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I love extensions! I wear them, a lot of my friends do, and it’s a great way to protect your hair. Of course there is the misconception that everyone that wears weave doesn’t love themselves and is insecure, but that is not the case. Well, it may be the case for some, but definitely not the majority. Some ladies wear weaves to add thickness, to add a little length, to play around with styles they can’t achieve with their hair, or to protect their hair from the outside elements.

I fall into the latter category. As a hair blogger I am always trying new things with my hair. I love giving my hair a break and letting it rest. With my hair cornrowed underneath, I am not messing with it hence my hair can be safe from the elements for a little while.

For a sew in weave, your hair is cornrowed either straight back, in a circle, or any other creative way your stylist braids them to make your hair lay flat. From there, extensions are sewn onto the braids. After that, you can style your extensions just like you would your hair.

Just because you have extensions, doesn’t mean you should neglect your hair! Make sure you shampoo your hair at least every 2 weeks with a moisturizing shampoo. You can get a bottle with a nozzle attachment, put some shampoo in it and mix it with water. From there I go through the tracks and squeeze the mixture throughout my scalp. I then massage it in with my fingers- but not too much so I don’t agitate the braids. I then rinse my hair and make sure to rinse in between the braids.

When conditioning, only apply cream conditioners to extensions and not to scalp. Cream conditioners can build up on scalp and cause itching or flaking. After rinsing your conditioner, follow up with a lightweight oil or a hair crème to moisturize your scalp.

I typically only wear my extensions for about 3 or 4 weeks at a time. They can definitely be left in but a lot of stylists suggest you don’t keep them in longer than 2 months.

Biggest Tip: Don’t forget to take care of your hair underneath!

Do you wear weaves as a protective style? What are some of the ways you protect and keep your own hair healthy while wearing a weave?

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