What is a Weave? Complete Guide About This Flattering Protective Style

With winter approaching, most naturalistas are in need of a quick, easy hairstyle. Weaves are a creative and beautiful hairstyle that can be customized to your preference. Regardless of if you want a weave that is more natural or bold, getting a weave gives you an opportunity to switch up your usual style and get creative. 

Learn everything you need to know about weaves plus cute ways to enhance your look.

What are Weaves and How do they Work?

Woman installing weave
The hairstyle is typically fast to install and great for all occasions. Photo by Olhar Angolano

Weaves are a fast and easy-to-install hairstyle that is perfect for any occasion. They are usually installed on top of short cornrows. In the simplest terms, hair extensions are woven into the cornrows. You can even switch out your weave without redoing the cornrows- making the style fast and versatile! 

The hairstyle is started by cornrowing one’s hair and sewing the extensions into the hair which creates the weave. Scared about damaging your hair? No worries. the extension hair comes in all different textures and colors that can prevent one from adding heat or color to their hair. 

Pro tip: Make sure to always work with freshly washed hair when installing your extensions. Not only will this help to prevent irritation when adding extensions, but it will also help to increase the longevity of the style. SheaMoisture Sugarcane Extract & Meadowfoam Seed Miracle Multi-Benefit Shampoo is a great shampoo to use before weave installation!

What Are Some Ways I Can Wear the Hairstyle?

Girl with ombre blonde hair
With extensions, the styling possibilities are endless. Photo by Sami Jms

Whether you want loose red curls, thick kinky hair, or a long 40-inch look, the possibilities are endless when it comes to your personalized weave. You can even choose to leave a chunk of your hair out, which helps blend the hair better. Another alternative option is getting a closure of your choice in the front of your hair, which will not only slay your look but allow for heat without possible damage. 

When styling your hairstyle into different looks, use  SheaMoisture’s Wig & Weave Tea Tree & Borage Seed Oil Flyaway & Wrap Mousse for easier and faster styling. It works beautifully on synthetic hair too!

Why are they a Great Protective Style? 

women with hat on weave
Weaves are not only stylish but a great protective style. Photo by Brandy Kennedy

Weaves are a great way to keep your hair protected. They are quick and easy to install and can last for weeks. So next time you consider getting a relaxer, bleaching your hair or adding a texturizer, consider getting a weave instead. They are great for any season and give you a chance to change up your typical hairstyle with your hair without potential damage. 

To help increase longevity while using it for a protective hairstyle, use SheaMoisture Wig & Weave Tea Tree & Conditioner and Detangler weekly to give your extensions a thorough cleanse.

Will you be trying out weaves as your next protective hairstyle? Show us your look by tagging us @AllThingsHair on Instagram. Also for more natural hair guides, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter below. 

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