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Getting A Weave For The First Time? Here's What Yo...

Getting A Weave For The First Time? Here's What You Need To Know

I consider myself a weave connoisseur. I’ve had them all: sew ins, weaves with leave out, bonded weaves, crochet..the list goes on. I’ve dealt with everything from wearing the wrong hair type or leaving weaves in too long that resulted in damaging my naturally thick hair. I want you all to learn from my mistakes. If you're getting a weave for the first time or just need to brush up on your skills, here are 15 tips to keep your weave, and natural hair, in tact.

Get A Weave That Makes Sense

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A long, Pocahontas-inspired weave may get the most likes on IG but it may not be the best look for your lifestyle. If you work out often, getting a weave with leave out may not be the best option. As you sweat, your leave out will begin to revert back to its natural state and it won’t blend well. Going with a curlier texture which is easier to manipulate everyday will save you time and energy later.

Stay Conscious of Your REAL Hairgetting a weave for the first time

When you sit in that chair, and your stylist transforms you from Cleo in Set It Off to Beyonce, make sure she is properly caring for your real hair too. If you’re like me, you suffer from natural dry scalp which in turn causes flakes, itching, and dandruff which can get worse with extensions. Make sure you are keeping your natural hair moisturized with the right oils and products, as well as regularly cleansing and conditioning according to your hair type.

It’s Okay To Combine Textures

Nothing is more frustrating than when your weave screams India and your leave out looks like Zimbabwe. If you know your natural hair is a certain texture, what makes you think it would blend with one that is the complete opposite? It doesn’t matter that you straighten your natural hair with flat irons set at 500 degrees to blend in, at some point, once that rain or heat or wind hits, your hair that’s left out will frizz right back up. Buy hair that resembles your hair texture and if your natural texture is in between two different types of extensions available, a common practice is mixing two similar textures to give the hair a more natural look and feel. You’re spending the money anyways so you might as well go all out!

Wash Your Hair Just Like You Wash Your Body

If you purchase virgin hair, you have to care for it just like your natural hair in order for it to last and stay fresh. I can’t understand why some spend upwards of $1,500 on hair just to not take care of it properly. In between salon visits, wash and condition your weave. After you shampoo a weave, it should be dried properly to prevent mildew and odor caused by damp hair.

Use Less Heat

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Virgin hair reacts to heat the same way your natural hair will. Repeated use of heat styling tools will result in damaged and frayed extensions. Instead of curling irons, try a rod set. It stretches out that cuticle and makes the hair nice and shiny while also giving your hair full volume.

Spice Up Your Life

I change my hair up pretty often as far as curl pattern but I recently started adding pops of color and it makes a huge difference! It gives your hair and overall self a new look. I recommend getting your hair colored by a professional stylist or buying pre-colored bundles.

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Straight Backs or Beehive?

I’ve learned from experience that a braid pattern can make or break your weave. It seems easy to use a universal braid pattern for weaves across the board, but your braid pattern should work with your head shape and hairstyle. For example, a full weave works best with a beehive braid pattern because the braids are hidden on all sides. A weave with leave out works best with hair braided straight back in the middle and down on the sides  to allow the weave to lay better. Make sure your base braids are small for a flat and natural appearance.

The Leave Out

I’ve mentioned weaves with leave out a few times. A common mistake is leaving too much hair out which can end up damaging your hair if you’re constantly manipulating it to look like your weave. Always leave out as little of your natural hair as possible - but still enough to cover the tracks - as it’s more manageable. The less you leave out, the more natural it appears and blends.

On the Edge

As great as they are, just like other protective styles as braiding and twisting, weaves can cause huge damage to your edges. Tight braids applied close to your hairline not only causes breakage but can lead to more serious problems like traction alopecia, which is more extensive than normal hair breakage and is difficult to reverse. You can take preventative measures such as massaging your edges and moisturizing your hairline at night.

Wrap It Up

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As with our own hair, weaves tend to appear dry over time, especially if you are not protecting it at night. Wrap, braid/twist, or pin curl your weave at night and cover it with a satin bonnet or scarf. Keeping the weave covered at night prevents the hair from drying and tangling.

Use The Right Products

Extensions have gone through certain processes before being packaged and shipped to you. As beautiful and as “natural” as the hair promises to be, you can’t always use the same product lines you use on your own hair with the weave. Talk to your stylist or read the packaging of the hair to see which products work best to maintain it.

Stuck Like Glue

Luckily, sew ins aren’t the only options. If you choose to wear a bonded weave be sure to place the glue half an inch away from the scalp to avoid damage and to allow your scalp to breathe. When removing the weave glue, apply a generous amount of bond glue remover or even shampoo to the track after allowing it to set for a minute to become loose. DO NOT pull your tracks out without doing either of these steps. Remember, your hair is still attached and you can lose hair this way.

Styling

What I love most about weaves is how versatile they are when it comes to styling. Use a wig brush or a wide tooth comb to style your weave and detangle it. Wig brushes are made with bristles that help prevent shedding and tearing so he hair won’t look thin. The larger the tooth of your comb, the better.

