How to Keep Weave Hair From Tangling

Brush your weave several times a day.

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Got a hot new weave? Well, it won't be so hot if it becomes nothing more than a mass of mats and tangles. This can happen quicker than you think, so take heed. Unlike your real hair that grows from follicles in your scalp, a weave is not able to reap the benefits of scalp oils. If left to become dry and brittle, a weave will tangle. So, if you're not into the rat's nest look, show your weave some TLC.

1.

Keep tangles at bay by brushing your hair at least two to three times a day. Stop! Don't use just any brush. A hairbrush with soft bristles, such as boar, is best. Brush gently, working in small sections starting from your ends and working your way up to the crown of your head.

2.

Brush your hair before each washing, keeping in mind that you only need to wash your weave once a week. More will dry it out; less will leave it subject to buildup. Use a 50/50 solution of half clarifying shampoo and half water, applying it only to your scalp. Carefully massage the shampoo into your scalp, trying your best to avoid the weave. Do not scrub! Scrubbing equals tangles, which is what you are trying to avoid.

3.

Rinse the shampoo from your hair with warm water, keeping your head tilted back. Not only will this keep the shampoo from getting in your eyes, it will also help keep your weave hanging in a natural position as you rinse, reducing tangles. Massage a half water, half moisturizing conditioner solution into your hair after rinsing. Gently work the conditioner into your scalp and the weave using your fingertips. Give your hair a final rinse; head tilted back. You're doing great so far.

4.

Wrap a towel around the weave and pat. Pat, pat and pat some more until you remove most of the water. Control the desire to rub your head with the towel -- a sure fire way to tangle-up your weave! After patting spray your hair with a leave-in conditioner/detangler. Spray the detangler generously, which will give the weave some "slip" and reduce future tangles. It will also help remove, despite your best efforts, any tangles that develop during and after washing.

5.

Run a wide-toothed comb through your hair after spraying the detangler. Just like brushing, start at the ends and work your way up. Work out any tangles with the comb, gently. Avoid, pulling and tugging at all costs. Let your hair air dry the rest of the way and then give the weave and your scalp a light misting of braid oil. Braid oil will help keep your hair looking sexy smooth, keep your scalp moisturized and reduce tangles in the process. Oil-up at least once a day!

6.

Sleep smart! You can even prevent tangles as you sleep by slipping on a satin cap before bed. When you take the cap off in the morning, your weave will be tangle-free, only requiring a quick mist of braid spray and a gentle brushing. Get double the benefits by investing in a satin pillowcase. Both the cap and the pillowcase will cut down on friction as you rub your head against the pillow. Sleep tight!

Things You'll Need

 

1.Soft, bristled brush

3.Watered down moisturizing conditioner

5.Leave-in conditioner/detangler

7.Braid oil

2.Watered down clarifying shampoo

4.Towel

6.Wide-toothed comb

8.Satin cap and pillowcase

 

Tips & Tricks

 

If you are a swimmer, it is a good idea to wear a bathing cap, which will keep your weave free of salt, if you are an ocean swimmer. If you frequent the pool, it will keep your weave free of chlorine or dirt and debris if you prefer freshwater swims. Salt, chlorine, dirt or debris that sits on your weave too long can dry it out, making it a mangled mess.

Don't forget to water down the shampoo and conditioner to a 50/50 ratio. Heavy shampoos and conditioners are not necessary and will only weigh down the weave and cause unnecessary buildup.

 

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