How Do You Comb Afro Hair Weave?
(and other afro textured weave questions)

"How do you comb for Afro hair weave?"

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).


Combing Afro Hair Weave

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.

Combing Sewn-In Afro Weave Hair

Any combing or brushing should always start at the ends of the hair first and then move upwards and iyour 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.

Combing Glue-in Afro Weave 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.

Top Tips for Combing Afro Hair Weave

  1. Detangle with fingers first, always start at the ends of the hair and work upwards to the tracks.
  2. Use a wide tooth comb and start combing at the ends of the hair, working upwards to the tracks.
  3. Always comb your hair gently, avoid straining or tugging the hair as this causes shedding and distortion of the Afro texture.

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.

Summary of How to Care for Afro Hair Weave Hair

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.

There are more answers to more questions in the Hair Extension Q&A section or if you want to be the first to know about our next Afro weave guide or anything else to do with lace wigs, hair extensions or hairpieces, then why not join our blog, it's easy to do and doesn't require an email address.
14/03/16

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