So, in part 1 I told ya’ll that with proper care your remy weave can give you several months of beautiful hair that is soft, shiny and beautiful. It’s important to know what your extensions can and cannot handle as far as use and styling, so read the extensions leaflet because NOT every remy is created equal.
In order to remove the buildup of styling products I spoke about in part 1, you have to shampoo your weave. Here goes shampooing and combing tips…..
Firstly DO NOT USE ANYTHING WITH ALCOHOL TO CLEANSE THE HAIR, IT WILL ONLY FRAY AND TANGLE IT.
You will need the following for the overall maintenance of your remy:
- Low pH Hair Conditioner
- Sulfate -free / Low pH moisturising shampoo
- Wide Tooth comb
- Vent hair brush
- Soft bristle hair brush
- Leave In Conditioner / Mousse
- Spray Bottle
- Heat protectant polisher
Hair extensions do not receive natural oils from your scalp like natural hair. Thus there is no need to scrub-a-dub it like you do your own hair. Also, it is vital to the health of your own hair, to take out the weave and “shampoo & deep condition” your own hair ever so often, as you do not want your hair that is braided up in a ‘sew in’ to get matted or grow mold as a result of not being dried properly.
- Comb your remy daily using wide-tooth comb to remove tangles. Comb from the ends upwards, then follow with your vent brush and smooth off with soft bristle brush
- Protect the hair when using heat styling tools like flat irons or curling irons. To prevent hair damage, use styling products like CHI 44 Iron Guard Thermal OR any good ionic / ceramic iron
- Run your fingers through the hair to remove any tangles and use a wide-tooth comb or brush to comb through the hair prior to washing it.
- If the hair is really tangled and matted, in a spray bottle, create a mixture that is 50 percent conditioner and 50 percent water. Shake it up and spray it on the hair. Wet the hair gradually and then brush it. Brush the hair starting from the bottom with the vent brush
- Use quality shampoo. It must be low pH, sulfate-free, and moisturising
- Wet down your weave and lather but do not rub or tug at the hair. Gently squeeze the soapy water through the hair from the top to the hair ends. Thoroughly rinse afterwards
- Next add a tiny bit of hair conditioner, not a really heavy or oily conditioner i might add. Comb through and rinse
- Gently squeeze the water out of the hair before drying. Towel dry the hair by lightly patting, not rubbing
- Next up, Apply a quality leave-in conditioner or mousse ( I prefer mousse, it’s lighter in case you get carried away and use too much) comb through and either roller set or whatever your style choice and dry via a hooded dryer. NEVER sleep on wet weave.
Style and comb following my steps above and yep, you should have a lovely remy that looks fresh out the pack.
If you are unsure about the quality of your hair extensions or its all too much work, its best to consult a stylist and head in salon to have the weave shampooed and re-installed.
Feel free to ask me about products and extensions because I know there are many out there
Next up, i’ll be posting part 3 which is all about styling, installation tips and such.