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It’s tempting to change your hairstyle as often as you change your mind, but some decisions are harder to undo than others. Fortunately, today’s faux tresses offer fashionable frugalistas a whole bunch of options. Cap weaves using body twists give you the exact length and style you want in a removable, reusable wig that looks like a million dollars without breaking the bank.
Cap Weave Facts
A cap weave is pretty much what it sounds like – a weave attached to a cap instead of to your hair. This assures a better fit than any but the most expensive pre-made wigs. Mesh caps are available at beauty supply stores. You can use the cut-off panty part of pantyhose or tights in a pinch, but it’s best to use a mesh cap specially made to take a weave.
Body Twist Facts
Body twists are thick hanks of hair attached to a fabric strip along the top. The priciest are made from human hair, and the less expensive ones are fully synthetic. One of the most versatile, durable and easy care options is a body twist made of a blend of human and synthetic hair. Body twists come in most colors and in lengths from just a few inches to 18 inches long if you want Rapunzel locks.
Braid your own hair tightly against your head to keep it out of the way. Wrap your head in plastic cling wrap if you’re going to be using glue to keep the glue out of your own hair. Fit the mesh cap tightly over your hair. Start at the bottom and either glue the body twists to the mesh cap or sew them on with a curved needle and upholstery thread. Make sure you don’t poke the needle through the cap and into your braids. Work from the bottom up, until the entire mesh cap is covered with the body twists. Style your new tresses with a flat iron set to 300 to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
Tips and Hints
Get a friend to do the actual attaching for a more even and natural look. Even with several mirrors, it’s hard to get the back of your cap weave done well. If you’re on your own, use a wig stand to hold the mesh cap. Purchase several different lengths of body twists, because the hair on your head is generally not all the same length. Put the longer pieces on top for a sleek, smooth look, or put the shorter ones at your hairline and crown for layers. Choose your color carefully, because you can wash, blow dry and curl body twists, but you can’t color them.