The Quick Weave is an Easy Option to Quickly Change Your Hairstyle
A beautifully installed sew-in can turn heads whenever you walk into a room and make you the envy of all the ladies who wish their sew-in is flawless as yours. Most women are prepared to sit in a chair for over three hours (if not more) to get their favorite style. However, there is an option for those of us who need a new style but don’t have three or more hours to dedicate to a sew-in. Quick weaves are a fantastic option for getting the hairstyle you want without having to sacrifice so much of your time. In this article, you will find all the information you need to educate you on what a quick weave is, the benefits of wearing a long quick weave or a short quick weave, and the various styles you can wear if you want a protective style.
What is a Quick Weave?
A quick weave is a process by which you bond hair extensions to your hair or a protective cap. There is also liquid gel products created that you apply to your hair, allow to harden and serve as a barrier between your hair and the glue used to attach the extensions. Another option is to bond hair extensions to a thick weave cap which I prefer because I can take it on and of which is a bonus benefit to a quick weave. We change our minds on a daily basis and wear our hair based on our moods (I know I’m not the only one who does this...right) which makes quick weaves convenient. This process is perfect for quick weave long hairstyles, quick weave bobs, and quick weave short styles. It’s the faster and more affordable option when it comes to installing a weave because you can install it at home. You don’t have to have a license or specialized training to install one. If you are asking “ do quick weaves damage my hair” I can tell you is a licensed hairstylist is a bonus because you have the knowledge and understanding of how to take care of your hair. I will say if you are not comfortable with hair maintenance you may want to have someone else install your quick weave to make sure it looks great. It’s important not to rush the application because if you get glue on your hair, it can cause breakage.
The Pros and Cons of Quick Weaves
The quick weave is the perfect solution for people with busy schedules who desire the look of a traditional sew-in. Although the sew-in technique can be more realistic looking, if you take your time your quick weave can look just as good. Below are some pros and cons to help you decide if this type of weave is for you.
Pros of Quick Weaves
- The cost to get a quick weave installed is cheap.
- It’s faster to complete than the traditional sew-in which makes it perfect for those who don’t feel like waiting in a salon or sitting in the chair for too long.
- If taken care of properly it can last for three to four weeks so that you will get your money’s worth.
- This technique can be great for protective styles.
Cons of Quick Weaves
- If you don’t use a protective seal over your scalp, the glue from the hair extensions can pull your hair out. To prevent hair damage use a protective barrier.
- The adhesive can damage your hair extensions.
- Even though the process is quicker than most other types of sew-ins, it still takes time for each track of the weft to dry before applying the next one. This method requires patience.
- Cutting the wefts will increase the amount of shedding compared to a traditional sew-in.
Preparing Your Hair for a Quick Weave
Before installing your quick weave, I believe it’s important to make sure your hair is clean. Whether your hair is relaxed or natural, you will need to shampoo your hair with Organix shampoo and conditioner (or your favorite brand). Blow-dry or air-dry your hair. Make sure your hair you dry your hair thoroughly because any moisture can cause bacteria to develop. I believe in keeping my hair moisturized, so I pour a quarter-size of Jamaican Black Castor Oil into my palm, rub my hands together and then apply it to my hair. Since I have a twa, I don’t have to use much. Depending on the length of your hair you may need to use more, but because the castor oil is very thick, I suggest you repeat the process I mentioned above until you have applied it to all of the hair strands. It should not look greasy. After using the castor oil, apply a quarter-size of leave-in conditioner to add moisture to your hair which will protect it while it is braided up.
Cutting the Wefts
When cutting your wefts, make sure you measure the back of your head first from ear to ear. This way when you cut your tracks, it will be the proper length to glue to your weave cap. After I cut my wefts, I run my hands through the extension to remove any loose hair strands that may have gotten cut. Some people prefer to let their tracks air dry as the place one after the other. Others prefer to use a blow dryer with the settings on low heat.
