On our previous blog, we discuss the things we do that the damage your hair while wearing your extensions! So now let's discuss what we should do after removing our extensions!
We have always enjoyed our hair with extensions or weave for one to two months but it is now time to remove it.
When you see it!
BOOM! A total disaster!
Although it is good if you have practiced good weaving habits so your hair remains healthy. But some women will remove one weave and have their hairdresser put another one immediately.
This is not always the best thing.
All of us needs to practice good habits so that our hair remains healthy enough to sport another weave when it’s time.
So before you rush to the hairdresser for the next weave, take a step back and figure out what your hair really needs first:
Bring hair balance back
Within a week of taking down your weave, it is advisable that you give it a good protein treatment, especially if you have weak hair. This brings your hair’s moisture-protein balance back. This is because getting enough protein to the hair while it is confined in cornrows is difficult.
Everybody needs a break, even your hair
If you deserve a rest; then your hair too! Give it a break.
It is very tempting to want to retouch or weave the hair immediately, but don’t. Your scalp and hair need a break.
Extensions and weaves impose some amount of stress on the scalp because of the extra weight. Letting your hair/scalp rest ensures a healthy scalp and hairline; without which wearing weaves or braids become much more difficult.
A bit of one’s hair will definitely shed the first time they comb through the new growth after removing the weave. The moment you remove your weave, do not comb it before gently working through it, especially the new growth, with your fingers.
This method is less harsh than using a comb as you lose less hair. After detangling with your finger, use a wide tooth-comb before shampooing. Remember to be gentle so that you don’t damage your hair.
Use a moisturizing shampoo and applying a moisturizing conditioner. Comb through the hair while the conditioner is still saturated.
The amount of hair that sheds should not alarm you because your hair has been under a weave for long. Ordinarily, you shed off a few strands every time you comb your hair, thus this is an accumulation. Once you can easily comb through the hair, rinse completely.
A good deep conditioner would be a good follow up to this. Use one that is suited for dry hair. Leave it on your hair for the recommended amount of time before rinsing off.
Trimming the dead ends is another step towards keeping a healthy mane. You or your hairdresser only need to clip the smallest amount at the tip to get rid of dryness.
Wearing hair extensions can have many benefits, but if you practice bad habits during or after wearing them. Then I bet you will probably lose your natural hair if not today but in the future.
If you wear them and treat them properly, they can be a fun, stylish addition to your hairstyle.