Take Care of Your Hair Under the Weave

While a weave affords you a lot of versatility, and protects your hair at the same time, you can't neglect your own hair while wearing one. Taking care of your mane when it's weaved away will ensure that once the weave is removed, your new growth is healthy and lush. So when wearing extensions, you still need to do the following for your hair under the weave.

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Shampoo & Condition

Cleansing your scalp when wearing a weave is very important.
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Yes, you need to shampoo your hair on a regular basis even while wearing hair weaves. For the best results, concentrate the shampoo on your scalp and massage it in with the balls of your fingertips. Then work the shampoo down the weave hair, but do not ball it up on the top of your head. Instead, work your fingers straight down through the hair to the ends. Let the water help guide the shampoo down. It's important to keep the weave hair as straight as possible to prevent matting and tangling.

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Apply Oils to Your Scalp

Your hair and scalp still need nourishment while protected beneath a weave. Work natural oils under the weave onto your scalp and massage them in. If the weave is made of human hair, getting a little product on it won't hurt it, but synthetic hair doesn't require additional products, so it's best to avoid oils altogether if that's the type of weave you have installed. An applicator bottle with a nozzle tip will help you direct the oil where you want it to go without getting it on the rest of your hair. Stick to lightweight formulas like jojoba, grapeseed or coconut oil.

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Don't Neglect the Weave

When caring for your hair, you must care for the weave hair as well. Just because you'll eventually remove it doesn't mean you can neglect it. Besides cleansing, weave hair needs to be combed regularly so that it doesn't tangle excessively or mat. It should be secured at night, either under a satin cap or scarf. Human hair weaves can be treated very much like your own hair, and this includes applying products and heat; like your natural tresses, however, you shouldn't use heavy products or too much heat when styling your weave.

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Remove it After Six to Eight Weeks

Your hair will likely grow about ½ to 1-inch beneath the weave. Near the end of the recommended time frame for wearing it, the hair growth will cause it to be looser. Listen to your stylist's advice on how long to leave a weave in. If you extend this time too much, not only will your weave begin to look old and ragged, your new growth may begin to mat and loc.