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Invisible Hair Weave

Invisible hair weaving is a relatively new technique used in the world of hair extensions. As the hair extension industry progresses, new techniques are created to produce hairstyles that are more natural and realistic to the eye. From painfully visible wigs and hard hairlines to soft hairlines that could fool even the most trained eye, hair extensions have come a long way.

Invisible hair weaving is an ideal way to install hair extensions because no thread or braids are used to attach the weave to the natural hair, resulting in a weave installation that is smooth to the touch. The wefts used in invisible hair weaving are made of a thin clear strip of polyurethane, and are referred to as skin wefts because they blend in with the scalp. Unlike wefts used for other hair weaving like sew-ins, wefts used for invisible hair weaving have the actual hair extensions incorporated into the weft, creating a natural, from the scalp look.

Application

Skin wefts come with their own bonding tape, no glue or alternative adhesive tape is required unless you would like to use it. Invisible hair weaving is one of the quickest hair extension techniques to use because no time is needed to braid the natural hair. Start by horizontally parting your natural hair where you want to place the skin wefts. Pin up the extra hair and hold one of the skin wefts against your part to measure the length of the weft. If cutting is required, make sure to slowly cut the weft.

Once your weft is cut, remove the protective bonding strip and place the weft 1 cm below your part, making sure to not place it directly on the skin. Lift up the weft and clip the hair extensions out of the way to expose the underside of the weft. Next, remove the bonding strip from another skin weft measuring the same length as the current one, and attach it to your current weft. Squeeze the two wefts together to form a bond and comb the hair from both wefts back into place. Repeat these steps until you have attached your desired amount of skin wefts.

The end result should look clean, flowing and natural. Invisible hair weave installs can last from two to four months with proper care, and the initial process can take one to two hours depending on the experience of the stylist. Skin wefts, glue and bonding tape for invisible hair braiding can be bought at a beauty supply store.

Different kinds of hair weave

Women have different reasons for wearing hair weaves. They may want extra length, volume, or a completely different look for one night. Knowing what you want from a style will help you determine which type of weave to get. You also need to research cost and time to make the best decision.

Function

Women wear hair weaves for a variety of reasons. Some women want longer hair instantly without going through a time-consuming grow-out phase. Others want more volume than their natural hair has. Women whose hair has begun to thin, either due to age or health reasons, may also wear weaves to hide thinning areas. For women who want to try out different hair colors without applying chemicals to their own hair, wearing hair weaves in various colors allows them to experiment.

Types

Hair weaves are made of human hair or synthetic hair. Human hair is donated or sold by women primarily from Asia or India. Synthetic hair is made of plastic.

Human hair can be treated and styled the same way you would treat your own hair. It can be shampooed, conditioned, dyed, heat styled and chemically treated.

Synthetic hair weaves aren’t as versatile as human hair weaves. Synthetic hair should never be heat styled; the heat will melt it. Synthetic hair comes in varying textures and will be worn in the same texture the whole time a woman wears it. If it’s a curly weave, it has to remain curly.

Human hair weaves are more costly than synthetic hair weaves.

Time Frame

Human hair weaves are designed to last longer than synthetic hair. Once a human hair weave is attached to a woman’s head, it can last for up to eight weeks. These types of weaves are normally affixed to braids that are attached to the scalp. Weave wefts are sewn into the braids.

Synthetic hair isn’t made to last as long. This type of weave normally lasts one night to a couple of weeks. It can be attached in a temporary fashion, such as with a clip (clip-in extensions), bonding glue or sewn in.

Considerations

Women need to take care of their hair beneath the weave. This includes regular shampooing, where the focus should be on cleansing the scalp. Weave hair should be combed and brushed daily. You can apply mousse and gel to human hair weaves, but shouldn’t use any products on synthetic hair, whose style is already in place.

Warning

Do not leave a weave in longer than the recommended time frame. Women with curly or oily hair may find that their natural hair begins to mat and tangle if they don’t remove their weave in a timely manner. When using bonding glue to attach extensions, care must be taken when removing. Use products specifically designed to remove glue to prevent any damage to your hair or scalp.

Different kinds of hair weave technique

A hair weave, also known as hair extensions, can give an appearance of fuller, thicker and longer hair. It can be a great way to express yourself by trying different colors or textures. It can also trick many people into believing that it is real hair. Achieving a natural look requires using the correct techniques.

Bonding

Bonding is perhaps the easiest method of hair weaving. The technique lasts one to several weeks, before needing to be removed in order to avoid excessive damage. The bonding process involves using a special hair weaving glue to attach the hair wefts to your real hair which is parted in small sections. Bonding glues come in two colors–black and white. Black colored bonding glue is best for dark colored hair weaves. White bonding glue is best for blond hair weaves. It is best to have the assistance of someone else, because it is difficult to apply bonded wefts to areas that you may not see well such as the back of your head.

When bonding, first part a section of your hair. Next, apply a light coating of the glue to the hair weave weft. Finally, apply the bonded weft to the roots of the hairs on the part. Never place glue on the scalp. Allow the attachment to dry. Using a blow-dryer can help speed the drying process. Removal of the bonding technique should be done in a cautious manner, making sure that you do not pull on your real hair. Use special products, such as bonding glue remover, to remove bonding glue to prevent damage.

Sew-In

A sew-in weave is a great way for your real hair to take a break from the daily styling it endures. It typically lasts up to three months. This technique uses a needle and thread that sews the hair weave wefts into your hair. In order for the technique to be effective, your real hair must be cornrowed–the smaller the cornrows, the flatter the weave. A flatter weave in effect creates a more realistic weave. The needle used for a sew-in comes in two forms–straight and curved. Curved needles are more often used than straight needles because they are easier to use and lessen the risk of poking the scalp while sewing. The thread used for a sew-in weave comes in several neutral colors from black to tan. This thread cannot be substituted with regular sewing thread because regular sewing thread is not as strong as hair weave thread. Your real hair should be maintained underneath the weave, so damage does not occur. The removal process of this technique involves cutting the thread that is attached to the hair wefts and braids. It is helpful to enlist the assistance of someone who can help you prevent cutting your real hair in the process.

Fusion

Fusion is a more expensive technique to apply a hair weave than bonding or sewing. It can last up to four to six months.The technique involves using wax, either hot or cold, to attach a bulk hair weave to your real hair strand by strand. The result is that the wefts appear to be growing out of your own head. Hot fusion uses a heated wax that is used to attach the hair weave. The effect is a natural looking hair weave, however, the hot wax used in hot fusion may harden the attachment point. Because this part of the hair is stiff, it can be difficult to move the hair as freely as you would like. This can create a unnatural appearance in some cases. Cold fusion uses a non heated wax made from a keratin-based polymer. Cold fusion doesn’t stiffen the hair strand as hot fusion does, and gives a more natural appearance. It is also good to use on thin or fragile hair that may have been unable to withstand the heat of hot fusion.