Weaves-Taking care of hair underneath

By meadow

Taking care of hair underneath


-Lightly moisturize(watery base) and oil hair and scalp 2-3 times a week. apply with a spray bottle or nozzle.


-Detangling thoroughly before your wash your hair and after you rinse out your conditioner. Gently use fingers and combs


-Wash with a quality shampoo that is dilute with warm water to the scalp. Add solution to bottle with nozzle. Separate the hair into sections and gently massage scalp. Rinse thoroughly using

Conditioning (protein-adds strength)(moisturizing-adds moisture)

-Determine what kind of condition your hair needs first. Condition with a quality conditioner that is dilute with warm water and apply to the hair.  Add solution to a bottle that has a nozzle. Hair should already be separated into sections. Leave on hair for 20-30min with plastic cap then rinse thoroughly


-Pat your hair dry and let it air dry or sit under hooded dryer. Do not sleep with wet hair underneath.


-Wear 6-8weeks. Take at least 2 weeks or more in between installments. During this rest time you will wash and condition your hair getting it ready for the next weave.


-Have your stylist remove the install after 6-8 weeks or have patient friend help.














February 3, 2013Permalink 1 Comment



Using essential oils can stimulate hair growth, decrease dryness of the scalp, lesson split

ends and  add shine to the hair.


Common essentials oils for the hair and their hair benefits.

BASIL: Stimulates hair growth

BIRCH: Sooths dry Scalp

CARROT SEED OIL: Stimulates hair growth and can lessen and repair split ends

CHAMOMILE: Cools the scalp and can combat hair loss

EUCALYPTUS: Helps with dry scalp and promotes hair growth

FRANKINCENSE: Strengthens hair

LAVENDER: Calms and soothes the scalp

LEMON: Dry scalp treatment, lice, and dandruff.Excellent for curly textured hair, which tends to be dry

MYRRH: Use to cleanse the scalp

PATCHOULI: Used for dandruff and to help oily hair

PEPPERMINT: Stimulates hair growth and provides extra nourishment to the hair

ROSE: Aids in hair growth and gives hair extra shine

ROSEMARY: Soothes itchy scalp

SAGE: Purifies the scalp and gets rid of excessive dirt from hair

TEA TREE: Decrease scalp dryness

YLANG YLANG: Great for oil hair



“A carrier oil is a vegetable oil derived from the fatty portion of a plant, usually from the seeds, kernels or the nuts”.Essential oils need to be diluted using a carrier oil. Unlike essential oils, which do not last a long time, carrier oils have more shelf life. Carrier oils are pressed, which releases their fatty portions.

List of a few carrier oils

APRICOT OIL:  Adds luster and shine to hair, excellent lubrication to seal in moisture

AVOCADO: Nourishes hair and promotes hair growth

CASTOR OIL: Growth Treatment

CAMELLIA: Restores moisture and adds sheen

COCONUT OIL: Lubricates hair for sealed moisture

EVENING PRIMROSE: Aids in hair loss

JOJOBA OIL: Lubricates hair to seal in moisture, adds sheen and shine

MACADAMIA: Lubricates hair to seal in moisture, adds sheen and shine

OLIVE OIL: Lubricates hair to seal in moisture, adds sheen and shine

VITAMIN E: Lubricates hair to seal in moisture, adds sheen and shine









List of a few butters that you can use on your hair and body

Shea Butter – high amount of unsaponifiable matter, vitamin E and other natural active elements. Perfect natural moisturizing agent for the skin, particularly the face and hands. It penetrates deeply into the epidermis and leaves a smooth, satiny finish Cocoa Butter –sweet cocoa aroma, and is one of the most stable fats known. It has been used to heal and moisturize skin/scalp that has been exposed to the elements. It also helps reduce the formation of stretch marks during pregnancy by keeping the skin supple.

Mango Butter – has natural emollient properties, and is reputed to be useful for treating burns, stretch marks, scar reduction, wound healing, skin regeneration and smoothing of wrinkles.

Sweet Almond Butter – its properties are similar to Shea Butter and it contains essential fatty acids. It is great for dry skin/scalp because it hydrates the skin and restores elasticity.

