Weaves that blend in with your Natural Hair
If you are looking for a weave that will blend in with your natural hair, a natural hair weave may be just what you are looking for. Natural hair weaves have been popular not only among ladies with African American hair but have been worn around the world in various forms for decades.
Advances in weaving techniques and hair textures enable you to add instant length to your hair while looking completely natural. The key to getting a natural look when wearing a weave is by selecting a hair texture similar to your own and blending it with the extensions.
It is important to leave a one-inch perimeter of your hair free, If you want to wear a part, leave at least one inch on either side of the part free.
After the extensions are installed, the free areas of your hair can be styled to match the extensions. This results in a seamless blending of the two types of hair.
The length and method of installation are matters of personal preference, and the styles are nearly limitless. Longer lengths offer more styling versatility, but shorter lengths tend to be easier to care for.
When the extensions are installed correctly, you can even wear your hair up without anyone knowing you are wearing a weave.
How to blend straight weaves with your natural hair
For those wanting a sleek and chic look, a straight weave for natural hair is a gorgeous alternative to the curly look. Just like with curly weaves, it is important to leave out just enough of your natural hair so that the hair can blend naturally with the extensions.
Blending natural hair with straight weaves means it is likely that you will need to use a flat iron to get your hair straight enough to blend with the extensions. When choosing this option, be sure to adequately protect the hair before straightening it to minimize the damage that can occur from flat ironing.
Even the best heat protectant is not infallible, so it is important not to straighten your natural hair too often. Another way to get a natural look when using a straight weave to blend in with your natural hair is to choose hair that has a few highlights.
Sometimes the varied colors can help hide where the natural hair meets the extensions. Obviously, the straighter the style you choose, the more challenging it can be to create a smooth transition between the two hair textures.
It is a good idea to try to select a straight hair extension that has the same texture as your flat ironed natural hair.
Sew in Weaves
When you want the beauty of a weave but don’t want to put too much stress on your hair, a sew-in weave can give you the best of both worlds. It is a method where tracks of extensions are sewn onto flat braids.
This type of weave can last for weeks and requires very little maintenance. Since your natural hair will be in corn rows for weeks, it is important to keep up with your regular wash, shampoo, deep condition, and oil routine to keep it healthy and encourage healthy hair growth while you are slaying your install.
When installing the weave, you want to tie them in securely but not so much as to damage the natural hair. Some ladies prefer to have the extensions installed over a sewn in net.
A net allows the hairdresser to install the extensions without putting excess stress onto the braid. This is also an ideal option for those who have alopecia, thin or otherwise extremely fragile natural hair.
Remember that if you choose to use a net, it may be difficult adding oil to the scalp, so extra care will need to be taken to ensure healthy growth of your hair. If you want your look to be even more natural, just use smaller portions of extensions as you get closer to the front of the face.
Doing this creates a more natural shape to the overall look, and the hair will have natural movement.
Natural hair weave styles are as varied as the women who wear them and switching looks can be fun. Shorter styles are perfect for the summer and are ideal for the busy lady on the go.
Longer styles add glamour and more styling versatility. They can also easily go from day to night.
In addition to a variety of lengths, you can also choose a variety of textures. From silky straight to kinky, the styles are nearly endless.
When it is time to have your weave removed, it is a good idea to give your hair and scalp a break. Doing this allows it to rest and recover from the stress of wearing the weave.
It also gives you the opportunity to address any scalp or hair issues that may have developed. It is the ideal time to get a trim, rock a natural hair style and enjoy the freedom of a wash and go.
After several weeks or longer, a new weave can be installed by this time you should have ample new growth. By allowing space in between sew in’s this helps to keep any damaged hair from sustaining further damage and offers a secure foundation for the new weave.
Ladies who are looking to enjoy long hair while growing out their natural hair might want to consider one of the many protective weave styles available. Whether full and curly or sleek and straight, the styles, lengths, and textures to choose from mean you will never get bored with your hair.
Many times, you can even wear your hair up in buns and ponytails. When installed correctly, most weaves can serve as a protective style since the ends of the natural hair are braided into the cornrows.
However, when the hair becomes damaged due to extensions, it is usually because the cornrow foundation was braided too tightly. When this happens, the weight of the extensions and daily styling weaken the hair and can cause breakage or hair loss.
This is why it is so important to make sure your hairdresser is experienced and understands how the cornrows need to be firm enough to securely hold the extensions without being too tight. With the right hairdresser and regular maintenance, you can be confident that whichever protective weave style you choose, you will have beautiful hair for several weeks.
One of the best aspects of having a curly hair weave is you get to choose whichever texture and curl pattern suits you. You can choose a style of weave that matches your hair, or you can opt for a different curl pattern and texture.
Curly weaves are excellent for ladies who want their hair to look natural but love to have the styling versatility longer lengths offer. There are several types of curly weaves on the market.
Peruvian hair is very lightweight and might be suitable for those who want longer hair but don’t want the extra weight put on their natural hair. Indian hair is very easy to maintain and usually has more shine than other types of hair.
Brazilian hair is very popular because it easily blends with different types of black hair and maintenance is pretty simple. If your hair has more than one texture or curl pattern, Brazilian hair might be for you.
With curly hair weaves, you can have the freedom to change your look without the damage of perms and relaxers. Remember that it is a good idea to wait several weeks before having your next weave installed.
Even when installed correctly, weaves can put stress on your scalp and hair, and they need to be given the opportunity to breathe. When you are ready for another weave, just have them installed and enjoy the long and luxurious hair of a curly weave.
Hey Curl Friend, I’m Patrina Haupt the creator and author of Natural Hair Queen. I hope you find my healthy hair care tips helpful in your hair journey. Healthy hair care practices are definitely, what helped me to achieve waist length hair.