A Simple Hair Care Regimen for Ladies with Sew-Ins

Don’t think for a second that just because you have a sew-in that you don’t have to take care of your hair underneath.  You would lose valuable time and growth if you make that mistake.  Having a weave provides you with many benefits, and due to low manipulation it allows your hair to thrive and grow at what seems like warp speed.  It’s not that you hair really does grow faster when you have a weave installed, it’s just that you can retain the majority of your length if you go about it correctly.  I will walk you through the steps I take to make sure my weave stays fly while keeping my hair intact.



I must have been 19 years old when I got my first sew-in.  It was my birthday and the summer time, I wanted wet and wavy hair and it turned out beautiful. The problem was, I was uneducated about how to maintain my own hair under my weave, but even worse was I had no idea what was waiting for me when I took it down.  A couple of months went by and I started getting bored with the wet and wavy style, so I took it out.  I was amazed at how much my hair had grown, but what upset me was how thin my ends and the middle of my hair looked compared to my roots.  As if that wasn’t enough, I was devastated to see that my hair was so weak.  I washed my hair and conditioned as usual.  Once I began to comb it, I noticed that not only was there massive shedding, but my hair was breaking off in the middle of the strands.  When I discussed this with my stylist, she asked if I had been doing protein treatments.  I had not.  As it turns out, you should do a protein treatment on your wash day.  When I get a sew-in these days, I use Aphogee Intensive Two Minute Keratin Reconstructor.  I usually keep my weave installed for two months.  I tend to use the protein treatment once every two weeks.  This brand of protein treatment is usually meant for permed hair, but it works on natural hair as well, especially if it will be immobilized for an extended period of time.  It keeps my hair strong and I do not experience breakage or a massive amount of shedding.

Deep Conditioning

Another mistake I made with my first install was my lack of deep conditioning.  Even without a weave, you must never skip this step.  Conditioners that are very thin in nature work best when you condition your hair under a weave.  Just think, you have a head full of added hair on your head and you have to get through that before you can even get to your own hair, which is braided tightly.  The goal is to make sure that every strand of hair from the root to the tip gets the benefit of the conditioner.  Thick conditioners will just sit on the top layer of your braided hair.  Sometimes a stylist will braid extra hair in with your own hair, making it even more pertinent that you have a conditioner with a very thin, almost watery consistency to be able to move through the bulk to your scalp.  VO5 Moisture Milk is an excellent conditioner that will be able to penetrate through the hair and down to your scalp.  .

Daily Moisture

I guess by now you are saying that I just did everything wrong with my first sew-in.  Well, not everything.  I provided extreme amounts of moisture to my hair on a daily basis.  Being that I had a wet and wavy style, I sprayed an activator-like spray on the weave daily after wetting my entire head in the shower.  So, moisture was never a problem.  In fact, I had too much moisture and not enough protein as stated earlier.  If you are wearing hair that is not wet and wavy and you wish to keep it dry, you must use a moisturizer that will not wet your hair, but still get the job done.  African Royale Braid Spray is one such product that will not make your hair wet, but it will give it a mist, thus providing the daily moisture you need.  You can use any brand of braid spray that you prefer, but make sure it has a nozzle or a spray mechanism.  In other words, you do not want a moisturizer that you have to pour into your hand, this will make it harder for you to get down to your hair and get an even coverage.

Dealing with Weave

As far as keeping the style of your weave and keeping it fresh looking, I just want to say that you do not have to compromise the look of your weave while taking care of your hair.  You can still practice healthy hair care and rock a sew-in at the same time.  Sometimes women make the mistake of thinking that if they mess with their own hair, then they will mess the weave up.  Trust me, your braids will not come loose because you are deep conditioning.  You will be able to curl the weave again and style it back daily.  You probably tie it up, wrap or bun it at night anyway.  Go ahead and make good use of your time, by growing your own hair longer while you have your weave.  If you have wet and wavy hair installed, make sure that there is a protein balance since you will be wetting your hair often.  When I had wet and wavy hair in, I braided the hair and tied it up to sleep.  Having a weave is a very simple and easy style, but it is also easy to miss steps, and that could be at a detriment to your own hair.



