Bring Your Old Weave Back to Life

We all probably have that one weave we truly loved. It looked flawless day in and day out. At some point, it stopped looking flawless, and we started wondering how we could achieve the look again. Do you throw it out? Or do you keep it and try to revitalize it? We have the answer. Don’t throw it out. A few tips on how to revitalize your weave.

  1.    Detangle it

So many weaves just need some TLC. Detangling is important. Detangling helps to get those oh so annoying tangles out. You can detangle with a comb or a brush. No matter which one you decide to detangle with, make sure you only detangle on wet hair. Detangling on dry hair can cause more of mess and can increase the tangles. While you’re detangling, make sure you start from the bottom and work your way up. You always want to go in the way in which the cuticle lays.

  1.    An Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Rinse

The primary purpose of an ACV rinse is to restore the hair’s ph balance. If the ph in your weave is thrown off, it can cause the hair to look messy and tangle or matt. When you first buy your extensions, the hair looks beautiful and feels luxurious because the cuticle has been sealed. However, over time with styling and products being added, the hair will become stripped, and the ph will be thrown off. An ACV rinse is a super cheap thing to make. Mix 3-parts of water with 1-part ACV and fully submerge your weave into the mixture for at least 45 minutes to an hour, rinse and deep condition.

  1.    Deep Condition

Deep conditioning is essential for any hair care routine. When it comes to bringing your weave back to life, deep conditioning is a step you don’t want to miss. Deep conditioning allows the hair cuticle to open up and allows for the product to penetrate the hair shaft; allowing the hair to be soft and moisturized.  Deep conditioning helps to avoid those annoying tangles; you can get while wearing a weave. Apply the deep conditioner, comb your hair from the tip to the root, to ensure that the deep conditioner is on every strand. You can do this step with or without heat.  I like to use a heating cap from time-to-time to allow the conditioner to settle in fully.

  1.  Bleach bath (Only if, the previous methods do not work)

A bleach bath should be your last resort. Bleach baths are an effective way to restore your weave. It will help the hair to feel silky smooth and like new.  Bleach is a potent chemical, so you will need to use a sturdy pair of latex gloves to avoid burning your skin. This method should not be done with the weave attached to your head.  To do this, you’re going to need hot water, bleach, household ammonia, clarifying shampoo, and a brush or comb. You put the hair in the mixture for no more than 2-minutes. To further learn how to do this process, there are tons of videos on YouTube showing you how.  

Restoring your weave can be a process. Silicon mix is also a great brand to try and restore your weave. You can buy it at your local beauty supply, and it will help to make your extensions look and feel brand new. With any of these tips, detangling is key. Detangling helps you to avoid more tangles, but it’s super important that you start from the tip and work up to the root and only to detangle when the hair is wet.

-    Angela Tilghman, Hair lover, Writer, Intern, Kesini Beauty Bundles

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