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Refresh Your Sew-In: How to Revive Your Weave With Detailed Steps (2024)

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Welcome to the world of sew-ins! With a sew-in, you can experiment with your hairstyle and protect your natural hair at the same time. But like any other type of hair extensions, it needs proper care in order for it to stay healthy and looking its best.

In this article, we’ll be discussing how you can refresh your sew-in so that it stays beautiful for longer periods of time. You’ll learn about shampooing and conditioning techniques as well as protective styling options that will keep your weave from becoming frizzy or matted.

So let’s get started on refreshing those gorgeous locks now!

Key Takeaways

how to refresh your sew in

  • Experiment with different styles and colors to refresh your sew-in and give it a new look.
  • Use heatless hairstyles like bobby pins, heatless curlers, and braids as alternatives to heat styling tools to prevent damage.
  • Regular upkeep is essential to maintain the beauty and longevity of your sew-in, including proper storage and removal techniques.
  • Clarifying shampoo should be used to remove any product buildup on the weave, and conditioning should be done regularly to maintain good health and appearance.

Shampoo and Condition Your Sew-in

Shampoo and Condition Your Sew-in
You want your sew-in to look as good as the day you got it, right? To do that, washing and conditioning twice a week with sulfate-free shampoo is essential. Before getting started, be sure to comb and detangle the weave hair with care using a wide-tooth comb.

Once you’ve done this, use lukewarm water for the first wash followed by clarifying shampoo to eliminate any product residue or buildup on the extensions.

When selecting conditioner, opt for one specifically designed for human hair weaves like moisturizing or deep conditioning formulas. Avoid using regular shampoos made for natural hair since they can strip away vital oils, leaving your tresses dry and brittle over time.

After rinsing out all products thoroughly with cool water, finish off by applying an oil-based serum before air-drying (heatless hairstyles are recommended).

Dry Your Hair Thoroughly

Dry Your Hair Thoroughly
It’s important to thoroughly dry weave hair after washing, as dampness can lead to bacterial growth and damage. Fascinatingly, it’s been estimated that up to 90% of hairstyling problems are related to improper drying techniques.

To protect the hair from damage while avoiding moisture buildup on extensions and scalp:

  1. Use lukewarm water for rinsing.
  2. Dab with a paper towel.
  3. Air-dry instead of using heat products.
  4. Apply lightweight serum or oil if needed for moisturizing.
  5. Regular conditioning helps maintain good health of your weave’s appearance.

Proper dryness also helps retain vibrant color, softens extensions, reduces tangles and shedding, making styling easier.

Detangle Your Hair

Detangle Your Hair
Gently detangle your hair with a wide-tooth comb before washing to reduce potential shedding and breakage. Regular human hair bundles need just as much care as natural hair, so it’s important to be mindful of the products you use on them.

There is a plethora of these products available in stores which have moisturizing tips and bleaching safety guides that can help maintain the health and longevity of your weave.

After bleaching the weave extensions, make sure to neutralize any ammonia left behind by mixing water and ammonia together in one basin. Then, dunk it in this mixture for no more than two minutes before rinsing thoroughly with warm water afterwards.

Finally, don’t forget about silk pillow covers. They help retain moisture overnight ensuring softness all day long!

Apply a Leave-in Conditioner

Apply a Leave-in Conditioner
Now that you’ve properly detangled your weave, it’s time to condition and protect the hair from product buildup.

  1. Use the best shampoo and conditioner specifically formulated for human hair weaves to cleanse without stripping natural oils from the scalp or hair strands while preserving the color vibrancy of extensions.
  2. After shampooing/conditioning, apply a leave-in conditioner, then style with heatless styling techniques like bobby pins or braids. This will help avoid damage caused by daily heat styling tools such as curling irons, straighteners, etc.
  3. Use heat protectant before applying any form of heated equipment on extension pieces, with an ammonia rinse every 8 weeks to remove product buildup from the weaving technique used when installing extensions.

Following these tips ensures beautiful weave styles that last!

Style Your Sew-in

Style Your Sew-in
Refreshing your sew-in is a great way to add style and keep your hair healthy. Heat styling, such as curling, straightening, or crimping, can easily be done with an iron for more definition and body in the hairstyle.

Heat Styling

Carefully heat style your weave with a heat protectant for added protection and shine, but keep it to a minimum. Over-styling can cause damage, so heat curling should be done occasionally and with caution.

For an easy way to add volume and texture without the damaging effects of hot tools, try using bobby pins or heatless curlers.

To keep your locks looking their best at all times, be sure to follow up each session with clarifying shampoo in order to remove any product buildup on the weave. Heatless hairstyles like braids are great alternatives if you want something different from day-to-day styling.

Simply detangle before bedtime, moisturize lightly with a serum, then braid into desired styles overnight.

Regular upkeep is key: touchups every four weeks will help make sure everything stays intact while maintaining shape throughout its lifespan – no matter how much time has passed since installation!

Protective Styling

Take a break from the heat and give your locks some love with protective styling! Moisturizing and avoiding sulfates are essential for keeping weave hair healthy. After washing, ventilating it to air dry is the best thing. However, using a wig brush can help loosen knots when needed.

