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
Separate 1 inch of the perimeter hair line and braid loosely to keep out of the way.
Create your cornrow just above the perimeter hair at the nape of the neck, plaiting twice to begin.
Add 10 strands of loose hair to the outer sides of the braid. Plait once to incorporate the loose hair into the braid.
Pull loose hair away from the braid and plait cornrow once.
Add another 10 strands of loose hair to each side of the braid. Plait to incorporate loose hair.
Continue adding, plaiting and removing the hair in one single cornrow, working in a spiral pattern around the head, finishing at the crown.
Release the perimeter braid and comb to blend.
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.
Slide a crochet hook under the braid at the nape of the neck.
Place a synthetic braid on the hook halfway between the ends of the braid.
Pull the hook out of the cornrow, creating a loop of braid on one side and the two loose ends on the other.
Insert the ends of the braid through the loop and pull tightly to lock in place.
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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