The term however originated from the first type of weaves and probably still the most commonly used weave – the sew in weave. It primarily involves attaching hair extension wefts from lokshair.com to the head by sewing them to hair that has been plaited into narrow strips called cornrows. The needle used to sew the hair is specially made for the purpose and is curved to prevent it from pricking the scalp as it is passed through the cornrow. The cornrows are often referred to as tracks due to their likeness to rail tracks.
The pattern the cornrows are plaited in is dependent on the final desired hairstyle. If there is to be a parting, usually some natural hair is left out where the parting is to be located in order to give the illusion the weave is the wearer’s natural hair. When the tracks cover the entire head, with no hair left out at all, this is referred to as a full head weave.
Another common way of using track hair extensions or brazilian straight weave is to add volume to natural hair. Three or four lines of tracks are braided to the scalp leaving gaps of loose hair in between. When the hair extensions are sewn in they blend in with the natural hair, making it appear thicker provided the extensions match the natural hair texture and colour.
Bonded weaves use adhesives to attach hair extension wefts to the head instead of tracks. The glue is usually applied to the hair weft then firmly pressed against the scalp after creating a line or parting where the hair is to be positioned. The glues or adhesives used for bonding are also purpose made and usually have anti fungal properties to discourage the growth of bacteria on the scalp while the hair weft is stuck to the head. This method is a lot less time consuming than the track method and is very appealing because the resulting weave tends to look more natural than a sew in weave. An oil based remover is usually required to break down the bond before the wefts can be removed safely from the head. Improper removal can lead to traction alopecia a form of hair loss that occurs when hair is pulled and hair follicles become stressed. The adhesive will undoubtedly take some of your own hair with it and with continuous use, hair thinning will become noticeable.[post-views]