So you have decided that you want to get a weave. You want to protect your natural hair but you also want a little more versatility with your style. You now need to know how to take care of your hair and your scalp underneath the weave!
First you should take care of your hair before you even put the extensions in. Make sure that you stay away from a lot of chemicals on your scalp and try not to use too many heat styling tools. This will help your hair to stay silky and smooth so that when the weave is removed it will still be that way. If you have a flaky scalp you should use a shampoo with zinc in it to help get rid of the dandruff once a week for four weeks before getting the extensions. If your scalp is still dry even after this, see a doctor as you may have another condition that is making your scalp flake.
When you have the weave put on, you need to make sure that you don’t neglect the scalp. Try to put oils on it every now and then to make sure it stays healthy. If your weave is made of a synthetic material, try to get as little oil as possible on it.
Next make sure that the weave is not too tight. If you have it pulled too tightly you run the risk of pulling the hair out at the follicles and then causing permanent hair loss once the weave is out. You should not be feeling pain or having constant headaches when you get a weave. If you do then it is too tight.
Shampoo your scalp at least once a week. Make sure that you use a gentle shampoo so that it doesn’t ruin the extensions but still gives your scalp and natural hair the nourishment it needs.
After six weeks take the weave out. Even if it still looks good your hair needs to breathe and be moisturized again. Your scalp will need a good deep conditioning treatment. When you are taking the extensions out make sure that you are careful as you do not want to rip hair out with it. If you have used bonding glue make sure that you use the specified remover and that you remove all glue from your natural hair with it.
Finally you are going to want to give your hair a break for a few weeks. Let it breathe and become completely healthy again before putting extensions back in.