How to: Liquid Cap Quick Weave with Leave-out
Part your hair where you will want your leave out to be. Braid the leave-out section, so it does not get in the way as you prepare the rest of your hair. On damp hair, apply the Salon Pro 30 Second Weave Molding Gel to the rest of your hair. Do not use it in the braided section. Comb through your hair to smooth it down. Blow-dry you're with a blow dryer or use wrap strips to keep your hair smooth as it dries and sits under a hooded dryer until your hair is dry. Your next step is to squeeze a small amount of the Weave Wonder Wrap onto an application brush. Apply the liquid barrier all over the hair avoiding the braided section. You can use the blow dryer or sit under a hooded dryer until the wonder wrap is dry. Pull the thicker edge of the cap past your hairline once the wrap is dry and hard. Use the white pencil to outline your leave out because you don’t want to glue any wefts in the area where you're leaving out is.
Glue the Extensions
Measuring the Hair ExtensionsAs you move up to the crown of your head, you want to start measuring your extensions from the edge of your hairline not the edge of the stocking cap. You know how you love your edges to be flawless. Instead of taking the weft of your extensions to the very edge of your hairline, bring it back just a little. This way, you’ll still be able to show off your edges once you have completed your quick weave. Once you get to the top of your head start gluing your tracks in from front to back. In the top don’t use the guide I suggested above because you don’t want to have a lot of space in between your wefts. Glue your wefts in by placing them along the white line on your cap. Make sure your wefts are completely dry once you're close to the mark. Cut off the excess (visible) part of your stocking cap from around your head and leave out. To blend your leave out in with your extensions use your flat iron to smooth your natural hair. Then apply a small amount of oil to the hair on your part. The oil softens the eco-style gel or edge control you will use to lay down your leave out, so it looks smooth. For more on how to style your leave out check out this great article written by Chay Rodriguez -Blending Your Leave Out. Style your extensions, and you are ready to show your hair off to everybody else.
Liquid Cap Quick Weave Without Leave-out and Invisible Part
On damp hair, apply the Salon Pro 30 Second Weave Molding Gel to all of your hair. Comb through your hair with a comb to smooth the hair down. To make sure your part is clean mold down your hair parting your hair where you want your invisible part. Blow-dry your hair with a blow dryer or use wrap strips to keep your hair smooth as it dries and sits under a hooded dryer until your hair is completely dry. Your next step is to squeeze a small amount of the Weave Wonder Wrap onto an application brush. Apply the liquid barrier all over the hair. The best way to apply it is precisely like the molding gel. You can use the blow dryer or sit under a hooded dryer until the wonder wrap is dry.
Set Your Hairline
Once you get your hair is dry put on your stocking cap by pulling the thicker edge of the stocking cap past your hairline. Use your white pencil or some type of marker to place the part of your stocking cap exactly where your part is in your hair. I apply Gorilla Snot to my hairline to hold my stocking cap in place. Apply Gorilla Snot to the left side of your hairline to the top of your ear. Pull your stocking cap to the edge of your hairline and press gently to secure it in place. Use your blow dryer to dry the area.
Repeat this step on the opposite side. Do not cut the band off the front of the stocking cap just yet. I like to make sure it is dry as possible, so I cut mine off at the end of the process. Measure your extension and apply your hair glue to the weft. I have someone help me with this part. I pull my stocking cap down in the back because I will cut the thick band off. Apply your first extension at the nape of your head from edge to edge and smooth the weft down with your finger. Remember the band should be hanging more extended than the extension because it is going to be cut off. Go ahead and grab your blow dryer and run it across the weft to make sure it dries thoroughly to your cap.
Applying the Tracks
As you move up to the crown of your head, you want to start measuring your extensions from the edge of your hairline not the edge of the stocking cap because you are going to cut the excess off. Once you get at the top of your head start gluing your tracks in line with the white line you drew on your cap. Do not cut your stocking cap until you are ready to put in your invisible part wefts. Once you get to this point, cut off the excess (visible) part of your stocking cap from around your head and your part. At this point, you will cut small, like tic-tac small (yes short) wefts to start creating your invisible part. Begin at the edge of your hairline and begin gluing the remaining part of your stocking cap down right alongside your part. By doing this, you are anchoring the last bit of the stocking cap and making sure your part isn’t too wide. As you move up the part with your small wefts, make each one just a bit bigger because you want it to cover the weft below it. Think about it as stacking your wefts. I recommend you stop midway and apply your DIY closure to make sure it is placed to look as realistic as possible and finish applying your small wefts to complete your part.
