How to Make an Instant Weave

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How to Make an Instant Weave
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Instant weaves, also known as quick weaves, are customised removable hair pieces made out of wefted weaving hair. Instant weaves can be worn as a full wig or a half wig to blend with your existing fringe. With the right tools, creating your own instant weave can be a breeze.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Mannequin head or wig stand
  • Net or mesh wig cap
  • 227 to 284gr. wefted weaving hair
  • Scissors
  • Nail glue
  • C-shaped weaving needle
  • Nylon weaving thread
  • Weaving glue
  • Hairdryer

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Instructions

    Threading on a Net Cap

  1. 1

    Secure mannequin head or wig base to a sturdy counter or mannequin stand. Place your net or mesh cap so it fits tightly around the wig base, and does not roll or slide back when you pinch the net.

  2. 2

    Unravel the wefted hair extension and hold the weft tightly against the rear of the cap where the first weft will be sewn. Position the weft just above the rim of the cap.

  3. 3

    Trim the length of weft and dab nail glue onto the ends of the weft to prevent shedding.

  4. 4

    Using a C-shaped weaving needle and nylon weaving thread, stitch the weft horizontally across the rear of the cap by anchoring each stitch around a thread of the pattern in the cap. Reinforce each end of the weft by looping the thread into a knot. Trim excess thread.

  5. 5

    Repeat the measurement, trimming and stitching pattern for each piece of weft added to the net cap. Place wefts 1/2 inch apart.

  6. 6

    Try on your instant weave before shaping the style. Your instant weave may not need to be styled very much. If your instant weave requires a trim or shaping, place it back on the wig base and style as desired.

    Bonding to a Mesh Cap

  1. 1

    Secure mannequin head or wig base to a sturdy counter or mannequin stand. Place your mesh cap so that it fits tightly around the wig base and does not roll or slide back when you pinch the mesh.

  2. 2

    Unravel the wefted hair extension and hold the weft tightly against the rear of the cap where the first weft will be glued. Position the weft just above the rim of the cap.

  3. 3

    Trim the length of weft and dab nail glue onto the ends of the weft to prevent shedding.

  4. 4

    Lay the piece of weft inside up on a flat surface. Apply a thin layer of weaving glue to the inside seam, which is visible as a tiny fringe on one side of the weft.

  5. 5

    Apply the glued side of the weft to the mesh cap, pressing firmly. Blast with a hair dryer set to high. Tap the weft with your finger as the glue sets. The glue is set when it is no longer tacky.

  6. 6

    Repeat application of each weft every 1/2 inch throughout the cap, allowing the glue to dry on each strip.

  7. 7

    Try on your instant weave and style and trim as desired.

Tips and warnings

  • When choosing your thread and glue colours, choose those that best match your weaving hair.
  • Long weaving hair can be applied horizontally throughout the entire cap, with application ending directly against the outer, front rim of the cap. Short styles can be modified into a horseshoe or spiral pattern at the crown.
  • Use only machine-tied weft hair. Hand-tied wefts will shed or fall apart if cut.
  • Do not use the bonding glue method on a net cap. You will end up gluing everything to the mannequin base.

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