The Rise & Rise of European Weaving

“Oh my god! I never knew you could get this done for European hair”

Is something I hear time and time again from new clients who contact me, desperate to get away from bonds and micro ring hair extensions. A large percentage of my current client base have tried and tested many different methods, before finally embarking on finding someone who can competently sew hair in and see what all the fuss is about.

Of course the roots of traditional sew-in hair extensions are commonly associated with traditional hairstyles in the Afro-Caribbean culture. And while plaiting and sewing in the hair may seem like a straight-forward transition over to a Caucasian mane; the truth is, a completely new technique needs to be learned in order to adapt this method effectively. So what are the most common pitfalls you can suffer at the hands of this sometimes ill-adapted method?

“I could never stand how tight the plaits in my hair were, they gave me a headache”

Pulling hair at the follicles within an inch of its life will cause you to have headaches at best or pull the hair out from the root and cause bald patches in the worst case scenarios. The plaiting technique should allow for some movement in the roots and sit comfortably on the head.

“It was fine for the first week but then it started to drop really quickly, especially in the middle”

The two plaits used to form a row need to be secured where they meet at the back, preferably using a heavy duty rubber band. If secured using string or just plaiting one into another; the texture of Caucasian hair will cause the middle to simply fall out underneath the weft.  

“My head felt really big and lumpy in places”

If the plaits are not the right size, have been doubled over or simply not done in the rows needed for this technique, your head will feel like a bit of a lumpy nightmare and may even be visible to the eye. The rows should be small, flat and discrete, with no rows joining or double-backed.

“It didn’t blend and there was an obvious difference between my hair and the hair extensions”

This can of course happen with all hair extension methods but with hair weaving, if the positioning isn’t correct, the hair won’t integrate with your own. The rows need to be positioned to blend with your hair when wearing it down, but also allow for your hair to be put up. This is the trickiest skill to master and something I have perfected to an art.

“The hair was bought from a hair shop and sewn in but went tangled, matted and dry. I had to have it removed”

Most of the hair sold as wefts over the counter in shopping malls and markets are mass produced and non-cuticle correct. Big brands like Sleek and Beauty Works make a fortune by selling hair that has been treated in acid to remove the cuticles at an affordable price point. However, the short shelf life of this ‘human hair’ means if you are a regular hair extension user, you’ll spend much more in the long run replacing the weft once it inevitably tangles and dries out.

If you are unsure about the method, its possibilities and limitations, book now for a free consultation. Hair weaving can be a fantastic and low-maintenance experience that breathes new life into your mane.