How to Put in Hair Weaves

Frequently changing your look is one way to stay fashionable and current with changing styles. Hair extensions are a fashion accessory that women use to update and freshen their look. Women put in hair weaves that are long, curly, straight and even layered to achieve different looks that suit their personality.

Things You'll Need

  • Hair weave
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Rattail comb
  • Rubber bands
  • Bobby pins
  • Weaving needle
  • Weaving thread
  • Scissors
  • Hair glue
  • Curling irons
  • Oil-based product


    • 1

      Determine what kind of hair weave that you want to put in the hair. Weaves come in several different styles, textures and even colors. Visit several beauty supply salons and look at the product before making a selection. Feel the weaved hair and check it for bad spots before purchasing it. Bad places would be where the hair sheds or crumbles on the track.

    • 2

      Shampoo the hair and dry it thoroughly before preparing to apply it to your own hair. Shampooing the hair will remove any glue residue and rinse away any residual ink. This will also soften the hair and get it ready for application. At this point, you can also apply a light conditioner (optional) to protect the hair.

    • 3

      Section the hair into small, narrow rows from the front to the back of the head using a rattail comb. Put each section with a small rubber band or bobby pin. Ensure that the rows are straight and even with the same amount of hair in each row so that the cornrows are even in weight. This will help you to have a smooth weave style. Braid the hair into cornrows and braid in that direction. Tighten the hair as you braid to ensure that the cornrow will not loosen. The weave tracks will be sewn onto these cornrowed braids and need to be very secure.

    • 4

      Take the threaded hair weaving needle and insert it into the weave track, lay the track against the cornrowed section, crosswise, and thread the needle through hair. When you tug on the hair at the end of the threaded section, make a small knot by looping the thread around itself under the needle. This will create a non-slip knot and help keep the track from slipping.

    • 5

      Skip over to the next horizontal section of hair along the cornrow and start again. With the hair track being horizontal, sew the loop onto the cornrow section of hair in a vertical position. Proceed to make a loop knot again on this section of hair as well. About 1 or 2 loop knots are sufficient to create a firm grip without the hair appearing too bulky.

    • 6

      Continue this loop thread across the track and cornrowed hair until you reach the end of the last cornrow. Leave about one quarter of an inch of track free from the end of the hair and cut it here. Take the track and go back to the beginning of the next cornrow and start the process again.

    • 7

      Take the loose ends of the track and secure them flat against the hair by using a small drop of hair weave glue. Drop the glue onto the track and press the track against the hair. Hold there in place for 20 to 30 seconds until it is completely dry. Style the weave hair into your desired preference by cutting and shaping it and using curling irons to achieve a finished look.

Tips & Warnings

  • To remove the weave, snip the thread at the ends and unravel the thread.
  • Put a small amount of an oil-based product directly onto the glue area to soften and remove the glue.
  • Avoid getting any oil on the hair or scalp until it is time to remove the weave.
  • Avoid getting the hair wet, such as in swimming or dousing the whole head in water. This will cause the track to separate from the hair and slip out.
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