The Sunday News
THERE’S nothing worse than having a weave installed and getting so fed up with it that you want to take it out after only a week or two. Weaves are something women invest in, it’s all about inches and the type of grade you have. Be it summer or winter, weaves are a measure of how much you slay.
In this article we will look at the TRUTH about weaves and how to care for them.
Brazilian, Peruvian, Mongolian, Indian, European, Eurasian, Scandinavian hair — to me they are all really the same hair.
There are a lot of myths about what kind of hair is the best quality to get. Suppliers are marketing all kinds of ethnicities, however, it all comes down to good or bad quality hair. Basically all virgin hair comes from India or Asia and is steamed into various textures that reflect the ethnicities. Virgin Brazilian textures are good since they seem to blend more beautifully and the top grade quality is usually used for the Brazilian textures.
Great weave is all about great hair quality.
The quality of the hair is important for a successful weave install. 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 might look good in the package until you open it and smell the weird odour. Cheap hair is chemically processed and dipped in silicone to look shiny, however, after a couple of washes you’ll feel the dryness, tangling into a forever bad hair day.
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. A good thumb rule is to always buy hair from professional hair brands and never from cheap hair have vendors that do not care about woven hair quality or source.
Wear a net over your cornrows
a net is a protective mesh that’s sewn on to your cornrows/freehand. It’s designed to reduce the amount of stress that the weave puts on your hair. It also helps your braids to stay in place which extends its longevity.
Invest in anti-itch products
If you suffer from a sensitive, itchy scalp then there’s no need to pat your way through wearing your weave. Tea tree oil is antiseptic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and natural and helps with itchy scalp! Mix 4 to 5 drops in a cup of water in a spray bottle and spray it when needed.
Don’t forget about your hair
Sometimes itchiness can just be caused by product build-up so don’t forget to wash your real hair. Make it easier by mixing your favourite shampoo and water into a bottle with a nozzle attachment, apply and massage the mixture into your scalp and then rinse. Ensure you dry your hair completely otherwise mildew can start to grow and smell.
Look after your weave hair as if it was growing from your scalp
If you’ve installed synthetic hair regular brushing and sleeping with a net will be enough to keep it looking good. If you’ve installed human hair then moisturise the hair daily, lock in the moisture with a good hair oil, brush it regularly and sleep with a hair net.
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. It recommended by hair experts to treat your own hair and the weaves as two separate entities. 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.
Put your weaves to sleep
A key to maintain beautiful weaves is to wrap it up before going to sleep or sleep on a satin pillow case. Believe it or not, cotton bed sheets can really mess up and dry out your hair. You can twist your hair into a bun and wear a turban cap before going to bed. This way your weave looks great every morning and you even save time on styling.-Additional information from online sources.
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