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Top Reasons Why Sew-ins Are Becoming Extinct!

Top Reasons Why Sew-ins Are Becoming Extinct!

Four Reasons Why Sew-ins May Be A Thing Of The Past

As the quintessential protective style, sew-ins allow the wearer more volume with a variety of styles and lengths. Everyone from African-Americans to Caucasians use sew-ins to enhance their beauty or express themselves. Sew-ins are no longer bond to straight and wavy styles. But expanded their reach into the natural hair movement with textures resembling hair of those of African descent. Celebrities to your everyday-woman can be found rocking a sew-in. However, with all the benefits and hype of sew-ins, there seems to be a decline in their use across the board. Less and less women are heading to the weave shops, and this trend does not seem dependent on the season. Even on the red carpet, wigs and natural hair reign supreme. Are sew-ins becoming extinct? Below we will explore four reasons why there is a decline in the use of sew-ins.

What Is A Sew-in?

For those that are unaware or are only recently learning, it is important to give a brief overview of the nature of a traditional sew-in. A sew-in is a hairstyle requiring the client's natural hair braided into a pattern on the scalp and then other hair, typically attached to tracks, is sewed onto the braids. That is basic knowledge. The braiding patterns can range from straight-back cornrows to more intricate designs. Usually, the hair sewed onto the client is of Asian or Latin origins, which are coveted for their texture, curl pattern and manageability. However, as aforementioned, African hair textures are now included in the hair extensions market as well. I have had four separate experiences with a sew-in. Two of those times was with a professional, which I had a lovely experience, and two of those times was with a friend in a college dorm. Needless to say one of those times with a friend involved fishing line and it was not a pleasant experience. Each time, except for the fishing line style, I enjoyed switching up my look and giving my natural hair a rest. However, I never felt the need to make sew-ins a consistent part of my hair switch-up routine. Perhaps I fell into one of the four categories of why sew-ins seem to becoming extinct. Let’s explore some of the reasons why less and less women are getting a sew-in.

The Naturals Revolution Continues

Although companies have successfully designed and developed extensions resembling natural African hair textures, many women continue to embrace their natural hair’s texture, curl type and length. Since the rise of the natural hair revolution around 2012, women have increasingly grown to love and embrace themselves including their hair. Embracing natural hair is not only exclusive to women of African descent. I have seen countless videos and blogs of women with more Eurocentric features learning to love and show off their naturally curly hair as well. It was this acceptance that birthed methods of styling such as the Deva Curl. With almost six years plus, the natural hair movement has moved from YouTube videos to popular hair salons and beauty stores. There are many older women, who were religious about their sew-ins and wigs, deciding to give their natural hair a try with the available resources. Additionally, sew-ins can cause a lot of damage to natural hair. Traction alopecia, the loss of hair due to tension, is becoming more an more common among women, particularly of African descent. Hair loss from back-to-back sew-ins, neglect of hair care and extremely tight styles has many consumers thinking that long, wavy tracks are not worth the irreversible damage. As a college student, I tried to cut corners in order to get a beautiful weave by getting my homegirl to hook me up. Although the sew-in cost me almost half of what I would have spent at a salon, I paid for it with the integrity of my hair. Thankfully, with some TLC and new knowledge I gained from a hair care job, I was able to restore and regrow the hair I lost. Many women are not as lucky and are ditching the weaves altogether.

Not Your Grandmother’s Wig

Another reason why many women are saying goodbye to sew-ins is that they are saying hello to wigs. “Lace front” seems to be the golden words nowadays for wigs. Wigs offer the same volume and versatility as sew-ins but without the two to three-month commitment. They can be worn during the day and taken off at night to allow the wearer’s natural hair a chance to breathe. Wigs today are not like what your grandmother slipped on before a special occasion. Today, wigs come in a variety of colors, lengths, styles, and designs to fit your lifestyle. There are wigs with braids, baby hairs, rainbow colors, and ponytails. The styles seem endless. A major bonus for wearing wigs would be taking the time to care for your hair and scalp with regular shampooing, conditioning, and moisturizing. A perk that does not accompany sew-ins. Although a few years ago, it was taboo to have a wig, let alone let everyone know that your hair was a wig. With everyone from beauty influencers to celebrities rocking wigs and showing off their extensive collection, wearing a wig is becoming as standard as sew-ins or any other hairstyle. Misuse and overuse of wigs can leave the same dangerous results as sew-ins with issues such as traction alopecia and loss of edges. Even with wigs, you want to ensure you give your hair proper rest by going a few days without a wig or covering. Although having a secure wig is best, having your unit too tight can cause just as much damage. It is a delicate balance, but wigs are growing as the next best thing in protective styling.

