If you want to switch up your hairdo, give your natural hair a break from perms and coloring, or if you are a weave diva who wants to branch out and try something new, weaving hair and raw virgin hair with closure is the way to go! Let’s take a close-up and personal look at weaving hair so that you can make an educated and informed choice when making your next purchase.
To Leave Out or Not to Leave Out? That is the question.
First and foremost, you must select whether you want a complete sew-in or if you prefer to leave some of your own hair out to blend with your weave more naturally. Take care with this because it is here that one of the most common blunders in the industry is committed. It’s common for hair that doesn’t match in texture or color to look like a hot mess, unless you prefer that look. There is no doubt that you can perm and color your own hair in order to match your weave, but do you really want to go through the effort of doing so? Some people don’t mind, and that’s fine with them. If you’re going to leave part of your natural hair out, make sure it mixes well with the rest of your hair.
Are you looking for a new hairstyle or a new haircut?
If you’re new to the weaving game, this can be difficult to master. What do you want to achieve: a dramatic transformation with a 20, 22, or 24 inch haircut or a subtle change with an 8–10, or 12-inch haircut?Although personal preference is important, keep the following three considerations in mind: 1) The amount of hair needed will be determined by the length of the weave.If you are unsure of the length, take a ruler or tape measure and measure the distance from the nape of your neck. Of course, it can be trimmed if that is what you prefer. Depending on your personal style, you may be required to put in as much, if not more, effort to maintain your appearance on a daily basis. For a design that allows you to get up and go, anything with some texture would be a good option for you.
A weave does not relieve you of the responsibility of doing anything. Although all hairstyles require some level of upkeep, straight or loose curls are ideal for those who don’t mind curling their hair every morning or setting rollers every night. Alternatively, if you prefer to get up and go, you could prefer something that is curled instead of straight.
What is your financial situation?
Some people are utterly unable to succeed in this area. When you walk into a hair supply store and see that advertisement for human hair at $9.99 for 20 inches by 20 inches, you nearly lose your marbles. It’s the deal of the century, and you want to be a part of it, don’t you? Just a second, is this actual hair or is it a “blend” of hair? That’s true; they’re now blending human and synthetic hair together and calling it a “blend mix” or “Mastermix,” so be cautious while selecting your hairstyle.
The hair bundles behind the counter represent the polar opposite of this. Oh, these must be pretty amazing because they are keeping them secure, don’t you think so? The fact that a bundle of hair costs $89.99, or a bundle of hair costs $129, or even $149.99 (yes, some hair is that expensive-and it’s for one bundle) does not imply that you are receiving the best value for your money.
Here are a few questions to consider, or you may simply conduct your own research. Take advantage of the Internet as a powerful tool by doing the following:
- What is the name of the hair brand?
- How much hair is included in the box or bundle compared to how much I will require?
- What are other people’s opinions on this particular style of hair?
- How long do you expect it?
Keep in mind that just because something is on display behind the counter does not necessarily imply that it is the best deal. Remember that beauty supply stores charge a high markup, whereas internet stores charge a lower markup because they have lower overhead, allowing them to keep their pricing lower. Check the prices, the amount of hair, and even internet reviews before making your final decision. Then compare a few other brands before making your final choice.
You might be thinking, “What’s the big deal?” Hair is just hair, after all. No, not at all. The cuticles of the better grade hair are left intact, resulting in the hair being aligned together and moving in a single direction as a result. This enables the hair to remain longer and appear more natural in appearance. As you might expect, hair with misaligned cuticles has a variety of lengths and textures (especially if there is more than one donor), which all contribute to split ends, frizzing, and tangling of the hair.