The hot and humid summer months can make caring for your weave more difficult. However, with the right preparation and protection, you can make your weave last. Chelsey Wilkins writes in Clutch Magazine that caring for your weave is the best way to avoid uncomfortable summer symptoms:

“For my ladies who love their weaves all year round, this hot weather may create a bit of a problem for you,” she writes. “With the summer heat ablaze, it is harder than usual to maintain a fresh and natural weave. There is nothing worse than a sweaty, smelly, itchy, matted nest sitting on the top of your head when you’re trying to be fly and enjoy the warm summer weather.”

To trade itchy and sweaty for healthy and shiny, follow these hair care tips.

  • Select the right weave
    Ask your hair salon about what weaves they recommend for summertime weaves. A u-part wig will allow you to let your scalp breath a little more than other types, since you can take it off at night. This type also lets your natural hair come through, giving you better access to your scalp. It is also important to choose a high quality weave from the start. These will hold up to damage much better than cheaper weaves.
  • Wash your hair more often
    Since you will be sweating more during the summer, you will also need to wash your real hair more often. Ask your stylist which products they recommend for keeping your hair and scalp clean. Once the weather cools off again, you can go back to your typical shampooing schedule.
  • Use products after swimming
    Chlorine and other pool chemicals can be harsh for your weave, so be sure to apply conditioning oil after you are finished swimming. It is also a good idea to use oil to protect your hair from the sun. While it may be lower maintenance than treating your natural hair, it is still a good idea to be careful.

The average woman has 104 hair styles during her lifetime. Weaves offer you the luxury of changing your look whenever you want to, so enjoy this creativity by taking care of yours. To practice the best possible care, remember to always ask your hair stylist or hair salon about their recommended techniques.