5. Glue vs Thread
I would never recommend glue to anchor down your weft. Let me stress this again, I WOULD NEVER RECOMMEND GLUE TO ANCHOR DOWN YOUR WEFT. Glue should never be an option to hold the track to your natural hair unless you are not concerned with hair loss or permanent traction alopecia.
6. Proper Combing Technique
Even though the hair is not growing from your scalp you still want to use proper combing techniques when combing your weave. Start from the ends and work your way to the root of the track. This will add longevity and decrease the amount of shedding of the weave due to stress.
7. Free & Loose
Another advantage to wearing weaves is styling your hair free and loose without concern for protecting your ends. When styling your weaved hair in updos, braids, twists and ponytails pay attention to the amount of stress your style creates. Too much force or action when creating a style can cause unnecessary stress to the track which will pull at the roots of your natural hair which could lead to hair loss. Opt for looser weaved updos and styles that do not create stress to the track.
8. Product Usage
Weaves need love to! Do not cop out on your favorite products while wearing a weave. Especially with human hair which is still susceptible to dryness.
9. Vinegar, Tea Tree and Grapefruit Seed Oil
The lack of air circulation while wearing a weave creates a moist environment which is susceptible to become a breeding ground for bacteria and mold. Vinegar, tea tree or grapefruit seed oil are natural mold killing agents. The application of these oils on your scalp while wearing a weave can reduce or deter molding issues. Vinegar oil may have a very offensive or foul smell but undiluted it can kill mold in a few hours.
10. Choose a Curl Pattern Closest to your Texture
This applies only if you are wearing the crown of your natural hair out or extensions. If you choose a weave closest to your hair pattern you won’t have to straighten it to match a texture.
11. Wrap it Up
Wearing a weave does allow you the option to sleep without a satin pillowcase or scarf but from personal experience I would recommend that you continue to do it. Satin pillowcases and scarfs can add longevity to your weave (and bank account).
12. Set a Time Limit or Give the Weave a Break
If you are planning to rock your hair au natural or just care for the health of your hair give the weave a break! The weave is not the All Mighty, it can only do so much and constant weaving despite taking all the necessary precautions still adds stress to your hair, which means years down the line you could be dealing with some sort of hair loss. Wigs are a great option to rid the stress that weaves create.
Overall I have experienced the worse and the best results while wearing a weave. Like anything in life it is what you make it. A weave can produce results that are beneficial to your natural hair as long as you take the precautionary steps.
Ladies, have you ever weaved as a protective style? What was your experience?