Try Dry Shampoo
In ethnic haircare, dry shampoo is most often used to help you manage your hair between washes as well as to take unwanted shine out of weave and wigs*. It is not a product that is needed daily, but it is great for a quick fix.
Dry shampoo works best on barely damp hair that can easily be air dried. So if you are someone who fits short workouts into your busy schedule and cannot always get in a thorough hair wash, dry shampoo may be just what you need.
From a little closer than arm’s length away, spray the dry shampoo into your hair and comb it through. Be very careful about not getting any on your scalp because this can cause a thick white buildup on your braids-and you do not want that.
Wash Your Hair Underneath
Washing your hair while it is braided up under your weave may seem a little bit sketchy at first, but it can actually be beneficial to hair health in the long run-especially if it is being adversely affected by your workouts.
If your hair is sweaty, stinky, and/or has too much build up, do not be afraid to cleanse your scalp and braids with a water based solution.
Mix two parts water and one part shampoo into an applicator bottle* with a narrow tip. Apply the mixture to your scalp, gently wash around your braids, and thoroughly rinse your hair in the shower.
To avoid moisture related problems, blow dry your scalp and braids until they are completely dry.
Don’t Forget to Moisturize and Seal
There is a great amount of salt in your sweat and if you do not properly rinse the sweat from your hair, it will create a layer of salt on your scalp that will dry out your hair and eventually lead to breakage.
On top of that, water will not keep your hair moisturized for a long period of time so you must continue to moisturize and seal your hair under your sew-in.
There is a big misconception that when you are using weave as a protective style, you do not have to care for your real hair until the sew-in is uninstalled. This notion is false.
You must continue to moisturize and seal no matter what; so, grab your handy dandy applicator bottle* and add “scalp nourishment” into your post-workout hair regimen
Lilia Robberts says
Having beautiful hair has always been my thing. Thank you so much for these tips on how to keeps my weaves looking good. I found it interesting how I shouldn’t let my hair and scalp stay damp. Having mildew grow on my head sounds like a nightmare. Along with following your tips on how to keep weaves looking good, I want to find a place that can install good quality weaves in my hair. I have always gotten bad quality weaves, and I believe now is a time for a upgrade.