You've made your appointment with your favorite hairstylist for that all to important event coming up; now what?
Getting ready for your sew-in doesn't just start with finding the right hair. Here are a few tips for you when prepping for your next installation.
1. DON'T GET A RELAXER RIGHT BEFORE
• I know we always want to have a "fresh" install, but do not relax your natural hair right before your sew-in. Your hair and scalp is at its most sensitive state and needs at least 1 week to recover from the relaxing process.
2. CLIP YOUR ENDS
• Most sew-ins can last well after two months, so prepping your natural hair underneath is very important. To make the most of your protective style have your stylist clip your ends to promote health hair growth underneath your weave.
3. ADD ESSENTIAL OILS TO YOUR SCALP
• I can't stress this enough; MOISTURIZE YOUR SCALP! If your sew-in is protected by a net you will not have the option of properly moisturizing your scalp. Coconut, Avocado and even Olive Oil are all great options for your scalp to add essential moisture to promote healthy hair growth. Be sure to remind your stylist of this BEFORE the sew-in process.
4. EASY ON THE TENSION
• Be sure to pay attention to how much tension your stylist is applying to your hair. Although we want to have braids that last underneath our sew-in, it should not come at the cost of discomfort or hair lossage. Yes, if your hair is braided to tightly you can loose your hair over time due to excess tension. Be especially mindful of your braids around your edges and nape of the head. This area of the head is the most prone to hair lossage due to the hair being the most thin or fine in this area. If you find that your hair is to tight don't hesitate to tell your stylist. It is their job to not only make your experience a comfortable one, but to protect the integrity of your natural hair!
- Jaz Jackson