Curly weaves are a very deceptive lot, right. They are so eye-catching, the minute you set your eyes on them, you know you have no choice but to get them. But just a few days after installation and you’re left wondering “what the heck went on here?”
The truth is, when it comes to curly hair, not many people know what to do to it and for it to keep it looking sexy which is why they end up looking nasty in a few days. Curly weaves need to be understood and cared for in the way they demand if you want them to last.
Luckily, today, we are giving our full attention to curly weaves to help you bring out the very best in them and enjoy them to the fullest. But before we get to those pro tips, here’s some background knowledge that would help.
How are Curly Weaves Made?
Now, first things first, our curly weaves are 100% human hair. However, they have undergone a process of curling which produces the small to thick, semi-permanent curls you find. Typically, these curls run from the ends of the strands to the tips and they usually come with a natural sheen as well.
Curly weaves have a flirty, natural appeal which is why they are loved by many. Plus, once you get a high quality piece and take care of them well, they always look good with minimal styling effort.
Some Things to Note Before Getting Curly Weaves
1. Buy from a Trusted Supplier
Now, before going ahead to buy a curly weave, be sure you’re dealing with a trusted supplier who will give you a high-quality product. Our curly weaves are sourced directly from the manufacturers in China. This is why we can give you a 101% guarantee that as long as you buy from us and care for your weaves like we will show you, you will have no regrets.
Honestly, it might cost you more upfront getting a high quality curly weave, but, in the end, it saves you a lot of headache and buyer’s regret in the future.
2. Curly Weaves aren’t Easy to Get
Compared to straight and wavy weaves, curly weaves are not as easy to get. So, it’s very easy for scoundrels on the internet to package synthetic hair and pass them off to you as 100% curly human hair. Some might even perm other kinds of hair and pass them off as genuine curly hair. This is why our first tip was to get your weave from a trusted supplier.
3. Curly Weaves Don’t Respond Well to Overprocessing
No weave should be overprocessed but it’s worse for curly hair. Perming or treating your curly weaves using other processes can cause the hair to wear more quickly.
So, if you love to perm, colour, or treat your hair regularly, be careful of doing that with curly weaves. These things cause your hair to dry quickly and tangle. In fact, with time, the curls can start to unravel, especially if you bought a cheap weave.
Curly Weaves are More Prone to Damage than Other Weaves
If you’ve ever installed curly hair before, you might notice that they are more difficult to style and to maintain. You might also notice that they get dry a lot faster and have issues with breakage, split ends, and humidity compared to other types of weaves.
Why are Curly Weaves So Quick to Tangle?
Well, those beautiful curls you love so much for the bounce and sexy looks they give are actually responsible. The friction caused by all those curls is the chief reason curly weaves tangle so quickly in comparison to other kinds of hair. There are just so many moving parts.
How to Maintain Curly Weaves
Now that we have all the necessary background information, it’s time to get to the meat of this article. Here are all the steps you need for maintaining your curly weaves.
1. Detangle Your Hair / Brush Out the Knots
So, the first thing you want to do is to tease out the knots in your weave. Now, if your curls are very tight, it’s better not to use a brush or even a wide-toothed comb. Instead, use your fingers to tease out snarls and knots in your hair. But be careful not to tug on the weave too hard so you don’t yank it off the track or cause it to shed.
By the way, it’s important to mention that finger detangling does take time, more time than working with a brush or comb. So, you want to set aside enough time. If you’re detangling with your finger, think of setting aside 30 minutes, at least.
On the other hand, if your curls are not too tight, you can work with a paddle brush or a wide-toothed comb. Don’t use a normal hair brush as such brushes are too fine for a curly weave.
Now, when detangling your hair, as with all human hair, begin your detangling from the tips and then work your way gradually to your scalp. Again, don’t tug too hard either with your fingers or with your brush so you don’t damage your weave.
When you come in contact with those knots, try to take them one at a time. If you try to work out all of them at once, you could damage your weave. If one knot is seeming too difficult, you can use the pointed end of a comb to gently tease it apart and then resume brushing/combing as usual.
One more thing about brushing/combing your hair before we go to the next point, never comb your hair when it is dry. It does a lot of damage to the weave, especially by causing breakage. Let the weave be a little wet before you begin combing or brushing.
By the way, we also have pro tips for taking care of tangling in other types of weaves besides curly weaves. Click here to read the article.
2. Wash Your Hair
Although people say to wash your hair once a week, we are wary of saying that because shampooing every week can dry your hair out. Instead, aim for shampooing twice a month (or even once) and co-wash weekly to keep your weave shining.
The kind of shampoo and conditioner to buy for your weave is something that is free from toxic ingredients like sulphate, parabens, and silicone. Go for a gentle, moisturising and clarifying shampoo to wash your weave.
