Black Hair Weaves

Black hair weaves are very popular and are sometimes called ‘hair extensions’ by women of other ethnic backgrounds.  If you don’t have a lot of time to spend on your hair on a daily basis a hair weave just might be the solution you’re looking for.

There are  many different reasons why you might want to get a weave.

  • To try a different look
  • Try things without affecting your own hair
  • Cut
  • Color
  • Do a lot of heat styling
  • Work in the performing arts?
  • Planning to going on vacation?
  • Save a lot of styling time
  • Maintain a professional look
  • Spend less time on your hair?
  • Heavily involved in athletics?

Depending on the type you get and the hair you use your maintenance can go down significantly.

Black hair weaves tend to stand up better to humidity and hold a style longer than natural hair (not natural kinky but natural as in out of your scalp).

There are a few different methods for attaching synthetic or human hair extensions hair extensions to your own hair. This adds length to your hair, changes the color, textures. There are three main ways weaves are applied to the hair.

Glued In

  • Usually used to add a row or two of hair for color, length or both.

  • Lasts for short period of time like a night out or a weekend getaway.

  • It usually lasts a few days, perhaps up to a week or two depending on your hair and how you take care of it.
  • Not recommended that you use glue if you like to weave your hair regularly.
  • Do not use as your main method if you like to maintain a weave.

 Tip: The glue actually bonds the weave hair to your hair and every time you remove the glue it has a tendency to weaken your hair.

Sewed In

  • The original way of putting in black hair weave.

  • The weave is attached to a braided base.
  • Usually used to completely transform your hair look.
  • The most protective way to add extension hair.

  • Can be done over your full head or partially.

  • Lasts 6-8 weeks with proper care.

  • Best method for regular hair weaving.

 Tip: You might have heard of this thing called “protective styles”. A weave is a great protective style if it is sewn in and is a full head weave.


  • Uses loose hair attached to hair sections with hot wax.
  • Gives the most natural looking effect.
  • Longest lasting, 2-3 months with care.
  • Most expensive weaving option.

Which ever type of weave you decide to get, make sure you use tips and techniques to keep your own hair underneath healthy and strong. Don’t forget to post a picture of your new do in the forums!

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