Installing a hair weave can be a long and tedious process when you’re a woman on the go. If spending 4+ hours at the hair salon isn’t a viable option, the quick weave is definitely one of the best options that you can’t miss.
A quick weave is the best friend of African-American girls looking for a protective hairstyle that neither costs a fortune to install nor takes a whole day to arrive at. That said, quick weave hairstyles are no less diverse than sew-ins, buns, or braids, and you can even play with updos and half-up coifs if you need something really elaborate for a special occasion.
Here’s everything you need to know.
I. What Is A Quick Weave?
A quick weave is a style where hair wefts are glued directly to a protective weave cap before bonding it to your head. This look can be achieved either at home or by a professional stylist.
Some people assume that quick weaves are bad for your hair; however, quick weaves might be bad for your hair if they are installed improperly. A quick weave, on the other hand, is a very convenient protective type in terms of installation, maintenance, and removal. This is only one of the myths we’ll debunk.
II. Advantages and Disadvantages of Quick Weave
Advantages of Quick Weave
Quick weaves are a great option if you’re looking for something fast that doesn’t need much care. We’ll walk you through some of the perks you can expect with this style.
- Affordable: Quick weaves are cheap compared to the cost of extensions like sew-ins or clip-ins. You can expect to pay between $60 to $160, depending on if you install it yourself or have it done at the salon.
- Low-maintenance: This style doesn’t require much upkeep beyond wrapping your hair at night and potentially laying down your edges again.
- Less tension on hair: You can ditch tight braids with a quick weave. Loose braids or gelled-down hair can work fine for this style. Quick weaves also add minimal strain to your hair since extensions are glued directly to the wig cap.
- Quick: Installing a quick weave takes about an hour and a half to two hours. Much less time in the chair than other methods!
- Accessible supplies: You can pick up affordable supplies from a local beauty store or online. No need for special products.
Disadvantages of Quick Weave
Although quick weaves have many benefits, they may not be the best route for everyone. Most drawbacks are a result of improper installation. We’ll walk through a few of these cons below.
- Doesn’t last as long: Quick weaves only last about a month since the bonding glue quickly wears off.
- Shedding: Hair used for quick weaves is more likely to shed since you’re going to cut tracks or hair wefts to fit around your wig cap.
- Use of hair glue, gel, and modeling products: If you choose to slick back your hair instead of braiding it, you risk damaging and drying out your hair.
- Hair loss: The biggest concern with quick weaves is the potential for hair loss and damage. This mainly happens if you get hair glue on your hair during the installation process or if you aren’t using a high-quality wig cap. Poor-quality glue can also damage your hair if they come in contact.
III. What Do I Need To Install A Quick Weave?
A quick weave requires a handful of supplies, some of which you’ll probably already have at home.
Supplies Needed Include:
IV. How To Do A Quick Weave?
Whether you’re going to a Pro or DIY, you should be familiar with the methods to install a fast weave so you know what to expect. Check them out below:
1. Preparation Your Natural Hair
- Before you start, braid your hair or use molding gel to keep it under the wig cap. You can leave in a side or center part if you’d like to show that off through your weave.
2. Cover Your Hair With Your Protective Wig Cap
- After your hair is prepped, secure your hair with a wig cap to keep it safe from glue. Use two wig caps if you’d like some extra security. You can also add a liquid cap to your hair if you apply a glue protector. This will ensure that any rogue glue attaches to the cap instead of your hair. You can also apply the glue protector to your wig cap.
3. Mark your leave out
If you left out a part of your hair, mark that area on your wig cap so you don’t add hair extensions too close to it.
4. Dry Your Hair
Blow-dry or air-dry your hair if you used molding gel or glue protector on your hair or wig cap. Everything should be completely dry before installing your quick weave.
5. Glue On The Hair Extensions
The next step is to glue the hair extensions to the wig cap. First, measure the hair extensions around your head to see where you’ll need to cut them. Then, start applying them from the back of your head and work your way in. Allow each section to dry before applying a new track. Once you get close to your leave out, cut that part of the wig cap to let it out.
6. Comb and style your hair
Now that everything is in place, you’re ready to style, cut, and comb through your hair to get your look.
You can refer to this video to have a comprehensive look at DIY install quick weave:
V. How Long Does a Quick Weave Last?
Quick weaves have a lifespan of 4 to 5 weeks. Shedding indicates that it is time to break out the quick weave. Sleep with a silk scarf at night to protect it and make it last as long as possible. To keep curls in a curly weave, pin it back or use rollers. Oil-based products should also be avoided because they weaken the glue.
VI. Quick Weave vs Sew-in Hair Extensions: Which One Is Better?
The distinction between a quick weave and a sew in may appear self-explanatory based on their names alone. So, which is superior: quick weave or sew in?
- Quick weaves are bonded to wig caps while sew-ins are sewn into the hair. Sew-ins last longer than quick weaves but require more time and money to install. Compared to quick weaves, sew-ins also add more tension to your head because you must tightly cornrow your hair; however, sew-ins are more secure.
- Quick weaves are a great option if you want a polished look that is easy to install and remove. If you want a longer-lasting hairstyle, sew-in is the better option. Sew-in weaves are also more versatile in terms of styling than glue-in weaves. You can change your part and wear it in a variety of ways depending on how a sew-in is installed.
Whether you prefer sew-in or quick weave, as long as you are confident in being yourself, you will all shine in your own unique way. Follow us for more trendy hairstyles and helpful hair styling and maintenance tips!