Full sew in weave: The dangers if not done properly

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Time and time again I see the aftermath of a bad full sew in weave in my salon.  These are the clients that have looked outside of my salon for that so-called value of a low priced sew in.  And of course they come to me to fix the damage caused by the stylist that doesn’t care about the health of your hair.

Problem #1: Braids too tight

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This is probably what I see the most when it comes to damage from a sew in.  When are women going to realize that tight braids do NOT mean your sew in is going to last longer!  If your braids are tight enough to cause real pain then they are too tight!  I have seen women with permanent hair loss coming out of a full sew in weave where the braids are too tight.  The damage caused by the braids being too tight, most of the time, is irreversible.  You may not even know that your hair is thinning until you go outside of the salon that does your value priced sew in.  They don’t care that your braids may be too tight and that your hair is thinning!  And if they do mention it to you, they will convince you to keep the weave because now you need it!  And sadly enough I see it all the time.  Your hair should thrive while you wear a weave.  My clients get nothing but growth when they come out of a sew-in.  The secret?  The braids are just tight enough, and never put stress on the hair.

Problem #2: Improper Closures, your scalp needs to breathe

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When closures are done properly, you shouldn’t have any issues.  Closures and sew-ins that are too tight prevent the scalp from breathing.  Now, if you can’t get to your scalp, whether it’s because you have a net sewn on, a closure, or they just sewed in so much hair that you can’t get to your scalp please know that this is going to cause major problems for

you.  Whether you are sweating while you sleep, working out, or just doing your day to day routine without being able to shampoo your scalp properly, you are at risk for a skin infection.  When the scalp can’t breathe, mold can develop on the scalp.  Where there is mold there is a major problem.  Now you’ll need to consult your dermatologist.

Problem#3: Too much stress on the hair that’s left out

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Ok, please, I’m begging you put the electric hot combs away!!  I see more breakage on women who are constantly putting heat on their poor little edges that are left out of their sew-ins.  Even the small amount on top of the head that’s left out shouldn’t be abused by heat.  Why do people do this?  Unfortunately, to some stylists putting an excessive amount of heat and oil on the natural hair means that there will be less of a difference between the 2 hair textures.  In my experience this isn’t true at all.  When it comes to blending textures, less is more.  If your value walk in weave salon doesn’t care about the breakage being caused by excessive heat on your natural hair, they don’t care about your hair at all.

These are the 3 most damaging problems caused by full sew in weaves.  Do your research and find a stylist who is knowledgeable in the art of weaving.  I hope this discussion has helped you with your search for a good weave installation.  We’ll talk soon!

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