Healthy Hair Care From A Professional Hairstylist

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

How To Use Weave To Help Your Hair Grow

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One way to help your hair grow is through protective styling.  A lot of the time we don't notice that our hair is growing because we see it every day. On the other hand, someone that may have not seen you in a while will comment that your hair looks longer.  The truth is that your hair is constantly growing every single day.  And although the rate of growth is very slow, it is steadily gaining length all of the time.  An alternative way to see noticeable growth would be to get extensions aka weave.


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Whether you like braids or if you prefer a sew in, as long as they are installed properly this is a great way to get some noticeably significant growth.  A typical sew in will last about three months which can yield about 1.5-2 inches of new growth!  Beware though, if your stylist places too much tension on your hair while installing, especially on your edges, it will create the reverse effect and can actually make your hair come out instead of grow.  Things NOT to do when getting your weave services include:

  • Make sure they are not too tight!- I can not stress this enough.  I have seen over and over again where a client has come to me whose edges are completely gone, yes I mean it is BALD right there! (see examples here) Don't be that client that has to learn the hard way.  If your stylist is putting your weave in and it is too tight, speak up! Don't sit and say nothing then go home and start praying that they will loosen up soon without causing damage.
  • Keep the stress to a minimum- Sometimes especially if you are getting braids, they can be heavy.  If this is the case, particularly around the edges, this can also cause your edges to come out. Don't do this! Instead tell your stylist to make smaller braids around the edges so they can handle it.  
  • Keep them in too long- Trying to get every single penny's worth out of your braids is not a good idea.  I would recommend keeping braids and sew ins no longer than three months.  After that there is a good chance that your hair can start to get matted and even start to smell.  If your hair becomes matted it will more than likely have to be cut which is the exact opposite of what you want.
Now that we've seen what not to do, you can safely and confidently get your weave expecting to see lots of growth when you take it down.  Also if you put chemicals and/or heat in your hair on a regular basis wearing weave is a great way to give your hair a break from that.  This is why I sometimes wear my wigs for a few weeks at a time.

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Remember, everything that we do to our hair should be healthy and help it improve.  Anything that looks cute at the time but causes damage down the line should never even be considered! And as always, never use glue on your hair for any weave service.

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Happy weaving!
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  1. Long and beautiful hair has always been my dream. I've tried a lot of shampoos, conditioners and other recipes for increasing hair growth, but my hair was not so thick and healthy, so I had to cut it again and again. Eventually I understood that the best effect comes when nutrition is done from inside out. Basic nutrients should come from food, but there are seasons when we strongly suffer from the lack of vitamins. Recently I've started taking nutritional supplement Hair Gain Formula by Military Grade. This product is the only nutraceutical which possesses prostaglandin D2 blocking properties. I must say, result was above expectations! I detect lots of short hair on my head and it grows quicker. I hope my dream of a long hair would soon come true.

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  2. Can Caucasian women get weaves done with their hair

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