Well, there seem to be many different techniques of installing a hair weave, with a new one popping up every other day. Hence, it can definitely get a little confusing about exactly which one you should be using to ensure no damage to your hair and a perfect fit.
Worry not, though, as we will be walking you through a fairly simple way of installing a hair weave, step by step.
Step 1: Parting your hair
Once you have figured out the amount of hair you’re going to need and the hairstyle you want to achieve, you need to start by parting your hair. You should part the hair exactly where you want to add the weave. However, if you’re not sure where you should be adding the weave, you need to consider what you want to achieve using it.
If you’re looking to get more length and volume, you should probably be going from temple to temple or simply from the top of your left ear to the top of your right ear.
A couple other things to keep in mind here include:
- It’s essential to keep this line as even as possible, and comb your hair above the line and clip it.
- Then, you need to create a very thin line just below where you have created the parting. This will be your “cornrow”, which you will be using as the anchor for sewing the weave. You need to hold this part using a ponytail holder.
Step 2: Cornrow braiding
Now you need to grab three equal but extremely small amounts of hair from your cornrow. You should be holding one in your right hand and another in your left hand, and the last one in either your right or left hand, whichever feels more comfortable.
Then, you need to start braiding by crossing the hair in your right hand underneath the hair that’s in the center. You need to do the same with the hair in your left hand (do note that the hair that was in your right hand would now be in the center).
You need to keep repeating this process, while also picking up additional hair from above and below the cornrow to form a continuous braid. Also, it’s up to you whether you want to add hair to the center or either of the sections you’re holding in your right and left hand, but just make sure you’re consistent with it.
You would want to make your cornrow as tight as possible without causing any pain. Finally, once you’re done braiding all sectioned hair into a cornrow, you can secure it using a rubber band.
Step 3: Sewing the hair
For sewing your hair, you will need a curved needle and an extension thread which is around 48 inches long. You need to put it through the curved needle, and make sure they are equal on both sides and then tie the ends, allowing you to work with a double thread.
The needle needs to be put through the unfolded edge of the weft, and you will be ready to start stitching. To make the first stitch, you just need to put the needle through your cornrow and bring it up so that it points towards you.
Step 4: Attaching the weave
To attach the weave to the cornrow, you need to insert the needle into the front part of the weave and below the track (two tracks if you’re using a folded weave), and hold the weave up so that it covers the cornrow.
Then repeat the sewing step mentioned above, so that it leaves a loop. Put the needle back through the loop, from where you did the last stitch, and pull the thread through it firmly so that the weave is attached to the cornrow securely. You can continue the sewing along the part line till the stitches get perfectly neat.
Step 5: Ending the row
When you reach a point where the end of the weave is just one stitch away, you need to put the needle through its front, without going under the cornrow. Another two to three stitches will be needed to hold the folded ends together.
Then, you need to make a knot by putting the needle through one of these stitches and creating a loop. You may want to knot the ends twice or thrice just to ensure some extra security.
Some Useful Tips:
- While braiding, you shouldn’t grab too much hair from your cornrow area, because it may make the braid bulkier, untidy and difficult to attach the weave neatly
- Ensure the cornrow isn’t too thick, or you would have problems keeping the hair completely dry
- If you’re looking to achieve extra volume or thickness, you may want to work with folded weft
Using a curved needle is highly preferred over a straight needle, as it makes the process significantly easier and effective