The Hair Below: 6 Tips For Maintaining Your Hair Under The Weave

Recently, ANGELA SIMMONS Twitpic’d herself with no weave revealing a thick healthy head of natural hair. No tracks, no clips, no pieces – that huge bountiful afro was evidence Angie takes care of the hair underneath her weaves, or as we at Juicy call it – the hair below.

While you’re in a routine of always whipping your weave back and forth, don’t forget that you need to care for the hair below. If you want a full healthy head of hair while you keeping the flyest weaves and wigs check the following tips:

Get a good oil/moisturizer to apply to your real hair underneath. Weaved up or not, hair needs moisture – don’t ever deprive it.

Clean Scalp
A dirty scalp with tons of product build up can stunt growth. To avoid “stuntin’,” apply shampoo to your fingers and gently rub your scalp, use a spray bottle to rinse and apply a leave-in conditioner. Or try the newly popular no-sud shampoos on your scalp. Either way be sure to cleanse scalp weekly or bi-weekly.

The Right Brushes/Combs
When combing human hair weaves, detangle from tip to root using a wide tooth comb. Synthetic hair wearers can use a bristle brush. When combing or brushing, don’t tug. Too much tension can damage your real hair.

Cover Hair At Night
Sleeping with a satin scarf or bonnet will keep weaves from getting tangled and prevent breakage of any hair left out in a partial weave. Stay away from all cotton coverings. If you have braids or twists, you can also add a little moisturizer before covering your hair at night, to penetrate in your real hair.

Expiration Dates
Don’t keep fake hair in your hair past its time. Even if the hair still looks fresh, leaving it in longer than 6-8 weeks can cause matting and hair damage. This goes for both weaves and braids.

Let It Rest
When taking hair out, give your hair and scalp a rest for a couple of weeks. Make sure to pamper your real hair and give it plenty of TLC, which includes deep conditioners, trims, and no harsh chemicals.

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  • Shane

    That is some cool hair :)

  • Anne Lawrence

    Is this only when you have a human hair weave? I’ve heard when it’s synthetic hair, the maintenance tips are different.

  • Thiago

    I had to use sleep medicine when I was growing my hair out, other wise it bugged me too much to sleep. I wish I had had this advice back then. It would have made sleeping AND growing that weave much easier. Thiago |

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