Looking to Up Your Weave Game This Year? 6 Worthy Weave Tips for the Perfect Look

Weaves started to gain popularity in the 1950s; many people before that had opted to use wigs. Because of their many merits, weaves have become mainstream beauty additions in the modern society. Weaves are artificial hair extensions that come in many specifications. They add volume, length, texture and even color to hair; further enhancing beauty. Human or synthetic hair weaves are available in the market. An integration of both types are also available.


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There are various methods used by hair technicians to install hair weaves and the most common ones are sewing, interlocking, fusion, bonding and more. Weaves are very common in the black community and people with African or kinky hair. However, weaves are used by all people (no matter their race) to add volume, change texture, add some color, add or reduce length and so on. In fact, this has become a popular method to quickly change hairstyles while preserving your natural hair.

If you are looking to up your weave game this year, there are several things to consider. The method used to install the weave, the type of weave you choose and many more factors will come into play. This article explores all the elements to make sure that you get a weave that will turn heads.

Top weave tips to guide you in the right direction

1. Select the best weave

Choosing the perfect weave will depend on the look you want to achieve. You may be looking for an office look that is fairly conservative or a daring party look, for example. Therefore, consider why you are going for a weave or the occasion you plan to attend. In this regard, you can only customize a look to suit your needs. Consider your face shape, weave length, style, texture and the hair fiber type before you buy.

- You can choose synthetic or human hair. Human hair is more versatile in terms of styling but will cost you more. Quality synthetic hair weave will be easy to maintain but heat styling options may be reduced. Human hair is durable with proper maintenance. Whatever you choose, make sure it is appealing to you.

- Shorter weaves are easier to maintain than longer weaves. Also, if you are not looking for an elaborate look, choosing a color that blends with your natural hair is ideal. You may also consider weaves with color highlights in the appropriate proportion.

- If you are looking for a light weave that is easy to manage, consider Peruvian hair.

- If you want a very thick option, Brazilian hair is a good choice and can be wavy or curly.

- Indian hair is known for its quality but is not as thick as the Brazilian kind.

- If your hair is silky and fine, consider going for Malaysian hair.

- High quality synthetic hair will look just like human hair and choosing what works for you best is key.

- Look at pictures of various weave hairstyles and choose one that can work well with your face shape.


2. Get your weave installed using the right method

There are several methods to implement weaves on your head. Some methods may not give you the best results. In this regard, choose something that will enhance your look without any ill effect.

- The quickest method to add a weave in your hair is through clip-ins. You just clip in the hair extensions horizontally to have instant volume. A hair stylist can guide you on the right number of extensions to use in the pack. You can install them for daily use without any hassle

- The tape-in method is also similar to the clip-in technique highlighted above. However, for this technique, double-sided tape is used to secure the hair on your roots. The extensions are secure after a quick installation.

- The sewn-in method is one of the most popular weave installation technique. First, hair is braided and then needle and thread are used to sew in the weave extensions. This is a great option if you are looking for your weave to last longer. If you do not have thick curly hair, this method may not stay as desired. There is a lot of hair weight involved and this method is ideal for kinky hair types.

- If you want a natural looking weave that lasts long, consider keratin bonding. A heated tool is used to bond the hair strands on the roots. This is one of the most natural-looking option. However, the roots should not be heated because the bond may weaken. To maintain a great look, regular upkeep is needed.


3. Maintain your real hair properly

For some people getting a weave is a license not to think about their natural hair underneath. For your weave to look and feel great, your natural hair must be happy. You must clean and moisturize it with the right hair products. This will keep at bay issues like itching and dandruff. To do this, choose a weave installation style that will give you easy access to your scalp. Then, make sure to maintain your roots often. Weaving can exacerbate scalp problems if proper maintenance is not adhered to. Avoid using too much hair product at once to avoid buildup.


4. Keep heat styling to a minimal

Many people think that because they are wearing a weave, heat styling can be done as desired. Weaves can suffer heat damage as well; reducing their overall appeal. Therefore, know your weave's heat limits. Some weaves should never come into contact with heat at all. Keeping heating to a minimal no matter the type of weave you have is the best way to go.


5. Have a suitable weave maintenance regiment


Weaves must be kept alive through constant upkeep. Every day, condition and moisturize your weave using the most appropriate products. On a weekly basis, you can cleanse your weave to keep it looking sharp. A weave-specific shampoo should be used to avoid tangling. Once a month at least, make sure to visit your stylist for some more care and touch ups.


6. Avoid keeping a weave for more than two months

With proper follow up and maintenance, you should have a perfect weave for about two months. Anything more than that will be pushing it too far. Once your weave is out, avoid installing another one immediately. Give your hair time to breath for about a month or so. You can also consider a different hair style altogether after a weave. This will keep your hair and scalp healthy.

Are there downsides to using weaves?

Using weaves has its fair share of demerits. Using an installation method that involves a lot of pulling can lead to hair breakage and hair loss. This hair loss is commonly known as traction alopecia. When there is sustained pulling for a long time, your hair follicles weaken and can cause permanent damage. The results are evident with receding damaged hairlines. To be safe, make sure that you do not wear weaves for too long. Also, maintain your scalp's health by using the right anti-dandruff remedies. If you already suffer from traction alopecia, see a trichologist (a hair loss expert) for further assistance.

Most common weave terminology

Remy hair - This term denotes and refers to the quality classification of hair extensions. It is a reference to the highest quality of hair used to make a weave. Remy hair has all its cuticles intact making it tangle free. In other terms, it is the the closet thing to human hair and quality therein.

Full weave - When you get your entire head covered with hair extensions, this is a full weave. There will be no section of your natural hair showing. This is awesome for those who are looking for a protective hairdo.

Partial weave
- This means that only a section of your head is covered in weave. Half of your hair could be exposed and this is done to add some volume to your hair.

Leave out - After installing a weave, you can choose to have a few sections left out. This is mainly common in the front part of your head or hairline. This leave out can be used to create a natural look for your desired style and it can also be done to reduce traction alopecia.

Virgin hair - This is a hair weave that has not been chemically treated, dyed or bleached. In this regard, you can get a virgin hair weave and color it yourself. This kind of hair will come from a single donor.

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