1. Shampoo At Least Bi-Weekly, If Not Weekly
Always detangle your hair before wetting it using a wide tooth comb. Just like you would treat your own head of hair, wash it. Oils and dirt cause build up which is a no-go. Some ladies prefer to co-wash (using only conditioner), which is perfectly fine but remember you still want to use a clarifying shampoo that will remove any and all debris. If you wash your hair weekly you can switch in between a regular shampoo and co-washing.
2. Condition Your Hair
It is important that you condition your weave, especially with curly tresses. Conditioning helps with detangling, define curl pattern (if any), and adds moisture to the hair (that was stripped by the clarifying shampoo if you did not co-wash).
3. Thoroughly Dry Your Hair
Ladies, there are levels to this weave game! Sure you can opt for a wash and go but it’s better to be safe than sorry. We recommend sitting under a dryer for at least 1 to 2 hours to make sure your entire hair is dry (even the braids). If your braids are not dry you run the risk of having an ungodly mildew smell to your hair as well as unsightly molding, which will definitely damage your hair.
4. Sleep With a Satin Scarf and/or Pillow
This is the best way to protect your hair at night. We actually recommend you use both the satin scarf and pillow (definitely those who wake up with their scarf on the floor). These satin items help your hair retain moisture and keep your tresses soft, silky and laid.
5. Braid Your Hair At Night (For Curly Hair)
Curly tresses have an extra step for nighttime routines, unless you want to wear your straight hair wavy. Sectioning the hair and braiding it is essential to maintaining the curl pattern and defining waves. Once you braid it, tie your hair with a satin scarf and you’re ready for bed.
6. Keep Heat to a Minimum
The purpose of wearing a weave is mostly to give your natural hair a break, so do just that. If you wear your extensions straight, doobie wrap it with a few bobby pins at night to avoid using heat daily, and if you opt for voluminous curls pin curls are your solution. Only use heat it you must and that goes for your leave out too! You don’t want a crispy, burnt leave out that won’t blend with your silky extensions (trust us, we’ve seen it and ain't nobody got time for that).
7. Don’t Drench Your Weave In Products
In the case of weaves and products, we do not believe the more the merrier. Using numerous products will leave your strands stringy and greasy and cause build up. A dime-sized amount of oil here and there will do.