Don't Be Fooled
I am always looking for new ways to wear my protective hairstyles. Quick weaves are something I have yet to learn about. I usually keep a rotation of three to four different hairstyles that I can wear for a few weeks at a time to give my hair a necessary break. Recently I decided to switch up my protective style rotation and try wearing a quick weave. It is true that the application of the quick weave is, in fact, quicker than having a sew-in installed. Once I took down my quick weave, I realized that what I had done to my hair was not a protective style and that I ended up with more damage than progress. Thankfully, I was able to contact a professional cosmetologist that assisted me in removing the quick weave with minimal damage to my hair. While I'm not discouraging anyone from wearing a quick weave, it's important to fully understand why this styling option is not really a protective style.
What Is a Quick Weave?
If you're not familiar with the style, a quick-weave is hair extensions that are glued onto a wig cap or sometimes, directly onto your natural hair. While a quick weave is a good styling option should you find yourself in a pinch and need something easy; It's not the best option to choose for a protective style or if your hair is already fragile and damaged. To achieve this hairstyle, your stylist will braid down your natural hair or pull it back into a low ponytail using hair gel to set it. The braid down is the step of the styling process that makes many women believe that this style is a protective hairstyle option. After your hair is braided and secured, your hairstylist will put a wig cap on your hair. Securing your wig cap can be achieved with a few different methods. Some stylists will sew the wig around the parameter of your hair. And other stylists will rely on the glue from the next step to secure the wig cap to your hair. After your wig cap is on, your stylist will cut the wefts of your hair extensions to fit a particular section of your head. Your stylist will use hair bonding glue to secure the cut extensions to your wig cap. The cutting and gluing process will continue until the hair extensions cover your entire head. Some hairstylists will choose to leave some of your natural hair out of the wig cap. Leaving your natural hair out is an attempt to blend the extensions so that the hairstyle looks natural. Doing so can lead to heat damage if your hair extensions are straight or curly. Don't be surprised if your stylist chooses to skip using a wig cap. Some stylists glue the hair directly onto your natural hair. Gluing your hair extensions onto your natural hair isn't advised since it makes removal extremely difficult.
Helpful or Hurtful?
Many talented hair stylists can craft beautiful hairstyles from a quick weave. However, it's the process, products, and take-down stress on your hair that disqualifies this hairstyle from being categorized as a protective hairstyle. A protective style is one that allows you to put your natural hair away, such as in braids or a bun and will enable it to rest for a period. Protective hairstyles are designed for extended wear to protect your hair from heat and styling damage. As well as from damaging elements such as the sun, chlorine, and pollution. While the hair extensions on a quick weave cover your hair, the biggest con is the glue on your hair causes significant damage that outweigh any pros of this hairstyle.
During the process of a quick weave, your natural hair is braided. But there is no protective barrier between your natural hair and the bonding glue used to secure the hair extension to the wig cap. Hair glue should never touch your natural hair because of how damaging it is. Once hair glue dries, it's challenging to remove without causing permanent damage to your hair. There are products that you can purchase to help protect your hair from the bonding agent. However, there is no guarantee that you will not suffer breakage or hair loss during the takedown process as I did when I removed my quick weave.
Another caution to wearing a quick weave hairstyle is to make sure that your hair starts and stays dry. Moisture under your weave can cause mildew to grow on your hair. You should refrain from washing your quick weave simply because your hair extensions will loosen. And the shampoo can cause the glue to detach from your wig cap. However, wearing your quick weave for too long will cause your scalp oil and dirt to build upon your hair. In return, this can cause odors and more significant problems further down the line. If you washed your hair before your quick weave was installed or while wearing it, it's crucial that your hair is completely dry. Even before putting on the wig cap or applying the extensions to your hair.
Alternative Protective Styles
If your goal is to wear a protective style that doesn't take a long time to achieve there are other options besides wearing a quick weave. A great protective style shouldn't put your natural hair in jeopardy. After all, it is meant to protect your hair from damage.
Desire to get your hair done in a flash? Wear a wig. Wigs are a great protective hairstyle because they don't require any glue that could take your hair out. Check out Private Label Hair Extensions line of wigs. PLE wigs are 100% human hair that can withstand color, cutting, and heat styling. PLE wigs come in a variety of lengths and textures so that you can rock long straight hair or eye-catching kinks.
Don't sleep on the phony pony! Ponytails are a great alternative to a short-term protective hairstyle. Ponytail extensions are on trend at the moment. You can catch a phony pony on iconic stars like Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez. PLE has a great line of ponytails that are affordable and simple to install and are also great style options to give your hair a break. The best part is that PLE ponytails are ready to wear. You won't need to do any trimming, all you have to do is install and slay!
The More You KnowIt's vital that you do as much research as you can before you decide upon a new hairstyle. The Private Label Extensions blog has excellent articles with current and detailed haircare tips and trends. Don't make the mistake I made and assume that just because a hairstyle is fast that it is also good for your hair. It's crucial that you thoroughly discuss your hair goals with your hairstylist before you book your style appointment. Make sure that the hairstyle will help to propel you toward your goals instead of cause damage.
