I apologize I have been slacking on the post again my schedule is just too crazy. The good thing is I wrote all of the post and scheduled them to upload every month for the rest of the year. Hooray! SO glad to get caught up. I thought I would write about the many weaving and extension techniques on the market today to shed some light on the situation. I know so many of you are confused about the differences in the techniques, and which one is best for you, so I will try to break it down as simple as possible. The market is saturated with so many terms that even I get confused about what is what. The truth is Stylists make up these names as marketing tactics to entice the public to patronize their business. I have clients that come into my salon all the time and ask have you heard of blah blah blah and I say to them what is that? After reading the description of the procedure it is simply the same old techniques, just renamed to sound fancy. Now don't get me wrong the procedure can be tweaked and improved to flow seamlessly, last longer or be safer for the hair, but the premise is still the same. With this in mind, let's talk about the most commonly used techniques in the salon today, broken down into two categories.
Hair weaves vs extensions-
Hair weave and hair extensions are used interchangeably. However, the difference is in the method of attachment. Hair extensions are typically the method of attaching strand to strand, meaning small clusters of hair are attached to the client's own natural hair. The most popular methods are Micro-linking and fusions. Hair extensions do not provide much coverage it only gives length and limited volume to the client's hair. Hair weaves are attached using weft hair, more commonly called tracking. Hair weaves are sewn or even bonded to the client's own natural hair using a weft of hair. Most popular weaves are the sewn-in weave, Malaysian method, net weaving. Hair weaves usually give more volume, coverage as well as add length.
Extensions -Micro-linking, Fusions, Interlock, Shrinkies, microchet- All of these techniques are considered strand to strand procedures, adding small clusters of hair to the client's own hair. Typically for African American women or those who have extra curly hair, these procedures work best with hair that has been relaxed, rather than hair that is all-natural. The attachments are somewhat delicate and should not be pulled excessively trying to blow-dry or straighten. These procedures are implemented by leaving all of the client's hair out, so if you are the type that does not want to bother with your hair, these procedures are not for you. The benefit is more flexibility, being able to pull your hair in a high ponytail, free-flowing smooth and undetectable. Each one of these procedures uses different methods to secure the hair. (consult with your stylist)
Weaves-Sewn In weave, Net Weave, Vixen Weave, Braidless Weave, Bonded Weave, Quick Weave, Malaysian Weave-All of these techniques are created using weft hair. Weaves are used as a protective style and to add volume and length to the hair. All of these methods require sewing the weft to the hair most commonly done by using braids as the foundation. The Braidless Weave, Bonded Weave, Quick Weave, and Malaysian Method are exceptions to the rule. These procedures require no braids and are sewn or bonded directly to the hair using alternate methods. When applying a weave application typically there is little versatility, the weft is in a stationed position.
Hope this will help you in your quest for new techniques. Until Next Month!