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5 SAVING GRACES TO AVOID MILDEW GROWTH ON YOUR HAIR WHILST WEARING WEAVES

5 SAVING GRACES TO AVOID MILDEW GROWTH ON YOUR HAIR WHILST WEARING WEAVES

I know this is somewhat of a gross post, so apologies in advance if you have just eaten or eating. Images such as those included in this post are occurring ever more frequently on my social media feeds. The first time I saw a lady share her experience with mildew, I thought it would be obvious to all how to avoid this happening to their natural hair. I took a step back and thought a little deeper and realised how missed informed long term protective stylers may actually be on this topic.

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So what is mildew? Mildew is a type of mould a class of fungi. In appearance it is a thin dusty coating that grows on upholstery other types of fabric and occasionally walls. Although rare, mildew can be a white in colour, but is more commonly black or grey in appearance. Yep, in this case mildew has the audacity (yes audacity) to grow on your natural hair.

Most would assume that mildew under weaves occurs because the hair is dirty, has not be cleaned for weeks or even months. On the contrary, mildew breeding growing on natural hair is actually the result of not drying natural hair 100% after cleansing. As natural hair is often very dense, tightly packed, air is not able to efficiently circulate through the strands. Mildew can also be a big issue for loced naturals. Ever created a bun on your natural hair straight out of the shower and left it in for a day or days? For a natural with medium density to thick density the hair will still likely be damn right at the centre of your bun. The hair when let down may even start to smell a little musty. If you are not quite relating to that scenario, what about forgetting to take wet laundry out of the washing machine. The clothes starts to have a little pong after a day of being in there. That ladies is the onset of mildew mould culturing as the environment is warm and moist perfect environment for mildew to start growing. Hopefully with the following tips mildew harbouring under your weaves will never be your portion.

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  • Wunmi Akinlagun

    Let’s continue the conversation right here! I would love to hear your thoughts…

  • Jojo

    My goodness. Did she not smell the mildew or even feel the moistness? The only think I would say is she might need an anti-fungal shampoo instead of an anti-bacterial one.

    • Wunmi Akinlagun

      Thank you Jojo, I actually meant Anti-Fungal, so will change this. It’s also 2 different women featured in this post.

  • The Queen

    I like to use baking soda to cleanse my scalp. It also kills fungi which is also a cause of dandruff. I mix the baking soda in my hand with my shampoo and conditioner. I make sure to condition very well afterwards to balance the ph levels. Sweaty scalps in the hot weather can cause that smell as well.