Make It Last: Tips to Make an Affordable Weave Look Good, And Last!

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May 4, 2012 ‐ By madamenoire

By Jouelzy

Virgin Brazilian, Malaysian, Peruvian, Cambodian. Exotic hair is all the rage. But the price tag doesn’t quite work for a lot of folks. Don’t be ashamed if you’re still purchasing your hair from the local beauty supply store and can’t get the silky looks of the stars.  No need to compensate by buying the most expensive hair in the store either. There are ways to achieve a great look without breaking the bank. Even synthetic weaves can look fabulous and cost you less than $50. Here are some tips on maintaining a weave that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Whether it’s synthetic or human hair, it’s going to look real and real good on you.

1.  Cut the hair to shape your face.
Don’t just sew or glue in two packs of weave from the store and rock it, because it is going to look stiff and fake. You have to alter it to fit your features and the look you’re going for. The easiest trick to creating a more realistic look is by simply layering the hair and shaping it to your face. Rather then doing a blunt cut, shear the hair at an angle with a razor. Razor combs will do the trick and provide soft angles, even if you’re a novice at cutting your hair.

2. Be aware that your hair has a short(er) lifespan
Know that with a budget weave the longevity is short. Preferably, only keep in the weave for a month. With a little extra care you can stretch it out to about two months. You want to limit the product you put in it and wrap your hair with a silk scarf every night. The key word is ‘care,’ and that will largely determine the longevity of your weave. The less ‘care’ you put into maintaining it, the less time you can make that hair last.

3. Put down the product
Once again, the less products you put in your hair, the better. Product buildup is a sure-fire way to kill a weave. The most you want to do is condition the hair and oil your scalp. And you ONLY oil your scalp NOT the hair. When you’re wearing a synthetic weave, no product allowed. Put down the Let’s Jam! and ampro gel, and stick to light hair products.

4. Keep it short and sweet
Sorry to those who are dying to have hair down to their butts. At longer lengths, folks will already be searching extra hard for your tracks, but full, shoulder-length hair has a more realistic appeal, especially if you are using synthetic hair. The rule of thumb is bra-strap length, and remember to layer the hair.

5. Say no to flat top
All-in-one packs are very tempting, but they’re also too thin. We’re not even talking big hair, just make sure you have enough hair to make it look full and have body. The worst is when your weave is too flat on the top and you can see straight though the hair. You can do the all-in-one packs, just grab two. You should still be within budget.

6. To blend or to sew, that is the question
Understand that you are purchasing hair that is of a lesser quality. That’s not particularly a bad thing. But attempting to blend your hair with synthetic hair can go all types of wrong. You may be able to get away with certain brands of human hair, but check the luster of the hair and meter if you want to really go through the daily pains of blending your hair. Full weave is usually the way to go. Just add an invisible part for a bit more dimension, and enjoy a fly style that fits within your price range.

Jouelzy offers tutorials on all aspects of Black hair care via her YouTube channel, focusing on women with tight budgets. You can also find her daily hair tips and inspirations on Facebook.

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  • Coco

    The best hair ever

  • http://www.brazilhairweave.com/ Tee

    The products are a easy way to ruin your hair.  Good tip.

  • Grace

    Hate to break it to you but your cheap wigs and weaves look, well, cheap….

  • SupaLady2

    Do any of you ladies know what brands of the cheaper weaves human/synthetic or a blend are good?

    • http://www.youtube.com/jouelzy Jouelzy

      Check my youtube…I have video on BSS hair.

  • LiiSH

    Cheap weaves can be good ones as long as you stay in your limits. You can’t be bargain shoppin it with Brazilian Remy dreams. Lol I am the queen of discount weaves (I must change my hair often i feel trapped if i don’t have a new style every few weeks lol.). My styles stay inexpensive but they are never cheap looking. You just gotta know how to work it b/c I have had some $6 packs that have looked oh so expensive lol…

  • Toya Sharee

    This article is just what I needed.  I usually invest a lot of money into my hair weaves because I like quality and I like to wear my hair and not let my hair wear me BUT I’ve always felt that when you want a curly style synthetic is the way to go because it’s holds the curl so much better than human with less maintenance.  I will be investing in synthetic hair for my next curly weave, but I am being realistic.  I don’t expect it to last forever and I know that half the battle is professional installation and styling.

  • akR Styles

    If you’re spending $200 every 2 months on an “cheap” weave, why not just save up for a “proper” one?  Saves you the time, money and everything else in the long run. This applies to wigs as well. 

    The advise in the article is appropriate for all types of weave / wigs (whichever your funds can manage). If you dont take care of it it will be a waste of money.

    Cheers,
    akR

    http://www.facebook.com/akR.Styles

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  • Sakeenahm

    also comb it out while you’re washing it in the shower to avoid the matting and tangling.  yes, you can wash a weave.

  • um…

    Never knew how long a weave could/should last, but after reading article I see “MONTHS”  Well seems to me a do that lasts that long should be worth paying good for. I could see going cheap if it only last from week to week or even one month!

  • Tsk

    I do not wear anything but cheap weaves, because they never look fake. I make a 3/4 wig, layer, blow dry and straighten it a couple times, and put a small amount of hair lotion on it. After a few more tricks, it looks just like my hair. I never got the hype of paying for $150 weave. Oh, and I never will.

  • Tsk

    I do not wear anything but cheap weaves, because they never look fake. I make a 3/4 wig, layer, blow dry and straighten it a couple times, and put a small amount of hair lotion on it. After a few more tricks, it looks just like my hair. I never got the hype of paying for $150 weave. Oh, and I never will.

    • guest

      Yeah, the half wig is the way to go. If you get the right one, it’s undetectable and causes no damage, unlike weaves and braids. The synthetic ones cost around $25 and human half wigs can start at $70, depending on the length. I stock up on half wigs. I get my brows threaded and break out a fresh half wig, then I’m fresh for less.

    • guest

      Yeah, the half wig is the way to go. If you get the right one, it’s undetectable and causes no damage, unlike weaves and braids. The synthetic ones cost around $25 and human half wigs can start at $70, depending on the length. I stock up on half wigs. I get my brows threaded and break out a fresh half wig, then I’m fresh for less.

      • Freebee33

        Half wigs are ok, but don’t be fooled they can cause damage especially if you are hooking those combs into your hair everyday…

  • LAME

    How about this, if you can’t afford the good ish then DON’T GET IT and maintain your own hair….. or get braids.

    • Neecee401

      Some people get weaves as a protective style or to transition or just as an option. Braids are good too. But I can do more with a weave then with braids.

      • LAME

        I’m not saying theres anything wrong with a weave. I’m saying if you can’t afford a good one then don’t get one.

    • Neecee401

      Some people get weaves as a protective style or to transition or just as an option. Braids are good too. But I can do more with a weave then with braids.

  • LAME

    How about this, if you can’t afford the good ish then DON’T GET IT and maintain your own hair….. or get braids.

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