There are many different ways to wear hair extensions, each has a different purpose and has advantages and disadvantages. Many people think weaves are limited but with all of the various methods to install and wear extensions, they are anything but! Here are the most popular methods of installing weaves:
Use of special rubber adhesive to attach wefts to your hair. This used to be a common method of adding length, volume and/or color temporarily but the potentially damaging effects of the adhesive have made its use somewhat obsolete. However, the more hair-friendly use of bonding is the quick weave method where the person’s real hair is wrapped and molded around their head, covered with a nylon cap then tracks are glued onto the cap.
The more modern and less damaging alternative to bonding, clip-ins are wefts of different lengths that have wig clips attached which can be clipped into the hair. The clips are removed easily and great for special occasions.
A person’s real hair is cornrowed and the wefted hair is attached to the braids using weaving thread. This style can last up to 12 weeks with proper care and maintenance. Another advantage is that the real hair is protected from styling, manipulation, and the environment which facilitates growth and length retention. You can either braid all of your hair (full) or leave a section out to comb over the tracks to blend in with the extensions (partial).
A variation of the sew-in weave, the net weave also involves braiding the real hair as a base and then a weaving cap or net is sewn to the perimeter braids. Wefted hair is then sewn onto the net but not the real hair. Net weaves have the same advantages as the sew in, but also place less tension and stress on the real hair and are much faster to remove since you only have to detach the perimeter. The trade-off is that net weaves may be less secure than traditional sew ins but they can last anywhere from 8-10 weeks.