If you’re a Nigerian lady between the ages of 18 and 35 (or even older), you likely own or want a human hair weave. Since it hit the market, human hair has captivated hearts and of course, the money of a lot of Nigerian women.
They come in several lengths, textures, and colours, and don’t come cheap.
When you spend money on human hair, you earn the right to call it your hair. It is your hair. After all, you bought it. It then gets pretty frustrating when your hair (weave) is a shadow of itself after just two months. How can your investment just go down the drain? Yes. Human hair is an investment. You, however, have to do certain things to enjoy your investment.
One sure way for you to reap the fruits of your investment is to make your human hair last for as long as possible. With the right care, you should be able to reuse a good weave several times over the course of 2-3 years, or even more.
These tips will teach you how to make your weave last for a long time.
Stay Away From Grease/Oil
Simply put, grease is a solid lubricant. Most hair creams are grease-based. When your hair is dry and dull, you’re tempted to just dab on any oily product to get it to shine. Resist temptation.
This means no hair cream on your weave. Look at it this way: your human hair should have a lustrous, healthy glow, and not an excessive shine. You don’t want your hair to look like a synthetic weave. If your weave somehow gets oily, there are ways to fix it.
To be safe, try as much as possible not to use products on your weave. If you need to, apply very little amounts and preferably, use water based moisturizers e.g. leave-in-conditioners
Water is your weave’s friend. Fill a spray bottle with water and add a few drops of your favourite leave-conditioner. You can use a regular conditioner in place of a leave-in conditioner. Spray this mixture on your weave and brush it lightly.
This helps restore moisture and gives your weave a healthy shine and bounce. To maintain the curls in a curly weave, you should spray this mixture more often.
Your weave needs to be stored properly, when it’s in use and when it’s not. Do not use rubber bands to pack your hair. Rubbers bands cause tension on the hair strands and promote shedding. You can use a “hair ruffle” or a big hair clip.
Unlike regular hairnets, satin or silk bonnets (night caps) help to retain moisture. Packing the hair at night also helps avoid tangling. Tangling is an enemy. It promotes shedding, and shedding makes your weave thin out slowly.
When your weave is not in use, store it in a dry place. Even better, get a satin/silk bag for weave storage.
Every woman wants thick and full hair. Imagine the nightmare when your weave reduces to half of its initial size. It is very possible. To avoid or reduce shedding, you need to brush your weave carefully.
By now, you know the relationship between shedding and tangling. If your weave is already tangled, spray a little water and comb out with a wide-tooth comb.
Patience is key. Do not drag or forcefully comb your weave. If you have a lot of human hair weaves, invest in a paddle brush and a round brush.
It might seem strange to apply conditioner to your weave. However, it makes a big difference. After use, your weave may have a build-up of hair product or dirt. This happens more often in a really dusty environment.
You should do a deep condition treatment for your weave after long periods of use. You should even condition your weave more than you wash it with shampoo. A deep condition treatment softens and moisturises your hair. You can either use a regular hair conditioner or a deep conditioner. To get the best results from a deep condition treatment, it should last for at least 15 minutes. You can even put in an extra effort and wrap it in a plastic bag to stimulate some heat and get a better outcome.
There it goes, 5 easy steps to make your human hair weave last longer. If you’d rather put the care of your human hair in the hands of a professional, consult one of the salons on www.vconnect/salons.