Protecting Hair under Sew-In Weaves
One of the reasons that people choose to get sew-in weaves is because it is a convenient protective style. You only have the sew-in for a couple of weeks during which you get to give your hair a break from all the manipulation of styling. The idea behind giving your hair a break tends to go too far with people totally neglecting their hair underneath the sew-in.
It is important to keep your hair in check even with a sew-in weave on. To do this, you need to consider the following:
Protein Treatment and Deep Conditioning
Before you get your sew-in, you must prepare your hair for its time underneath the weave. In order to do this efficiently, you need to do a protein treatment. This helps to strengthen your strands by reinforcing the keratin bond that is a primary part of your hair structure. Additionally, you need to deep condition your hair. This is an important step as it infuses moisture into your hair and prevents drying. You need your strands hydrated and moisturized while they are under the weave. This will encourage growth and prevent breakage.
As you get the base of your sew-in weave, you must inform the hairstylist to braid your hair loosely. The primary cause of traction alopecia after having sew-in weaves is tight braiding. Most hairstylists like to do the braid real tight to ensure that the weave does not loosen quickly. While this has aesthetic advantages, it is bad for your hairline. Considering that the weave has to be sewn in tight, this leads to double the tension on your hair which then further agitates your scalp and damages your follicles. If you want to have your hairline in the right position even after having a weave, emphasize the need for loose braiding to your hairstylist.
Moisturizing and Sealing
Another way to ensure that your hair is well taken care of under a sew-in weave is to moisture and seal. If your hair loses water first, then your strands might be dry in a few days. To ensure that your hair is hydrated, get a sprits bottle where you can mix water and some leave in conditioner. You can spray this at the base of your scalp once every week and follow it up by using your hair oil to seal the moisture. Keeping your hair moisturized helps to prevent breakage once you undo your weave. Your hair will also remain soft and also grow thanks to the moisture. One point of caution is to not overdo this as it could lead to funky-smelling hair or a greasy scalp thus forcing you to undo the weave sooner than it would have lasted.
With these tips, you can rest assured that your hair will stay healthy underneath a sew-in weave. It is liberating to realize that you do not need a million products, to jump through hoops or any other complicated process to keep your hair protected underneath a weave.