Combing Your Install:
Always comb your hair starting from the bottom up with a wide tooth comb. Please remember that your natural hair is underneath your install, so yanking and pulling while you're combing will not only result in damaging your weave, but also damaging your actual hair. So, handle your hair with care.
Styling Your Install:
It is always best to try to use minimal heat on your weaves. If you're addicted to the curling iron, try curling only twice a week.
*As a heatless alternative, you can use flexi rods for that Hollywood glam look. Remember: The smaller the flexi rods, the tighter the curls. The bigger, the more loose the curl pattern will be.*
What about products?
Use as little product as possible. If your hair gets a little dry or frizzy, apply a dime size of Argan Oil throughout the hair. A little goes a long way.
Shampooing & Conditioning Your Install:
Try to shampoo your hair once a week. When shampooing your weave, use a sulfate-free shampoo. Wash the hair using slow downward strokes. Do not rustle the hair or ball the hair altogether while shampooing. This will cause tangles. When conditioning, use a rich, moisturizing conditioner. This will help maintain the hairs texture and keep it soft and manageable.
*My personal favorite: Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Renewing Shampoo & Conditioner*
Drying Your Install:
Allowing your hair to air dry is always best. However, if you're absolutely in a rush, it's perfectly fine to use a blow dryer. If your install has a curl or wave pattern, use a blow dryer with a diffuser on the end. This will help maintain the curl or wave pattern.
Maintaining Curly Textures:
Detangle your hair from the bottom up using a wide tooth comb. Then, braid your hair into two or four sections (I prefer four) before co-washing with a rich, moisturizing leave-in conditioner. Use a denman or loop brush on wet, conditioned hair. Brush in a downward motion to define the curls. You have the option to let the hair air dry or blow dry with a diffuser. Kinky Curly/ Curly textured weaves are not for the lazy! It's considered to be high maintenance hair and needs a lot of T.L.C.
*My personal favorite leave-in conditioner is the Proclaim Argan Oil Intense Moisturizing Conditioner.
Itching for a Scratch?
I know us ladies get into the habit of patting our heads like crazy when our scalp is itching underneath our install, or using that rat tail comb to dig away, but try this instead: Add tea tree oil (or lighter oils like jojoba or almond oil) into an applicator bottle and use the nozzle to get in between your cornrows to oil the scalp. Ahhh...much better, right?