Great hair extensions can be life changing, and if you have ever worn real virgin human hair, you will know what I am talking about. All human hair weaves, wigs and extensions are essentially dead hair, so maintenance is key to a life-changing hair experience. When it comes to hair extensions you have to put in some work if you want them to last. Often newbies may not be aware of the role maintenance plays in having a great hair experience and can end up experiencing tangling, matting and shedding. (If you are new to the weave game, read our post on our 6 Crucial Weave Tips before reading any further.)
When it comes to weaves, I can honestly say that I have seen and experienced it all, so when I see a Beweavers walking around with tangled hair I am always tempted to give a Beweaver some help.
Even the best and most expensive hair on the market will need great hair care. Yes, this may sound obvious, but your hair extensions can’t maintain themselves. If you don’t have a good hair care routine, your hair will TMS (tangle, matte and shed) real quick.
If you have ever struggled with TMS, and have even had to cut your weave to get rid of tangles, I’m here to tell you that the struggle is over. There are a few simple ways to avoid TMS and keep your human hair extensions at bay.
When it comes to hair, time tells all. All hair looks relatively the same in the first few days, but with time, water and heat, good hair will always prevail. For these reasons, I’m always stressing the importance of buying virgin human hair. Because virgin hair is taken from one donor and the hair has not been coloured or processed, the cuticles are intact and facing the same direction, the hair will not TMS. But without proper maintenance even virgin human hair can behave like bad hair.
So, before we start it is important to know:
What causes your weave to tangle, matte and shed?
Once the hair is sourced, cut and turned into hair extensions, the hair will no longer receive the natural scalp oils which help keep hair healthy and shiny. Without these oils, the hair is more prone to TMS.
Things like weather, your hair care routine and product buildup will contribute heavily to TMS. However, if your weave is a hot mess, you can bring her back to life, and have your hair looking brand new again, by following these simple tips. Note, Beweavers wearing, clip-ins or wigs will still need TLC, and may experience fewer problems but will require a difference hair care routine.
For those wearing sew-ins, micro-bonding or Brazilian knots, this is how you can prevent tangling, matting and shedding.
How to avoid your weave from tangling, matting and shedding?
- Don’t rub your hair together when drying.
- Don’t over moisturise your hair, product build up can cause tangles.
- Don’t even attempt to detangle hair when it’s dry.
- Co-wash at least or twice weekly and shampoo once a month.
- Silk headwrap or pillow case is the way to go.
- Don’t use alcohol-based products n your hair.
Read our blogpost on how to wash your weave if you want your weave to have a great lifespan.
How to detangle your weave?
- Comb your hair (using a wide tooth comb) starting from tips going up towards the track. To this will limit shedding and potentially damaging your weave. Read more about choosing the right comb for your hair type.
- Use a moisturising conditioner to co-wash.
- Make sure you co-wash in a downward motion using your fingers to spread the conditioner.
- Leave the conditioner in your hair for about 10 minutes.
- Let water run through your hair in a downward motion still, use your finger to remove tangles while the water is running.
- Repeat process, and if you find your hair still has tangles.
- Pat dry with a cotton towel.
- Allow your hair to air dry (dry naturally) is the best thing you can for your weave.
If you find your hair is tangled in the morning, mix up conditioner, water and a natural oil like Argan oil and spray your hair. Remember to detangle using a wide tooth comb.
Remember, knowing how to treat your weave will add to having a great hair experience.