  • After the stylist braids you hair, look in the mirror to see the pattern.  Once the hair is sewn in, you will not be able to see your scalp that well.  If you know the pattern that your hair was braided in, this will help you with moisturizing or if you wanted to oil your scalp directly.
  • A protein treatment should be done once every two weeks.  I like to do my protein treatment before I wash, but you can do it after you wash if your wish.  When I do my protein treatment on dry hair, it just seems to make my hair that much stronger versus when I do them on wet hair.  Either way, do not skip this step!
  • Deep condition using saran wrap and a plastic cap under a dryer. I put my conditioner on, making sure it is through my braided hair and scalp and I carefully massage to ensure proper distribution.  I take a sheet of saran wrap and wrap my hair up.  Then I put a plastic cap on over the saran wrap.  I sit under the dryer for an hour.  We all know the shower cap provides a level of occlusion, but by the saran wrap being snug and tight to the scalp it traps the moisture in even more.  Both your own hair and your weave should feel fabulous after this process.
  • Wash the conditioner out and sit under your dryer until your braids are dry.  Check under your braids to make sure that deep within the braid is dry and not just the top layer of your hair.
  • Spray your styling product on your weave and your braid spray on your braids to moisturize.  Style as usual.


Author: Miandria Powell

Miandria Powell is currently a student at Purdue University, majoring in Information Technology. She is a web enthusiast with interests in writing, internet marketing, film making, metaphysics and all things beauty. Miandria has a love for healthy living and believes in taking care of the body inside and out. Living life consciously with a constant mind-body-spirit awareness is one of the most important things to her. Feel free to friend request her on facebook @ http://www.facebook.com/miandriapowell

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  1. I’m the beginning part how you explain to do a protein treatment every wash day. I’m confused. I haven’t had a sew in yet but how do you give your real hair a protein treatment when it’s in braids? Can you explain? Do you mean you braid the hair w the protein treatment still in it?

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  2. These are great tips!! I will incorporate them into my daily routine.

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  3. I agree 100% –to each is its own, respect what works for the other person and figure out what works for you

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  4. There is so much conflicting information here I don’t know what to believe. Also I’d be interested to know where I can order excellent quality hair that’s not so shiny and looks natural. Thanks

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    • Try (Google Search->Simply A Lady) their prices start at $65 per bundle. I used code “simplyj” and got Free Shipping. I love this hair, its the best ive ever worn, this is my second install.

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  5. I’m so confused. I’m white and got a sew in. I only left it in for a month in a half. When it got taken out OMG i lost half of my hair do to breakage and shedding. I’m of course getting another one because i can’t walk around like this. Someone PLEASE tell me how to prevent this from happening again. Please HELP Me.


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    • I am a licensed stylist and have been for over 10 years. Make sure your braids are not extremely tight as this causes breakage. Please also make sure you wash and condition regularly like you would your own hair. Note: Braids and sew-in’s can cause breakage because its pulling aganist your natural hair. Please dont keep a sew-in up for more than 3 months. If you are natural and have no relaxer you probably dont want to go more than 2months as your hair can become extremely tangles and impossible to comb. You have to treat weave as if it’s your own.

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  6. Valuable information yet misleading. Many weavees(client) need to know that protein is for unruly, weak & damaged hair. Hair should be loose & free from braids when giving a protein treatment. A protein treatment can harden the hair and needs to be rinsed thoroughly. Braids will just lock in the residue that you are aiming to free. This is why you may experience hair knottinog and patches of harden hair when you take down the sewin. Also when applying any moisture to a braided sewin, you risk “water scalp fungus”. Water + hair = Fungus. If your hair is dry, fungus CAN NOT live.
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  7. Oh my goodness! Impressive article dude! Thanks, However I am
    encountering problems with your RSS. I don’t understand the reason why I cannot subscribe to it. Is there anybody getting identical RSS problems? Anybody who knows the answer can you kindly respond? Thanks!!

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  8. Thank you for the tips. I have never had a sew in before and I am doing a little bit of research before I get one.

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    • Thanks, for all your advise!

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  9. I am so glad I read the comments. From my research I have to agree that the protein treatment should not be done as frequently as 2 weeks. I wish you would revise your post accordingly so as not to mislead people.

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  10. Thank you for the imformation the tips are very helpful I will get my frist sew in on friday To all the women who read this blog let’s love one another and be beautiful what ever you think
    beauty is to you.

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  12. This is great!
    Thank You

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  13. Thanks for the tips! Hair is our crowning glory so we should be taking more care of it. I will be taking your advice then, can’t wait

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    • Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a few unrelated data, nevertheless really worth taking a look, whoa did 1 understand about Mid East has got more problerms as well

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  14. I appreciate you sharing your story with us. I went natural in Jan 2011 and I started wearing weaves in late 2011. I wash my hair every 2 weeks. Before washing, I mix regular conditioner with oil, I cover my hair with a plastic cap and I leave the mixture on for about an hour.

