As many of you may know, we are not the biggest fans of using heat on your human hair weave, however, we do know that some of you are. So we decided to put together some helpful tips for you to use next time you want to straighten your weave or hair extensions.
Before you start, make sure that your weave is made of real human hair. Synthetic hair is made from plastic fibres and will melt when heat is applied to it. Remember to gently brush your weave, removing any knots, tangles, or curls to make the cleaning process easy and effective.
If you want sleek looking hair, make sure to blow dry your hair first, and straighten in sections.
Always use a heat protectant on your human hair weave. Hair can burn and once damaged, it cannot be reversed.
Make sure your hair is clean before your attempt straightening it. Too much product will weigh your hair down. leaving your weave looking limp and greasy.
After shampooing, dry your hair using a hair dryer or let it air dry.
Use a comb or brush to gently remove any tangles in your hair. Start by detangling the bottom of your hair before working your way up towards the scalp. Be sure to brush the underside of your hair, as it is especially prone to tangles.
Apply a very small amount of heat protectant hair product to your hair, then brush it through your hair, distributing evenly. This is very important as a heat protectant product can help reduce thermal styling damage to your weave.
Separate your hair into 4 sections using small hair clips.
Turn your flat iron on to a low setting.
While facing a mirror, run the flat iron quickly down a 1 to 2-inch section of hair, starting at the roots and then making your way toward the ends. If this does not straighten the section of hair, increase the flat iron’s temperature to a maximum of 350 degrees, then run the flat iron through the section of hair for a second or third time. Repeat this process until the entire head has been straightened.
REMEMBER to Turn off and unplug your flat iron.
The less you flat iron or heat style your weave, the longer it will last.
Consider having a friend flat iron the hard to reach sections of your weave on the back of your head.
It is very easy to burn your hands, ears, scalp, face or neck with a hot flat iron, so make sure you are paying attention and always use a mirror when flat ironing your weave. Do not let children operate a flat iron.
To protect your hands when using a flat iron, consider wearing a heat resistant glove for hair styling, which can be purchased at most beauty supply stores.