I’ve created many styles. The ones I love to create the most are my “Camouflage Weaves” a technique that I’ve focused the last 3 years to perfect. Now, I’ve done many weaves, and over the years, i keep getting better and better! And I don’t just mean the style or outcome.
My work begins at STEP 1: The Shampoo Bowl.
“What products will be best used for this particular guest?” “Is she very active, which may cause sweating in her scalp?” “Does her scalp appear to have existing issues like excessive dry scalp?” So this step is focused on using the correct products to care for your scalp and hair.
STEP 2: Preparing the Hair to be properly fitted underneath.
I have many clients that have transitioned from relaxed hair back to their natural hair texture. They love their hair being chemical free, but they don’t like the maintenance so much, and, with more popular styles like the Short Pixie cuts, they would love to try the look without compromising their natural hair health, nor having to cut it. So I started focusing in on how I can minimize the thickness, and bulky look underneath a short weave. I decided I tried alternative ways to mold their natural hair underneath. I braid my clients with thicker, longer lengths of hair. This eliminates the bulky look, which also allows the weave to lay flatter, and appear natural! Also a braiding eliminates the use of a ton of styling products which can cause your scalp to dry out, lose moisture, and cause ITCHING. So in my opinion, braiding the hair down is my favorite choice. Then, I’m able to moisturize the scalp in preparation for the Weave! The moisturizing, and correct products used is key to combatting the itch.
STEP 3: Protecting your hair for the glue.
We all know this the number 1 problem we see with women who experience hair loss, also known as traction alopecia. If your hair is properly treated, and protected, there will be no thinning/balding hair loss at the time of removal. I love to use the “liquid cap” solution for my weaves. Used correctly, and evenly distributed. it shields your hair from the hair glue entirely. I focus a lot of attention on the perimeter of my client’s head, then I apply it to the rest of their head. This solution takes about 5 minutes to dry.
STEP 4: Track Placement.
The key to the natural illusion, this process depends on the client’s desired look. Some like a softer, more tapered look, so I know I’m not going to use thick tracks especially around the perimeter. Some prefer more volume, so I tend to double the tracks in the crown area. There are so many ways to tailor a look!
STEP 5: Cutting and Molding.
This step is my favorite! Depending on the placement of each track, I can have fun with the molding process! Most women do not like their foreheads exposed, so I remember to mold the weave towards the forehead. This is important to remember. When cutting, we typically like height and volume at the crown area, and a bit of length toward the forehead. Also, remembering to take in consideration the face and head shape of my guests, the objective is to even out the face and head shape. I believe everyone can wear the same style, it just has to be shaped and molded correctly so that it’s flattering to each individual. And lastly, Styling, pretty simple! If your cut and mold is done correctly, your styling will be easy! It will come out perfectly! The styling products are optional. If my guests like soft, simple styles that they’re able to run their fingers through and restyle, I do not use a lot of holding spray, gels, and other things like that. On the other hand, some clients do not like for their hair to move at all. In that case, I use extra firm hold spray, and a sheen to give their hair a polished shine.
And here you have it!
These are just a few pointers on how I achieve my very natural looking camouflage weaves!
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