How to do a Weave Maintenance

Having a weave is a great way to secure your natural hair. But you may not be able to secure an appointment with your hair stylist. In this pandemic, your stylist might still be in quarantine; this leaves you to do your own weave maintenance. As great as having a weave might be cleaning the hair can be a chore; if not done properly there can be much frustration. To save time and stress, here is an easy way to make your weave washing routine easier.

Skills

  • Braiding
  • Blow drying
  • Flat ironing

Materials

  • Comb
  • Shampoo (pick your favorite one)
  • Conditioner (pick your favorite one)
  • Hooded Hairdryer  
  • Blow dryer
  • Flat Iron (Heat must go up to 420 degrees)
  • Rubber bands or hair ties
  • Hair clips
  • Sink
  • Mirror
  • Chair
  • Applicator bottle (8oz)
  • Water hose
  • Shower cap
  • Towel

Let’s shampoo some hair!

  1. Detangle your hair with comb.
  • Take comb and separate natural hair from weave hair.
  • Clip natural hair up in a bun away from the weave hair.
  • Take weave hair and part in down the middle.
  • Braid separated weave hair into two braids.

(This can be one braid if needed)

  • Secure braids with rubber bands.
  • Fill applicator bottle halfway with water.

(This water can be any temperature. Fill applicator bottle near sink to reduce chance of spills.)

Caution!!! Hot water can burn!

  • Fill the rest of the applicator bottle with shampoo.
  • Shake applicator bottle.
  1. Turn water on in sink. Set to the right temperature for you.
  1. Lean head over sink to wet braids. (Use water hose in sink to better wet your hair.)
  1. Unclip natural hair and place under water.
  1. Apply shampoo/ water mixture in applicator bottle to all hair on head.
  1. Rinse hair with water. (Repeat steps 13 & 14 if needed.)
  1. Take conditioner and squirt into hands.
  1. Apply conditioner to all hair on head.
  1. Clip natural hair back into bun.
  1. Place shower cap onto head and tuck all hair inside.
  1. Sit under hooded hairdryer for 20 minutes.

Or

Leave shower cap on for two hours.

  • Remove shower cap and unclip natural hair. 
  • Rinse conditioner from hair with water.
  • Clip natural hair back into bun.
  • Use towel to pat dry weave hair.
  • Take out braids.
  • Find dry place to use blow dryer.
  • Unclip natural hair.
  • Use blow dryer to dry natural hair.
  • Clip dry natural hair back into bun.
  • Turn on hooded hairdryer.
  • Sit under hooded hairdryer for two hours.

(If hair is still wet, sit under dryer for another thirty minutes.)

If hair is damp take blow dryer to dry the rest.

  • Turn flat iron on.

(Use flat iron in dry place.)

  • Set the heat to 300 degrees.

Caution!!! Flat iron is hot! It can burn!

  • Unclip natural hair and flat iron.

(Use comb to make flat ironing easier.)

  • Clip natural hair out of the way.
  • Turn flat iron heat to 420 degrees.
  • Flat iron weave hair.
  • Style your hair as you please. (Use mirror to help style your hair.)

Now your weave washing routine is made a lot easier.

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