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All About Weave 101: The Ultimate Weave Glossary

Everything You Need to Know About Weave

Most times when we get our hair done we trust the hairstylist because they get paid to do hair, right? Right, however just because you’re a hairstylist doesn’t mean you know how to do hair.

That’s why it’s important for customers to have some education on the things they purchase. With this glossary, you no longer have to take someone else’s word. You will be able to follow along when they discuss weave with you.

Below I will give you a detailed glossary of everything you need to know about weave!

Vietnamese Weave

360 Frontal

A 360 frontal covers the entire perimeter of the head. This frontal is the biggest one yet. The installation time gets cut in half since the frontal does most of the work. Once the tracks get sewn to the middle, the style is complete.

The 360 frontal gets sewn down on all parts except on the edges. To prevent the frontal from slipping back, use adhesive glue.

Bundles

A bundle is a commonly used word in the hair industry which describes how wefts come purchased. Typically when purchasing hair, it either comes in a plastic packet with the hair held in place or the weft will be rolled together with a ribbon around it making it look like a bundle of hair.

loose wave bundles hair

Bonding Glue

A bonding glue is what’s needed when you’re gluing tracks onto the scalp or cap. The glue is added along the seam of the track and pressed onto the head while holding in place for about five to six seconds.

You may also want to use a blow dryer to add heat to the tracks to ensure it stays in place or hair spritz.

Bond Protective Shield

A bond protective shield is a product used when a quick weave is being done and protects your hair from any glue damage. There are several ways to install a quick weave, and this is one of them.

Typically after you have washed and dried your hair, you will coat the entire head with the bond protective shield until it gets hard. Using a blow dryer will speed that process up.

got 2 b glue

Braid-in Bundles

The braid-in bundles are exactly what the name says. They are extensions that get installed by braiding into the hair.

Traditional, a weave style will either be glued, threaded or clip-ins. This method requires none of that. It looks just like the normal weft but at the top of the seam, is about four inches of hair that gets braided into your hair, which holds the weft in place.

The hair also doesn’t shed since the loose braiding hair is secured tight on the weft.

Cornrows

A cornrow is a particular style where you are using your hands to gather hair in an upward and or continuous underhand motion that will produce a raised product on the scalp.

This method is the most common style when you’re prepping for a weave or wig. Depending on the weave style will determine which type of cornrow pattern you will need.

coachella cornrows

There are about six main braiding patterns that are most popular:

  • Middle Part with closure
  • Middle part with leave-out
  • Side Part with closure
  • Side Part with leave-out
  • Straight back braid down
  • Vixen

If you’re having someone do your hair, most likely they will choose the braiding pattern that works best for them.

Closure

A closure is typically a 4×4 hairpiece that is added to the top of the hair when doing a weave style. The hair is sewn onto a lace material and gets sewn into place. Because it’s a small hairpiece, you’re only able to part it in one section.

lace closure

Crochet

Crochet is an installation method where the hair comes already styled and goes through a braid using a crochet hook or latch hook tool. This method is by far one of the easiest styles to do and doesn’t take much time at all. This method does require your hair to get braided down.

Clip-in Hair Extensions

A clip-in hair extension is a piece of hair weft that has clips attached to them. The clips will appear to look like mini combs. It’s applied by parting the hair in sections and gliding the comb piece through the hair and snapping it closed.

If you were looking for some quick extensions to have in for a few hours or a couple of days, try clip-ins.

Double Drawn Hair

Double drawn hair determines the thickness or thinness of the weft. A double drawn weft is thick from the seam on down to the ends. This weft is the most popular. Double drawn hair will allow your style to be full as well.

synthetic clip ins

Full Weave

A full weave is when your entire head has extensions in it with none of your hair showing. Most times people get their hair braided, and the hair they are using gets sewn in throughout the braid.

When people are looking for a protective style, they usually turn to a full weave since their hair is covered and will be able to grow underneath.

Full Lace Wigs

A full lace wig is a type of wig that has hair sewn into a lace cap. It’s the most secure natural wig you can find. This type of wig also allows you to create parts on either side of the head and gives room for versatile hairstyles such as high ponytails or buns.

