So, you’re thinking about getting your first sew-in or trying out extensions for the first time and you don’t know where to start? I’ve started a series, Weave Wearing for Beginners, where I’m answering all of your questions about sew-ins!

So, you’re thinking about getting your first sew-in or trying out extensions for the first time and you don’t know where to start? I’ve started a series, Weave Wearing for Beginners, where I’m answering all of your questions about sew-ins!

Today, I’m going to be talking about maintaining your sew-in and your real hair!

What type of hair should you start with? 

Honestly, the very first time I wore weave, I purchased it from the beauty supply store, and it was Yaki. I didn’t know if I would like wearing extensions, or how to maintain them, or how long I would be wearing them so I didn’t want to spend thousands of dollars for nothing. The plus side was that the hair was VERY inexpensive and mimicked my relaxed hair very well. The downside was that the hair lasted for about a month! If you are just trying out hair to see if you like it, I actually would suggest hair from the beauty supply store. However, if you know that you’re going to want to wear quality hair for a while, I suggest that you make an investment into hair that is guaranteed to last you for 6 months to year!

 

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How do you maintain your weave?

When receiving your virgin hair, it’s best to co-wash it before actually getting it installed, and once a week after that (maybe once every two weeks at the least). Avoid putting tons of product in your hair so it won’t become weighed down.

Straight Hair (Yaki): When I had my straight Yaki extensions, it mimicked my relaxed hair so much that it would only look right the next day if I wrapped it.

Straight Hair (Virgin Indian Hair): When I had my straight hair from Sheena’s Hair Emporium, the hair was about 20 inches long. SHE’s hair is so silky, all I had to do was tie a scarf around my edges and braid the extensions into one long braid at night.

Body Wave Hair: I would suggest braiding body wave hair at night, bunning it, or even putting it into a ponytail.

Curly Hair: Curly hair is a little trickier and calls for more maintenance. I would braid my curly hair at night, and in the morning I would spray on a little water, oil, and leave in conditioner.

How do you maintain your real hair during and prior to installing the weave? 

Prior to the Install: Make sure you give your hair a good shampoo and deep condition to rid your scalp of any build up and to make sure your hair is super soft. Also, DETANGLE, DETANGLE, And DETANGLE! There’s nothing worse than getting your hair braided for a sew-in and your hair is super tangled, it just makes the process more painful (especially if you’re tender-headed like me!)

During the install: If you have leave-out in your sew in, avoid using tons of heat! I know it seems as though that’s the only way to get your hair to blend in with the sew-in, but there other ways that will be discussed in the next post of this series.

Use a scalp soother: My scalp tends to get super dry and itchy under a sew in. As tempting as it is for me to just scratch my scalp with my comb, fingers, or anything else, you risk the chance of making your scalp too raw or loosening one of the tracks. SHE sells scalp soothers that I’ve just started using, and they work wonders!

How long can you keep a sew-in in? 

With a good install and quality hair, you should be able to wear your sew-in for 2 months before getting it redone. The best part about quality hair is that you can continue to use that hair over and over again for up to a year!

I hope I’ve answered all of your questions about maintaining weave! If you have any more, be sure to leave them in the comment section!

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