What is Leave Out?
Leave Out is the clients natural hair that is left out (not braided or sewn) to cover the tracks of a sew in weave that blends with the attached extensions. It is typically a rectangular-parted section of hair left out, wherever the client prefers a realistic part. Leave Out can be in the middle, Right/Left side, and/or along the edges (hairline).
PRO TIP: Always discuss where you’d prefer your part with your stylist, BEFORE they begin prepping or braiding your hair.
When should I get Leave Out?
In my professional opinion, I recommend Leave Out to clients that:
· Are comfortable with keeping their hair blended correctly after they leave the salon.
· Have a HEALTHY section of hair that can be left out. No visible damage or breakage.
· Will commit to thoroughly washing and conditioning the section of leave out as directed, in-between appointments or up to the time of extension removal.
· Desire a completely natural and undetected weave install, AND complies with all of the above.
What IS the After-Care?
Oh, I’m glad you asked! Here’s my list of a few amazing tips to protect and maintain your Leave Out:
Respectfully make sure your stylist is using a heat protectant before blow drying, flat ironing, and/or curling your Leave Out.
Make sure YOU are using a thermal heat protectant at home. (Heat Protectants also protect harmful UV rays from the sun. YES, your hair is exposed to daily sun damage).
Don’t use heat everyday on your Leave Out. I recommend no more than 2x a week. Daily use WILL CAUSE YOUR HAIR TO BECOME SEVERELY HEAT DAMAGED. (Also, limit your passes of the flat iron on your natural hair. DON’T use heat over 400 degrees.)
Try different styling options. Twisting, Braiding, Clips, Head Bands, Hats and Bobby Pins are cute and easy alternatives to heat styling your Leave Out.
Opt for a Leave Out Style that requires minimal maintenance.
PLEASE, PLEEEEEEASE use a texture of hair extensions that CLOSELY matches your natural hair texture.
Don’t over-do it on the products. Especially gel and edge control. Over-use of edge control for left-out edges WILL cause hair loss (traction alopecia).
Always protect your hair when sleeping. A satin bonnet with an elastic band, satin or silk scarf, or a satin or silk pillowcase will protect your hair from tension & moisture-absorption from cotton linen.
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