How to Do a Quick Weave
How to Do a Quick Weave

Learn How to Do a Quick Weave Like a Professional

Learning how to do a quick weave will help you save money at the salon and will let your creative spark come forward. Quick weaves can be created in all types of different styles using hair bundles of different colors, lengths and textures. Knowing how to do a quick weave entails learning different techniques and skills that will give you a natural looking style and lasting results. In this article we will cover the topic of installing quick weaves in its entirety including hair bundles selection, hair prepping and installation. By the time you are finished reading this article you should be confident enough to try installing a quick weave on your own.

What is a Quick Weave?

A quick weave is simply hair attached to tracks or wefts (hair bundles) that are bonded to one’s head using hair glue. It is a faster process than a sew-in weave and is easier for beginners to grasp. Quick weaves will last a few weeks and are the best option of weave styling if you change your style regularly. Read on to learn everything you need to know about how to do a quick weave.

Benefits of Quick Weaves

Like everything else, quick weaves have their advantages and disadvantages. Here are some benefits of quick weave listed below:

  • Time Efficiency: Quick Weaves are much faster to install than a sew-in. You could have a quick weave completed in about 45 minutes while a sew-in will take a few hours.
  • Cost Effectiveness: They are more cost effective in terms of how much you pay to install them. A quick weave will always be cheaper to install because they take less time and effort to complete.
  • Easier for DIY: They are an easy DIY option that can be easily installed at home without needing a high level of skill.
  • Temporary Solution: They are a great temporary solution for when you need a quick style that you intend to wear for a short period of time.
  • Enable Frequent Changes: A quick weave is the perfect option if you change your style regularly. Since quick weaves don’t last as long as sew-ins and are cheaper to install, they are a good solution for regular hairstyle changes.
  • Protective Styling: They are a good option for protective styling. You can change your color or texture whenever you like without applying bleach or color to your real hair. A quick weave also protects your hair from the elements and gives it a break from daily combing and brushing.
  • Flexible Styling: Quick weaves are versatile. You can install on your entire head or you can do a partial weave. They are highly flexible to create any style you like.
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Tools Needed for Installing a Quick Weave

Knowing how to do a quick weave installs learning how to use various supplies and tools. You will need quite a few tools to create a successful quick weave. Here is a list of the items you will need before starting to install your weave.

  • Hair bundles (wefts or tracks of hair)
  • Weaving cap or stocking cap
  • Hair bonding glue
  • Hair gel (Optional)
  • Rat tail comb
  • Wide tooth comb
  • Hair clips for sectioning
  • Hair scissors
  • Blow dryer (Optional)
  • Synthetic braids (Optional)
  • Protective hair solution
  • Mirror

Hair Prepping: Preparing Your Natural Hair

How to do a quick weave involves knowing how to prep your hair so that you get the best final result. An important point to note is that you should never install a quick weave on unwashed hair. This can cause a number of issues including scalp problems, bacteria growth, tangling and matting and other health problems. Always shampoo, condition and moisturize your hair before proceeding with a weave install. This will make all the difference with how your style turns out and how long it lasts.

Preparing a Solid Base for Hair Weaving

Knowing how to do a weave correctly is important for the best outcome. This includes knowing how to create a solid base for your hair bundles to sit on. When we say a solid base, we mean hair that has been manipulated so that it stays in its position for the longevity of your style. There are different ways you can create your base. The main factors that determine how to create your base are hair length, texture and preference.

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Doing Your Weave with a Leave-Out

What is a Leave-Out?

A leave-out is simply your own real hair that is left out to be later blended with the installed weave. A leave-out is usually done to create for a middle part or a side part. Before creating your base you need to decide where your leave-out will be positioned so that you can cornrow around it or for shorter hair, slick down your hair around it.

Creating a Cornrow Base for Hair Weaving

What are Cornrows?

Cornrows are a form of braid made from three adjacent strands of hair that are intertwined over or under each other. When they are intertwined over each other, we call this an inside cornrow. For the purpose of this article, we will focus on the type that is intertwined under each other. We call these outside cornrows. 

Creating a Base on Cornrows

Knowing how to do a weave using a cornrow base is important as it is one of the most common ways for base creation. To create a base with cornrows your hair first needs to be long enough to braid. Braids can be placed in any direction because you will be using a stocking cap or weaving cap on top of the braids. If you feel as though your hair is thin or patchy in some spots or you need more reinforcement to create a stronger base, you can braid your cornrows with synthetic braids.

The aim is to create a flat base that is flush to the head, one that cannot move around under the weave installation. The size of the cornrow makes all the difference here. If the cornrows are too small, they may make a weak base. If they are too large, they may create a bulky look under the weave that is filled with dips and high points that may be unsightly. Using medium sized cornrows is always the best bet for a smooth look flat cornrow base.

