The Wonder of Hair Weaving

Hair Weaving Basics

Hair weaving can either be done by using bonding glue or it can be done by having your own hair braided into canerows (cornrows) around your head and then the human or synthetic hair wefts are sewn, that is to say, woven into the cornrows.

Some salons call this integration as it’s viewed as integrating the hair weft into your own hair.

It's a fairly straight forward process in itself but there are many variations to the basic process.

Hair Weaving 01Relaxed Afro Straight Hair weave wefts

Do It Yourself
One of the advantages of hair weave is that if you're able to braid your own hair into canerows  (cornrows) then you could ultimately sew-in your own hair weave extensions.

Make a hair weave wig
Not everyone knows how to braid or has the ability to braid (any condition that affects the mobility of hands can prevent someone from being able to braid hair) but that doesn't mean you can't use hair weaves in another way.

You could still make your own wig using a wig cap, glue and hair weave, so if you're unable to braid hair, this might be an option for you.

Hmm, it's also worth mentioning that if you do a bit of looking, you'll find that the majority of wigs are actually made from hair wefts (weaves) even certain types of lace front wigs have wefts at the back.

Try a hair weave ponytail
You can even add length to your own hair by using hair wefts as ponytail attachments, where you tie your own hair into a ponytail and wrap the hair weft around it and pin it into your ponytail along the way using bobby-pins and cover the join with a thick hairband or pretty scarf.

Neat Net Weaves
Another way to attach hair weaving wefts is to use the method known as net weaving, or net-weave. 

This involves the use of a net-cap or just a piece of netting material that is sewn onto the cornrows and the wefts is then sewn onto the net instead of your own hair.

This image shows the netting material sewn onto canerows (cornrows), the hair weave is then sewn directly on to the net and not the braids

Image source: - click to enlarge.

The image above contains a lace closure piece for the parting, which was sewn onto the cornrows

Other types of hair wefts
The world of the woven hair doesn’t stand still and there are now new
tape hair or skin wefts that do not require cornrows and can be placed straight on top of a section of your own hair in a similar way to bonding weave hair.

These weaves are attached using glue so it’s important to remember that if you have hair, then your primary focus is to wear the hair you want without damaging the hair you have and sometimes the removal of these wefts can be more than tricky.

When wearing weft hair extensions it’s important to keep your own hair clean by washing the weave hair on a regular basis as well as ensuring that you have the weave hair removed (which you can do at home) within three months to avoid the hair matting together.

It's not uncommon for folks to wash their weave hair each week with a shampoo for dry or damaged hair and spray the roots with a light water based moisturiser to keep their growth hair underneath healthy.

Who Can Wear Hair Weaving Extensions?

Weave hair extensions are all inclusive so anyone can wear them (providing there is enough growth hair to secure the weft hair extensions), so whatever your growth hair texture, you can find a texture that suits.

Why Hair Weaving Extensions?

Weft hair extensions give you the ability to wear virtually any colour, texture or length of hair without altering your own, the new closure techniques mean that quite often it will be hard for anyone to tell you are wearing weave hair.

Hair weaving extensions can be heat straightened if made from human hair and there are plenty of daily styling weave hair products for glue-in weave hair and sew-in weft hair as well as guides about how to nourish weave hair with oils and how to condition weave hair.

What About Hair Weaving Textures?

Brown wavy hair weftMedium Brown Wavy Hair Weft

Weft hair extensions also come in a range of textures from straight to curly; so whether you’re looking for Afro hair extension weaves or loose wave hair wefts or silky straight weave hair extensions, you'll be sure to find them.

What About Weft Hair Lengths

If you’ve read any of our other articles on hair weaving hair textures, you'll already be a learned fellow and know that lengths range from 8-28 inches.

As a learned friend (love that phrase) you'll also know that longer lengths are available but will require that you search like Jessica Fletcher to find them as they're not in plentiful supply... just look, look and look some more as they're not widely available.

If you're not sure which length to choose, it might be an idea to start from the point of thinking about your final look. If you intend to get your weave hair cut and styled then choose your look based on that final cut.

What About Weft Hair Colours?

Weaves come in all the natural colours that hair comes in as well as vibrant colours like pink, blue, yellow and green.

It's not always easy to know which colours that complement your skin tone so we've put together a hair colour and skin tone guide to help.

So whether it’s a funky look you’re after or a mainstream feel you can be sure to find the colour that suits you.

Hair Weave 01Wavy ombre hair weave wefts

Hair weaving extensions are versatile and widely used, and just like the rest of the hair world, they are available as synthetic hair wefts or for those of you who favour all things human you can easily purchase human hair extensions for weaving too.

Helpful Hints for Hair Human hair weighs more than synthetic hair to be sure to think about the weight of the hair weft on your head as if it’s too heavy it can cause traction damage to your own hair, which is never a good thing.

It takes a long time for the follicles to recover and produce hair again and if the follicles are under strain over a prolonged period of time, they sometimes don't recover.

If you want to keep up to date with the next guide about hair weaving extensions, other types of hair extensions, wigs and hair pieces then join our blog, or check the Hair Extensions Q&A section.

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