Pre-Weave Hair Prep

Just because you’re getting a weave doesn’t mean you should forget your own hair. Here are some tips that will help get your own hair into its best shape and maximize the protection afforded by a weave installation.

If possible, take a break from the damaging chemicals of relaxers or dyes to get a head start in avoiding breakage. If you’re concerned with the leave-out hair (hair used to cover tracks on the crown of the head), consider a closure that will allow all of your hair to be tucked away and protected.

CLARIFYING SHAMPOO: Ensure your hair is clean, and free of buildup from dead skin cells and styling products. We recommend you use a clarifying shampoo to prepare your hair for the weave installation.

  • A clarifying shampoo will remove all product build-up, giving your hair the best chance to grow healthily beneath weave extensions.
  • Use this shampoo sparingly to reap its benefits, but not its drawbacks, including dryness. For heavy product users, use once or twice a month. For everyone else, use it once every other month.
  • Invest in a good clarifying shampoo designed for black hair. Even if your hair is relaxed, you can use brands for “curly” hair, that remove product build-up.

If your scalp is prone to dryness, itchiness and flakiness, try a MEDICATED SHAMPOO with zinc pyrithione or selenium sulfide. Work suds into your scalp and leave on for 15 minutes before rinsing out.Use medicated shampoo once every four weeks.

CONDITION your hair with a conditioner that effectively provides long-lasting moisture without weighing down hair. Look for conditioners that are ultra-rich and hydrating, offering the best protection from breakage.

Use natural oils (not grease), something like organic coconut oil, organic jojoba, or extra-virgin olive oil to penetrate hair strands and moisturize your hair.

SPEAK UP if the cornrows are too tight. If it hurts to change your expression, then the braids are too tight. If it causes headaches, then the braids are too tight. Too much tension on hair follicles can contribute to hair loss, sometimes permanent hair loss. In fact, having too-tight braids often result in the most common type of permanent hair loss in women of color.