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This Blog Post is about Sew in Maintenance at Home

Embarking on a sew-in journey can feel like stepping into a new world, doesn’t it? Initially, the idea of sew-in maintenance sounded daunting to me.

However, as a busy mama looking for ways to stay presentable amidst the chaos, I’ve learned a few sew-in maintenance tips and tricks that have been game-changers. Not only have these tips helped minimize hair loss and promote growth, but doing my hair has also become a form of self-care.

With my fair share of trial, error, and triumphant moments, I’ve discovered that this advice is particularly useful for those of us looking to use sew-ins as a protective style.

So, consider this your go-to guide, from one friend to another, on how to navigate the world of sew-ins, specifically tailored for human hair extensions.

Whether you’re new to this journey or looking for ways to refine your routine, I’m here to share what I’ve learned, hoping it’ll make your sew-in experience a little easier and a lot more enjoyable.

The Lowdown on Sew-In Methods

Sew-in weaves offer a versatile way to change up your look while protecting your natural hair. Here’s a quick overview of popular sew-in methods:

  • Traditional Sew-In: This method involves braiding your natural hair into cornrows and then sewing the weave into the braids. It’s great for achieving volume and length.
  • Net Sew-In: A net is placed over the braided hair before the weave is sewn in. This method provides less tension on your natural hair and can help with even weight distribution of the extensions.
  • Partial Sew-In: Part of your natural hair is left out to cover the tracks, offering a more natural-looking blend. This method is ideal if you’re looking for versatility in styling, especially if you want to wear parts or ponytails. The Flip-over method also falls into this category.
  • Vixen Sew-In: This method divides the hair into sections, allowing more freedom with styling, as you can create multiple parts and even high ponytails.

Tailoring Care for Human Hair Extensions

The heart of our guide beats for human hair extensions. They’re the real MVPs for anyone looking to keep their style game strong and versatile. You can wash them, curl them, straighten them—pretty much treat them like your bio hair, with some tender love and care, of course.

Daily Vibes and Wash Day Rituals

Daily maintenance doesn’t have to be a chore. A gentle detangle with a wide-tooth comb or brush, and if you have curly hair like Deepwave, then you want to add a light leave-in moisturizer to activate your curls.

When wash day rolls around every 2 to 3 weeks, here’s the routine:

Scalp Love:

Conditioning Duel:

  • Your natural hair and your extensions might not always agree on the same conditioner. I’m all about Olaplex for my natural locks and a lightweight option like TRESemmĂ© Moisture Rich Conditioner for the weave to keep build-up at bay. Make sure to completely rinse out the conditioner to prevent weighed-down hair. A light leave-in conditioner can be added to your extensions sparingly.

Drying and Styling: Make It a Breeze

Drying thoroughly is essential to avoid the dreaded mildew smell. Investing in a hooded dryer, like a tabletop or standing dryer, is a game-changer for dedicated sew-in enthusiasts.

Styling Based on Curl Pattern:

  • Straight Extensions: For a sleek look, start by stretching out your hair with a blow dryer with a brush attachment, then use a flat iron on a medium setting with a heat protectant.
  • Wavy Extensions: Enhance the natural wave with a diffuser or scrunching product. For a more defined wave, use a medium-barrel curling iron, twisting the hair around the barrel in the direction of the wave. For my absolute beginners: consider a rotating curling iron or flexi rods if you want to avoid putting additional heat on your hair. This is by far my favorite method for preserving curls.
  • Curly Extensions: To define curls, use a curl-enhancing cream or mousse and air dry or use a diffuser. For tighter curls, small Flexi rods or a small-barrel curling iron can add definition. Always detangle gently with a wide-tooth comb when wet to maintain the curl pattern without causing frizz.
  • Kinky/Curly Extensions: These textures thrive on moisture. Use leave-in conditioners and curl creams to define and moisturize. Twist-outs or braid-outs are great for styling kinky/curly textures without heat.

Here are my holy grail product recommendations (plus they make your hair smell delicious):

And for those nights? Wrapping your hair in a satin scarf or bonnet is like a protective hug for your sew-in.

Professional Touch: Know When to Call

Even with all the care in the world, sometimes you just need that professional touch. Whether it’s for maintenance, advice, or a complete redo, never underestimate the value of a good stylist in your sew-in journey.

Navigating sew-ins is an adventure, full of learning curves and glorious moments of hair triumph. Whether you’re a newbie or looking to refine your routine, I hope these insights illuminate your path. Remember, it’s all about feeling fabulous and giving your natural hair the love it deserves.

If you have any questions, drop them in the comment section, and I’ll be happy to help. Cheers to healthy, natural hair!

This Blog Post is about Sew in Maintenance at Home

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