6 Week Sew-In Weave Protective Style Challenge

By . - Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Join the Good Hair Diaries 6 Week Sew-In Weave Protective Style Challenge from 
September 17, 2012 to October 22, 2012

Check out the rules and instructions for this challenge below! If your follow these instructions for 6 weeks, your hair should remain happy and healthy.

Before installing the weave...
  1. Wash and Deep Condition the hair with your choice of gentle and quality products
  2. Moisturize the length of the hair using the L.O.C. Method
  3. I let my hair air dry.
  4. 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.) If you are using virgin hair, this process may or may not be necessary.
  5. 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.
  6. 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, add glycerine, natural oil and water.
  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. Start from the ends to the roots.
  2. 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 do try to limit your use of a heated appliance.
  6. Hair should be washed weekly!
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, 6oz Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Edge Control  
  1. Apply Curl Care Leave-In Conditioner from root to tip. (Available at Clicks)
  2. Apply Chi Silk Infusion from root to tip. (Available at DisChem)
  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. (Available at Clicks)
  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. Hair should be smooth and soft.
  6. Be sure to massage castor oil into the hairline and nape while in your sew in weave.

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  1. What great information. My cousin has just decided to get a human hair weave before an event we have coming up. I had no idea that she had to go through so much just to get longer hair. Thanks so much for this very informative information.

  2. When you spray the hair under your weave how do you combat the growth of mould/fungus?


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