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Create a Hair Weaving Base on Short Hair

If you have short hair it is important to know how to do a quick weave without causing damage. When you have short hair that cannot be braided, the only option that will be left is to slick it back. You can do so using your favorite hair gel or styling foam. After you apply the gel, you need to let it dry completely before proceeding. If you want to accelerate the drying process, you can sit under a hooded drying with warm air to shorten drying time.

Using a Weaving Cap or Stocking Cap

After you have prepared your hair base, you will need to cover your head with a stocking cap or a weaving cap. This will keep your base secure throughout the duration of your install. It will also act as an added barrier against hair glue touching your real hair.

The Importance of Using a Protective Solution Before Installing a Quick Weave

If you want to protect your real hair underneath the weave, you will need to use a protective solution. Even if you use a wig cap or stocking cap, this will not provide enough protection from the hair glue that will be used to adhere the weave. Knowing how to do a quick weave involves doing it in a way that not only gives you a great style but also protects your real hair underneath the weave.

Applying Protective Solution

Once you have created your base it is time to apply your protective solution. Protective solution can be found at most beauty supply stores and comes in a bottle in liquid form. You can create a single barrier or a double barrier depending on your preferences and the level of protection you believe you need. A single barrier is where you apply one layer of the protective solution and a double layer is when you apply two separate layers of the solution. Here is a more in-depth explanation below:

Applying a Single Barrier of Protective Solution: Using a dye brush is the best way to get an even spread. To create a single barrier, you can place a heavy coating of the protective solution directly on top of your real hair. Let it dry completely and then place your stocking cap or weaving cap on top before installing your hair bundles.

Applying a Double Barrier of Protective Solution: To create a double barrier, you can first apply a heavy coating of solution to your real hair. Let it dry completely then apply your stocking cap or weaving cap. You will then place the second layer of protective solution on top of the stocking cap or weaving cap. This give you an extra layer of protection just in case you believe you may have missed some spots on the first layer.

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Once the solution is completely dry, you can trim the excess from around the perimeter of the cap to have clean edges around the hairline during your weave installation.

Learning How to Do a Quick Weave: Installing Your Hair Bundles

Installing your hair bundles is fairly easy to grasp. Knowing how to install a weave entails that you properly place your hair bundles so that the hair falls in the direction you want it to. It is an important part of the installation process to ensure that your style comes out right. When you are installing your hair tracks, start from the nape and work your way up toward the front hairline.

The following instructions are for how to do a quick weave while wearing a leave-out (middle part or a side part). Here are the steps:

  1. Clip your leave-out so that it is out of the way
  2. Measure your first track to place at the nape and cut to length
  3. Place a thin layer of hair glue on the underside of the hair weft
  4. Attach the weft to the base of the nape on the cap
  5. Hold it firmly and press to secure until it dries, using the assistance of a blow dryer if needed
  6. Once the first weft is dry, proceed the same with another weft just about 1 inch above the first one.
  7. Keep going like this until you complete the nape area of the head, 1 inch below the top of the ear.
  8. The next piece will measure from sideburn to sideburn and will be placed about ½ inch above the ear. At this point the track formation will no longer be straight but will be a horseshoe formation.
  9. Continue upward with this horseshoe formation until your tracks reach your leave-out.

Finishing Off the Hair Weave

Knowing how to do a weave means that you should not only know how to start it but you also have to learn how to finish it. It may seem complicated at first but with practice it becomes easier and easier. By now you would have installed all of your tracks up to where your leave-out is located. And now it’s time to finish off your weave. See the video below with detailed instruction on how to do a quick weave.

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Blending your Leave-Out with Your Weave

The texture of the hair weave you install will determine the treatment you need to give your leave-out for it to blend well. Learning how to do a quick weave is not just about installation, it is also about blending for a smooth finish. To seamlessly blend your leave-out with your weave, you need to understand the different techniques and processes that are used based on hair texture. The easiest process is for straight hair, as all you need to do is to flat iron your leave out to match it. If you are a beginner it may be best to start with a straight weave first before testing out more complex hair textures.


Knowing how to do a quick weave yourself has many advantages. You will save money by reducing or eliminating salon visits and you will have gained a new skill that you can possibly charge friends and family for in the future. Learning how to do a quick weave is more simple than it may seem initially. There are a number of steps involved to keep your hair under the weave healthy and the entire process may seem daunting at first. But after doing it a few times you will realize how easy and quick it really is.

If you are a beginner, learning how to do a quick weave with leave-out is the easiest option. Whether you prefer a side part or a middle part, the process will be very similar. Just make sure that you leave out at least about two inches of hair so that there is enough to properly cover the weft.

You should also pay special attention to protecting your real hair. Learning how to do a quick weave also entails learning how to protect your real hair. Always use a protective solution to cover all the areas the glue will touch. Hair glue is very damaging to real hair so protecting your own hair is very important. Remember to start from nape and work your way up until you get a horse shoe formation that meets the leave-out. Now you know how to do a quick weave. Now you can experiment with different styles and be as creative as you want to be!

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