This post was originally published on Sep 13, 2016.
One of the most frequently asked question a hairstylist will receive when a client books a sew-in appointment is: "How many bundles of weave do I need?"
The typical responses?
"Depends on how full you want it."
"Are you using a closure?"
"I use two, so I'd recommend two bundles."
Sigh. So much stress from one simple question.
A few factors go into choosing how many hair bundles of weave you'll need for your desired look. The key phrase: it's your desired look. From the length of the hair to the size of your head, these different elements play a huge role in how the final style will look. To help you make an informed decision, we put together this guide so you don't have to navigate the wide world of weave alone.
Rule of thumb: the longer the length of your bundles, the more hair your generally going to need. All virgin hair naturally thins out towards the tips, so we suggest more bundles for a fuller look from root to tip. This chart below will help you decide how many bundles you need based on length:
Are you the queen of sleek or do you live for waves and curls? Straight hair and curly hair are on the opposite sides of the density spectrum which must be taken into account when deciding how many bundles of weave you'll need.
With Mayvenn curly hair, you can get away with less bundles since the hair density is naturally going to be to fuller. We recommend 2-3 for a naturally full look. Although Mayvenn straight hair is still full from root to tip, you might need more bundles to create a super full look.We recommend 3-4 depending on the length.
Size Of Your Head
So your friend managed to get away with two bundles of hair and she's rocking a full look, but you look like Gollum with the same amount of hair.
He needed just a few more bundles.
If your head is bigger or smaller you'll need to adjust the amount of bundles you purchase to accommodate that. In the US, the average size of a woman's head is 22.5". Grab your measuring tape and wrap it around your head from ear-to-ear so it fits comfortably and figure out your measurements. If you're above average you may need more hair, if you're less than average you may need less.
Frontal Or Closure?
Keep in mind that if you decide to use a frontal or closure to complete your look, those top pieces are going to take up quite a bit of real estate on your head. Mayvenn closures are 4"x 4" while closures at other hair companies tend to be 3.5"x 4". A Mayvenn frontal, as well as frontals from most hair companies, are 13" x 4". While these are totally optional, they help give a more natural look without needing to have leave-out.You can also get away with buying less bundles! If you are wearing a closure or frontal, using 3 or more bundles is going to give you a very full look (if that's your preference--go for it!).