Question: So lately I have become real frustrated with my dry, damaged hair. I would like it to grow but the process for healthy hair seems to be a long one. I have considered weave as my final option to keep my hair looking good. As a professional what are the benefits to healthy hair? Especially when there are so many quick fixes out there i.e half wigs, sew-ins, lace fronts....HELP HAIR HOTLINE!!!
Thank you so much for the question. I am a firm believer that “when you take care of your hair it will take care of you.” You said it ALL when you mentioned that there are A LOT of quick fixes to your hair dilemmas; but they are just that “Quick Fixes.” Your real hair underneath the weave and wig is still going to be there when the weave comes out and the wig comes off. You MUST take care of your hair, even if you are going to resort to the quick options.
When your hair strand splits, it is literally unraveling. When split ends go untreated (not cut), the unraveling continues. If the unraveling reaches your scalp the hair strand will NEVER grow back. Do not let anyone fool you into thinking that a weave will cure your hair blues; it will only mask the problem. In order to maintain healthy hair you must see a Licensed Professional on a regular basis to get trims. Keep in mind, the longer you wait, the more hair you will need to get cut off. Even when you are wearing a weave or a wig you still need to maintain your natural hair.
Not sure about the benefits to healthy hair, because I do not know anyone that will say they hope their hair is dry, brittle and unhealthy. Everyone wants to have a beautiful shiny head of hair!!!
The following tips will help you get a healthy head of hair and keep it that way:
Start by getting a conditioning treatment. One that will preferably strengthen your hair and add moisture.
2. Get a trim or haircut. Depending on the amount of damage you may need to just trim the ends or get a full-blown haircut. (There is no such thing as a conditioner or shampoo that will “fix” split ends. The only way to treat split ends is to cut them off.) Once the ends are cut you will notice that you hair is softer, easier to comb through and a lot more bouncy.
3. You will need to continue getting your ends trimmed every 4- 6 weeks for short hair and every 6-8 weeks for longer hair.
4. If you are wearing a wig: Keep your real hair under a wig cap. The inner lining of the wig will dry out your natural hair and it will also rub against your natural hair and cause it to break.
5. If you are wearing a weave: Do not leave the weave in your hair longer than your Licensed Professional suggests. Your hair can start to mat and be almost impossible to comb out.
For glue in weave I would recommend no longer than 2 weeks.
Sew-In weave, I would recommend no longer than 1 month- 1 month and 2 weeks.)
6. Both a wig and weave need to be shampooed periodically. Please ask your Licensed Professional how often they recommend for you to shampoo the hair to maintain its shape and body. Also you will need to ask how to dry and style the hair after shampooing.
There are special wig and weave shampoo’s and conditioners. I recommend KeraCare® for Weaves and Extensions.
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