How to maintain a wet & wavy weave

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How to maintain a wet & wavy weave
Hair weaves provide hair styling versatility. (Vince Bucci/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

Hair weaves or hair extensions allow you to change your hair style by adding colour, length, fullness or texture. Weaves are composed of human or synthetic hair and are braided, sewn, clipped or bonded into your existing hair. They are manufactured in individual sections or wefts or come pre-attached to a partial wig base.

According to Sharon Sebree, owner of Heavenly Hair Designs in Indianapolis, Indiana, the wet and wavy weave is chemically treated to maintain a wavy texture and appearance of wet, glossy hair. She recommends clients use human hair for a more natural, easy-to-maintain style.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Soft bristle brush
  • Shampoo
  • Hair conditioner
  • Bobby or hair pins

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    Use your fingers or a wide-toothed comb to style your wet and wavy weave. Start near your hair crown and use your fingers or comb to separate your wave strands. Move your fingers through the weave slowly and remove any tangles manually or with your comb.

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    Brush the hair well with a soft bristle brush, section and make two plaits to prepare for washing. Wet the hair and apply a quality shampoo or shampoo and water mix. Squeeze the hair weave proceeding from the roots to the ends. Do not tilt your head upside down.

  3. 3

    Apply the shampoo or shampoo mix again and then rinse the hair with water until all shampoo is removed. Do not scrub or overly manipulate the hair since this may create tangles.

  4. 4

    Apply a quarter sized amount of conditioner. Squeeze the hair conditioner into the plaits. Do not apply the conditioner to your root area as this may loosen the weave. Rinse the weave well and apply a de-frizzing serum or leave-in condition to combat frizz and tangles.

  5. 5

    Wrap wet hair in a towel; do not rub. Air dry your hair or use a dryer with a diffuser attachment.

  6. 6

    Divide your hair into two sections before retiring for the evening. Secure the ends of each plait with a bobby pen or covered hair band. Loosen the plaits when you arise. Fluff the weave with your fingers. You may use a satin cap or hair covering to protect your style.

  7. 7

    Plait your wet and wavy hair or place it in a ponytail when you exercise. Remove any perspiration from your weave afterwards by plaiting hair and rinsing or lightly shampooing.

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    Return to your stylist to have your weave removed and re-tightened or reattached every three to six weeks. Have your natural hair washed, conditioned and dried prior to reattachment.

Tips and warnings

  • The cost of hair used is a direct correlation to final weave appearance and maintenance ease.
  • Do not shampoo your weave for 10 to 14 days after attachment. Use quality shampoo and conditioning products.
  • Avoid swimming in seawater or chlorinated water. Cover your hair with a swimming cap or other water-resistant wrap if you must swim.
  • Follow manufacturer's and your stylist's directions for maintaining your woven style.
  • Do not use heated appliances on synthetic weaves. Use heated styling aids sparingly on human hair weaves.
  • Do not apply any chemical process to the hair including perms or hair colour unless approved by your stylist.

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