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A Step-By-Step Guide To Washing A Sew In Weave

There are numerous types of weaves available on the market and they can be installed in different ways. One popular type of weave that people opt for is sew-ins. This type of weave is sown directly into a person’s natural hair, which creates a more natural look than the majority of other types available. The process of installing these weaves, however, takes a considerable amount of time and effort. Many people worry about having to remove sew-in weaves every time they need to wash their hair, as this would result in hours of uninstalling the hair and then reinstalling the hair after the wash. Washing the weave while it is installed is another option, but many people worry about their own hair as the shampoo and conditioner may not reach their natural hair; thus resulting in the poor maintenance of their natural hair while they are only caring for their weave hair.

In this post, we’d like to discuss the proper way of washing a sew-in weave. This process takes the smallest amount of time and would ensure the person is able to care for both their natural and weave hair at the same time.

How To Wash A Sew In

Let’s jump right to the process of washing both your natural hair and the sew-in weave hair. World Hair Extensions recommend mixing a small amount of water with your shampoo in a bottle, shaking the mixture and then running the shampoo and water combination down every scalp line, as we as in between every braid track. Massage your hair and scalp while pouring the mixture onto your head to ensure the shampoo reaches everywhere. After you have spread the shampoo over your entire head, you should also pour some of the mixture onto your weave hair and gently massage it into the hair. While washing, you should frequently use your fingers to pull through your weave hair to avoid hair from becoming tangles and to ensure all hair are properly cleansed. Finally, use clean water to rinse all the shampoo out of your hair and off your scalp.

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Simply shampooing isn’t enough to care for your hair. Using an effective conditioner will help to ensure hair stays hydrated and moisturized, and will help to prevent hair from drying out. You should use a conditioner that is safe to use on both your natural and weave hair, as some conditioners are only meant to be used on natural hair. It is also recommended to mix some conditioner with a small amount of water, and then to follow a similar process as with the shampooing part. This time, however, you should leave the conditioner in your hair for a couple of minutes before rinsing out.

After you have shampooed and conditioned your hair, make sure you have rinsed out any product leftovers and then use a towel to gently dry your hair. It is recommended to use a micro fiber towel as these towels can absorb the excess water that is left on your hair without causing frizz or tangling.

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As a final tip, you can also dip your fingers into some olive oil and work it through your hair and scalp. This will help to keep your hair moisturized as olive oil is an effective natural moisturizer that is safe to use for both natural and weave hair.


Washing a sew-in weave may seem like a tedious task and washing it while it is installed might mean your natural hair doesn’t get access to the contents of the shampoo or conditioner you are using. We’ve determined the best approach to washing your sew-in while also cleansing and caring for your natural hair at the same time. Follow the step-by-step guide we’ve prepared here to ensure your hair always looks at its best.