Everyone knows that great hair can make any woman feel amazing, but just as quickly as it can make you feel great if you don’t know how and what you are working with, it can bring just as much trauma into your life. Anything from visible tracks, bald patches, and poor leave-out blend can have you looking like a hot mess. Clearly, a lot can go wrong while wearing a weave, so to have you and your weave looking 100, here are a few ways to prevent embarrassing hair mishaps from happening in the first place.
1. If your weave ain’t installed correctly your tracks will start to show. A great weave can really boost your confidence and even give you the ability to go from short to long hair in a matter of minutes. If done correctly the weave will have people thinking that it is your actual hair ( which is the point really). If one member of the track clan, decides to step out of line, your whole sewn-in can turn on you. Exposed tracks are not cute. Most people find themselves sharing the spotlight with their weave tracks because their weave hair has been installed too close to your “leave out,” which means there is not enough of your natural hair to cover the track. Sometimes your natural hair is just shorter than the weave hair you are trying to install. Ladies, if your natural hair is 12”, tell your self it 10” (maybe even 8”). Remember one thing your leave-out is prone to SHRINKAGE. This small miscalculation will end up ruining your whole installation. Both of these are due to a bad installation and ain’t nobody got time for that. If this is happening to you as you sit and read this post or you know someone who knows someone walking around looking like these ladies in the pictures down below, then tell them to head on over to the Hair by Sisi Installation Bar so we can do them (her & her weave hair) justice.
Bad weave Installation VS Exposed Tracks
2. The edges of your (real) hair start to thin out. Losing your hair is never funny thing. Once your edges decide to take a step back, it’s bad news all around. It is of the utmost importance that you protect your edges from the very beginning. The best way to do this is to keep them intact: always make sure that your extensions aren’t installed too tightly. If anyone says you have to suffer for beauty, or that the tightness should settle over the next two days, then they don’t care about your edges boo, so you shouldn’t care about their service either (read more here). #GirlBye
3. Is your weave is coming undone? A properly installed weave should last between six-eight weeks. If your weave comes undone before then, then you should get it tightened. If your weave is loose, ask your hairstylist to tighten the weave after washing it. This should be done every 2-3 weeks.
4. Your hair looks stringy. Four words:
Wash your hair booboo!
Just like your natural hair, your weave needs to be washed (every 7-10 days and every 3-5 days if you work out a lot). Your weave hair can easily pick up a bad scents, dirt, and debris, so be good to her and she will be good to you. Washing your weave is generally very easy, just step into a shower and you are good to go. The tricky part is making sure your natural hair underneath is cleaned, dry, well taken care of and doesn’t develop mildew (dampness/sweat buildup cause mildew). If you are not getting your natural hair proper hygiene then best see your hairstylist so you can be sure the job is done right. If you can’t get to your stylist for a thorough wash, try using a dry shampoo, to mask the scent and soak up the oil.
5. Your weave sheds like crazy. If people are able to track your movement by the trail of weave hair left behind, then it’s time to rethink your purchase. Synthetic hair often sheds more than human hair, which is why it’s always better to purchase real human hair when you can. Great hair extensions are an investment, so choose wisely, and remember installation is key, so always get a professional to install them for you.
6. Your weave looks like an old-school wig. There is absolutely nothing wrong with wearing a good wig every now and again, but if your weave looks like a wig, then something has gone terribly wrong. Even though wigs these days looks so good they get mistaken for weaves, a wig-looking-weave is never a compliment. Your weave will always look like a wig if, the hair you are installing is synthetic. Sythetic hair has an unnatural-looking sheen to it which makes the hair look fake. Fake hair = wig-looking-weave. Another problem happens when your frontal has not been customized and the baby hairs aren’t laid. This will make your afterall weave install look wiggie.
Wig looking weave VS Perfect installation
7. Bad blend. This is honestly the worst thing that can happen to a Beweaver. If your weave hair doesn’t match your natural hair, the only person you will be fooling is yourself, so pay attention when choosing your texture. If you plan on wearing your hair curly, don’t install straight hair extensions. Instead, go with the curly weave to match your (naturally) curly hair.
Bad blend VS Perfect match
8. There’s a bad smell coming from the weave. When you sweat and the dampness builds up on your scalp, it can cause a bad-smelling weave. When washing your weave, it’s important to take your time and to make sure you get all of the weave hair (and your natural hair underneath your weave) completely dry, so that mildew cannot grow. We always recommend washing your hair on a lazy Sunday, sitting outside with a good book to read, while your hair air dries. If your hair already smells, wash it thoroughly using the Hair by Sisi a Clarifying Shampoo and then use a blow-dryer, focusing directly onto the scalp, to make sure the roots of your weave are completely dry.
9. The weave doesn’t match up with your hairline. A good weave should match up seamlessly with your natural hair and hairline. If your weave looks obvious, it wasn’t installed properly. Sometimes when your natural hair grows it can cause the weave to shift back or lift, but you should only start seeing this happen at the six-week mark and not anytime before then. If you weave is badly installed, get it redone.
10. You’re not wearing your weave the way it was styled. Too many times, women with weaves will wear their hair in styles which the weave install won’t allow. If you are wearing your weave in a high pony, when it was installed with the intention of being worn loose, your track will show and your weave will bump. This is not a good look #StopIt #YouTriedIt. To keep this from happening, inform your hairstylist before she starts your installation of the styles you want to achieve, so that she can plan accordingly. Remember if you want your install to look even more natural, have the weave hair trimmed slightly, so that it looks more natural on you.
Hope this helps. Happy Weaving XXX