Get You Someone Who Can Do Both

Speaking of versatility, switching up hairstyles is trending not only on the internet but also on the red carpet. Perhaps gone are the days of a classic or signature hairstyle. The name of the game is the number of styles one can pull off in a single setting. In eras such as the nineties or eighties, celebrities had signature looks that changed very little. I am reminded of 90’s songbird Aaliyah’s signature long black hair with a swoope over her eye or Chaka Khan’s big voluminous curls. Nowadays, it is rare to see a celebrity to rock the same style twice for an event let alone a show, and the rest of the world is following suit. Known for their hair switch-up game, stars such as Zendaya, can rock a blunt red bob to the Met Gala and look stunning in faux locs. This trend is evident with recent Instagram trends like #GetYouSomeoneWhoCanDoBoth where one girl has a variety of hairstyles to show off how well she can pull off each one. Although sew-ins can provide some versatility, the wearer is limited to the ability to change the hair every few months. Wigs, braids, natural styles and more offer one to continually change a style within a week’s time. Perhaps people want to have more options when it comes to their hair and personal style. With this new found desire, will sew-ins become a thing of the past?

Global Learning

The last reason why some may be returning their sewing needles may result from the understanding of the extension industry as a whole. Before the internet, many people have had little to no knowledge of the hair extension industry and the truth behind the purchased hair. Much of the distributed hair today comes from Asian and Latin countries from women of low-income households. Those who are being forced to sell their beloved strands to have some money to feed their families. These women are paid pennies for their hair that will eventually sell for a significantly more substantial amount here in the West. Some suppliers even get their hair from temples and religious entities where women sacrifice their hair as a part of religious rituals. The temples and establishments collect and save the hair to sell to extension suppliers in order to pay for necessities for the building, much to the ignorance of the women. Access to the Internet, documentaries, and blogs show the potentially dangerous and borderline inhumane ways of accessing human hair for the weave and extensions industry. With the new plethora of knowledge comes those willing to make a change. A few hair extension companies are rising to take on a more responsible and sustainable approach to hair extensions. These companies are personal and caring by disclosing the use of the hair honestly and by paying the proper amount to women and their families for their hair. Realizing the impact of our hairstyle choices may or may not contribute to the possible decline in sew-ins. But the wealth of information is challenging us to make wiser decisions in regards to our beauty routines.

Is Extinction Possible For Sew-ins?

The natural hair movement, wigs, and hair versatility may be the cause as to why there is a decline in the number of people wearing sew-ins. Some believe that the damage caused by sew-ins will eventually result in their banishment much like the rise and fall in popularity of cigarettes. Regardless of the reason, I do not think that sew-ins will become utterly extinct from our hair repertoire or salons. Sew-ins continue to be very popular as a means to feel beautiful, maintain a particular appearance and serve as an avenue of versatility. Even if the method of sewing hair declines in widespread use, many will continue to wear extensions in the different forms. This includes clip-ins, tape-ins and more, which can be less damaging to the hair and scalp. Perhaps the decreased desire for sew-ins will challenge stylists to prioritize the client’s natural hair health over a nice sew-in and will convince suppliers to consider the humanitarian impact made by the hair extensions industry. With proper care and a professional partner, sew-ins remain as a beautiful protective style and means to switch up your overall look. I still love a wonderfully done sew-in every now and again. Only time will be able to tell the longevity of this hair extensions method. What do you think of sew-ins after reading this article? Do you think that this method of styling will become obsolete? Leave a comment below and let’s continue the conversation!
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How to Know If Your Hairstylist Did A Lousy Sew-In