Quick Weave with a Braided Foundation
To complete a quick weave with a braided base go ahead and create your foundation braids. There isn’t a particular pattern you need to have so I suggest you cornrow your hair straight to the back. Separate hair into three sections and slide down about a quarter of an inch to half an inch before you start your braid. You may need to add synthetic hair to each braid to make sure your braids last longer. Braiding this way reduces tension on your scalp. Braid the rest of your hair making sure they are neat and small. Small braids provide you a smooth foundation, so your quick weave looks flat. Once you complete your braids, put on your stocking cap. Apply for your extensions in the nape the same as in the description for the quick weave with leave out. When you get to the midsection of your head and crown you want to glue your extensions in a circular motion. By installing your extensions this way you are covering the entire head and will only have an open space in the center of the crown of your head which you will cover with a DIY closure. To make your closure cut a weft about an inch long. Apply hair glue to your track and allow it to dry about 5-10 seconds. Begin rolling your weft tightly to create a tight roll. At this point, I like to attach a clip or T-pin through the wefts to keep them all together. I allow it to dry for about five minutes or longer depending on what else I have going on. Once the closure is dry, I fan the hair out around the wefts to create a fan of hair around it. I take my heated flat iron (low temperature) and sandwich the roll between the flat iron. Doing this flattens the wefts out and makes it smooth. Don’t rush through this process because this step isn’t difficult but it can look messy if you don’t take your time.
Quick Weave Hairstyles
One thing I love about quick weaves is that although they are quick, they are not limiting. There are so many quick weave styles to chose from! Let's go over some quick weave hairstyles.
1. Pixie Cut (Quick weave with no part) I know a lot of us can relate to having to make a run to the store right quick! You don’t feel like going through the drama of trying to put on the right outfit to look presentable. I mean all you need to get is some chips, salsa, and drink for Netflix and chill night right? This short hair quick weave pixie cut is a perfect style! Whether you are rocking jeans, sweats, or a formal dress the pixie cut is a definite go-to and protective style. I am in love with@japanstylez_because he slays quick weaves! Check out this beautiful pixie cut he created and styled.
2. Bob (Quick weave with an invisible part) A bob is for the woman who wants to be sassy yet classy! If you want a style that is appropriate for work (military) and play you can create a quick weave bob and style it so many different ways! To get the bob look once you install your extensions, pull all your hair back into a low ponytail and secure with a rubber band. Use the rubber band as a marker for the length you want your bob to be. Pull your ponytail up as you cut it to give you layers in the back.
3. Long hair (Quick weave for longer hair). Okay, I know you love to rock those inches now and then! I do too! I like long hair because it’s fun to play with different textures and colors. Quick weaves give you the versatility to go from long to short or to create a longer protective style with minimal time.
4. Bangs (quick weave bang extensions) If you're looking for a weave hairstyle with bangs, then quick weaves are great for that too. You can even rock a quick weave ponytail with bangs.
Best Hair for a Quick WeaveAs we discussed earlier, the quick weave sew-in technique involves cutting the wefts of the bundle of hair extensions. Cutting the wefts will severely limit the longevity of the hair. I would suggest using a lower-cost bundle as you will probably not have the hairstyle as long as if you decided on a traditional sew-in technique. Our Malaysian Body Wave or Malaysian Straight hair
would be an excellent choice. If you are going to spend top dollar on hair extensions such as the Indian or Vietnamese hair, you might also want to invest in a longer-lasting install.
Quick Weave Tips!
Quick weaves can be your favorite go-to style when installing and taken care of appropriately! One thing to remember to look out for is the type of glue you use and also the protective coating. Other than that, enjoy your beautiful hair and make sure to take it out when it’s ready. Leaving it in longer than it’s supposed to can cause breakage and damage to your real hair. A quick weave is the faster solution to getting the look of the traditional sew-in without spending all your money and time on the resources to install it. Find a professional who knows what they are doing or if you believe you’re savvy enough with your hands, make sure you have all the right materials. Beauty takes time, but it doesn’t have to take all your money!