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Wearing a weave while transitioning

curlissimacurlissima Posts: 51Registered Users
How many of you are doing this?

It's been almost five months since my last perm, and i have about 3 inches of new growth, 1 when the hair is dry and curly (i'm a 4a). i love my new growth, but the difference between the two textures is getting to be pretty dramatic.

i work with a lot of clients, so i'm starting to feel like i look "messy".

i'm seriously considering putting in a weave for about a year while my hair grows to a length i'm comfortable with wearing.

my #1 priority, though, is having healthy hair. i know there is some strain on the hair follicles when you wear a weave (i've never had one).

What are your experiences with it? Has it worked?
I feel like i have very few other options short of cutting it all off. I just don't like short hair on me.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!!
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  • TooSenseTooSense Posts: 229Registered Users
    You know it's funny, I haven't been on here since last summer when I did my BC, but I saw your post on the front page. I did extensions during my grow-out. I did Greath Lengths--it's a much more expensive method & takes less time, but I did a lot of research & it's the least damaging extension method. That said, a weave is the second least damaging.

    Anyway, I admit it did wonders for my self confidence & really protected my hair during the grow-out period. If you want to check it out, all the pics are on my picture trail below.

    Good luck!
  • curlissimacurlissima Posts: 51Registered Users
    TooSense wrote: »
    . I did extensions during my grow-out. I did Greath Lengths--it's a much more expensive method & takes less time

    Thanks! Could you please describe great lengths to me?
  • torimontytorimonty Posts: 3Registered Users
    Hey Curlissima,
    I transitioned with a full sew-in weave for about 4 of my 8 month transition. Like you - this was my first weave. I have a few posts on my blog about it. Here's a link to that topic: /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fmyhairmonologue.blogspot.com%2Fsearch%2Flabel%2Fweave" class="Popup

    I'm not an expert, but here are a few things I'd recommend:
    1) Do a full sew-in (do NOT use glue) so none of your own hair is exposed. Otherwise, you'll be tempted to flat iron your own hair to match the weave. Also - don't let the stylist braid your hair too tight. Aside from being painful - it will damage your hair. In addition, if you have a thinning areas, consider using a hair net so the stress of the tracks is on the hair net and not your hair.

    2) Use human hair (the brand I used is in the blog post). It looks better, responds 'naturally' and lasts longer. I also didn't have to use any products on it so it was totally easy to care for. I'd wrap it at night and bump it occasionally in the mornings and roll out.

    3) Don't neglect your own hair. Have the weave taken down every 6-8 weeks for a good shampoo, condition, and trim. This will also prevent your own hair from locking/matting underneath the weave. They say you should let your hair/scalp rest for at least 2-7 days before going into your next weave. But I never did that.


    4) Your scalp will itch - so be prepared (see my blog post for some product recos). I hear this is worse with synthetic hair.

    Hope this helps! Good luck with your journey!
  • bowwow94bowwow94 Posts: 36Registered Users
    i have a full sew in now with a closure. I got it done around early august and plan to take it down in two weeks. Im doing the weave thing till june because I'm in high school and my own hair looks jacked up (damaged relaxed hair, scab hair, uneven amounts of new growth). I'm using human hair which is alot better and I use tea tree oil to prevent itching. Nxt time I get the weave put in I have to tell her not to braid the edges so tight. Thats the only thing I'm worried about.:iconbiggrin:
    last relaxer- May 16th 09
    BC - april 2010
    3b/3c/4a/4b with random natural straight strands
    staples: WATER :) elucence mbc, shea butter,coconut oil, glycerin, evoo, honey, castor oil
  • kinky-girlkinky-girl Posts: 34Registered Users
    Weaves are ok (or so I've heard).

    As long as they're not back to back (as in taking one out one day & putting a new one the next day) because can that cause breakage and potential bald spots. :(
    Just taking things nice & slowly
    Growing my hair out until I just can't stand the two textures.

