How to Keep Your Weave Fresh and Fabulous

We spend a grip on hair extensions, so we might as well get our money’s worth by grooming them properly to ensure longevity. The rule of thumb is to treat weaves as if they were your own hair, which means with lots of TLC. And while these strands aren’t growing out of your scalp, you bought it (with receipts to prove it), so technically it is “your hair” and should be treated as such. Extensions are an investment with a lengthy pay off. They can last for weeks on end if maintained correctly with these products and pro-tips. 

Jennifer Ford Nov, 11, 2016

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Don’t neglect your natural tresses underneath your weave. Nourish your scalp to avoid itchiness and prevent flakes from settling in with a moisturizing scalp oil. Use a formula with a nozzle to help you treat hard to reach places. $13, jcpenney.com

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If you’ve styled your weave into pop’n curls, pin curl your hair before bed and secure them with bobby pins. This method reduces excessive use of curling irons, which can damage your hair. $2, target.com

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Before bed, wrap your hair in a silky scarf to prevent your weave from frizzing and tangling. $8, sallybeauty.com

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Wash your weave every 1 to 2 weeks using a sulfate free shampoo. Sulfate-free shampoo reduces inflammation of the scalp and retains moisture and natural oils so you don’t have to worry about brittle hair. $9, target.com

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Sew your extensions onto a weave net to avoid tension on your natural hair. The net provides a barrier between your natural hair and the thread causing minimal damage. $4, sallybeauty.com

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Because patting your weave won’t always get it and scratching your scalp can cause your braids to loosen. Gently rub those hard to reach places with a pintail comb to temporarily relieve itchiness without disturbing your style. $4, sallybeauty.com

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Sleep on a satin pillowcase to avoid frizzing and matting. $20, walmart.com

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For combing and detangling your weave, use a wide tooth comb to prevent breakage and shedding. Start at the ends and work your way up. $26, sephora.com

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Dry your hair completely when wearing a weave to avoid the smell of mildew. Make sure your braids underneath are also completely dry. To avoid heat damage, skip the blow dryer and air dry your tresses, or sit underneath a hooded dryer. $47, sallybeauty.com

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Be mindful to condition your extensions on wash day, too. $6, target.com

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Before installation, seal the weft of your extensions. This minimizes breakage and shedding keeping your extension full and flawless. $5, sallybeauty.com

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Use a boar bristle brush to keep your stands soft and manageable. Boar bristles also help to distribute natural oils evenly throughout your hair, creating a natural shine. $8, sallybeauty.com

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Before styling your hair with thermal tools, apply a heat protectant to prevent heat damage and frayed strands. $4, target.com

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To avoid heat damage while straightening your hair, use a ceramic flat iron with adjustable heat settings. Leave the titanium flat irons to professionals as they get super-hot and should be used carefully. $99, target.com