Yes!! I said it! Wash Yo Funky Weave! Now, I know this may come as a shock to some, but to some it may not, but it had to be said! No disrespect to those that don’t know any better, but those of you that do, “Shame On You”!!! Just because you have weave in your hair does not mean that you can just leave your hair alone and not do anything to it! That’s the biggest misconception ever and unfortunately, there are many who are major abusers of this!
Why is this even a topic for discussion? Well, a couple weeks ago, I was at a networking event and as usual, I greeted one of My colleagues with a hug. For that split second of hugging her, I smelled something awful and that something awful was her weave and she had LOTS of it! Her hair smelled so bad, that I was too embarrassed to even tell her about it. Yes, I know that was wrong of Me, but I just couldn’t bring Myself to say anything to her.
Now, don’t get Me wrong, I’m not bashing anybody or trying to make anybody else look bad. You see, I was once an unknowing offender of Funky Weave Myself, lol! I didn’t start wearing weave until I was 25 years old and I instantly became addicted and it took all My hair out. That’s a whole nother story. I’ll write a blog post about that at a later date, lol! Nonetheless, I was wearing micro braids for the very first time and they were cute & sexy. All I cared about was being cute & sexy! I knew NOTHING about having to care for My weave! One night while laying in the bed snuggled up with My boyfriend, he said, “Baby, I’m not trying to be mean, but your hair stinks!” I jumped up in shock and embarrassment and asked him how long had My hair been smelling that way. He responded, “It’s been stinking for quite awhile! I just can’t take it anymore!” Needless to say, I was horrified! Here I am, walking around thinking I’m the hottest thang smoking and My weave stank! WTH!
So, I instantly started researching how to properly take care of micro braids and weave. Unfortunately, back then (15 years ago), there wasn’t much education on the internet and blogs about how to properly care for your hair or weave. So, I had to piece things together and use common sense while figuring out how to keep My braids & My hair underneath healthy and smelling good. Although it took some time, I had to bribe and convince My hair stylist at the time, Anthony, to wash and condition My braids. He was initially against it, because he only specialized in Healthy Hair Care and refused to have anything to do with any kind of weave, including braids. So, this process was just as new to him as it was to Me. Nonetheless, once I walked him through the steps and explained that caring for weave and braids is very similar to caring for a person’s regular hair, he totally understood and quickly got the hang of it.
So, like clockwork, every two weeks, whenever I had braids or sew-in weave extensions, I was either at the beauty shop or at home, making sure My weave got washed and deep conditioned. The most important step was making sure to sit under the dryer for at least an hour to make sure My hair underneath the extensions were dry. All too often, some people will either air dry their hair or just surface dry their hair, not realizing their hair underneath is still wet. If you don’t properly dry your hair underneath, mold and bacteria can start breeding in your hair and scalp, causing infections, damage and breakage to your hair.
Another important step to healthy hair care while wearing weaves and braids is to keep your hair underneath moisturized. So, before each installation, I would cleanse, do a hot oil treatment, deep condition and moisturize and seal My hair with a thick butter such as the Whipped Moisturizing Hair Butter. This helps to ensure that My natural hair is clean and properly moisturized before any weave installation. And while I have the extensions in My hair, I would oil My scalp with the Hair Growth Serum Blend to prevent having a dry, itchy, flaky scalp and to also reduce the chances of getting dandruff, while promoting growth at the same time. I would also use the Super Hair Growth Spritzer, which is a water based moisturizer on My braids to keep my hair moisturized, followed by the Hair Growth Serum Blend to seal that moisture in. So, whenever I took My braids or weave down, My hair would be thick, with lots of new growth, well moisturized and I would have very little shedding. It may sound like a lot, but these steps are very important to making sure that your hair doesn’t become dry, brittle and damaged while in the protective style.
So, the moral of this story is, just because you have weave in your hair
doesn’t mean that you don’t have to maintain it!
Wash Yo Weave before it gets Funky!!