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How A Quick Weave Isn’t Really a Protective Style

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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 weft quick weave

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 hair stylists 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 in 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.


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 up on 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.


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


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.

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9 thoughts on “How A Quick Weave Isn’t Really a Protective Style

  1. Jade Walker says:

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    A quick weave can be horrible for your natural hair if you do not proceed with proper care and the use of good hair products! In my experience, keeping my natural hair moisturized with a good leave-in conditioner and organic oil mist spray has always had a good result. You have to make sure the quick weave is properly taken out with caution! Hair glue is a factor in natural hair damage and can be prevented by using glue removal products! It never hurts to do your research! Ask the stylist what steps to take when removing the hair weave! YouTube is also a great source! Sadora Paris has a great video on this topic! Your natural hair is just as important as the quality of hair extensions! Protect your hair ladies!

  2. Niesha Jackson says:

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    I’m a hairstylist and I have also had a quick weave before. If your stylist uses a glue protectant, which works amazingly for this service. During removal, all is needed is warm water applied underneath the wig cap and it slides off easily, leaving no glue to very minimal glue left on the hair. Although this step requires an extra 15-30 minutes its worth the not having to deal with the frustration of having damage to your hair from the glue.

  3. Keenya Noble says:

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    I think it all depends on how the quick weave is applied and removed. If there is tension involved where the hair is being pulled or over manipulated, a Quick Weave can definitely be a disaster and cause damage. If the glue is involved, glue should not be touching hair and definitely not used in the area. Regardless of the products that help with removal, as long as the hair is being pulled, there will be some sort of hair damage, especially where glue is applied. The friction alone from the pulling of the extensions away from the hair will cause some sort of breakage whether maximum or minimum. Again, the application and removal are vital to protecting the hair.

  4. Coesha Conaway says:

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    This article actually speaks so much truth into my life. Prior to reading this article I always believed that wearing a quick weave was the perfect alternative solution for a protective style, but after consistent damage and breakage to my hair, I realized this was not the case. Typically, your natural hair is braided down with our without a stocking cap on top. I have had both methods done and although a stocking cap can limit the amount of glue that comes in contact with your natural hair it does not provide complete resistance against the glue. I also believed that with quick weaves you are able to go swimming and get your hair wet as with most protective styles you can( sew-ins, braids, etc), if done so with a quick weave it will leave your hair damp/ moist underneath which can lead to a horrible stench. I have learned from experience definitely stay away from quick weaves. My new go-to style lately has definitely been wigs, YOU JUST SNATCH AND GO. Thank you PLE for this amazing read.

  5. Mecca says:

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    Omg! Yes, I have worn a quick weave, that I have done my self smh… as I have said before I am a So I’m always trying things myself. I set my hair with the gel as mentioned above. And I didn’t let it dry omg it was so bad. I was gluing the tracks on the wet gel and once it was set. It was all connected to my head.. I will also like to mention there are products to apply as a barrier to keep the glue off of hair.

  6. Nathalie W. says:

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    Quick weaves? I heard of it before but I never knew that’s how you apply it? Which is crazy to me because everyone loves to get in and out of the salon chair but still look beautiful which is fine. But to me slow and steady wins the race. I was thinking about trying a quick weave but now I’m actually not after this article. Glue and my hair is not a match for me I’m just glad it’s way more methods besides that one. Will be sticking with my sew-ins and wigs lol thank you for the advice

  7. Shonte Perry says:

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    Quick Weaves can be good protective styles to me it depends on who does it. I was getting quick weaves from stylists and then when it is time to take it down, my hair comes out and the traction on my edges was horrible. I found one stylist and he is the only I trust for quick weaves. One he uses 2 caps first, then applies hair protectant – he doesn’t use gel at all, then glues the extensions down. When I went to wash my extensions out, the cap with the extensions just slid right off and my hair underneath wasn’t dry or brittle. It will help but it’s all about the application used during installs.

  8. Valerie Page says:

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    Whew, chile…the thought of mildew growing under a wig cap is disgusting. Yes…your hair should be fully dried before installing the hair extensions.

    I prefer to cornrow my hair, apply Robert Diamond Bond adhesive and two wigs caps before installing the hair extensions. This method leaves me with minimal damage to my real hair. I also only recommend wearing a quick weave for 3-4 weeks max.

    If you have leave out, try not to damage your hair by flat ironing it too often. I know you want your hair to blend seamlessly, proceed with caution. Too much heat on the hair that’s left out will damage it. Thus not making this a protective style.

  9. Raquellwashington says:

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    I had a quick weave and I absolutely hated it. To me, the entire thing is a waste of time and money. I don’t buy synthetic hair and I never put glue on the tracks or cut them. I like to get a hairstyle that will last. Synthetic weave sheds really bad. I like the option of the ponytail. I really want to get that done. I also like wearing wigs. I think getting them custom made is one of the best options. I have thick hair so sometimes I can’t wear my wig if I wrap my hair I would have to braid it up. It’s also a nice alternative to going to shop and spending hours on a sew-in.

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