Get Professional Touch Ups

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Most stylists recommend scheduling a touch up about four or five weeks after your initial install. Your stylist can re-braid the parts of your hair that have grown, touch up loose hair extensions, and trim dead ends of the weave. Regular upkeep will result in healthier, and stronger natural hair and will also help your weave last longer while maintaining its appearance.

Cut It Up

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Tired of walking around with the same look but spent too much money on your extensions to throw them away? With a few snips here and there - voila! - you have a brand new look. . Light layers can frame your face while long layers can create body and movement. Cutting your weave also helps with maintenance because it keeps the weave fresh in appearance.

With all of the money and time we spend and take to have the best weaves, let’s take care of them. Don’t let that hair die!


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  1. Rashan Spraggins

    20 June

    Hi I have a question about the amount of hair to order for a medium length bob body wave how much would I need to order and do you dye the hair I wanted a dark brown shade.

    • Anayo

      3 July

      Hi Rashan,

      When you order from Mayvenn the hair comes in a natural dark brown color, and I would suggest 3 bundles

      For your convenience, I created a cart with the exact products you need to create this look: Rashan's look
      Hope that helps!

  2. Jiaya

    23 July

    Hi, I have a question about the amount to order for just a “18” body wave length how much bundles do I need . This is my first time getting a weave and I just really need some help.

    • Anayo

      23 July

      Hi Jiaya,

      I can definitely help you out 🙂

      It depends on the look you're going for but here are some guidelines:

      Get 18", 20", 22" for a long layered look
      Get 18", 18", 18" if you want all the bundles to be the same length

      If you're planning to get a full weave with no leave-out (none of your hair out), then I recommend purchasing a closure (18" Body Wave) with your look. If you're planning to leave some of your own hair out, you don't need a closure.

      Hope that helps!

  3. Tono

    10 September

    Hi, I have a question about getting a weave. I never got one but what would prefer for a natural looking weave where I can either wear down or up?!

    • Brittany Johnson

      13 September

      Hi! Try considering extensions that have a natural texture and leave some hair out around your perimeter. Textures like Yaki Straight, Kinky Straight, or Curly are great for blending! Even if you're looking for a straighter texture, remember to protect your leave-out with heat protectants and a silk scarf at night.

  4. Naomi

    18 January

    Colored my hair three months ago you're a mild relaxer which one done for years and all my hair broke off. I want to get extensions to allow my hair to grow. What would you Recommend? Am totally new to this and I would like to have a good experience and not be taken advantage of. I've been Researching and frankly done of the reviews are scary. What souls I look for and what should I know before going to a salon? Any help you can provide we'll be greatly appreciated.

    • Brittany Johnson

      29 January

      Hi Naomi, sorry to hear about your experience! But, sometimes those can be the best teachers - we've all learned the hard way at some point or another. We'd definitely recommend limiting the use of chemicals on your hair, or sticking to one process or the other (if you love color then skip the relaxer, or vice versa). It sounds like a fully protective style is the way to go in order to cover up your natural hair completely and let it grow and flourish. Closure sew-ins or wigs are great tools for beginners, so finding a stylist in your area that specializes in hair health along with weaves is important. Try booking a consultation before your appointment so that you can get to know the stylist and talk about your goals beforehand. Wishing the best of luck on your hair journey!

  5. moonie

    28 February

    hi this will be my first time getting a weave and i just need some help

    1.how many bundles do i get for half up half down sew in
    2.should i wash and blow out my hair before the appointment or let them do it
    3.how many inches should i get
    4.do i wash it
    5.will i have any leave out?
    6.what do i bring to the appointment

    • Brittany Johnson

      28 February

      Hi Moonie, thanks for reaching out! A few of these questions will be specific to the stylist doing your hair, like if you should shampoo/condition your hair beforehand and if you need to bring anything to the appointment. If you'd like, ask her or him to do a consultation over the phone or in person so that you both are on the same page.

      Whether or not you'll have leave out depends on the style you're getting - ones with leave-out are often easier to manage than sew-ins with closures or frontals, because they are easier to upkeep and less maintenance, especially for first time weave wearers. It also depends on how long you're looking to get - if you do have leave out, 2 bundles is usually enough but you may want to get 3 to ensure that you have enough for your desired style (the longer the bundles, the less dense they are, so longer styles need more hair to appear fuller).

      It sounds like the best course of action would be to bring a few pictures to your stylist and then figure out how your hair and lifestyle can align to get your desired look. If you're looking for a stylist in your area still, our customer service team would be happy to recommend a Mayvenn stylist that can help!

  6. Fanta

    22 April

    Where is a good salon in the Apopka Florida area that does weave

    • Brittany Johnson

      23 April

      Hey Fanta, give our customer service a text or call and they'd be happy to let you know about the approved Mayvenn Certified Stylists in your area - they're available by text at 34649 or phone at (888) 562-7952 from 8am-5pm PST, Monday-Friday.

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