Simple Tips for Growing Hair under Weaves and Wigs

By Wande O.


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Weaves can be terrible for your hair, causing weak, breaking hair, and very commonly, Traction Alopecia… But all of these only happen when you do not take care of your own hair while wearing weaves or wigs.

When you take care of your own hair while wearing weaves and wigs, you will find that they make Great protective styles…  They Help you grow healthy long hair whether you are relaxed, texlaxed, natural or transitioning. You get to not have to deal with your own hair for weeks… and still look glam with a diverse set of styles to choose from… Win – Win!

Here are some tips to help you make the best use of weaves and wigs, and still grow healthy long hair:


Traction Alopecia

Example of Traction Alopecia

  1. Braid hair under weave or wigs securely, but not too tightly, especially around your edges. Do not let the braids pull too tightly on your edges… That’s the quickest way to Traction Alopecia. Traction alopecia is hair loss that’s associated with hairstyles that are pulled too tightly, ripping your hair out from the roots and damaging the follicles. Traction alopecia can possibly be treated in time by halting use of the offending hairstyle and the application of topical hair growth aids. Hairstyles that cause it include; too tight braids, twists, pony tails, weaves and extensions.  Traction Alopecia is one of the most common types of hair loss among African women. Make sure the braid pattern does not leave your hair ends exposed.




  1. For weaves, try sewing a hair net along the circumference of head, to cover head. Weave tracks can then be sewn to the net, thereby relieving your actual hair of tension from the weave pull.




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  1. Moisturise hair tracks every 2-3 days with a moisturising spritz, mist or braids spray. You can use leave-in spritz like Motions Nourishing Leave in Conditioner, Cream of Nature Argan Oil Leave in Conditioner, etc… or create your own spritz by mixing a little bit of regular conditioner (like Herbal Essences conditioner), some distilled water, and a little bit of natural oil (like extra virgin coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, almond oil etc). You can also moisturise and massage scalp with a little bit of oil to stimulate hair growth.



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  1.  Wash hair with sulphate-free shampoo or co-wash with cleansing conditioner once a week or once in 2 weeks. Deep condition every time you wash, with a liquid or diluted conditioner. Use on weaves as well (especially if it’s human hair), but make sure to concentrate on cleaning scalp and conditioning braid tracks. Dry hair thoroughly with hood dryer or blow dryer to avoid fungal growth.


  1. Massage hairline/edges to help stimulate hair growth in that very fragile area, and also to prevent alopecia. You may use Castor oil or JBCO to massage it if you are trying to thicken or grow back hair in that region (If hair growth hasn’t been damaged irrevocably already)



  1. Do not leave weaves on for more than 4-8 weeks… depending on your hair tolerance. Leaving it on too long can lead to matting, tangling and breakage.


  1. When taking out braids under weaves, use a natural oil such as coconut oil, and gently unravel and detangle braids with fingers first, before using a wide tooth comb starting from tips to roots. Make sure to properly detangle hair, especially roots, to avoid matting. This will reduce hair shedding and breaking during that process.


  1. Wash hair with clarifying shampoo and do a protein treatment once you’ve taken out your weave. This is important for those with relaxed or chemically treated hair, and especially those with fine hair types. Those with natural or coarser textures may use as needed, or can use a lighter protein deep conditioner. Let hair rest at least a week or two before another install.