April 1, 2019
What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word “weave”? Better yet, what’s the first thing you believe to be true about weaving?
As a stylist, weaving has been my area of expertise. The extensions industry makes billions of dollars each year. This particular area of beauty allows the stylist to be as creative as they like, and gives the consumer what I like to call their desired “look of illusion”. My focus has always been to provide customers with a look that is believable, not readily identified as a weave, also while properly preparing their natural hair for their weaving process. I’d like to include some basic tips that any woman wearing, or considering to wear a weave should always take into consideration.
- It’s vital to understand first, that weaves should be worn for pleasure, and not out of a need. Currently, we are experiencing more women wearing weaves due to untreated scalp conditions, and poor hair maintenance. We should understand that scalp conditions that go untreated risk turning into permanent balding. A professionally licensed stylist would also recommend that you NOT pursue the option of wearing extensions if your hair or scalp is not yet strong enough to withstand the process, whether it be a sewn weave or bonded(glued) weave. Both options can do more harm than good if the foundation in which it is being applied has not been properly cared for. This is serious business, so weigh your options, A healthy scalp and head of hair, vs a lifetime of embarrassment due to improper treatment.
- Consult with your stylist 1 month before your install appointment. This is the time to ask all concerning questions, and receive an educated, experienced answer to all of your extension needs. Doing so in advance gives you and your stylist time to prepare, and to execute!
- Choosing the right extensions for your desired look. With so many options available to you as a consumer, it can be pretty intimidating if you are not adequately prepared to go shopping for you extensions. I always recommend that you take a good amount of time to browse around online at style images that you desire. This is good way to get ideas as to how you’re wanting your hair to look. Pinterest being one of my favorite websites to browse really cute style ideas would be a great way to introduce yourself to the many options that are available to you! Once you have made your selection, it’s time to consult with your stylist! If your stylist is experienced in the art of extensions, he/she would be able to guide you to the best supply stores, that carry the best brands that will be perfect for your inspired look.
- Proper weave installation and removal does not harm your hair. Once you have found your style, and consulted with your stylist, and purchased your extensions, it is time for your appointment! It’s is important that you understand that the process of weaving, done by a professionally licensed stylist, this service takes time. You should prepare yourself and your day to commit to being in the salon at least a total of 3 ½ hours for a weaving process. This time varies depending on the style desired. Also, all weave jobs are to be done on a freshly shampooed and conditioned scalp. All of my services are provided on a protective base. No weaving service should be done directly onto the scalp without the proper precautions. I require all of my clients to return to the salon in order to have their extensions removed. As the stylist that installed the extensions, he/she should also be the only person to remove them. We know (better than the customer) exactly how we placed each extension. We know the exact products that were used to create the look the customer has asked for, so a great stylist is going to recommend you returning to the salon for the removal.
- Maintenance of your weave and scalp is essential while wearing it. Be sure to return to your follow up appointments in between the install and the time frame for which the extensions should be removed. It’s a good practice to ask your stylist before leaving the salon, “when should I return for a maintenance appointment?” at this Maintenance appointment, your stylist should be checking your scalp to ensure that there is no product buildup, no scalp abrasions, etc. maintaining a clean scalp helps to produce healthy hair, and scalps is always the goal.
- Do not exceed the recommended time for extensions. EXTENSIONS ARE NOT TO BE WORN MORE THAN 60 DAYS, AND EVEN THEN, IM PUSHING THE ENVELOPE. Because there is no better way to remove impurities from the hair and scalp, by deep cleansing. When extensions are kept in too long, it makes the removal process unbearable for both you and the stylist doing the removal. Also, given the normal everyday activities, the scalp/skin produces its own natural oils, along with sweat, and a host of other impurities that can clog the pores, and cause matting of the hair. I understand that we want a style that is going to be convenient for our everyday duties, but we must be mindful of the health of OUR hair underneath the styles we enjoy.
The creativity is endless when it comes to the art of extensions. I would advise anyone looking to try them to take these 6 steps, and apply them to your particular hair journey! Ask questions, and do your research when seeking a stylist to perform this service.
I hope this was as informative for you as it was enjoyable for me to write and share my expertise!
-Brittney Thomas Beauty