What Is A Quick Weave?
I love quick weaves. I mean, why would anyone not love this awesome weaving method? It’s hands down the most fantastic way to get a versatile look without having to change your natural hair or spend a whole lot of time in the salon. It’s also easier and cheaper than traditional sewn-in weaves.
But what exactly is a quick weave? How does it differ from traditional sewn-in weaving methods? Is it worth installing? How is it installed? What are its advantages and disadvantages?
Read on to learn more about this zero to low maintenance weaving method.
What Exactly Is a Quick Weave?
A quick weave involves gluing hair wefts directly to a thick protective weave cap on your head. The cap is placed over your head, giving your hair protection and coverage from the glue. Hair wefts are then cut and glued to the weave cap instead of sewing or braiding them in.
This style can be done in the comfort of your home or in the salon by a professional stylist. The entire process is fast and easy, and your hair won’t be manipulated in any way.
Now that you know what a quick weave is let’s delve into other details about it.
Why We Love Quick Weaves
We all love hair extensions and want to rock them, but they can be time-consuming and expensive. Quick weaves are faster, easier, and cheaper. In other words, they are a great alternative to sewn-in weaves and can give you a style change in minutes. Let’s break this down for you:
Quick weaves are incredibly affordable. They range from $50 to $150, depending on where you install them: at home or the salon. This price range is definitely lower than sewn-in weaves or braids, which usually cost more than $200.
Also, this weaving method is usually done in under 1 and a half hours- basically half the time it would take to install a sewn-in weave. Professional moms and busy businesswomen will agree with me that quick weaves are a faster alternative for a striking look done in the shortest time possible.
This style can be done in the comfort of your home. Everything that’s needed to install it is available at any local beauty store or online at very affordable prices. This quick access to materials allows you to experiment around without denting your pocket or wasting a lot of time.
Aside from that, the style does not manipulate your natural hair. Unlike traditional sewn-ins where your hair has to be cornrowed and then threaded to install extensions, quick weaves only need you to either use gel or loose braids before wearing a wig cap. It works best for anyone who prefers a less strenuous hairdo.
Last but not least, this style is zero to low maintenance. Aside from wrapping the weave at night, you can conveniently wear it for 3-4 weeks without too much upkeep.
What We Don’t Like
We don’t like the fact that quick weaves require the use of glue. Glue can cause extensive hair damage if left in for too long and not removed carefully.
To prevent damage to your hair, you should ensure the weave is installed and removed professionally. If you’re doing it at home, make sure to follow the right installation process.
Another downside is the use of gel and molding products. The gel is usually used to slick down natural hair before wearing a wig cap. Some gels contain large percentages of alcohol, which may contribute to dryness and breakage. To prevent this, it’s advisable to use gel that is free from alcohol.
Quick weaves typically require you to cut hair wefts. This is not good as it may cause early shedding. It may also not be the best choice, especially if the extensions are of good quality and cost a dime.
Finally, quick weaves are not as long-lasting as sewn-in weaves. They typically last 3-4 weeks as compared to sewn-in weaves that last up to 8 weeks.
How to Install a Quick Weave
Here are the materials you’ll need to start your installation:
- Human or synthetic weave extensions
- Hair glue or molding gel
- Weave cap
Step-by-Step Installation Process:
Step 1: Braid your hair and leave out one side or the center portion if desired. The braids don’t have to be perfectly done. If you are uncomfortable with braiding, simply slick down your hair with gel and wrap it up instead.
Step 2: Place the wig cap over your head so that it completely covers your hair. If you left out a portion of your hair, use a concealer pencil to outline that portion on the wig cap. This will guide you when gluing so that you do not put glue in the areas that were left out.
Step 3: Start gluing on the hair wefts, starting from the back to the front of the head. Wefts are measured and cut out to fit the space where you want them placed. After gluing them on each weft, you can either blow dry it or leave it to air dry.
Step 4: If you left out a portion of your hair on the side or center, cut the wig cap on that specific portion following the concealer outline you made earlier. Glue wefts in this portion into a U-shape to cleverly conceal the cap.
Step 5: Finally, cut and style your extensions as desired.
There are numerous YouTube videos you can watch to help you install a quick weave faster. Check them out to get more installation ideas.
How Long Does a Quick Weave Last?
When properly taken care of, it can last up to 1 month- maybe even longer.
Even though some people say it can last up to 2 months, we suggest you remove it after 4-5 weeks. If you stay with it longer, you risk making the removal process a lot harder, which may, in turn, damage your natural hair.
How to Take care of it After installation
It is essential that you take care of the natural hair that’s underneath your weave by washing and deep conditioning at least 2 times a month.
However, be careful about using oil-based products when styling as this may loosen the glue and cause extensions to come off.
We understand that you may be wary of trying out something new, but rest assured that this weaving style is excellent! If you are nervous about doing it on your own, visit a professional stylist to get the reassurance you need.
Quick weaves are stunning; do not shy away from this fun style.