It’s that season! Time to protect your precious curls with one of the best protective styles… a weave, sew-in, install, whatever you want to name it! It’s such a multifaceted hairstyle that it’s been given many names. The best thing about a sew-in is being able to use any type of hair you want -- from curly to straight, wavy to colored bundles, a sew-in weave will provide you with the versatility you’ve been longing for.
Before getting your first weave, there are a few things you should know. We’re here to give you the tea on all things sew-in weaves with our 5 tips you should know before your next install. Check them out below:
Invest In Quality Hair
- It’s imperative when considering the first weave that you invest in quality hair. The quality of your hair will help determine the longevity of your install. A traditional sew-in is meant to last anywhere between 6-8 weeks if maintained properly. In those 6-8 weeks, you want to ensure that the bundles you’ve purchased will hold up within that time frame. The next step would be determining if you’d like curly, straight, wavy, or blonde hair but don’t worry, that’s why we are here.
Know What You Want
- As we stated above, the next step would be to determine what type of hair you would like to wear. There are many options but narrowing them down to fit your desired look is what matters most. From curly, straight, wavy, or blonde hair, the choices can be overwhelming. Here to help you narrow it all down, our simple system can help you navigate your desired look with just a few clicks.
Prep Your Hair
- Before you install, you want to make sure that your bundles are prepped. Whether you are taking them to your stylist to prep them for you or doing it in the comfort of your own home, you want to make sure that your bundles are brushed out and washed before your install. In this step, you want to make sure you’re using shampoos and conditioners that do not strip the natural luster and sheen from the hair shaft. This is also an excellent opportunity to begin using distilled water to help maintain the health of your hair. Remember, just like your natural hair, you don’t want your bundles to become dry and brittle. Hair prep is only leading you one step closer to that bomb installation you desire.
Foundation Is Key
- Whether you’re doing your own install or getting it done by a stylist in your area, you always want to make sure that your foundation is solid. Depending on your desired look, you can choose to have your hair braided in a beehive where you’ll have one continuous braid going around your head in a circular motion, OR you can opt for cornrows going straight back. The neatness of this foundation is also crucial and acts as a guide for your install. The rows of the braid can be used as guides for each sewn weft. If you’re looking for added security feel free to add a weaving net over your braids. This will act as an additional help to holding each weft in place.
Care For Your Weave
- Now that your look is complete, you want to make sure you’re taking care of it. Monitoring how much heat you use on your new tresses is crucial. You don’t want to damage the strands because they can indeed burn and eventually break. You also want to sleep with a silk or satin scarf for bonnet at night. It’s an added step in your routine, but if this is something you already do for your natural locks, it’ll come as second nature when wearing a weave.