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|Weave the Magic|
Hair extensions can transform your looks
Want sizzling-hot color or longer
locks? Get all-star style with one trip to the salon. Weaves make
your favorite celebrity looks totally doable. And the taboo about
wearing them is officially over. Stylist to the stars Stacy Gray,
who has worked weave wonders for Mariah Carey, Trina, 3LW and Kelly
Price, says honeys can try hair extensions to boost volume, add
length, play with blazing-hot hair hues or achieve the style of
their dreams. "Weaves help you achieve a new look without going
through a chemical process," says Gray. To get the star treatment,
check out our unbe-weave-able guide to hair extensions:
Celebrities, like Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon,
whose film and television roles call for many different head-turning
styles may wear hair extensions to prevent damage and to take the
styling pressure off their own locks. Bonding is a popular temporary
weaving method and a great way to add volume or vibrant streaks of
color to your natural hair. Tracks of hair are glued to the roots of
your own hair with a special adhesive. To prevent damage to your
natural hair, tracks shouldn't be left in longer than a week or two.
Gray recommends removing extensions carefully by soaking hair with a
bond remover or oil sheen for a few minutes to prevent damage to
your natural hair follicles. Prices can range from $10 to $15 per
If you want a show-stopping new
look, like City High's Claudette Ortiz, check out the track method.
First, natural tresses are braided around the head in concentric
circles. The braids are sewn down, then extensions are sewn to the
braids. Eight to fifteen tracks are needed for a full head. Gray
recommends replacing this weave every two months or every time you
get a relaxer, since it will loosen up as your hair grows out. Care
for this style as you would your natural hair, washing at least once
a week. Prices range from about $15 to $35 per track.
If you've got a cute Toni Braxton look and
want to go from a closely cropped cut to free-flowing tresses, the
fusion method delivers one of the most versatile and believable
weaves on the market. With this technique, a machine similar to a
hot glue gun is used to adhere human hair extensions to individual
strands of your natural hair (about the same size as a micro braid)
for a truly authentic look. With a fusion weave, you can wash your
hair every week and use products like gels and mousse to style. This
is one of the most time-consuming (8 to 16 hours) and expensive
methods (prices range from about $800 to $1,800).
If you want
flowing locks like Trina and Kelly Price, ask your stylist about
netting. This technique involves braiding natural tresses under a
thin, breathable net that serves as a flat surface onto which
stylists can weave extensions. Netting provides more flexibility
than track placement because the stylist is not limited to sewing
extensions to a braid. This style can last for up to three months if
properly maintained. To care for your hair, wash it once a week and
invest in a hooded hair dryer or heated cap for at-home maintenance.
"You want to make sure your hair is completely dry so it will not
mildew under the net," advises Gray. Prices range from $150 to $350.
Don't let your good weave go
- Start with good-quality human hair. Gray chooses tresses that
most closely match the length, color and texture of a client's
natural hair. Synthetic hair melts if it's styled with a curling
iron or a blow dryer.
- Maintain hair with a detangling shampoo like KeraCare
Hydrating Detangling Shampoo and a moisturizing conditioner such
as KeraCare Dry & Itchy Scalp Moisturizing Conditioner.
- When it's time to remove your weave, seek out a professional
to prevent damage to your natural hair. Also, visit your stylist
to get the weave tightened and to ensure your hair is growing
- Before sleeping, cover your hair with a satin scarf.