Hair extensions offer a variety of options, and quick results. One of the more popular techniques is the weave. Weaving uses wefts of human hair.
Long gone are the days when wearing a weave was a secret. Many women have evolved to flaunting their hair options. The modern woman will be blonde today and brunette tomorrow. She will also be shoulder length today, and ear length tomorrow. Hair extensions offer a variety of options, and quick results. One of the more popular techniques is the weave. Weaving uses wefts of human hair. Human hair comes in every color from platinum blonde to midnight black. It is also available in various textures, such as bone straight and Afro coarse.
Hair wefts are either glued or sewn unto the natural hair. With the sewing technique, the natural hair is braided cornrow style. Traditionally the hair is braided in a circular pattern, starting from the base of the neck up to the top of the crown. Using a weave needle and weave thread the extension wefts are sewn unto the cornrows. A weave needle is longer and thicker than a sewing needle, and is slightly bent at the tip. One must use weave thread, as it is thicker and stronger for hair attachment. Traditional sewing thread is too thin and will not withstand hair product build up.
After the hair is secured, it is then cut and styled. If you desire a style with your hairline exposed, leave about two inches of your natural hair (around hairline) out. Comb this hair back to cover the beginning of the weave. Weaves that are sewn in can last up to four weeks. The hair can be washed while attached to the wearer.
When removing this hair, one must use scissors to cut the thread. One must be careful not to cut the natural hair. The longer the weave is worn, the more imbedded the thread becomes in the natural hair. Though more secure than the glued method, it may also be easier to detect. Smooth sleek styles are difficult to achieve without a bulky scalp. This technique is perfect for textured weave hair, and full bodied styles.
Bonding is another technique for attaching a hair weave. Part the natural hair and apply hair glue to the hair along the scalp. Secure the weft on the natural hair, and press to adhere to the glue. Bonding allows more style options because one can place the hair more precise to styling needs. You may only desire extensions in the back for length. Or you may desire to only fill in certain thin areas of the hair. Bonding is a more appropriate method for these needs. The advantage of the glued technique is the smooth seamless look of the scalp. There is virtually no bulkiness, thus eliminating possible detection.
To obtain any style with a center or side part, bonding is best. It allows you to have a natural part by incorporating your natural hair into the style. One must be careful that their natural hair is the same texture and shade as the weave hair. To obtain a more accurate match when buying weave hair, compare with your natural hair in the sunlight.
Weaves that are bonded require changing more frequently than sewn in weaves. A bonded weave should be removed after a week. It can be removed by breaking the glue bond with mineral oil. The hair must be removed carefully, or it will break off the natural hair.
Sewing and bonding are two basic hair-weaving techniques that allow for various hair options. Both techniques are quick, taking less than an hour. But proper application is essential to whatever style one chooses. Bulkiness or exposed hair tracks will deter from the attention you and your style deserves. So get the look and attention you deserve with a hair weave.