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FEATURES Jul 23 2012 1:41AM
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Is it healthy for me to wear a weave while I am transitioning? Any advice?

ELLE SAYS:

Answer: You can certainly wear a weave while you transition, and they do not stunt growth. In theory, I do not think that weaves are bad for your hair. When worn properly, weaves are a great protective style because your ends are tucked away in order to prevent hair breakage and minimize manipulation. The important thing is to make sure you are caring for your hair UNDER the weave. Many times, women neglect their hair while it is weaved up and when they take their weave out, their hair is dry, brittle, and breaking. I shudder at the thought of not moisturizing my hair for two months. Even if you cannot take your hair down while you are wearing a weave, you can use a moisturizing leave-in spray, seal your hair (or apply natural oil to your scalp if you can reach it – beneficial to those with dry scalps), and wash your real hair using shampoo diluted in an applicator bottle. Your weave hair may be beautiful, but don’t forget you have real hair under there!

When your braids are done pre-weave, there can be excess tension on the scalp if your braids are done too tightly (Make sure you have a good stylist to alleviate this issue), which can cause breakage and discomfort. If your scalp hurts for days after you get a weave, it may be too tight and you need to have it removed immediately. 
Also, while transitioning, make sure you are cognizant of the type of weave you get and if you have a leave out. Sometimes, women get straight weaves and leave their natural hair out in the front, which is then flat ironed to match the weave. Then, they wonder why they have heat damage at the front of their hair. If you are having issues with your weaves, perhaps start wearing wigs instead (I like wigs because I can take them off at the end of the day and moisturize my hair and make sure my edges are lubricated), or re-evaluate your regimen for caring for your hair while it’s in the weave. It may also be a good idea to take a break for a couple of weeks between weaves.

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