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How to Perform Maintenance on a Hair Weave

How to Perform Maintenance on a Hair Weave

If you’re thinking of getting a hair weave, then you probably have some questions. First of all, are you going to be able to wash it just like your normal hair? If you have this question, and others, then you can rest assured that any of your clients are going to be asking them to. For this reason, it is important to make sure that you know the answers, and that you’re more than ready to deliver them to your potential clients. Let’s go over a few things that you’ll need to know.

Tips from our Cosmetology School for Maintaining a Weave

The first thing that we want to say here, is that maintaining a weave definitely presents some serious challenges – no one can deny that. In spite of this, however, there are a few things that you can do to ensure you have a decent experience, whether you’re the one with the weave, or are advising a client.

Combing and Detangling a Weave

Weaves are going to get tangled, there is no way around it. Your first instinct, if you have a weave, is going to be to tear your comb through it and hope for the best. Okay, we can understand that, but you have to remember that the tracks are sewn right into the hair, and the more you yank, the more damage you’re going to cause. The last thing you want is for hair to start falling out from tugging, and so, try to do the same thing that you would do with your real hair: detangle from the bottom up. Try using a detangling product, such as a silicone based one to avoid using a water solution on your hair. It’s going to be a little more expensive, but it will help you to keep your hair weave/extension in good shape for the weeks that it lasts.

Washing it Out

Woman with soft wave hairstyle for fallWashing your hair is a trick you’re going to learn at any affordable cosmetology school, but here’s a fun fact: you can’t wash your hair normally when you have a weave. You have to wash it on the surface, of course, but you also have to make sure that you’re washing it underneath. If you want to be completely thorough, you will want to use a bottle with a nozzle attachment. Work through every single crack and crevice in the braids, and then rise twice.

Getting it Dry

After you clean your weave you ABSOLUTELY need to dry it. This is good information for you, and it’s information that you need to pass along to your clients. If you do not dry your hair completely, you’re going to find that it smells like mildew. While you might get used to it, the people around you certainly won’t. One of the best ways to get it done is to blow dry your hair, or, if you can, sit beneath a dryer at home. Not only will this help you out by getting rid of the smell, it will combat potential mold.

Avoid Scratching

Hair weaves itch – there’s just no way around it, and if this is your first weave ever, then you’ll definitely be put off by it. You need to make sure that you’re not using your fingers, the end of a rat tooth comb, or anything else that is going to irritate your scamp. Instead, use something like Scalp Smoother to relieve the itching quickly. You can also use tea tree oil to address the itchy scalp. Just don’t scratch and cause scabs – you might not notice it immediately, but when you take your hair out, you’re definitely going to notice.

Taking care of a hair weave is definitely a challenge, but it can be done, and you’ll learn all about it at cosmetology school. Enroll today!


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