Sew-ins With a Flawless Look

How to Maintain a Flawless Sew-In Weave

As a hair stylist I often get a lot of requests for sew-ins and some not without their challenges.  There is an art to getting that flawless look.  But what good is having a flawless sew-in if it only looks good the day you got it installed? Here are a few tips to keeping your sew-in looking flawless beyond the salon chair.

Daily Maintenance

-When brushing/combing your extensions, start at the ends and work your way up. Always brush/comb in a downward motion. I recommend using a paddle brush.

-Avoid using alcohol-based products as much as possible (mousse and hair spray). These types of products will dry out your weave if used too often.

-Wrap your weave at night and sleep with a satin or silk scarf. This will help to keep the hair from matting and tangling at night.

-For curly/wavy weave I recommend only using a quality polisher or gloss as needed. I like Argan Oil from Sallys and Organix Hair polisher from your local BSS.

-For long wavy hair, try braiding the hair at night to prevent tangling.

-Most tightly curled styles should never be combed nor brushed.  I find it best to figure comb it instead. Always sleep with satin bonnet.  This will help prevent the hair from become frizzy and/or matted.

Shampooing and Conditioning

-Use moisturizing shampoos and conditioners on your hair
extensions. I recommend Herbal Essence Hello Hydration and the Pantene line for curly hair.

-Shampoo and condition your hair while in the shower. Extensions are more likely to tangle if shampooed upside down in the sink.

-Distribute shampoo and conditioner evenly throughout the hair. While working the product through the hair, wash the hair in a downward direction.  Avoid scrubbing, rubbing, or bunching the hair together.  This could cause the hair to tangle.

-Be sure to rinse all of the shampoo and conditioner from under the tracks.

-Sit under a hooded dryer and allow the braids to dry. This is very important! If braids do not dry thoroughly your hair can possibly mildew. If you dont have a hooded dryer Sallys sells an attachment for hand held dryers that you can use.


-It is best to have your stylist remove your sew-in weave.  However, if you insist on doing the removal on your own, you may find it helpful to use either manicure scissors or a seam ripper.

-Detangle your hair BEFORE shampooing.  This will help prevent your hair from becoming tangled and matted.

-Treat your hair to a deep condition.

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