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How To Prepare For A Sew In Weave Installation

Women always look forward to some “pamper time” at the salon. There is nothing more refreshing than having your hair done and indulged in while relaxing in an extremely comfortable chair. Women get their hair styled in various ways, but one of the most painful yet amazing experiences is a sew-in weave.

Sew-in weaves or extensions are a great way to add length or volume to your natural hair. It is a hairstyle where tracks are sewn onto your hair, which has been braided to add extensions or weaves.

There are various kinds of sew-in weaves or extensions, but all start with the primary foundation of braided hair. Golden rules must be followed to be able to maintain the look that you want to achieve and make sure that your natural hair is not damaged in the process. You need to prepare to have a fool-proof sew-in weave.

Here are some tips:

1. Shampoo your hair

It is important that your natural hair is clean before you start the sew-installation. Use a gentle sulfate-free or a clarifying shampoo to remove any product buildup or excess oils on your hair and the scalp. Hair extensions will be easier to connect and keep much better together with clean hair. Remember that your hair will be highly inaccessible with the extensions, so you want to make sure that it is clean before braiding in preparation for the weave.

2. Deep condition your hair

A healthy and in good condition natural hair is crucial before the installation. Take good care of your natural hair at least three weeks before you apply this style. You can apply a hair serum, masks, and other essential vitamins to nurture your hair. Deep conditioning is a great way to moisturize the hair and scalp before it is braided and twisted. Balanced or protein treatment can also do wonders to rejuvenate the natural hair.

A protein treatment is also ideal since your hair will go through a large amount of manipulation during the sew-in installation (braiding, sewing, and styling). Our hair is composed of proteins that essentially provide its tensile nature and strength. Treating your hair with protein before you subject them to the process will fortify the tresses and withstand the process without being damaged or weakened.

3. Trim the ends

Weakened and damaged ends are prone to tangling and splitting. To prevent knots and tangles, which could lead to breakage upon the removal of your sew-in weave, trim the ends before installing the extension. While this may not be necessary, making sure that the ends of your hair are in good condition may save you a lot of time and effort in the long run. Don’t worry if you cut it too short, as it will eventually grow into healthier strands in no time.

Maintaining Your Sew-in Weave

While preparation is needed before the installation, maintenance after the procedure is equally important. Now that you have the weave, taking care of your hair should always be on your to-do list.

Wash your hair upside down so that no excess residue will pile up on top of your natural hair. When using styling products, use organic and alcohol-free options. Satin pillows are ideally better to ensure that the curls stay in place. If you need to go swimming, especially in saltwater, make sure you wear a swimming cap.

Another way to ensure that your sew-in weave stays nice and your natural hair healthy is to avoid using chemicals at least within two weeks after the installation. Allow your hair to regain its strength and balance, and observe how it reacts to chemicals.

Sew-in weaves or extensions could transform how you look. Make sure you know how to take care of them and your natural hair for optimal results. For the best sew-in weave or hair extension installation in London Ontario, visit GT Hair Boutique.

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