Weaves are still a bit of an enigma in the hair industry. Despite being an attractive money-making avenue, there are still question marks around the extension practice that may hold back their popularity.

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We spoke to Rachael Waddle of RW Hair Extensions, a salon owner who has found every benefit of the weave. Here she clears up some common misconceptions about the weave form of hair extensions, explaining why they’re a client’s dream and lucrative option for stylists.

1. They are uncomfortable.

Without the confines of glue, clips, tape or bonds, the weave has less of a painful pull to natural hair. The weave is implemented by creating a braid in the middle section of the hair, which the weave is then sewn into, so that it has no actual attachment to the natural hair itself.

2. They are damaging to the hair.

The braid seamlessly holds up the weight of the weave without causing stress to the hair follicle, Rachael explains.

3. They take a long time to implement.

According to Rachael, most clients vary between 1 and 2 rows, which only takes between 30 to 60 minutes to do.

4. They are bad quality.

Quality, real-hair extensions are long lasting and time efficient to maintain.

5. They are painful to remove.

Due to the simple nature of the implementation, the attachment is also easy to undo.

6. They can be used just once.

The weaves are actually re-usable, making them the ideal accessory to put on for your client’s next big event. “Another great thing about the weave is when you want to take it out you can keep the hair and it is reusable to either sew onto clips or you can keep it for special occasions and have it sewn in for something different,” Rachael shared.

7. They look fake.

With good quality extensions, seamless implementation and perfect colour matching, hair weaves can look like the client’s new natural style. Rachael ensures a thorough consultation before commencing service, leveraging 12 years of industry experience to elect a tone and texture that will feel like it was yours all along.

8. They aren’t applicable to many clients.

Weaves don’t just have to be worn to add length, clients can utilise them to add thickness, colour or just a quick change to their usual style. Whatever the clients’ needs, Rachael listens before carefully selecting the perfect weave for each individual lifestyle and home-hair regime.

For more information visit rwhairextensions.com.au