How to Know If Your Hairstylist Did A Lousy Sew-In

Oh No, They Didn't! Catch the Signs of A Bad Sew-in

Hey ladies, the weather is warming up, we are showing less skin, and of course, we're excited to rock our long inches all summer long. A bomb sew-in can have any woman feeling amazing especially if your stylist does it correctly. But your great hairstyle can turn into a hot mess real quick if your stylist doesn't do it the right way. It's sad to say, but a lot of people do not know the proper routine and steps it takes to give a delightful looking sew-in to a client, from your wefts being visible for the world to see, or the hair not blending well with your natural curls. So, today we will be giving you a few insiders and things to know if you have a lousy sew-in in your hair. Sometimes we can mistake cheap weave with a bad installation, and that's not the case if tracks are falling out, causing major headaches, or creating any hair loss it's possible that your new sew-in is a lousy sew-in. Not to worry, we will have you ladies looking super fresh and fly this summer, and your bundles will be flowing in the wind. So, pay close attention to these upcoming signs the next time you have your stylist or friend install your extensions, it could save you a lot of time, money, and stress in the future.

Your Tracks Are Showing Honey

The right sew in weave can boost your confidence, self-esteem, and brighten up your day (Check out this article: how many bundles for sew in). But the whole point of getting extensions is that it looks like it's your real hair or darn near close. So, if by any chance your tracks begin to peak out or show then the whole hairstyle will look a mess. A proper sew-in will not show any tracks and blend in perfectly with your hair. Professional stylists say that if wefts or the weave tracks begin to be visible, it is because the hairdresser installs the extensions to close to the leave out. The only way that you can fix this problem when it occurs is to, unfortunately, head straight back to your stylist have them take it out and reinstall the hair, or wear a hat every place that you go. Next time you have someone install your bundles take the time to ask which stitch method they will be using. The overcast stitch requires that they use the needle through the wefts and pull it through. This is the most common of them all and will ensure that you don't have slack and that your tracks will not show.

Your Weave Is Falling Out or Becoming Undone

After you get a fresh sew-in, it should last for about two to three months before you must take it out and do a reinstall. The reasons ladies love getting this hairstyle it due to the durability and stability knowing that they will have a style that is going to last for a reasonable amount of time. If you notice that your weave is falling out or becoming undone it may be because the stylist during the installation did not sew the extensions in tight enough. This mistake is typical if they do not use a proper stitching technique or if the thread using to sew is cheap and easily breakable. Another reason you may not notice when it comes down to your weave falling out is the cornrows stylists put in your hair. If the braids are too small, the track may not hold. Also, you may want to think about adding synthetic weave to the cornrows this will make it a stronger hold for the bundles and a great protectant against the needle and thread. Typically, when you go in for wash appointment in the next few weeks, your hair stylist will tighten the weave back up afterward. But if you notice slackness within the first 48 to 72 hours, then please see your stylist and have them re-do the tracks. Never try to do this process on yourself for it can cause further damage to your hair.

Your Weave Begins to Shed

Now, your weave shedding may seem like a problem that comes from you buying cheap or lousy quality extensions, but it could be due to lousy sew in hair. If you notice strands or chunks of hair coming out every time you comb your fingers through your extensions, then that is a huge problem. This issue is standard no matter if you are dealing with synthetic, human, or natural hair. But if strands are falling out in large amounts, there is a huge problem. Shedding sometimes occurs when the stylists attempt to split the wefts for closure or to fill gaps throughout the head for a particular hairstyle. If the track is weak, then the hair will slip out of it. I would suggest that you or your hairstyles seal your wefts before installing them into your hair. Sealing is the process of locking in the strands to the weft using some sealant which glue or liquid adhesive is usually. Making sure you take the time to secure in the tracks is an excellent way of knowing that this significant investment you are making will last you a very long time. If you buy a high-quality weave, then I would make sure that the stylists try their best to avoid sewing the needle straight through the track. This not only decreases the lifespan of the hair itself, but it will cause increase shedding due to the direct damage of the weft. The trick to avoiding strand loss in your weave is to sew around the tracks so that it will not weaken over time.

