5 Ways to Keep Weave Fresh

There’s nothing worse than a weave that’s unkempt. Matted hair with visible new growth and tracks will definitely get you a side eye. Whether you’re keeping late nights studying for that Master’s degree, a busy mom, or just a boss, you probably got that weave to help you save time and effort involved with doing your own hair, so why not make sure it looks as fly as possible?

First thing’s first: get a weave by someone who knows what they’re doing. A properly installed weave will give you a great starting point. Also, shop around for supreme quality hair. It’s going to cost you upwards of $300 for the hair alone, but it will be worth it on those mornings when you’re in a rush and it only takes a few minutes to refresh your style to perfection.

Hair weaves need help to remain smelling, feeling and looking fresh, so here are the best steps to take:

Whether you wear a natural or synthetic weave, it needs more careful care than your own hair because it’s missing the natural oils that come from your scalp. Every seven to 14 days (depending on whether you workout and/or sweat a lot), wet the hair first with lukewarm water and use a mild shampoo. Add a dime-sized amount of shampoo to your palm and rub it into your scalp with your fingers. Make sure to smooth the shampoo—don’t rub—onto the hair weave. Never turn your head upside down while washing, as this can tangle the weave permanently. Scrubbing or bunching your hair could also tangle it; avoid friction whenever you have extensions. Rinse well and allow the weave to air dry thoroughly.

TRY: Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Creamy Shampoo 

Leave-in Conditioner
Apply a leave-in conditioner to the weave, and your natural hair, after each shampoo. A dime-sized amount of product should be enough. Massage it in with your fingers, coating the gently. For freshening up during these in-between times you don’t have to wash again, just apply the leave-in conditioner to the dry weave. Avoid oils because they weight the weave hair down and will cause tangles and matting. If the hair looses it’s luster, especially after a few washings, you can use a minimal amount of argan oil.

TRY: Crème of Nature Argan Oil Gloss & Shine Polisher 

Anti-Bacterial Weave Spray
A weave that’s braided, twisted or worn in locks will take longer to dry than a weave that’s worn loose. This lengthy drying time leaves your weave susceptible to mold and bacteria—and that musty smell. Give your weave a light spritz daily to kill bacteria, detangle it and keep it fresh. Use the anti-bacterial spray once a day, working it gently into the weave with your fingertips.

TRY: Salon Pro 30 Seconds Weave Spray

It’s best to let your weave air dry (don’t towel dry either!), but if you must use a blow dryer start with the weft, then move to the ends and work your way up. Stick to the lowest heat setting possible when drying or using heated styling tools. Just like with natural hair, the heat can dry the weave hair and loosen the bond. Use a wide toothed comb for straight extensions and finger-style curlier weaves.

TRY: Ouidad Wide-Tooth Comb 

Never go to bed with a wet weave because it will encourage matting and that musty smell we mentioned. At night, loosely wrap your hair with a satin scarf but don’t tie it up in a tight style; that will cause tangles as well. Also, try sleeping on a satin pillowcase so not to disturb your weave.

TRY: You can get a satin pillowcase from Bed Bath & Beyond.

  • MzSiny

    I am a black woman. I do wear weave. Not because I am ashamed of my hair texture or race; I wear weave simply because it is trendy and there are some hairstyles that I like to try according to my wardrobe. Weave to me is none other than a fashion statement. I would call it an accessory. Not much different from a nice handbag, or a pair of nice shoes. Where I’m from the women that surround me know that they’re beautiful with or without it. Your hair cannot define who you are, nor can it make you a different person. So my point is: I really don’t think that women who wear weave is trying to hide their identity; they’re just doing their thing.

  • WhatIThink

    And while I certainly don’t claim that black women shouldn’t wear their hair the way they want, I have to also say that it really isn’t about choice and we should stop speaking such nonsense. Black women are taught to straighten their hair by force from childhood. They are taught that good hair and proper hair is all about hiding those nappy peas and “nasty curls” very early on in life, being introduced to the straightening comb and other treatments to get rid of that “ugly hair”. So right there you are taught to hate your natural hair and that the only good hair and proper hair is hair that has been straightened. Choice has absolutely nothing to do with it and all the pain and scalding that black girls go through to achieve this are simply scars of mental and psychological abuse. And all of this goes back to white culture. Africans historically have never ever done this sort of thing as part of child raising. Sure they treated their hair, cut their hair and did many things with their hair, but they didn’t abuse themselves in order to take on looks that were not natural.

    • denise

      Not ALL Blacks were raised to believe Africans,britts, Jamaicans go through the SAME thing. LOOK at Naomi. Not certain what YOU were told as a child or what ur friends were told as childrens, YOUR environment etc but the women I know CHOOSE weaves; perms or simply natural. We LOVE our hair. There’s nothing wrong with changing things up a bit. Does anyone say how ALOT of Caucasians get braids & extensions and risk cancer staying in the sun for hours just toet dark. Now were they taught this from the parents as well?

    • http://gravatar.com/jamesfrmphilly jamesfrmphilly

      like i said….a weave is the sign of the devil

  • http://gravatar.com/jamesfrmphilly jamesfrmphilly

    weaves are the sign of satan….

  • WhatIThink

    Unfortunately the only reason corporate black women feel the need to wear weaves and perms is due to the historical fact of white racism which deemed nappy headed black women as being ugly monkeys that certainly did not deserve to be treated like white queens.

    So lets keep it 100% and stop making up these fantasies that black women spend thousands of dollars (that most cant afford) making Koreans and other non blacks rich because of some sense of flexibility. Is it flexible to not be yourself and someone else the another or is it the sign of a psychological problem?

    When I see white women, Asian women and other folks spending thousands of dollars to rock kinky Afros as often as black women spend wearing weaves and perms I will agree that it is all about flexibility. But until then I call it black folks having psychological problems, starting with not knowing their behinds from a hole in the ground and more importantly not knowing or just not caring about the racism and sexism that has literally been raping and bastardizing them since they have been in America.

    But some folks these days think that they are following these patterns of physical and mental abuse as if it is a choice. People spend a lot of money putting perms and weaves on the heads of big entertainers because they want to influence your choices. And in general entertainers have been historically the biggest coons of all, with both males and females straightening their hair in the 50s, 60s and 70s pushing trends to the unconscious masses. Most black folks are too broke to be worried about keeping a weave fresh and it is pure silliness to even promote such nonsense as anything but a vain attempt to cling to the illusion of being something that most black folks aren’t: white and wealthy.


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