Weaves and hair extensions are two different techniques of installing hair pieces. Unlike your natural hair, weaves and extensions can't restore themselves once they are damaged.
Therefore, taking proper care of your hair pieces is very important to ensure the beautiful longevity of their life. With proper care, your hair pieces can look great and be re-used for years.
Every woman who is very fashion conscious should also keep in mind that hair extensions, which women use very often, should be well taken care of, to last longer. Things like lifestyles and comfortability should be paramount when choosing which hair weave to wear.
One of the first tips after fixing it in your hair is to secure your hair while you sleep. Hair pieces can become easily knotted or tangled at the installation place.
Wear a large cotton bandanna around your hair while you sleep to avoid excessive friction that might cause damage. Here are some tips to make your weave-on last for you.
Do your researchConsultations exist for a reason. It’s your opportunity to address any concerns, and ask your stylist any questions that you may have, to ensure that you receive a great installation.
Tip: Ask to see pictures of weaves that they have done for past clients.
Go to a professional stylistGet your extensions done by a professional stylist who specializes in hair extensions. Check out their portfolio so you can see if their method of styling is what you are looking for.
Tip: Make sure your stylist specializes in healthy haircare to preserve your tresses.
ConfidenceWhen selecting your hair for your installation, choose a length and texture that you are comfortable with and works with your lifestyle. At the end of the day, you will have to wear this hair.
Tip: If you are comfortable, you will exude confidence.
Braid pattern and sizeThis can truly make or break a good weave! While there are universal braid patterns, no two heads are shaped exactly alike. Your braid pattern should reflect the style that you have chosen, as well as your head shape.
Tip: Make sure your base braids are small. Bulky braids lead to a bulky weave.
A great cutThere is a huge misconception when it comes to cutting your weave. Cutting your weave allows for personalisation. It could be light layers to frame your face, or long layers to create body and movement. This should be done to enhance the end result, and to make your installation look and flow as natural as possible.
Tip: Cut your weave to a style that suits you.
Maintenance: No longer than 8 weeksGenerally, weaves protect your hair from the everyday wear and tear that can result from daily styling. However, keeping your weave in longer than the suggested time can most unquestionably damage your hair underneath.
Tip: Maintenance is key.
Textures: don’t be afraid to mix!Create your signature style by blending textures with 100 per cent human hair. For example, combining wavy hair with curly gives you an easy wash-and-go style. A relaxed texture combined with straight will give you the perfect blend and with lots of body.
Tip: Experiment with different textures.
Your natural hairAlways leave out as little of your natural hair as possible if you’re applying a full head of hair extensions that don’t exactly match your natural hair texture.
Tip: The less you have out, the less you have to manage.
Avoid hairline breakageTry to leave out ample hair around the edges to avoid added tension around your hairline. Tight braids applied close to your hairline with tracks sewn on them can easily break or cause further damage like tractional alopecia. Always moisturise your hairline at night. Try to use a product that is not too heavy to avoid buildup in your hair extensions.
Tip: Take care of your natural hair.