Most of us will wrap it up for the night and head to the local hair store first thing in the morning so we can buy more hair. Now if you ordered your hair offline, you may not be able to find the exact match, but usually pretty close. And if you purchased your hair at a significant savings online -- well that savings goes right out the window when you have to pay full price, all because you didn't order enough.
I can't stress enough - DO YOUR HAIR HOMEWORK! Find out how much hair comes in a bundle! It's better to have more and not need it than to run out in the middle of an install.
How Much Hair Should I Buy
Weaving hair is measured by grams or ounces. The better hair companies have bundles 3.5-4 ounces/100 grams or more. Other hair companies may lessen the amount in a bundle, but charge the same price. Read the fine print for in-store and online purchases.
Shorter lengths (12″, 14″, 16) typically have more length on the weft requiring less hair for a full sew-in. Longer lengths (18″ 20″ 22″) carry more weight with their vertical length, so the amount of hair on the weft horizontally will less.
It is important to check and double check how much hair comes in a bundle when ordering online or making an in-store purchase.
The basic rule of thumb is a full head (having your entire head weaved with no hair or minimal hair left out) will require 2-3 bundles for the shorter lengths, while longer hair will require 3-4 bundles.
Curly or kinky textured hair does not require as much hair as, say a body wave or a straight hair style. Because most hair is thinner on the ends, you want to be sure you have enough hair to create a full look.
What's a full look? Well, let's just say we've all seen the woman whose hair is so thin you can see the tracks (because the braids are spread apart thus requiring less hair for the sew-in). You've seen it, and it's a hot mess.
Again, this does not apply to curly or kinky hair because the hair will not lay flat on your head.
Size Does Matter
So how big is your head? You know...
If you have a normal size head the above applies. Of course, if you have a larger head, you will need more hair. It's okay, you're not alone.
Don't get caught out with your hair half done. And God forbid if you decide to do your hair on a Sunday and you have work in the morning.
If you follow these simple rules when purchasing your hair, you will never get stuck with your hair half done. So get your head right and do it right the first time!