Last week, I wrote a post describing how to best care for a weave, which you can read here. I used to be a complete weave novice, thinking that it was only available for women with afro hair. When I did some research, I found that it’s actually very common for women with caucasian hair to have a weave, to thicken up their hair and make it a little longer. This appealed to me straight away so I saved up some money, ditched my clip ins and went straight to Paul’s Hair World in Manchester.
This past Thursday, I trusted my mum with a comb and a pair of scissors to remove my weave. This post is based on my experience of taking it out and I’m not sure what others’ were like so I thought it would be good to share it :)
I had my weave in for a total of 3 months. After the first 6 weeks, I went back to Paul’s Hair World to get it tightened as it was beginning to feel a bit loose and the tracks were showing when I put my hair up. The ladies in the shop tightened my hair and charged £5 per row to do so. After it had been tightened, my head throbbed for a good 12 hours, just like it had when it had first been sewn in. I also noticed that the rows felt a lot thicker at the root which I didn’t like as I felt it was more noticeable when I put my hair up.
When it came to removing it, I sat patiently on a stool, sat in front of my mum whilst she snipped away at the little strands of cotton, holding the hair to the little plaits against my scalp. Removing the hair itself was the easy part.
Once the hair had been separated from the plait, it was then time to unravel the tiny plaits themselves. Bare in mind, these plaits have been there for 3 months and have grown out quite a bit with the natural growth of my hair. These plaits were so small, that they had become slightly knotted with the pulling and tugging of my hair over the 3 months. So my mum patiently, undid all the knots and little by little undid the plaits, leaving me with a nice (not) crimped effect at my roots.
Once everything had been taken out, straight away I gave my scalp a good scrub because you can’t help but take for granted the feel of shampooing your entire head as you are unable to do this with a weave installed. Not only can you not wash your hair more than twice a week (recommended), but when you do, you have no option to really get in there with your nails or a comb.
Expect your hair to feel thinner. It’s not because it IS thinner, it’s simply because you will be so used to having longer, thicker hair that it will take some getting used to, having it back to how it was.
For the next few weeks, I’m going to leave my hair to dry naturally and use some nice hair masks just to get some moisture into it, especially the roots where they have been a little neglected for the last few months.
But if anyone is interested in getting a weave, I say to go for it definitely. I certainly don’t regret it and plan on getting another one in a few months!
If you have any questions about it, feel free to ask me here or tweet me at @beasbeautyblog. I’d be happy to help :)
Thanks for reading!