Wigs and Weaves
Best products for your weave, and how to use them
14 May 2018
If you paid for that Brazilian weave, you need to keep it looking the part. No excuses! But don’t worry – there are many products on the market that are ideal for maintaining your weave hairstyles in top condition.
Your days of over-combing and using braid spray for moisture are over. As long as you treat your weave like your own hair, you shouldn’t have a problem. We’ve got the step-by-step lowdown on which products are best to keep your weave styles on fleek, and how to use them:
Step 1: Washing
As weaves are prone to dryness, an oil-based shampoo is your best friend. L’Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil Shampoo For Thick Hair, or Mizani Supreme Oil Shampoo, are heavenly solutions to combat dry hair. Not only will they keep your mane shiny and soft, but they will also nourish your naturally thick hair underneath the weave. How about that for a double benefit? These shampoos contain active natural ingredients – like argan oil and myrrh extract – to discipline your hair when it’s at its most unruly. Apply to wet hair starting from the bottom, and between the grooves of your weave, working your way up to your hairline. Don’t forget to rinse thoroughly.
Step 2: Conditioning
Follow your wash with L’Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil Conditioning Balm For Thick Hair or Mizani Supreme Oil Mask. Nothing beats a detangling balm that contains a high intensity of natural oils to condition hair. It really is all that! Apply the conditioner by massaging it into your hair and brushing it through with a wide-toothed detangling comb. Then, rinse thoroughly to make sure the product is rinsed out.
Step 3: Drying
You may need to up your measures to ensure great, protective weave styles, particularly when it involves heat. Gently pat your freshly cleaned hair with a towel and apply a heat drying protection before using a blow dryer to boost up your haircare protection routine. Kérastase L’incroyable Blowdry Heat Lotion and Mizani Thermastrength® Heat Protection Serum are perfect creams to combat the damaging heat from a blow dryer. Apply two pumps of your chosen product into your hands, and massage it into your hair, remembering to get between the rows of your weave. After applying, move on to the heat styling machines!
Step 4: Styling
It’s important to protect your weave if you’re using heat styling. You’ll fall in love with Matrix RepairInside Intra-Reparative Control Cream because it’s a heat-protecting, leave-in conditioning cream that prevents those thermal tools such as flat irons or curling irons from damaging your hair. Useful tip: use a flat iron that is ceramic based, and one that has adjustable heat settings.
Step 5: Finishing Touches
When you’re going for an elaborately sculpted hairstyle to match your latest trendy makeup look, use Mizani Supreme Oil, with its lightweight formula, to mould your hair and maintain its shape – all without weighing down your weave. Add a styling spray of your choice as the finishing touch to keep your locks in place. Just this action can help to maintain your different weave styles.
Step 6: Daily Maintenance
Similar to beauty regimens for your face, sometimes the minimum cleansing requirements just don’t cut it. For example, you may find that even with a weekly wash, your fabulous tresses may get naturally irritated by exposure to the elements. That’s why Mizani Scalp Care Calming Lotion is the convenient on-the-go miracle lotion to keep in your bag. You can get it out to free your scalp from that burning itch whenever you feel the need.
One further salon-standard product to keep in mind is versatile Redken All Soft Argan-6 Oil, which can be applied to both wet and dry hair, and has six different uses at home:
1) As a pre-shampoo treatment for extra moisture.
2) To nourish the scalp and hair before drying.
3) To smooth frizz and rehydrate the scalp after blow-drying.
4) As an addition to conditioners and masks for extra softness.
5) To boost the shine of dry hair
6) As an overnight treatment for intense softness.
Using the best products is truly the best-kept secret to maintaining your weave and making it last longer. Isn’t that what we want, after all? To make weave maintenance even better, consult with a salon stylist for a personalised recommendation on products suitable for your weave type.
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