How to Take Care of Your Scalp With a Sew-in Weave

Weave fan and musician Nicki Minaj sports a hot, black bob for the 2011 BET Awards.

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From Beyonce and Britney Spears to Jessica Simpson and Nicki Minaj, hair weaves give ladies the red carpet look without the fuss of styling natural hair. For your sew-in weave, the stylist starts by braiding your hair into tight cornrows then sews the extensions to these braids. This type of weave should last up to two months if properly maintained. To keep the weave looking its best and your hair healthy, care for your scalp with proper cleaning and moisturizing techniques.


Wash your hair every other day. Too much washing can dry out your scalp, so don't overdo it. Squirt the shampoo into your palms then rub into your scalp using your fingertips. Give that scalp a good scrubbing with clarifying shampoo to remove all buildup, then rinse thoroughly.


Feed your skin. Apply several drops of nourishing castor oil to your hands, rub together, then massage into your scalp. Reach through the weave to your scalp and use your fingertips to rub the oil in. You scalp is prone to severe dryness while a weave is in, so encourage the production of natural oils by stimulating your scalp with massage. Take your time to moisturize the entire head.


Tame the "itchies." Weaves often result in itchy scalps due to dryness, product buildup and overstyling. Solve this issue with a squirt of witch hazel. Fill the squirt bottle with witch hazel then lean your head back so that the weave is falling away from your face. Squirt the witch hazel under the weave all along your hairline and the nape of your neck. Let it trickle through you scalp and soothe the itch and balance and tone your skin's pH. Repeat every other day.


Wrap your weave up in a silk scarf for sleeping. This will not only keep your weave looking fresh, it will also prevent tugging at your scalp. Too much pulling can stress your scalp.

Things You'll Need


1.Clarifying shampoo

3.Witch hazel

5.Silk scarf

2.Castor oil

4.Squirt bottle


Tips & Tricks


See your stylist every six to eight weeks to have your weave removed and your cornrows re-braided.


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