Do you suspect that your weave smells? An offensive odor can quickly take away from the beauty of that expensive look you purchased. So why do hair smells happen and how do you prevent them?
Buy quality hair
If you’re going to pluck money down for hair extensions, avoid non-quality hair. One hundred percent human Brazilian or Peruvian hair, for example, is of significantly better quality than synthetic hair extensions, and they hold up well after repeated washings. Furthermore, synthetic hair is not designed to be washed and does not hold up well when it is.
Wash your weave
Just because it’s not your natural hair doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wash it. Sweat, product build-up and dandruff can get trapped under a weave, which can cause odor and also that dreaded itchy weave syndrome. Although it is a mistake to wash your weave excessively, make sure you shampoo and condition it with natural products at least once a week. After shampooing, be sure to rinse your hair thoroughly to remove the entire product. Then, massage a gentle and natural leave-in conditioner into the hair.
Remember, if you would prefer, visit the stylist who installed your weave for a shampoo and conditioning treatment. Depending on your extensions, it may be somewhat difficult to wash it yourself. Investing the money for a professional wash and conditioner may be worth it.
At the very least, try wiping in between the tracks with a damp washcloth to eliminate dirt and product build-up. Although air drying is preferred, try blow drying your weave on a low setting to prevent trapped moisture
Invest in an anti-bacterial weave spray
If your weave is giving off a foul/musty hair smell, that’s the worst type of smelly weave, and it indicates that there may be bacteria trapped under the weave due to excess moisture, dandruff and product build-up. When this happens, it’s time to give your weave some extra TLC.
Invest in an anti-bacterial weave spray recommended by your stylist. On a daily basis, give your weave a light spray of anti-bacteria, and work the product gently into your weave and scalp. Do this until the smell goes away.
If you still can’t get rid of the hair smell, remove your weave and start again. Better to invest in a new weave than to walk around with a smelly one.