    -Being straight is for squares
    -Being curly is what its all about :afro:

    My Fotki
    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fpublic.fotki.com%2Fkinkygirl123%2F" class="Popup
  • MokahDeeLyteMokahDeeLyte Posts: 132Registered Users
    I keep debating with myself on if I am going to put one in next week or not. These are a good way to protect your hair, but I just like moisturizing and sealing my hair nightly. Who knows it will probably be best for me to do one this fall.
  • MixedUpCurlyChickMixedUpCurlyChick Posts: 2,568Registered Users
    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!
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  • msmchymsmchy Posts: 40Registered Users
    sew-ins are a perfect way to go. Don't forget to search, and re-search time and time again on the brand of hair to use, and how long you should wear your weaved style. Also, sew-ins are relatively cheap. They can range from $100 on up not including the hair you buy. Also, there are tons of videos on YT about doing it yourself if you want to save some moolah. If you can braid and stitch, you can create a beautiful new look for less. Weaves when used properly, look flawless and protect your hair wonderfully. Wigs and full lace versions are great options as well.
  • MixedUpCurlyChickMixedUpCurlyChick Posts: 2,568Registered Users
    Wigs can be a great option too but I would caution that the lace front wigs (that Tyra, Beyonce etc wear) can damage your hairline if the glue is not applied properly.
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  • TennsTenns Posts: 40Registered Users
    I'm actually getting a sew-in for many of the same reasons that you stated. I feel like I look messy and really can't do anything with my hair at this point. Also, its kinda affecting my confidence which is a no-go for me, b/c I've never had issues with feeling good about myself.
  • 4evatete4evatete Posts: 38Registered Users
    i got a sew in for homecoming last saturday and its itching like whoo. i used tea tree oil but that doesnt help much. but the hair looks amazing and im keeping it for about 2 1/2 months
    [SIZE=-2]Last Relaxer: Dec 2008[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=-2]BC Hopefully: May/June 2010[/SIZE]
    i love my hair why can't you
  • MixedUpCurlyChickMixedUpCurlyChick Posts: 2,568Registered Users
    That happened to me before. I was allergic to the hair :(
    4evatete wrote: »
    i got a sew in for homecoming last saturday and its itching like whoo. i used tea tree oil but that doesnt help much. but the hair looks amazing and im keeping it for about 2 1/2 months
    comic-p.jpg
  • yrh11yrh11 Posts: 142Registered Users
    I wore a full weave with tree braids in the front. I had a quick weave once but hated removing the glue. Also had freestyle braids and kinky twists. I transitioned for one year and did not leave in these styles for very long..maybe 8 weeks at one time. I waited a few weeks in between styles.
    Last relaxer: Feb 07
    BC: Feb 08

    Current HG -
    Shampoo: Shea Moisture Black Soap Cleansing Shampoo
    Conditioner: Taliah Waajid Enhanced Herbal Conditioner
    Leave In: KeraCare Natural Textures Leave In
    Styler: Eco Styler, Uncle Funky's Daughter Extra Butter, KeraCare Twist and Define Cream, Jane Carter Wrap and Roll
  • msmchymsmchy Posts: 40Registered Users
    yrh11 wrote: »
    I wore a full weave with tree braids in the front. I had a quick weave once but hated removing the glue. Also had freestyle braids and kinky twists. I transitioned for one year and did not leave in these styles for very long..maybe 8 weeks at one time. I waited a few weeks in between styles.

    I love doing quick weaves now that I know how to. Don't forget to layer a shower cap underneath a stocking cap when you apply the glue. For those not ready to make the costly investment in the world of Full lace wigs, try synthetics first. There are some great vendors on eBay that are cheap and will give you experience. As previously stated, beware of the glue!!! I found out the hard way and now I stick to www.hairsisters.com for my lace fronts. Cheap, less realistic...but still cute and definitely cost effective.
  • justmejustme Posts: 2Registered Users
    I just took out my first sew in. I usually do braids and will definitely be going back to them. Someone mentioned that your scalp itches...well that's an understatement imo. It was fine while it was in but when I took it out I scratched and scratched and scratched. I felt like my scalp was swollen I scratched so much. A friend of mine had the same experience. Never again. I'll just stick to my micro twists.
  • lit26lit26 Posts: 131Registered Users
    I used kinky twist to transistion and so that I would not get bored I did this:

    Instead of one color kinky twist I chose two different solid colors. Black in the front of hair and blond or another color in the back. I loved it! and still do
    4b
    last perm 11/8
    Bc'd 4-9-9 :sunny:
    www.fotki/miamelove.com

