Hi, I'm Deena Campbell, hair and beauty editor of essence.com. And today, I have the lovely Ngozi Opara with us. She is the founder of Heat-Free Hair. And she's going to tell us some questions to ask before you get that sew in. First and foremost, it's great to have the conversation. So that you really know what you're getting into before you get the weave. Okay. And that way you're able to manage your expectations, and know what you're getting yourself into. The first thing that I would ask is, how do I prepare my hair for the weave? Okay. [CROSSTALK] Okay. Another thing is. You know, how long can I keep my weave in for? [CROSSTALK] I think a lot of times like at my salon, you know, we'll have people come in and they'll get a weave, and they're like ,oh well I thought I could keep this in for six months. And it's like no! No, no. So, you know, once again managing expectations. You've got to [INAUDIBLE] you know, know that before you go in. One thing that's really big for me, is just about protecting your real hair underneath the weave. Okay. So sometimes I say okay, ask your stylist, what do they do to protect your edges? In addition to kind of like, what to do to prevent any breakage and also how your hair, your hair gonna grow from it, you know, like how can you get the best benefits. Which is the, which is the [INAUDIBLE] for a lot of people. Right. They wear a lot of wigs and weaves just to really help their hair grow. [CROSSTALK]. Absolutely, so protect the style, and get it to grow, absolutely. And then the fifth thing I would say is, what are the absolute no-no's? Like, what should I never do before I come in to get a weave? Cuz you would be surprised, you know? Okay. [LAUGH] [INAUDIBLE] People come in, with a perm in their hair that morning, and they're just like, I am ready for you, and you're like no you're not! [LAUGH] So. Well, thank you so much. Thank you. I love those tips. They're so good to know. And the next time you guys head to the stylist, make sure you bring your cheat sheet, and ask the important questions.
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