Frontal

A frontal is typically a 13×4 hairpiece that is sewn in across the top of the head from ear to ear. The tip of the frontal is a lace material, which normally gets glued down, so it’s extra secure. This frontal provides the most versatility for styling than the 4×4.

frontal styled

Fusion Hair Extensions

Fusion hair extensions are a method where the extensions are being bonded to the real hair by a square-shaped tip that holds the individual hairs together. Once the hairpiece is around the real hair, a hot or cold melting connector softens the bond.

The stylist would then rub their fingertips around it to mold it in place.

Glue Gun

A glue gun is a hand tool that dispenses hot glue. Although this is a general household item, it’s also commonly used when making a wig.

When using a glue gun, the tracks will be glued and typically added on to a mannequin head for a wig.

glue gun

Hand tied weft

Hand tied weft is another form of how a weft can come. If you were looking for a more natural look, this would be your best catch.

It gets applied closer to the scalp than a machine weft. Because this method is manual, it can be on the pricey side. Hand tied weft also comes cut into sections instead of a long seam. If the seam ever needs to be cut, it must be sealed afterward to keep the weft in place.

Leave Out

A leave out is when most of your hair has weave except only your edges are left out. It’s common for people to leave out the perimeter of the hair or just the front edges. A lot of people suffer from loss of edges due to too much tension around their edges.

Of course, it’s a very sensitive area so you should always want to be careful regardless of the style.

middle part sew in

Lace Frontal Wig

A lace frontal is a wig that has lace material around the crown area. This type of wig gives a very natural hairline appearance. Most times the lace needs to be cut and perfected, so it fits nicely around your head.

Machine Weft

A machine weft is loose sections of hair that go through a triple head sewing machine, which creates a curtain of hair with the seam on top. When having a weave installed, most people use this type of weft. It’s also a cheaper option since a machine is creating the weft.

Cutting weft quick weave

Needle & Thread

A needle and thread are tools used when sewing tracks through a braid, for a sew-in style. The needle is one that’s curved, and the thread is usually nylon. A needle and nylon thread could also be used to secure the loose ends of a braid down before the desired weave style.

Partial Weave

A partial weave is when you have about half of your hair exposed, and the rest is a weave. This style is common when you’re looking to add more volume or length to your hair. Your real hair is still braided just like the full weave just not the whole head.

Typically the braids are placed in the back of the head as well, although depending on the style you can have the braids anywhere.

Hair Extensions

Remy Hair

Remy hair is a type of hair that has all cuticles intact and is running in the same direction. This hair is the highest quality you will find and will give you long-lasting wears since the cuticles are intact. Remy hair is also tangle free.

Single Drawn Hair

Single drawn determines the thickness or thinness of the weft. It has thicker hair at the roots and gradually thins towards the ends. This option gives the ends of the hair a more natural look.

Track

A track is another word for a weft. Because the hair is on a seam, it looks like a track of hair. It’s nothing more than an easier word to use when referring to weave.

Tape In Extensions

Tape extensions are also commonly named the “sandwich” method. These extensions are pre-taped and get taped between your hairs. It doesn’t require any chemicals or tools and can last for several months.

tape in extensions

U-part Wig

A U-part wig is a U-shaped opening on a wig that fits into a U-shaped braided area that allows you to have the option of having a leave out or closure at the top. It’s a more versatile look compared to a traditional wig.

Virgin Hair

Virgin hair is unprocessed human hair. What that means is any dyes, perms, bleaches or harsh washes haven’t altered it. Virgin hair also comes from a single donor. If you’re looking to color or bleach the hair yourself, then virgin hair is what you need.

russian blonde bundles

Vixen Sew-in

A vixen sew-in is a method in which the hair gets divided into four sections.

Within those sections, tracks are sewn in. Typically tracks are sewn all over the head leaving you stuck with one sew in style. With a vixen sew-in, you can style and part your hair how you choose to without any tracks showing. It’s one of the newest and most versatile styles out.

