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A dry shampoo can be a wonder product in your beauty arsenal, but the long-term effects are not so wonderful. One of the main ingredients in dry shampoo is powder, such as a natural cornstarch or synthetic talc. Some weave-wielding women avoid or lengthen the frequency between shampoos, and instead they use a dry shampoo to absorb sebum and to add fragrance. Unless you're removing the dry shampoo from your scalp and hair though, it can build up on your scalp and leave behind a crust. And crust is an ideal topper to your favorite cherry pie, but not your scalp. You can safely remove dry shampoo from your hair and keep that weave intact.
Saturate your hair and scalp with water. After the weave is bonded, it’s meant to be carefully cleaned, combed, dried and styled as you do with the hair you were born with.
Pour a half-dollar size of gentle shampoo into the palm of your hand. Marsha Power, owner of Garbo A Salon and Spa in Austin, Texas, recommends you use a gentle shampoo free of sodium laurel sulfate, as this additive is a sudsing component that can dry out the scalp, contributing to a cradle cap of crusty buildup. The suds are not what clean your luscious locks; other ingredients in the shampoo take good care of your scalp, hair and weave.
Massage the shampoo into your scalp with your fingertips, gently cleaning your head and removing the dry shampoo buildup. Don’t scrub or to try to whip the gentle shampoo into a lather. Concentrate only on the scalp and allow the shampoo to make its way down into your hair and weave.
Rinse your hair, allowing warm water to remove the shampoo from your scalp, weave and hair. Do not pull or tug on your hair to remove the shampoo, allow the water to do its work, and wait until it runs clear and your head and hair feel clean.
Apply a towel to your hair and gently pat dry the scalp and hair until the majority of water is removed.
Comb gently through your hair, starting at the ends and working toward the bonded portions.
Weaves grow at a rate of about 1/4 to 1/2 inch per month, so you'll be able to avoid the bonds as you shampoo.
Always follow your hairdresser’s advice on how to take care of your particular weave.