Dos and don’ts of washing with a closure installed
5-step guide to washing hair with a sew in closure installed
Detangle: Start by gently detangling the closure using a wide-tooth comb. Start from the ends and work your way up to the roots to prevent breakage and minimize shedding.
Wet and Shampoo: Wet the hair with lukewarm water and apply a mild shampoo. Spread it evenly through the hair using your fingers. Be careful not to scrub or bunch the hair as it can lead to tangles.
Rinse: Rinse out the shampoo thoroughly with lukewarm water, ensuring that no residue is left behind. Be gentle so as not to tangle the hair.
Condition: Apply a high-quality conditioner evenly throughout the hair. Let the conditioner sit for a few minutes to fully penetrate the hair and help it retain moisture.
Rinew and Dry: Rinse out the conditioner thoroughly with lukewarm water. Gently pat the closure dry with a towel. Avoid rubbing or wringing out the hair. Allow the closure to air-dry, or if needed, you can also use a blow-dryer on a low heat setting.
What is a closure in hair terms?
A closure is a hair piece that is usually made of lace or silk, although lace is the more commonly used. It’s attached to a cornrow base and secured around the perimeter to help protect your hair and improve its look. Closures can be used to complete your sew-in or wig. They’re often used to provide a more natural appearance as they mimic the scalp once properly installed.
How long can you wear a closure?
The length of time you can wear a closure depends on a number of factors including the method of installation, how well you maintain it, and the rate of your natural hair growth underneath. On average, closures can be worn for 4-6 weeks. However, it’s recommended to remove it and reinstall it after this period to ensure your natural hair underneath is well taken care of.
Can I reuse my closure?
Yes, a closure can be reused. With proper care, including gentle handling and proper cleaning, a high-quality closure can be reused multiple times.
Can I swim with my closure?
Yes, you can swim with a closure, but you should take some precautions. Chlorine and salt water can be damaging to the hair, so it’s recommended to wear a swim cap if possible. If you can’t or don’t want to wear a cap, it’s advisable to shampoo and condition your closure immediately after swimming to minimize potential damage.
How do I maintain my closure?
Regular gentle washing and deep conditioning are key to maintaining your closure. Always detangle it with a wide-tooth comb before washing, use lukewarm water, and high-quality hair products. Avoid high heat and harsh styling products, and wrap your hair in a silk scarf at night to reduce friction that could lead to frizz and tangling.