Weft

A weft is a curtain of hair that has a seam at the top, which keeps the hair in place. Whenever you are dealing with weave or wigs, the hair will always come in the form of a weft.

vixen sew in styles

Weaving Cap

A weaving cap is a piece of fabric that covers your entire head and serves as a barrier between your hair, the weft, and glue. You would mostly use this when getting a quick weave style since bonding glue would go on the tracks.

Fully Equipped

You should now know everything there is to know about weaves.

There shouldn’t be any more guessing or hoping your hairstylist is correct on the information they tell you. Before you get your next weave you will now be educated on the types of hair you may be interested in, styles and methods.

The hair industry is changing at a rapid speed so I can only imagine how much this list will change within the next few years. But for now, this should be your ultimate weave glossary!

Tell me in the comment section if you learned anything new about weaves from the list!

About Brit Tea

Brit Tea is an American Author. She has written two books so far and isa copy/content writer as well. She believes words can change the world.

7 thoughts on “All About Weave 101: The Ultimate Weave Glossary

  1. A’aron ruffin says:

    Omg, Can You guys like please make this a pdf lol. This can really help someone who doesn’t know much about hair. Some people are just selling hair and don’t know much about it and this could really help. Like I knew some of the terms like the definitions of wefts and deny was explained in a much easier way that I could understand and now I can explain it to customers and future customers now that I know. A blog post like this is always helpful to ANYONE, Idc if you swear you know everything about hair or you “Went to school” these terms are always helpful to anyway even if you know them there are other ways you can explain them and you can use it as information. Some people are not able to admit they don’t know some things so having stuff like this on your blog that we can access ourselves is helpful. A lot of people sleep on blogs and they think they are pointless but this post is a reason why they are great to have they are informative and even if it ’s not something to learn the topics are always great to have when you are in the field. These definitions are a life saver people often catch me off guard with things when they ask questions I am stuck on how to explain it to them. Not with this article lol nope I can tell them exactly what they need to know.

  2. Keshon Washington says:

    Let me start off by saying Britt Tea did an awesome job with this article. I, myself am new to the hair industry and this is by far one of the best articles/ blogs I have read so far. There is so much detailed information in here, there is no reason not to understand the difference between each type of weaves or accessories. Some of the items mentioned in here, for example, the household glue gun; I didn’t even know people used that for their wigs. I was a bit surprised at a lot of the info given. And for a beginner, this has enlightened me in so many ways! What I also like about this article is that she captioned on the 6 main braiding patterns. That information is new to me as well, like the Vixen! I’ve heard of it but never really knew what it was up until now. Thanks Britt for an awesome article! 🙂

  3. Angelhairboston says:

    This article is amazing! Truly a guide into what hair extensions is all about, and how to go about getting what you need for the style desired. A lot of hairstylists are accustomed to doing certain hair so this article would be great in all shops so they all can be versatile. I am a big fan of the lace frontals but have only had one installed because the person who installed it was unaware of how it was supposed to be done. I am now searching for a good stylist who specializes in installing full lace frontals and closures So that same mistake won’t happen twice. Thank you for the informative article!

    1. Estelle Ahou Goli says:

      hey! how did you get your pic to show?
      just curious

  4. Brittney Worthy says:

    Great Article! Very detailed but easy to understand for someone just coming into the industry. I knew just about everything in the article but when I read the title I instantly got an idea for social media post. I’m doing a different theme every day of the week and this will be my Wednesday. #WeaveWordWednesday.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Nicole Smith says:

    OK….I just so bookmarked this!! I see so many of these words but honestly have never really checked the meanings. So many of these are used so loosely like Virgin or Remy hair and others I thought I knew what they meant but was wrong. Now I know better. Love this. I’m pretty sure I’ll refer back to this a lot. Everyone buying and/or selling extensions should have this to make sure they are using the correct terms in their product descriptions and buyers know what they are buying ahead of time.

  6. Estelle Ahou Goli says:

    Great Article! I feel like this is part of my everyday vocabulary.
    There is definitely more terminology to be added to this list.
    I bookmarked this page for some of my clients who don’t know the difference.

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