How to do the interlocking hair weave method

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How to do the interlocking hair weave method
Interlock hair weave (Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

There are two main methods of interlock weaving, and rarely are there variations on the process. Braided interlock weaving, also known as tree braiding, is a healthy human hair weave that creates free flowing hair without the stress of a sew-in. Crochet interlock weaving can utilise synthetic pre-braided strands or loose human hair to create a full weave. Human hair methods last two to three months with proper maintenance and synthetic interlock can last up to three weeks.

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Things you need

  • 2 packs bulk hair
  • Rat tail comb
  • 2 packs synthetic braids
  • Crochet hook

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  1. 1

    Separate 1 inch of the perimeter hair line and braid loosely to keep out of the way.

  2. 2

    Create your cornrow just above the perimeter hair at the nape of the neck, plaiting twice to begin.

  3. 3

    Add 10 strands of loose hair to the outer sides of the braid. Plait once to incorporate the loose hair into the braid.

  4. 4

    Pull loose hair away from the braid and plait cornrow once.

  5. 5

    Add another 10 strands of loose hair to each side of the braid. Plait to incorporate loose hair.

  6. 6

    Continue adding, plaiting and removing the hair in one single cornrow, working in a spiral pattern around the head, finishing at the crown.

  7. 7

    Release the perimeter braid and comb to blend.

  1. 1

    Braid all hair into tight cornrows. Patterns can be spiral or a mix of horizontal and vertical, depending on what is best for coverage of the underlying hair.

  2. 2

    Slide a crochet hook under the braid at the nape of the neck.

  3. 3

    Place a synthetic braid on the hook halfway between the ends of the braid.

  4. 4

    Pull the hook out of the cornrow, creating a loop of braid on one side and the two loose ends on the other.

  5. 5

    Insert the ends of the braid through the loop and pull tightly to lock in place.

  6. 6

    Repeat looping and locking braids one next to the other on each cornrow until full coverage has been achieved.

Tips and warnings

  • Using bulk hair for a crochet weave will create short funky styles, as the hair is doubled over to be less than half its length.
  • Synthetic hair cannot be heat styled or it will melt.

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