I’m one of those naturals who will wear a weave. Yes, a super duper long, 20 inch, 100% Indian hair weave. Yes, it’s true, and guess what?!?!? You naysayers will deal!
I love it when folks are like “Marie your hair grew so much! How did it grow so much?” It’s a miracle people. The weave gods came down and bestowed favor upon my head. LOL.
I called myself chopping all my hair off for a cute bob look back in 2007 and it was only through a weave that my hair grow back.
During this growth phase I adopted the phrase “weave it and leave it” and I’m sharing a few tips that I learned (the hard way) a long the way.
1. Its All In The Braids
Don’t allow just anyone to braid you up for your weave. If the person doesn’t lay your braids just right, then you’re wasting your time and money.
Your hair will not grow if you have some ill-equipped braids under those tracks. For example, braiding your hair into a beehive before you lay your tracks. NOT A GOOD IDEA.
First off, you don’t want the braids too large (like what you see above) or your weave will look big and lumpy. Shoot for small to medium size braids to ensure your weave lays as flat as possible.
Also, where the braid ends at the crown of your head, you will notice that it will be hard to wash because of it being braided up into that tight circle. That area will be really tight and typically unmanageable during the wash and dry phase or your maintenance routine.
It’s important to braid from left to right before you lay those tracks. Why? When you wash your hair you need to be able to get in between the tracks and scrub your scalp in order to ensure your hair is truly clean.
2. A Skull Cap Will Be Your Best Friend While You Sleep
Just like you buy the silk bonnet for your natural hair, you need to protect your weave with something appropriate as well. I use a skull cap similar to this here:
Wild sleeper? Just tie another silk scarf on top. The skull cap will just keep your weave perfectly wrapped while you sleep. It’s not the most attractive way to go to sleep, but a girl’s certainly has to do what a girls got to do, right?
3. Limit The Heat
Back in the day I used to KILL the pressing comb on my edges. After years of wearing a weave, my hair was long has heck in the back, but looking crackish in the front.
Please don’t feel like you have to straighten your hair every single day. If your hair is coarse, then you have to get creative with your styling techniques. Try rocking large curls, cute scarfs or lay your edges down with some hair wax.
4. If It’s Packaged Hair, Leave It Alone Because It’s Probably Not 100% Real Hair
How many of you bought some alleged “human hair” from the beauty supply and after a few days it looked like there was a permanent hair ball on the side of your neck ?!?!? Stop lying! It happened to me too.
Usually, to get that AUTHENTIC human hair you will end up buying it by the ounce and not prepackaged. Here’s where I buy my hair!
If it says remi, brazillian, or malaysian chances are it’s laced with synthetic hair and you’ll be seeing that pesky “hair ball” in your near future. Beware ladies!
5. Buy A Diffuser
Never heard of a diffuser? It looks like this:
You place it on the end of your hair dryer and while you’re blow drying your hair it will ensure that it’s completely dry. It’s typically used to define someones curls, but it will get your tracks dry and quickly!
Anytime you wash your hair or after an intense workout make sure that you thoroughly blow dry your hair to ward off that darn mildew-ish smell.
Do not, I repeat, DO NOT just let your weave air dry, under ANY circumstances. Girl, people can smell that mess. It’s not a good look!
6. Don’t Leave It In Too Long
When I used to do weaves I used to be amazed at how long girls would leave their weaves in. Some upwards of 8 to 9 months. That’s NOT ok. Personally, I cannot and will not leave my weave in for any longer than 4 months. Even at 4 months, I’m having mental battles of me wanting to take it out, however knowing that I’d miss my faux tresses!
You do not want mini dreadlocks in there, plus when your hair grows and the tracks are dragging to the floor it will hurt your hair more than help!
7. Trim Your Hair After Every Weave
I know you’re happy that you have some new growth after rocking that cute weave, but trust me you’re going to need to trim it. Our hair grows at it’s own pace and usually it grows uneven. S
Don’t be one of those girls walking around with 5 inches of split ends. Take care of your hair!
8. Let Your Hair Breathe
After every weave allow your hair to breathe for a couple of weeks. Three weeks minimum!
I hope these tips will help your weave wearing this summer. They’ve certainly helped me over the years.
I promise if you stay true to these weave maintenance techniques, you’re natural hair will not be affected while you’re rocking your weave. Scouts honor!
Meanwhile, I’ll go back to taking selfies with my cutie pie son Joey!