Wearing a weave while transitioning

I wore weave during my transitioning. I don't like wearing braids because my sides are the weakest part of my hair. So, they have a tendency to fall out from too much manipulation. I usually keep my weaves in from 3,4,5 months at a time. I am able to achieve such a lenghty period of time through thorough cleansing and treatment of my exposed hair and also weaved hair.

I posted a few examples of my weaves in my Fotki.


I completely transitioned as of this week.
Originally Posted by SugarNuts


Hey Sugarnuts!!! lol...small world! love you!
I wore weave during my transitioning. I don't like wearing braids because my sides are the weakest part of my hair. So, they have a tendency to fall out from too much manipulation. I usually keep my weaves in from 3,4,5 months at a time. I am able to achieve such a lenghty period of time through thorough cleansing and treatment of my exposed hair and also weaved hair.

I posted a few examples of my weaves in my Fotki.


I completely transitioned as of this week.
Originally Posted by SugarNuts


Hey Sugarnuts!!! lol...small world! love you!
Originally Posted by islandygal
Love you too Peanut! Welcome to NC!
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i think i will get kinky twists, too. i just started my transition and i dont want to do a bc. the last time i got a relaxer was in november so im really a beginner
So one thing I know about my hair (4a i think) is that if I don't relax the new growth in a timely manner, it breaks off immediately. I've been considering getting a weave, should I do it now that my hair has been relaxed or wait until new growth comes in?

What are your thoughts?
You should definitely wait until two weeks after your last touch up to get your weave. Also trim your ends prior to the installation and make sure your stylist does not braid too tightly. All weave wearers must know that the natural hair underneath must be taken care of. I cowashed weekly with my last curly install(thanx halleyscurls.com) and moisturized with braid sprays and sealed with a mix of olive oil and essential oils like peppermint and tea tree oils. Make sure the braids/wefts are completely dry after washing or you'll develop mildew.
Thanks Hamptonfnst! I appreciate your feedback.
4a?
wow -- can't believe it's been a year since i posted this. i've been weaved up for the entire year, and CANNOT BE HAPPIER

the growth i've seen has astounded me

i'm very careful in making sure the braids are never too tight, and i care for it the same way you would if it wasn't in a weave.

i'm 1 weave (after this one) away from being weave-free

it will have been almost 2 years transitioning (tho i did the BC in dec)
No problema Morena.

@curlissima, I'm looking forward to my next install yet I'm not sure if I'm going to get it for my bday(March) or wait until summer begins in June. I never liked to do my hair when it was relaxed and I love the fact that I can just get up and go with minimal styling with a weave.
Well i have been wearing sewins and quick weaves since 09/2009 i think it helps, because your not touching your hair so much. I think it grows faster that way. now i have braids I dont want to do anything to my hair so im just gonna wears braids till my hair is the way i want it. I dont really like the quick weaves so much because of the glue. I just do the sewins it doesn't take out your hair.
Shantelly
What is the brand of curly hair you used for your weave? I have worn weaves and love them, although sometimes I would be hot as heck with the full sew-in. They can be quite pricey but worth it if done right. I am currently in kinky twist braids and stopped relaxing (again) in August/September 2009. I would like to have weaves as an option but have never done a curly weave and was concerned about my hair blending if I get the curly.

Thanks!
I wore weaves for several yrs and I think they're a great protective style as long as the hair underneath is being taken care of.

I say that I've been natural for almost 2 yrs b/c I stopped perming my hair almost 3 yrs ago but I don't count the time that I was still weaving. That being said, my hair was in very good condition when I was weaving. I wore very curly weaves most of the time and left some of my hair out (front, sides, and back aka the crown). Since I was not putting any heat on my hair, it was fine.

Like someone else mentioned, never use glue or bond, only do sewn in weaves. I would suggest getting a word of mouth recommendation about a stylist as well. I was never able to do that, as none of my friends/fam wear weaves. However, I did end up finding ppl through trial and error since I wore weaves for about 6 yrs.

