Ask Krissy: Tips for washing your hair (specifically the scalp) when wearing a weave?

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“Any tips for washing your hair (specifically the scalp) when wearing a weave?” – @bakon_mmm


When I’m washing and maintaining my weaves, I wash every 1 to 2 weeks (using dry shampoo and Luxe Therapy between washings). For the past 2 months I’ve been doing to Crystal of Studio 6 in Carson for maintenance– I’m more than willing to pay for the service for her to do it and have seen more growth by doing so. But if you prefer to do it yourself, here are my tips:


  • Pre-shampoo scalp treatmentOrganic Root Stimulator “Dry” Shampoo and leave on for 10 minutes. This helps loosen any dirt and oil instead of relying on the shampoo to do all of the work.
  • Shampoo using a clarifying shampoo and the Luxe Therapy Scalp Soother to get to the scalp and under the tracks without loosening the sew-in. This is vital! You have to manipulate the hair because as it grows while you are wearing the weave it remains compact. You also want to get to the scalp ;-). I usually stick with clarifying shampoos such as Formula LA or Kinky Curly Come Clean.
  • Condition – My go-to, will-never-live-without-it conditioner for weaves is VO5 Strawberries & Cream. It isn’t heavy and it makes detangling a breeze. Not to mention it only costs $1.00.
  • Scalp Treatment and Leave-in – While the epidermis (pores) is open, I apply Luxe Therapy Follicle Food and use their Butter Soft Leave-in; it doesn’t weigh the hair down and also keeps the scalp hydrated.  You can style as normal after this, I usually just air dry.

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