While knowing how to braid is no longer essential to achieving an undetectable weave, braiding is necessary. Before there was fusion or clip-on extensions, there was the classic weaving technique. This technique consists of braiding your natural hair so that hair tracks can be sewed securely into your braided roots.
Basic Cornrow Instruction
It is best to practice your braiding technique on a hair mannequin. To successfully complete a cornrow, you should first master an individual three-strand braid. Begin by parting hair vertically using a rat-tail comb, starting from the front of the hair line moving to the back of the neck.
Make sure your part is straight. Your hair should be properly moisturized before your begin the braiding process. Start by grabbing three pieces of your hair at the front of your hair line. Be sure to hold all three pieces of hair at the same time so that you have total control over their mobility.
Using your right index finger, reach underneath the middle strand of hair and grab the hair at the front of the hair line to the left. Then use your left index finger and reach underneath the middle strand of hair and grab the hair at the front of the hair line to the right.
Alternate this process until you reach the back of your neck. The three-strand individual technique should be used for the hair that hangs past the back of the neck.
Braiding Techniques for Weaves
Sectioning the hair properly is very important, because it can lessen the mobility of your weave and significantly decrease the appearance of hair tracks. Visible hair tracks are not appealing and make hair look artificial. Be sure to leave a certain amount of your hair unbraided; it should be kept to a minimum, but be enough to hide tracks and blend well into your own hair.
To begin a sew-in weave, your natural hair must be braided. There are two braiding techniques to choose from. Both beehive and straight-back techniques are used for applying sew-in extensions. The beehive consists of your natural hair being braided in a circular direction, starting at the right outermost corner of your hair line. The straight-back technique consists of hair being evenly parted vertically.
Once hair is properly braided, secure the loose ends of braids by sewing them into the base of braids so that they do not remain hanging. Sewing loose ends eliminates their visibility when attaching hair extensions.
Begin to sew hair extensions horizontally from left to right. When you reach the end of an extension, tie a knot to secure it. Add as many layers of extensions as you desire. The more layers you add, the thicker your hair will appear to be.
Blend your own hair into the hair extensions. If your hair is thick, consider using a flat iron to straighten your hair texture. Using a thin-tailed comb, make sure that your natural hair covers any sign of a hair extension. Feel free to style your hair any way you like. Human hair extensions can be cut, colored, permed, relaxed and curled.
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