Coffee Bean Butter – is natural protection from ultraviolet light and is becoming a popular ingredient in sunscreen products. It is an antioxidant and contains phytosterols which have anti-irritation and anti-inflammatory properties, condition skin and hair and promote moisture retention. It is good for dry skin.

Kokum Butter – it has the ability to soften skin and heal ulcerations of lips, hands and soles of feet. Kokum Butter helps reduce degeneration of the skin cells and restores elasticity.

Hemp Seed Butter – is rich in essential fatty acids that nourish the skin and helps reduce moisture loss from the skin. Avocado Butter – is a great moisturizing treatment for hair. It makes a good butter for belly balms and lip balms. It can be used as an eye makeup remover and in hair conditioning creams.

Green Tea Butter – is anti-inflammatory, anti-cellulite and has anti-irritancy and anti-fungal effects. It has a high content of polyphenols (antioxidants). It protects the skin from aging and against UV-B rays.

Pistachio Butter – rich in fatty acids that moisturizes and softens skin. It has excellent penetrating qualities – good massage butter. It also has a low comedogenicity (doesn’t clog pores).

Macadamia Butter – has a high concentration of palmitoleic acid, a naturally occurring fatty acid. Our production of palmitoleic acid decreases as we get older so this butter is great for mature skin, as well as and dry skin. Orange Butter – has a high concentration of Bioflavonoids (Vitamin P – that neutralizes free-radicals) polyphenols (antioxidants). It has anti-cellulite and anti-inflammatory properties and other protective benefits for skin, such as a cleansing and toning effect. It can improve oily, acne prone skin.

Cupuacu Butter – is similar to Cocoa Butter, but has a softer, creamier consistency. It contains essential fatty acids and phytosterols, and is very moisturizing for skin and hair. It is also a natural protection from UV-A and UV-B rays. It can be used to treat skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis and adds shine and replenishes moisture in hair.




by meadow

Shedding  vs  Breakage

Shedding is hair that reaches the end cycle of its growing stages. We lose 50-100hairs per day.

Breakage is when hair doesn’t break at the root. This could be due to improper diet, styling technique, or mishandling of the hair.


Some Ways to Avoid Breakage

Neglecting hair

Extensions, weaving  and wigs are protective styles if done right. But please do not forget to show the hair underneath TLC. Be sure to instruct your stylist not to braid too tightly.  When removing braids  have patients and detangle slowly. Wigs-remove wig any chance you get so your hair can breathe


Clean Hair

Shampooing/clarifying the hair and scalp thoroughly when you feel product build up


Deep conditioning

Every time you shampoo deep condition with heat for at least 30min.



Always make time to fully detangle. Separate in sections and start with the most difficult area first. Begin at the ends and work  your way up to the roots


Cover Nightly

Satin pillow cases, satin bonnets and satin scarf. Avoid absorbent fabrics such as cotton or wool.


Scrunches and clips

Do not us e rubber bands. Use band without metal fasteners.



Relaxers are damaging to our hair. The chemical weakens our curls by breaking down the bonds.



Leave the lighter colors to the pros. Henna and cellophane will give you tint and shine


Direct Heat

Heat removes moisture from your hair. Try using heat in low dosages, low setting and and low temperatures. Use a heat protect spray or serum before applying heat



There are lots of ingredients to avoid or to be weary of.  Use quality products. Lean towards natural products. Research ingredients and products that work for your hair. Do not use too many products at once. Using so many will make it difficult to determine what is causing the breakage.



Trim damage ends. If you’re scared trim little by little.


Poor handling, technique and tooling

Our hair is like fine silk. Be gently and don’t rip or pull at the hair. Use quality tools.


Drink water

Drink at least 8 ounces per day.The hair shaft is partly made of one water.


Nutrition and exercise

Multi vitamins, proper diet and blood flow helps to stimulate the circulation in the scalp.


Resources: http://www.kidzworld.com/article/24437-curly-hair-dos-and-donts










Dealing with dry ends

by meadow

List of things to remember

-Moisturizing and seal consistently

-Trim the ends of the hair

-Clarify Your Scalp when buildup is felt

-Use a Moisturizing Deep Condition every time you wash your hair

-Do Protective styling

-Try not to let hair ends rub on clothing or fabric

-Sleep with a satin bonnet, satin scarf or satin pillow case

resources http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/09/how-to-cope-with-dry-ends-natural-hair.html