Weaves give us the ability to try new styles without commitment and damage to our hair. Unfortunately, unless the hair is properly cared for during and after the weave has been removed, we can subject our hair to considerable damage.
I have personally worked with clients that thought that their hair could never grow beyond a certain length only to grow hair that was well on its way to waist length! Many would go back to bad habits of using excessive heat or neglect to properly prepare their hair for physical activity or bed.
As a hairdresser, I once went to a client’s home to take away her “heat!” I placed the flat irons* and curling irons* in a bag, secured them my car’s trunk and didn’t give them back until we both felt assured that she knew how to properly implement heat into her maintenance routine.
Had she demanded them back I would have given them to her, but she loved her length too much and wanted to maintain it. Granted, it was an extreme measure but I placed healthy hair as a priority for all my clients and asked that they remain as dedicated.
Therefore, before the weave is removed, it is imperative that the person takes haircare and maintenance into consideration.
If you are not properly prepared for how you will style and maintain your natural hair. Once the weave is removed, it will cause frustration that leads to poor hair care decisions that will lead to damage.
To feel comfortable wearing your own hair again you must ensure that it is healthy and properly prepared to style; this will ensure that the transition back to wearing your own hair will be pleasurable!
1. Treat and Condition immediately
First, you must consider how long you have worn your weave and how it was maintained in the weaved hairstyle. I have done weaves on individuals that get relaxers and conditioning treatments when touch ups are needed before reinstalling a weave.
For those that have natural hair, the maintenance is to shampoo and deep conditioner* the hair prior to installing a new weave. Regardless of whether your hair has been relaxed or natural, a deep conditioning* treatment is mandatory.
If you have neglected your hair with each installation, you must begin treating the hair prior to the final removal. I would suggest delaying the removal if the hair has been neglected, so that your hair is properly prepared.