How to Grow Hair with Weaves/Braids/Wigs

 

Hi Guys!

Some of you want to start your hair journey without having to sacrifice your love for braids, weaves, clip-ins and whatnot. Luckily, not only is it possible to grow out your hair using them, but is actually a very useful protective hair style given the low manipulation that it entails.

However, it is necessary to have certain care given that if there is slacking they may give you the opposite of what you wanted!

So here they are:

  1. Don’t tighten the braids- this is the first one since most of the styling options entail braiding. This is due to the fact that a lot of pressure through tightening is a huge factor for edge problems, thinning and excessive shedding and/or breakage. In some extreme cases, it can even influence alopecia!
  2. Don’t make it longer than 3 times your real hair- the motives are almost based off on the same ones of the previous point, the pressure from the weight of the hair, will lead to problems such as thinning, breakage and edge problems.
  3. Change them every 4 to 6 weeks- so you have the time to restore moisture and strength back to your strands from the period that you were not able to do just that. Also even if you don’t tighten them or use them for too long, it is still pressure in your strands, so it is a must that you take a break.
  4. Every two/three days spritz hair with moisturiser- mix some moisturiser with water and spritz it in your hair with a container such as the one from the photo below, about every 2/3 days (more than that and you may risk unraveling your braids). This ensures that your hair is never fully dry, avoiding potential breakage when you finally take out the braids or hairstyleIMG_5247
  5. Base your scalp as much as you can- so that your scalp is not unattended which may lead to a dry scalp and thus dry skin that usually looks like dandruff. Use a container like the one in the photo below and every other day (or less) base your scalp with nourishing oils. As well, take advantage of your braids to use oils such as castor oil or jojoba oil that its properties are known to stimulate hair growth. IMG_5248
  6. When you take it out be delicate but expect shedding- when you do take out your hairstyle be delicate in the case of waiting until your hair is moisturised to comb it (shampoo your hair and do a moisturising treatment before combing or take out braids with a leave-in that gives you a lot of slip) so you don’t break off all the hair you preserved. As well, expect to have lots of shedding given that if your hair sheds about 50-100 strands a day naturally, imagine how many strands are waiting for you from the 4 or 6 weeks that you kept your hair!
  7. Do a harsh protein treatment followed by a moisturising one when you take them out- give some TLC to your hair to make up for the period that it was resting. Restore some strength with a protein treatment such as the ORS Mayo (hereand bring back some moisture by following it up with a hydrating conditioner.
  8. If possible wear your own hair for about 2 weeks before you go again– so you can give a break to your hair so the hair can fully restore as well as take a rest. It is also a time to let your scalp breathe a little.
  9. From all protective styles the best one is wigs- as the last remark it is actually a recommendation given that with wigs you can have a normal hair routine without really ruining your style. Unfortunately, the best wigs are usually very expensive.

I hope that with these tips your journey can be a bit easier to follow. Also, don’t forget to follow us on InstagramTwitter and on our Facebook page, to connect with us and get to know us a little bit more.

Good Luck!

-Elle (L)

10 thoughts on “How to Grow Hair with Weaves/Braids/Wigs

  1. Marcella

    Love these tips. Did any of you wear wigs, or braids during your hair journey? I was thinking of getting a wig but you are so right the good ones are so expensive. Also what is the name of the shampoo/conditioner (i.e. the orange or pinkish bottle,) that is in the header/title picture above, its between the Hello Hydration and Aubrey Honeysuckle Rose conditioners…Jason jojoba something? Loving the products you use thus was thinking of trying that too.

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    1. diElleci

      Hi Marcella!

      So glad you loved them!
      No none of us wore wigs or braids during or before our hair journey, but don’t be alarmed, it was solely based on our preferences. Our protective style of choice are buns.
      Yes! The good ones are very expensive, you really just have to see if its worth it, since it is the best option of a protective style.
      Oooh! So sorry I did not show it, it is the Jāsân Long & Strong Pure Natural Conditioner, we love this line, particularly this conditioner and the Aloe Vera Gel one. We buy it at Whole Foods but I think it is available in other stores!

      Thank you so much for commenting!

      xx

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  2. Anonymous

    Hi loving your post. But can i use a mosturising oil sheen hair spray,(Dark and lovely) And how often can i wash my hair when wearing weaves?

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    1. diElleci

      HI!
      You mean using a sheen instead of an oil? Yes you can but remember that usually these products have not so moisturising ingredients in them (such as mineral oil) that with time will only coat your hair that will make it dirty and dry and lead you to dandruff and itchiness. Olive oil is quite accessible so if you really love your sheen I would suggest to alternate between the two.

      You can do about every two weeks (co-wash) and once a month (full wash with shampoo), just invest in a good applicator bottle to make sure your shampoo and conditioner are able to reach out your cornrows underneath.

      Thank you for commenting!
      xx

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      1. Anonymous

        Thank you so much for the reply. i have been following your suggestions a couple of weeks now and seeing results(not in length)my hair is fuller,more body,stronger and healthier..its soo much work, but worth the effort..l have just put on a weave so hoping to keep up the maintanence of my hair. i just got a bottle of extra virgin olive oil for my skin and hair as suggested..holding thumbs

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  3. Margarida

    Hi. I love the post. You said to spritz the hair with a moisturer….After, do i seal with the oils you mention in step 5 or step 5 it’s a different thing?

    I really love the blog. Keep it up.πŸ‘πŸΎπŸ˜˜

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    1. diElleci

      Hi Margarida!!

      Yes, sorry we didn’tmake that clear. Always try to seal your moisture with an oil, because if you don’t after a while your hair feels dry again

      So glad you love it!!

      Xx

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