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Aly Phant's Black Elephants Blog

Stop Using Oil Sheen

Black Elephants

You decide that 2014 is the year you break out of your shell. You want to show everyone how glamorous you really are. You ask your weave-wearing friends what they wear. You do the research online to see which weave is going to be your best friend in 2014. You head to the local beauty supply store to make the purchase. You get the weave installed by one of the top hairdressers in your area. You wear the weave until the glamour starts to wear down. You grab your favorite oil sheen to bring back that shine...

After a couple days, your weave goes from looking pretty and shiny to a bird's nest. The hair isn't looking shiny. The hair tangles up badly. 2014 is a bust and you decide to go back into your shell for another year.

If this sounds like something you have experienced, then welcome to the no-more-oil-sheen-on-weave club. So if oil sheen can take that beautiful weave and turn it into a prop from a horror movie, why do they sell it and why did you have a can of it at your house?


Oil sheen is great on human hair, natural or relaxed, that is still on your head. Your hair continues to receive the oils naturally produced from your scalp. But spraying that same oil sheen on the weave will only coat the hair. After a day or two, the oil will act as an adhesive attracting dust and dirt from the air. It will make the hair stick together causing tangling.

Replace that oil sheen with an oil-free shine spray or a liquid leave-in conditioner. Both will give a great shine without the build-up of oil.

Have a blessed week!