Getting to know everything about washing weave hair extension and how to maintain it!
Weave hair extensions are a popular way of enhancing length and luster to your natural hair. Wearing high-quality human weaves can immediately give you a smooth silky hairstyle and bring you a fresh, fun look. Done applying a weave to your hair is just the initial success, your new hair will not always maintain its silkiness and beautifulness as the first buy if you don’t take care of it properly. Therefore, in the spirit of helping and sharing, this article will guide you to wash your weave hair extensions before installing as well as to store them after a period of use.
How to wash weave hair extensions before installing?
Washing your new hair extensions before installing not only helps you to make sure that the hair is completely clean as they don’t have any lice or dirt, etc., but also provides the hair with a natural state. Besides using both shampoo and conditioner to wash hair, some people may prefer to co-wash the hair (only use conditioner to wash hair and cut down the use of shampoo) to supplement them with moisture, softness, and shine. Do these following steps to wash your weaves before sewing it on your strands.
Firstly, mix a tablespoon of shampoo with half a cup of warm water, you should use dry shampoo instead of water-based ones because dry shampoo is better to intensely moisturize and nourish your hair extensions, as well as protect the hair while cleansing.
Next, take a stain-resistant pot or sink and fill it with warm water and diluted shampoo obtained at step 1. Remember before washing, you need to brush your weave carefully to eliminate all tangles, this is very important as your wet will get tangled more easily and detangling will be even more difficult once it wet. To protect your weave from shedding and breaking, you should use a wide-toothed comb to gently brush the extension from the tips to the roots. To wash hair, gently put it into the pot of warm water prepared earlier, remember not to swirl your hair around unless you want to turn the weave into a mess, and not to cleanse for more than 10 minutes.
Take your hair out of the shampoo water and put them right under a running tap so that the water can rinse away the shampoo and fully wash your extension. You should do it thoroughly as the thicker your weave is, the longer this step should take.
Once you have done rinsing your hair extension, you will need to squeeze out all excess water from them. Don’t directly roll them up with towels and rub them as this action may cause tangled hair. Instead, putting them lie on a dry towel in a clean and flat surface. After that, apply a good conditioning treatment to the extension to provide it with moisture. Next, fold your weave into a dry, clean towel and leave it for an hour before finally rinsing it out with clean water again.
After rinsing the conditioner out, fold your weave extension in a clean towel and leave it overnight to dry naturally. Make sure that your hair is dried thoroughly as a wet weave will create a great chance to catch mold, causing bad smells on hair.
Note: You must be careful when drying out the hair and should not hang it on hocks to let it dry. If your weave has a straight texture then it may not be affected much, but for curly or wavy texture, if you hang it up, the redundant water and the gravitation will pull down the curls/waves, causing hair to lose its original texture.
Again, check back your weave whether it’s completely dry or not. Then comb the hair gently from the ends up to the top to smooth it. And finally, your weave hair extension is ready to be used.
How to restore your old weave hair extensions?
Your weave hair extensions, after a period of use, will be dull and lose its original silkiness and softness and will get tangled more easily. Getting a new one is a good idea but rather than spending a large amount of money on buying another weave (human hair extensions are expensive though), you can totally revive them using the following tips and I’m sure that you will be amazed by all the fantastic results.
Note: After performing any of these tricks, you’ll need to re-wash your weave. The washing steps are similar to when you wash hair the first time before wearing it.
 Soak your weave in apple cider vinegar (ACV)
After detangling (step 1), soak the hair in ACV diluted water for about 15-30 minutes before continuing to wash the hair. This method will help to get rid of any buildup or dirt on the hair and cleanse the wefts. Buildup occurs when leftover styling products such as gels and lotions remain in our weaves. The ACV mixture may have a particular smell but the scent will go away once you rinse it out.
 Boil the weave
This method may sound weird but boiling your old weave hair indeed can bring it from drab to fab in a matter of minutes. Boiling the hair for about 2-3 minutes before normally washing it will bring magical results.
The comparison between hair condition before and after restoring
The left picture is a weave before restoring as the hair strands are dry, matted, and tangled up.
The right picture shows the amazing results after reviving the weave. As you can see, the hair strands become silkier, soft and smooth, your old weave is truly bought back to life!
It’s not difficult to maintain the beautifulness of your weave. Hopefully, this post has helped you to somewhat achieve the fabulous hair as desired. Good luck!
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