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How to make a synthetic weave look good and last on you

hairBy Anne Mungai (@annemungai_)

You can always look fabulous without buying hair that cost a fortune. 100% Human hair is hair from a human donor. It is mostly Indian, Malaysian or even Peruvian. Synthetic hair on the other hand has an appearance similar to human hair but is made from synthetic materials. Synthetic hair price range can start from as low as Sh.500 to Sh.2000.

Human hair weave is a little bit pricey and can range from Sh5000 to Sh.30, 000 depending on the length, often measured in inches.

A trip to local beauty shops and supermarkets will reveal a lot of synthetic hair. So how do you how do you make it look great without spending a fortune?

Style: Cut your weave to suit your face and style. You need not to wear the weave just as it is straight form the packet. You can layer it or snip the hair close to your face to shorten them. This can be done at home with just a mirror and pair scissors. If unsure, ask your stylist to assist.

Durability: Most synthetic hair is durable for roughly 3 months. After that it loses its shine and becomes frizzy. It is therefore advisable to take it off after 2 months otherwise it just looks cheap. They are also reusable.

Care: Caring for your weave determines how long it will keep its shine and gloss. Since this is synthetic hair, extra care is needed. You can wrap the hair with a silk scarf at night before bedtime.

Hair products: Keep your hair product use to the minimum with a synthetic weave and avoid heavy gels. You can use hair spray or very light hair lotion to maintain a natural looking sheen. When your weave is too shiny, it comes off as fake. Also note that product build up is not good for the hair.

Length: Very long weaves can be a pain to maintain. It is therefore advisable to stick to shorter weaves that are easy to comb and maintain.

Amount of hair: Always strive to achieve a full look. You may be required to buy more than one packet if the amount of hair is less in a single pack. Ensure that your weave is full and has body, it is embarrassing for tracks of weave to be seen every day. Do not be tempted to pile up hair on your head though, you will risk looking bulky and less natural.

For the more natural look, you can leave out part of your natural hair to blend in with the weave.

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