How to Clean and Wash Hair With a Sew-In Weave

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Maintaining a lovely mane can be difficult---it takes time and patience. Especially when you have extensions, cleansing and washing your hair properly is imperative to maintaining optimal hair health. There are several steps for cleansing and washing hair that contains added, sewn-in extensions.

Things You'll Need

  • Cinnamon or brahmi oil Coconut or olive oil Comb Deep-conditioning treatment Olive oil conditioning/detangling shampoo Q-tips Hair clips Tee tree oil
  • Stimulate the scalp with a pre-shampoo oil massage. Use a dime-sized amount of cinnamon oil or brahmi oil---both of which stimulate the scalp and encourage hair growth---and massage into the scalp. Massage with circular motions for 10 to 15 minutes before washing. To protect the ends and maintain the shine of the extensions, apply coconut oil or olive oil to the hair shaft.

  • After applying the pre-shampoo oil, comb through the hair once with a wide-tooth comb to ensure that it is tangle-free. (If the extensions are curly, separate with your fingers, but do not comb through.)

  • Rinse the hair thoroughly with lukewarm water. With your hands, carefully lift the base of each extension and apply the water directly to the scalp and cornrow to remove excess dirt.

  • Apply shampoo first to the scalp (right along the edge of the extensions) and lather. Be sure to lather the scalp in a circular motion. However, do not scratch the scalp with your fingernails. Rinse after lathering to remove the shampoo. Repeat two additional times.

  • With a wide-tooth comb, gently comb the hair downward. Apply and massage in a detangling deep conditioner (Silicon Mix works well with extensions). Work the conditioner in from the scalp all the way through to the ends of the hair. To condition your real hair, separate the hair evenly, take a Q-tip covered in conditioner and apply directly to your hair underneath the extension. Follow the guidelines for applying a deep conditioner.

  • Rinse the deep conditioner and use the wide-tooth comb to comb extensions downward. To remove excess dirt from underneath the extensions, cover a Q-tip with tee tree oil and apply it directly along the lining of the extension, as well as the cornrow and scalp.

  • Dry and style the hair.

Tips & Warnings

  • Hair is more likely to break when wet. Therefore, use extra caution when combing and styling wet hair and extensions. Use styling techniques that are less damaging to both the extensions and the hair underneath. Headed dryers, roller sets and natural air-drying are the best methods to use.

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