With A-list celebrities like Zendaya, Rihanna, Kylie Jenner and Tyra Banks regularly switching up their looks with something they call weaves, you’re likely to have become curious about the term. While they have very recently become mainstream, extensions and weaves have long been a part of the entertainment industry as well as among regular people.
Let’s take a look into the world of weaves and discover everything they have to offer you!
The History of Weaves
The first instances of a weave installation actually come from more than 5000 years ago. Around 3400 BC, people started dyeing sheep wool or human hair as the earliest form of hair extensions. These were attached using beeswax or resin.
Since then, hair extensions have evolved to look extremely natural, and are attached by a number of different methods, including sew-in, tape-in, microbead extensions and more.
The Difference between a Weave and a Wig
While often confused as one and the same thing, weaves and wigs are two completely different things.
Unlike a wig, which is merely a net cap with hair sewed or glued on it, a weave is sewn directly into your natural hair. A full-cap wig may fully cover the hair, which can make the head feel hot and prevents your natural hair from breathing.
Wigs are usually taken off at the end of the day and allow you to completely change your hair color or length for a temporary amount of time. However, if you require something a little more permanent, a weave may be the right choice for you! A standard weave is meant to last at least a month.
Different Types of Weaves
Considering the many types of weaves available today, making the right choice is no easy task. Here’s a little something to make it a little easier for you:
Your natural hair is sectioned into tiny portions, braided up to an inch and extensions tied or sewed to the end with string.
The best kind of weave, sewed in weaves work well with most hair types and prevent traction alopecia. Your cosmetologist will tie a tiny bit of your hair into cornrows and then sew the hair extensions into your natural hair.
Using a keratin-protein bond matching your natural hair color, human hair extensions are attached to your hair.
Unlike the sewing method, the interlocking method sews tiny amounts of hair into loose hair instead of into cornrows.
Your cosmetologist uses special glue to glue strands of hair to your scalp. This method is typically not recommended as it can cause traction alopecia or balding.
Why Do People Wear Weaves?
From aesthetic reasons to health issues, there are a number of reasons why women all over the world wear weaves! Weaves can protect your natural hair from heat damage, allowing it to grow out stronger and healthier. It can be used to cover up genetic baldness, or baldness due to cancer treatments.
On the other hand, weaves are also easier to manage, very versatile and can take short hair to long without having to wait for months to grow it out! There are so many reasons why you might want to opt for an installation too!
But when all is said and done, most women opt for hair extensions and weaves just because they want to, and we’re not going to be stopping them when they look so fabulous in them!
With a 20-year experience in the cosmetology world, Lisa gives all her clients’ hair the individual attention it deserves! Reach out to Hair Weaves and Extensions at 410-744-4900 for details and appointments.