Peruvian, Indian, Brazilian, or Malaysian; these are a few of the hair weave dynasties that fuel transformations and allow many to become whomever or whatever they chose to be. It’s the power and the love of a good weave. A multimillion dollar industry financed by LOVE: the looks and the fantasy. They’re over 600,000 YouTube videos and countless social media outlets saturated and infatuated by this love.
What many don’t tell you is that this love can snatch out edges and cause scalp diseases if not taken care of properly. Statements like, “I’ve spent $200 on this weave, it’s staying in my head for 6 months” often result in the complete annihilation of natural hair, scalp parasites, and hair nightmares for both client and stylist. My colleague stated that she had to remove a client’s weave outside due to the invasive smell caused by molding. Is this love worth alopecia? “What’s love got to do with it,” if you have NOTHING to attach it too?
Even if you have achieved hair weave “fabulosity” like #Beyonce you must still take care of your natural hair and scalp. First, begin by washing your hair on a regular basis. Every 2 weeks is standard, but wash the extensions and your scalp too. If you can’t access the scalp due to braids, netting, or threading, use an applicator bottle with a diluted solution of water and ¼ shampoo. This allows shampoo to be applied directly to the scalp. Follow-up with a metal-teeth comb to gently massage the scalp and remove debris. Once shampooing is complete, use a liquid leave-in conditioner spray. Regular crème conditioners tend to leave build-up on both the extensions and the scalp. Lastly, sit under a hair dryer to properly dry the hair. It typically takes 2hrs to thoroughly dry a sew-in.
Note: Extensions should be worn in increments of approximately 6-8 weeks. Most of the matting and hair trauma I’ve seen has been from people pushing the envelope. Be wise with your love… so in the midst of wrapping, rolling, curling and sewing; take care of the natural you too.
By: Chimere Brown