How to Boil a Weave

Boiling your weave is a quick and easy way to revitalize it. Boil the weave in a saucepan with some olive oil and leave-in conditioner, and allow it to dry. Apply extra conditioner while the weave is drying to give the weave extra shine and moisture.

EditBoiling the Weave
Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil. Place a large saucepan on the cooktop and half fill it with water. Turn the cooktop element on high and wait for the pot to boil. Once the water is boiling, turn the element down to a medium heat so that the water simmers rather than bubbling vigorously.
Put a lid over the saucepan to speed up the boiling process.[1]
Make sure that the pot is clean before pouring in the water.

Mix 1 tsp (5 mL) of olive oil or coconut oil into the water. Gently pour 1 tsp (5 mL) of extra-virgin olive oil into the saucepan. If you decide to use coconut oil, you will need to scoop out 1 tsp (5 g) using a spoon. The oil will sit on top of the water so you will need to use a spoon to mix the oil into the water. Stir the mixture using circular motions. Continue mixing until the large oil bubbles on the surface of the water have broken up.[2]
Avoid substituting olive oil for a processed vegetable cooking oil. Natural and unprocessed oils penetrate the hair cuticles, deeply moisturizing the hair. Natural oils will work well on all weave types (natural and synthetic)[3] If your weave is synthetic, however, it won’t benefit from boiling, and the heat could harm it. If it’s very dirty or damaged, you may need to replace the synthetic weave.

Stir the water and oil gently so you don’t get burnt by any splashes.

Stir in 2 tbsp (30 grams) of a creamy leave-in conditioner. Measure 2 tbsp (30 grams) of your favorite leave-in conditioner into the pot. A creamy conditioner will give the best results as it is more concentrated than liquid conditioners. Stir the leave-in conditioner into the water and oil using gentle circular motions. Keep stirring until the leave-in conditioner has dissolved into the mixture.
If you are using a small pot with less water, use a smaller amount of leave-in conditioner.[4]

Place the weave into the water. Gently drop your weave into the boiling water. Do this carefully so that the boiling water doesn’t splash and burn you. If you have multiple weaves that haven’t been dyed or are the same color, place them in the same saucepan.
If the weave doesn’t submerge by itself, use a spoon to push it down into the water.[5]
If you are boiling weaves that have been dyed, it is best to boil them one at a time to avoid the dye leaking onto the other weaves. As an alternative, you could place each weave in it’s own pot on a separate burner. This would allow you to boil them all at the same time.

If your weave has been dyed and you want it to retain its color, you may want to reconsider boiling it, as this process will likely remove the color.

Leave the hair to boil for 10 minutes. Make sure that the water is lightly boiling. If the water has stopped boiling, turn the heat up. Let the hair boil for 10 minutes before turning off the heat.
The high temperature of the water will soften your weave, making it softer to touch and silkier.

Remove the weave from the water using tongs. Carefully grip the weave with tongs and pull it out from the water. Be careful not to splash yourself as the water will burn you. Place the weave onto a clean, dry towel.[6]
If you have placed multiple weaves into the saucepan, remove them one at a time.

Don’t use a light colored towel if you have boiled a dyed weave, as the color may drip onto your towel and stain it.

EditDrying the Weave
Blot your weave with a towel to remove excess water. Gently press the towel against the weave, but don’t rub the towel against it. Choose a microfiber towel to minimize damage and frizz.
You can also use a clean T-shirt in place of a towel. T-shirts are softer than towels, so they don’t cause damage to hair.

Don’t use a hair dryer on sopping wet hair.

Dry the weave using a blow-dryer for 3 minutes. Lay the hair out straight on the towel. Turn the blow-dryer onto a medium heat and direct the heat over the weave. Hold the blow-dryer about away from the weave. Move the hair dryer up and down the hair. This will help to prevent heat damage from occurring. Dry the hair for about 3 minutes, it should still be slightly damp when you finish.[7]
If you have boiled multiple weaves, dry them individually.

