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Hair Weave Styles and Natural Hair Growth

 

When looking for hair weave styles to improve up your look, be familiar with the processes involved and how they may affect natural hair growth. Remember effective hair care involves effective planning.



Based on dermatologist, Dr. Susan Taylor, you will find four considerations to caring for this style:

Consideration 1: What sort of hair would you like?

You can find synthetic (plastic) and human hair weave styles. If you need a method that produces your coif to "swing," human hair is the better choice. The synthetic choice can also irritate skin and natural hair. Remember any weave material that may cause friction against your hair cuticles can cause damage over time.


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Also be cautious of the weight of the hair for weaving. Heavy extensions can put added pressure in your natural hair and break it off or cause traction alopecia.

Consideration 2: How are you going to apply the extensions?

Will your extensions be applied in one strand method or in tracks (wefts)?

The single strand method involves having a small group of hair strands, and applying it to the natural hair. This hair is attached by waxes, adhesives, clamping or heat fusion to ensure that the hair to be bonded to your own.

Tracks resemble a curtain that is flowing at the bottom. They can be found in two forms: machine-made and handmade and can be attached with the hair by glues, heat fusion, or sewing.

Consideration 3: Will the brand new hair be braided, bonded or fused?

A braided weave involves tiny cornrows braided in horizontal rows in your scalp. Then the weaved hair is sewn in to the braids with much weaving thread and your natural hair is combed over so there's an all natural blending. However, be aware of traction alopecia, because if the braids are too tight, or if the weave is overweight, your natural hair could be damaged.

Bonded weaves involve the hair being sectioned and bonding glue can be used to add the weave near the scalp. Weaves applied in this manner must be removed carefully or your natural hair can be damaged. Also skin on your scalp can have adverse reactions to the glues or other adhesives. So testing your skin's reaction to these products before styling is recommended.

Fused weaves also involved the hair being sectioned and the extensions are attached using hot wax.

Ending up in a professional before your extensions are applied can be highly recommended.I've seen so many court shows involving botched weaves with the litigant wearing a hat or scarf arguing with her former hair dresser wanting compensation for pain and suffering.

Consideration 4: How are you going to maintain the style?

One important remember that Dr. Brown points out is that when you receive your extensions, treat them as though they were your personal strands. Meaning wash the hair and scalp regularly because your natural hair and weaved hair can become dry and brittle if you don't. Also bacteria can develop on your own hair weave if it's not kept clean. Weave styles have a small life-span so extending them beyond their deadline could mean serious damage.

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