What type of hair weaves do you do and why?
We work with clients from all ethnic backgrounds and all hair types, using our own systems and techniques. We prefer the weft sewn on to cornrows method because, although it requires more skill to do it properly, it is by far the safest way of adding extensions. Other methods such as bonding glue, mechanically bonded or glued strands can cause extensive damage to your own natural hair. Our techniques require skill and experience. Many of the new hair extension ideas coming on to the market offer simplification in terms of attaching the extension, but at the expense of the condition of the hair.
Can you advise me?
Before you decide to have your weave done we will be pleased to give you a full, FREE consultation to talk through exactly what you are trying to achieve - your likes and dislikes, how you want to style your hair, how you enjoy wearing it. We can then recommend hair type, colour, length, quality, amount and sources.
What type of hair should I use?
There is such a huge variety on the market that we would say whatever fits your pocket. We will work with whatever you can afford. However, having said that we would encourage you to avoid the cheaper end of the market and synthetic hair. Poor quality hair can tangle and matt as well as being more prone to shedding. As with all things you will generally get better quality the more you are prepared to pay.
Much is made of Remy hair and, without going into too much detail here, this can be the perfect hair for extensions. A WARNING: Remy is a term that can mean different things to different manufacturers. Real Remy hair is very expensive and if you are offered Remy hair for £50 it is not going to be what is generally considered Remy hair - virgin, natural, unprocessed hair with cuticles intact and all in one direction. Unprocessed hair with cuticles running in different directions will cause more problems with tangling and matting than cheaper processed hair. Also, although Remy hair is as close to the natural extension as you can get, it is also vulnerable because it is simply hair that has been grown for up to 10 years and has all the wear and tear of that time. Cheaper alternatives can be stronger, thicker and more resilient.
In addition it is important to match the texture and quantity of the hair to your own ethnicity to make sure you get a natural look. Once again we will advise.
What does the price for the weave include?
When we do the weave we will make sure that your hair first has a deep conditioning treatment to ensure that it is in perfect condition before it is "put away". As there is so much variation in weave hair prices that this is not included in the price. In most cases we prefer clients to get their own weave hair simply because how much a person wishes to spend on hair is an individual choice and the huge variations on the market, particularly the internet, mean that we cannot carry the volume of stock that specialist suppliers hold. It is important that you have choice. To be added to the weave price is the styling and that will depend on whether you want a complete re-style or just a trim.
If you are going to leave some of you hair out you may also need to have it relaxed first and this should be included in your budget. See Relaxers.
How much of my own hair should I leave out?
That depends entirely on the style you are looking for and the condition of your own hair. In most cases a full weave with no hair out is the option that is of the most benefit. Why? Simply because most people have weaves for the following reasons:
- They don't want to deal with their own hair because they just don't have the time.
- They have damage caused by home relaxers, straightening irons, colour or similar and need to give the hair a rest to recuperate and grow.
- They have a hair or scalp condition such as alopecia.
If you are weaving your hair simply because you want a quick way to a new style and don't mind dealing with your own hair then by all means choose the option of having some of your own natural hair out. If this is the case bear in mind that it may be necessary to relax the hair first.
My hair is damaged / I have hair loss, can I still have a weave?
In most cases the answer is yes. Weaves are a very good way of allowing the hair to recover from chemical and heat damage in particular. However, there are circumstances when the hair is in such poor condition that to cornrow it would mean putting too much stress on it. We will tell you straight away if we feel this is the case. It is also a solution for localised alopecia, and generally the system we use is suitable for clients who may have quite extensive hair loss.
How long should I keep the weave in?
We would recommend not longer than 8-12 weeks. This is because the cornrows will begin to grow out and the weave will become loose. The weave hair will also begin to lose its freshness. Also it is important for scalp health that it is properly cleansed and this is impeded by the weave hair.
How often should I weave my hair?
It should not be a continual thing. As with all cornrowed or plaited styles there is stress put on the individual hairs and if hair is worn in this way over a long period of time it can result in traction alopecia. This is particularly the case in delicate areas around the hairline, but can occur anywhere on the head.
Is it possible to wash and condition my weave?
Yes you can. In fact it is really important that either you wash it at home or come in to the salon so that we can wash it. Just like your natural hair it will get dirty through the environment and product build-up. Hair and scalp need cleansing to avoid conditions in which bacteria can grow and make the hair smell unpleasant.
To avoid tangling when washing it at home it is better to do it in the shower so that the hair is falling in its natural direction (not over a sink or bath). Use a wide tooth comb or brush to gently comb through the hair while washing it.
How often should I wash and condition my weave?
Once again, just like your own hair. If you go to the gym often or your hair is getting sweaty or dirty in some other way then more often than usual. However, we would not recommend that you wash your weave more than once a week as this can loosen the cornrows. Likewise you should make sure it is washed and conditioned at least once a fortnight to make sure the hair and scalp are properly cleansed and fresh.
Which products should I use with my weave?
A light sheen spray, like Keracare Liquid Sheen, will give shine and gloss without being greasy. This goes for all types of weave. The important thing is not to weigh it down with heavy oils.
What do I do with my weave at night?
As with natural or relaxed hair we recommend that you wrap it in a non-absorbant scarf. We can show you how to wrap your hair if you are not sure of the technique. If you have a weave with curly hair (not always the best option because it is more prone to tangling) it is a good idea to plait it into two pony-tails before wrapping. WARNING: Never sleep with a wet weave. Not only do damp roots make the weave smell but this is the biggest single cause of weave hair matting.
Can I colour my weave?
In theory it should be possible to colour pure, virgin, unprocessed hair. However the reality is, that this hair is extremely expensive and if you don't get the colour you are expecting it will probably be a very expensive experiment. Also, it may be labelled as unprocessed but it has been growing a long time and you can never be sure what has been put on the hair during that period. With standard processed hair the cuticles have been stripped and then the hair is coloured to give a standardised colour. This means that you cannot then re-colour the hair.
Can I swim with my weave?
You can, but after swimming in the pool use a specialist chlorine shampoo like Wella Sun Shampoo. When swimming in he sea always wash sand and salt water out of the hair as soon as you can. Failure to do so will make the weave hair dull, matted and unmamageable. Once again a shampoo like Wella Sun Shampoo coupled with Wella Sun Conditioner will revive salt water dulled hair.
There is no such thing as a get up and go weave. It may be easier to manage than your own hair but still needs time, effort and maintenence to keep it in pristine condition.