While I was working on her hair she was telling me about a friend of hers who literally wears her sew-in for 6 months at a time!
She said she just wears, and wears, and wears it until it gets to the point that she can't comb through the hair, then she takes it out and get's it re-done the same day.
If you're a stylist, Please don't do this! You should be educating your client on a regular basis about the care and maintenance for their sew-in.
Offer them a maintenance program where for special pricing they can come in every 2 weeks and get their hair maintained underneath the sew-in.
It will save you a lot of time and trouble in the long run. Trust me.
If you're the client, ask your stylist for information on how to care for your sew-in. If they don't want to give you any information, come back to my site and search through my articles. You'll find lot's of great tips there.
Here are a few to get started:
1. Use a dry shampoo weekly to ensure YOUR scalp is clean. You can also use an astringent if you workout and sweat a lot to prevent odor.
2. Shampoo your hair weekly or bi-weekly with a moisturizing shampoo.
3. Use a good leave in conditioner for your scalp underneath.
4. To prevent dry scalp use a light oil on your scalp underneath the sew-in.
5. Sew-in's usually last 6 to 8 weeks, and sometimes a little longer only under the supervision of a salon professional. So with that said, be sure to take it out when it's time.
Oh and if you were wondering how I tightened her weave up here's what I did…
It was really simple, when I cornrowed her up, the first 2 cornrows in the front were cornrowed straight across and connected to each other. I then proceeded to cornrow the rest of her hair in a beehive pattern because of her length.
The most important thing is remembering that you should NOT connect the 2 cornrows in the front with the other cornrows. Once that was done I used a net and completed a net weave for her.