Ask the Experts: New Year, New Weave

Noël Reid-Killings, hairstylist extraordinaire and owner of Noël New York Salon & Boutique, explains how to start the new year off with the right weave.

Avoid Circular Braids
“Every great weave starts with a great foundation. Because your hair doesn’t naturally grow in a circular pattern, that braid formation is stressful on your strands. Tracks should to lay right on top of braids, so in my salon we braid horizontally, starting on the perimeter of the hairline and ending in the middle of the head. We finish with a French braid going the middle (called a ‘spine’).”

Use Human Hair Only
“Don’t let anyone braid synthetic hair into your own. Synthetics are like plastic and if you own natural hair is interwoven with it, the friction will cause your hair to break.”

Buy Quality Hair
“Cheap hair can be a waste of money. Pay just a little bit more for great quality hair that lasts so much longer—up to a year! If you wear weaves consistently, invest in good hair. Ask a retailer for samples. Tease it, and if it knots up really well, it’s not good for weave. Also wash it and observe how it behaves. Sometimes hair is treated before it’s packaged, so it looks beautiful but it won’t look good long term.”