Combing Afro hair weave seems to fill some people with dread, but it needn't. Here are a few tips and summary of Afro weave hair care (that you can also apply to your natural Afro tresses) to help preserve the texture.
The key to avoiding brittle Afro weave hair is to moisturize it.
The best moisturizers are those that are water-based and it's also better to choose a moisturizer with or without oils but if it does contain oils, ensure that they're plant derived oils like olive oil, coconut oil and almond oil (you can check out this guide for a more extensive list of oils and butters that are good for Afro hair weave) as well as a guide about how to apply nourishing oils to Afro weave hair).
Curls of any size have a tendency to fray; it's just an occupational hazard of curly hair. If you want to avoid frizz then use a wide tooth comb (like a shower comb) and never use a brush (single tied wefts should be combed with care).
Your curl activator or moisturiser should be used first to make the hair slightly damp and the use your fingers or the tail of a comb. In theory, you really shouldn't have to comb the hair very often; it's more about defined curls.
If you're aiming for the Afro puff look then an Afro comb is better than using a brush.
Any combing or brushing should always start at the ends of the hair first and then move upwards and if your sewn in weave hair extensions are curly, try to limit combing to when you style your hair for the day to prevent the hair becoming frizzy.
Avoid pulling or tugging the hair as the hair weave is sewn into your own growth hair.
Avoid brushes with little balls at the ends of the bristles as the balls can catch on the glued tracks and tug at the hair weave.
You can check out a guide to washing curly hair weave extensions and adapt the steps for your own hair washing regime and also check out the tips on deep conditioning your Afro weave again, you can adapt the steps to suit your regimen.
Use a wide tooth comb
Avoid heat styling
Keep the hair moisturised
Condition the hair
That's the canter through combing Afro weave, but if you were still wondering about moisturizing products and styling tools for Afro hair weave hair then check out the guide to daily styling and care for Afro Weave hair - hey look, that rhymes!
If the Afro curl is... well... too curly for you then the loose Afro curl texture (kinky curl) might be just right (like Goldilocks, it's not too wavy and not too curly but just right) and there's a guide about the loose Afro curl texture for hair extensions that covers clip in hair extensions as well as weave hair extensions.
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