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How many times have you wanted to try out a new hairstyle, but stopped short because you didn’t have any edges? Well, don’t get down, girl. Remember the old saying, “if you can weave it, you can achieve it.”
The most common reasons hair breakage occurs around the hairline is over processing and excessive tension, so you won’t be able to wear a sew-in just yet, but you can definitely rock a quick weave. A quick weave -- if done properly can protect your natural hair, as it gives your edges a break and allows your hair shafts to heal and rejuvenate, which is exactly what you want.
Start out with a clean head of hair. Apply a generous amount of setting lotion over your entire head. Using the basic wrap method, begin to comb your hair around your head in a circular motion. Blow-dry your hair completely.
Apply a stocking cap to your head. The stocking cap will stay on your head throughout the duration of your weave, so it’s best to find one that fits comfortably and is not snug around your hairline.
Place a paper towel on top of the stocking cap. Make sure the paper towel is large enough to cover your entire head. The paper towel acts as a barrier between your hair and the bonding glue, as the glue can easily penetrate through a thin stocking cap.
Apply another stocking cap on top of the paper towel. Again, make sure it fits comfortably.
Starting at the nape of your neck, measure your hair extensions across the bottom portion of your stocking cap from ear-to-ear. Cut off the excess hair.
Apply a thin layer of bonding glue to the weft, or seam, of the hair extension.
Glue the extension onto your stocking cap in the area that you previously measured. Run your index finger across the weft to ensure that the track is secure.
Grab your hair extensions again and measure it across the back of your head approximately an inch above the previous one. Cut off the excess hair and apply a thin layer of glue to the weft. Glue the extension on to the stocking cap.
Repeat this procedure until one-third of your head is covered in hair extensions. Stop gluing the extensions in an ear-to-ear motion and start gluing them in a circular shape, working your way around the front of the cap. Continue this pattern all the way up to the crown of your head. Stop when there is only a dime-sized area remaining.
Cut off a two-inch wide section from your hair extension bundle and apply a thin layer of glue to the weft. Begin to roll the extension in a circular motion. Allow the glue to become tacky. This is called a closure.
Fan the hairs out all the way around the homemade closure. Push inward on the circled-weft until it is flattened. Additionally, you can place the wefted area into a flat iron to flatten it further; however, this is optional, as the bonding glue can damage certain flat iron plates.
Apply a thin layer of bonding glue to the now flattened wefted area and glue the closure into the dime-sized opening at the crown of your head. Allow the glue to dry completely, and style your hair as you like.
Wrap your hair extensions up at night with a silk or satin scarf to maximize the wear time.
Go easy on the bonding glue. A little goes a long way. The more glue you use, the more likely it will penetrate both stocking caps and adhere to your natural hair.