Your Hair Does Not Lay Flat, or It's Lumpy

If your newly fresh hairstyle does not lay flat on your head, it's a significant sign that you probably have a lousy sew-in installation. The number one reason that your weave might look lumpy could be because your stylist uses an incorrect braiding pattern to on your head. There are multiple ways to cornrow your hair underneath your tracks depending on whether you will have a leave out, a lace front, or a full sew-in. Circular and horizontal braids are standard for a full head of weave, so if a vertical pattern is on your hair, then this could cause your bundles to stick out in a not so beautiful way. Try using hand-tied wefts, and you do this by sewing the wefts tight with a needle and thread first before installing it into your hair. If the machine stitches the wefts, which is very common, then they are much thicker at the top. This issue contributes to the added bulk in your hairstyle. Lastly, this issue can be due to the thickness of the extension hair or tracks, try telling your stylist to avoid accumulating the wefts on top of each other method. The only reason you would need to stack bundles on your head is if the hair is thin and that usually occurs when you purchase cheap weave. Instead of piling up try folding over the tracks, this makes for an overall smoother finish and will have that weave laying flat honey! If you take the time to invest in high-quality extensions, then it will already have the volume and fullness that you are searching for in a hairstylist.

You Have A Bad Headache

Sew-ins are no walk in the park, but there is no reason at all for your scalp to feel like it is on fire after having someone style your hair. There are several reasons that you are experiencing a headache after getting a lousy sew-in, one, could be because the hairstylist did your braids or cornrows underneath the tracks too tight. If your twists are too small or tiny, this will also cause extreme tension on your head making it painful to sleep and go about your regular daily activities. The second reason you are probably having headaches is that the stylist is sewing the thread and needle too tight to your head. This is good for looks wise, but not so much for comfortability. There are sprays and multiple hair products out now that can loosen up the tightness of a sew-in. Also, I know people to take a couple of aspirins and wait for the pain to subside for the next few days. But in all honesty, if pain continues your best bet if you are going through this issue is to head back to your salon and have them take out the extensions immediately. I know you went through the time and stress to look beautiful, but nothing is worth losing your edges over.

Your Real Edges/Hair Start to Show A Little Too Much

A clear sign that your weave or any hairstyle you have is beginning you get old is if the edges of your scalp start to show. But if you have your extensions in for only a couple of days or weeks and you there is a clear sign of separation from the weave and the natural hair, then it's possible that you have a lousy sew-in on your head. This issue can happen for a numerous of reasons, the main one being the hairstylist installing the extensions did it too tight where the edges are, and if that happens your hairline could recede and cause permanent damage. When peaking hair around the hairline show, it is very noticeable that you are wearing a weave and could even make your hundred-dollar hairstyle look like a cheap wig. I cannot stress enough that when you get a sew-in, it is not supposed to hurt afterward if you are experiencing any pain after installation goes back to your hairdresser or salon to have them immediately fix the problem. I know they say beauty is a pain but not when it comes down to a sew-in. It's best to catch any issue you are having early on, so no further damage occurs to your lovely tresses.

Have You Ever Received A Lousy Sew-In?

Nothing can ruin your day more than knowing that you may have a lousy sew-in in your head. But you live, and you learn, and hopefully, you will never have to go through that stressful process again. If you look out for the signs above early on you may be able to fix the problem before it gets any worst. Remember that you can always avoid a lousy sew-in by one; going to a professional who knows the real art of doing extensions. And two, making sure that you invest in an excellent quality weave that is great and will handle any needle and thread. Shedding is normal. But if you see any large chunks of hair coming out with every comb or brush stroke, then you may need to switch up the quality of weave that you are purchasing. Getting a sew-in is excellent for adding volume, shine, and style to your hair, but if you don't take care of it, or have a proper install, then it can lead to loss of your strands, scalp irritation, and other dreadful issues. I hope you find this blog post helpful, and if you've ever received a lousy sew-in installation, please give us details in the comments down below.
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Who Invented Sew-Ins and Hair Weaving?

Who Invented Sew-Ins and Hair Weaving?

Who Wove The First Sew-In Weave?

