Gone are the days of spending half the day at the salon, in order to get a flawless style. At least in my shop they are! My salon schedule is efficient and effective, provided you come prepared. Not sure how to properly prepare your hair for a sew-in? No worries! I’ll walk you through the process below.
What To Expect
When you walk in for your appointment, you will start of with my braider. While you are getting your hair braided, I am usually finishing off a sew-in from the previous client. Once you are finished getting braided, and I begin your sew-in… my braider will begin braiding the next clients hair for her extensions!
This process makes things quick and easy, providing that you have arrived with your hair properly prepared. It is my effort to provide the most flawless experience (within the promised time frame. Not only will coming prepared help preserver both of our times (as well as the next client’s), it will also help to ensure that your style is executed flawlessly!
Here are a few tips to help you properly prepare your hair for a sew-in:
Book a consultation
If your hair is thin, short, you have a skin disorder, or you’re not sure which sew in will work best for you….you’d need to book a consultation. This will help me inform you how to prep your hair specifically for your condition/sew in type.
Regularly trim your ends regularly: Scheduling an appointment for trimming dead (over processed) or split ends prior to each new install can help with breakage. If your ends are split or have been over processed, they are brittle and will cause tangling which leads to breakage. Trimming your hair will prevent the breakage.
What You Need To Know About Hair Products
*Leaving your natural hair out for coverage?
-You must come to your appointment with NO products in your hair. Even leave in conditioner can add a film or residue to your hair, so I beg of you not to use it! Grease, and oil will weigh your hair down. If you’ve seen any of my blow outs on natural hair, the hair is bouncy, moves when the wind blows, and has a flawless finish. That’s with NO conditioner and no product. Check out how to prevent heat damage and why it is so important to have clean/product free hair when preparing for your extensions.
*Full sew in (Closure Installation)?
-You can use whatever products you want on your hair prior to your install with me. Since your hair will be braided up, none of it has to be pressed or styled. Unlike the leave out, you have nothing to worry about as far as outing products on your hair prior to have your extension service. Do I have a specific leave in conditioner or oil I’d recommend? No, I don’t believe in them and here’s why.
After shampooing your hair, towel dry and blow dry from ends to root for easiest results. I use a Denman brush which is heat resistant and brush and blow dry with slight tension to maintain that stretched texture once complete. If this step is not complete prior to coming to your extension appointment your hair may take longer than the allotted time! If you’re worried about heat damage on your natural hair, I’ve written a guide for preventing it here.
Hair stretching tip: Sleeping with your hair in Bantu knots the night before can help if you aren’t feeling up to the blow drying!
When coming in for your appointment, your hair should look this:
Hair should NOT look like this:
Stay tuned for more tips and tricks to get the MOST from your styling services!