“Healthy hair is beautiful, I believe this is one desire all African ladies share, right?” – Joann
Maintenance could be stressful, but it’s worth it. Healthy hair boosts our confidence as ladies. You may not necessarily want long hair, but every lady desires healthy, lustrous and beautiful hair, so here are few tips you need for caring for those beautiful tresses while wearing sew-in weaves
Caring for your hair while wearing sew-in weaves is very important but often neglected. There are some things we need to do to ensure that our hair remains healthy and retains length whenever we have our weaves on. I ll do my best to make it as simple as possible.
BEFORE YOU FIX:
I sat down at the hair salon, patiently waiting for my turn, so in the meantime, I signaled one of the attendants (apparently an apprentice). “I’d like to wash my hair before I fix”. So she did 4 things that pleased me at the time:
1. She grabbed a bottle of sulfate shampoo; the hair was squeaky clean #mistake1
2. She squeezedthe hair inside a cotton towel to dry up 50% of the water #mistake2
3. She placed me under a very hot drier,to save time #mistake 2 1/2
4. She yanked at the hair with a comb. The hair was already stripped of all moisture, so the large lump of hair on the comb was seen as ‘normal’ shedding.
I felt like she was doing the right thing until I loosened the hair and my hair was shorter.
1. Wash with sulfate free shampoo.
2. Do a protein treatment and deep condition about 2 days before to strengthen the hair and improve elasticity.
3. Apply a leave-in conditioner and seal.
4. Comb gently from tip to root.
5. Fix your weave.
NOW, YOU LOOK GORGEOUS IN THAT WEAVE,
HOW DO YOU CARE FOR YOUR HAIR UNDERNEATH?
A week after you fix your weave, sweat and dirt begin to build up underneath. And if you are leaving the hair for up to two months, your hair could start giving an offensive smell, and the scalp starts to itch. So cleaning the scalp often is compulsory.
There are several ways to clean the hair and scalp. This is what I’d recommend, especially for those that would find it difficult to run water through the weave while it is on.
1. Mix a mild shampoo with water.
2. Grab a cotton ball, dip in the mixture
3. Clean the scalp carefully and hair that can be reached, once a week.
4. Repeat the process with clean water.
Set your blow drier on cool and place it at least six inches away from the hair to dry out the water.
Apply a light leave in conditioner on the hair, avoiding the scalp. The leave in can touch your weave, it’s okay.
Oil the scalp and hair(not weave) with a dime-sized amount of light oil, such as coconut oil, rosemary oil, tea tree oil, etc.
Alternatively; you can make your own spritz made up of water, light oil and leave in conditioner.
1. Ensure that the cotton is almost free of water.
2. Minimize the use of oil on your scalp cos it could be a mess when sweat and oil start to mix
3. Ensure that it is completely dry to prevent mould on your hair.
4. Don’t fry your hair with the blow dryer.
5. On your scalp you can use a drop or two of oil for the entire head
6. You know that little part of the hair that sticks out, to cover the front of your weave? Minimize the use of straighteners on it and use a heat protectant (Oil moisturizers, shea butter, Argan oil, and many more) on the hair whenever you have to straighten.
NOW, ITS TIME TO TAKE IT DOWN:
APPROXIMATE TIME NEEDED: 2 hrs
TOOLS AND PRODUCTS: A pair of scissors or Blade, A wide-toothed comb, Shower cap, Deep protein and Conditioning treatment.
This is the part where we lose hair the most, but this can be minimized through the following steps;
1. When loosening the weave, ensure you cut the thread alone and not your hair.
2. After removing the attachment, BEFORE loosening the cornrows underneath, shampoo lightly, deep condition.
3. APPLY DEEP CONDITIONER MIXED WITH OLIVE OIL AND COCONUT OIL. Cover for 30mins, rinse.
4. Towel dry. Dry 80% of the water under cool heat. (If it’s too hot, the hair would still snap in a shocking way while loosening)
5. Apply a leave-in conditioner and raw sheabutter
Then loose gently, unravel tangles with a detangler and your fingers. Avoid combing at this stage.
TIME TO WASH:
1. Co wash.
2. Comb from tip to root with a wide-toothed comb and your fingers.
3. Wash with a sulfate free shampoo.
4. Massage the scalp for about 5 mins while washing (optional but recommended) to aid blood circulation.
6. Do a light protein treatment (e.g. hair mayonnaise) and leave for 30mins (Do not comb or agitate), Rinse.
7. Deep condition with natural oils, cover for 5- 10mins.
8. Comb, Rinse.
9. Dry; apply leave in conditioner and seal.
10. Style as desired.
When you have gone through these processes, your hair would definitely be healthier than if you had not.
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Stay Beautiful !!!