Comb 1 tsp (5 grams) of leave-in conditioner through the hair. Measure approximately 1 tsp (5 grams) of your favorite leave-in conditioner into the palm of your hands. Rub your hands together and then smooth the condition over the whole weave so that it is evenly distributed. Comb the weave from the ends up to the roots, detangling as you work your way up the shaft. Comb as gently as possible to avoid damaging the weave.
A wide-tooth comb is a good option if your weave is tangled.[8]

Hang the weave up to dry. Hang the weave over a drying rack. Avoid using pegs, as these can create kinks in the weave. The drying time will vary depending on how thick your weave is. It will generally take at least 1 day. Leave the weave to dry completely before attaching it to the hair.[9]
A clothes rack or clean dish rack works well for drying weaves.

You will notice the weave feeling much softer and less tangled.

Apply a hair serum if the weave is dry or frizzy. Use a serum to add shine to your weave. Squeeze a few drops of your favorite serum into your hand. Rub your hands together and glide them over the surface of the weave.[10]
Use a natural hair serum to avoid residues building up in your weave.

Curl your weave if it has lost its curl. It is likely that the hair will lose its curl when you boil and dry it. This is an easy fix, simply curl your weave as you normally would in order to restore the curls.[11]
Make sure the hair is completely dry before you use any heat styling tools. Styling your weave while it is wet will damage the strands of hair.

EditThings You’ll Need

Extra-virgin olive oil

Leave-in conditioner




Towel or T-shirt



Hair serum

Boiling your hair can strip any hair dye from your weave. Proceed with caution if you want to keep the hair dye in your weave.

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Today in History for 29th January 2019

Historical Events

1802 – First celebration of Burns night, in honor of poet Robert Burns’s birthday by The Mother Club in Greenock (later realized his actual birthday 25th January)
1943 – New Zealand cruiser Kiwi collides with Japanese submarine I-1 at Guadalcanal
1951 – “Where’s Charley?” opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 56 performances
1966 – Neil Simons, Coleman and Fields’ musical “Sweet Charity” premieres
1989 – Game-winning RBI, official statistic dropped after 9 years of use NY Mets Keith Hernandez is the all-time leader with 129
1991 – Nelson Mandela and Mangosuthu Buthelezi meet after 28 years

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Famous Birthdays

1900 – Marco Tajcevic, composer
1908 – Adam Clayton Powell, (Rep-D-NY, 1945-70)
1926 – Abdus Salam, theoretical physicist
1964 – Andre Reed, NFL wide receiver (Buffalo Bills)
1973 – Jason Schmidt, Lewiston ID, pitcher (Atlanta Braves)
1975 – Hendrik Dreekmann, German tennis star

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Famous Deaths

1824 – Louise of Stolberg-Gedern, Countess of Albany, dies at 71
1995 – Richard Burnell, British rower (Olympic gold 1948), dies at 77
1995 – Chris de Marigny, painter/designer, dies at 52
2002 – Harold Russell, Canadian actor (Best Years of Our Life, Dogtown), dies from a heart attack at 88
2004 – Otto Wilhelm Fischer, Austrian actor (Helden, Ich suche dich), dies of kidney disease at 88
2007 – Barbaro, American thoroughbred racehorse (b. 2003)

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How to Use a Shampoo Bar

A shampoo bar is a solid, eco-friendly alternative to liquid shampoos. They can last for a long time (around 80 washes), and they do not harm the environment since they do not come in plastic containers. In addition, a shampoo bar is a great idea for traveling since they are solid and compact. You can choose a shampoo for any scalp need, including removing oils, helping dandruff, or hydrating the follicles. Simply wet your hair, rub the bar over your scalp, and lather up!

EditWashing Your Hair
Wet your hair in the shower. Rinse your hair in warm water from your shower so it is completely saturated. The wetter your hair is, the easier it is to apply the shampoo.[1]
On average, this should take about 1 to 2 minutes.

Get your shampoo bar slightly wet in the shower. To easily apply the shampoo, it is helpful to lather it up slightly before use. Hold it under the stream of water from the shower head and rub it around in your hands. You can also warm it up in your hands a bit as you get it wet.[2]
Do this for about 10 to 30 seconds.

