On one of my visits to her house, I met Jamilla cleaning out her closet, and I saw all the hair she'd ever bought lying in a heap like old mops on the floor. I asked her what she intended to do with them, and in a worried and angry tone, she said she was throwing them out, because they were ugly and she couldn't reuse them. I knew these had cost her a lot, so I asked her to take it to the salon, so they could help her wash and straighten them out. She said she had tried that, they had charged her a lot, but when they were done, the hair had become dry, and scanty, and the salon girl ultimately told her in her sing-song creole language: "Madam if you use this hair more than 2 times, e no go fine again". So Jamilla had decided to throw it away.
Well if you have found yourself in a similar position as my friend Jamilla, then this post is for you. To learn how to transform the old weave above into this...
STEP ONE: STRAIGHTEN AND COMB
Straighten the wefts of hair out with a wide toothed comb
STEP TWO: REMOVE OLD THREAD
Pick out the sewing thread which remained from previous use.
STEP THREE (optional): SEW WEFTS TOGETHER
If you have alot of little pieces and you do not want to lose them, you can sew them together with the help of a sewing machine or simple old fashioned needle and thread. Simply place the last half an inch of one piece over the first half inch of the other, you may notice a tiny bump, but you can make it flat with a flat styling iron. There is a slightly different technique that reduces sewing bumps, but I'll probably do a separate post on that.
STEP FOUR: SHAMPOO AND TOWEL DRY
Roll the weave-on up in a ponytail form and band the sewn tips together with a hair band. Place in warm water and shampoo. Instead of washing it like a dress, simply hold the banded edge and twirl it around really fast. Repeat this motion and change the water as it gets dirty. When you have got the dirt off, Shampoo the banded area, as this is the dirtiest part of the weave-on. Rinse thoroughly and towel dry till damp and not dripping.
STEP FIVE: CONDITION
Apply a rinse-out conditioner, to the damp weave. Please do not comb through, as you will lose alot of the hair if you do. Simply make sure the conditioner gets in with your fingers. Leave for the amount of time specified by the conditioner brand, and rinse very thoroughly.
STEP SIX: DRY
Airdry, or use a drier if you please till slightly damp.
When it is dry, it should look like this...
STEP SEVEN: BLOW DRY
The hair is clean now but not yet pretty. Simply place them by the band on a hanger and comb through with a wide toothed comb. After combing, brush through with a blow drier. You do not have to use advanced salon expertise, simply place the brush and hand drier on either side of the hair and run through repeatedly, until its as dry and straight as you want it to be.
That's the final result. Please be sure you try it, and tell me how that goes in the comments section below. Love hearing from you.