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Five Things to Do After You Remove Your Hair Weave

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You've rocked a hair weave for the recommended period of time, and now it's time to remove it. While some ladies would rather put another set of extensions in right away, it's important to do five things first. Practice good weaving habits and your hair (and hairline) will remain healthy enough to sport another weave when it's time.

Detangle With Fingers

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Even with the most diligent care while wearing extensions, you'll still experience quite a bit of shedding hair the first time you comb through your new growth. This is hair that you would normally comb out each day, but since it's been hidden for weeks, most of it has stayed on your head. Once you remove your weave, before you approach your hair with a comb, gently work through your tresses -- especially the new growth -- with your fingers. This detangling method is much less harsh than attacking your hair with a comb right away. Once you've worked through any tangles with your fingers, follow up with a very wide-tooth comb, but there's no need to detangle everything at this point; your next step is a shampoo and conditioning session, which will work out all of the tangles.

Detangle With Conditioner

After shampooing with a moisturizing cleanser, apply a generous amount of a moisturizing conditioner and comb through your hair entirely at this point while it's saturated. As always, begin at the ends of your mane and slowly work your way up toward the scalp. Don't be alarmed by the amount of shedding hair. Remember that you usually shed 50 to 100 hairs each day, so there will be a large amount. When you can easily comb through your conditioned tresses, rinse completely.

Deep Condition

Immediately follow your shampoo and conditioner session with a good deep conditioner. Again, your product should be formulated for dry hair.

Some deep conditioning suggestions:

Leave the deep conditioner on for the recommended time, using heat or not as the directions suggest.

Trim Your Ends

Depending on how comfortable you are taking care of your own hair, you can trim your ends yourself or visit your stylist. Your ends have been pretty well protected while in extensions, so hopefully, you haven't suffered any undue damage. In most cases, you'll only need a simple "dusting," where the smallest amount is clipped just to get rid of any dryness.

Let Your Hair Rest

As tempting as it may be to retouch your new growth or put in another set of extensions right away, don't. Your scalp and hair need to rest. When you wear a weave, a small amount of stress is placed on the scalp from the extra weight of the extension hair, and your scalp needs time to recover. Some women don't want to walk around with untouched new growth, but it's important to find a style or styles you can rock for the next couple of weeks that don't rely on chemicals or added hair. This ensures a healthy scalp and hairline; without a healthy hairline, wearing hair additions becomes much more difficult.

Wearing a hair weave can have benefits, but you won't realize them if you practice bad habits while wearing it or once you remove it. While extensions shouldn't be solely relied on 100% of the time, if you wear them and treat them properly, they can be a fun, stylish addition to your style arsenal.

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