How to care for your weave

By Drum Digital
21 August 2014

Caring for your weave after it's been installed is an important part of keeping it fresh.

Caring for your weave after it's been installed is an important part of keeping it fresh.

Here are some of the most important things to note, especially if you're a first-time "weaver".

Get virgin hair

This means that the hair comes from a single donor/person and has not been permed, dyed, colored, bleached or chemically processed in any way.

 It has a longer life span, is easy to maintain and can be washed, dyed, and styled for months on end.

Synthetic hair can be used to achieve most hairstyles and costs less than human hair, but has a shorter life span and cannot stand extreme heat, dyes or chemicals.

Be prepared to splurge on your virgin hair and watch it impress you.

Know your hair type

From Indian Virgin to Brazilian to Malaysian to Chinese and Russian – know your stuff!

Indian hair is generally thick (but not heavy), wavy and full – a good option if you like to wear your hair both wavy and straight because both looks can be achieved with this hair type.

Brazilian: Brazilian hair is thicker in density than Indian hair. Because of this, you may not want to use as many bundles to create a full look. Brazilian hair is also versatile – it may come straight, curly or wavy.

Malaysian / Chinese / Russian / European: Though there are slight variations in each, Asian and European hair types are typically sleeker and straighter than Indian and Brazilian hair, and are lighter in density. These hair types are a good choice if you have fine hair and are looking for something that will blend well.

With that said, if you want thick, full hair or if you want to rock a weave that will hold a wave or curl, opt for Indian and Brazilian hair. If you want a sleeker, straighter look, try Malaysian or European hair types.

Volume and length are important

The longer the hair, the more hair you’ll need because longer extensions are typically thinner in density.

Preparation

Consider washing the weave before putting it into direct contact with your natural hair and scalp. You can shampoo the hair or co-wash, which means using a conditioner as a shampoo and rinsing. Brush your the hair through with a wide paddle brush while the hair is still dry so that it doesn’t tangle when wet.

Watch the heat

Opt for rollers, rods and pin curls when attempting to achieve a wavy or curly look without the use of heat.

Tie your hair at night to protect it, and keep it moisturized.

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