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No matter how hard you try, sometimes you can’t grow your hair as long as you hoped or achieve the texture you want. Sometimes when you can’t grow it, you can buy it -- thanks to hair weaves. Different weaving methods exist to attach the weave hair to your existing hair. One option is the quick weave or rubber band weaving method. Not only does this method not require braiding prior to application, it also can help your hair lie very flat, which makes your weave appear like it’s your own hair.
Prepping Your Hair
Any time you put a weave in, you want to make sure your hair is in the cleanest and healthiest condition it can be. That means you should start by shampooing and conditioning your hair. Comb your hair out as thoroughly as possible and create a horizontal part on the back of your hair, just a little higher than you would like your weave to rest on your hair. You may want to hold a section of hair on the part that helps to ensure it sits in the right place before using the rubber bands. Use a clip or ponytail holder to lift the top portion of hair away from the bottom to provide easy access.
The rubber bands for this type of hair weaving aren’t those industrial-sized ones you use to hold office supplies together. Instead, they are smaller, tighter rubber bands much like those that go on a person’s braces that are about the diameter of a dime. Divide your hair under the separated section into small, thin bundles no bigger than the size of your pinkie. Put a rubber band around each section, getting it close, but not too close, to your roots. Continue to apply rubber bands around your head. If one feels too tight, remove it and start over.
The rubber bands you’ve set up will act as an anchor for your hair weave. By taking a weaving needle and thread, you can use stitches to attach the weave hair to your natural hair. This can get tricky, especially on the back of your head, and may require a friend’s assistance to get the job done. Continue to sew the weave to the rubber-banded sections of your hair until you have fully attached the weave to your hair. Release the top portion of your hair and blend using styling tools so the new hair is indistinguishable from your hair.
While rubber band hair weaving doesn’t cause as much trauma to your scalp as traditional braided weaves, it can still cause damage if you aren’t careful. Pulling on your hair can lead to damaged hair follicles that leave bald spots you definitely do not want on your head. While it can be tempting to leave a weave in for as long as possible, you shouldn’t try to extend it past the 12-week mark. This is because it’s too tough to keep your scalp clean while you have the weave on your hair. If your scalp starts itching and won’t stop even when you apply soothing oils, this can be a sign it’s time to take your weave out.