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By Cynthia Alvarez

If you’re wondering how you can keep an expensive weave up without having to struggle with it too much, it’s important to know how to do the following: to prep and care for your real hair before you put the weave on it, to find the right type of hair to use, the best way to style it without overdoing it each morning under the flat iron, and what you should do for your hair when it’s time to take that weave down. Got a few minutes? Check out these tips from celebrity stylist Cynthia Alvarez.

Its imperative to deep condition your hair before attaching a weave. Dry strands underneath a heap of hair is not the way to go. Therefore, you should apply a product like Ojon’s Damage Reverse restorative hair treatment for 20 minutes under a dryer or even wear the product or something similar under a cap overnight.

When thinking about getting a weave, be sure to stash some cash. Human hair extensions are costly but they can last up to a year with proper care. The line I love is Hair Factory’s New York Remi. Sometimes the cheaper the hair you buy, the more likely it will look equally cheap on your head.

Before purchasing your hair extensions, consider the maintenance and upkeep of the hair type. If you want long and straight hair that you can whip and have flowing down your back, be sure you have the time to style it. If you don’t have the time and you know you won’t put forth the effort to keep those locks intact, the curly ‘spray and go’ hair might fit your lifestyle better. Also consider a texture that will blend well with your own texture of hair.

If you want to achieve a more natural and fuller look instead of just long and flat, know that it’s okay to blend textures that are similar to one another. High quality human hair can be used and you don’t have to worry about tangling and matting. Fuller is more fun, right?

No glue
Please avoid glue in weaves as much as possible. Not only do they not last as long, but they also pose health hazards. Small and intricately placed
braids can look just as good and natural, without the added health hazards and the possible hair damage of course.

Net it
A good weaving net can be useful in relieving some tension that can be caused by the pulling of the track on your hair. Sew the cap to your hair and the weave onto the cap. You can of course find an inexpensive weaving net at your local beauty supply store.

Don’t neglect your real hair once you’ve weaved it all up. Be sure to apply a nourishing oil to your edges like Ojon’s Restorative Hair Serum at night before wearing your silk scarf. This will ensure the preservation of your fragile scalp and hair.

Product Overload
If you’re used to using tons of product on your hair, stop it! Very little product is needed on premium hair. Moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, a little styling cream and you’re done.

Every weave needs to be cut to fit your face. Razor cutting is one of the best and most popular techniques for cutting extensions. It gives you a more natural, tapered effect.

Pass on the Heat
Try not to over-style your hair on a daily basis. If you curl your hair (I recommend BaByliss PRO Nano Titanium 1″), try to maintain it for a few days by pin curling it at night, then transition to jumbo braids to give you loose beach waves. Lightly finger style in the a.m. before you head to work or just out the door in general. Treat the extensions as you would your own, after all, it is human hair.

Time off
Last but not least, no when to give your hair a rest. It is wise to give your scalp and hair a break from the tension of being under a weave. In between, you can take advantage of other type of extensions like a fun ponytail and half-wigs. They are quick and easy transitional pieces. And don’t forget to play with and get to know your own hair by giving it some good TLC during this “downtime.”


Based in New York City, Celebrity Hairstylist Cynthia Alvarez has worked with celebrities such as Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Keke Palmer, Toni Braxton,
Shakira and more. For more information on Cynthia or to get some more tips, please visit her website:

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