Have you ever looked at something and thought, who comes up with this stuff? That's the exact thing that I've been wondering when it came to weaves. Who decided to use fake hair and what hair we should use? Who thought that sewing wefts onto braids were the easiest and last the longest? Weaves rule the world nowadays, and they seem, like everything else, to have been around since the beginning of time with no real origins.

Where Did Weaves Start?

While I cannot trace the exact moment somebody strapped on a wig, reportedly weaves date back as early as Cleopatra's times. And this comes as no surprise! In those times weaves were made of human hair and dyed sheep wool. People used beeswax or resin a substance that is easily attached through heat or being left out to harden and comes from flowers. During Egyptian's time's hair, weaves were dyed red or blue. Depending on the coloring, and styles weaves showcased money, age or status. The idea of weaves and condition are reminiscent of today because although anybody can afford tracks or weaves, one can still see the money in the hair. Later came the famous white powdered wigs, that we associate with Queens and Kings. These wigs were made of horse hair and used to hide baldness or as a sign of status. At this moment in history, weaves were standard for all races and both men and women; it was not seen just as decoration but a sign of strength to have beautiful and exaggerative hairstyles. "Switch," Or clip-ins gained popularity and priced at about $25! "Hair frames" were used to attach hair to the head, which was a thin instrument made out of thread and formed on a spool. From there weaves popularity extended and from the 40's on through time people were obsessed with more extended, bigger hair. And then in the 1950's Christina Jenkins shook the game forever.

Who Invented Sew-Ins?

Christina Jenkins was born in Lousiana in 1920. She landed a job in a Chicago wig factory and became infatuated with the hair industry. She used this career as a place to focus on better ways to install hair weaves and hairpieces that had been around since the beginning of time. During this time the hair used for weaves were stitched together to make a "track" and weaves were attached using hairpins to connect the hair to the scalp and thoroughly blended into the hair. Jenkins got the idea to sew the tracks into the hair believing that it was easier and quicker than the hair pinning method. In 1951, she applied for a patent for her 'HairWeev' technique approved in 1952. As a hairdresser, Jenkins patented the basis for hair weaving that we know of today. Though some people argue that the Egyptians had already mastered this technique, it created for Christina Jenkins for reconstructing how weaves are done and getting documentation on the weaving process.

What's So Different From Sew-ins Then and Now?

The sew-in method was not entirely like the one we know today. This new method of weaving was time-consuming because the natural hair had to be cornrowed, and then sewn onto a netting that was then placed over the hair and sewn down to complete the style. The method achieved by interlocking the synthetic hair and the real hair in a looping pattern at the base. Her new technique helped weaves last longer and become more sturdy as one of its primary benefits. While her process helped the duration of the style, this switch to sew-ins initially did nothing to make the weave less bulky or stiff. As time progressed, hairstylists have made improvements on Jenkins sew-in method. Additionally, after the lengthy installation time, the extensions still cumbersome, stiff and unnatural. Christina and her husband owned a company called "Christina's Hair Weaves," and they were hired out around the country to teach others the new weaving process. She also held and operated a hair salon where she styled clients and taught countless others her weaving methods until 1993.

Weaves Transformations Throughout The Years

The next significant development in weaves and wigs came about because of African American women. African American women in the late eighties and early nineties pushed for weaves to look more realistic and flowing naturally instead of stiff, and hard to the touch. Eventually, weave became made with real human hair, incorporated less synthetic blend and virtually got rid of horse hair as a means of making hair extensions. The rise of more natural looking and feeling extensions caused a massive import of hair from foreign countries. Since hair textures for extensions were feeling more natural, it was time for the installation process to have another upgrade as well. Utilizing Jenkins method, hair stylists around the world tweaked the process by using thinner sewing thread, skipping the netted cap or making the cap thinner and braiding the sew-in foundation with smaller, closer braids for a less bulky and flatter weave. Additionally, these new adjustments allowed the hair weaves to be more natural and easier to style.

Shout Out To Christina!

