Hygiene 101: How to Wash Your Hair Extensions
Girl, you’re looking fabulous and perfect with your new hair! But for it to stay that way, you gotta maintain and clean it. You paid good money for it, might as well make the most of your investment. You must remember to take care of your own hair underneath it too. Not because it is out of your sight, doesn’t mean you have to ignore it completely—it needs TLC too!
So how are you supposed to maintain it anyway? Here’s where we come in! We’re here to guide you on the 5 basic things you should do with when washing your weave.
1. Shampoo every 7 to 14 days
Yours or not, it’s still hair so you have to wash it. Oil and dirt buildup will cause your hair to look greasy and limp. It depends on your lifestyle whether you want to wash it weekly (every 7 days) or bi-weekly (every 14 days). If you have a more active lifestyle, doing a weekly wash would be best for you. It is recommended for you to do a weekly or bi-weekly wash since washing can leave your hair dry and lose its curls especially if you use harsh products.
The general rule is to use a dime-sized amount of shampoo but feel free to add a bit more depending on the length, thickness, and curliness of your weave. Make sure that you also reach your scalp and massage the shampoo gently with the end of your fingerTIPS, not fingernails!
Regarding the product to use, it is better to use sulfate-free shampoo which is more gentle and will keep a bit of oil in your hair which is important to keep it moisturized. You can also opt to co-wash and use a conditioner instead in cleaning your hair. It will really depend on what works for you!
2. Deep Conditioning
Since you’re only going to wash your hair on a week or bi-week basis, it’s important to deep condition your hair especially if you have a leave-out. Conditioning your hair is important since it helps in detangling your tresses, defines the curls of your hair, and keeps your hair moisturized and healthy.
You can also use a dime-sized amount of conditioner and apply it to your hair especially the roots. Feel free to add a bit more depending on the length, thickness, and curliness of your weave. To deep condition the hair, the conditioner needs some time to be absorbed by your hair. Cover your hair with a shower cap and wait for 20 mins or more. Rinse the conditioner from your hair and you can choose to put a leave-in conditioner for extra moisture.
- Use a nozzle bottle to help the products get into your roots. Mix the shampoo or conditioner with water and squirt it around your braids and on your scalp. Don’t forget to use the end of your fingertips to massage your scalp between the braids.
- Since your weave is sewn in a particular direction, it is best to wash your hair upright the way it was installed. Rinsing your hair upside down may cause tangles which will take time during styling and drying.
3. Detangle with A Wide-Tooth Comb
The best detangling tool is a wide-tooth comb. The ideal technique in detangling your hair is you must start from the bottom and work your way up to your roots. This prevents you from pulling your hair forcefully and tangling it even further.
4. Thoroughly Dry your Hair
You might think your job is done once your hair is dry, but it is important that your actual hair underneath your weave is also dry. If left damp, molds and mildew can grow and that’s a major YIKES! In drying your hair, use a hair dryer but with the lowest heat setting. High heat can damage your hair and loosen the weave.
5. Care for your Edges
Put some alcohol-free pomade to your edges to tame the frizz and keep it smooth. Don’t overdo it because you don’t want your hair to look greasy.
Those are the basic steps when washing your weave. Remember to visit your stylist once a month to ensure proper weave maintenance. They will properly wash your hair, style it, and even tighten possible loose braids among other things. Your hairstylist is your hair’s bestfriend, don’t you forget that!