Weaves sometimes get a bad rep for the damage they can cause. But if you properly care for your hair underneath, weaves can be a great way to add fullness and length, change up your look or give your natural hair a break from styling. There is nothing like getting a weave install with that instant feeling of long and flowing hair empowering your personality.
As a seller who specializes in hair products for over 10 years, I have gained a lot of experience on dealing with weaves. Here are the 9 tips you need to know before having weaves.
1. Get a comfortable braid down for the weave.
Hair braiding is an art. There are numerous ways of braiding down your hair and is all depends on the type of install you are getting. A good braid down should feel comfortable and not be too tight. If it is not done properly the braids will cause tension on the hair roots and cause pain and in worst even cause long term damage and hair loss. If your braids feel too tight you should immediately unbraid and redo the braiding part. If you are unsure on how to braid down your hair you should definitely seek professional help.
2. Great weave is all about great hair quality.
The quality of the hair is very important for a successful weave install. I would suggest you to see it as a long term investment. Good hair quality lasts for a long time and can be re-used for a year or longer if maintained properly. Bad, low quality hair seems to be popping up everywhere these days and unfortunately there is no such thing as good cheap hair. Cheap hair is chemically processed and dipped in silicone to look shiny, however after a couple of washes youâ€™ll feel the dryness tangling into a forever bad hair day.
I vote for real virgin quality hair donated by healthy women at the temples or bought ethically directly from the donors in some rural villages. The hair is strapped in a ponytail before collected in a single cut. All the hair strands face the natural direction from root to tip, which prevents tangling. There are no chemicals or processing of the hair except from cleaning, combing and steaming the hair into the right texture. The virgin hair shades in natural black â€“ a black hair colors with various natural shades of dark brown. No bundles are alike since they all come from various donors. But donâ€™t worry too much about the shades differentiation â€“ when installed it will look more natural with shade variations and can always dye virgin hair into any color you like. Great hair quality has a natural bounce to it, the end feels soft and natural and gilded through your fingers like a charm. It is an amazing feeling wearing premium quality weaves.
3. If you canâ€™t afford it, donâ€™t wear it.
Synthetic hair might seem cost-friendly but it can make your natural hair brittle and even irritate your scalp.
4. Treat your weaves and your own hair differently
When weaves are installed properly, they really look like your own natural hair. The weaves give your own hair a well deserved rest from exposure to sun, styling, products etc, that why it is referred to as protective styling. If you have a leave out, you should be more careful with it than with the weaves and use low temps on styling tools and a heat protector before styling it.
5. Put your weaves to sleep
A key to maintain beautiful weaves is to wrap it up before going to sleep or twist the hair into a bun or wear a turban cap to avoid a mess. This way the weave will look great and even save time on styling every morning.
6. Yes, you can do anything with weaves. I mean anything!!
When weaves are installed professionally you can do anything you, like swimming and workout. In fact that is one of the best reasons to choose weaves over other extension techniques and wigs. Weaves are long lasting and secure and create full freedom. When Rihanna and Beyonce rocks the stage tossing their hair back and forth many times they are wearing weaves.
7. How many bundles should I get?
Usually, if you want to achieve a natural look and have quiet long natural hair, I would recommend two bundles of hair. However if you want a more glamorous look at least 3 bundles of hair is recommended. The celebrities normally install 4-5 bundles of hair to get a super vixen look.
8.Just Say No to Glue.
The chemicals in glue can lead to allergic reactions. Glue also has an adverse effect on the follicles of your hair, especially if you visit a stylist who doesnâ€™t know how to remove glued tracks properly.
9 . Take a break.
Giving your hair a rest from weaves doesnâ€™t necessarily mean your look have to go from long and curly to cropped and relaxed overnight. If you want to keep up one consistent look even in between weaves, try faux ponytails or wigs.
Post time: 07-31-2017