Imagine if the only options for extensions were bobby pins digging into your scalp or clip ins! As a thin-haired girl, there's a slim chance I would be pulling that off, especially in the humidity! I know I would convert back to rocking my natural hair for sure. But thanks to a fellow African American woman, #BlackGirlMagic, I will never know a world without sew-ins! Sadly, Christina Jenkins died in 2003 and only got to see a small glimpse of how her work has taken over the hair game. Overtime Christina's weaving contribution has allowed others to make vixen sew-ins, basic sew-in styles and the closures and frontals we all know and love today. Christina Jenkins sew-in method helped shaped the hair industry and had blazed a trail for future stylists around the world as teachers and creators.
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Top 10 Pet Peeves about Weave and How to Fix Them

Top 10 Pet Peeves about Weave and How to Fix Them

Weave Frustration

I am not a person that is easily irritated. Okay, that isn't entirely true. I am not someone that is quickly turned off from things. This endurance is why although weave has bothered me immensely from time to time, I stay loyal to my inches. But that doesn't mean I have to quit complaining, here are the Top 10 Pet Peeves When Dealing with Weave; and how to fix them!

Pet Peeve: It's Expensive!

Purchasing quality bundles can get expensive. Especially the longer lengths, softer textures or more natural you want it to look. A full lace wig easily ranges from 300-1,000 dollars, and that doesn't include installation. Frontals are hard to come by for less than $100 each and closures are following right behind. Longer lengths of 18 inches and under rarely dip below $80 a bundle. So if I got four bundles and a frontal... let's just say that was the hardest and easier money I ever blew. Before I joined the weave gang, I usually topped off at $200 for hair, and that was braids for the summer. Now, I can easily spend $350 a hairstyle with or without installation. They said it would be beautiful; they never said it would be cheap.

Solution: Shop Smart!

Quality virgin extensions do not have to break your pockets! Learn to shop with your wants and your budgets not just IG followers and names! Sites like Private Label Extensions have proper closures starting at 50 dollars! Compared to others who sell closures at a less competitive price with comparable quality. Once I discovered this gem, I cut my spending by half.

Pet Peeve: Bundles have Unpredictable Quality

It can be scary churning out hundreds to receive hair that is stringy or thin. Even buying in person, it seems to be hard to guarantee that you won't get a "bad batch." Extensions are unlike your real hair who kinks and strengths you already know; each batch can come with their challenges and strengths.

Solution: Try them all!

I know I told you not to buy based off of followers and names, and that still rings true. Do your research and look around. Read reviews about the hair quality, search youtube for experiences and lastly, try the hair yourself! Shopping around is the best way to find the perfect fit for yourself. Remember it also isn't just about the hair. Check up on how well the company treats customers, scroll through their social media or reach out. These are all things to be mindful of when ordering extensions online.

Pet Peeve: There's Limited Scalp Access

For some people it can be a nuisance not being able to reach their scalp; the weaving techniques make it hard to oil or treat their hair.

Solution: Change the way you weave!

If the limited access to your scalp is an issue for you, try some different approaches. Get a straight back braiding pattern instead of a beehive, this making oiling or scratching your hair more natural. Second, use a breathable cap that allows your fingers or a comb to get through. And lastly, opt for a wig so that you can remove your hair freely to wash or scratch as you please! While we are talking about scalps, we can't avoid these two major pet peeves experienced by almost everyone.

Pet Peeve: It's Itchy!

The lack of hair and scalp accessibility is lending itself to the issue of itchy hair. Dirt, oil band dandruff can build while hair is protected and covered under the cap, braids, and extensions. It can be pretty hard to reach that itch.

Solution: Find a comb

In the words of Beyonce: "Pat your weave ladies," but seriously, the itching can get unbearable sometimes, and your fingers may have a hard time getting down to the root of the problem. Try using the end of a rattail comb to scratch your scalp gently. Trust me; it works wonders! Another hack is to get as close to your scalp as possible and lightly spray hair, while this may seem counterproductive because of what is causing the itching; often hair is itchy because it may be thirsty. So don't skimp on hair care.

Pet Peeve: I can barely wash my hair!

Because of the placing of the wefts as well as caps, and potential loosening of tracks or shifting of closures washing hair frequently is a no-go. What about people whose hair gets dirty quickly or suffer from scalp conditions? Don't worry; I've got a solution.

Solution: Clean it anyway!

