Weaves are a great way to have fun with your style and give your natural hair a break. Almost six in 10 black customers choose to wear a wig, weave, or extensions, allowing then to change up their look. With the right care, you can keep your weave looking gorgeous and healthy. Once you leave the hair salon, follow these tips to maintain your hair piece while also protecting the natural hair underneath.

  1. Shampoo once per week
    Cleaning your weave, hair, and scalp is important for your overall hair health. Washing once or twice per week is the general recommendation, as it will keep everything clean while not drying it out. Try adding a nozzle to the shampoo bottle to clean the hard to reach places.
  2. Be careful while drying
    If you have the time, try to let your weave air dry. This will prevent frizzing and breakage. Avoid using towels and excess heat, but a hair drying on low power is an option if you are pressed for time. The most important tip is to let your hair dry completely. Not doing so will make your weave smell musty.
  3. Condition with the right products
    Your hair salon will have the best products to take care of your weave and natural hair, so ask them what they recommend. Be sure to use products made for black hair and that contain high quality ingredients.
  4. Sleep with a satin scarf
    To prevent frizz, damage, and breakage, be sure to tie a satin scarf on your head at night. Pillows are too abrasive, so the satin will provide a smooth barrier for your weave. Never go to sleep with a wet weave, or your will wake up with matting and tangles.

The best way to find the right care regimen for your weave is to ask your hair stylist for specific instructions. Whether you have curls, braids, or silky straight locks, a hair professional will be able to recommend the right products and care practices for you. If you are noticing any problems with your weave, be sure to make an appointment with your stylist as soon as possible. They will be able to pinpoint the cause of your issue and tell you what care changes to make.