Experimenting with your hair has never been easier thanks to the extensive range of weaves and wigs on offer these days. One trip to the salon and you can transform from a Zoe Kravitz style blonde pixie cut to Naomi Campbell's signature long, sleek locks in just a few hours - all without doing an ounce of damage.
If you've been pondering weave options but have no idea where to begin, GLAMOUR has teamed up with London-based hair salon, to answer your every weave-related quandary. With a strong Instagram following of 56K and an array of celebrity clients including Victoria's Secret model Leomie Anderson and GLAMOUR cover star Patricia Bright, Dollhouse is one of the most in-demand salons in London. Here, its owners answer the most-Googled questions about weaves and wigs. Take note...
What does the process of getting a weave/wig entail?
"The process of getting a bespoke wig or weave involves using bundles and a lace system to construct the wig or weave on the individual's head. The client's hair is braided up to allow a flat seamless base, and then bundles are carefully attached using a specialised stitching method to the base.
Wigs require an additional spandex cap in order to make the wig comfortable and removable. Depending on the type of lace system, a temporary hold gel is then used to set the lace frontal system, which can either be a full lace frontal or lace closure.
How many different types of weaves can you get?
There are several different types of weaves on offer. The most popular is the lace frontal wig or weave, lace closure wig or weave, and the natural sew-in, which has further options such as a flip over vixen (two set partings) and a c-part (curved parting).
At Dollhouse, we have a recommended hair vendor, , who provides luxury virgin hair to purchase for our clients. They offer Peruvian velvet straight, Peruvian Bodywave, Mongolian exotic curly, and Peruvian Bombshell Blonde Hair. All hair is in bundles and has matching lace frontals and lace closures.
What is the difference between partial sew-in, flip over vixen and lace frontal wigs and weaves?
Partial Natural Sew In:
This is when the majority of the hair is braided apart from a small section at the top of head to cover the weave tracks and create a parting. Two to four bundles of weave are then sewn to the braids. This is a great option if you are after a very natural look as your own hairline and scalp is visible. This is a type of weave which works best if you are going to care for the hair which is left out - if not looked after properly, it can cause breakage.
Flip over vixen:
Weave tracks are applied to two to four different sections rather than braiding all of your hair back or into one beehive pattern. Your hair is left out around the edges, as well as down the middle of your hair - this gives you more versatility when it comes to styling as you can wear your hair in French braids, up in a high pony/bun, half up half down etc. The vixen weave is best done on hair that's healthy and full and that's roughly pony tail length for easy blending.
Lace frontal wig/weave:
A lace frontal is best used when you want to recreate the entire front hairline. It sits across the front of the head from ear to ear. This is a really good option if you suffer from hair loss on the hair edges. A frontal can be used when creating a wig but can also be used for a weave. Wearing a frontal gives you the option of being able to wear your wig/weave in a pulled back hairstyle. This is known as a protective style, as none of your natural hair is left out.
Lace closure wig/weave:
A closure is typically 4x4 inches and is used to cover the area where the weave gets sewn in, giving the appearance of a natural hairline and scalp area. Like a frontal, it can be used when creating a wig or can be used for a weave. This is known as a protective style as none of your natural hair is left out.
How long does it take to get a weave?
The time it takes to get a weave varies on the style you're getting and the texture of your natural hair. At Dollhouse, we set aside three hours for each client, although it can take less/more time.
How long can you keep your weave in?
The amount of time you can keep your weave in depends on your hair type, hair texture and skin type. It also depends on the type of wig/weave you go for. Weaves have a shorter lifespan than wigs of approximately three to four weeks. Wigs can last between three weeks or several years if you keep on top of regular maintenance/reinstalling.
Does getting a weave hurt?
The process of getting a wig or weave installed is entirely painless. Braiding your real hair to act as a seamless flat base may involve mild tension, as all universal braiding does.
What are the best products to use on your weave?
There are so many products on the market but the products you should use depend on the hair texture you have chosen. For example, for curly hair we recommend L’Oréal curling mousse. For straight hair, we recommend L’Oréal Heat Protection Spray, and for a silk straighten and body wave hair, we recommend a good handy holding spray after curling.
How often should you wash it?
This is very much down to personal preference but also depends on how many times a week you are wearing it (if it is a wig). If you’re wearing it every day, it may need a weekly wash and condition. For weaves, this is slightly different as it is recommended to wash it less to avoid loosening the braid base.
Can I dye and style the weave as I please?
Yes, you can colour and dye luxury human hair extensions. You can also straighten, curl, style, air dry it.
Can you take your own weave out or should you go to a salon?
You can definitely take out your own weave - it's not as hard as it may seem. When putting in a weave, the corners are doubled up with thread for security. So, if you just cut that thread, it unravels. It only takes about an hour but, again, this depends on how fast you are.