Dear all the weave virgins out there, I’m here to help. There are many reasons to consider weave, first of all to make the transition period seem that little bit easier. Whether you are deciding to grow out your hair, considering the big chop, or just get bored easily with your hairstyle; weave could be your saviour, as it makes experimenting with cuts and colour very easy. Weave is also great at protecting your natural hair from all weather conditions and heat damage from excessive styling; as the less your hair is manipulated, the quicker it’ll grow.
Weave can seem like a minefield if you don’t know what you are doing. The main starting point, is finding the right hairdresser who knows how to deal with weave and your hair type, if not you will risk damage to your natural hair and a lot of unnecessary spending. You will need decent quality hair, scalp grease, olive oil sheen spray, something to wrap your hair i.e. a silk scarf or durag, a brush and a hat for emergencies. Be prepared to invest money in your weave, as it is an expensive process and if you can’t afford to maintain it properly I would advise against it.
As a newbie to weave myself, there are some things I did not expect to discover. The most serious being the increased self-consciousness I feel with weave. From the constant paranoia that tracks are on show, to the feeling of not being sexy with weave when it comes to wrapping it up at night-time or in the gym around men. As someone who cannot stand hair getting everywhere, the rate at which weave malts is my worst nightmare. The constant brushing to avoid it looking shabby is also irritating; and don’t get me started on the incessant itching, my god! However, the upside is that my hair is growing FAST, my head is always warm and my hair products are lasting ages.
When it comes to taking care of your weave, I found that everyone gives different advice on what worked for them so it’s a case of trying different things to see what works for you. Bear in mind that softer hair textures are not as likely to last in weave as long, if you weaken the bonds by washing your weave too much. Bacteria build up can reduce hair growth according to beauty blogger Fiona Onanuga from loveyourtresses.com. So if you do decide to wash your hair regularly, make sure you wash out products and dry your hair thoroughly to avoid any unwanted dampness.
The biggest risk with weave is causing damage and hair loss to your natural hair. Traction alopecia can be caused by a self-induced pulling force i.e. too tight tracks, braids, twists and pony tails as described by beauty blogger Cipriana from urbanbushbabes.com. Professionals suggest having weave in your hair for no more than 6-12 weeks at a time, as too much tension on your new hair growth can lead to traction alopecia. Cipriana suggests giving your natural hair a break in between weave styles, because constant weave adds stress to your hair and scalp. Wigs are a stress free alternative, in this respect. But if you find that when you take out your weave you have lost a lot of hair do not panic! According to Fiona Onanuga, this is just the hair that would have shed naturally without weave and is perfectly normal.
Accentuate your new do with these handy beauty tips:
How To Contour Your Cheekbones:
Step One: Either with your finger or a concealing brush apply a small amount of foundation one shade darker than your base foundation along your cheekbone area. Starting at your headline and working your way down, blend the colour along your jawline with your foundation brush or a small plush/pucka brush, until you see the definition take place.
Step Two: Using a concealer one shade lighter than your base foundation, evenly cover the dark circles under your eyes. Stop right at the start of the contouring on the cheekbone, so that the two shades will gently blend. This will not only brighten the eye, but also allow the cheekbones to pop.
Step Three: Finally apply highlighter in between the eye concealer and contouring, which will add a subtle glow to your skin. The more you blend, the slimmer your face will appear. Once these steps are complete if you want to add more definition, go over your contouring with a bronzer, or if you would rather a pop of colour, lightly go over with your favourite blush.
Colour with Conviction.
Make a statement! This look is all about confidence. Apply a base of cover up lightly blended over hydrated baby-soft skin. Sweep blot-powder through your T-zone to avoid any unwanted shine. Make your lips pop with lip mix in a bright colour towards your lower lip edge. Then use lipstick mixed in to create a neon shade to the outer corners. To complete the look outline those luscious lips with lip pencil to define the bow of your lip and contour.
Now that your hair and make up is sorted, here’s some tips on how to showcase your assets by dressing for your body type and regaining some control with the right lingerie.
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