Matted, Tangled, Dry Weave? Bring It Back To Life ...

Matted, Tangled, Dry Weave? Bring It Back To Life In Four Easy Steps!

Have your old bundles from birthdays and vacations past gone dull? If your weave has lost its will to live, it's time to perform CPR and bring that hair back to life!

Let's be real: virgin human hair is an investment. What's the point of buying "quality" hair if it's going to matte and dry up like beauty supply store bundles? Unfortunately, after awhile, all virgin hair will be a bit worse for wear, but no worries! With proper care and a little TLC, you can revive even the most lifeless of weaves. Keep on reading for our four-step plan to revive your weave:


Sometimes a tangled weave is just that: a weave full of pesky tangles. It'll take some patience and dedication, but with a wide-tooth comb and a glass of water half-full (for when you get tired, and, of course, optimism) an old weave can be revived with heavy duty detangling. A wide tooth comb instead of a paddle brush will prevent breakage, especially while wet. Always start detangling from the ends and slowly work your way up to the roots. When you come across a knot, use your fingers to loosen the knot and continue detangling with your comb. Once your weave has been properly detangled, you can move on to deep conditioning.

Deep Condition

While deep conditioning is an essential step in any hair routine, it's one of the most crucial steps in reviving a weave. Skip it at your own risk. Deep conditioning is like a mini facial for your hair, and why not let it have a regular spa day? Deep conditioning opens up your hair cuticles and allows product to deeply penetrate the strands bringing back the softness your weave once had. For the purpose of revival, we recommend grabbing a moisture-based conditioner like Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Conditioner or Aussie Mega Moist Conditioner. Saturate the strands with product, then use your wide-tooth comb to evenly distribute the product throughout your hair.

ACV Rinse

The main purpose of an ACV rinse is to restore the proper pH balances to your hair. When pH balances are off, your weave will quickly go from "hot damn" to "hot mess" in a hot minute. Virgin hair is so sleek when you first buy it because the hair cuticle is fully sealed. But as you begin to use products, shampoo your hair, and use hot tools to style, the hair cuticle will slowly begin to strip away until it's no longer there. Since apple cider vinegar has a lower pH balance (3.5) from your extensions (~5), the rinse will help lower the overall pH balance of your weave and help reseal the hair cuticle.

Ready to rinse? Mix 3 parts water with 1 part Apple Cider Vinegar in a larger bowl and fully immerse your extensions. Leave the rinse in for 45 minutes to 1 hour and then rinse it out with water. Proceed to deep condition the hair.

Bleach Bath

Doing a bleach bath on your weave is an effective way to make it feel brand new again, however we recommend only doing this if all else fails. This step requires the use of chemicals and ain't nobody got time for third-degree chemical burns. Find a sturdy pair of latex gloves and watch YouTuber SpiritualGal07 show you how to do it on your hair.

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  2. Barbara

    13 February

    Hi, I want to know what to use on my Mayvenn body wave weave to keep it from looking so dry and frizzy. I want a wet and wavy look. What hair product should I use.


    • Anayo

      23 February

      Hi Barbara,

      Try wetting the hair and adding a strong-hold mousse (a lot of mousse!). It should get you a sleek, wet and wavy look. Let me know how it goes!

      • Barbara

        23 February

        Thanks for replying. I will try that.

  3. Rayshawn

    7 March

    I want to combat the frizzness in my loose body wave hair what can I use? And is there a specific brand?

    • Anayo

      7 March

      Hi Rayshawn! Thanks for your question - have you tried a co-wash? I would recommend co-washing your hair, letting it airdry, and then using a heavy cream moisturizer to finish it. If you do that at least bimonthly, your hair should not be as frizzy. Let me know how that goes!

  4. Ciara

    4 April

    My deep wave hair is constantly knotting and madding together in the backWhat can I do to prevent this

    • Anayo

      10 April

      Hi Ciara - have you tried to detangle and deep condition the hair? That definitely will help stop the curls from mattifying.

      Also, make sure you're moisturizing the hair at least daily or every other day with a light-spritz moisturizer. Since you're wearing human hair, you have to take extra care with it just like you would your normal hair. Hope that helps!

  5. Tia

    12 April

    How many installs can I use my loose body wave? I have had it installed for about 3 weeks and it's still in good shape. I wanted to take it out and get it re-installed in a different hair style.

    • Anayo

      12 April

      Hi Tia!

      The loose body wave will last you for up to a year or longer as long as you take care of it properly. Make sure when you take it out to shampoo, and deep condition it (for about 15 minutes), moisturize it, and then let it air dry. Then it'll be ready for another install!

  6. shamyri

    12 April

    hey, i have the outre remi hair and its already starting to tangle and matte in the back, is there a way i can fix this without removing my hair? i just got it done about 3 weeks ago and i can't afford to buy new hair and get it done again

    • Anayo

      13 April

      Hey Shamyri!

      The problem with Outre hair is that it's a blend of low-grade human hair so it'd not going to last longer than a few weeks, even if you take care of it really well. Unfortunately, you might just have to keep your paddle brush on deck so you can keep the tangling at bay.

      This is what their website recommends:

      -Detangle hair from end to root before shampooing
      -Carefully wash in lukewarm water with mild shampoo
      -Do not rub or twist, but gently finger comb the hair
      -Follow with conditional and rinse in similar fashion
      -Pat dry with a towel and do not rub or roll the hair
      -Air dry or blow dry with a diffuser or as recommended by your stylist
      -Styling tools should only be used when completely dry

  7. Aaliya

    14 April

    Hi I have two bundles of Brazilian straight hair, I wanted to know is that enough for a middle part sew in?

  8. Kortney

    19 April

    It's been a week today since I've had my virgin curly hair installed it's already getting dry and tangled it was beautiful before I had it installed and suggestions ? I've detangled ( 2 or more times a day) used coconut oil I deep conditioner it last night and it's still very dry please help! Really don't wanna take it out already

    • Anayo

      19 April

      Hi Kortney!

      Sorry about the issues your having with your hair! May I ask what brand of hair it is?

      How do you detangle your hair? It's important to only detangle the hair while it's wet and has conditioner in it since it's a wavy/curly pattern. Use a widetooth comb to detangle. Also, daily moisturizer is a crucial! Hope that helps!

  9. kaysia

    26 April

    hi, i ordered mink brazillian hair like last month and decided to color it red last week. its not matted but it is thick and tangles. what should i do?

    • Anayo

      26 April

      Hi Kaysia!

      Since you dyed the hair you have to do a bit of extra work to keep it from tangling. At night, make sure you're adding a moisturizer or leave-in conditioner and section your hair into 3-4 braids, then tie it up in a satin scarf. You're going to have to deep condition the hair weekly since you dyed it, and I'd recommend a conditioner specifically formulated for hair that's been colored. Hope that helps!

  10. Lesa

    2 May

    What mousse or product would you recommend for the blonde loose wavy hair? It's still wavy but I want to refresh the wave pattern.

    • Anayo

      8 May

      Hi Lesa!

      Try Cantu's Wave Whip Curling Mousse: found here

      Once your hair is wet, apply the mousse and let your hair air dry. Hope that helps!

      • Lesa

        8 May

        Thank you. I actually just bought some but haven't tried it yet

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