How to properly take care of your natural hair underneath your sew-in hair extensions
Are you new to wearing hair extensions? Don’t have a clue as to how to take care of your natural hair underneath it all? I’ve put together a simple guideline Secrets to Natural Hair Care to help you protect your hair and keep it healthy while wearing your favorite Mink Indian Hair, Brazilian Hair or Malaysian Hair extensions.
Secrets to Natural Hair Care
First thing first. A few must haves when wearing hair extensions is a good spray bottle, an applicator bottle with a narrow nozzle (this will help to control the amount of oil you are using), a moisturizing oil and / or leave in conditioner.
After having your weave installed you want to make sure to moisturize your scalp every 2-3 days. If you have extremely dry hair then you may want to moisturize your hair daily.
Secrets to Natural Hair Care: Moisturizing Your Hair
Fill a spray bottle with your favorite liquid moisturizer. I normally use a leave in conditioner mixed with water or a conditioning braid spray. Lift up each track and spray the mixture directly on to the braids.
Next, using an applicator bottle apply an oil on to the braids and the scalp. This will help to seal the moisturizer into the hair. Repeat this process for each layer of tracks until you have covered your entire head. Be sure to get the oil on your hair and scalp and not the weave. Nobody wants greasy hair
I suggest do this in the morning instead of at night to avoid product and oil from getting on your pillow cases/sheets. As well as to prevent the products from getting on to the hair extensions which may cause matts/tangles and cause the extensions to become weighed down or over saturated with product buildup. However, if you prefer to do this at night style as usual and cover with a silk or satin scarf or bonnet for bed.
Cleansing and Washing Your Hair
Cleansing your hair and scalp is vital for maintaining optimal hair health.
Be sure to Wash Your Real Hair Underneath your sew-in AND make sure to wash the Weave.
Start by combing through the hair with a wide tooth comb or paddle brush. Be sure to remove all tangles. If you are wearing a curly weave, I recommend using your fingers to detangle. Always start from the ends and work your way up to the roots.
Fill a spray bottle up with diluted shampoo and water. Begin by spraying your scalp in between each track. This will ensure you are getting as close as possible to the scalp for cleansing. Massage/ lightly scrub the scalp to lift any dirt, soil or product build up. Wash the hair extensions very gently to avoid mats and tangles. Rinse the shampoo out of the hair like normal using warm water. Make sure to rinse the scalp thoroughly to remove all of the shampoo from the scalp and hair.
Repeat step 2 but instead use your favorite conditioner. Allow the conditioner to sit for a while. At least 5-10 minutes. I prefer to use a conditioner that is designed for dry hair just to give my tresses a little extra love. Rinse the conditioner out with cool water as per usual.
Moisturized your natural hair underneath as describe earlier and allow your hair and the weave to air dry.
Please note that this process should be done weekly! Wearing hair extensions can be very taxing on your hair if you are not properly taking care of your hair. Although, your Mink Brazilian hair extensions may look gorgeous while you are wearing them, you should also want your natural hair to look just as gorgeous and healthy when you take out your sew-in.