How To Prepare For a Flawless Sew-In Installation
Get Ready For Your Weave Ladies!
After a long week of work, there are three things that women love: happy hour, Friday, and the time she spends pampering herself.
My hair is my favorite part of the day. I love going to the salon and being greeted with warm smiles and sweet gestures.
After a long and exhausting week, there’s nothing better than relaxing and being taken care of. Although I enjoy styling my hair in many different ways, the sewn-in is the best.
What is Sew-In?
A sew in is a technique that allows you to attach tracks to your braided hair so that you can sew in extensions. While there are many sew-in weaves, the fundamental foundation is the same: braided hair.
Quick weaves and tape-ins can be used to enhance your look, but they are not considered to be sew-ins. You would begin with cornrow braids, then sew in tracks to the braids.
Sew-ins are made with a needle and thread. They attach the wefts to the braids. You may choose a different braid design depending on what style you are trying to achieve.
Beauty Is Pain
My mom used a hot comb on the stovetop to straighten my hair when I was younger.
As she ran those hot bristles through me hair, I would cringe as she yelled ouch several times. Her favorite line was “beauty’s a pain.” Although I hated the statement, it became more logical as I got older. That particular statement of ladies is what helps me survive my monthly sewing-ins.
Treating Your Hair Pre Installation
Before I do an install, I let my hair air out for at least 3 to 5 days.
A weave break is when women take off their hair extensions for a time to let their hair fall naturally . We love extensions women, but it is important to take care of your hair between styles by conditioning, keeping it moisturized, and treating it.
Cantu has a wide range of affordable hair care products that are perfect for budget-minded beauty. My favorite product is the Shea Butter Leave in Conditioning Treatment and Repair Cream.
Wrap your hair in a towel and let it dry. After your hair has been dampened, part it in fours starting at the middle of the forehead and ending at the back of the neck. Once you have finished the central part, you can start the next part by going from one ear.
Now it’s time to use the leave-in conditioner on each section of your hair, ensuring that you only apply enough to moisturize. You can choose to either cover your head with a shower cap or leave it as is. The Cantu leave in conditioner will moisturize, nourish, and detangle all your hair at once.
Before you get your hair done, you can style your natural hair according to your liking.
Before Your Sew-In
It’s been about a week now, and tomorrow you have a hair appointment. You’re ready to go.
You know what I mean girlfriend. Here are the keys.
Consider first the condition and where are you tendered. Do you have sensitive scalp? Are your ends in need of being clipped? These threads all play an important role in styling your hair.
A bomb weave is great, but your natural hair needs to be in good condition. To ease the pain if you feel tender, it is a good idea to take some pain medication with you. Preparing painkillers for your hair before you get it braided will help a lot.
Your stylist should be notified if your scalp is extremely sensitive. To lock in the moisture, it is best to deep condition your hair and then to dry it under the dryer.
After your hair has been washed and condition, it is time to relax and get stitched.
Preparing For Your Installation
It’s that moment you have been waiting for. Time to get your hair done. Let your stylist exactly how you want your hair styled.
When explaining your hairstyle, be as specific as you can. For the best results, show your stylist a picture so they can see the style you want. Now you are ready to start.
Be patient. It could take anywhere from 2 to 5 hours depending on what style you choose.
The Braid Down
It can be painful to braid your hair so be ready.
The Bee Hive is the best way to braid your hair. The Bee Hive helps your hair grow by supporting the foundation and keeping it in place under your sew.
The hair net is a new invention. It’s not what chefs, waiters, or cooks use.
The hair net is a protective mesh layer that is sewn over the weave’s braided foundation. It is placed between the hair and extensions weft, making it similar to a Wig Cap. It’s not difficult, although it might seem complicated. You can prevent your hair from itching by using netting caps that are infused with oils.
Discuss this option with your stylist to determine if it is right for you.
You are now ready to have your hair done.
You are nearly done. Your hairdresser should now have the needles ready and threaded.
Although this part can be annoying, it is an essential part of the process. Next is the styling portion.
Styling Your Weave
You’ve probably already told your stylist what hairstyle you want, so it’s likely that you are good to go.
You should now feel beautiful. You can find many tips and tricks in my How To Make Hair Extensions Last article.