Bonded weaves have such a bad reputation. In this video I talk about…
- Why bonded weaves have such a bad reputation.
- Proper Installation & Removal
- The #1 key to not losing chunks of hair when you remove a bonded weave.
I hope you enjoy!
Hey! It's Marquetta Breslin, and I'm back with yet another Q&A. This question comes from Aquilla. Let's read the question. “Hi. My name is Aquilla.” Hi, Aquilla. “I have been wearing bonded weaves for about a month. I do my own hair. I haven't had a problem thus far. I'm certified in braiding and weaving, but I would like to get your advice or take on bonded weaves. Any information you can give would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance for you time.”
You're welcome. It is my pleasure. Thank you for asking me and trusting my advice.
Here's my take on bonded weaves. Bonded weaves, for many, many years, have gotten a bad rep, and I will admit I probably have said something bad over the years about bonded weaves, too. But you know what? When I sat back and I thought about it, and looked at the whole picture, it's not the bonded weave that is the problem; it is the person putting in the bonded weave that’s a problem, or it's the improper removal of the bonded weave.
What do I mean by that? You have the kitchen beautician who is putting a bonded weave in, has no training, doesn’t know anything about it, is just looking at things that she's seen other people do. She's putting in this weave. Number one, the bond could by lying directly on the client's hair. It could be globs. You will be surprised what I've seen sit in my chair in the salon. I've seen globs this thick of bond glue that someone has gone to a kitchen beautician to get their hard done, glue is all dripping all down, and it's all on the hair. The client has been told, “Oh, girl, you'll be all right; just use some oil sheen to get that out.”
Come on now. Come on now. That’s number one: improper application or installation of the bonded weave.
Number two: When you remove a bonded weave, a lot of people haven't even been trained on how to properly remove them. You can't force the weave to come out. You have to either let your solvent or oil or whatever you're using come out.
Let me give you a little bit 101 on a bonded weave. Number one: You want to always be sure to properly prep the hair for the weave. “How do I do that, Marquetta?” That’s easy. Either you're going to use gel … the best gel is Ampro Pro Styl in black. When that stuff dries, it is hard as a rock. That’s awesome for a 30-minute weave or a 30-minute or something like that. I'll link you to, and I'll put a picture up here while I'm talking.
They have a great system where you get the glue, you get the bond stuff, and you get some other kind of gel-like stuff to put on the hair in order to … it acts a barrier between the client's hair and the bond, and then when you take it out it flies out and it's all good.
Number one: You have to make sure you create a beautiful canvas. That’s what I call it, the canvas. You do that by either gelling the hair down, or you can braid the hair down and add gel on top of the braid, but you just want to make sure that you create a nice barrier on a nice flat canvas.
Once you do that, you put your client underneath the dryer and get completely 100% dry. Don't let them fool you and say, “Oh, I'm dry. Mm-hmm, girl, I'm dry.” I've don’t it before. Don't do that. You have to touch in there and make sure they're completely dry. Once you do that, you can use … I don’t know if it's called Morning Glory now or Gro-protect Solution, but Google either of those names. If I find a picture I'll post it in this video, or get you a link down at the bottom of this video. It's called Gro-protect Solution or Morning Glory, and you're going to apply this product onto the client's hair, all over the client's hair, using an applicator brush just as you would with color or a relaxer.
You're going to apply that all over the client's hair, put the back underneath the dryer, and let it get completely dry.
“What is that stuff, Marquetta?” That stuff is what acts as a barrier between the glue and the client's hair. It's like a sheet. It's almost like you're putting a piece of Saran Wrap in between to protect the client's hair. Once you do that, then you want to just go ahead and apply the weave, just like you normally would; cut it, style it, make it look cute, do whatever you're going to do.
Then, after your client has worn the weave for about … what? … I don't know. Two or three weeks, four weeks … it depends on who you are and how well you can do these installs. Then, if your client is going to remove the weave by herself at home, please don’t be one of those stylists that says, “I ain't going to tell her how to remove that, because she got to come back to me. I want her to come back to me so I ain't going to tell her. She'll call me, and she'll come back.”
[No, Boo 0:05:30], don’t do that. That’s not cool. You want to always educate your clients so that they respect you and they come back to you, because if they lose their hair, they're going to somebody else anyway. Always educate your client on how to properly remove any type of weave, or educate them period.
Let's talk about the removal. You want to use … what I like to do is, if I'm going to use a brand of something, I like to stick with the same brand. Let's say I'm going to use 30-Second Weave bond. They have a removal system. If I'm using that bond, they have made the removal system for that specific bond. I'm not going to go and get Cholesterol, oil sheen, baby oil, olive oil. I'm not going to go get all of that stuff. I'm going to use the solvent that was made for that product.
That is the key right there. That’s the number one thing that’s going to help you out, because they’ve made these products together for a reason.
You want to use that. You want to read the directions if you don’t know how to use it, because a lot of us … let's be honest, I've been guilty of it, too. I'll go grab some oil sheen. I used to do that. Oil sheen … whatever was near me that was oily, that would get that glue out, I would just go grab it and remove it; but they make these products for a reason.
Go get your solvent, apply it the way you're supposed to, and be patient. If, when you try to remove it, it doesn’t come up. If you are pulling and you're yanking your head, and it's hurting, it's not ready to come out. Just add a little bit more solvent, and give it a little bit more time.
If, over time, you can't … it's that one little piece where the tracks are hanging, and you have that one little piece that’s sticking there, if that happens, then you can resort to your oils and things of that nature to try to get them out.
My whole point to this is to make sure that you know how to properly install and how to properly remove a bonded weave. I will say this, and this is something that I missed … If you use that product, Morning Glory or Gro-protect solutions, or the 30-Second kit that they have, when you take your client to the shampoo bowl, or when your client gets ready to shampoo her hair in the shower to remove the weave, it's should just come out without any … you shouldn't have any issues. It shouldn't be stuck in any places. The whole point for that stuff is to make it easy to remove so you don’t lose a lot of hair. It should slide right out … literally slide right out.
I taught my mother how to do this so that she can install her bonded weave, and how to remove it so that she can keep her hair done when she's not here. She got so good at it that, when she got ready to take it out, she'd just get in the shower and it'd just slide right out … literally. Of course, here and there she'd have an issue with something getting stuck, and then she'd have to go in with a little bit of oil sheen, but she did not lose any hair because of that.
My take … and this was a long answer … but my take on bonded weaves is that I think they're great. I think they're a great alternative to … or giving your hair a break, or if you want to go blond for two weeks, then go get you a bonded weave. It ain't nothing wrong with a bonded weave. Just educate yourself on how to do it, how to remove it, and you'll be good to go.
I hope you enjoy, and I'll see you on the next Q&A.