Extensions can be great protective styles to utilize any time of year. Whether you decide to wear long tresses or a curly mane, your weave is an investment.
Like all investments, extensions needs to be cared for. But that doesn’t mean your natural hair has to fall to the wayside. Regardless of your hair goals, your hair extensions and your natural hair underneath need special attention every day. So if you’re trying to strengthen your natural hair while also helping your weave last longer and stay flawless, look no further.
Follow these instructions, and help your natural hair will grow healthy and strong and your hair extensions look more fabulous than ever.
8 Ways To Make Your Weave Last All Summer Long
1. Purchase Quality Hair Extensions To Make Your Weave Last Longer
It’s a frustrating fact: the best hair extensions can be more expensive than the hair application itself! But its all part of the investment.
Sub-quality hair extensions will shed quickly, creating a less than spectacular looking weave. Quality extensions are hair extensions made with 100% virgin hair that have been properly cleaned and prepared. In general, they have not been treated with chemicals or hair coloring.
If you purchase high quality hair extensions, you can use them for several installations. If you’ve made the choice to purchase some, but don’t know where to look, just consult with your hairstylist! They’ll have some great ideas about where to purchase high quality hair extensions that work perfectly for your hair goals.
2. To Make Your Weave Last Longer, Consider Wearing A Net
A net is a mesh protective covering, designed to protect your hair and help your stylist not sew into your braids. Different stylists have different opinions about using a net. Here’s a list of some Pros and Cons to help you decide whether you should be using a net too.
Pros To Wearing A Net:
- Your weave will last longer because a net helps keep your braids in place.
- A net protects your natural hair from the weave itself, as your hairstylist doesn’t have to always sew into the braids.
- Broken areas are able to grow because they will be totally covered by the net
- A net allows the stylist to add more extensions to places where she did not braid, resulting in a fuller looking weave.
Cons To Wearing A Net:
- A net is super uncomfortable. You can’t get in there and scratch!
- Nets can make your weave feel tighter, especially in the beginning.
- You do not have the ability to really wash your own hair, which is important for growth.
Talk to your hairstylist about your hair goals, and decide if wearing a net underneath your weave is best for you.
3. Leave Out As Little Hair As Possible To Protect Your Hair And Make Your Extensions Last Longer
The hair that you leave out, also known as leave-out, is vulnerable to severe breakage because it is easily susceptible to pulling, rough touching, and heat damage.
Sometimes we handle our natural hair like we handle our extensions, when in reality our natural hair should be treated much more gently.
When getting your weave put in, ask your stylist to leave out only a small portion of your hair, depending on your preferred style. Braiding away your own hair will allow it to grow one or two inches, rather than break off! It can also make your weave look more uniform, depending on the cut and style.
4. After 5 Weeks, Get a Professional Touch Up To Make Your Weave Last Longer
Schedule a touch up with your hairstylist about four or five weeks after your weave is put in. Your stylist can re-braid the parts of your hair that have grown, touch up loose hair extensions, trim dead ends. Regular upkeep will result in healthier, and stronger natural hair. A professional touch-up will also help your weave last a longer and maintain its well-groomed appearance.
5. Wrap Up Your Extensions Around The House And When You Go To Bed
Depending on the texture of your hair extensions, it’s typically best to keep your hair up when you’re sleeping or working around the house. Keeping your hair up prevents unnecessary wear and tear, alleviates frizz, and preserves a natural curl pattern without having to use heat!
In general, curly hair should be twisted, and straightened hair should be wrapped under a scarf. However, you can always consult with your stylist to decide on the best way to preserve the hair texture of your specific extensions.
When you sleep, keeping your natural hair tucked away behind a scarf is a fool-proof way to help keep weave look well-groomed when you wake up and head out the door. The scarf creates a barrier for your hair, locking out rough air and surfaces that can cause frizz and damage in the night.
6. Blow-dry Your Braids After Washing Your Hair
Some of us like to believe that the natural hair underneath our extensions requires little maintenance, when it fact it requires extra maintenance to preserve hairstyles and support healthy growth. After all, a your brain are the foundation of your weave!
After you wash your hair, always sit under a hairdryer, or blow-dry your braids underneath your weave. It’s also important to use a medium heat setting so you don’t burn your hair and scalp. This step will help prevent a moldy odor, and keep your braids in top condition.
7. Do Not Apply Excessive Heat to Your Extensions To Make Your Extensions Last Longer
Of course, you can give yourself a few curls every once and while, but try to avoid blow-drying and straightening your hair extensions every time you wash your hair.
Hair extensions are actually prone to the same damage as real hair, meaning too much heat will decrease their lifespan. So, if you want your weave to last longer, choose a hair texture that you like and save the extra blow drying and pressing for special occasions.
8. Care For Your Exposed Hair Like it’s Your First Born Child
Your exposed hair or leave-out (your edges, hairline, and your “part”) is the most critical element of your weave. After all, it’s your natural hair and deserves extra care and attention!
The condition of your exposed hair is what will make or break an awesome weave. If your natural hair is broken, doesn’t match the weave’s texture, or is a mismatched length, the appearance of your weave can suffer. So, care for this part of your body like it’s your baby. You’ll thank yourself for that extra 10 or 15 minutes of hair care when your hairline is as healthy as ever in five years!
After using a shampoo that fits your natural hair texture, you can begin deep conditioning your exposed hair every time you wash. And make sure you keep sleeping with a scarf!
Interested in making your own hydrating conditioner? Try Kimberly’s D-I-Y Conditioner Recipe.
Whether you decide to wear a weave or not is your choice. What is always important, however, knowing how to care for your hair. Following these simple hair care tips will help your weave last longer and look its very best from the day you have your hair extensions installed to the day you have it taken out. And remember: keep your weave in for 10 weeks, 12 weeks max.
Have any more tips on how you’re making your weave last this summer? Comment and share with us!