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How A Quick Weave Isn't Really a Protective Style

How A Quick Weave Isn't Really a Protective Style

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.

cutting hair extensions

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.

Glue in Extensions

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.

Overexposed

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.

Prevent Mildew

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.

Hair product build up

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.

Wigs

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.

Wig with closure

Ponytails

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!

High ponytail

The More You Know

It'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.

Talk Back

Have you ever worn a quick weave? What was your experience? Leave a comment below and share your protective style mishaps. Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @privatelableextensions for more hair inspiration. Continue reading

The Quick Switch Up: Is a Quick Weave Right for You?

The Quick Switch Up: Is a Quick Weave Right for You?

No Longer A Thing of The Past

Before frontals and full lace wigs, when sew-ins were out of range in your budget, a quick weave was your go-to.

While the style was sometimes frowned upon because some people assume every hairstyle consists of cheap hair and the assumption that the glue or bonding products severely damaged your hair, it has made its way back into mainstream beauty.

What Exactly Is A Quick Weave

A quick weave is a bonding method for your hair and hair extensions.

It is the process of gluing weave down to a cap and creating styles that are quick, yet quality and providing the look of a sew-in. Once your hair is molded or braided, depending on the length of hair, you place the cap over your hair, and the styling begins.

Some of the popular quick weave styles are bobs, 27-piece short styles, full curly styles, and long straight hair with bangs. While most people will argue that a quick weave does more damage than good, this isn’t always true. With the advances in the beauty world and new beauty products that come out every day, it’s possible to have a quick weave that will keep your hair protected underneath.

Stylists learn precisely what products to use and how to be sure that the glue and bonding won’t spill beneath the cap and cause severe damage.

How to Know If A Quick Weave Is Right For You

This hairstyle won’t be on every lady's “must-have” list.

But for some, it’s a convenient style that will provide the look and feel of traditional hair extension services and save money at the same time. When deciding if a quick weave should be your next style, there are a few things that you need to take into consideration: What’s your budget when it comes to hair services? How good are you with maintaining quick styles? How healthy is your hair when it comes to products like glue and bonding?

While there are other things to consider, these are critical questions to ask yourself before moving forward. Quick weaves are appealing but they are not for every woman, and it’s okay, to be honest with yourself.

How to know if a quick weave is right for you, keep reading below and if you identify with any descriptions, get ready to book your next appointment.

#1 You enjoy the versatility of hairstyles, but nothing lasts long with you

You love to switch your hair up.

You’re the type of woman who has a bob one day, and within the next week, you have braids. And two days later... you have inched down your back. Versatility is critical and one of the most fun things about hair extensions, but the cost can sometimes burn your pockets, so that’s where the flexibility and price point of a quick weave comes in.

Most quick weaves cost half the price of a sew-in and probably less than that, which is excellent for your constant switch-ups. You don’t like the commitment of having hair sewn in or having to sit down for too long to get a simple style.

A quick weave will be your best friend and go-to hairstyle when making your next appointment with your stylist.

#2 You don’t have much time to dedicate to sitting in the salon chair.

We get it; you’re a woman that’s on the go and spending your whole Saturday afternoon in the salon chair is not your idea of a good time. With most quick weave styles, you’re dedicating no more than an hour in the chair.

#3 You’re a DIY type of person

The great thing about quick weaves is that everyone can do them, no matter your skill level when it comes to doing hair.

All you need are a few items, and you’re able to create the style you want to rock for the next 2-3 weeks. With everything accessible on platforms like Youtube, it’s not a problem to find a quick tutorial that will help you slay your hair within 45 minutes.

#4 You don’t mind the messiness of hair glue.

It’s just glue; it’ll come out with a bit of conditioner and lots of self-care.

If this sounds like you, then a quick weave won’t be a hassle. Most women despise the hairstyle simply because of the mess it makes while you’re doing it and the leftover mess in your hair.

The clumps of glue in your hair can be disheartening when taking your hair down and if you’re not careful, you can do some severe damage.

A few things to take into consideration:

  • Always use conditioner to soften up the glue and to make your hair more comfortable to take down, if you don’t have conditioner, hairspray also works.
  • Don’t get scissor happy and think that cutting the glue out will be an easy fix; you don’t want clumps of glue and clumps of hair.
  • If this sounds like it’ll be too much to handle, then it’s best to stick to your hair or the traditional sew-in. However, if you’re a “no risk, no reward” type of gal, then a quick weave will be a walk in the park for you!

A Quick Weave is Just Right For You

If you’ve identified with one or more things mentioned above, then a quick weave is the right style for you.

There’s nothing wrong with getting the traditional sew-in or even rocking a full lace wig from time to time, but the commitment is sometimes too much. Outside of the dedication and versatility, a quick weave can serve as a protective style and help you take care of your natural hair for weeks at a time.

A quick weave comes in handy when you no longer want to put heat on your hair or when you don’t have the patience or time to deal with your natural hair.

There Are Always So Many Styles to Choose From

It’s like being a kid in a candy store with a quick weave.

You can rock a short style today and have long inches the next day. Depending on the way you glue your cap down, you can turn them into wigs and wear them time and time again, depending on the quality of the hair.

Quick weaves will always be in style.

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