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    Posted: Jul 26 2012 at 8:06am
Asking on behalf of my sister:

Hey ladies,

I'm thinking of sewing down my wig when I take a trip in a few weeks (I'll be swimming and I'm currently just using elastic band method). I've seen a few people mention sewing down their wigs (and I saw Meechie's video on it) but I'm curious to how they're taking care of the hair beneath. 

I was thinking of sewing down a lace front (thinking I could more easily access the hair in the back between the wefts) but am having trouble finding a lace front with enough parting space (5" preferred) in the length I want that's not custom.

Any advice from those who've sewed down their wig on taking care of the hair underneath? I want to keep the hair clean and moisturized. I'm looking to keep the wig sewed on for about 2 and half weeks.

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I use the tootsie method and only sew down the sides where I double the lace so no ripping due to band.
 
I take my unit off every Thursday and wash and condition really good.  I also use a leave in conditioner to keep my hair moisturized.  I am natural so my hair will dry out if I don't wash every week!  Also drink lots of water, this keeps your hair healthy too!  When I slack in my water intake, my hair suffers with major dryness. So now I drink at least 6 bottles or more of water each day!
 
I use Head and shoulders itch formula (I don't have dandruff, but it keeps my scalp from getting fungi from being closed down for a week)  And my scalp loves it!
 
I then cornrow my hair going back in small braids! Making sure I have my two perimeter braids for side to sew down LF.
 
 
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Wow - thanks SoDivine! Very very helpful.

When you just sew down the sides, does that feel really secure? I'm planning to swim (and possibly even snorkel/dive) so just wondering if it'd be enough. I went swimming before with a unit with just adjustable straps and combs and my LF got tossed all around with the waves, lol. Hoping to avoid that if possible. Maybe I should sew down sides and a small bit sewed down at top and bottom?

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Any suggestions for caring for the braids underneath a traditional sewin? I'm thinking about training for a tri which would require me to swim weekly and I'm worried that my braid pattern won't allow me to really get the chlorine out. Any ideas or suggestions would be soooo appreciated. Again I'm not worried about my extensions but moreso my braids underneath. (I did perform a search but I didn't find the answer to this question in depth) just a few tidbits here and there.
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