So I’m not black so my hair texture, structure, and scalp are completely different. You can search the web to look for forums and boards regarding getting a good weave.
News flash. None of them can cater to Asians or Caucasians.
Because Asians are more likely to experience thinning as we age, it’s important that we be a little more anal when it comes to caring for our scalp.
For black people, ya’ll’s hair from what I’ve seen, heard about, and grew up around, a lot of the time it’s just having the patience to detangle your locks and making sure your strands are well hydrated so they don’t stay brittle and break off.
Caucasians go crazy with products or just need to adopt a healthier diet. Both of these “issues” are fixable.
Asians, I can’t really say because some of us have wavy/curly hair, some have fine hair, some have coarse hair, so if depends on where you come from.
I have the fortunate luck of having fine, wavy hair. I used to have super FULL thick hair until I started dying, straightening it, burning, and all the other fun torture I put it through.
With a sew in, I was amazed because
1. I was able to grow my hair
2. I didn’t have to worry about beads at night being jammed into my scalp
Now here’s the difference.
**You MUST know what the braid pattern is!!
A lot of full sew ins typically go for the bee hive braid pattern.
Avoid this like it is the plague.!!
Reason being is that once the tracks near your edges are being pulled, even by a little, it will pull all the way against your growth direction.
It’s also hard to fully dry or moisturize your braids and scalp while it is in this beehive because you’ll sometimes manage to shampoo and condition your scalp and other times you just get your braid so your scalp remains dirty and dry ( say hello to the itchies !)
There was an article about someone that had mold growing on her scalp. No. Just, no…
** Make sure you have a way to moisturize your scalp.
Make a nozzle bottle your best friend. Fill one with a 1:1 ratio of conditioner and water
1:1 ratio of leave in moisturizer/treatment and water
1 bottle filled with a whole plethora of oils 😀 mainly with light oils like sweet almond oil VS castor or coconut oils.
Depending on your porosity and health of your scalp, a lot of thick oil won’t really help you.
I have a nozzle bottle filled with castor, coconut, almond, aloe, and peppermint oil.
** Be gentle and pay attention
Even though your hair is braided up and your frizzy and/or damaged tresses are out of sight, please, oh please for the love of baby Jesus don’t forget about your hair!!
You have a sew in for purposes that ultimately lead to you NOT damaging YOUR hair.
It goes back to YOUR hair. Please take care of your hair. I don’t care how long and full your hair is prior to a sew in, you fuck up with a sew in, you’ll be crying a good 6 months trying to get your hair better, not normal, better.
** Don’t bulk
Don’t try to put all of your bundles of hair into your head.
I don’t care if you hairstylist/weavologist has been doing hair since she or he was popped out. Some of those individuals are out for you MONEY.
They could care less if you become a “weave head” because then you’re stuck going back to the same god damn leech that fucked up your hair and scalp while suckin all your hard earned money. Just Don’t.
You want your head of hair to look natural. Not like a mound of hair. You might as well wear a year old, matted up, ill kept wig if you wanted to go for that look. It would be A LOT cheaper.
It should not feel like you have a shit ton of hair on your head.
It should not look like you have a shit ton of hair on your head.
You should not be getting headaches because all that hair is on top of your head just chilllin or pulling at your braiding torturing your follicles.
**Time it Right
6-8 weeks is the standard for weaves. Guess what, that’s pertaining to black people.
Again, our heads are not all the same. I can only get away with 3-4 weeks depending on how my hair was braided and what I’ve been doing to my head.
Don’t try to keep a weave in longer then what your head can handle.
If you start getting red welts on your head, take that motherfucker out immediately!
Those red welts are a result of all the pulling and stress your follicles are fighting against. They are trying so desperately hard to stay inside and not get ripped out of place. This irritation will also lead to infection and inflammation, both of which are all bad.
If you are itching like crazy and you’ve absolutely made sure you moisturized, cleaned, and dried your hair completely, then take that weave out. It’s itching because 1. the hair is bad, 2. the standard cotton thread is chaffing your scalp, 3. you have an infection 4. you are having an allergic reaction to the hair or the braiding hair used ( if your stylist used any ).
I hope these tips helps you ladies who are thinking of getting a sew in. I know I had to find out the hard way in regards to how to maintain and properly get a safe, good weave after living on hair forums that would work for ME and MY HAIR and SCALP.
I don’t every plan on going bald.
Sew ins are great, they CAN help you grow your hair, and it’s a fun way to try different styles, textures, and colors.