When asking yourself, how to weave black hair, the answer can be quite simple. There is no difference in weaving black hair than any other hair of the same curl and texture.
As our hair needs vary, so does the method by which you would want to weave it. Once the method has been selected, the answer to the question of “How to weave black hair?” becomes quite simple. First, look at texture, then density of hair, our overall goal, (desired look), and how much we are willing to pay for it.
Factors such as hair quality and other determinations can affect the overall price as well. The time it takes to learn how to weave black hair can depend on the stylist, but one thing that is very important in weaving black hair is learning additional hair types and terms.
There are several grades of hair from cheap synthetics to the directionally faced Remy 100% Indian hair. The cheaper hair sometimes has added animal hair fillers and can be with or without its cuticle, with the intact cuticle being the preferred type.
What does this have to do with the question “How to weave black hair?” It’s simple. Weave hair has limitations depending on the material it is made out of and should be considered when looking at the needs of the client.
Once you have decided on a hair choice you can move on the weave itself. First, you need to determine the type of weave. If the client has a denser volume of hair she has more options than if she has thinner hair. Three types of weaves are available that depend on braids as a foundation for the weave. These are tracking, netting, and tree braiding.
In tracking, the hair is divided and arranged in cornrows and then zig-zag braids are placed between to form a network of braids, much like iron beams on a bridge.
In netting, a piece of net is sewn to the head and hair is sew to it instead of the braids. This is a much better option than the traditional tracking method as it is easier on the natural hair of your client and does not require the same volume of hair.
With tree braiding, the added hair is woven into the braid thus adding volume. This method requires no glue or threading.
Weaves that do not depend on a braiding structure are the weaves that instead bond to the hair with adhesive. These types of weaves are bonding and fusion. Although not technically a weave, they are part of the same family of applied hair, and thus firmly have a place in the discussion of how to weave black hair. These methods may both be reliant on glue but they are used for very different purposes.
The bonding method involves adding extra tracts of hair by gluing them to the scalp.
Fusion is very similar but it deals with smaller amounts of hair. This is usually a division similar in size to a micro braid. Fusion is one of the most natural-looking weave methods.
The weave hair is finally tied off and woven into the hair by either using a bonding adhesive or a threading technique. The glue comes in a soft pliable type, used for most clients, although a few require the harder stiffer material.
With this weaving technique, the hair weave can be placed either directly on the braids or on the net depending on the type of weave. These techniques require a high level of manpower, skill, and mastery to create a magnificent look.
By applying hair with glue or thread and creating the illusion of a full healthy mane of hair, you can weave black hair, but any hair with a tight curl to a kinky texture. The technique is the same. The steps are simple. Just focus on texture, the density of hair, the objective of the client and price they are willing to pay. Then crack you fingers and get to separating, braiding, gluing, and most of all weaving. Just remember practice makes perfect.