When transitioning from relaxed to natural hair, not everyone is comfortable committing to the Big Chop. Some women don’t want to dramatically sacrifice so much length and would instead prefer to do things more gradually. Although less dramatic, this method will not be easy and at times the raging battle between your relaxed hair texture and your natural hair will have you so frustrated that you will find yourself in CVS at 4am pacing up and down the aisle lustfully eyeing boxes of creamy crack reminiscing about simpler days. But, I digress. All you need to know is that the process, albeit it sometimes difficult is totally doable! This is where weaves become incredibly useful and offer you the opportunity to transition with complete invisibility. No one but you and your hair stylist ever need to know what’s going on with your real hair. Wearing a weave serves as a way to protect your real hair during this crucial period. Your natural hair will get a break from daily manipulation and be given a chance to grow in peace.
Premier Weave distributor, Select Strands shows that transitioning with weave can be extremely effective if you follow a few simple tips.
Select Quality Hair And Determine How Much of Your Hair You Want Out
Having a quality human hair weave will reduce tangling and prevent undue tension on your real hair. It is recommended to leave out as little hair as possible when transitioning. This hair is called the “leave out”. Your “leave out” should be just enough to help blend your hair in to the weave. When done right, weaves are meant to go undetected and a big part of that is dependent upon how well your“leave out” blends. Another option is to use a closure. Closures come in various sizes and scalp colors for you to choose from. They give the option of having a realistic looking weave without having to have your natural hair to blend with.
Choose Texture Closest to Your Hair
Choosing a weave texture closest to your natural hair will prevent potential damage done to your “leave out” from manipulating it (normally via heat styling) to match the weave. Select Strands offer a variety of 100% human hair textures fit to match any natural hair texture.
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Take Care of Your Weave AND Your Hair
Although your weave may not have grown out of your scalp, it is still human hair and needs to be taken care of. Keep your weave clean and moisturized. Also, wrapping your weave or using a silk bonnet at night will increase the longevity of your weave. Properly maintaining your weave will save you lots of money.
More importantly is to not forget to take care of your real hair while wearing a weave! When washing your weave, make sure to really get in between the tracks and into those braids. Thoroughly rinse out all shampoo and conditioner and sit under a hooded dryer to fully dry your braids. Skipping this step could result in your hair to mildew. The last key step is use a bottle of hair oil with a tapered nose so you can easily keep your scalp and braids moisturized as needed.
Don’t keep Weaves in Forever
Weaves should be installed for no more than three months at a time. In between weave installations, it is recommended to wait at least a week two so that your natural hair gets a break and a chance to breathe.
Detangling Your Hair After Weave Removal
After taking out your weave, it is vital that you detangle your hair as much as possible before putting water to it. After taking out your braids use a wide-tooth comb to remove as much of the dead hair as possible. Do not be alarmed from the shedding of your hair.
Next, part your hair into four sections. Saturate each section with your choice of hair oil and comb through it again. After your hair is fully detangled, you are ready to wash! Since your hair has been braided up for a while you’ll want to use a clarifying shampoo to really get your hair clean. Follow up with a moisturizing conditioner and then a deep conditioner. It is also strongly recommended to get a trim after taking out a weave.