All about Hair Weaves

Weaves | Sew-In Weave, Hair Weave, Hair Weaving

There are many methods to apply hair extensions. Weaving is one of the most popular methods to install hair extension, especially among women of color. Hair weaving is relatively non-invasive method of having beautiful hair extension and does not involve any glue or other chemicals for installation or removal of the weave.

machine vs hand tied weftWeft: A weft resembles a continuous curtain of hair, stitched on the top and free flowing in the bottom like natural hair. There are two types of hair wefts (a) machine weft (a) hand-tied weft. Machine wefts are strong and sturdy and do not shed or unravel when cut.  Hand-tied wefts are thinner and finer, but they shed at the ends when the weft is cut. For hand-tied wefts the hair stylist or installer needs to apply glue to the ends where the weft is cut during the installation process. Typically, stylists have their own personal preferences in terms of which type of weft they like to work with. Both types of wefts provide beautiful and natural looking hair extensions.

Weaving Methods: Weaving hair (or hair weft) is installed in two ways (a) sew-in or (b) bonding or glue-in. In the sew-in method, your natural hair is braided along your scalp in cornrows. The braiding direction and style is determined by the stylist based on the final look you desire. Once the braiding is complete, the hair weft is sewn-in to your braided base in such a way that it provides a uniform coverage throughout your head in all direction and blends with your own hair naturally.

sew-in-weaveSew-in: In weaving, first one’s own hair is braided down to the scalp in various patterns. Typically stylists decide the pattern of braiding based on the final look desired. After this step, the extension hair (e.g, Virgin Indian Remy Hair) is sewed in with the braid in such a way that the braids are covered up and the extension hair blends naturally with your own hair.

Bonding or Glue-in: In this method, the wefts are cut in pieces of appropriate width and using special glue, the wefts are glued near the roots of your hair very close the scalp. This type of installation also results in beautiful natural looking hair extensions. However, glue dissolving chemicals are used when the hair needs to be taken down. Some may develop a skin rash or allergy when in contact with certain glues or glue removing chemicals. Hence, one needs to be careful about using this method and test such glue and chemicals in a small area of skin first before using this weaving method. Additionally hair loss may occur with repeated or long term use of bonding weave directly to your scalp and hair.  We recommend that sew-in weaves be used for frequent or long-term uses. 

 

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Buying and Using Weaving Hair: Hair wefts used in weaving are usually sold by weight. Most companies sell hair wefts in 4 Oz (ounce) bundles. Some companies sell them by 3 Oz bundles or custom weight. For a full head of hair extension you will need two to three bundles of hair, depending upon the volume and coverage you desire. Also, since the wefts are sold by weight, longer may require an additional bundle, since the longer hair will hair a shorter weft width. So, if you are going for long hair extensions (18” and above), you may need 3 bundles (approximately 12oz) for full coverage.

You can buy hair wefts in various lengths and textures. Virgin Indian remy hair usually comes in natural black and dark brown shades. Since, Indian virgin hair is natural and unprocessed hair, it is difficult to buy hair wefts that will exactly match the color you like. Sometimes, there may be some color variation between multiple bundles of wefts that you will need. However, when all the hair is installed and blended properly, you will have the most natural looking hair with naturally occurring mixture of multiple subtle shades. That is the look Virgin hair lovers crave for! But if you like a specific color, you can ask your stylist to color Virgin Indian hair to match the color you desire. Genuine virgin remy hair can be dyed easily just like your own natural hair, without problems of tangling and matting. So called “virgin” hair sold in beauty supply stores are actually “non-remy” hair without cuticles and when they are colored, the hair tangles and matts. This is another benefit of spending money on high quality virgin remy hair for hair weaving.