One of the best ways to protect and grow your natural hair is to let it thrive under sew-in hair. One of the biggest mistakes that people who opt-in for the sew in hair make is that they forget to take care of the hair under the weave. While it is true that sew in hair protects the natural hair underneath it, it does not mean that care and attention are not required for the hair growing underneath.
Use of sew-in hair is recommended to give your natural tresses rest from daily styling and tugging while you maintain your style and can experiment with the sew-in hair. It gives you the opportunity to try out different styles, colors, and lengths without making any final decisions on your natural hair.
In fact, below the sew-in hair, your natural hair should be better taken care of and tended to regularly. The whole purpose of installing sew-in hair is only met if the condition of your natural hair improves.
How to protect your natural hair while wearing sew-in
Cleanse and oil the scalp regularly
Reaching the scalp below the sew-in hair is a big challenge. However, it is essential to cleanse and oil your scalp regularly. Use an applicator to reach the roots and places which are tough to reach to cleanse the scalp. After the scalp has been cleansed thoroughly, oil it - oiling is a must.
Massage the scalp
Massage the scalp at least 2-3 times a week. You can use your hands or scalp massages which can be found online at most of the cosmetic stores. Massaging helps remove the debris and also helps in opening up the pores which improve hair-growth.
Braids should not be too tight or loose
The braids which are below the sew-in hair should not be very tight. Tight braids, over a period of time, can weaken and damage your hair and - at times - can lead to hair fall. Similarly, loose hair braids tend to hang and can cause tension in hair follicles.
Take care of nape and edges
The nape and edges are the areas that usually suffer the most damage because of carelessness when wearing sew-in hair. It is best to keep them untouched. It is okay to let a small area look unkempt rather than face something like Alopecia.
Wear a sew-in for 4-6 weeks
Sew-in hair should not be worn for more than 6 weeks. Natural hair needs to breathe and being buried for more than 6 weeks does not help. It will start weakening no matter how much care you take. Therefore, plan to wear the weave-in hair for a duration of 4-6 weeks at a time.
If you are planning to get weave-in hair, follow the instructions above and you will find that you have maximum growth and length retention of your natural hair.