The process of gluing hair weave to a stocking cap is called a quick weave or cap weave. Gluing weave to a stocking cap allows you to create a hair weave style that is similar to a wig. Because the weave is glued to the cap and not to the hair, it can be quickly removed and replaced at any time. Creating a cap weave allows you to experiment with a different style, color, length, and texture of hair without causing any damage to your natural hair.
Wash, condition and blow dry the natural hair to make sure it's free of any dirt and oils. Apply a moisturizer to the natural hair and comb it thoroughly.
Braid the natural hair into a beehive design. Beginning at the nape of the neck, start cornrowing the hair in a circular motion until you reach the crown of the head. Secure the end of the cornrow to the head using a bobby pin.
Put a plastic shower cap or bag over the natural hair. This is done to protect the natural hair from any glue that may soak through the stocking cap. A mannequin's head may also be used if it's similar in size to the person who'll wear the cap weave.
Slide a stocking cap over the plastic cap/bag. Make sure the stocking cap is pulled down to the forehead and fits snugly.
Remove the weave from its packaging and place it against the head. Beginning at the nape of the neck, stretch the weave from ear to ear to determine how much weave you will need. Once you've measured the weave, use scissors to cut the excess.
Apply weave bonding glue to the underside of the weave and place it on the stocking cap atop the head. Press firmly on the weave to be sure the glue adheres to the stocking cap.
Continue measuring, cutting and gluing the weave in a circular motion until you reach the crown of the head.
Cut a piece of weave that is about 2 inches long. Apply a small amount of weave bonding glue to the underside of the weave and roll it tightly (as you would roll a rug) with your fingers.
Allow the rolled weave to dry thoroughly, then separate the hairs down the middle of the roll to create a top closure piece, says the website Black Women Beauty Central.
Apply weave bonding glue to the bottom of the rolled weave closure and place it at the crown of the head. Press firmly on the closure to make sure it's glued securely, then allow the weave to dry thoroughly. The cap weave should be worn without the plastic cap/bag.
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