Want to look relaxed and fabulous at the same time? Try a hair weave. Just take a look at Beyoncé, Tyra Banks, Gabrielle Union, not to mention Oprah and Kamala Harris. These iconic women know how to bring their A-game to whatever they do and look amazing doing it. And now you can too. The best part is, when done correctly, no one will know your little secret. Here is a quick guide to everything you need to know about getting and maintaining hair weaves.
Why Get a Weave?
A weave is a hair extension where some form of human or synthetic hair is sewn or glued into your natural hair. In addition to all that fabulousness we mentioned earlier, weaves allow you to try a new hairstyle or add length quickly to your existing hair. Plus, they are a way to protect your natural hair temporarily from heat styling or hot weather and give your natural hair a chance to grow out.
Different Types of Weaves
There are different types of weaves to choose from depending on your hair type, what you want to achieve, and your budget.
Sewing: Sewing involves braiding natural hair into cornrows, and then wefts of hair are sewn into the braids. This method looks very natural and is pretty low-maintenance, lasting about two to three months. It is ideal for people with thick and/or coarse hair.
Interlocking: This is similar to the sewing technique, except a micro-thin weft is sewn onto loose hair without the braids. This technique is hard to do, therefore it's pricey, but the results are very comfortable and natural-looking and hair can be reused.
Fusion: In this technique, no braids or wefts are used. Hair is gathered into tiny strands, and extensions are fused onto natural hair with a keratin-protein bond. This method takes a very long time to do and requires a skilled person. It tends to be more expensive for these reasons, but done correctly, it will last the longest, between three and six months. The hair cannot be reused.
Bonding: Wefts of hair are glued onto your natural hair close to the scalp. This method only lasts for a few days. Typically, this technique is not recommended as a long term solution, as it may lead to hair loss or thinning problems.
Properly Maintaining Your Weave (and the hair underneath)
Caring for your weave is essential and will keep you and your weave in top condition. Wash and condition your hair about once a week. Use a tiny drop of light scalp oil for daily maintenance. At night, wrap your hair in a satin scarf. This will not only feel luxurious but will keep your tresses soft, silky, and smooth. And finally, visit your salon every two to four weeks to tighten and refresh the weave and keep your style looking great.
Hair Weaves: Safe or Not?
There are a lot of concerns women have when it comes to weaves and extensions. The good news is that you can avoid all issues with proper care. First, make sure that you have healthy, clean, undamaged hair to begin with. Take care of your weave once you get it, and always change up your style every few months to give your hair a break.
Now that you have all the information, it's time to choose your look! Check out all the beautiful styles available here.
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