Tips To Get An Outrageously Natural Looking Weave – Part 1

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Bad weaves annoy me. It may sound harsh but in the fast world we live in with computers having almost as much processing power as the human brain and being able to chat to your friend in China while seated on the loo in Philadelphia there is just no excuse for a bad weave. A good weave like a fine wine should only get better with age.

Here are my tips to getting an outrageously natural looking weave.

Leave some of your own hair out – Now I know some of you favor a full weave with a cute blunt bang or gorgeous swoop bang and I’ve seen some really good work but when natural is at the top of your wishlist, nothing says natural like your own hairline and scalp. I’ve always had excellent weave radar in that I can tell it’s a weave from 20 meters away and with the sudden popularity of lace wigs, I have fine tuned my dish to include them too! Even when I can see the lace wig or frontal ‘scalp’, and I’ve seen some very well done applications, it doesn’t compare to your real scalp. So leaving that little bit of hair to cover the tracks is a definite yes, I often leave out a horseshoe section at the top for the part and a little on the sides. If you want to wear your hair in a ponytail then leave half and inch around the perimeter as well.

Start with a flat base  – If you go to a stylist to have your weave installed then this shouldn’t be an issue but for the self installers among us, don’t underestimate the importance of having your cornrows as flat as possible. Even thick natural hair can be braided in such a way as to hide any lumps and bumps that will undermine the finished product.

Wear believable lengths – A good rule of thumb is to never wear a weave that’s more than 4  inches longer than your own hair. I know a lot of you will not agree with me on this but hear me out. However good your weave is, sometimes you get that ‘separation’ of hair between the tracks and your leave out, this would not be a problem unless you own hair is 2 inches in length while the weave is 18 inches, it just doesn’t look , well, believable. An extreme example I know but if your hair is say, 7 inches long, you can get one pack at 10 inches and another pack at 12 inches. The idea is to have the longest weave (12 inch  in this case) at the bottom to give you the length and the shorter weave at the top closer to your leave out hair. You end up with natural looking layers that you can have a good stylist refine with a bit of snipping  to give a more seamless look. As your hair grows, you can then increase the lengths of your weaves to match. I have only just started wearing 18 inch weaves because my hair is now 14 inches long!

Put away the hair products – All you need to care for a weave is a good natural shampoo and a good conditioner. Maybe a bit of heat protection spray if you wish to use a flat iron. Nothing more. Greasy weaves weighed down with product does not scream natural to anybody!

I don’t know about you but I only want people knowing I’m wearing a weave when I tell them that I am! In the next article I will give you possibly the single most important tip on getting a natural looking weave. Read part 2 here.


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I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com. I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too. My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

About Alma Ruddock


I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com. I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too. My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

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MrsLeggett
MrsLeggett

I’m sorry, but there’s nothing natural or natural looking about a Black chick wearing long and wavy hair. The gig is up ladies! Everyone knows now that your hair does not grow out of your scalp straight. From all of the newly naturals and natural veterans we all know Black hair grows up and out! Just embrace it already!

Taejah Rowe
Taejah Rowe

I recently purchased an 8in pack of milkway hair in 8inch. My natural hair is about 7 inches or so and i plan to leave out my middle and my edges… Im trying to accomplish the perfect layer look, do you think its best to buy a 12in for the back or a 10inch? anybody?

Justsayso
Justsayso

I think a weave is a weave is a weave. There aren’t many degrees of fakeness, there is only one–it didn’t grow out of your scalp. And I’ve seen some excellent installs, and I can still tell. But who cares? Hair is like an accessory now. Weave it short, long, human or synthetic. Just make sure your natural hair is being cared for properly underneath. No need to go hating or hunting for tracks,thread or glue. It’s all love.

Britney
Britney

Great advice about the lengths, believeable means your leave out’s color,length and texture blend with the weave. For regular weave wearers its a great way to determine progress. If you’ve been in a 12 inch weave for 3 years than maybe your hair’s breaking : )

Shanna Michelle Greenawalt

Where can I buy vixen hair?

Jamila Kelly

I think the style is called vixen sew in, you can’t buy it but you can buy the hair and pay someone to do it for you

Shanna Michelle Greenawalt

Thank you!!

Latriece Ector

Interesting but these tips are older than me been there done that

Nakia Wade Davis

Oh yeah I’ve been wanting to try this

Tahlia Coleman Campbell

Well study it so you can do my hair. Thank you

Nakia Wade Davis

Lol ok I will

Whitnie Sierra

Didn’t you all post an article about why you SHOULDNT get a vixen weave because of damage to the natural hair while mixed with the weave and it’s too much bleave out or something

Tyrea Turner

Sad, sad, sad

Brittany Nicole

If you don’t know how to take care of your hair while having this type of sew in then no you shouldn’t get it. They are people who ACTUALLY take care of their hair

MrsAshley Dunn

Wow i didn’t kno sew ins could damage your hair

Kiana Barber

Girl I can slay the vixen sew in.

Veronica Tweedy Rollins

If women put this much effort into caring for their natural hair they wouldn’t need a weave so much…

Kisha B Masters

CAUTION**** this technique is NOT for bald head bishes. Lol

Rikki Jaye

Misleading photos being used here though lol.

Ylanie Yinet De Knox

That well to so far for me!!

Nefertari Azure

Meh. Just grow your own, it’s really not that serious.

Suzy Zang

Too much hair left. That mean damage!

Camille Devaux

I was talking to a friend of mine about her interest in getting a weave. She seemed to be a little timid about the decision since she has always worn her hair naturally and wants to try something new. It would help her a lot to know to look for believable lengths to have a more natural look.

Rose

I like this braid pattern, when I had my hair done this way it appeared very natural and I used my curly hair from haircrush and my hair blended with it perfectly. This braid pattern will make your weave look very natural and you can where it half up and half down.