
- Use a gentle and quality product to wash and deep condition hair.
- Moisturize the length of the hair.
- Let hair air-dry.
- Take and wash the weave that you are going to install. Clarify and deep condition the hair, and make sure to go in the same direction as the cuticle. This process may not be necessary if you are using virgin hair.
- Wash the weave in warm water.
- Rinse the conditioner out in cold water.
- Let the weave air dry.
Things to Do After Installing Hair Weave
- Find a spray bottle or an applicator bottle with the narrow nozzle, and fill it up with your favorite liquid moisturizer. If you don’t have S-curl, you can always dilute your favorite cheapie conditioner with water, add glycerine and natural oils.
- Lift up each track. Then, spray or squeeze your moisturizer on the braids. This process is necessary although it is time-consuming.
- Fill another applicator bottle with your favorite oil to seal the moisturizer in the hair. Get oil from the hair and scalp instead of the weave.
- Massage everything on it by using the tips of your fingers.
- Style as usual. Use a silk or satin scarf or bonnet for bed to cover it. Maintaining extensions always requires time and a lot of patience. For maintaining optimal hair health, cleansing and washing hair properly is necessary.
How to Wash Natural Hair and the Protective Hair Weave
- Use a wide tooth comb to comb through the hair to remove all tangles, starting from the ends to the roots. Try using fingers to detangle if you are wearing a curly weave.
- Find a spray bottle. Fill it up with diluted shampoo. Spray the scalp and hair. Try getting as close as possible to the scalp by using the method of spraying in between each track. Continue spraying the rest of the weave.
- Use warm water and a wide tooth comb to rinse the scalp thoroughly, removing all of the soap from the scalp.
- Apply your favorite conditioner the same way you applied the shampoo. Then, let the conditioner sit on the hair for a while.
- Rinse the conditioner out. Next, let hair air dry. Never using any oils to the hair weave. Avoid using a heated appliance.
- Wash hair weekly!
Other Tips on Caring for Natural Hair Underneath
It is important to keep hair moisturized underneath a sew-in weave. Apply a braid spray or moisturizer generously on the hair every other day, taking care of scalp.
Scalp will get very dry under a weave. Find a bottle with a thin nozzle, or a spray bottle. Fill it up with your favorite oil will do the trick. Liberally apply this oil to the natural hair only. Do not make sew-in weave greasy. Otherwise, it will ruin the quality of hair.
Wash natural hair and weave hair weekly. A clean scalp is a healthy scalp and a healthy scalp means healthy growth. Use a sulfate-free shampoo to wash hair when you are wearing a weave.
- Deep Conditioning
Apply a deep conditioner on the weave hair and natural hair. Let it stay for at least 30 minutes. Deep conditioning keeps the hair moist.
- Protect Your Hairline
Massage castor oil into it every single night to protect your hairline. If you are not careful, weaves and braids can wreak havoc on the hairline. Massage and apply castor oil as often as possible to take the necessary precaution. Make sure the braids aren’t too taught during installation.