Full sew-in hair weaves are a fantastic way to protect your hair. It is a great alternative for natural hair to be maintained, protected, nourished, with minimal styling.
Many natural hair communities attribute their healthy hair and length to wearing weaves and wigs as protective styles. That’s because keeping your hair tucked away under weaves and avoiding manipulation for a few weeks help protect your tresses.
That being said, it is important to keep your hair in check even when you are wearing weaves. Here is how you can do it.
Be Picky About Who Installs Your Weave
First and foremost, make sure you know installing your weave. Find the right hairstylist who knows how to properly install a full sew-in weave, especially for natural hair.
Do your research by contacting friends and relatives for suggestions or requesting client photos from a potential stylist. Allowing a stylist to glue a track to your natural hair. You can also check if the stylist can provide maintenance when you require it..
Maintaining A Full Sew-In Weave
- While wearing a weave, you must still regularly shampoo your hair and scalp.
- Massage the shampoo into your scalp with the balls of your fingertips.
- Rub the shampoo down the weave hair, moving your fingers straight down through the hair to the ends to prevent matting and tangling.
- Conditioning, and even deep conditioning, will help the weave if it is made of human hair.
Lack of air circulation while wearing a full sew-in weave provides a wet environment where bacteria can develop.
- After washing your hair, make sure it is completely dry.
- Antibacterial oils, such as tea tree oil, or apple cider vinegar rinses on the scalp, can also help prevent germs from forming.
Protein Treatment and Deep Conditioning
You need to prep your hair before getting your sew-in. You will need protein treatment to prep your hair. Protein treatments help strengthen your strands by tightening the keratin link, which is an important aspect of your hair structure.
You also need to deep condition your hair. It is a must-do step because it adds moisture to your hair and keeps it from drying out. While your strands are under a full sew-in weave, they must be nourished and moisturized. It will help promote natural hair growth while preventing breaking.
Get Looser Braids
It would be best if you advised your hairstylist to braid your hair loosely when you get the base of your full sew-in weave. Tight braids are the most common cause of traction alopecia in full sew-in weaves.
Most hairstylists prefer to make the braid very tight like lemonade braids, so the weave does not weaken too rapidly. While this has cosmetic benefits, it is detrimental to your hairline.
Since the weave needs to be sewed in tightly, your hair is subjected to double the tension, which agitates your scalp and destroys your follicles. If you want your hairline to stay in place after ya weave installation, highlight the importance of looser braids to your hairstylist.
Moisturize Your Hair
Moisturize and seal your hair to guarantee your natural hair is adequately cared for under a full sew-in weave. When your hair loses moisture, your strands become dry in a few days.
Get a spritz bottle and fill it with water and a leave-in conditioner to keep your hair nourished. You can spritz this at the base of your scalp once a week and then seal the moisture with your hair oil. Keeping your hair hydrated will help prevent damage once your weave is undone. Due to the moisture, your hair will remain soft and grow.
But you shouldn’t go overboard with moisturizing your full sew-in weave because it can result in funky-smelling hair or a greasy scalp, requiring you to remove the weave sooner.
Since wearing a full sew-in weave causes stress on the hair, do not leave weaves in your hair for more than 6-8 weeks. This allows you to properly care for your hair and treat any issues that the weave may have concealed. Before re-installing another full sew-in weave, give your scalp and hair a rest.
Giving your hair a break with a full sew-in weave can lead to you completely ignoring the hair behind the sew-in. With the tips mentioned above, you can rest assured that your hair will stay healthy under a sew-in.
It’s liberating to discover that you don’t need a million products, jump through hoops, or go through any other laborious process to keep your hair safe while wearing a weave.
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