There are so many ways in which weaves are done- even just in the sewin in category. If you are a hot person or have a hot head, I wouldn't recommend a closed weave or a net weave (net is sewn on top of braids) b/c you will be sweating!

Another thing to be aware of is that a small amount of ppl are very sensitive to synthetic hair (I'm one of them). I was allergic to it and it made my scalp itch like crazy. I used to wear synthetic in the braids (not in my actual weave) but after developing this reaction, I had to stop. I would suggest using human hair as well but its extremely expensive. FYI, many ppl are not aware, but if its sold in a package, it is not human hair. If you do go this route, I would suggest getting a word of mouth rec about where to buy the hair, unless you live in a city where there is only one custom hair place.

The good thing about spending a lot of money on the hair, is that you can wash and re-use it several times. It also won't scream "weave" if you have hair that is better quality and matches your hair well.

Besides getting a weave that looks good and won't damage your hair, its imp to get a rec b/c you want the braids to be done in a way that will make your weave last so it is cost effective. The longest I have ever been able to wear a weave is 6 weeks. However, other clients at the salon I went to were able to go 2 months. My hair does not hold braids well and my hair gets oily, but everyone is different. I personally wouldn't want it in much longer than a month b/c I would want to take it out and treat my hair.

Sorry this is so long, I hope this helps!
Originally Posted by MixedUpCurlyChick
Does it make a difference if you use a hair net (I think that's what it's called) over the tracks when you do a weave? Is it better to use one?

Thanks,
4a?
hey, im am new to this site and am so excited to find a thread that i can readily relate to with a comment. i am currently 39 weeks post relaxer and i have been wearing weaves for about four months. so rougly after the 5th month i just could not get a handle on the two textures on my head! so thats when i decided to get a weave installed and since then ive had a good amount of growth and i dont have have to worry about dealing with two different textures as much. its great i love it!
Does it make a difference if you use a hair net (I think that's what it's called) over the tracks when you do a weave? Is it better to use one?
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I believe it does make a difference in the styles that you can wear. I always use a net when I wear a weave. It allows the weave hair to be sewn-in to the net rather than your braided hair and it makes it easier to take the weave hair down. If there is a net and the hair is anchored in certain places, you can cut the string in those areas and not have to worry about your hair being accidentally cut.

Make sure you get a net that will allow you to apply oil to your scalp.
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Last edited by jay76; 02-08-2010 at 09:17 AM. Reason: Needed to correct the wording..
i currently have a curly weave installed with some of my hair out to help blend, but i wanted to know if it is easier or healthier to do a full weave with no hair left out? i would like to try it but i am so nervous of it looking like i have a wig.
I had the same concern when I began to wear full straight-haired weaves. I did not want that wiggy look. If your edges are strong enough, than wear the weave full. During my last install with curly hair (www.halleyscurls.com) I left my sides and some hair in the front out for better blending. I will post pics soon.
I am going to do a full sew in in April but not with bangs it will be with a parting instead, although all my hair will be covered. Now my question is when my hair is being braided as it is 4b/c and tough when dry. Should the hair be braided with the extensions when damp and well moisturised? I found I could do my flat twists better when my hair was braid wet/damp it was much easier.

I do not want to employ heat at all. If I was to blow dry I would cool blow dry but I really do not even want that. What do you suggest? Thanks in advance.

Oh and I am 8 months post right now. I will be 9 months post when I intsall the Sew-in.
I am going to do a full sew in in April but not with bangs it will be with a parting instead, although all my hair will be covered. Now my question is when my hair is being braided as it is 4b/c and tough when dry. Should the hair be braided with the extensions when damp and well moisturised? I found I could do my flat twists better when my hair was braid wet/damp it was much easier.

I do not want to employ heat at all. If I was to blow dry I would cool blow dry but I really do not even want that. What do you suggest? Thanks in advance.

