Protective style - sew in

Hello fellow transitioners I was wondering if any of you are wearing sew ins as a protective style? If so how often do you redo it? Right now my wash schedule is once a week. With a sew in I won't be able to do that, will I? Just want to know how will I be able to treat my hair with the weave in?

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Hey I had the same exact question I posted on another thread and I now wash my hair every 10 days with a sew in. It's not hard for me since my shampoo is very runny/watery so I just pour a little into an applicator bottle and apply it to my scalp on the parts. I massage it in and rinse using a cup, pouring the water on my scalp. My conditioner is also very runny & light, so I use the same method I use to shampoo to condition. When I'm done washing and conditioning I apply a leave in mixture that contains myhoneychild aloe vera leave in, olive oil, sweet almond oil, coconut oil, castor oil, jojoba oil, and water ( oh yes my hair LOVES oils) using a spray bottle. Then last but not least I oil the scalp with my wild growth hair oil that I have been using for years.

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So, you wash your hair with the weave still sewed in? If so, I need to know all the nitty gritty details! I need to know how you keep the weave from tangling and preventing your hair from breaking! How do you keep the sew in looking nice?

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Well I don't put anything on the weave hair except for water that's why i use the applicator bottle with the nozzle so I can put the shampoo and conditioner directly on my scalp and I use my fingers to rub it in and I do that between each track when I rinse it the weave hair does get wet but since I rinse the part between each track one at a time there's very little tangling, and whatever tangles are there I comb out with a wide tooth comb. Water gets on the weave but that's it no product so when I blow-dry it it's as good as new. I find that less is more when it comes to caring for the weave hair I used to put a ton of oil sheen, and hair polishers or mousse on my weave and within 2-3 weeks it would look stiff, no body, and stringy now I don't put anything at all except for the water that gets on it during the washes and my hair lasts much longer

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Ok. That sounds like a plan! How long do you keep the weave in?

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3 months is the longest. I also trim my ends when I take it out to try to keep my hair healthy and to prevent split ends. A lot of people are anti-weave but to me it's the best protective style for me because you can wear it curly or straight and you can apply heat to it as well. Another plus is that your hair is just sitting underneath the tracks absorbing the moisture and growing fully protected. Well that's the way I feel about them others may beg to differ

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I agree. Since I have been transitioning for 8 months now, my twist outs, braid outs, and so on, don't look nice anymore - I have a huge amount of natural hair on top with relaxed hair on the ends. Yuck! It looks like spaghetti and hamburger. L.o.l. So to prevent me from burning my hair out with heat it is either the weave or my 7 corn rows with a band. Being that I am 32 and still single, I opt for the weave...l.o.l!

By the way, have you tried the design essentiasl natural hair care line? Specifically, the stretching cream?
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Hey I would like to know if you do a protein treatment while wearing your sew in and if so which treatment? I'm thinking about doing a protein treatment 1 time per month

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Sorry msscb that it has taken me so long to reply. I have been very busy at work. But if you are washing your sew in, I imagine that you could do the protein too. However, I wouldn't because protein makes the hair hard before it is rinse out. If you don't wash it out good it could cause breakage because of the hair snapping from the left in protein.

Update**** I have had my sew in in for 2 weeks. I am going to redo it after I treat my hair tomorrow.
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I am a newbie, this will be my second month and I am currently wearing a protective style (sew in) I would say two months would be a max because of washing in between will stretch it that long. Weaves or protective styles tend to dry your hair out more so it's important to keep your hair moisturized. So taking it down thoroughly washing and moisturizing is good thing before redo the sew in
Ok. Thanks! That is what I am going to do today. I am taking down my hair, washing and treating it, washing weave and reapplying it. I work out a lot, and my weave smells like it...l.o.l. Next question, what type of weave do you all use? Their are so many now, compared to when I used to buy it in the early nineties. I have Premium Too in now, it's ok. However, if there is something better, that is not the price of a car payment, please let me know!

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One last thing ... is there a personal favorite on you tube that does a tutorial on sew ins? I mean where they are actually teaching and not doing reviews on products or holding there babies up to talk on the camera!

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I have found out that the reasonable brands of weave that ate good are as follows:
Right now I'm rocking bohemian curl by outré it's great and tangle free
Milky way straight hair is good but wouldn't recommend the curly with this brand
Pro 10 hair is good as well and all run between 10 and 12 bucks
Ok. Thanks. I ended washing & restyling the hair I had. I am going to upload a pic of it.

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So it is sideways! Sorry!

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Thank beas2 I was thinking the same about the protein but i went ahead and did one using egg white mayo and olive oil 10 days ago I didn't leave it on long maybe about 5mins my hair felt fine but I'm going to wash again Thursday and DT just to make sure this time I'll take the weave out though to get a thorough cleanse. I'm considering switching to lace fronts it'll make the wash process easier for me and the same lace front can last me throughout the winter that's sounding great as opposed to buying hair over and over again

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Well I just took down my recent see in and washed and deep conditioned my hair and did another sew in. I put oil on my scalp daily so it won't itch and I keep a wrap on it at night. There are a lot of youtubers out there that give good tutorials on sew ins. I put in "how to do a sew in" and I got some good vids on that. I'm still researching though on products. Next time I take my weave out maybe I can final see my hair pattern lol I'm just patiently waiting for more new growth lol
I have only had my sew in for a little over a week and my head itches badly. I have been taking hairfinity vitamins which makes my head itch. I have been sick since I got the sew in and due to sweating I'm thinking about taking it out. I need to scratch my head freely! Lol do you have any suggestions on what I should do?

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I am clueless! They do have some spray you can spray on it.

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I took it out, due to my being sick I didn't have the strength to do it. Normally I would wear it about 6 weeks or so, but my scalp always itches lol

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