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How To Glue In Weave

Want to learn how to glue in weave?

A glued in or bonded weave is the quickest, cheapest and easiest black hair weaving technique to learn and use.

It's so easy that if you take your time and use the right tools you can do it yourself and save a lot of money.

The technique is done with a special hair bonding glue used to attach extension hair to the roots of your own hair in rows. The hair used must be on a track (also known as a weft).

As with any other type of weave, you should choose hair that's as close to yours in color and texture as possible for the most natural and seamless blend.

So, what are the arguments for and against this weaving technique? Here's a quick look at the major pros and cons of bonded/glued weaves.



Clearly there are more positives than negatives, making this type of weave great for a quick and affordable style change.

Straight hair extensions (that you can leave straight or curl to style after you install it) tend to look best with this type of weaving technique since it's easily blended with relaxed or flat ironed hair.

Step by Step Instructions on How to Glue in Weave Hair

Glue weave techniques are pretty easy to do. A trip to your local beauty supply to get a few items, a few hours and the instructions that follow are all you need to create your very own bonded extension hair style.

What Do You Need to Glue in Weave?

How to Glue in Tracks

Before you begin keep in mind that you want to start with clean, dry, straightened hair. Always start from the back and work your way toward your hairline for best results.

  1. Part a horizontal section of hair from edge to edge and clip the rest of the hair up and away.

  2. Take the weft of weave hair and measure how much you'll need from end to end leaving about 1/4 inch space on each side (if you want the extension hair to have a less bulky look you can split the weft in two with a razor).

  3. Apply the weave glue in a thin line on the track of the weft.

  4. Carefully place the weft as close to the base of your hair as possible without putting it directly on your scalp. You can go end to end or start from the middle and work your way out to the edges. Press the weft down firmly against the hair as you move along.

  5. Use a blow dryer on a cool setting to dry the section before moving on to the next.

  6. Continue to part and place the hair extensions until you get to the front of the hair.

  7. Once you've installed all of the tracks, trim or cut and style your hair.

Remember: You can cut the weft to suit any style you want including creating a center or side part.

How to Take Out a Glue in Weave

Important! DO NOT skip this step if your goal is to keep your hair healthy and prevent bald spots, breakage and damage after wearing a glued in weave.

When you're ready to take this weave style out (or when it tells you it's ready to come out) all you need is a pair of disposable gloves, a bottle of weave glue remover and patience.

  1. Apply the weave glue remover to each track from end to end (it usually looks like a white crème so you can see where it's going on your hair). You can apply the remover to the top and underside of each track for more coverage.

  2. Rub the remover into the tracks to make sure it's thoroughly saturated.

  3. Wait 1-5 minutes for the bonds to soften and break down in the glue.

  4. Gently pull at the track and it should come right out. If it doesn't, repeat steps 1-3 again. Never ever rip a weft that's not ready to come out of your hair. The end result is breakage and damaged hair.

  5. Once you have all the tracks removed, feel around in your scalp for any traces of glue left behind. If it's there saturate the areas with conditioner that has a lot of slip and let it sit for as long as you can before shampooing and conditioning.

  6. If you notice traces of glue still left behind, keep repeating the steps until all of the glue is safely removed. The key is to be gentle and patient.

FAQ on How to Glue in Weave

Is it ok to glue in weave after a relaxer?

Yes it's ok. Glued tracks look their best on freshly relaxed hair because the roots lie down more giving the whole style a flatter, no bumps finish.

How long can you leave in a glue weave?

A good application can last anywhere from a few days to 3 weeks. After the first 2 weeks you'll need to get the weave touched up to secure areas that loosened. At the 3 week mark it's time for the whole thing to come out so you can wash and condition your hair properly.

Does glue weave hair a negative effect on your hair?

Using glue to bond hair extensions can cause damage to your hair and scalp if not used correctly. If you take the proper precautions when using this technique as well as strengthen and condition your own hair between styling's the negative effects will be minimized greatly.

How do you care for and maintain a glue weave?

The number one rule with bonded weaves is that you don't wash them while you have them in. That's the surest way for them to come loose and completely ruin your style.

Here's what you can do in the meantime to keep your style looking and feeling great.

How do you make a glue in weave last longer?

You can keep a bottle of bonding glue handy to touch up areas that might loosen up because of regular combing, brushing and styling. By securing these areas you can get a few more days out of your bonded weave.

If you're looking for a weave style with more staying power, sewn in or fusion are much better options.

How do you glue weave into short hair?

If your hair is very short you can still get the benefit of this technique with a slight twist. Click here to read more about quick weaves and why they work so well for very short hair.

What's the best weave glue?

There are 2 types of hair bonding adhesives.

  1. Latex based glue.

  2. Liquid bonding adhesive.

Both work well, are affordable and are equally easy to apply and remove. The best one for you depends on which you can get and personal preference. At $2-5 a bottle, why not try both to see which you like more?

So what's the Verdict on Glue in Weaves?

Glue in weaves are a great styling option if you want a short term change in hair style without spending a lot of money or time to get it.

If you need a hairstyle that will go the distance in terms of durability this hair weaving technique is not the best choice.

If you choose to wear a bonded weave, always follow a healthy hair care regimen and use the proper methods to add and remove the hair extensions every time.

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