3 Ways to Tell It's Time for New Weave Install
Ladies, ladies, ladies… *Deep Sighs*… I know we love our weaves, ok? I swear, I get it! They're fun. They're easy. They're convenient. They're luscious. They're great to flip around! They're long. They're short. They're wavy. They're straight. They're blue, black, blonde, red, green, purple, and every shade in between (especially if you're Nicki Minaj - no shade.) There are so many great things that our weaves are, but lemme tell you what they ain't - permanent. Sadly enough, there will come a time to take that sucka out, let your hair breathe, and get a new install, ok? It usually occurs around the 2.5-4month mark (the latter is pushing it). I don't care how "good" the hair or your stylist is - you gottttttta refresh and renew your weave. If any of the following key signs apply to you, be like Beyonce, and "Let's Start Over."
Your Hair No Longer Covers The Tracks -- If your own hair has grown so much so that the portion you left out for blending purposes is no longer sufficient enough to cover the tracks, it's time to start over. You've combed and flat-ironed and curled that meager island of hair every which way, and even still, every time you sneeze, your tracks are exposed! Nope, no bueno. Let it go, lil mama. Time for a new sew-in.
Your Braids are No Longer Attached to your Scalp -- If your tracks feel like they're holding on to the edge of a cliff because your braids are no longer attached to your scalp - it's time to start over. You've retightened as much as your stylist will allow and probably have just as much thread in your hair as you do weave. But yet and still, your tracks are justa dangling on, hoping they don't get snatched. You can literally pick a braid up off your head and conceal some stuff up under it because your hair has grown out so much. In fact, your own scalp is starting to form rows of locks because there's so much new growth that it's beginning to mat up! (Okay, maybe that's an exaggeration, but still). Basically, if you're at that stage where you have to wear a headband or scarf everyday just to keep your sew-in securely in place - it's time for a new one.
The Weave Has Lost It's Life -- If your poor, abused, weave has been in so long that it's losing it's overall liveliness, it's time to start over. If tracks are shedding just as much if not more than your own hair - let it go. If the hair is starting to lose it's wave or curl pattern - let it go. If the original luster, shine, and bounciness are disappearing with each wash - let it go. BUT, if all of these signs occur within the first few weeks - you bought some cheap ass, fraudulent hurrr. Oopsies! =