Getting A Weave For The First Time? Here’s What You Need To Know
I consider myself a weave connoisseur, having dealt with everything from wearing the wrong hair type to leaving weaves in for too long, both of which damaged my naturally thick hair. Here are 15 tips to keep your weave, as well as your natural hair, in good condition.
Get A Weave That Makes Sense
If you work out frequently, a weave with leave out may not be the best choice, as your leave out will begin to revert to its natural state as you sweat. Choosing a curlier texture that is easier to manipulate every day will save you time and energy in the long run.
Stay Conscious of Your REAL Hair
Make sure you’re using the right oils and products to keep your natural hair moisturized, and that you’re cleansing and conditioning your hair on a regular basis according to your hair type. If you have a natural dry scalp, it can lead to flakes, itching, and dandruff, which can be exacerbated by extensions.
It’s Okay To Combine Textures
Mixing two similar textures to give the hair a more natural look and feel is a common practice if your natural texture is in between two different types of extensions available. Buy hair that resembles your hair texture and mix it with an extension to get a natural-looking look.
Wash Your Hair Just Like You Wash Your Body
If you buy virgin hair, you must treat it like your natural hair and wash and condition it in between salon visits. After you shampoo a weave, it must be properly dried to avoid mildew and odor caused by damp hair. Some people spend $1,500 on hair only to neglect it.
Use Less Heat
Virgin hair reacts to heat in the same way that natural hair does, resulting in damaged and frayed extensions. Instead of curling irons, try a rod set, which stretches out the cuticle and leaves the hair looking nice and shiny.
Spice Up Your Life
Getting your hair colored by a professional stylist or purchasing pre-colored bundles can give you a completely new look.
Straight Backs or Beehive?
Hair braided straight back in the middle and down on the sides helps the weave lay better, and a beehive braid pattern works best because the braids are hidden on all sides for a flat and natural appearance.
The Leave Out
Leave as little natural hair out as possible; the less you leave out, the more natural it appears and blends. Leaving too much hair out can damage your hair if you’re constantly manipulating it to look like your weave.
On the Edge
Avoid more serious problems like traction alopecia, which is more extensive than normal hair breakage, by taking preventative measures like massaging your edges and moisturizing your hairline at night.
Wrap It Up
Wrap, braid/twist, or pin curl your weave at night and cover it with a satin bonnet or scarf to prevent the hair from drying out and tangling. Weaves tend to dry out over time, especially if they are not protected at night.
Use The Right Products
You won’t be able to use the same product lines on your weave as you would on your own hair, so talk to your stylist or read the hair packaging to see which products are best for your body and style. Extensions have gone through a number of steps before being packaged and shipped to you.
Stuck Like Glue
If you choose to wear a bonded weave, keep the glue half an inch away from your scalp to avoid damage and to allow your scalp to breathe. Keep in mind that your hair is still attached and you could lose hair this way.
Use a wig brush or a wide tooth comb to style and detangle your hair; wig brushes have bristles that help prevent shedding and tearing, so your hair won’t appear thin.
Get Professional Touch Ups
Most stylists advise scheduling a touch-up four to five weeks after installation, as regular maintenance will result in healthier, stronger natural hair and help your weave last longer.
Cut It Up
With a few snips here and there, you’ve got a whole new look. Light layers can frame your face, while long layers can add body and movement. Cutting your weave also helps with maintenance by keeping it looking fresh. Shop her look here.
How many bundles of hair do I need for a full sew in?
For a full sew-in, three bundles is usually the magic number; with three bundles anywhere from 14u2032u2032 to 20u2032u2032, your weave will be full, flowy, and glamorous; anything less, two bundles would suffice; if your sew-in is starting with lengths over 22u2032u2032, four to five bundles may be necessary.
How do I prepare my hair for a sew in?
Before you install the sew-in extensions, make sure you wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner; you can’t install them on dirty hair, and this is probably an obvious step to take. It doesn’t matter how you wash your hair as long as it’s thorough.
How much does a full sew in weave cost?
The cost of a sew-in varies depending on a number of factors, including where you live in the country and who your stylist is, but in general, the installation service costs between $100 and $600, not including the cost of the extensions, which can range from $80 to $600.
Can 2 bundles do a full head?
Although Peruvian straight hair is full from root to top, you may need more bundles to achieve a full look; we recommend 3-4 bundles depending on the same length.
Can you use 2 bundles for a sew-in?
2 hair bundles are recommended for a 14″ shoulder length style, but 3 hair bundles are recommended for a longer length in order to get full coverage for your sew-in. To achieve the Kinky Curly Sew-in look, shop for Kinky Curly bundles, which are perfect for both 3B-3C hair textures.
What’s the best hair to get for a sew in?
Human hair bundles are a set of extensions made of human hair that provide a smooth, natural appearance that does not curl or tangle over time. Human hair bundles are a set of extensions made of human hair that provide a smooth, natural appearance that does not curl or tangle over time.
Which is better sew in or wig?
Sew-ins are just as convenient as wigs, if not more so, but they can also provide you with the confidence of being able to wake up and start your day without having to re-curl, straighten, or put on a wig.
How much does a weave cost?
Types of Hair Extensions and Their Costs
|Weave||$100 to $600|
|Fusion||$200 to $1,000|
Are sew ins bad for your hair?
The constant pulling can cause strands of hair to break or fall out, and it can damage your hair follicles. Because a weave or extensions often require women to wear their natural hair tightly pulled, this can be difficult on hair.
How do I take care of my hair under a sew in?
How to Take Care of Your Hair While Wearing a Weft
- 01 of 10: Use a Nozzled Cleanser.
- 02 of 10: Shampoo.
- 03 of 10: Condition.
- 04 of 10: Wrap Hair in a Microfiber Cloth.
- 05 of 10: Apply Oils to Your Scalp.
- 06 of 10: Apply a Leave-In Conditioner.
- 07 of 10: Don’t Forget the Weave.
Why does my sew in itch so bad?
Inflammation of hair follicles can occur if your hair is pulled too tight during the braiding or weaving process, and when hair is trapped under a net or mass of hair for days without moisture, the scalp becomes extremely dry, causing a spread of that fiery itching feeling.
How much is a weave for a white girl?
We have all of the hair you need in stock at Diva Hair, and it comes in 18 inch, 22 inch, or 24 inch lengths. The installation fee is $299, plus the cost of the wefts, which varies depending on length and color. You can add as many bags of hair as you want for the one service fee price.
How often should I wash my sew in weave?
Your weave, like your natural hair, needs to be cleaned every two weeks (or every week if you work out a lot). It can easily pick up bad odors, dirt, and debris, just like your natural hair, so when your hair, the extensions, or both start to look stringy, it’s time to scrub them down.