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Hair Weaves: How to do them safely

Hair Weaves

Done Right, Hair Weaves Need Not End in Hair Damage

By guest contributor Yanie Sesay

Hollywood has started toward callingĀ hair weaves free flow hair extensions. The reasoning behind this is simply the fact that extensions have evolved in recent years to a less bulky method.

Unfortunately, many people are unaware that recent improvements in the techniques of hair weaving that have made them very wearable. In the past hair weaves got a bad rap, simply because they weren’t installed properly or because there is a common misconception that they are only for African-Americans. African-Americans actually have the finest hair of all (just simply a lot of it) and had turned to braiding their hair to facilitate growth without excessive maintenance.

A large percentage of extension wearers suffer from male/female patterned hair loss, alopecia, trichotillomania, hormonal hair loss or have recently finished chemotherapy treatments.

To attach the curtain of human hair onto your own hair one must first have a buffer in between so nothing is being attached directly onto your hair. This buffer is synthetic hair; it is used to create the braid only pulling tiny pieces of your own hair into the braid. Now this is where it gets a little more scientific. Everyone’s parting is completely different, due to your head shape, patterns of hair loss and lifestyle. The position of braid installation can even come down to whether or not you wear sunglasses!

Side by side before and after pictures of installation of hair weaves

One thing that must always common denominator is that all the parting must be square! This means that all of the tension points are 100% equal, because the braids are in a rectangle formation. Unfortunately you cannot have 100% tension points with fusion or singles, unless you are measuring a square in between each bundle of hair installed, if so, this process would take days!

Also, with fusions and singles you are using bonds, rubber bands, glues or adhesives! Upon removal, that’s when the most damage is done, as heat, razors, acetone removal solution or extreme pulling must be used to take these out. At this point you’re losing handfuls of hair each time you remove them, not to mention the fact that you are unable to reuse that hair, which isn’t exactly cost-effective.

With free flow extensions, only thread and synthetic hair are used, so upon removal you aren’t losing any extra hair as all a hair stylist has to do is cut out the thread and take out the braid, whilst keeping the curtain of human hair intact. Because of this, many celebrities and avid extension wearers are able to maintain their extensions for decades at a time and still have their hair in excellent condition.

Guest contributor Yanie Sesay is a hair stylist who specializes in installing free flow extensions with Mohair Extensions in Vancouver, BC you can follow her on Twitter and FaceBook.

 





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