10 June 2015

How I Maintained My Sew In

Hi Guys,

This post is just to update you on how my first sew in experience had gone. I had the weave in a little over two months and I would say that's the maximum amount of time to have it in especially if you’re relaxed so you could avoid any type of breakage. The hair itself I used which was Remi Goddess was amazing and blended with my leave out very well. I didn't notice any physical shedding when I ran my fingers through it at all. However I did notice a bit of tangling, only at the back though, like the last track where the hair would rub against my clothes and cause friction. And from the result of this, the hair did shed in that sense when I would detangle the hair, and just normally brush through it with a paddle brush. 

I mostly wore the hair straight, however I did try out some flexi rods twice and these were the results below (Instagram Picture). I loved the look; it was more of loose waves than curls as I brushed through it a bit when I took out the rods. It held for a little while but as the day went on it became more loose and poofy. This is without and holding or hair spray.

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For the products I used, I didn't put anything on the weave apart from this 'renewing argon oil of Morocco extra penetrating serum'. It’s absolutely amazing and it also works as a heat protector too. Its light weight and a little bit goes a long way. So you literally just need a dime size and you rub it through your hair and it gives a nice shine. I would use this whenever my weave looked dull and dry or just needed a bit of a boost. I think it costs around £4.50. As I stated in my previous post, I got the weave as a protective style, hence I am still taking care of my real hair underneath. To do this I melted some extra virgin coconut oil in an applicator bottle with a nozzle, and applied this to my scalp and braids maybe once or twice a week. This ensures that my scalp isn't dry and itchy and it gets some moisture as the oil is very penetrating and absorbs well into the scalp. As coconut oil is light weight in comparison to the other oils it doesn't cause a lot of build up on the scalp. I thought to myself as its just oil, my hair might still needs some type of moisturising lotion or something as in to 'moisturise and seal', so I purchased this 'olive miracle anti breakage braid sheen spray', which was basically a water based moisturiser. I found it to be quite soothing as it has a lot of ingredients and even more oils like peppermint oil and rosemary oil. I would try to spray this on my braids like once a week. As a result of using products still, this does run down onto the weave and can weigh down it down and make it look greasy and stringy. I washed and conditioned my weave and my braids every two weeks. However if the weave started to get weighed down with product earlier than this then I would use some dry shampoo. This would absorb the oils and the weave would be refreshed. I used two; the 'Dove dry shampoo' which smelled amazing, it was good but I felt it was lighter and didn't absorb that much oil. So then if the weave started to look even more greasy I used the 'Batiste dry shampoo' which was stronger and done the job.

When I was wash day I made sure to apply a lot of coconut oil a day or two before as I knew my hair was getting washed. To wash my braids I got any shampoo and poured some in an applicator bottle with a nozzle and diluted it with some water and added some glycerin as it’s a humectant. I then squirted this into my braids whilst the hair was wet (as I was in the shower) and done a little scalp massage. I also got the pure shampoo and just applied this all over the weave in a downward motion (one direction) to avoid tangling. I then rinsed it out and repeated. After shampooing I done the same thing with the conditioner, so I got a moisturising conditioner like 'Herbal essences hello hydration' and diluted this with water and glycerin. The reason for diluting is so that you don't cause any build up on the scalp with the thick product, it would be harder to wash out. And again applied the conditioner to the rest of the weave and detangled it with a Denman brush. I then put a plastic cap on my head and left the conditioner in for a bit whilst I showered; the steam would also help the conditioning process. I then rinsed out all the conditioner and towel dried the excess water and proceed to detangle the weave with a shower comb and let it air dry. Whilst the weave air dried, I would section off each track and blow dry my braids with a concentrated nozzle to dry the surface water and then sit under a hooded dryer until completely dry. I repeated this step as I needed to ensure all braids were dry as if they stay wet your real hair would start to mould, as I have been told. After all of that is done I straighten my hair within the next day or two and that's it. 

This process has helped me to maintain my real hair and the weave for two months. I will be re-using this Remi weave. I will also do a post of the take down method/process, as that is one of the most important steps, as a lot of damage can be done if you are not careful.

I hope you found this post helpful!

Genie xo

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