Weaves, braids, wigs - how long should you keep them?


Wearing your hairstyle longer than you should can cause irreversible damage. We spoke to celebrity hairstylist and owner of Sonny Magic, Sonnyboy Magano about hairstyle timelines.   Braids Screen Shot 2017-03-08 at 4.57.25 PM It really depends on the length and thickness of the braids, however, we strongly suggest not going past 6 weeks no matter what. The longer you leave them on, the more gunk will build up at the base making them harder to detangle and lead to major breakage.   Weaves Screen Shot 2017-03-09 at 1.13.41 PM A month should be the cut off time because the hair turns to tangle with the weave and when you eventually undo the weave you will notice excess hair loss from breakage. In the four weeks make sure the scalp is well moisturised.   Wigs Screen Shot 2017-03-08 at 5.02.59 PM When you are wearing a wig (sewn in or glued on), you must remove it every two weeks to wash and treat the hair and scalp. Most importantly, avoid using wool when plaiting hair because wool sucks up moisture. Base the scalp every time you get the wig installed. Cornrows Screen Shot 2017-03-08 at 4.53.46 PM The longest you can keep cornrows is a two and a half weeks.

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