Cleaning your hair is not a death sentence to your installation. Using a small amount of shampoo lean your head back in the shower or sink and gently cleanse your hair rubbing in downward motions, rinse clean. Washing can be done at least twice during the installation period without causing damage to the look of the style. Another option is to get a wig instead of a sew-in for easy and frequent removal and cleansing.

It's Hard to Find a Stylist

Finding a good stylist to lay your hair can be difficult. Especially finding a stylist that does well at protecting and treating your natural hair and having your weave look like it's growing from your scalp.

Use Your Resources

Use social media to your advantage. Hashtag your city or the service you want and spend sometimes going through the profiles and the pictures. Comments, videos, and price lists are great ways to figure out what stylist is for you. Additionally, try using things like StyleSeat to locate a suitable stylist or add a beauty directory page.

It May Cause Breakage

Alright, this one is an incredibly vast and delicate issue within the weaving world. Many people are experiencing thinning throughout hair or nonexistent edges, after taking down an installation.

Solution

However, keep in mind that you should be taking down your weave after no more than six weeks and if you have trouble booking an appointment with a professional. Any style has the potential for breakage if not done correctly, don't blame the weave!

The "Weave Smell"

I cannot count how many times I have received hair from a seller or vendor, and it has a crisp smell. The hair may smell like the packaging or have a weird aroma. This smell may occur because of where the hair originated, the shipping or the packaging of the bundles.

Treat Bundles Before Installation

Brush and deep condition hair before installing to reduce the chances of a nasty smell.

Extensions are Sensitive

Many people purchase extensions because they think of it like a super hair that can be bleached, dyed and curled twenty times over without damage, which is accurate. However, some hair types like deep wave need to be braided or wrapped up nightly, or you may experience a high volume of tangling; even before installation if stored improperly these bundles can tangle. Straight and wavy textures need to be wrapped around at night or covered, or you may experience a high rate of shedding, tangling or thinning.

Follow the Directions

You can't avoid this one. The short answer is to use the right products. Extensions, store-bought or virgin ones, need to have proper maintenance to have an extended life. Be sure to heed instructions and get sulfate free shampoos and conditioners. Also, get a light serum to apply to dry extensions; be careful not to overdo it. Finding the right products is comfortable and only takes a quick peek at the website you're purchasing from, for instance, Private Label Extensions has plenty of articles about hair care and useful products for extensions. You can also use google. Additionally, take care of your extensions while in use or while stored away.

Pet Peeve: Addictive

Buying, installing and wearing weave can get extremely addictive. You promise yourself that you will give your hair a break and before you know it, there is an overnight package of fresh bundles on your doorstep. It can be hard to fight the urge to install the inches. We find ourselves beating our self up over overspending or over wearing weave.

Solution: Will Power

Addiction is a personal battle! The sweet and terrible thing about weave is that once you get it, it's hard to go back! The easy switching of length and color can be too tempting to resist. While weave is excellent, your natural hair is fantastic also! Whether it's long or short, relaxed, natural or straightened by a Keratin treatment, it's all yours! Once in a while fight the weave demon that hops on your back and let your natural hair out for a spin.

Catastrophe Turned Comfort

A weave is a beautiful invention that can change your look and change your attitude, though it can be annoying or overwhelming at times. The thing to remember is that you are in control of your hair and your look. Sew-in extensions should be fun and enhance your style; if wearing them are putting a stress on your pockets or your emotional state you have a few options. You may want to give it a break for awhile and go back natural or try a different hair company, practice new habits or even switch stylists. Find out what works best for you.
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How to Prevent Dry, Tangling & Matting Weave!

How to Prevent Dry, Tangling & Matting Weave!

Getting Down to the Root of the Issue

I don't know about you but I hate when my hair tangles! We love our hair extensions but they can become tangled, matted, and we don't even know why. Why is your hair weave tangled and matted in the first place? There are numerous reasons why hair extensions can become tangled or matted. There is never just one cause for anything so let's discuss it. Here are some tips to help prevent tangling and the frustration it comes with.

Why Do Hair Extensions Tangle?

