Sew-In Weaves and Hair Growth

Grow long, healthy locks with the help of a sew-in weave.

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Getting long hair can be a real drag if you're not naturally predisposed toward quick growth or you suffer from breakage due to a harsh styling regimen. One way to encourage your hair to keep grow while protecting it from the usual day-to-day damage is to enlist the aid of a trusty hairdresser and a sew-in weave style.

Misconceptions

Some glam girls find hair growth difficult because everyday styling puts a lot of stress on the hair shaft. Chemical relaxers, dyes, heat styling tools and even harsh brushing or combing can break hair right off, leaving you not much length with which to work. Contrary to popular belief, sew-in weaves don't so much cause braided hair to grow longer as protect new growth from the styling habits that cause length to break off before a girl gets the chance to enjoy it.

Damage Control

Although some sew-in weave styles integrate sections of your own hair to make a more natural look, a full weave that covers your braided hair completely may give more even results. With a partial weave, the exposed hair suffers just as much breakage as usual, which means your locks won't all be the same length in the end. With a full weave, on the other hand, the hair all grows in at the same rate.

Keep Conditioning

Simply wearing a sew-in weave is no guarantee that a girl's hair will grow out well. A smart stylista still keeps an eye on her natural hair throughout the process, so that she won't have any unpleasant surprises when her weave comes out. Constant conditioning is key to creating a healthy environment for growing hair and preventing the breakage that can come with weave-wearing. Many growing regimens include daily scalp moisturizing, deep conditioning several times per month, weekly washing and leave-in conditioner.

Maintenance

Getting your growth going strong can sometimes take a few tries, especially if you're dying for super-long natural locks. After two or three months, once your braids go slack, you'll need to let your hair breathe for a few days and then change out your weave. Growing your hair out can take anywhere from six months to a few years, depending on how fast your hair grows naturally and how long you're looking to grow it.

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The Black Hair Care Revolution; Yetunde Jude and Betsy Bearden

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