I have been a licensed stylist for the past 13 years…I have encountered so many people over those years with scalp problems that could have or can be avoided. As you may know, most of my clientele is weaves and other extensions. I notice that women take the time to pick out the best hair, the best style and anything else pertaining to the best look they can have with a weave.
My problem is why do you take all that time doing that when you wont even wash your hair underneath the weave? Or, people wont make sure their foundation is dry..only the top hair. When I go to take it down it is so sour and mildew has set up on the scalp. Have you ever seen mildew on a persons scalp? I have..its not pretty.
Now excuse me but I can smell your hair and I’m sure your husband, significant other, cat or dog can too. Im sure they don’t like it and you are not getting the affection you need from them because your head stinks….bad. Here are a few tips for care of your natural hair and the extensions. Hope this helps some of you.
Maintaining the Health of Your Own Hair While Wearing a Weave
Some people leave a one-inch or less perimeter of their own hair out that they use to blend in with their extensions to achieve a natural look. Take these steps in order to keep your own hair moisturized, cared for, and protected while you weave it up.
Blend your “leave out” hair to match the texture of your weave with as little heat, product, and manipulation as possible. It is not necessary to relax your leave out depending on how much is left out. Most people have textures that require very little heat to straighten. I recommend flat twisting your perimeter hair or a simple pull back. For more hold – use a alcohol free foam wrap (ie: narobi wrap and shine foam) on top of your leave-in.
Moisturize your braided hair by putting natural oils or moisturizers into a nozzle-tipped applicator bottle and applying it directly to your scalp through the holes of the net. I use extra virgin olive oil..it can be found in the grocery store.
Pay close attention your “leave out” hair making sure to moisturize it day and night paying special attention to your edges. If you must, brush your edges with a toothbrush or a small barber brush to avoid hair loss – just try it.
Protect your hair at night by using a satin bonnet, scarf, headband, or pillowcase. Protect your nape by day by keeping a silk scarf or smooth pashmina shawl around your neck to avoid rubbing from coats, turtlenecks, and wool scarves. The top of certain coats tend to rub our hair of the back of our heads, covering your coats will help eliminate that.
Caring for Your Weave
Treat your weave hair as well as you would treat your own hair or in most cases….better. You will need a coated bristle paddle brush and a seamless detangling comb to keep your kinky curly weave looking tight. Or a a nice scarf, silk rollers for straighter styles.
Detangle kinky-curly hair by conditioner washing it in the shower at least once or twice per week. Washing your hair in the shower is the easiest I believe. Use a nice conditioner without alot of additives such as alcohol/sulfates and comb through it with your big detangling comb. Rinse the conditioner out while brushing through it carefully from the ends working your way up.
Try to get your weave completely dry by sitting under a hood dryer until completely dry.
Please dont wear a dirty weave – shampoo your weave often to remove product buildup, if you have quality hair washing your weave should not be a problem at all.
Do not vigorously shampoo your tracks or rub them together. When washing, gently smooth diluted shampoo from the weft down to the ends and rinse water through it using the same fluid motion. Try to avoid getting shampoo trapped under your net. If you want to make sure your scalp is being cleansed underneath the net try spraying some Seabreeze on your scalp a few minutes prior to washing. This helps to cleanse the scalp. If you scalp feels itchy, try Organic Root Stimulator Herbal Cleanse Dry Shampoo to freshen up.
I try not to put ANY product on my extensions after washing them. To me no product or very little product makes the style last and keeps the hair looking fresh.
Hopefully this helps those of you that dont think you should wash your hair while wearing a weave. DO IT>>>>IT IS VER NECESSARY!!!