Here is Ediese's Weave Bible. She is a member here and at LHCFWeave Bible 101
I think that I'm qualified to pass on what I've learned over the years
because I started wearing glue in weaves when I was about 12. Then, I
graduated to sew-ins at about 16. To think, I probably could have have
WL hair by now.
Anyway, these are my lessons learned that I hope will be helpful to
someone else. If anyone else has other tips, please list them, I'll
compile it all to make a huge list.
1. After you take out your
sew-in, DO NOT WASH YOUR HAIR before you properly detangle and get out
ALL shed hair. (Trust me, you will have a MAJOR setback if you do not
listen to that one rule). I learned the hard way. My cousin advised me
against it, and I told her that I have that 'good' hair, so my hair
will surely not tangle. Well let me tell you...as soon as water hit my
hair, it formed locs and got really matted. I had to chop out huge
chunks of hair.
2. Do not let the stylist braid your hair or sew in the weave too
tight. You'll know because aside from the major migraine that you'll
experience, you'll see a lot of white bulbs on the tip of many strands
along your hairline. This means that hair has been pulled out because
of the tension. Also, tiny bumps will form in the back of your head.
Silly me...I already know this, but I'm suffering from this right now.
I need to listen to my own advice. I have two months to nurture my
3.It is not recommended that you wear your install for more than three
months. I wore an install for four months this year, and thankfully I
took it out when it first started to matt up, so I didn't lose any
hair. The longer your leave the install coupled with the frequent
washing + airdrying, shed hair, etc. will cause your hair to matt up
4. Do not trust just ANYONE to take out your install. I always take out
my installs by myself. I can't say that I don't trust her, but I don't
even let my sister take it out. This way, if I happen to mistakenly cut
my hair...oh well...at least I was the one that did it. Also, I'm much
more patient, and can afford to take the extra 2+ hours to carefully
take it down. I doubt a stylist will be that careful.
5. If you are planning to leave your install in for three months, you
might want to rethink frequent washing and cowashing. I usually wash
once per week, but sometimes I change it up to once every two weeks.
Again, frequent washing and airdrying, product buildup, etc, might
cause your hair to get matted..eer on the side of caution. (this is
especially true for those with natural hair)
6. If you are getting a full sew-in with no hair left out, ask your
stylist not to braid the baby hairs or the really short strands around
your hairline. Trust me..this is the first time that I've had a full
head sew-in with everything braided, and my hairline is missing. She
braided every strand, and now I"m having to baby that area.
7. It is normal for you to see lots of hair in your comb after you take
out your sew-in. Remember, you did have your hair braided for x time,
and what you're seeing is most likely shed hair.
8. Try to do a protein treatment prior to the sew-in, and when you take it down. This helps to strengthen your hair.
9. It's also recommended that you at least wait 1-2 weeks before you
reinstall another sew-in. This gives you an opportunity to give your
real hair that much needed TLC.
10. Have fun with your weave! Remember there are so many different
styles that you can achieve with a weave without damaging your real
hair. Do you want some blonde highlights, a curly or wet n' wavy look,
or perhaps a pixie cut? Go ahead, and weave it up! Um..you might want
to stick with something that will look more natural though. If you're
4a or 4b, you might want to stay about from silky straight hair.
11. Oh yeah...please stop patting your weave in public! If you haven't noticed, the whole weave moves like it's a wig.
12. If you're relaxed, this is a good way to stretch your relaxers. You
don't have to keep relaxing your entire head when you take down an
install. If it's going to be braided up anyway, what's the point?
13. Do NOT use hair glue unless you want to be permanently bald, hair
glue is a no no. (tip from Ms. Devo) If you're not interested in
getting a sew-in weave, please try out the clip in extensions before
getting a bonded weave. If you still go ahead and get bonded weave,
please take all necessary steps in taking it out so you don't lose hair
in the process.
14. Tips on washing hair while you have a weave:
I picked up this great tip from someone on BHM. Put your shampoo,
conditioner, deep conditioner in separate water/applicator bottles.
Dilute it with water, and pour it over your head so it reaches your
braids. Gently massage your scalp, and rinse thoroughly. This works
15. This is the regimen that I follow when I have my sew-in. Remember I switch it up, and sometimes only wash every two weeks.
Wash 1x week with Creme of Nature (white bottle with green cap)
Condition w/ Mane N Tail
DC 1x week Pantene Pro V relaxed and natural dc mask (really good slip)
Leave in conditioner - Infusium 23
Moisturize every day by spraying a glyercin and water mix to by braids
and to the hair that's left out. I also seal the ends of the hair
that's left out with castor oil.
Clarify 1x month w/Suave clarifying shampoo
16. What are good brand weaves?
Beauty Supply Store brands
Sensational Premium Now
Sensational Outre Goddess Remi
A little more Expensive, but very worth it (You can reuse these. Google them to find them on the net)
Extensions Plus relaxed texture
Halleys Curls relaxed texture
17. If you can't (or won't) spend the time DAILY to blend your real
hair and the weave hair ............get a FULL HEAD weave (where all of
your real hair to tuck out of sight)! Walking around with two different
textures or colors...not only scream WEAVE it also is just plain tacky!
(Tip by CurliDiva)
18. Buy vent brush or comb with you and USE IT regularly! A weave needs
to be styled (either with a comb, brush or my your hands). Do not walk
around with a tangled head of yaki hair that looks like you haven't
touch it since you rolled out of bed. (Tip by CurliDiva)
19. It is possible to wear a "glued" weave without losing hair - but I
definitely would not recommend using that nasty black glue (grey bottle
with red tip). If you want a glued weave use Liquid Gold with Airflex
strips. I did that with no problem at all. (Tip by Soulie)
20. To remove a sewn weave - don't use scissors - use a seam ripper to
break the thread, then use a bobby pin, comb tail, or fingernail to
pick the thread out. It takes a little longer, but there is no cut
hair. (Tip by Soulie)
21. Invest in quality hair such as Extensions Plus, Nature Girl or
Wagmans. All of them maintain their quality over time (even can be
reused). This will reduce the amount of tugging against your own braids
from attempting to detangle. (Tip by Soulie)
22. Excellent Post! Another thing I would personally like to add is
wait at least 7-10 days after taking out your install before geting a
touch up relaxer. For the same reason as number 9. (Tip by
23. Tips on blending natural/transitioning hair with weave. If you
bought a curly/kinky weave and you're transitioning, you might want to
try using flexi rods or trying a braidout on the hair that you left
out. That will help blend your hair with the weave. If you bought a
straight weave, you'll more than likely have to constantly straighten
it so that it blends in with the weave.