I think it is no secret that I adore my weave. I wear it every single day, but not at the gym because that would be weird? I looove my weave and keep wondering what took me so long to get one. I initially received one in December and found that the quality was not what I wanted in the long run. There’s a learning curve to weave buying…go figure. It got ratty fast and I may or may not have trimmed it with kitchen shears, which didn’t help the matter.
Last week I stopped by Sally Beauty Supply and decided to purchase a new set. I have heard that Sally had the best ones and was ready to commit. After fondling multiple wefts of hair I decide to buy the hair and sew the clips on myself as that was cheaper. A set with clips was about $140, I bought mine for $75 (hair and clips.) I chose the 18 inch dark brown Sassy Silky Straight brand and loved how soft and thick the hair was. I also bough these clips, which came in a set of three (which was an odd number, no pun intended. Why not four or two?) I digress.
Here are the steps I took to create my weave:
1) The first thing I did was YouTube how to do this correctly. I found this video and found it very helpful. She gave great sewing tips and I loved how she doubled her wefts to make them thicker.
2) I laid the hair out on my dining room table and using my old extensions as a size guide, trimmed the pieces so I would have a four clip weft; two, 3 clip wefts; and two, 2 clip wefts.
As I mentioned above I folded the hair length in half to have a thicker weft of hair.
Note: After wearing these like this for a couple of days I would only have doubled the 4 clip and 3 clip wefts, but kept the 2 clip ones single width as they get heavy. I do have leftover hair and will probably make additional wefts for when I want to vary the thickness.
3) Next I took the clips and pinned them in place where I wanted to sew them on. This gave me a guide to placement and held the hair together while I sewed.
4) Oh, the sewing part. My first weft took me a long time to sew, probably an hour? I followed the instructions in the video exactly and the clips are really secure. After figuring out the learning curve and sticking myself with a zillion pins I got the hang of it and the other ones were really easy. As you saw in this post, I ran out of time and had to finish sewing in the car. Bless his little heart, my husband never blinked an eye at all the hair tossed around the car.
5) Clip them in! I clip the four clip weft at the nape of my neck, the 3 clip wefts right around my ear line, and the 2 clip wefts above my ears. I will post a video soon about how I style them and clip them in!
Lastly, taking care of your weave. It is important to care for this as if it is you own hair. I wash it once a week in very mild baby shampoo, condition and then air try on a towel in my bathroom overnight. At night I spray it with leave in conditioner spray and brush out the tangles carefully. I use a clip to hold them together at the top and if I want it it be wavy I loosely braid it together so in the morning it is all set to go. It takes me about 1 minute to clip them all in and is a great way to look done in a jiffy.
Let me know if you have any questions, I’m glad to help!