To restore pH balance, mix apple cider vinegar with hot water in one basin while preparing neutralizer (ammonia mixed in a separate basin) to rinse afterwards.

Protective styling comes with an array of additional benefits such as retaining moisture and luster, as well as providing professional touch-ups every eight weeks or so for long-lasting looks without worrying about damage due to heat-styling tools.

Take Care of Your Scalp

Take Care of Your Scalp
Nurture your scalp by using specialized products to keep it hydrated and nourished. Moisturizing the scalp is key for maintaining healthy hair weaves, especially if they are curly weave hair extensions.

Use a moisturizer that is specifically formulated for the scalp as regular conditioner may not be enough.

Cleansing your scalp with a hydrating shampoo every few weeks will help remove product buildup and oils that can weigh down curls. Frequent oiling of the roots helps protect from breakage while keeping moisture in between wash days too! Heatless styling techniques like bobby pins, heatless curlers, or braids are great alternatives to damaging heated tools when trying to achieve a good hair day look with much care taken into consideration for both natural and weave hairs alike.

Remember, proper maintenance of both scalp and weave require frequent attention so you can enjoy beautiful looking locks all year-round!

Remove Your Sew-in Properly

Remove Your Sew-in Properly
It’s essential to remove your sew-in weave every 8 weeks, like clockwork, to prevent damage and keep it looking its best – much like a butterfly emerging from its cocoon.

To properly remove the extensions, you should:

  1. Visit a professional at least once in that installation period for regular maintenance such as protective styling or touch-up appointments; and
  2. Make sure scalp care is not neglected by avoiding product build-up with leave-in conditioner or shampooing regularly before taking out the extensions.

This allows you to experiment with different hairstyles without compromising on the health of natural hair or damaging curly patterns due to heat styling products.

So, make sure you give your hair enough time between installs so it doesn’t get overworked, allowing for healthy growth and beautiful styles all year round!

Store Your Weave Properly

Store Your Weave Properly
Properly storing your weave will keep it looking fresh and beautiful! After removing the weave, take an extra step to ensure its longevity by following these steps.

First, gently brush out any knots or tangles using a wig brush. Then, use sulfate-free shampoo with warm water to wash away any buildup and dirt from the hair’s cuticles. Rinse thoroughly with cool water to seal in moisture before applying a lightweight serum for added hydration and shine.

Next, air dry completely before placing it on a silk pillowcase for safekeeping until you’re ready to wear it again.

Maintain Your Sew-in Regularly

Maintain Your Sew-in Regularly
To keep your sew-in looking its best, regular upkeep is essential – even if you’re trying to avoid heat styling!

Washing and conditioning the weave hair twice a week with sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner helps detangle, add moisture, and define curls.

Part apple cider vinegar can be used to restore pH balance. Plain Clorox bleach will help fix severe damage, but use latex gloves for safety.

Heatless hairstyles like bobby pins or braids are great alternatives that won’t damage the weave hair extensions too much either!

For deep conditioning, leave in a resealable bag for 20-30 minutes, then rinse with cool water to seal the cuticle and lock in moisture before air drying.

To further protect your original silky smooth strands, invest in silk pillow covers which retain more of this natural hydration than cotton ones do – plus, it’s gentler on locks when sleeping at night too!

Lastly, don’t forget about those wig brushes as they can come in handy when dealing with knots or deformation issues between washes!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How long should I wait between shampooing and conditioning my sew-in?

Wash your sew-in every two weeks with sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. Detangle before washing, then allow it to soak up moisture for 20 minutes while conditioning. Rinse with cooler water for a smooth finish and air dry to avoid damage from heat styling.

Can I use a flat iron to style my sew-in?

You can style your sew-in with a flat iron, but it’s important to take precautions. Make sure you use heat protectant and keep the temperature low. Avoid using too much heat and styling often as this may damage your weave hair extensions over time.

What is the best way to detangle my sew-in?

Comb your sew-in with a wide-tooth comb before washing to prevent tangles. Use a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner, co-wash, and apply a deep conditioner after rinsing. Allow it to sit in a resealable bag for maximum conditioning, then rinse with cool water to lock in moisture.

Heatless styling is recommended; either air dry or use silk pillow covers at night.

What products should I use to maintain my sew-in?

To maintain your sew-in, use a sulfate-free shampoo, conditioner, and a moisturizing serum. Detangle carefully before washing and air dry afterward to avoid damage. Utilize heatless styling with bobby pins or braids for the best results.

How often should I remove and reapply my sew-in?

You should remove and reapply your sew-in every eight weeks. Regular upkeep is essential for keeping it looking its best and preventing damage to natural hair.


It’s essential to practice proper care of your sew-in weave in order to maximize its lifespan and maintain its health and appearance. Regular maintenance, such as shampooing and conditioning, drying, detangling, and styling, is key to keeping your weave looking its best.

When it comes time to take it out, knowing how to store and remove it properly can help you avoid damaging your natural hair. Following the above tips can help you enjoy the benefits of your sew-in for weeks to come.

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Mutasim is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a site dedicated to those passionate about crafting. With years of experience and research under his belt, he sought to create a platform where he could share his knowledge and skills with others who shared his interests.