How to wash human hair weaves

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How to wash human hair weaves
Use your favourite shampoo and conditioner. (hair care image by Glenn Jenkinson from

Most people wear hair weaves to accomplish a specific type of hairstyle or to alleviate the necessity of continually styling their natural hair. Human hair weaves are generally recommended when the weave will be in the hair for an extended period of time. Maintaining human hair weaves is a very simple process, according to an article from the Harvard Public School of Health, "Hair Care Tips for Sisters on the Move." You should treat your weave the same way you treat your natural hair.

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Things you need

  • Wide-toothed comb
  • Detangler spray (optional)
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner (optional)

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    Disentangle the human hair weave by gently combing it with a wide-toothed comb. If the hair is curly or crinkled, it should not be combed at all--gently run your fingers through the hair to disentangle it. You may need to use a small amount of detangler spray before attempting this.

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    Follow the same process you use when you shampoo your natural hair, keeping in mind, however, that you don't know what grade of hair you are shampooing. Remember, your hair reacts differently depending on the shampoo you use--some work better for you than others. Shampoo the human hair weave once, rinse and repeat the process.

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    Gently dry the hair weave with a towel, being careful not to tangle it. After shampooing, you may apply a conditioner to the weave, if you wish. Start with a light conditioner to make sure you do not weigh the hair weave down. Rinse the conditioner out and towel-dry the hair weave. You may apply a leave-in conditioner at this time.

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    Allow the hair weave to air-dry if time permits. Be careful when using hair dryers, flat irons or curling irons. Excessive direct heat is not recommended for human hair weaves, so keep your settings on low to medium, unless the hair is coarse and requires higher heat to achieve the style you desire. If you are unsure, test a few strands to see how this particular hair weave responds to heat.

Tips and warnings

  • Familiarise yourself with the weave hair before you apply chemicals.
  • Manufacturers rarely disclose the history of chemical products that have been applied to the hair weave, such as hair dye, permanents or relaxers.

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