This is a technology of addition of hair to the scalp by weaving already existing hair. It is also called as Hair Integration. Some of the natural hair is woven together to act as an anchor to the hair membrane. This Technique is suitable for crown baldness, where a base in weaved with the existing hair and hair membrane is merged with this base through a surgical suture thread, it gives a perfect natural look. However, re-service is required for every two to four months depending upon the volume of the existing hair growth.
Hair Weaving Methods
There are various types of hair weaving styles out of which bonding, tracking, fusion, netting or net weaving, and tree braiding are some of the most extensively used method. Natural hair can be used for hair extensions.
Bonding is one of the most widely used technique where hair is separated into several sections and the pieces of weaved hair is added to the natural hair, close to the scalp by using hair glue. It is a famous temporary hair weaving technique which adds volume or vibrant streaks of colour to the natural hair. This is a temporary method of hair weaving that does not damage the natural hair. In order to prevent any kind of damage to natural hair, tracks are removed after few days. Another form of bonding technique is attachment of hair membrane with the help of a medical adhesive. Bonding technique has two types, namely soft bond and hard bond.
Tracking is another method of hair integration which involves braiding the natural hair into several tracks across the head. Here, a few concentric circles of braids are created and sewn. Now, the weave or new hair is sewn horizontally across the head to the sewn braids. Generally, hair is braided into cornrows in order to sew the weave hair. In this technique, natural tresses are initially braided into the cornrows, which are referred to as ‘track’. For a specific tracking, weave comprises few tracks. This type of hair weaving, however, requires a lot of care and can be properly done only by a professional. On the other hand, complete head is braided for a full head weave. In a full head weave, head braids are either sewn or covered with a net. Thereafter, extensions are sewn to the braids, with tracks depending on the desired look.
It is one of those techniques that gives a truly natural look by making the weave hair completely unrecognizable from the original hair. Here a machine is used to glue hair to the natural hair strands. For this, the natural hair has to be sectioned off into several small and slender sections. Then the machine is heated in order to attach the new hair to each of the sectioned hair strands. But the high heat applied can cause damage to hair and skin, and hence, sufficient care and precautions required to be followed. This method is quite expensive and time-consuming, but it can give a natural look and the hair can be washed and maintained as usual. Nowadays, another technique is available, which is known as cold fusion, which does not require the use of a heating machine. Associated with the risks of hair loss and damage of skin burn, the technique has not amassed popularity as bonding and tracking techniques.
4. Net Weaving
It is a permanent technique of hair weaving that is especially appropriate for those experiencing hair thinning or balding. In this process braiding of natural hair and enclosing a thin film of net on the braided hair is done. Now this net serves as a surface on which the new hair or hair extensions can be woven. It can last for 2 to 3 months, but would require proper care and maintenance. Benefit of this technique is that it does not cause any damage to hair unlike fusion technique. You can also wash your hair once in a week, provided you dry out your hair completely. In this technique, wefts are woven onto the net without any impact on natural hair’s health.