Proper hair care and detangling technique is required when wearing braids or sew-in weave to ensure hair does not become matted or tangled upon take down. Many years ago before I started my healthy hair journey, I rocked dookie braids while on business travel. I left the braids in for two or three months without washing my hair whatsoever. My memory is a little vague at this point but I am pretty sure I did not even use moisturizer back then. The end result of having braids was matted and tangled hair. I suffered a huge setback and had to get the matted, tangled areas cut out! I don’t have pics of that moment but here is a good example of what my matted, tangled hair looks like.
If I could re-play the tape and do it all over again, I would have (1) properly detangled my hair before allowing water to touch it. (2) I would have done a very good pre-poo with oils, (3) finger detangled thoroughly before (4) using a wide tooth comb to further detangle. I now know, (5) detangling agents are my friend and would have used one pre and post wash to ensure all shed hairs were properly removed. Since I failed to implement these steps, my hair matted and tangled to a point where the only option was to chop, chop, chop.
Note: Hawaiian Silky 14-n-1 is awesome and have been used by many to remove dreadlocks! It is now my go-to when I have a knot that just will not budge.
I lost about 5 or 6 inches to the matted, tangled areas. I was scarred by my experience to a point where I walked away to never get braids again. When I see stories about matted hair, I am drawn to the story because it immediately takes me back to my experience of having matted, tangled hair.
Thanks to a hair salon by the name of Elite Strands, the two year old matted sew-in weave is trending on social media! Yes, you read that right. TWO YEARS OLD!
I am without knowledge of the full story as to why she left the weave in for two years. I can only assume which is totally unfair so I will keep an open mind.
Elite Strands posted the pics of the new client to social media and I assume – there I go assuming again – it was in an effort to bring awareness that one should NEVER leave in braids or a sew-in weave for that long AND likely to generate business by showcasing her master skills of dealing with such a situation.
I like how Elite Strands asked commenters to be respectful on Instagram. Yeah ok, that’s like asking a kid to a clean up their room. The commenters pretty much asked and/or stated what everyone was thinking, plus a minus a few colorful words –> why did she keep the sew-in weave for two years? Did she even wash her hair while wearing her sew-in? What was the end result? Well, the end result confirmed what I expected — a big chop of some sort.
The stylist that kept installing the sew-in weave should have his/her license pulled, revoked and buried. Then again, maybe the sew-ins were done at home by a relative or friend. Either way, professional stylist or family stylist, someone should have taken a stance and said, no more. I got to give it to Elite Strands, she did her thing and made it work!
We can discuss the two year sew-in weave until we have exhausted all possibilities but rather, I want our discussion to beneficial to help each other if we should opt for braids or sew-in weave. I am hoping for good participation so I consolidate your thoughts in an additional post….
– Discussion Questions –
How do you prep your hair for braids or sew-in?
How do you maintain your hair while in braids or sew-in?
Have you ever had a matting or tangling situation from braids or sew-in?
If yes, what would you do differently and/or how did you resolve it?
What measures do you take to ensure your hair doesn’t become matted or tangled?
What is your regimen for braids or sew-in take down
Chime in, I want to hear your thoughts!