They are everywhere; on the red carpet, the runway, on celebrities and on most ladies on the street! We are talking WEAVES.
What is a weave anyway? Are they a good idea? And what do we need to keep in mind when getting a Weave?
A weave is a hair treatment offered by stylists which provides clients with the appearance and feel of longer or thicker hair. Hair is woven into the client’s own hair close to the scalp either by sewing, glueing or bonding.
Weaves are a great way to grow your hair or give it a break from daily styling. They are a convenient protective style and are suitable for natural or relaxed hair. They offer length and loads of fun as instead of colouring your own hair ( which can be a damaging process) you can get coloured weaves or if using human hair you could even get custom colour.
But, as with everything, there are things we need to do to prevent our use of weaves from damaging our hair. Here are some handpicked tips for non damaging weave wearing:
Go to a good stylist. They will cost more but most will be well trained and provide a consultation and an unrushed service. After all unless you want breaking hair, looking good is not cheap! Discussing your needs with the stylist is a must. Any good stylist won’t mind you asking questions before and giving you advice and after care. If you find a good stylist them recommend them to others.
Ensure your base braiding pattern is not too tight and is changed each time you have a weave installed. Braiding your hair in the same way over and over will weaken the follicles and lead to hair loss the same goes for your closures (no one wants Naomi Campbell edges). They should not be too tight. A trip to the salon should not result in a mini face lift.
Look after your leave out really well. Since the rest of your hair is taking a break you need to do this to avoid an obvious disparity between your hair when the weave comes out.
Buy the best hair you can afford. Synthetic hair is ideal if you are in weaves for short periods of time. If you regularly wear weaves then investing in some good quality hair may be more economical as you can reuse it. Remember though it’s worth paying your weavetician more to receive a brilliant healthy hair service than spending tonnes of your cash on hair only to have a “cheap” installation procedure that results in breaking hair and you throwing away your expensive hair because it’s been ruined.
Wash your Weave ladies! It’s perfectly safe to do so and your stylist should be able to advise you on safe washing methods. Make sure that your own hair dries properly though. You don’t want it getting mouldy. If you are unsure about doing this yourself dry shampoo is a good alternative. Keeping your hair clean whilst in a weave will help you retain the growth.
Do you have any other tips that have helped you grow your hair or even just keep your hair healthy whilst in weaves?
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Afrotility is the founder of blieq.com , her focus is on natural hair care and styling. She is Passionate about afro hair in all its different degrees of curliness, and believes that “understanding your hair is the key to enjoying it and loving every single curly strand”. She also insists that “no styling without consultation” should be the new standard.