what is weave?
FIRSTLY, WHAT EXACTLY IS A WEAVE HAIR?
A weave is another word for hair extensions. Hair extensions are frequently used by women, especially black women the world over. They’re often installed by weaving them into the hair or gluing them to the hair from the track. When a weave is installed correctly, it looks beautiful and very natural.
SO, WHY WE 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, virgin hair weaves to give your own hair a healthy window to rest, grow out a relaxer and add fullness and body to your hair.
Saves time: Weave hair makes it easy to style hair quickly and save time.
The length: Greater hair length can be achieved with extensions that would normally not be possible with natural hair.
To cover up hair loss: Sometimes a weave is worn to cover up bald patches, or even hair loss due to health reasons.
Protection: Hair bundles protect the hair and help it grow and gain thickness.
To give the hair a break: It’s a good idea to give your real hair a break from relaxing and braiding. Hair weaves provide that opportunity.
Hair in transition: When transitioning from relaxed to natural hair, many women start by getting a weave, then allow their natural hair to start growing out.
Social acceptance: Society often portrays a beautiful black woman with long, voluminous hair. Since many female celebrities’ wear weaves, this only reinforces society’s standard, and many conform in order to be accepted.
HOW ARE HAIR WEAVES APPLIED TO YOUR HAIR?
There are various methods used to attach weave hair, included amongst the popular for women are sew-in, glue-in and clip-ins.
Sew-in: One of the safest means of hair attachment; the hair is cornrowed into a braid pattern dependent on your head and chosen a style. Netting may be added on top of the braid to act as a base for the weave, however, this is optional. The weft of hair is then woven with thread on the braids. If you decide to use a lace frontal or closure to bring the style together, these are also attached using the same method, you can use virgin hair weave bundles with closure.
Glue-in: With this approach, special weave glue is lined along with the hair wefts then applied directly to the un-braided scalp. This style can normally last around 2 to 3 weeks, great care must be taken when removing the style. Gluing in your weave is not recommended, it has the potential to cause extensive damage to your hair if not attached and removed with extreme care.
Clip-in: A quick and easy way to add length and body to your hair, best of all it doesn’t require going to a salon. Clip-ins are small clips sewn onto the weft of a hair weave bundle deals. To apply, hair can be braided or left out and sectioned, the clips are then opened and gently aligned onto your roots from left to right, then closed into place.