If you are a hair extension wearer like muah, you already know how to take care of them. You know the do's and don'ts that will keep your weaves fresh and full of life, but how about your actual hair underneath? If not taken care of properly, your hair underneath that fabulous weave you're wearing is susceptible to damage. Here are a few tips that will help you take care of your crown.
Buy 100% Human Hair.
Wearing synthetic fibers may be cost-friendly but it's not hair-friendly! Synthetic fibers can cause brittleness and damage to your real hair & even irritate the scalp. If you like to wear weaves, always purchase hair that is only made of 100% human hair.
Deep Conditioning Is Must!
Always deep condition your real hair before applying a weave. This helps with your mane's elasticity, moisture, color, and overall health while wearing your weave.
Having your weave sewn on to a net is always better than having them sewn on to your actual hair. Attaching a weaving net can relieve some of the tension, it also makes getting to your scalp easier when washing and makes weave removal simple.
So Fresh & So Clean...
Just because you're wearing a weave, doesn't mean you can't clean your hair that's underneath. Not washing your hair can cause serious damage so, here's what you do: Part your weave into four sections. After parting you can loosely braid or bantu knot your weave. Use a spray bottle with diluted shampoo and diluted conditioner to reduce buildup. Saturate each section then massage product into your scalp . Be careful with your weave to not cause tangling, DO NOT SCRUB! Gently finger comb in a downward motion while washing. When conditioning, use a wide-tooth comb to detangle. Rinse section by section, loosely wrapping back up in a knot when moving onto the next. When all product is removed, create four braids or twist. Then, sit under a hooded dryer so that scalp and hair can thoroughly dry.
Don't Forget Your Edges & Scalp.
Always remember to keep your scalp and edges oiled! The best oils to use to condition and stimulate hair growth are jojoba oil, almond oil, and rosemary herb. Combine those oils in a plastic spout bottle (you can buy one from your local beauty supply store), then take the spout bottle and put directly on your scalp and squeeze...Please don't forget to oil them edges!
Give Your Scalp A Break.
Give your hair and scalp some time in between before getting your next weave. I personally like to wait for a month or two before my next install. You can find awesome natural hair styles on Pinterest to wear in between your weaves.