Today, women are enjoying the fun and flexibility that comes with wearing weaves and hair extensions. Now not does a woman have to wait years for her hair to grow out. And, with each passing day, technology is delivering newer and more realistic techniques to provide probably the most natural look possible; within the blink of a watch, a woman can go from a short and sassy,closely cropped style by day to sizzling, shoulder length flowing tresses that would make you look twice at that mirror. How is that this possible? Let’s see.
First, let’s have a look at the various kinds of hair in the marketplace.
Sorts of hair
There are two varieties of hair available on the market today: 100% human hair which incorporates remy and synthetic.
Remy hair is the top of the range product that has the cuticle intact. The cuticle is the outer most layer of the hair that appears somewhat like roof shingles or fish scales. When the cuticle is intact the hair is less likely to tangle and become matted. The cuticle also gives the hair its natural look and soft shine. This product, with proper care, can last up to one year.
Human hair is popular because heated appliances can be used providing versatility in styling.
Synthetic hair will be made from a variety of man made products. Synthetic does not look as natural as human and is well damaged by the sun. Often times, synthetic hair takes on the looks of overly shiny, plastic looking doll’s hair. It doesn’t last so long as remy, but, with care can last several months.
Another drawback to the synthetic product is that cannot have heat applied to it as it is going to melt quickly. The worth therefore, it cheaper than human or remy. The styles therefore, are also limited.
Yaki hair was initially manufactured from the yak (a bovine type animal). Nowadays it refers to hair has been processed to appear to be relaxed or permed Afro-American texture hair.
Indian hair is thin and silky. It is highly processed with color initially stripped then added to again to the tip product. This hair is extremely popular and is chemically processed to are available in various textures and colors.
European hair is often imported from China or other parts of Asia. It is rather silky and usually is available in longer lengths.
Lastly, is a synthetic blend which is a mixture of human and synthetic – approximately 70% synthetic to 30% human hair. After all, not the standard of remy. I’ve noted that this type of hair is less prone to tangle and holds up fairly well with braids when purchased in bulk.
Track (weft) Weaving techniques
Now, after having reviewed the various kinds of hair for extension use, let’s have a look on the methods of how it is attached for the natural look.
Weaves or weft hair is sewn onto tracks. The stylist will cornrow the client’s hair and sew the track onto the cornrow. That is extremely popular. This may occasionally last up to eight weeks depending upon new growth at which time tightening or re-braiding the client’s hair can be done. There is some room for ingenuity depending upon the technique used in sewing. A side part style could be achieved with the braids placed leaving a component on the side, or a pony-tail style can be achieved with the braids placed higher up on the client’s head leaving her own hair out in order to cover the tracks. Weaves can be purchased in any of the above forms of hair.
This technique has many benefits. The client can allow her hair to rest. By avoiding the undo stresses of blow drying, chemicals and relaxers, her own tresses can grow in healthy and strong. It is however imperative to care for the scalp and underlying braids by regularly washing and conditioning. Also, important is that the cornrow not be too tight, nor should the sewn-in hair be too heavy as this can cause hair loss.
Weave hair may also be glued or bonded in. This is probably the least recommended. This is for a very temporary special look for one night or so.
The downside is that the glues could cause allergic reactions in some people. Also, when removing the glue or bonding substance, there’s a tendency to tug some of the client’s hair out. Although there are remover solutions, I know from experience that you can still pull your personal hair out.
Bulk hair is used for braided styles. This comes in human and synthetic. A recent newbie to the market is kinky hair is getting used to deliver the dread look.
For the long, beautiful and intricate braids, such because the goddess, box braids or fish tails there are a lot of techniques whereby the hairdresser incorporates the hair into the client’s hair.Color ranges are almost infinite – I have even seen maroon and blue colored braids. Again, synthetic or human hair maybe used. In either case though, the style will last two to a few months depending upon the new growth.
One major downfall in this that I’ve seen through the years is that most stylists braid the hair too tight! That is why many women experience premature receding hair lines that are often irreversible.
There are numerous products available on the market that will allow care of the hair and scalp resembling braid sprays which usually contain conditioners and softeners, shampoos and moisturizer/conditioner.
This is probably probably the most expensive and time consuming technique because the hair is usually glued strand by strand. However, this probably offers essentially the most versatility. After all, regular shampooing is important in addition to periodic maintenance with the stylist.
These are great for a one night look. The hair is attached to combs or tracks. The wearer simply decides how much, what color and where the clip ons will go.
That is the craze! The stars have been wearing them for years. The look is impeccably realistic and versatile. For real human hair though, they’re prohibitively expensive. But, the look is unforgettable. The lace is applied under the edges of the wig and cut to the person’s head. The result is fabulous
Glue can be utilized or they can be put on and worn without glue. Within the case of using glue however, the wig shouldn’t be worn greater than two weeks.