Sew-in weaves have a bad reputation for being bad for
your hair. The reason why is that if your weave is too heavy or the weave is
not done well, it will pull on your scalp and hair. This means your own hair
can break off and get dry and brittle, which is never good news especially if
you are trying to grow your hair out. What is good news is that a sew-in weave
can actually help your hair to grow if done right.
Head vs. Partial Head
The hair does not grow consistently with a partial
weave. That means that some of your hair may grow faster than other parts of
the hair. A partial weave also means that you have to hot iron the hair to
combine the natural hair and the weave to make things look even, and hot irons
cause damage and even breakage to the hair. This will slow down hair growth. In
addition, if you do a full head weave, the weave can protect the current hair
and keeps everything growing at the same rate.
Some people think that a sewn-in weave should be as
tight as possible to keep the hair in there for as long as possible. Sew the
weave in firmly but if the hair is too tight, the strain will break off the
natural hair and this is not going to help anything grow out. Ask your stylist
to sew in the weave firmly enough that it will last about two months before
replacement and make sure you can raise your eyebrows when the weave goes in
without feeling the braids tugging. If the braids pull when you lift up your
eyebrows, the weave is too tight.
Remember that the hair under that sewn-in weave is
real hair and it requires the same kind of care and treatment you would use
normally to get natural hair to grow. Wash and condition your hair every two
weeks or so and get your fingers in there for a good scalp massage if you can,
as this helps stimulate the scalp and encourages hair growth.
When you take the weave out, take a week or two off
before you have a new weave sewn in. This will give your natural hair time to
rest and grow a little more. During this time, wash and condition your hair
well and gently comb the hair out. Try to avoid other chemical processes and
let your hair be as natural as possible. This also helps the hair get good and
strong for the next weave.