Locs take work to curate and generally you want to show them off! With that being said, you may have had your hair in locs for years and want to switch up your style. With that being the case, you don’t want to throw away all of your progress.
Table of Contents
- How to do weave over your locs
- Tips and tricks
- Can I get a weave over dreads?
- Can wigs go over locs?
- The bottom line
Did you know you can actually wear a weave, even if you have locs? The installation process is very similar to the general installation process. Let’s take a look.
How to do weave over your locs
The biggest difference between a general weave install and installing weave over your locs has to be the way you secure the hair prior to install. Locs naturally have more bulk and it’s important to flatten them as much as possible.
The easiest way to prepare locs for a weave is by braiding the hair. About 5 to 6 French braids is ideal. This allows the hair to be tucked under and decreases the bulk that will be under the weave.
After you have braids secured you want to pin or sew the ends of the braided locs throughout the rest of the hair. Try not to bend the ends too much as this will create unnecessary bulk.
After you’ve secured the locs, the installation is quite similar. You want to install a high quality weave. The best weave is generally made with human virgin hair as it’s in its most natural state.
The healthier the hair is means the hair will last longer and be easier to style. Once you’ve picked the right hair to install, the installation is pretty straight forward.
Applying a net or cap is helpful whether you’re applying a quick weave or sew-in. This gives the weave something to grab onto instead of your locs. Apply as normal and you’re good to go.
Styling is important when wearing a weave over your locs. You want to style the hair in a way that blends over any imperfections.
Adding texture throughout through the use of curls is always helpful. It adds natural volume and takes away from the fact that there is extra bulk under the weave.
If you’ve installed a frontal or closure, styling this will allow you to get a natural look as well.
Tips and tricks
- Get comfortable with French braiding – French braiding also known as under braiding is important as it tucks all of the hair under to secure. This allows the locs to get as flat as possible during the installation process.
- Use wig caps and netting – Using these tools allows the weave to have an extra layer to grab onto instead of disturbing your locs.
- Pick textures that naturally have more volume – By choosing a weave texture with more volume, this allows you to naturally cover up any of the imperfections or excessive bulk.
Can I get a weave over dreads?
Yes, you can get a weave over dreads. The installation process is quite similar to the way the hair is installed even if you don’t have dreads. A little more tucking and securing is needed to get a flat foundation, but it is possible. Depending on the size and length of your locs you may have to put in a little more effort but for the majority it’s very much possible to get a weave even if you have locs.
Can wigs go over locs?
Yes, wigs can go over locs. The installation process is very similar to when you install a weave over your locs. You will have to spend a little more time to ensure the hair is as flat as possible but a wig installation is achievable. Wig caps are helpful in this process as it allows you to further secure the locs all in one place.
The bottom line
You don’t have to get rid of your locs to switch up your style! Get comfortable with securing your locs so that you can simply install weave right over them.
Take into consideration the type of hair you get. Having good quality weave really does make a difference.
You’re sure to be happy with the end look of weaving over your locs.