Sewing in Your Own Weave

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Getting a professional hair weave can be expensive. With practice, you can learn to sew in your own hair weave from the comfort of your own home and have the style, volume and length you want without the expense. Whether you have thick, thin or fine hair, you can find a weave to suit your hair type.


Your hair weave should look natural and flowing. If it looks like a weave with mismatched color, is too straight, or overly shiny, people might comment on your weave -- not your gorgeous hair. Buy threads and a hair weave that match your current hair color and texture. Practice makes perfect. Practice smooth straight braids on a wig or on a friend until you can braid without lumps or bumps. Then you are ready to sew in your own weave.


When you sew in your own weave, you must have the skill to braid your natural hair into cornrows 4 to 5 inches long, starting from the front of your head and working toward the back. With heavy weaving thread matching your natural hair, sew the weaving hair into the last part of the braids in a circular motion with a curved needle similar to a crochet hook. By overlapping the first part of the weave with the last part of the cornrow, you blend the weave into your natural hair.


Once you've sewn in your own weave, it's important to maintain a healthy scalp. The heaviness of your weave can be rough on your hair follicles and your scalp -- to the extent of causing premature balding. To maintain a healthy scalp, moisturize your scalp by applying oil to dry areas. Avoid washing and conditioning your weave more than once a week. When you shampoo your hair, the product should include a moisturizer and detangler to help you avoid pulling on your hair while combing. After three to four months, remove the weave and let your scalp breathe.


If you've braided your natural hair properly, you won't need to add glue when you sew in your own weave. Glue can feel unnatural and block your hair follicles. The braids should be snug but not too tight or scalp damage could result. Your scalp can comfortably carry 6 to 8 ounces of hair. For a flawless finish, the extension hair around the part and the hairline should match your own perfectly.