How To Prevent Breakage On Your Leave Out Hair When Wearing A Weave

Dea Gbortoe

Posted on March 19 2019

How To Prevent Breakage On Your Leave Out Hair When Wearing A Weave

It’s true; a weave affords a person a lot of versatility in the form of color change and styling options, however learning how to protect the hair underneath, is just as important as the leave out hair.  Yes ladies, the leave out hair is crucial to the success of weave wearing!  Taking care of your hair when it’s tucked and weaved away will give you confidence that once the weave is removed, your new growth is will be a healthy and beautiful mane.

A few things to remember to prevent the leave out hair from breaking are listed below: 

Shampoo and Condition 

Off course!  You still need to shampoo your leave out hair on a regular basis. Finding a product line that is free of harsh chemicals is a key element in this regime.  Work your fingers into your scalp area and massage gently with the balls of your fingertips. Then apply the shampoo down the weave hair, but do not ball it up on the top of your head. Instead, work your fingers straight down the hair to the very ends. The water will help you guide the shampoo down. Remember to keep the weave hair as straight as possible to prevent knotting and tangling. 

Feed your Scalp 

Your hair is just as important as the scalp and in order for your leave out hair to blossom, the scalp needs nourishment.  A light essential oil added to carrier oil such as olive oil or grape seed oil will benefit the scalp.  With the induction of natural oils for hair on the market, you will find it easy to find the product for your hair type.  Apply sparingly and your scalp will thank you when applied.  Place oil on fingertips and apply onto your scalp and massage in. If the weave is made of human hair, getting a little product on it won’t hurt it, but that synthetic hair (you know the kind I’m talking about ladies!) doesn’t require additional products, so you’ll have to be careful not to get oils on it. 

Care for the leave out hair 

Caring for your leave out hair is beneficial.  Besides cleansing, the leave out hair needs to be carefully combed to work tangles out. Don’t rip through it with a brush or comb as you will risk causing breakage to both the weave and the leave out. Secure the hair at night either under a silk cap or scarf.  Remember, eventually the weaved in hair will be taken out and disposed off, but your natural hair is what is more important.  It will be with you for years to come. 

Six to Eight Weeks

Your hair will likely grow about ½ to 1 inch per month beneath the weave. The leave out hair will grow too, but care has to be given to the hair that is left out.  Some women take for granted these simple steps, and find themselves running to the shop for emergency hair services.  After about 6-8 weeks, about the time when the weave is looking ragged, and the leave out hair may need a touch up, let a reputable stylist suggest the best course of action be it a deep conditioning treatment or a fresh weave.

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