The benefits of rocking a weave while remaining chemical-free can be one of the most rewarding and healthiest decisions for your natural strands.
It allows for low maintenance styling, protects beautiful curls from daily wear-and-tear, and allows natural women to experiment with different hair textures and colors without the permanent commitment.
But on the downside, to avoid excess heat damage, natural girls have to make a very conscious effort to properly blend their curls to straighter weave textures. And the constant use of flat irons and curl irons is not the answer!
Take a look at these 5 protective hairstyle tips every Juicy naturalista should follow when adorning weaves or extensions.
Keep It Natural
Instead of purchasing silky straight wefts, opt for wavy or kinky hair that's closest to your natural texture like our girl JILL SCOTT. Giving you the ability to better blend your weave without any thermal styling, it's also perfect for the naturalista who does wash 'n gos frequently! Try BOHYME'S Natural Wave, <em>$150,www.bohyme.com</em>
Try Protective Styles
Your first choice of blending should always be a protective hairstyle. Right now braids are in, so use them to your advantage like ANGELA SIMMONS does by braiding your real hair into cute french braids. This look can also work with loose braids, flat twists, and cornrows. Or use your inner creativity and play with hairstyles that call for cute headbands, funky accessories, or colorful knit caps.
Splurge On A Keratin Treatment
If you must wear bone-straight weaves, schedule a regular keratin treatment with your hairstylist to help straighten and smooth your natural curl for an easier blend. Ask about KERATIN COMPLEX'S Smoothing Therapy Express Blowout. This revolutionary smoothing system infuses keratin deep into the hair cuticle, eliminating up to 95% of frizz and curl while leaving the hair smooth, shiny and luxurious. Results typically last 6 to 8 weeks depending on hair type.
Carols Daughter Macadamia Heat Styling Hair Spray
Use A Thermal Protectant
When all else fails and you're dying to curl or straighten your natural strands, be certain to use a heat styling protectant. This will help control unmanageable frizz and create a protective barrier against heat damage caused by high temperatures from your styling tools.
Try CAROL'S DAUGHTER'S Macadamia Heat Styling Hair Serum
Always Use Low Heat Settings
We can't stress enough how important it is to use styling tools on low heat settings. Believe it or not, natural hair is very fragile and cranking the flat-iron to 450 degrees will do nothing but fry it inside and out. Optimal heat settings for natural tresses and human hair weaves should range from 300-325 degrees; taking small sections at a time, and passing through the hair only as needed!
Jill Scott Natural
Angela Simmons braids