Although I just washed my weave last week, because I’ve been exercising a lot lately, I felt a good shampoo and conditioning session was absolutely necessary again this week. I swear after playing tennis Saturday morning, my braids felt wet. Not damp, not moist but WET from sweat! So, I jumped in the shower and followed the same process of washing and conditioning my weave with diluted Giovanni Smooth as Silk shampoo and Dollar General Moisture Rich conditioner. Once I rinsed the conditioner, I went for a walk outside so the sun would help my hair dry quickly. Once dry, I flat ironed it straight for a different look than the curls and flips I wore last week.
Although I am still loving this cut, now that I am playing tennis a few times per week and working out in addition, I really need something that is wash and wear and lower maintenance then having to flat iron or rollerset with each wash. So I am looking forward to taking this hair down and wearing some high quality curly hair so I don’t have to flat iron to style it every time I wet it.
Anyway, I thought I’d take this time to chat with you about weave care. As I said earlier, my scalp and hair were literally wet from sweat after exercising. That is a problem for a few reasons: sweat dries your hair out and your hair cannot remain wet. It is of vital importance that those who wear weaves invest in a good hooded dryer so that their hair and scalp can be completely dried after washing, swimming or exercising. Some ladies who wear curly textures like to re-wet the hair each morning, which can be done with a spray bottle but should not be accomplished by dousing your entire head in water. Keeping your real hair wet round the clock weakens your hair which can lead to breakage. If your scalp is damp all the time, it just breeds bacteria and fungus causing all kinds of problems, hair breakage being the least.
So for those who are either wearing or interested in wearing weaves as a low-maintenance protective style while working out heavily, they are definitely a great option. However, you should be mindful to make sure you DRY your real hair and scalp between washes and workout sessions to keep your hair healthy. Ain’t nobody got time for any hair setbacks!