Quality weaves are expensive and take hours to complete. For these reasons, quick weaves have become a preferable alternative. They offer quality, but at half the cost and in half the time. Like traditional weaves, quick weaves are easy to style and can be cut into any desired shape or design.
Prepackaged Quick Weaves
Prepackaged quick weaves are already cut, colored and styled. These weaves range between $12 to $60, depending on hair quality. They are available in both synthetic and human hair quality, with synthetic hair being the more affordable choice. Human hair lasts longer and looks more natural.
Prepackaged weaves tend to be short, no longer than 3 inches. The styles vary. Pictures on the packaging will help you choose which style is best for you. The number of styles you have to choose from may be limited, but you'll have a greater choice of colors. For example, you may have three short styles to choose from, but there may be 20 different colors available.
They are attached normally with hair extension adhesive, since using adhesive is the fastest way to secure hair tracks. While many prefer to glue their hair tracks to preserve time, sewing tracks onto naturally braided hair is another option that takes more time but offers much more security.
Half Quick Weaves
Half weaves are those that allow half of your natural hair to be exposed, while the other half is braided and covered with the half weave. The choice of textures, colors and lengths will vary, including curly and straight styles.
The half weaves are attached to your natural hair either with hair combs or a drawstring. Both the combs and the drawstring will be made into the weave piece, so you will not need to purchase these items separately. These weave pieces range between $17 to $200, depending on the hair quality.
Traditional Quick Weaves
Traditional quick weaves are ideal for blunt cuts, Mohawks and bowl cuts. Traditional quick weaves, like pre-packaged quick weaves, can be glued in or sewn in, depending on the amount of security and time you are willing to sacrifice.
The bob haircut is not just one style; you can change the shape of a bob cut, giving it the three-in-one effect. Party, classical and elegant looks can all be achieved with one bob cut. Adding hair putty or sculpting clay can give you a more retro, Gothic or contemporary look. Sweeping a bang behind the ear is a great style for a dinner date.
Use a light leave-in conditioner to control the movement of your bangs and untamed strands of hair. Gel tends to harden, flake and damage hair follicles, so use gel sparingly. Traditional bob cuts are asymmetrical and are evenly cut at the length of the jawbone. Trendy bobs tend to be layered in the back of the head and vary in facial length, with one side of the bob sometimes longer than the other.
The Mohawk instantly slenderizes the face and contours the cheeks. Its shape, low sides and high middle can be easily maintained with hair putty, gel or sculpting clay. Deciding to style your hair in a Mohawk takes courage, especially for women. Do not fear, because a freshly cut Mohawk is suitable for any occasion. Despite the major misconception, you don't have to be a rock star to enjoy the wear of a stylish Mohawk. Cut hair low on the sides; one inch of hair should remain for styling purposes. If you want an extreme Mohawk, cut your hair lower than the recommended amount on both sides of your head. Cut the middle portion of your hair, measuring from your left to right temple, to the length that you desire. Finish the style by spiking and shaping your hair.
The bowl, unlike the bob, does not allow much versatility. It is not meant to transform, and it holds one shape---the bowl shape. The bowl should be shaped as if a bowl was covering your head and then your hair was cut along the outer part of the bowl. Today, we tend not to use the bowl anymore. Achieving this style is much easier, but would require some professional assistance because of the cutting technique required.
Mohawk and bob cuts are ideal for home application, because the cutting techniques used are not as precise and allow a stylist to be more liberal in her approach.