    After shampooing my hair, I spray it (braids under weave) with a mixture of S-Curl activator and Aphogee leave-in conditioner and seal it with my oil mixture: Olive oil, jojoba oil and a few other oils.

    I also take biotin along with prenatal vitamins (not pregnant).

    I’ll add protein treatments to my regimen once a month.

    To the hostile few: There’s a way to disagree with someone without bashing them. Geez! I’m assuming most of you are black women, so answer me this? Why are we so hard on each other? This woman has shared HER story. This is what worked for HER. Anyone with an ounce of intelligence knows to do additional research.

    Learn how to agree to disagree without attacking folks!!

    Off topic: I recently lost 20 pounds and the big sistas are really hating on me. They used to give me that “hello fellow fat girl” look, but now they give me that “she thinks she’s all that” look.

    Please stop being so hard on women who decide to change their lives for the better. It’s not magic, so you can do it too.

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  15. Hi Miandria,

    This was a very informative post but, no disrespect to your post, I have to agree that using protein once every two weeks on a sewin will damage the hair. I went back and re-read your post to make sure that I didn not miss anything and you stated, twice, to use protein once every two weeks. If some one wears a sewin for two months; they should do their protein treatment when they change their sewin. I hope my comment isn’t bashed like the last person as I always thought that this is a forum for readers to be able to speak freely about all things hair.

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  16. Thanks so much for the tips…Like u i was uninformed when i started wearing weaves, so even though my hair grew, there was alot of shedding…i have put in another one but im determined not to make the same mistakes again thats why im reading as much as I can…Ive realized you cant leave it up to your stylists..

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  17. Whoa!!! Ladies, DO NOT do a PROTEIN Tx EVERY 2WKS!!! Your hair will get hard and break the hell off! The bottle AND the Aphogee website advises you to do a protein treament every 4-6 Wks!!! My goodness, ladies do your own research, because some people who are”freelance” writers are not hair care experts, some will steer you wrong!!!

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    • Sweetheart, you need to CAREFULLY reread what I wrote that is if you can read or did someone else have to read it to you?

      Ladies with intelligent brains understand the method and the REASON behind the method.

      Have a nice day.

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      • I had several questions about the brand as well and googled information directly from the website and protein treatments are to be done every 4-6 weeks but you can never leave it in without rinsing it out this product HARDENS. I don’t know if it was a typo and you were referring to conditioning or moisturizing but I read what you said CAREFULLY and I disagree. I will say the rest of the information is helpful.

        Q: Why does ApHogee Two-Step Protein Treatment harden?

        A: ApHogee Two-Step Protein Treatment is a concentrated blend of modified proteins and magnesium. When heat is applied, ApHogee Two-Step Protein Treatment begins to harden as the bonding and repair process begins. After rinsing and moisturizing with ApHogee Balancing Moisturizer, the hair becomes supple, but remains much stronger than before.

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    • There are two different kinds of protein treatments. One is the aphogee extreme protein treatment which should be done every 6 to 8 Weeks and there is a light protein treatment aphogee keratin and green tea treatment which can be done every two Weeks to balance your hair when moisturizing daily.

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  18. Tremendous issues here. I am very happy to see your article. Thanks so much and I am taking a look ahead to touch you. Will you please drop me a e-mail?

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  19. What is the best brand of straight hair to get for a sew-in?

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  20. Thoroughly enjoyed this information . I rocked my first sewn ina few weeks ago and only washed my hair. Like many i was uninformed, but thank you so much for taking the time to share all about how we should care for our hair !!

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  21. How do you apply the protein treatment when you have a sew in???

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    • Just try and get as much of it on your actual braids as possible. You may need a q-tip or similar apparatus if your fingers will not fit.

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    • YOU DON’T!!! ask a PROFESSIONAL and they will tell you to do it ONCE every 4-6 weeks, the protein is supposed to be done on dry, loose hair first, NOT BRAIDS and the second step on wet hair. Take it from a junior stylist/health science major/ 11 year weave wearer!

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  22. Thanks so much for the blog post.Really thank you! Will read on…

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  23. Im thankful for the blog.Really looking forward to read more. Keep writing.

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  24. Can you help me with my grammar?

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  25. Should be “Regimen” not regime. Please correct it.

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  26. These are good tips. I’m rocking a sew in now and I haven’t been doing all of this. I just wash and condtion. I’m too lazy to do the rest but at least I could do a braid spray.

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