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 the 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
  • Wide Tooth Comb
  • Deep Conditioning Treatment
  • Olive Oil Conditioning/Detangling Shampoo
  • Q-tips
  • Three Hair Clips
  • Tee Tree Oil

The first step in cleansing the hair involves stimulating the scalp with a pre-shampoo oil massage. Use a dime-sized amount of Cinnamon oil or Brahmi oil—both stimulate the scalp and encourage hair growth—to massage into the scalp. Massage with circular motions for 10-15 minutes before washing. In order to protect the ends and maintain the extensions’ shine, apply coconut oil or olive oil to the hair shaft.

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

Rinse the hair thoroughly with luke-warm water. With your hands, carefully lift the base of each extension and apply the water directly to the scalp and cornrow to remove access 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. In order 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. In order to remove access dirt from underneath the extensions, take a Q-tip (covered with tee tree oil) and apply it directly along the lining of the extension as well as the cornrow and scalp.

Dry and style 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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