Rub the shampoo bar directly onto your scalp with gentle pressure. Once the shampoo bar is slightly wet and warm, bring the bar to the top of your head. Rub the shampoo bar back and forth across the top of your head until your hair and scalp are very soapy. If you have very thick hair, you may also need to part your hair down the middle and/or ear-to-ear so you can reach all areas of your scalp.[3]The amount of shampoo you need will depend on your particular hair type. On average, you have enough shampoo when your scalp is very sudsy.

Work the shampoo through your hair after it is lathered up. Once your scalp is covered in a base layer of soapy bubbles, focus on massaging the shampoo into your scalp. The shampoo will move on its own to the ends of your hair. Evenly distribute the product across all of your hair for a thorough clean.[4]For a massaging effect, move your fingertips (but not your nails) back and forth across your scalp as you do this.

If the shampoo bar you are using has essential oils in it, this helps the oils penetrate into your scalp.

Rinse your hair completely. Once your scalp and hair are clean, place your head under the stream of water, and wash out the shampoo bubbles and residue. Continue rinsing your hair until all of the shampoo is removed.This may take a few minutes depending on how thick your hair is.

Use a conditioning bar if you want extra nourishment. Commonly, all you need is a shampoo bar to get soft, silky hair. However, you can also use a conditioning bar in place of liquid conditioner while you’re on the zero-waste lifestyle. To use, rinse your hair, rub the bar onto the middle section of your hair, and distribute the conditioner to your ends. Then, rinse the conditioner out thoroughly.
If you want a more thorough conditioning option, let the conditioner sit on your hair for 1 to 5 minutes.

Do not apply the conditioner to your scalp because it may cause your hair to look and feel greasy.

While you can surely use liquid conditioner if that is what you prefer, conditioning bars work great to soften and strengthen your hair.

EditStoring the Shampoo Bar
Let your shampoo bar dry completely before putting it away. After your shower, place the shampoo bar on a clean towel for 5 to 20 minutes so it can dry completely. If you put the bar away when it is still wet or damp, it will disintegrate over time.[5]
Avoid leaving your shampoo bar in the shower.

You can also place your bar on a small dish or on top of your other cosmetic bottles.

Place your shampoo bar in a reusable tin for long-term storage. Purchase a reusable tin to the size of your shampoo bar. Then, place the dry shampoo bar inside to keep it clean and preserved.[6]
Shampoo bars work great whether you are on a road trip, flying to a vacation getaway, or taking a train across the country.

To prevent the shampoo bar from sticking to the bottom, cut a piece of wax paper to the size of your tin, and place it along the bottom. Then, put your shampoo bar on top.[7]

Wrap your shampoo bar in a plastic baggie as a water-tight option. To preserve your shampoo bar without using a tin, place it inside of a clean plastic bag when the shampoo bar is dry. Then, wrap a rubber band around the top several times to keep out any air. As an alternative to a bag and rubber band, you can also use a resealable bag, such as a Ziploc bag.[8]
Keeping the shampoo bar in a plastic bag seals out any moisture, so your shampoo bar will stay fresh in between uses.

Use your shampoo bar until it runs out. On average, a shampoo bar will last about 80 washes, depending on the frequency of use and your hair type. Since the shampoo bar is all natural, you don’t have to worry about it going bad. Simply use the bar until it disappears!

Your hair may feel slightly waxy after the first few times you use a shampoo bar. This is absolutely normal. Shampoo bars are made from all-natural ingredients, and it takes some time for your hair to adjust if it is used to chemical shampoos. Once your hair dries, your hair will feel soft and lovely![9]
After using a shampoo bar over time, you may not need to wash your hair as often. It is common to go 2 to 4 days without washing your hair.

You can also use a shampoo bar as a body wash, laundry detergent, or hand soap, but it won’t last very long if you use it for all of these things.

EditThings You’ll Need
Shampoo bar


Conditioner bar

Tin or plastic bag

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