Caring for your hair weave means using the right hair weave products and the right weave hair products differ for the different methods of attachment.
There's a lot to consider, but you guys are in good company as we've put together a run through of the right products for glue-in human hair weave and sew-in human hair weave - hooray!
It might be easier to think about maintaining human hair weaves (and all human hair extensions and wigs for that matter) as three different areas; daily styling, washing and nourishing (which includes conditioning hair weave).
So let's start at the beginning; you've just had your weave-on hair extensions done (fully or partially) and you're thinking about styling it.
As your hair weave is sewn into your hair (either cornrows or tracks), you can pretty much use whatever styling products you fancy - mousse, spray, gel, serum - you name it, you can use it.
As your hair extensions are made from human hair one of the key ingredients to looking after the weave hair (and your own, for that matter) is moisture.
Human hair needs moisture in order or it to maintain elasticity and prevent the hair from becoming dry, brittle and eventually forming split ends or breaking.
Moisturize your hair weave (and your own growth hair) on a daily basis. This doesn't mean saturating it in moisturisers or serums, a light misting is fine.
Choose a water-based moisturizer as this will ensure that the hair receives the moisture it needs and isn't just coated in oils, slip agents and thickeners.
A good hair moisturiser is one that is water-based (water is the first ingredient), contains plant based oils or butters and doesn't contain mineral oil (human hair can't absorb mineral oil, so it ends up sitting on the hair and trapping dust and odours...boo!).
You can use all of the products listed above, however the main thing to do is avoid getting any hair styling products directly on glued area of the hair weave.
Different websites offer different advice but here's the thing: your bonding glue may be affected by the ingredients in sprays, mousses, gels and serums.
You don't want anything to cause the glue to weaken, become sticky or disintegrate as this could cause your growth hair to become matted or the hair weave to slip off.
When you spray anything onto glue-in hair weave, try to work from the mid length downwards or lift each track so you can see the attachment point and apply hair weave styling products a few centimetres from the glued section.
Human hair weave extensions can easily become dry because the hair has (usually) been chemically processed to produce the weave hair texture or colour.
A quick fix is to fill a spray pump full of 90% water and 10% glycerine and lightly mist your hair weave or the tips if they've become dry and frizzy - you can also use this mixture on your growth hair (just keep it away from the glued part of the tracks if you have glue-in hair weave extensions).
OK, technically these aren't hair weave products as such, but since we're talking daily styling, we have to talk hair styling tools.
The general rule is that straight and soft wavy weave hair can be combed with large tooth combs (not super narrow) and that deeply wavy and curly weave hair should be combed with wide tooth combs.
Brushes can be used on straight and soft wavy weave hair but ideally not on deeply wavy or curly weave hair. This isn't to say that you can't only that if you do, the deep wave and curls become less defined and the hair will look more voluminous.
The best brushes to use are soft bristle bushes. Steer clear of brushes with little balls at the ends of the bristles as the balls can catch on the tracks and tug at the hair weave.
OK, daily styling products and tools for hair weave done and dusted, but your guide to hair weave products isn't over yet, you can read guides about how to wash weave hair (glue-in and sew-in) and how to use nourishing hair oils on hair weave.
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