If you have never weaved gauze harnesses, then the process itself may intimidate you, but although they take enough time, they are not so difficult to make. Once you choose the right faux hair, all you have to do is literally wind it around your real hair. If done correctly, this hairstyle will last for several weeks.
Part 1 of 3: Preparing Your Hair
Step 1. Find the right artificial hair
Gauze plaits are made with a specific type of artificial hair that is packaged and sold as "gauze hair". Choose them as they are perfect for this hairstyle, and are already cut to the correct length, which will greatly simplify the creation and make the hairstyle smoother.
- Of course, if you like other brands and types of artificial hair, then go for them. People have different tastes, but if you need advice on this, then ask someone who has done this hairstyle before.
- Note that more affordable hair extensions are artificial, but natural hair is easier to care for. However, before you buy your hair, be sure to look at the care instructions on the back of the bag to check if there are any particular cares.
Step 2. Pre-soak and dry artificial hair
If hair extensions are sometimes irritating, or you have never done so and you have a sensitive scalp, you should soak or spray your hair with apple cider vinegar in water.
- Dilute 1/2 cup (125 ml) apple cider vinegar with 2 cups (500 ml) water. Soak hair in this solution for 1-2 minutes. Let them dry completely before using.
- Soaking your hair in this way will help remove the alkaline environment. It is known to cause allergic reactions and lead to side effects such as bumps, irritation and itching.
Step 3. Wash and dry your hair
Before starting, you should wash your hair thoroughly with shampoo and strong conditioner. Make sure your hair is completely dry before proceeding further.
Most women find their hair less frizzy when using a hairdryer, especially with a diffuser, rather than leaving the hair to dry on its own. Do what is best for your hair. You want your hair to be as dry as possible and curl as little as possible
Step 4. Comb and untangle
Comb your hair with a wide-toothed comb. If necessary, apply a detangler to loosen any knots.
Some argue about whether or not to apply oil at this stage. Basically, the answer is no. Your hair should be fairly straight, but not slippery. In addition, the gel that will later be applied in the process will help smooth out any frizzy strands of hair while working
Part 2 of 3: Making the Gauze Harnesses
Step 1. Divide your hair into sections
Part your hair into 2-inch (5 cm) sections, starting at the back of your head and working your way up to the back of your head and in the same way along the sides and front.
- You can part all hair first, or later, during the process. Choose for yourself, but if you are new to this business, then it is better to do everything at once to make sure that you get equal parts.
- Secure each part with an invisible hairpin or any other hairpin.
Step 2. Apply the gel to one part of the hair
Working on this section, apply some gel to a section of your natural hair, smoothing securely to the side.
- Hair gel gives your hair extra hold. Its use helps prevent your harnesses from unraveling after the process is complete.
- The gel will also relieve you of frizz that may appear after shampooing.
- Apply the gel while curling. Apply just a little to smooth out frizz that occurs in the process.
Step 3. Bend the "gauze hair" section
Take a strand out of the bag and fold it in half. Hold it between two fingers so that it forms a U-shape.
- Take some time to separate the gauze hair from each other. Since you buy them tightly packed, this is necessary. All you really need to do is pull down each strand several times until you notice that the hair is starting to separate from each other. They should still be grouped together well enough when done.
- You can also pull on both ends hanging from the bag so that the hair starts to come off rather than curl.
Step 4. Wrap around one section of your natural hair
Start at the back of your head. Place the center of the curled gauze hair at the root of your real hair. Keep your natural hair in the middle.
You should now have three strands of hair in your hands
Step 5. Braid your plaits
Braid three strands about 1 inch (2.5 cm). This braid will secure your artificial hair.
After braiding it, separate the ends so that instead of three, there are two. The easiest way to do this is to divide the center strand into two equal ones and add one to the side strands
Step 6. Curl your hair all the way
Twist the remaining two strands tightly around each other. Do this tight enough so that they do not unravel, but, on the other hand, not too much so that they do not get tangled.
After you release the finished harness, it will most likely spring back a little and be quite loose. It's not a problem. You must braid the braid thick enough so that it stays in place
Step 7. Trim the ends
Use scissors or a razor blade to cut hair that is longer than necessary. Seal the ends by immersing them in boiling water.
- When cutting off excess hair, use the sharp edges of the blade and keep them straight. Then the ends of the hair will be more natural and beautiful. Do not cut your hair across as if you were cutting pieces of paper.
- Boil water in a saucepan on the stove. After it boils, remove the pot from the stove and then dip your hair into it. Do not dip the ends of your hair in boiling water while the pot is still on the stove.
- Dry your hair with a towel when you're done.
Step 8. Repeat if necessary
Do the same as described earlier for the rest of the strands. Continue twisting the harnesses until you are done.
- Leave your hair in boiling water for a few seconds. Dry them with a towel when done.
- You can secure the ends with a curling iron if you like.
Part 3 of 3: Caring for the Marlies
Step 1. Wash your hair with a bottled spray
You can maintain the frequency of shampooing, but to maintain the integrity of your tourniquets, you must spray diluted shampoo from a spray bottle onto your scalp. Rinse by spraying with a bottle of water.
- Fill one-eighth of the bottle with shampoo and the rest with water. Shake well before use.
- The focus should be on the scalp and not the hair itself.
- It is much better to wash your hair using a spray bottle than to rinse the gauze strands under running water. After the usual washing, they are very heavy. And it can take up to two days to dry them completely.
- Try to wash your scalp this way once a week. If you need to wash your hair more often, try using a spray wash of diluted shampoo once a week, and in between, dry shampoo to wash your hair.
Step 2. Apply hair oil
Before going to bed, spray water on your scalp and rub some oil, such as olive or coconut oil, into your scalp. This will help prevent your skin and hair from drying out.
- If your scalp is very dry, this should be done every day. If normal, then 2-3 times a week will be enough.
- Besides olive oil and coconut oil, you can use peppermint oil and black castor oil.
Step 3. Use mousse or conditioner if necessary
If your hair is particularly curly, you can apply a little mousse or conditioner. Only do it "out of necessity."
Avoid using cream conditioners as they will create an unsightly look for your tourniquets. If you want to use conditioner, choose one that does not need to be rinsed out
Step 4. Protect your harness while you sleep
To keep your hair secure, even at night, tie your hair in a ponytail or bun and cover it with a silk or satin scarf.
- You can provide extra protection by wearing a satin hat and sleeping on a silk pillow.
- On average, with the right care, your hair will last 2-4 weeks. This is until the moment when they are not too curly, or tangled. You can also rework them, and many say that reworking them will take less time than weaving them again. In any case, you can loosen the tourniquets and create any other hairstyle.