Summertime always presents the opportunity to go bold, fun and flirty when it comes to your hair. So it is no surprise that many of you are searching for the perfect hairstyle to rock this summer. For those of you who are considering installing a weave anytime soon, this message is particularly for you.
As a weave-wearer myself, I love the versatility and instant va va voom a weave can add to your look. If you want your hair down your back, no need to wait for it to grow. If you want a dramatic hair color change, no need to dye your own hair. If worn correctly and properly maintained, weaves can be a great tool to achieve potentially any look you are aiming for. However, it seems as though many women are unaware of what it means to properly maintain a weave or what to consider when deciding to install a weave. When weave maintenance and knowledge are low, hair abuses and bad habits are formed. Please, don’t let this happen to you. Here are a few popular poor weave practices, along with some tips and tricks to improve your hair weave experience.
1. Reeking Weave
Wearing a weave on your head during hot months is like wearing a hat on your head. More than likely, you will perspire. Moisture will get caught in your scalp and the sweat will settle in your hair. Because your hair is not getting the appropriate air it should receive, you may develop an unappealing odor. Leaving your weave in for an extended amount of time, or not frequently washing your hair can result in this bad weave stench. Trust me, this is never cute, and should never happen.
2. Patting Your Weave
An obvious sign a girl is wearing a weave, is when you see her patting her head. Most weave-wearers will have an itchy scalp or hair discomfort. In order to get to the problem, women tend to pat their weave. While there is nothing wrong with patting your hair in private, I must say, doing so in public is slightly inappropriate. It is a distracting, unappealing and embarrassing habit that must be abolished. Chances are if you are experiencing a high level of discomfort, it is time to wash your hair, apply oil to your scalp, or remove the tracks. See “‘Pat Your weave Ladies’: How to Fight the Itch” for other ways to ensure that you don’t always have to scratch.
3. Exposed Tracks
It’s summertime, the air is warm, and the weather is breezy. Chances are the wind will blow in the wrong direction and completely expose your tracks and/or sewn up hairline to the world. Most women would rather leave something to the imagination. You do not want everyone to have proof that you are wearing a weave. Ladies, be conscientious of this when you are rocking your weaves. While some styles flow naturally in the wind, others do not. While it may seem infeasible to hold down your hair every time a brush of wind blows your way, it just may be necessary to prevent the horror of exposed tracks.
4. Bird’s Nest
A bird’s nest occurs when your hair is matted, tangled and a H.A.M on the top of your head. We have all seen it before. A bird’s nest is difficult to tame and control and could spring up at any time without you knowing it. This tends to occur when women purchase cheaper brands of hair. Remember, you get what you pay for when it comes to weaving hair. If you want to wear a weave for 2 months, you should not purchase hair that lasts for only 2 weeks. The best way to combat the bird’s nest is to invest in hair weave detangler or conditioner. Also, carry a comb with you wherever you go.
5. Hair All Over
Have you ever seen a woman who had more hair on her clothes then in her tracks? If yes, then chances are she was suffering from major hair shedding. This typically occurs when a cheaper brand of hair is used or when the weave has been left in past its expiration date. In order to prevent shedding, it is best not to cut your wefts before installing the hair. When you cut the wefts, you are making them weak and susceptible to hair loss. Also, when styling your hair use a large paddle brush or wide toothcomb. When combing your hair, be sure to start from the bottom and work your way up. This ensures that you do not pull out the hair from the weft, reducing shedding.
– Chelsey Wilkin