I was scrolling through my Instagram feed and saw this picture of a woman’s hair growing mold after leaving a weave in for 6 months. Since I’m doing this protective style challenge and some of you may be sporting a weave as a protective style, I’ve decided to leave some tips for weave maintenance.
Hair grows on average about ½ an inch a month and weaves require maintenance. You do not neglect your own hair while wearing a weave or any other kind of extensions. If leaving in for long periods, remember to:
Shampoo & Condition
Concentrate the shampoo on your scalp and work it in with the balls of your fingertips. Then work the shampoo down the weave hair, but do not ball it up on the top of your head. Instead, work your fingers straight down through the hair to the ends. Let the water help guide the shampoo down. It’s important to keep the weave hair as straight as possible to prevent it from matting, tangling and like this case your hair grows mold.
Apply Oil to Your Scalp
Maintain the Weave
Besides cleansing, weave hair needs to be combed to work tangles out. It should be secured at night, either under a satin cap or scarf.Near the end of the recommended time frame for wearing it, the hair growth will cause it to be looser. Listen to your stylist’s advice on how long to leave a weave in. If you extend this time too much, not only will your weave begin to look old and ragged, your new growth may begin to mat.
Hope this helps. Saturday starts the last stretch of the protective style challenge. Look out for another styles post in a few days.