I came across this informative article on different ways to install hair weaves(extensions) . Its from this site. It also lets you know which methods or techiques give a the most natural looking results
Un-Be-Weaveable; A Guide To Hair Weaves
Forget everything you thought you knew about hair weaves and multiply it by some; the options are literally limitless!
Once upon a time, if you wanted to switch things up drastically in the hair department, you bought a wig. Fast forward a few years and things are much more complicated and seem to be getting moreso by the day. Things are constantly changing and developing within the weave world- just when you think you’ve gotten a hold of the most recent piece of weave technology, something better pops up and as great as that is, it means a whole lot of research and work to decide what best suits you.
It’s never a good idea to prioritise how good a weave may look over the health of your actual hair, so how does one find out what’s best for them and their mane? Don’t fret- we’re here to help with a guide to the most popular weaves out there and what they entail;
The invisible parting has been around for some time now, but is still a great option for those who aren’t fond of leaving their hair out whilst weaving. All of your hair remains braided underneath the weave and the parting is created by placing cut pieces of weave onto the part of your hair, one over another, giving the illusion of a natural parting. This works for middle or side partings and is great if you want a weave to look natural, but your hair colour/texture does not match the weave hair you would like to use. It’s also a great protective style, as you avoid heat damage and manipulation. Unfortunately however, they do have a short life expectancy as the parting begins to grow out within about a week or two. Also, this method can be done using glue, which is a big hair no-no.
The controversial Lace Front is very hard to get looking natural. It is a type of wig that’s made with a mesh insert in the front into which individual hairs are hand-tied creating a realistic hairline (…sometimes) and it’s attached with special adhesive creating an illusion that it is the wearer’s own growing hair. Amongst it’s fans are Tyra Banks, Kelly Rowland and Nicki Minaj but it’s a very hit and miss look. It tends to work well on those with larger foreheads because if your forehead is already quite small, a Lace Front will make it look minuscule!
The Lace closure seriously blew up this year and it’s not hard to see why. It requires no hair leave out so is a great protective style and is very low maintenance. The lace closure itself is an oval or circle shaped hair piece made of lace that is attached to a cornrow base and then sewn onto the top of a weave creating a natural looking parting. They can be quite expensive but it’s worth it as they do last some time.
Probably the most common and cost effective weave method, but the most damaging to hair. The Leave out method requires you to leave out some of your own hair at the top of the weave and then straighten it so it blends in with the rest of the hair that isn’t yours. A big part of this method’s popularity is how cheap, easy and (when hair is straightened properly) how natural it looks. A big downside is that if you continuously leave out your hair, the likelihood is that you are applying heat on a regular basis and your hair is more susceptible to breakage and permanent damage.
Stocking cap weave
The stocking cap weave is also known as the ‘quick weave’ due to how fast it is to install. You attach the hair extensions to a stocking cap with glue or it can be sewn to the hair to make it more secure. What’s the difference between a stocking cap weave and a wig you ask? We’re not quite sure to be honest, but one thing is for sure- you cannot go swimming with this hairstyle! This method works especially well for those aiming to achieve bobs and shorter styles, and you can also opt to leave some hair out for a more realistic finish.
The differences between bonded weaves and fusion weaves is that sewn/bonded weaves use tracked hair (hair on a weft) and fusion uses bulk hair (similar to the kind used for braiding). Fusion is free flowing so youre able to style the hair in many different ways, similar to the Malaysian technique described below. Unlike other types of weaves, no matter where you part your hair you won’t see where its added in. The downside is, it’s not the healthiest option for your hair and it’s also pretty pricey. To install it, a glue gun or hair extension fusion iron is used to attach hair extensions close to the roots of the hair in small sections. This creates the illusion that hair is growing directly out of your scalp. There are two methods of bonding the hair extension- cold and hot. Cold bonding is deemed better because it makes the hair more flexible, lasts longer and is gentler on your hair.
Brazilian Knots hair extensions are installed using a strand-by-strand technique. This method originates from Brazil as the name states, but is also known as the Italian knot technique or elastic fusion. Using the strand-by-strand technique creates the versatility of the fusion technique explained above without using potentially harmful substances such as keratin glue. These are expensive to put in but last for a few months at a time and also causes less stress on you hair because it doesn’t use any bonding material- simply elastic thread. This also makes the removing process easy- you just snip off the elastic thread!
Malaysian Weaving Technique
Also known as the braidless sew in weave, the Malaysian technique allows you to wear a very realistic weave which moves naturally. This technique provides undetectable hair weaving without bumps or lumps, itchy scalp and provides flexibility with styling and allows your scalp to breathe. It allows hair to be worn in a higher and tighter ponytail. The technique is basically built upon the same principles as the braided sew in, but without the braids and although expensive, it’s increasing in popularity due to how realistic it looks.
Full Hair Weave
With a full weave none of the natural hair is exposed. You’re able to totally change the colour and texture of your weave without compromising your natural hairs health. It’s similar to the closure weave except a closure piece is not used at the top, rather the weave is closed and no hair is left out. It’s hard to make this look realistic if creating a parting, so this style tends to look better with fringes.
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