A First-Timer's Guide To All Things Weaves, Wigs, & Hair Extensions

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If you search for hair inspiration on social media, or follow hairstylists, celebrities, or influencers on Instagram, then chances are your feed is often full of wigs, weaves, and hair extensions — whether you know it or not. How? Some of the most-followed pros in the game should really be called magicians, because their artistry seems borderline magical at times.

But wigs and weaves aren't just a fantastic way to give yourself a quick makeover or pull an IG fake out — when installed properly, they also create great protective styles, too. Plus, there are a ton of options available at every price point for those that want to try a new style without overly committing. Of course, therein lies the problem: It can be very overwhelming to navigate this world of hair extensions, but luckily, we're here to help.

Everything you need to know about wigs, weaves, extensions, and more, ahead.


<strong>Hair Glue </strong><br><br>This is used to bond wefts to wig caps or directly onto flat cornrows, although the latter is not recommended as it heightens the risk of damaging your hair. Glue often gets stuck in the hair, creating knots and tangles that are hard or impossible to comb out, so if you’re doing a weave, its best to use thread to attach your hair. Glue is also a short-term commitment, compared to sewing in tracks — glue will last around 2-3 weeks compared to 6-8 weeks that the threads can. <br><br><strong>Proclaim</strong> Dark Super Bond Hair Glue, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sallybeauty.com%2Fdark-super-bond%2FPROCLM10.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sally Beauty" class="link ">Sally Beauty</a>
Hair Glue

This is used to bond wefts to wig caps or directly onto flat cornrows, although the latter is not recommended as it heightens the risk of damaging your hair. Glue often gets stuck in the hair, creating knots and tangles that are hard or impossible to comb out, so if you’re doing a weave, its best to use thread to attach your hair. Glue is also a short-term commitment, compared to sewing in tracks — glue will last around 2-3 weeks compared to 6-8 weeks that the threads can.

Proclaim Dark Super Bond Hair Glue, $, available at Sally Beauty

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