Hey Ladies are you stressing over what to do with your weave? Are you wondering how long should I keep it in? Well today we will discuss a few questions and answers. Wearing a weave can sometimes get a bit complicated specifically if you are new to wearing them. You must educate yourself on what to do and how to do it. The biggest misconception women have about wearing a weave or extensions is that the hair will take care of itself. You have to keep you hair up and the weave hair up!
Let’s get down to the basics first after all this is Weaveology 101:
- How long does it take to get a weave installed?
1-2 hours for bonded weaves. 2-4 hours for sew in weaves. (This should include cutting and styling)
- Are weaves only for African American hair textures?
No weaves and extensions are for all hair textures, Straight, Curly, and Silky, Wavy etc.
- I do not have a relaxer; can I still get a weave?
Yes, you do not have to have a perm /relaxer to get a weave.
- I just had a relaxer/perm can I still get a weave?
You can still get a weave but you should wait 1-2 weeks after you get your relaxer if you intend to get a sew in. If you want a bonded weave there is no wait time.
- Should I wash my hair prior to my appointment?
You can and it will save time on the overall process it is only necessary if your stylist requires you to (Ask your stylist if she will charge extra for this service). If you do wash please do not use excess oil on your scalp prior to your appointment. You should also deep condition your hair prior to your appointment.
- How many packs of hair do I need?
You will need 1 pack of hair for a partial weave, and 2 packs of hair for a full weave. It is always better to bring at least 2 packs of hair with you this equals to 8 ounces of hair. You can always save what you do not use. For a fuller look and typically when using Virgin hair many women will need 3 packs of hair which equals 12 ounces of hair. (One pack/bundle = 4 ounces of hair)
- How long does my hair need to be to get a weave?
Your hair needs to be at least 3 inches long for a sew-in weave. The length of your hair does not matter if you are getting a bonded weave.
- Can I shampoo my weave?
Yes, you may shampoo your sew in weave every two weeks, or as needed. You cannot shampoo a bonded weave.
- Should I oil or moisturize my hair and scalp under my weave?
Totally! I recommend Dr. Miracles Spot Serum or his Grow oil as a hair moister and scalp conditioner. You can use any oil you should use an oil bottle with a nozzle on it so you can get in between the tracks.
- Can I transition from a relaxer to natural hair with a weave?
Yes, as you do not need to have a relaxer to have a weave. Weaves are one of the best transitioning styles out because you are giving your hair a break!
- How long can I leave my weave in?
6 to 8 weeks is recommended if you are trying to grow your natural hair. The max is 4 months, if you have a full weave, the weave may still look good, but your hair underneath is the main concern. Typically women with silky straight or wavy hair textures can only leave their weaves in for no longer than 8 weeks. Women with tighter curls and thicker hair can go the max of 4 months. Matting, tangling, and dreading (which leads to hair loss) may be a result if you leave your weave in too long.
As you can see Ladies it’s really not all that complicated just some basic facts to keep in mind as you rock your weave. Ask me any questions you may want to know or let me know which topic you would like to see me discuss in more details.
Peace and Love!