It’s important to change the directional braiding pattern of your natural hair, before your next lace front wig or bundle weft installation. To avoid the potential of tension along the hairline that will lead to increasing hair loss. Most lace wig wearers and weave enthusiast will lean to braiding patterns such as the simplistic cornrow braiding technique, however it is very wise to switch up your braiding pattern every other installation, to avoid the potential of losing your edges (hairline) , due to excessive pulling your hair in the same direction.
With frequent tugging of ones natural hair in the same directional pattern overtime, leads to early stages of irreversible hair loss and or baldness – believing “tight braids” are protective or secure you may be leading yourself down a unchangeable path . It’s best to give your natural hair a “breather” for at least 48 – 72hrs before the next braiding preparation for your lace front wig or bundle installation. By steaming, deep conditioning your natural hair gives your scalp time to relax from the last braid pattern is highly recommended before the next wig installation.
SIGNS YOU NEED TO CHANGE YOUR BRAIDING PATTERN
- Dramatic change to your hairline since the last lace wig or bundle install.
- Signs of receding edges or even at the nape
- Signs of less hair along the hairline – more often this will start on one side (left or right)
- Visible bumps along the hairline or nape – this is due to tugging or extremely tight braiding
- Feeling pain (tension pain) after braiding and weave installation after 1 hour – this means you must take it down immediately and give your hair a breather for 48hrs and have the braid pattern changed to a neat and comfortable feel then re-install.
Professional hairstylist will notice the need to change your braiding patterns and recommend some of the following braiding techniques based on your hair-styling choice going forward:
RECOMMENDED LACE WIG AND BUNDLE WEFTS BRAIDING PATTERNS
- Cornrow braid pattern (image towards the left) – Your natural hairs braided straight to the back and attached at the nape – this is the best option for lace front wigs, full lace wigs and glueless lace wigs, This braiding technique is great for treating your scalp when doing protective styling- gives you the ease of greasing your scalp at the recommended rate of every other night depending on the lack of moister due to changing seasons.
- Beehive Swirl braid pattern– ( image to the right) – recommended braiding pattern for crochet weaving, 360 frontal wigs and glueless lace wigs.
- Vixen 4 part braid pattern – this braiding technique is a good pattern for installing braid-in bundles hair extensions
- Circular braid pattern – Great for any lace closure , bundle weft installation or side partition lace wig installation. This braiding pattern is great for wearing lace wigs with combs inside the cap where the combs will slide easily beneath the braids.
Using bulk braiding hair for shorter natural hairs to achieve these recommendations in braid patterns for your next wig or bundle hair extension installation are also optional – to give your latest lace wig install flawless flowing style.