1. Bundles Are Attached Too Long
Your hairstylist did a great job installing your weave, and it still looks good after 8 weeks and you wish they could stay in forever. Sorry, hair extensions are temporary and can only last for so long. If you've purchased quality hair extensions, your bundles can last up to 2 years with the proper care and maintenance. But, that doesn't mean they should remain on your head for that long. It is recommended that you keep your install for a minimum of 6 weeks and no more than 8 weeks. Within 4 weeks you will begin to experience new growth which loosens the track. As your track loosens, it will pull on your natural hair causing it to break. Your hair will no longer look beautiful, and it will be harder to maintain. Leaving your extensions in too long will cause your natural hair to become dry and brittle. Your scalp and hair need time to breathe from the extensions and needs to be cleaned, moisturized, and conditioned. So, your best bet is to err on the side of healthy hair; always and remove them.
2. Not Protecting the Hairline
There are different methods used to install hair extensions. One process known as a sew-in includes braiding the natural hair to be used as a foundation. One of the most common mistakes is braiding the hair too tight along the hairline. Your edges and or hairline is the most delicate part of your hair and is prone to breakage. The extra weight of the weave along the hairline often leads to thinning edges and hair breakage. Ways to avoid damage in this area is to leave it out, do not use heat on it, and find a good edge control to control those edges. I like The Mane Choice Growth Stimulating Edge Control. Using Black Jamaican Castor Oil daily helps to ensure that those edges are continuously protected.
3. Purchasing Low-Quality Products
The number one massive mistake people make when wearing a weave is buying poor quality hair extensions and products. The type of hair extensions and products purchased are essential in the overall lifespan of the weave and your natural hair. For instance, if you decide to buy pack hair from the beauty supply store chances are the hair is not going to last more than 2 weeks. It will be ideal for quick weave, but not for a long-time investment. Before purchasing the perfect tresses, allow yourself an ample amount of time to research different brands, textures, types, etc. Quality hair extensions are not cheap and are an investment. Do not allow yourself to settle for less; you deserve the best hair.