· By Nwadiogo Quartey-Ngwube
How to Take Care Of and Re-Use Your Weave
So you’ve bought a really expensive weave and you’d like the hair to last for multiple uses. We don’t blame you, after all money doesn’t grow on trees does it? With some good practices you can keep your hair looking great in your style and great after you take it off until your next one. Here’s how.
Wash & Condition
Even though you’ve purchased this weave, remember it’s still hair. Make sure you keep it washed and cleaned both on top (the weave) and underneath (your actual hair).
Gently smooth the shampoo (and eventually conditioner) down your weave starting from the top of your head. You want to avoid over-manipulating the hair so you can prevent as many tangles as possible. Also massage your scalp with shampoo to prevent product and sweat buildup that will eventually cause your hair to smell if not addressed.
Avoiding the full force of your shower allow water to run down the hair and rinse off your product. You don’t want your hair to get too wet or too heavy from the water. If it’s too wet it will be harder to dry and if it’s too heavy you may be putting too much pressure on the hair. If your hair is glued in be extra careful to avoid the glue dissolving.
Detangle your weave from the bottom of your strands to the top. Excessive force when detangling can damage the wefts. When your weave and scalp are dry moisturize.
Don’t sleep with a wet head of hair. Keep your hair open and drying until completely dry. Wrap your hair with a satin or silk scarf before bed. If you want to be extra careful you can use satin or silk bed sheets too.
You’ve taken the weave off now but want to reuse it again later. Wash the wefts, detangle the hair and make sure they’re completely dry before storing them. Group your wefts by length and hold them together with a seamless hair tie.
If you can, store the wefts in a container, box, drawer etc. lines with satin or silk. Otherwise a Ziplock bag will do. Keep your hair in a dry dark place to avoid discoloration.