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:

Shampoo
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

Drying
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 

Sleeping
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.

  • 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?

  • Dija

    Exactly!

  • Noneya

    I recently got my first sew-in, real human hair weave, and I can say that it is NOT convenient but that is not why I got it. It takes more for me to keep this weave looking good and healthy than it does my real hair (because who the hell wants a bad, smelly weave)?! That being said, I love my weave. I never thought I would, but Lord help me I do! It won’t be a permanent thing, as I do actually like my real hair underneath, but I will wear a weave whenever I damn well please because I like to change it up and experiment with different looks, side-eye be damned. All these chicks on here slamming back women for “making other races rich because we are told we have to look a certain way by corporate America” can shut that none sense down because I know just as many, if not MORE, white girls that not only have weaves, but dropped a few hot dollars on it! You think those white actresses in Hollywood can grow long blonde locks over night after having a cropped, brunette do’ two weeks after wrapping their latest film? Hell naw! Team naturals, go be team naturals and enjoy it, but reserve your hate and loathing for something more important in the African-American community like us killing ourselves with drugs, obesity, and violence. Your choice is not everyone else’s choice, nor should it be, but why take the time to come to an article about hair weaves when you detest them so much? I will get another weave at some point, and I will pay as much as I please for it, because anything worth doing is worth doing well. Unfortunately a good weave cost good money, but like everything, you get what you pay for. If you want $20.00 a bundle hair, you will get a $20.00 a bundle weave, and that ain’t for me. Why rock a horrible weave when your real hair probably looks better? If rocking a weave ain’t your thing, then go shine with your god given locks. More power to you, but don’t try to dull somebody else’s shine because you disagree with it. Just take care of YOUR ish and keep it movin’.

  • Noneya

    Ain’t that the truth. I can spot a bad weave at 100 paces and I always find myself thinking “WHY”?! Just wear your real hair at that point, because it can’t look nearly as bad as a bunk weave!

  • Raquizzle

    haha you’re scaring me! I literally just bought my first packs of hair ever today and am getting it installed in 2 weeks. I have a relaxer (I totally agree with you on the “let people be w/ their hair choices” thing) and I’m going on Mexico and I just didn’t want to deal with it so I’m gonna try a weave. I also just want to do something different cuz I kinda hate my haircut. Haters gonna hate.

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