When washing your hair, be careful not to massage the weave or rub the curls against each other. That could cause tangling. Instead, insert your fingers into the curls or use your wide-toothed comb to work the shampoo into the hair in a downward motion, carefully detangling the knots at the same time.
After washing and rinsing off the shampoo, then apply moisturising, sulphate-free conditioner. Like you did with the shampoo, work the conditioner into the weave using your hands or a comb in a downward motion. After that, put on your shower cap and let the conditioner sit on your hair for 30 minutes before you rinse.
3. Air Dry Your Hair
It’s best to let your hair dry naturally, especially curly weaves. Air drying helps your curly weaves to form and maintain their curl patterns better. So, at all cost, try to avoid using heat tools on curly weaves like blow dryers or hair dryers. Just let your hair be after washing. Or you can also set your hair with rollers to revive your curls while wet and then let it air dry.
So, it goes without saying, right? Set aside enough time to wash your hair on wash day. It’s not something to be done in a hurry if you want your curly weaves to last.
Of course, we know that sometimes you won’t always be able to take out ample time. In that case, if you need to use a blow dryer, use a diffuser. This will help to spread out the heat so that your curls don’t get damaged from too much heat.
Also, when drying your hair with a blow dryer, use some leave-in conditioner first to cushion the effects of the heat.
4. Condition Your Hair Daily
If there’s anything your curly weaves desperately need, it’s moisture. The number one way to supply your curly weaves with this much needed moisture is to apply a leave-in conditioner daily. Of course this conditioner should be sulphate-free too.
Conditioners are very important for moisturising your curly weaves and, equally importantly, for protecting your curls from frizz and drying.
5. Follow a Proper Sleep Routine
When going to bed with curly hair, you want to pineapple your hair, you can use an elastic band or scrunchie to hold up your hair loosely. Don’t tie your hair too tight with an elastic band so it doesn’t leave a dent in your hair. So, make it just tight enough to do the work but no more.
Then tie your hair with a satin scarf or you can use a satin bonnet. This will help to keep your curls intact while you’re sleeping. Bonnets are better for shorter hair while satin scarves are better for longer hair.
You’d also have to sleep on a satin pillowcase as well. Satin pillowcases also help to keep your curls in shape while you sleep as friction between the curls and a cotton pillowcase can cause tangling.
Besides, satin pillowcases are great for your skin too. You wake up with fewer creases on your face. So, win win!
6. Styling Your Weaves
When you wake up in the morning, it’s time to style your hair, right? Most likely, your curls are flat from sleeping on them so you’d need to revive them with some water. You can do this by spritzing water onto your hair from a spray bottle. Now, you want your hair a little damp not dripping wet.
After spritzing your hair with water, let it air dry. If your hair is quite frizzy, you can add a bit of conditioner to the water you intend to spritz your hair with to take care of the frizz.
Next, you have to define your edges (baby hair). You’d need some mousse. Apply some mousse to your damp natural hair and then define your baby hair using an old brush. Remember to use mousse that does not contain sulphate, silicone, or parabens.
If you’re using the baby hair from your weave, be sure to only use the wispy hair in front of the weave. If you use the locks of the weaves themselves, your edges would look too heavy.
One more thing, when you buy your curly weaves from us, you can cut, dye, and really style your hair any way you want. Just do so in moderation whatever you do because as we mentioned earlier, curly weaves don’t do well with processing.
Some Tips to Remember
1. There are curl activators that help you to keep your curls beautiful and bouncy. Generally, you want to look for curl creams and curl serums specifically formulated for curly weaves to keep your weave smooth and shiny.
2. It’s best to never blow dry your weave. A combination of air and heat will bring on the frizz in its fullness. So, more preferably, pat your hair dry with a towel and then let it air dry.
3. Wash your hair in one direction only to keep your weave from tangling.
4. Use shampoo sparingly and co-wash more often.
5. Try not to touch your hair too often when it’s dry. Touching your hair too often will remove the moisture from your weave and cause your hair to frizz.
6. Argan oil serum is a fantastic way to tame the almighty frizz especially in high humidity. Be careful though, if the serum is too much, it could weigh your hair down.
7. If you decide to dye your hair with permanent dye, use ACV to rinse off the colour after the process. Then shampoo and use mild conditioner. This is a terrific clarifying recipe.
8. Try not to use gels, holding sprays, and the rest. They make curly weaves lifeless, hard, and prone to tangling. If your weave ends up like that, some clarifying shampoo and conditioner will do the trick in bringing it back to normal.
9. When going to bed at night, you can also braid your hair, or use some bendy rollers on your hair to prevent tangling.
10. Never use any alcohol-based product on your hair as it dries out human hair really fast especially curly weaves.
It’s Not That Difficult, Right?
Maintaining curly weaves is not that difficult, is it? We hope our tips helped. Please, let us know if you need more help with managing your curly weaves.