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Weave Regimen – Washing your hair with a sew-in – Part2

Posted in Growing long hair, Protective styling, Weave on October 25, 2009 by fancee

Maintaining extensions is time consuming and requires a lot of patience. Cleansing and washing your hair properly is imperative to maintaining optimal hair health. Here are the steps I take to clean my hair with a sew-in weave.

Washing instructions…

  1. Start by combing through the hair with a wide tooth comb to remove all tangles. If you are wearing a curly weave, then I would use my fingers to detangle.
  2. I like to prepoo with oil on my scalp if I am going to clarify that day. If you’re not  a fan of prepooing, you can fill a spray bottle up with diluted shampoo and spray the scalp and hair. Use the method of spraying in between each track to get as close as possible to the scalp. Proceed by spraying the rest of the weave.
  3. Rinse the shampoo out of the hair using warm water and a wide tooth comb. Make sure that you rinse the scalp thoroughly and removing all the soap from the scalp.
  4. Apply your favorite conditioner the same way you applied the shampoo, but let the conditioner sit on the hair for a while. * I am crazy about keeping my weave soft and smooth, and one of the ways I do that is with a good conditioner. Your weave will thank you*
  5. Rinse the conditioner out and let your hair air dry. DO NOT APPLY any oils to the hair weave, and do your best to limit the use of a blow dryer.
Happy healthy hair growing!!!

Weave Regimen – Maintaining what is underneath – Part1

Posted in Growing long hair, My Regimen, Protective styling, Weave on October 22, 2009 by fancee
Hey folks! My last post was about my deciding to use a full sew-in weave as a protective style for a while. I am very happy with my decision to do this, but I thought I should go into serious detail regarding the maintanance of my hair underneath. Out of sight, out of mind does NOT apply when it comes to your hair. Let me state that this is how I CHOOSE TO TAKE CARE OF MY HAIR during the weave process. Take what you will from it and tweak what you need to. Let’s get started…
Before installing the weave…
  1. I always begin by co-washing my hair. There is nothing worse than installing a weave in dirty hair. You will be itching for days, and what you see under your nails will gross you out!
  2. DETANGLE! Lord, please make them detangle!
  3. Moisturize and seal the hair. Normally I would just moisturize and seal the ends, but since my hair is braided underneath, I go ahead and M&S the entire hair shaft.
  4. I let my hair air dry.
  5. Take the weave that you are going to install and wash it. I clarify and deep condition the hair the same way I would my own hair. Go in the same direction as the cuticle and don’t tangle the hair. I may or may not use heat during the conditioning process. ( It’s crazy how much hair dye comes out of the weave when you wash it.)
  6. Be sure to wash the weave in warm water and rinse the conditioner out in cold water. This will help the weave to be very soft when it dries.
  7. Let the weave air dry
After the weave is installed…
  1. Get a spray bottle or an applicator bottle with the narrow nozzle. Fill it up with your favorite liquid moisturizer. S-curl is awesome to use, but if you don’t have that then you can always dilute your favorite cheapie conditioner.
  2. Go ahead and lift up each track and spray or squeeze your moisturizer on the braids. This is time consuming, but completely necessary and it feels good.
  3. Get another applicator bottle and fill it with your favorite oil to seal the moisturizer in the hair. Be sure to get the oil on your hair and scalp and not the weave.
  4. Use the tips of your fingers to massage everything in. It feels great!
  5. Style as usual and cover with a silk or satin scarf or bonnet for bed.
The process is time consuming, but it’s sooooo necessary. If you decide that you don’t have the time to do this, than I would say that a sew-in weave is not a great protective style for you. Check out my next post on washing and conditioning your hair with a sew-in.
Have a happy and healthy good hair day!

Update on my hair

Posted in Hair Journey, Protective styling on October 14, 2009 by fancee
What’s up people? I have been so busy lately, and I haven’t had a chance to update you on what I’m doing with my hair these days. The picture on the left is what my naturally curly hair looks like on a normal basis. I still dont know what my curl pattern is, but I’m not really worried about it at this moment. What did worry me was the state of my ends when I decided to straighten my hair recently. Oh no guys!
My ends looked really dry with more splits ends then I care to remember. I nearly cried and I spent a good couple of weeks trying to decide what to do about it. You know how it is…you always want to hold on to your ends for length, but I know what holding on to split ends will do for you.

So I decided to ‘Man Up’ and chop off the nonsense at the ends of my hair. I ended up taking off and 1 1/2 inches and deep conditioning my poor unhappy tresses. Then I did a twist out that came out super cute. My hair felt soooo much better. It looks super short, but it still comes down to my shoulders in the back and layered on the sides.

Once the twist out started getting messy, I decided to do a cute updo for a while. The back is pinned up and the curls are preserved in the front. I got so many compliments on this hair do.

So what does my hair look like right
now? I decided to do a full head weave as a protective style for a couple of weeks. My hair and ends need a rest and I’ve always been able to retain amazing length with a sew-in weave. Did I mention that I sewed it in myself? That’s right people! We are multi talented up in this piece…lol
The last picture is really bad, but I realized that I didn’t take proper pics of the front of my head. Anyway, I am super happy with the hair, and I plan to take care of my hair underneath and still maintain a fabulous weave.
The next post will definitely be about taking care of your hair while wearing a weave. That’s all for now…Happy hair growing!

Protective Styling

Posted in Growing long hair, Hairstyles, Protective styling on September 10, 2009 by fancee

What is protective styling?

Protective Styling is wearing your hair in a way that protects your ends from friction, manipulation and the environmental elements.

Why should I wear my hair in protective styles?

The ends of your hair are the oldest section of your hair and therefore have been put through the most damage. Often people have a terrible misconception that their hair is not growing however, the hair is always growing out of the scalp, but you may not be retaining length if the ends are split and broken. By wearing protective styles you protect your ends from breakage and the end result is increased length. The goal of protective styling is protecting the ends of the hair so that you can retain more length.

What kind of protective styles can I wear?

The Bun – You have to start off with hair that is long enough to bun. Wrap the hair around and secure with a bobby pin or metal-less hair tie. Make sure that the ends of your hair are tucked in securely.

The Damp Bun – Basically you take the hair while it is damp and put it into a bun. The theory behind damp bunning is since the hair is damp it will retain the moisture while tucked away. I like to also seal with an oil for an added measure.

Braids &Cornrows – Braids and cornrows are a wonderful for choice for protective styling. The hair is braided and left alone for a long period of time. If the ends of the hair are folded under or tucked in, it is in fact a protective style. The low manipulation is wonderful for breakage control.

Full & Half Wigs – Full and half wigs have to be the best protective style ever. 90% to 100% of the hair is covered and protected from the elements. You can cornrow the hair underneath or bun it. It’s all about what works for you.

Ponytail – I’m talking phony ponies ladies. You can put your hair in a damp bun and tie a phony pony around it for extra flair. There are so many types of phony pony tails out there. Just be sure that it matches your hair color and texture. There is no sense in looking crazy ladies.
I’m sure there are other great protective styles out there. Drop me a line to have your favorite protective style featured on Good Hair Diaries. Happy healthy hair growing!