So you want to change your hairstyle, but don’t have the time to wait for your natural hair to grow out? Then a weave might be the answer you’re looking for. A weave is an extension of either human or synthetic hair, attached to your own natural hair. There are various styles, textures, colors, etc. that you can choose from, depending on the look you want to achieve, and on the length and structure of your own hair.
By following the tips below, you will be able to discover and achieve the perfect weave for your lifestyle and look.
- Synthetic or human hair, which is right for you?
Most stylists prefer to work with human hair, they believe that synthetic hair just doesn’t look or feel completely natural. Other stylists have the opposite point of view and are convinced that for some looks; synthetic is the way to go. Cost is a factor as well and human hair is much more expensive. For 8 to 10 ounces of human hair, the price ranges from $150 up to $900.
- Texture, color- Oh, the choices….
If you are hoping for a final look that blends the weave with your own hair entirely, then you should choose a texture and color as similar to your own as possible. On the other hand, using textures and colors that compliment or clash with your natural hair will give you a dramatic and unique style. It is important for the weave to flatter your features and complexion also. If you choose a hair color and texture that makes your face and skin look pallid or garish, the most gorgeous hairstyle isn’t even going to be noticed.
When choosing the weft (piece of hair) for your weave, you also have the option of having your stylist custom blend it specifically for you. This means that the stylist will mix and match different textures and colors so that it will blend more fully with your own hair. Combining wavy, curly, and straight sections of different length reduces bulk and creates a much more realistic look.
- After the weave is attached, now what?
Once the weave is attached to your natural hair with glue, stitches, or by braiding, the stylist will cut and style your hair so that the weave does not look as if you are just wearing a wig. Many people have the weave done by a professional weaver, and then go to a different stylist for the finish. Your stylist will provide you with instructions and suggestions for the follow up care of your weave.