My philosophy is “Wear hair because you want to, not because you have to.”
I find that African American women wear hair weaves, extensions, braids and wigs without caring for their own hair. Maintenance is an important part of this process. It’s imperative that you clean your hair and scalp on a regular basis.
Many women get these services for convenience; worry-free workouts, vacations pregnancy or hectic schedules. Whatever the case may be, haircare must be a priority to have a healthy hair and a nourished scalp.
When wearing weave, extensions, braids or wigs, leave the chemical straighteners alone!
When wearing weave, extensions, braids or wigs there’s usually no need for a chemical straightener, your natural hair is either braided or molded down to accommodate the addition. When using a chemical straightener along with these techniques it causes excessive stress to the hair. The hair is braided with a tightness to allow the addition security, adding more tension and stress to the hair follicle, usually pulling it out of its growth pattern. Excessive pressure on edges is one of the greatest problems I find with women, regardless of age with braided hair.
We’ve been conditioned to having six week touch-ups on top of our chemically straightened hair allowing no time for ample new growth which then creates and over- processed procedure. Over-processing causes the hair to lose all elasticity and tensile strength making it weak and unable to withstand any tension. When this process continues frequently baldness will occur due to the drying of the scalp from hydroxides or aldehydes in the straightener.
So, to maintain a healthy head of hair and to avoid hair-loss from weaving and braiding; It is important to:
- Shampoo and condition once or twice a week depending on physical activity and lifestyle.
- Leave all straighteners alone while in braids or weaves which will allow the hair a time to strengthen.
— Rosslyn, Owner/Stylist, Salon 8227