Before you commit to ordering a fresh batch of weave, here are 10 do's and don'ts from celebrity stylist Cynthia Alvarez, who has managed the manes of Alicia Keys and KeKe Palmer. From protecting your new growth to avoiding the dreaded hairline breakage, these tips will keep your tracks in tact.
DO Care For Your Own Hair First
Before you commit to adding in extensions, make sure that your own hair is in the best shape possible. “When your hair is under a weave, you think that you’re protecting it. However, if you’re not taking care of the hair underneath, you could be doing more damage than good,” says celebrity hairstylist Cynthia Alvarez. “My philosophy is that you have to deep condition, moisturize and give your own hair the best treatment that you can before you sew it up under the weave. If you start out with clean and conditioned hair, it will stay healthy and continue to grow.”