For ladies on the go, spending three or four hours sitting in a hair stylist’s chair isn’t always a great option. If you’re short on time but still want a beautiful new hairdo, quick weave hairstyles are the way to go. They take about half as much time to install, cost less, and look just as stunning as a sew-in natural hair weave.
What is a Quick Weave Hairstyle?
A quick weave is a hairstyling method where hair wefts are bonded directly to a wig cap or natural hair. Unlike a sew-in weave, this style is quick and easy to do at home. The possibilities for cute hairstyles with a weave are endless, making it a great way to switch up your style quickly.
Your natural hair is braided or slicked down with gel first, and a wig cap is added to make applying the quick weave easier. Alternately, if you’d like to attach the weave directly to your hair, you can cover your natural hair with hardening gel to protect it.
Since glue can pull out hair or cause breakage, it’s crucial to make sure your natural hair is completely covered before installing the weave. If you’re nervous about this, it might be best to have a professional complete the process once before you try it yourself.
Finally, you’ll attach hair wefts to the hair or wig cap with glue. You can try weave ponytails, a bob, or an afro weave with human hair, among others. Some of 2020’s most popular styles include yaki hair weaves and perm yaki hair weaves for an extra natural look.
How to Do Quick Weave Hairstyles
You will need:
- Hair extensions
- Wig cap that matches your natural hair color (optional)
- Protective hardening gel (optional)
- Hair glue
- Comb and brush
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Molding gel or edge control
Before installing a quick weave, you’ll want clean hair. Wash and condition your hair and then let it dry thoroughly. If moisture gets trapped beneath the wig cap or hardening gel, it can cause bacteria growth.
Next, you’ll need to braid your hair in cornrows or plaits. Since they’ll be covered with your weave, the braids don’t need to look perfect. If you’d like to have a leave out, part and braid that section separately. Apply protective hardening gel all over your head and dry it with a blow dryer.
After this, it’s time to prepare your hair wefts. You’ll need to measure the back of your head horizontally in each area that needs a weft, and then trim the hair wefts so that they’re the correct length.
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Now it’s time to start installing the hair wefts. If you’re using a wig cap, put it on your head. Apply some glue to the hair weft and attach it to your head, starting at the nape of your neck.
Blow-dry the attached extension with a hairdryer and then apply the next weft farther up your head about the distance of the width of one finger. Make sure it’s the correct length, measuring from one side of your hair to the other.
When you get to the top of your head, start attaching the wefts moving from front to back. You’ll also want to attach them closer together than a finger’s width to ensure good coverage.
If you have a leave out for a side or middle part, cut the wig cap in that spot, glue it down, and attach the tracks in a U-shape around the part. To blend your natural edges with your weave, lay them with gel or edge control.
When all the wefts are in place, all that’s left to do is trim and style your new hairdo! Your quick weave can last for as long as a month if you protect it at night with a silk bonnet.
How to Do Short Quick Weave Hairstyles
If you’d like a short pixie cut look, your best bet is using a 27-piece quick weave. This is simply a quick weave that uses 27 pieces of hair weave to achieve a style.
Preparing your hair for a short quick weave is exactly the same as for any other weave length. After your hair is prepped and protected with a wig cap or hardening gel, it’s time to install the weave.
To make it easier to handle, you’ll want to use a weave around 6 to 8 inches long. Instead of applying each weft individually across the back of your head, attach the wefts in a circular pattern starting at the outer edge of your head.
After attaching the hair wefts, cut your hair into the style and shape you prefer. If you’d like, you could have a professional do this step.
How to Do Short Quick Bob Weave Hairstyles with No Leave Out
To keep a style with no leave-out looking natural, you’ll want to add an invisible part. While preparing your natural hair, make a clean part, and mold your hair down around it.
Put on your wig cap and use a white pencil to mark the location of your part. Attach the wefts as discussed above, using hair glue and measuring precisely.
When you get to the top of your head, start lining up the wefts with the line you drew to mark your part. To finish the invisible part, cut very short wefts (about ½”) and apply them along the part in a stacked formation. Finish the part by gluing it down to secure the wig cap.
How to Do Quick Weave Hairstyles with Bangs
A quick weave hairstyle with bangs is one of the easiest to do at home, and also a very cute hairstyle with weave. Since the bangs hide your edges, you won’t need to worry about doing a leave-out.
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To begin, prep your hair as you would normally. You’ll want to install the bangs at the front of your hairline first and then attach the rest of the weave starting at the nape of your neck.