Sew-in extensions or weaves are considered a great way of protecting your natural hair while displaying a variety of looks. However, there are a few things you should know before getting your installment. Among the factors that may actually damage your natural hair are an exceeding number of extensions, improper maintenance and faulty aftercare. Before you conclude that weaves can do a lot of damage to your natural hair instead of protecting it, make sure you do your part during the installation and after to truly make weaves protective and worth the time and expense.
Limit the number of extensions
Choosing the ideal amount of hair is the first step in opting for a protective sew-in technique. Too much hair can mean too much pressure on your scalp from the weight of the extra hair. The last thing you want to do is to make your weave uncomfortable and damage your natural hair and scalp because you have too many extensions installed. Also, think about how tightly the braids are done. Tight braids lead to headaches, excessive shedding and scalp damage. So, opt for looser braids and a sufficient amount of hair extensions.
Maintain your weaves properly
When your extensions are installed, you should leave your hair alone for a few days. Your hair should be washed and deeply conditioned prior to the weave installation, so washing and conditioning immediately after an install may loosen the install prematurely. In order to maintain your hair and scalp while wearing weaves, you can prepare a special mixture of essential oils and water to spritz on every now and then. Combining the mixture in a diffuser bottle will make application to the hair and scalp easier. Lots of different DIY moisture combo recipes can be found online and many brands are offering already made moisture boots as well.
Emphasize on the aftercare
Depending on your hair type, you can keep sew in weaves for 4 to 6 weeks before having to remove them. In case your hair is thin, you should schedule an appointment after 4 weeks. A medium to thick type of hair can usually sustain the weaves for 6 weeks or more, depending on hair growth rate. Even so, you shouldn’t keep them in for very long because you can’t avoid product buildup that’s going to settle between the braids. Washing your natural hair is the first thing you should do after extension removal. Next, you should use coconut oil and other deeply moisturizing hair masks to infuse as much moisture to your hair as possible. Try not to rush the process and leave the hair treatment in for a longer period of time. Your stylist will probably recommend a deep conditioner- don’t skip this step. Follow these 3 main tips for weave care and you’ll have more success with hair care and hair growth.