Sew-In Weave Hair Regimen 2011

By . - Tuesday, August 16, 2011

I was asked to detail my hair weave regimen on the Good Hair Diaries Facebook group. Your wish is my command. Please feel free to ask any other questions you may have in the comments section.

Before installing the weave...
  1. I always begin by co-washing my hair. There is nothing worse than installing a weave in dirty hair. You will be itching for days, and what you see under your nails will gross you out!
  2. DETANGLE! Lord, please make them detangle!
  3. Moisturize and seal the hair. Normally I would just moisturize and seal the ends, but since my hair is braided underneath, I go ahead and M&S the entire hair shaft.
  4. I let my hair air dry.
  5. Take the weave that you are going to install and wash it. I clarify and deep condition the hair the same way I would my own hair. Go in the same direction as the cuticle and don't tangle the hair. I may or may not use heat during the conditioning process. ( It's crazy how much hair dye comes out of the weave when you wash it.)
  6. Be sure to wash the weave in warm water and rinse the conditioner out in cold water. This will help the weave to be very soft when it dries.
  7. Let the weave air dry
After installing the weave...
  1. Get a spray bottle or an applicator bottle with the narrow nozzle. Fill it up with your favorite liquid moisturizer. S-curl is awesome to use, but if you don't have that then you can always dilute your favorite cheapie conditioner.
  2. Go ahead and lift up each track and spray or squeeze your moisturizer on the braids. This is time consuming, but completely necessary and it feels good.
  3. Get another applicator bottle and fill it with your favorite oil to seal the moisturizer in the hair. Be sure to get the oil on your hair and scalp and not the weave.
  4. Use the tips of your fingers to massage everything in. It feels great!
  5. Style as usual and cover with a silk or satin scarf or bonnet for bed.
Maintaining extensions is time consuming and requires a lot of patience. Cleansing and washing your hair properly is imperative to maintaining optimal hair health. Here are the steps I take to clean my hair with a sew-in weave.

Washing your weave and real hair underneath...
  1. Start by combing through the hair with a wide tooth comb to remove all tangles. If you are wearing a curly weave, then I would use my fingers to detangle.
  2. I like to prepoo with oil on my scalp if I am going to clarify that day. If you're not  a fan of prepooing, you can fill a spray bottle up with diluted shampoo and spray the scalp and hair. Use the method of spraying in between each track to get as close as possible to the scalp. Proceed by spraying the rest of the weave.
  3. Rinse the shampoo out of the hair using warm water and a wide tooth comb. Make sure that you rinse the scalp thoroughly and removing all the soap from the scalp.
  4. Apply your favorite conditioner the same way you applied the shampoo, but let the conditioner sit on the hair for a while. * I am crazy about keeping my weave soft and smooth, and one of the ways I do that is with a good conditioner. Your weave will thank you*
  5. Rinse the conditioner out and let your hair air dry. DO NOT APPLY any oils to the hair weave, and do your best to limit the use of a blow dryer.
How I keep my real hair straight...

There is a small portion of my own hair left out on top and on the sides. 
I did this in order to blend my real hair with the weaved hair. This process creates a natural look. Please see the picture to the right as a very good example.

After washing my hair weekly, the portions of hair left out on top and on the sides revert back to my naturally curly texture. In order to get them straight again I follow the following regimen:
Chi Silk Infusion, 6ozOrganic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Edge ControlHerbal Essences Long Term Relationship Split End Protector, 6-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 4)
  1. Apply Herbal Essences Long Term relationship leave-in split end protector for long hair from root to tip.
  2. Apply Chi Silk Infusion from root to tip.
  3. Set hair while still very wet in rollers and air dry completely.
  4. Remove the rollers when the hair is completely dry and examine the roots to see if they are slightly wavy or extremely wavy. If they are only slightly wavy, I will go ahead and apply Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Edge Control Superior Hold and Shine to my edges and tie my hair down.
  5. If my roots are extremely wavy I will run the flat iron over the roots ONLY. Then apply the edge control and tie the hair down. Below are the results of the regimen.

This is my entire sew-in hair weave regimen. I hope this helps someone and answers everyone's questions. Please feel free to leave a comment in the comment section, and don't forget to HAVE A Good Hair Day!!!

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  1. great tips! im still debating whether is should get a weave or a lacefront wig this winter.

  2. Hello PattieLoves, I'm glad you found the tips helpful. I am obviously partial to the sew in weave, but there is certainly nothing wrong with the lacefront wig. Enjoy your hair!

  3. do you suggest leaving hair out on the sides? I've only ever worn full sew ins but think that leaving some out on the side would allow for even more versatility. good blog by the way! very informative.


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