Faith Amour Hair Care

What is a Weave

Posted on: January 5, 2011


What is A Weave?

A hair weave is a very general term used to describe human or artificial hair used to alter one’s natural hair appearance by adding additional hair to their natural hair or by covering the natural hair all together with human or synthetic hair pieces. The highest quality extension hair is human remy hair. Remy hair still possesses the cuticle layer, which is the outermost part of the hair strand; it resembles shingles on a roof. All remy hair has the cuticle layer of the hair flowing in the same direction, flowing the way it would naturally. The cuticle layer is important when concerned with hair tangling, longevity of the use(up to one year), and how well the hair shines. When the cuticle layer is intact and laying flat, the hair is capable of reflecting light, resulting in the hair shining.
Some of the benefits of hair weave are that they can lengthen hair, add volume and/or thickness to fine or thinning hair, and to add fashion colors to natural hair without the damage of chemicals. The process of adding colors to natural hair is usually done with strand by strand extension systems. One type of application is called a sew-in. Weft hair can also be applied by gluing directly to the natural hair using hair glue specifically made for hair weaves. The glue can be easily washed out using a special shampoo/conditioner that will remove the glue without removing the real hair. A special glue remover may also be used.
Extension hair refers to the weave hair being applied strand by strand rather than in long sewn together rows. Strand by strand hair has approximately 50-80 strands attached by keratin tips resembling the end of a shoe string. These can then be attached by bonding directly to the hair or using copper links, which provides the most natural look. The method is the most time consuming though, considering between 100 to 300 individual extensions are applied. The amount of time necessary makes this type of application a more expensive service than other options. Other types of extensions that can be added to the hair include ponytails or ponytail pieces. Just as any wig or wigpiece, the colors for hair to be weaved can range from “realistic” colors, such as red, black, brown and blonde, to other colors such as pink, blue, green and purple.

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