A couple months ago Stylist @StylebyBonita on Instagram had the daunting task of removing a woman’s weave that was left in her hair for 9 months. According to the post, the client was disabled suffering from a broken arm and could not remove the weave which was left in even after the arm had healed.
This was the caption the stylist had on one of the photos:
This is the result of a sew-in weave left in for 9 months on #naturalhair . It is important to note that dandruff, product build-up, mold, and fungus, can reside in your hair and on your scalp without proper hair care.
Shampooing sew-ins without sitting under the dryer to fully dry it, will also result in moldy hair. I advise anyone who wears sew-ins not to go past 2-3 months with their install. Matted hair cannot always be detangled, in this case, I cut it off, cleansed and treated the hair and scalp. I was happy to give this client a luxurious treatment.
watch the video:
Even though the stylist was able to help this lady and save most of her hair, we have to admit that we have seen way too many similar stories on social media.
The truth is, if you want to wear a weave whether it be for aesthetics or as a protective style, you absolutely cannot leave the hair in for longer than 8 weeks.
Wearing a weave as a means to forget about your own hair or just as a band-aid for a deeper problem will eventually catch up with you. Sweat, sebum, dirt all covered up on top of your scalp is very unhealthy and should not be treated lightly.
If you like wearing weaves but cannot afford to switch things up every 8 weeks, try wearing a wig* for awhile, getting braids or anything that will give your scalp a break.
Do you wear a weave? How often do you get it re done?