The Best Tips on Preparing For A Great Sew-in Experience
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1. Pick Out The Cheapest Hair
Perhaps you are in college with minimal funds or merely wanting to protect your hair with the cheapest style.
But you should not forgo cost when it comes to your extensions. I have made this mistake and paid for it, so you can bypass this issue. With cheaper extensions, you are typically sacrificing quality. More inexpensive extensions are usually synthetic hair, which is plastics and looks unnatural with its excessive shine.
2. Get A Color That Does Not Match Your Hair
The real beauty of installing extensions is not noticing where the wearer’s natural hair ends and where the extensions begin.
Understanding color is crucial. Even the slightest difference in color will be a dead giveaway that you are wearing extensions. Since our hair is not made up of a single color, but rather a blend of a variety of color, it is best to purchase extensions that match your hair as best as possible.
3. Skip Shampooing
Would you skip a shower for three to four weeks? Not only would you run the risk of public ridicule, but it would also be a very uncomfortable experience.
Treat your scalp the same way. Before you get your weave, cleanse your hair and your scalp thoroughly. With a weave, a stylist braids your hair in a particular pattern and then sews the extensions on top of the braids. Primarily, the weave covers your hair and scalp.
4. Neglect Deep Conditioning
This tip falls in line with the last one. Shampooing and conditioning your hair is essential to have a great start before you get a weave.
I would take this hair spa day another step further by strongly encouraging you to deep condition your hair before installing your extensions. Look for deep conditioners that are protein-rich as well as moisturizing.
5. Ditch the Trim
Regularly trimming your hair has fantastic benefits for your hair.
As the ends are the oldest part of our hair, they tend to weigh the rest of our strands down and hindering new growth. However, when we get our ends professionally trimmed, we can remove the damaged ends and make room for healthy new hair.
6. Have A Friend Install Your Extensions
This last tip may seem controversial and unnecessary.
I may also be biased in that I allowed a friend to install my weave and I ended up with a lion’s mane attached with a fishing line instead of a hair thread. Yeah, it was pretty bad. If you want a professional look, then book your appointment with a professional stylist, preferably in a salon.
You Are On Your Way To The Best Weave Experience!
Hopefully, these tips helped you see that a great weave begins before you sit down in the salon chair.
When you take the time to research and carefully choose your extensions, you make sure that your hair will not irritate your scalp and damage your hair, but that it will also blend flawlessly to your natural hair color.