ALL ABOUT WEAVES, WIGS AND EXTENSIONS
Growing Hair with Weave
When properly installed, sew- in hair weaving can be very beneficial and have positive results. Hair weaving can play a key factor to hair growth and maintaining of healthier hair. When hair is braided with nominal tension it aids the blood flow to the cells in the scalp to circulate and nourish the hair follicle beneath the scalp. This blood flow actually promotes hair growth and a healthy scalp.
The beauty of Sew-In Weave Extensions is that it is a great technique that allows your hair to rest, thicken, and lengthen and protect it from blow drying, chemicals and the environments. In addition, you can still enjoy styling your extension hair and subject it to hot curling, blow drying, fun wavy looks, and more without damaging your own hair.
Restrictions when getting weaves or fusion/extensions
1) Full weaves or full-head weaves should never be done on freshly relaxed hair. The hair is at a weakened state after it is freshly relaxed so it is not the greatest idea to add cornrows, thread, and wefts at that time. A partial weave is okay if you must have a weave installed. I understand that a client may not want to go without a weave because it has become a part of their life but the health of the hair is more important in my opinion.
2) Weaves or fusion should never be done on hair that is excessively shedding. It is important to try to get to the bottom of why your hair is shedding. Sometimes excessive shedding can be a caused from an underlying condition that may need to be diagnosed by your doctor. Masking the problem does not stop the shedding.
3) Weave or fusion should not be installed on hair shorter than 3 inches. The foundation may not hold up for the sewn-in weave if the hair is too short. Plus, I cannot grip short hair very well. I also don't want you to waste money on something that may not hold up for the 6-8 weeks or so. For fusion, the hair needs to be long enough for coverage reasons.
4) Do not let the stylist braid your hair or sew in the weave too tight. You'll know because aside from the major migraine that you'll experience, you'll see a lot of white bulbs on the tip of many strands along your hairline. This means that hair has been pulled out because of the tension. Also, tiny bumps will form in the back of your head.
5) If you are getting a full sew-in with no hair left out, ask your stylist not to braid the baby hairs or the really short strands around your hairline.
6) Do NOT use hair glue unless you want to be permanently bald. If you're not interested in getting a sew-in weave, please try out the clip in extensions before getting a bonded weave. If you still go ahead and get bonded weave take all necessary steps in taking it out so you don't lose hair in the process.
7) Invest in quality hair such as Extensions Plus, Nature Girl or Wagmans, Indique, belle Noir. All of them maintain their quality over time (even can be reused). This will reduce the amount of tugging against your own braids from attempting to detangle. (Tip by Soulie). Real human hair looks very natural.
Weave Maintenance Underneath the Weave
It is highly recommended that you oil your hair 1-3 times per week while wearing your hair extensions we recommend Mecca's African Oil to keep your natural hair lubricated. This helps to prevent and reduce dryness, tangling, and breakage.
Extension Hair should be shampooed every 7-10 days. Do not go 2 weeks without shampooing or you may be asking for trouble.
It is recommended that you wear your weave no longer than 2 to 3 months. The weave itself may hold up much longer, but it's really about your hair underneath. If you leave your hair much longer, the underneath hair could begin to get extremely matted/tangled, which can result in hair loss. You can use a moisturizer underneath a weave; such Lisa Akbari's Moisture Plus.
We recommend you visit our shop to shampoo your hair, that way, we can see what’s going on underneath, however, if you decide to shampoo your hair yourself, shampoo once per week. However, your shampooing needs may vary. Speak to your hair stylist. It is easy to shampoo your weave while in the shower. Keep the hair going straight back; that will help minimize or even eliminate tangling. We recommend using an applicator bottle to mix shampoo and water. Shake it, then squirt the shampoo suds in between the tracks. You can do the same with the conditioner. Rinse VERY thoroughly.
It is normal for you to see lots of hair in your comb after you take out your sew-in. Remember, you did have your hair braided for x time, and what you're seeing is most likely shed hair. However, see your hair stylist.
Weave and Extension Removal
Weaves should be removed between 10-12 weeks from initial installation.
Weaves should be removed professionally to prevent the cutting of the client’s natural hair.
Never remove a weave yourself. 20. To remove a sewn weave - don't use scissors - use a seam ripper to break the thread, then use a bobby pin, comb tail, or fingernail to pick the thread out. It takes a little longer, but there is no cut hair.
It is not unusual for you to see lots of hair in your comb after you take out your sew-in. Remember, you did have your hair braided for x time, and what you're seeing is most likely shed hair.
YOU MUST, remove dead shed hair from your hair after you take down any of these styles!!!! That means, once you remove the braids, you must comb through well or brush to remove shed hair BEFORE you wash! Also, never clarify immediately after takedown. You are ASKING FOR TROUBLE and possibly matted hair that might have to be cut!
After wearing Sew In Weaves for 6 Consecutive months, it is beneficial to remove the weave and give your natural hair a break for 2-3 months while you treat your hair with protein and deep conditioning treatments during your break. This helps to keep your natural hair healthy and strong.
If you opt to fully relax your hair after removing your weave, then wait 6-8weeks before reapplying your weave extensions to reduce tension and breakage on your roots.