There are lots of people who say that you shouldn't keep a protective style (sew-in) in your head for more than 2 months at a time. This may be true for some, but for me, I believe that you can keep a protective style in longer IF you know how to take care of your hair while doing so.
This is month 2 that I've had my sew-in and I wanted to share with you all my top 5 tips for maintaining your hair under that protective style.
- Make sure that you leave out your edges (front, side & back) to prevent breakage. These areas are the most sensitive part of your hair and excessive stress can prevent growth.
- Get a protective style that matches your hair type/texture as close as possible! If you are a natural and leave out your edges and you install silky straight hair, you will tend to flat iron your natural hair so that it "blends in". Excess heat will cause breakage and minimize growth. Remember the point of a sew-in is to PROTECT your hair from damage.
If you want a specific type of texture that your natural hair doesn't match, try a lace closure (that's what I have), works perfectly!!
- Moisturize your hair (and new growth as it comes in) with natural oils and/or liquid moisturizers (leave in conditioners are great). Make sure that you use a spray bottle and distribute evenly with your fingers.
- Wash your hair at least twice a month with a clarifying/hydrating shampoo (Giovanni has a great one). Make sure to take your time and go through each braided section. Make sure that you rinse thoroughly to ensure that your hair is free of shampoo and sit under a hooded dryer (to help minimize the chance of mildew in your natural hair).
- As you would do with your natural hair, protect your install at night by using a satin bonnet, scarf or pillow case.
It is also imperative that when you are protective styling that you use quality human hair to also maintain the longevity of your hair. Add Wigs has a great selection of quality human hair at an affordable price. They have textures for all types of hair- from straight to kinky curly which is a big plus because not all companies cover the range of hair types. Also, if sew ins are not your thing, then you can also try a U-part wig and they have a great selection of those. A U-part wig will get you the versatility of a sew-in without the full time commitment. You can still protect your real hair under the wig (which most likely will be braided), but at night you can take off the wig!
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Every one knows their hair and what works for them..... These are things that I do to my hair every night to ensure that my natural hair is taken care of and to preserve the life of my install. For me, this keeps my hair healthy every time I take down my sew-ins.