Weaveology: How to Wash Your Weave

How to Wash Your Weave How to wash your weave is the most highly requested post from ladies regarding maintaining your hair in a sew-in and understandably so – for those who are new to weave wearing or even those who’ve worn them but previously neglected their real hair, figuring how to wash your weave while keeping the style looking fresh can be puzzling.

Well, when I go to the salon, the stylist washes the weave the same way he/she would my real hair only using their finger tips to assist the lather in reaching my real hair beneath.  Because the stylist is then responsible for completely rinsing the shampoo and alleviating the resulting tangles – this method works.  However, when I am washing my own sew-in, I do things a bit differently to make sure my hair is properly cleansed but that I don’t disturb the style.  Below is a detailed tutorial on how I wash my sew in weave:

How to Wash Your Weave:

  1. Have two nozzle tip applicator bottles on hand.
  2. Fill one halfway with sulfate free shampoo (I like Giovanni Smooth as Silk) and the remaining half with cool water.  Using water that is room temperature or lower helps you to feel the mixture as it reaches your scalp.
  3. Optional:  Add one ounce of essential oils (tea tree, peppermint, eucalyptus) to help cleanse the scalp and alleviate itchiness.
  4. Saturate your hair with water in the shower.
  5. Parting your hair extensions with your fingers to expose your hair and scalp beneath, squeeze the shampoo mixture onto your hair and scalp generously.
  6. Using the pads of your fingertips, rub your hair and scalp to cleanse.
  7. Apply the shampoo mixture to the length of the extensions and run your fingers through the hair in a downward motion to clean the weave.  This helps you clean the extensions without creating tangles or roughening the hair.
  8. Rinse thoroughly.
  9. Apply the conditioner in the same manner as the shampoo; however I choose not to dilute the conditioner nearly as much as the shampoo.

Between the video and steps outlined above, hopefully that helps those of you who were wondering how to wash your weave.  If you still have questions, please leave me a comment and I will try my best to help!

Ebony C. Princess About Ebony C. Princess

A self proclaimed hair enthusiast and healthy hair advocate, Ebony C, Princess is the chief editor of Longing 4 Length. She shares her personal journey towards growing long, healthy hair while providing hair care tips and information.

  • http://twitter.com/JaiiLaBSweet JaiiLa

    Wow it’s like you read my mind… i was on LHCF researching on how to wash your sew in… Watching (visual) is more detail and helpful.

    • http://www.longing4length.com/ EbonyCPrincess

      I’m so glad you found this helpful!

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  • breathe_ease

    Hey Ebony, I love your site. Thx for all the great advice. I have a question! My stylist installed my sew in weave last week (100% human hair, Brazilian wavy). She said I should wash the weave but leave my braids and scalp dry. I think this is because my own hair is braided vertically top to bottom, and the weave is sewn in horizontally ear to ear, so access to my scalp is very limited. But I desperately want to cleanse my scalp as you suggest above. Do I go for it and make sure my hood dryer gets my braids completely dry? Or leave my scalp well alone..?

    • http://www.longing4length.com/ EbonyCPrincess

      I’m so sorry for not replying sooner – I’m just now seeing this comment. This is an excellent question. In a nutshell…you need to wash your hair and scalp and condition your real hair. I understand your stylist’s point of view and yes, washing does loosen the braids but ultimately it is most important to keep your REAL hair healthy while wearing a weave. You do want to allow your hair the opportunity to dry completely because if it stays wet, it will breed bacteria and fungus which will cause major problems. To make sure your hair dries beneath, I recommend investing in a hooded dryer for home. It usually takes my real hair about 2 days to completely dry but at least my hair is kept in good condition and I’m not suffering with an itchy scalp the entire time I’m wearing a weave. Hope this helps and again I apologize for the late reply.

  • kelly emelle

    Thanks for the tutorial, can you deep condition your hair when you have weave in? Also how do you dry your hair/weave?

    • http://www.longing4length.com/ EbonyCPrincess

      Yes, you can deep condition your hair (and I recommend it) and to dry my hair and weave I either rollerset it or airdry but I always sit under my hooded dryer (link below) to make sure the braids and my scalp dry completely.

      My dryer: http://amzn.to/NtxRJj