We have all seen it before; a young lady has installed long luxurious bundles curled to perfection. But either the color of the extensions is off or she has multiple hair textures within her style. We can see her tracks and then we all know the hair is not hers.
When wearing extensions, it is essential that the hair looks like it is coming straight from your scalp.
No one should be able to tell where your real hair ends and where your extensions begin. This is why it is so important to blend your leave out.
Keep reading for tips on how to execute a natural looking sew in.
1. Pick The Right Hair
We were able to tell the quality of the weave and how long it would last by the brand and sometimes the price. We always knew if the pack was under a certain amount of money there was no need to stretch the style longer than two weeks because the hair was going to tangle and matte. That would be an indication that you were wearing a weave.
Even now that packaged hair is no longer everyone’s go-to, the same principle still applies. A weave that looks like a bird’s nest is a sign that the hair is most likely not yours. The best way to stop this from happening is to take care of your weave like you would your natural hair.
Be sure to condition it to keep it in a wearable condition and heed any warnings of heat or color damage due to improper styling techniques.
There is always a possibility that you could buy a bad batch of hair. Low-quality hair will leave you with styles that do not last.
2. Make Your Weave Color Cater To Your Leave Out!
For basic sew-ins, we usually leave hair out where we part our hair and our edges. This leave out is essential when creating a natural looking basic sew in because it covers up the starting sequence of weave tracks. When doing a sew in with leave out the color of your leave out and the color of at least your bundle roots need to be the same.
Keep in mind that no one color chart is the same.
The “natural black” 1b can vary between different brands of hair. Even if that variation is slight, it can be the difference between a color match with your leave out and a line of demarcation.
Meaning, if you are not planning on coloring your real hair to match the extensions be sure to do a color match prior purchasing your bundles.
3. Blend Baby Blend!
Pay close attention to the coarseness of your real hair vs. the texture of your bundles! The two need to match.
Try to base your hair weave selection on the texture of your leave out post styling or manipulation.
For example: if you are buying the Private Label Extensions Body Wave hair, do not tightly braid your leave-out to give you the pattern or texture of the Private Label Extensions Deep Wave texture. Actions like this will result in a texture difference. Everyone will immediately be able to spot that your weave and hair texture don’t match.
The concept of blending is the key to looking natural with hair extensions. Blending may be hard for women who are trying to achieve a straighter look and have natural hair. However, you have options!
Hair brands have various textures of straight. If you know your natural hair will fry when trying to blend it with a silky straight weave try something kinkier.
A coarse texture of hair extensions like “kinky-straight” can give you a straight look that you are looking for and provide a seamless match to your leave out.
3B. More Tips For Blending
Tying your hair up at night with a silk scarf can help the process. You can use rollers to stretch your hair and adding barrel curls to the length of your extensions to make the curls uniform.
If you have short hair that fails to blend with your extensions you can add twists or braids to your crown as a decorative element to your style. This will help hide the differences in length.
Adding layers into your installation would have the same camouflage effect. U-parts and lace-fronts are also an option when trying to eliminate the use of leave out altogether.
4. Obtain A Quality Installation
The phrase “I can see your tracks.” is a dreaded phrase to hear amongst weave wearers. An exposed track is a dead giveaway that you are wearing a weave. With this being said, your hair extensions should be installed by someone who knows what they are doing.
When getting a sew-in done make sure that whenever a track is laid, you cannot see the one laid down before it. You should do the same if you are doing your sew-ins yourself.
Also, ensure that you have just enough leave out. You want to leave out enough to cover the tracks, but not too much where the blending is impossible.
A lot of the time this will depend upon the thickness of your hair after manipulation.
There have been times when a friend of mine would say that her stylist misjudged the thickness of her hair. Usually, this would occur when their hair was wet or in its natural state. This resulted in her not having enough leave-out to cover her tracks after it’s straightened. This mistake is a waste of your time and money. You now have to wear a hat or scarf or check for exposed tracks regularly!
This is why it is very important to find a great stylist in your city.
If you use the tips above you are sure to execute a natural look while wearing hair extensions. Leave a comment below sharing any other tips you use to help others achieve the same results!