    A product to make tranistioning EASIER!:cheers:
    Scissors. Think of it like this, your mixing dirty clothes with clean clothes, you can use all the perfum you want (hair product) but the dirty clothes (permed hair) will never be clean, will eventually get old, raggedy, and eventually start shredding/breaking(natural&permed hair). Don't waste your time. Transitioning for most is a :boxing: fight that relaxed hair will win!
  • TufferThanNigerianHairTufferThanNigerianHair Posts: 3Registered Users
    curlissima wrote: »
    How many of you are doing this?

    It's been almost five months since my last perm, and i have about 3 inches of new growth, 1 when the hair is dry and curly (i'm a 4a). i love my new growth, but the difference between the two textures is getting to be pretty dramatic.

    i work with a lot of clients, so i'm starting to feel like i look "messy".

    i'm seriously considering putting in a weave for about a year while my hair grows to a length i'm comfortable with wearing.

    my #1 priority, though, is having healthy hair. i know there is some strain on the hair follicles when you wear a weave (i've never had one).

    What are your experiences with it? Has it worked?
    I feel like i have very few other options short of cutting it all off. I just don't like short hair on me.
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!!




    im also wearing a weave . the braids pull on ur hair so it tends to grow easier than jus bcing in leaveing ur hair out (=
  • SugarNutsSugarNuts Posts: 250Registered Users
    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.


    :blob:I completely transitioned as of this week.
    Hair Type: 4a/4b Combo
    Last Relaxer: May/June 2008
    Big Chop: N/A
    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fmembers.fotki.com%2FSugarNuts" class="Popup (1/31)
    Detangle/Co-Wash: VO5 Freesia or Green Tea
    Shampoo: White Vinegar

    Deep Con. Treat.: Aussie 3-min. & Olive Oil
    Final Wash: Nexxus Humectress
    Moist. Spritz: Glycerin, Water, Proclaim 7-Olive Oil, Suave Extreme Leave-In

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  • MixedUpCurlyChickMixedUpCurlyChick Posts: 2,568Registered Users
    + 1 that was the only part of my hair that was ever damaged from weaving. Otherwise, my hair was better afterwards.
    SugarNuts wrote: »
    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.


    :blob:I completely transitioned as of this week.
    comic-p.jpg
  • islandygalislandygal Posts: 7Registered Users
    SugarNuts wrote: »
    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.


    :blob:I completely transitioned as of this week.



    Hey Sugarnuts!!! lol...small world! love you!
  • SugarNutsSugarNuts Posts: 250Registered Users
    islandygal wrote: »
    SugarNuts wrote: »
    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.


    :blob:I completely transitioned as of this week.



    Hey Sugarnuts!!! lol...small world! love you!

    Love you too Peanut! Welcome to NC!
    Hair Type: 4a/4b Combo
    Last Relaxer: May/June 2008
    Big Chop: N/A
    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fmembers.fotki.com%2FSugarNuts" class="Popup (1/31)
    Detangle/Co-Wash: VO5 Freesia or Green Tea
    Shampoo: White Vinegar

    Deep Con. Treat.: Aussie 3-min. & Olive Oil
    Final Wash: Nexxus Humectress
    Moist. Spritz: Glycerin, Water, Proclaim 7-Olive Oil, Suave Extreme Leave-In

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  • shaywuzupshaywuzup Posts: 2Registered Users
    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
  • morena5150morena5150 Posts: 7Registered Users
    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?
    4a?:sunny:
  • hamptonsfnsthamptonsfnst Posts: 106Registered Users
    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.
  • morena5150morena5150 Posts: 7Registered Users
    Thanks Hamptonfnst! I appreciate your feedback.
    4a?:sunny:
  • curlissimacurlissima Posts: 51Registered Users
    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)
  • hamptonsfnsthamptonsfnst Posts: 106Registered Users
    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.
  • ShantellyShantelly Posts: 4Registered Users
    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
  • DvaAuNaturelDvaAuNaturel Posts: 51Registered Users
    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!
  • morena5150morena5150 Posts: 7Registered Users
    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?:sunny:
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