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Tape-Ins, New Hair Industry RaveThere are many things that you can do with your tape-ins, and there are many things that you cannot do with them while wearing them. Tape-ins are the newest hair extensions in the hair industry, and just like many other types of hair extensions such as wigs, sewn-ready bundles, clip-ins, they all have their do’s and don’ts.
What Are Tape-Ins?
Before getting into the do’s and don’ts, tape-ins hair extensions are pre-cut strips of hair that have adhesive tape at the wefts. They are popular because the application process is concise and there is little to no damage to your natural hair. Use hair industry professionals to apply your tape-ins. With tape-in hair extensions, you can easily replace the worn-out tape and reuse the hair bu reapplying the hair with replacement strips. The replacement tape is 100% medical grade adhesive which is excellent for all hair and scalp types.
To-Do and Not To DoAfter you’ve sought to get your tape-ins in and ready to go out, here are some dos and don’t while wearing tape-ins.
1. Try Not to Brush the Tape of the Tape-InsYou can definitely brush your hair while you are on the go, but be careful not to brush the roots where your tape-ins are. Brush carefully. You don’t want your tape-ins to fall out, or your scalp to get irritated. The bonds in tape-ins cause damage to your hair if not handled properly, so please be careful. Nobody likes pain!
2. Don't Let Your Hair Get MattedWhile you have tape-in extensions in your hair, always remember to take care of your hair extensions and detangle them. Carefully comb through the top area where the tape-in is installed to promote tangle-free hair. Make sure you do this daily to prevent matting. Long-term matted hair is hard to maintain and can potentially damage your hair. Matted hair brings health risks such as leaving unnecessary bacteria in the hair without washing it out. So, please, carefully comb the area where your tape-ins are to prevent matting.
3. Don’t Get Your Hair WetWhen the tape of the tape-ins is continuously getting in contact with liquid products, such as shampoo, it gradually loses its bond. Adequately protect your tape-in extensions when they may potentially be in contact with water. You do not want your tape-ins to fall off while you are on the go.
4. Prevent High Heat from the Tape Portion of the Tape-InsHeat can ruin your hair installation. The specialty of a tape-in hair extension is the fact that you can easily apply the hair with a strip of tape. Remember that high heat is not your friend and your tape-ins can start to loosen out. Heat can reduce the bond to your natural hair. When styling the hair with a curling iron or flat iron, or even a heated hand blow dryer, try to move away from the tape-in area as much as you can. Yes, you can use these hair tools, but to a minimum heat level that will not loosen the tape-ins.
1. You Can Style Your Hair
Just like other human hair extensions, you can definitely style your hair with curling rods, Flexi-rods, curling irons, flat iron, you name it. With a professional hairstylist, you can get a haircut with your tape-in extensions. Tape-ins are there to help blend in with your hair, so styling the tape-ins and your hair will make your next hairstyle look as natural as possible. The possibilities are endless. Just remember not to add too much heat to the hair bond if using an iron to style.
2. Dye Your Hair, Try an Ombre Style!
You can dye your tape-in extensions while you are wearing them. And yes, as long as the tape-ins are 100% Human Hair, they can be colored and styled. Many professionals try to stay away from same-day hair treatments such as the application of coloring or chemical processing. They even recommend clients style their own hair one week before application. If you would like to have a chemical process done to your hair while your tape-ins are in your hair, make sure your natural hair is 100% clean. If coloring hair, I recommend an ombre style of coloring your hair. Ombre styles are fun and stylish and what’s better than one color? Two! I recommend dying, at most, the ⅓ end part of your hair and the tape-ins extensions. With an ombre style, it helps to prevent the tape-in hair extensions tape from losing its bond.
3. You Can Make a PonytailIt is so easy to do hairstyles such as a ponytail. The stylist can strategically part your hair a certain way for you to achieve it! You can create little Bantu knots or large braids. Be mindful of where your tape-ins are in your hair. Sometimes, you can be strategic about where your tape-ins are by placing them in your hair a certain way to achieve elaborate hairstyles.
4. Cover Your Hair at Night
With Tape-In extensions, it is essential to cover your hair when you sleep at night. Covering your hair will help prevent breakage and split ends to not only your hair but the tape-in extensions. Other reasons why it is essential to cover your hair is preventing tangling and frizziness, minimizing hair loss, and having style retention. We all sleep differently, always be mindful of wearing a bonnet or night scarf at night. This will protect the hair from matting and tangling.
Your Tape-Ins are What You Make ItAlways remember that it is essential to take care of your hair extensions in your hair, as well as being strategic about how you handle them on a daily basis. Although very easy to install, the overall maintenance of tape-in extensions is solely upon the decisions you make with them. Have you tried Tape-in extensions? What are you waiting for? Continue reading
Sis! I understand what you're going through trying to decide for any hairstyle can be difficult. However, did you speak to your stylist? If you have been with the same stylist for over a year, then she should know your preference when it comes to hairContinue reading