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Hair Extensions/Weave for Beginners

So you're interested in getting a weave, are you? Well welcome to your one-stop-shop for everything hair. First off, lets establish what weaves are. Weaves are synthetic(fake) or remy(real) hair that can be added to your own through a number of different methods, which we will assess later, to add length or body. This is suppose to look natural, therefore, often times it may be expensive because you pay for quality. Both the method and the hair is supposed to help the weave look like your own. So lets dive into this topic head first!
Length and Basic Texture Scale
As weaves have become a more popularized option for many over the past few years, like any other fad, it has its own "slang" or abbreviations for its common terms. To catch you up to speed, lets go over the four major terms. It is necessary to know what these terms mean because they are often used in the process of buying hair.
Virgin Hair - Hair that is cut with the cuticle going in the same direction which allows the hair to not easily tangle. This also means that the hair is in its natural state. No chemicals have been added to it whatsoever. This type of hair can come from any race and is usually more expensive because of the time it takes to grow and because it is found in lesser abundance.
Remy/Remi Hair - Hair that is cut with the cuticle going in the same direction which allows the hair to not easily tangle. BUT, the hair has some chemicals in it. This could mean it has been permed, colored, etc.
Weft - Hair held together with fine threads. This can be done with a machine or by hand. Although machine wefts are more popular (and cheaper), hand wefts are more desirable because they are more natural looking and more durable.
Pre-Bonded Extensions - Hair that is bonded at the ends with a bonding agent. The most common bonding agent is keratin. There are two types of these extensions, U-tipped and I-tipped. U-tipped pre-bonded extensions use heat when applied while I-tipped pre-bonded extensions use special devices that don't require heat.
So now that you know the basics of weave, lets discuss why you SHOULD consider weave.
Reason #1: The Variety.
Weave comes in all different shades and lengths. Also, the hair comes from different types of donors of many different races and ethnicities. Can you instantly grow Indian, European, Brazilian, etc. hair? Didn't think so.
Reason #2: Quick & Easy.
Imagine how long it would take for you to grow your own hair to the length that you want. Now, imagine going to your trusted stylist, sitting in a chair for a few hours or less, and walking out with the length of hair you've always desired. Your choice.
Reason #3: Durable.
It is very possible and very realistic to be able to have your weave in for up to 3 months and depending on how well you maintain it, your weave can still look just as fabulous as it did the day you got it.
Reason #4: Give your natural hair a break!
Blow Drying. Straightening. Curling. Your hair sees a lot of heat through the week-month-year. Give it a rest without sacrificing your good looks. Get weave!
Reason #5: Yourself.
It's YOUR hair. No one else has to wear it. You've been dying to have long hair and you just don't feel like waiting to grow it out. Do what makes YOU happy.
But....I wouldn't be truly helping you unless I carried out the dreaded task of telling you the possible negatives of weave.
- Weave can pull on your scalp. -
Basically, having weave in your head too often can cause pulling of the hair from the scalp.
- Thinning. -
Having weave in your head all the time can damage your hair long term. We're talking about premature balding.
YES, they are few, but they are extreme and scary. Who wants their hair to fall out? But think about if you grew your hair out, cut it in different styles all the time, dyed it, and permed it at your own will. Long term, your hair would still fall out. So don't let the negatives scare you away. Just like everything else in life, weaves are best in moderation. My suggestion is to wait 1-3 months after your previous weave to get a new one. During this period you should wash and condition your hair regularly and try to avoid heat as much as possible.
In this section, we'll talk about the different methods of hair weaving. At the end of this post, i'll post a video of how each method is done so that you can visually see the process. This should make your method choosing a little easier.
Sew-In Method: The hair is braided and with a needle and thread, the weft of hair is literally sewed onto the head via braid. Sounds confusing but it really isn't. Depending on how sensitive you are and how tight your braids are, this can hurt or feel like nothing. If this is your first time having your hair braided, the braids may seem a little tight, which causes pressure. If this happens to you, tell your stylist. It's better to have the problem fixed immediately rather than having to take it all out.
*No pain whatsoever should come from the needle due to it not coming near nor puncturing skin.
Net Weave Sew-In Method: This is the same as the regular sew-in method except a net is sewn over the braids. Net Weaves relieve tension and allow the hair to not swell as much after shampooing. The downside to Net Weaves is that you will be less able to care for your real hair, as the net gets in the way. If you have normal-thick hair, get the regular sew-in. But if you have thinner hair, a Net Weave Sew-In may be in the cards for you as it also adds more coverage.
Hair Bonding Method (better known as the glue-in method): The natural hair is sectioned and the weave is attached to the hair, near the scalp, with a glue. This is usually found to be damaging to the hair and often times, people have allergic reactions to the glue. Nonetheless, this method can last up to 2 months when well maintained.
Fusion Method: The natural hair is sectioned and strand-by-strand, the weave is attached using wax. Fusions usually last 3-6 months and are the most expensive method. With fusions, the bonds are not visible unless you are looking for them. This is the most natural looking weave.
*For the beginners, try the regular Sew-In or the Net Weave Sew-In method first. Some people don't like the Bonding Method but it's fast and easy. My only warning is that it will undoubtedly do damage to your hair. The best method is Fusion. The risk of damage is the same as a sew-in. It's seamless and is extra durable.
So now that you have everything you need to survive in the world of weave, there's nothing left to do but choose the hair and find a stylist. Of course, I am not going to leave you on your own to carry out this task!
Step 1: Assess your own hair.
What's you hair color? What's the texture of your hair? This will all come in to play when choosing your hair.
Step 2: What do you want?
How long do you want your weave to be? Do you want a two-tone weave? You can't choose the right hair for yourself unless you know what you want. Along with colors and length, you should know what kind of hair you want. Hair comes from all different types of ethnicities, you have many to choose from.
Step 3: Don't be scared.
Try new things and try new styles. Your hair is a medium for expressing yourself. Also, don't be scared to buy from online vendors. They have the best hair! But be sure that you're not being scammed.
Below are links to sites that sell hair:

I wish you the best of luck as you embark on your weave journey, have fun!

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