To be honest, weaves have always slightly concerned (and confused) me, thanks to tabloid tales of high profile cases of alleged resultant hair loss and receding hairlines. Plus, the sheer volume of choice that’s out there is somewhat overwhelming to get my head around. From clip-ins to glue guns and tracks to threads, which type of weave is actually best for your hair in the short-term and also the long-term too?
If you’re looking to change your hair length fast, let this be your go-to guide for doing it in the safest and healthiest way possible.
Why Get A Weave?
A weave is a wonderful way to create a new style as it gives you the opportunity to add length to your natural hair, Even more importantly, human hair weaves give your own hair a healthy window to rest, grow out a relaxer and add fullness and body to your hair.”
What Are The Different Types Of Weaves?
Deciding which type of weave is right for you depends on a number of factors: how long you’d like it to last for, the length and amount of volume you’re hoping to achieve, for example. The choice can sometimes be confusing, so if you’re considering a weave anytime soon, here we provided the following as a handy hair how-to to follow:
Sewing: "Hair is cornrowed, then wefts of hair are sewn onto the braided hair."
Strand by strand: "Hair is divided into small sections, each braided an inch or more, with extensions then sewn or wrapped with thread to secure it."
Interlocking: "This is a variation of the sewing technique but without the cornrow. Micro-thin weft is sewn onto your loose hair."
Fusion: "Strands of human hair are attached to sections of your own hair with a keratin-protein bond that matches your hair colour."
Bonding: "Wefts of hair are glued to the shaft of your hair close to the scalp."
What Is The Best Type Of Weave To Get?
The best and safest option is the sewing weave as this method works well with most hair types, stay away from bonding as this can also result in traction alopecia or balding in certain areas of the scalp.
If you’re considering wearing a weave, you need to be aware how important it is to maintain the condition of your natural hair. The better the quality of hair, the more natural it will look. Less is best when it comes to the amount of hair used - many women make the mistake of adding too much.”
How Should You Style And Maintain Your Weave?
We advises the following to make sure your weave stays in optimum condition:
Daily: Moisturise and condition your weave and scalp with a light natural oil like MIZANI Comfiderm Scalp Oil.
Weekly: Weaves need to be cleansed frequently to look fresh.
Monthly: "Visit your stylist every 2 to 4 weeks so he or she can groom and refresh your weave."
How Long Should You Leave Your Weave In For?
The recommended length of time to keep a weave in is two months. Full head weaves and tracks should be touched up every 2 to 4 weeks. You should also leave a 2 to 4 week gap in-between weaves and it’s essential to have conditioning treatments done before, during and after your weave.
What Are The Best Types Of Hair To Use?
There are a number of brands such as Virgin, Remy hair extensions, Brazilian Indian,and Peruvian Hair, These are all reusable and of the highest quality. Temporary brands are not reusable and they do tend to tangle. You can purchase these from local hair shops and online stores.