Every woman at some point has unfortunately fallen victim to a horrendous weave. In fact, you’re still probably whirling mad at your stylist for doing you such a grave injustice. I, myself have suffered through countless bad weave jobs over the years and I am still “P.O.’d” about it many years later. The concept of a weave seems simple enough, right? If so, then why are so many women walking around looking all crazy? When a stylist has mastered the art (yes I said it), of weaving, then he or she truly has a very special gift because not every stylist understands and grasps the concept of the illusion of weaving. A weave, like any other hair extension, should look as natural as possible and always leave room for assumption. Aside from the color and at times texture, someone should never know that a woman is wearing a weave unless tracks are felt, not seen. Bad weaves can fall under several categories and one should never be exempted over the other as bad is just bad.
Speed Humps and Lumps
Unless you are driving along a street, you shouldn’t encounter bumps, especially not seen on your head. I have seen famous celebrities committing such a horrible hair violation repeatedly with these unfortunate and unsightly no-no’s. There are a few reasons why this happens but it can easily be remedied. However, it happens more frequently when the hair is braided too far apart, the tracks are too thin or the cornrow itself is too big. You can almost get away with this if your weave is curly and not straight and flat. Fortunately, this isn’t a huge problem and can be remedied quite easily.
- If you have thick hair, have your hair braided smaller.
- Have your hair braided flat instead of raised cornrows.
- Double up on your tracks for added volume.
Your Track is showing! Gasp!
Hair moves, and it should, otherwise we would all just have our hair molded all the time. With that said, having tracks extend too far in front of your head with very little to no hair covering them is always a bad idea, especially when the wind element is not factored in. Don’t get me wrong, this is ok with short hair that’s wrapped with very little leeway to move and toss around in the wind. However, longer styles that are worn down should definitely be weary of wind. Secondly, women with thin hair should seriously abstain from bonding tracks beyond the tip of their ears and not leaving out enough hair to cover a track at the parting line. Whether bonding or weaving, it is essential to smoothly, seamlessly cover every track with adequate hair otherwise it’s classified as a “fail.”
- Split your tracks in half so they lay flatter along your hairline.
- Be mindful of your hair’s volume around the hairline and set your tracks far back enough to be covered and smooth.
Who’s Hair is That?
As Black women, we certainly love our weave and most of us can appreciate the time the process takes. I love weaves of all different textures and shades like many Black women do. You can rock it short or you can rock it down to your hips, no matter your individual flavor, we can all agree that whoever invented the weave is a genius! Have you ever looked at a Black woman’s weave that starts off gorgeous in texture and feel from the tips, but your eyes follow the hair up to the roots and you’re like, “What the heck?!” If you grew hair overnight its fine because that’s pretty much how a weave goes. What isn’t, is that the texture at your roots is far different than the texture of the weave. Yikes! What just happened here? No matter how great your hair is weaved, what’s most important is the transition point. If you’re natural with a straight weave, then it would make practical sense to flat iron your natural hair to most closely mimic the texture of the weave. If your hair is relaxed and you are wearing a curly weave, depending on the length of your hair it would make sense to add curls to imitate the curl pattern of the weave. I can’t tell you how many times per day I see this and it truly makes me sad to see it. Unless your naturally growing hair is dead on or at least close to the texture of the weave, then a little work is required to seamlessly pull this off.
- For natural to smooth transition, use a heat protectant. This will give you a more close resemblance of your weave as well as seal out moisture to the hair shaft, protect your hair from heat styling and keep it straight longer.
- For relaxed hair, try using a good firm setting lotion and roll your hair with rods closest to the curl pattern of the weave. The older the curls, the more natural they look. By day 2-3, they should be near perfect.