Oh and I am 8 months post right now. I will be 9 months post when I intsall the Sew-in.
Originally Posted by blessd1009
I have my hair in a sew-in now as a protective style. I am not a huge fan of blow drying, and I only do it if I am pressed for time and with a diffuser attachment. Anyway, I always let my hair dry completely first before I braid it up. I guess it is just a personal preference. It does not make a world of difference. I am just able to braid a little tighter when my hair is dry and that is important since I will be keeping my style in for a few weeks.

As long as you make sure you moisturize before you braid it, I think you should be ok.
I am going to do a full sew in in April but not with bangs it will be with a parting instead, although all my hair will be covered. Now my question is when my hair is being braided as it is 4b/c and tough when dry. Should the hair be braided with the extensions when damp and well moisturised? I found I could do my flat twists better when my hair was braid wet/damp it was much easier.

I do not want to employ heat at all. If I was to blow dry I would cool blow dry but I really do not even want that. What do you suggest? Thanks in advance.

Oh and I am 8 months post right now. I will be 9 months post when I intsall the Sew-in.
Originally Posted by blessd1009
I have my hair in a sew-in now as a protective style. I am not a huge fan of blow drying, and I only do it if I am pressed for time and with a diffuser attachment. Anyway, I always let my hair dry completely first before I braid it up. I guess it is just a personal preference. It does not make a world of difference. I am just able to braid a little tighter when my hair is dry and that is important since I will be keeping my style in for a few weeks.

As long as you make sure you moisturize before you braid it, I think you should be ok.
Originally Posted by FoxyCleopatra

Thanks hun I will not blow dry then I prefer that.
Be careful with your weave. Follow the advice above and don't leave it in too long. I am 8 mos into my transition and put a weave in on vacation in Dec. They braided the tracts so tight my scalp blistered. Tea tree oil did nothing for the horrendous itching. I had it in for about 6 weeks and even then my hair locked and matted the minute I put shampoo on it to wash which meant I ended up having no choice but to cut 1/4 of my hair off. It was horrible!

My sister took hers out 2 weeks prior and did not experience the matting so maybe less is more. I'm reluctant to weave again because that was my second terrible experience with it but, I feel the "messy" thing as a professional and can't help but think about how much more polished I would look if I did it again for a few months until the hair grew out enough for me to be comfortable with it.

Whatever you do make sure they don't pull your hair too tight, use human hair, and take care of it as much as possible.

Hope it works out!
If you live in ATL DO NOT get your weave done by ShawdaDee, Bella Vivo Salon. My weave came out so bulky and was poorly done + her customer service is very bad! She charged me 200 dollars

1. The hair prices listed on her website were identified as Hair Ex Hair Prices- when I called her she denied it and when I looked again it was off of her website.
2. She promotes herself as a hair broker but she is not.
3. She tried to sell me Indian hair for 300-400 dollars but didn't want to tell me where she got it from
4.Communication with me regarding scheduling my appt was very poor.
*I emailed her with my availability for the next 3 weeks and she emailed me back a time and day that was not in my availability. ???
*She played tag constantly texting and calling me with days that she was available ignoring my availability. ???
I sent her an email asking for her availabilty for the next 30 days and she sends me her availbility for the next week ???
5. I show up for my appointment and she washes my hair very very quickly not doing a thorough job as if she didn't want to be bothered with washing my hair.
6.She advertises her salon as some type of luxury place yet she doesn't have the proper tools to do hair. She didnt have a single widetooth comb or blowdryer w/ attachment. Her excuse was "none of my clients have hair"
7. She braided my braids underneath too big which gave my hair an extremely bulky look.
8. Moisturizer or heat protectant was not used on my hair at all
9. When I told her I was not satisfied with my hair she says: "You bought the wrong hair" (She was the one who recommended the hair ex hair I bought) "You have to pay me if you want it redone" "your hair is too thick"
Believe me when I tell you the chick is all about money!! RUN!

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