First and foremost, not taking proper care of your hair extensions will eventually cause them to tangle and mat up. The sidekick to poor hair care is terrible hair quality. You cannot buy cheap hair and assume that you can get much wear out of it before it begins to tangle and eventually mat up. It is best to focus on quality and you have to pay for quality. Poor quality hair can be overly processed which will cause it to become tangled and matted at the first touch of water, heat or even weather conditions. You probably never thought that weather conditions could affect your hair extensions. Harsh weather and extreme weather conditions can change any human hair for the worst.

Invest in Your Hair Products

Alongside weather and poor hair care; hair products take a toll on hair extensions as well. The proper hair products make all the difference in whether hair weave will mat up and tangle or be soft and manageable. Do your research and find out what products work best for which hair textures and stick to using those products. If you love risking your hair's quality with hair products, then expect the possible consequences of your sew-in tangling and matting up.

Other Causes of Tangling and Matting

Here are a few other things to keep in mind as to why your hair extensions may tangle or become matted:

#1 Thickness

The hair is super thick so it can be prone to tangling

#2 Hair Length

Longer hair is prone to tangling so cutting layers can help

#3 Dryness

The hair extensions are dry or damaged and can become brittle Now that the blame game is over and you understand why your hair extensions are tangling let's look for a solution. We will also discuss super easy ways to prevent tangling and matting.

How To Prevent Hair Tangling & Matting

Brush Your Hair

Yes, it's just that simple! Brushing your hair can help prevent tangling so that your hair won't become matted down the road. Although brushing your hair extensions sounds foolproof, there is a correct way to brush your extensions. Always brush your extensions from the ends and upwards. This will help the hair strands from becoming split or breaking off as well as can help the shedding and the tangling. Another key to brushing your extensions is to brush your hair while dry. When your hair extensions are wet, it is better to use a wide-toothed comb to comb from the bottom and on up. Hair extensions tend to get tangled the most at the ends due to knots. These knots appear when the hair hasn't been brushed or combed in several hours or days.

Sulfate-Free Hair Products

As mentioned before, the hair products you use rather good or bad quality can alter the hair. Using hair products that contain sulfates can strip the extensions which cause them to become weaker as the product sits. Always use a good conditioner and shampoo combo when washing hair. Also, use products that apply moisture and provide hydration to your hair extensions as dry hair can lead to tangles and eventually matting. Using the right products can help keep your hair extensions soft and manageable.

Tie Your Hair Up at Night

If you do not tie your hair up at night, the extensions can rub against the pillowcase all night. Hair rubbing against a pillowcase causes friction that can lead to frizziness that will become tangled hair by the time you wake up. Tying your hair up at night means nothing if you do not tie it up with a silk scarf or bonnet. You can even get a satin or silk pillowcase if you notice that you always fall asleep without tying up your hair up. A silk scarf, bonnet or satin pillowcase cost less than ten dollars at your local beauty supply store or local drugstore. Prevent tangling at all cost! Protecting your hair is important but its just as important at nighttime.

Detangle, Detangle, Detangle!

Detangling is your best friend! I already mentioned to brush your hair extensions already, however brushing is different from detangling. Brushing is a proactive step to prevent tangling, but once your hair is tangled, you'll need to detangle it. Detangling is a prevention measure for hair extensions so that they won't become matted. The best time to detangle (Check out this article: how to detangle matted weave) hair extensions is while wet but as mentioned before: use a comb when hair is wet. You can also use your fingers as a tool to help get the tangles out so there is less tension and pulling while using a comb or brush. Ensure it is done thoroughly!

Tangles and Knots Be Gone!

Preventing your hair extensions from tangling and becoming matted is not rocket science. All it takes is the proper care and attention. It also helps to use the appropriate products on your hair and tends to your extensions several times a day. Don't run for the hills at first sight of tangling or matting ladies; you have the power to turn an annoying situation around in your favor. Hopefully, these tips help you out. These tips are in no way the end all be all to this issue because tangling will happen one way or another. Although some things with hair extensions are inevitable, that does not mean you cannot be proactive instead of reactive. You can apply all of these tips to prevent any extra shedding as well. You're welcome we just killed two birds with one stone! Always be one step ahead of issues that why you will be prepared for when they happen. When you stay ready, you don't have to get ready!
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