6 Reasons Why Your Weave Is Stopping Your Natural Hair Growth

woman holding her scalpYour scalp isn’t able to breathe

This issue is prominent in women who wear improper closures, too much weave and caps made of cotton and nylon. You’re simply suffocating your scalp and without oxygen, nothing lives or grows, not even your hair.

If you’re wearing closures with a sew-in, make sure that you are still able to get to your scalp — after all, you still need to clean it regularly.

This will also prevent mold from growing on your scalp (yes, it can and does happen!) due to sweat or hair that hasn’t dried properly after cleansing. For wigs, opt for a cap that isn’t going to absorb the moisture from your hair. You also need to make sure that you properly moisturize your hair, but not too much as buildup from products clogs your pores.

You fold your hair underneath wigs and weaves

Your hair isn’t something that you just tuck away beneath a wig. Thinking this way will eventually make it so that you’ll have to rely on wigs, since you’ll be too embarrassed to wear your broken, damaged hair.

Rather than folding up your hair into wigs and weaves, you should either neatly wrap your hair or braid it. Also, make sure your hair is dry when installing weave to avoid mildew and other bacteria.


You’re neglecting your real hair

It’s easy to forget about your real hair when you’re wearing wigs and weave daily. Out of sight our of mind, right? Make sure that if you’re wearing wigs, that you remove them as soon as you can and make sure to wash and condition your hair regularly.

If you’re planning to wear a sew-in, which lasts quite a long time, make sure you shampoo and deep condition your hair beforehand and afterward. Neglecting your hair can lead to buildup, dry hair and scalp (causing hair fall) and even fungal growth.

You’re wearing glued in weaves

This is an obvious no-no, or at least it should be. Common sense tells us that glue sticks, which can lead to it ripping out your hair. The amount of damage it does to your scalp can be quite extensive, leading to hair loss or permanent traction alopecia.

If you’re planning to start or continue wearing weave in your natural hair, make sure that you give it a break every now and then. Your natural hair is beautiful, so why not wear it proudly?

Even with all of the necessary precautions taken, wearing weave too often can still cause stress that leads to hair loss. Wigs are the best alternative in this case, but again, your hair needs to breathe to grow!

Hopefully, you will find this information helpful in preventing or stopping your issues with hair growth while wearing weave.

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About Safiya Elle


Since 2008, I have been embarking on a journey to all things natural. I'm completely chemical-free (body and hair) and because of this, I was able to avoid the big chop, restore my natural curl patterns, grow my hair to tail bone length and clear my chronic acne. Today, I'm an organic vegan, natural health expert, DIY herbalist, DIY beauty, blogger and shop owner. I enjoy helping others with starting and continuing their journeys to natural hair and skin care, and hopefully an overall healthy lifestyle. On my blog, I share health and natural beauty tips, as well as delicious smoothie and meal recipes (I'm all about flava!) that help to promote healthy skin, hair and body from within. Why not maintain our beauty, as well as our youth? Health is the answer!

About Safiya Elle


Since 2008, I have been embarking on a journey to all things natural. I'm completely chemical-free (body and hair) and because of this, I was able to avoid the big chop, restore my natural curl patterns, grow my hair to tail bone length and clear my chronic acne. Today, I'm an organic vegan, natural health expert, DIY herbalist, DIY beauty, blogger and shop owner. I enjoy helping others with starting and continuing their journeys to natural hair and skin care, and hopefully an overall healthy lifestyle. On my blog, I share health and natural beauty tips, as well as delicious smoothie and meal recipes (I'm all about flava!) that help to promote healthy skin, hair and body from within. Why not maintain our beauty, as well as our youth? Health is the answer!

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Vanisha Franklin

So what About the women, that wear units ( Upart wigs, Handmade wigs, lace closure wigs.. No glue or tape) is it still bad for their hair?

Maybell Lena Killion

In moderation, everything in moderation…weaves are a part of “everything”.

Keke Hampton

Sorry but I wear weave and my hair still grows everytime.

Natswa Akela Smith

Thank you! ❤️

Alisha Peele

I wear weaves and my hair grows…

Tasha Newbill

Not true. I wear sew ins and it has helped my hair grow!

Jessica Marie

Weaves tear up my hair.

Brittney Latoy Cruz

So apparently nothing is good for your hair

Tiff Wilson

Pretty much….you have to take care of it though. People forget that.

Latisha Monique Griffin

Thank you ❤️

Latisha Monique Griffin

It depends on how you take care of your hair while it is weaved.

Nyala Nan

Yup so true And how tight it is, and how long you keep it in!

Tiff Wilson

Who puts it in, takes care of it and who takes it out. What the article is saying is very true especially for people who don’t know what the hell they’re doing.

Ni-Ni Patterson

Usually grows just fine if you know what you are doing to begin with…

Mimi Janvier

Weaves and braid help my hair to grow , specially during winter

Kaye Rose

Not true. I know quite a few. young ladies because they gavr their. Natural hair a break and wear weave the hair grew. Thicker fuller and strong. When you comb natural hair everyday, you lose a lot of hair.

Renèe Izzard

Lies!

Telena Tarrent-El

my hair grows fine now that it is no longer chemically processed, weave has nothing to do with growth for me

Alice Caldwell

My grow very well in weave, especially box braids

Sakina Pecchillo

I wore senegalese twists for two weeks. When I took them out, my hair was broken in some areas leaving only an inch. Once my hair grew back, I tried crochet braids thinking it was safer. My hair broke off to the scalp in places. My hair wasn’t tight or anything. So, extensions and weaves are not for me. But I know plenty of people whose hair flourished. I believe it depends on your hair type and how well it’s put in.

Essie Alavha

I think its those glue weaves

Tanya Hickman

Not true my natural hair grew longer and thicker. Know your weaver take of your natural hair

Alithia Toussaint

Nonsense

Sharon Scu

My hair grew longest it ever was when I had a sew… to my bra strap, but my style told me that I took good care of mine. I believe having the wet & wavy aided in that I’d wet it most mornings in the shower and use creme of nature conditioner which allowed my roots to stay moist and conditioned, plus I used no heat, of course, no manipulation of my own hair, and my stylist didn’t braid and sew so tight that my hair broke.

Sharon Scu

* stylist

Claire Line

6 reasons why weave that is improperly applied is stopping your hair growth .

Markisha Tingle

I think people who wear weave only your hair will eventually thin out. I know ppl who have long hair from weave but when they flat iron it it be thin as hell