“Invisible part” weaves have been around for a few years now. The point of them is to use the specific layering technique to show your own scalp without actually leaving any of your own hair out to hide the tracks. The part itself isn’t invisible of course, rather the technique makes the weft or tracks invisible to make it appear that extension hair is growing directly from your own scalp.
I have seen some pictures of these done expertly by a professional which look absolutely flawless but you know that we have all seen ratchet looking ones on the streets too. There appears to be two methods that you can use to install your weave in this manner, the Glue In Method or the Sew In Method.
Having a leave out portion of your own hair is certainly the best way to make a weave appear as natural as possible but many may feel that the added manipulation on this portion of hair defeats the purpose of protective styling.
The two videos below are by no means the best examples of each method but rather a basic illustration on how each method can be achieved.
The “Glue In Method”
The results of the glue in method are certainly superior simply because you are able to place the tracks very close to each other so you end up with the most natural result.
Of course the big con here is that you have to use GLUE in your hair. A huge no-no when you are on a HHJ so my advice? Tred with care. The style may be cute but could also lead to a huge setback.
The “Sew In Method”
This is of course the safest method but where the method excels in preventing hair damage, you lose out in the final look of the style as it does not produce the most natural result.
Because you are kind of limited in the number of tracks that you can apply as it depends on the braid pattern that you use, this technique will likely produce a ‘gappy’ or choppy looking part. Of course if you are willing to create smaller braids, you will likely be able to apply more tracks layered on top of each other leading to a better result but it may still end up looking bulky with all the sewing involved.
Personally, I have to say that I’ve never been completely convinced by invisible part weaves, I suppose mostly because I’ve never seen a real life example that completely convinced me of it’s merits but the method does seem popular.
Also if you are using weaves as a means to an end (to grow your own), then an unconvincing part is a small price to pay to protect all your hair for the duration of the style.
Do you think invisible part weaves look natural?