Sew In Hair Extensions
Whether you are new to the world of Sew in hair extensions or a frequent buyer you will likely see the terms Weft and Bulk tossed around. To help make it simpler to decide which hair extensions are the best choice for you here is a basic explanation of Weft Hair Extensions. Weft Hair Extensions are the most popular type of hair extensions and tend to be used in permanent hair extensions. However, there are some machine Weft Hair Extensions created by Malaysia Hair Imports that are utilized as a base for clip in extensions.
Sew in hair extensions They are machine wefted which is another way of saying sewn or that the bundle of extensions is tied together. Unlike bulk hair which tends to be loose, Weft Hair Extensions are sewn together via sewing machine. In order to create a Weft Hair Extension the desired amount of hair is grouped together and then fed through a triple head sewing machine. This machine carefully places a reinforced stitch at the root of the strands so that they are sewn together. After this, the hair is folded over and another stitch is run through the root so that the Weft Hair Extensions are firmly sealed into place. The finished product is a hair extension that is bonded together so that it can be sewn into your weave in one solid piece.
Sew in hair extensions All of our Weft Hair Extensions are available in Malaysian, Burmese, and Cambodian hair and are bundled by weight so that clients can expect a set amount of hair when they order their extensions. It is important to note however that natural hair generally grows with slight deviations in length. Therefore, in order to create a more settled natural look, there will be slight, marginal differences in length within the Weft Hair Extensions. The slight length differences is another way to reassure customers that all of the hair that comes from Malaysia Hair Imports is 100% virgin human hair.
Sew in hair extensions We take great pride in collecting only the purest, healthiest hairs from several villages in each country. Malaysia Hair Imports collects, cleans, dries, and prepares all of its Weft Hair Extensions in person and by hand to ensure that all of our hair extensions are high quality. Therefore, with proper cleaning and regular care you can easily expect any of our Weft Hair Extensions to last for a year or longer. They are very versatile and can also be styled in a variety of manners.
Sew in hair extensions While I do love getting braids (I’ve tried out everything from box braids to straight backs), sew-ins are the one style I find myself returning to time and time again. IMHO, if you’re trying to grow out your hair or you just want to give your natural hair a break, you can’t really go wrong with a sew-in.
But if you’re thinking about switching up your look and getting a sew-in for the first time, I’m sure you have a ton of questions—I definitely did before my first appointment. That’s why I reached out to Julius Nash, Mayvenn Hair certified stylist, to walk you through every single thing you need to know before getting your first sew-in weave, ahead.
Sew in hair extensions First things first: Sew-in weaves are a process where your natural hair is braided down into cornrows, says Nash, and a needle and thread are then used to sew down hair extensions onto the braids.
With a sew-in, your natural hair is tucked away, so it requires very little upkeep. It also gives your natural hair a break from the damage of day-to-day styling (think: heating, brushing, and product buildup), so if you’re trying to grow out your hair, a sew-in is a great option.
How long does a sew-in take to install?
Sew in hair extensions This totally depends on your hair length, texture, and the type of sew-in you want, but it’ll usually take between three to six hours to install (translation: you’ll def want to bring snacks to your appointment). BTW: Sew-ins are typically quicker to install than braids, which can take anywhere from four to eight hours (depending on the style, obvs).
How long does a sew-in last?
Sew in hair extensions If you’re showing your sew-in love and taking proper care of it—more on that in a bit—it’ll last up to six to eight weeks, says Nash. If you try to keep it in longer than that, you’re risking damage to your hair and scalp (aka irritation, excess oil buildup, and breakage). The easiest way to avoid any irritating side effects? Keep up with your appointments.
Do sew-in weaves damage your hair?
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They can if they’re not properly installed or you don’t take care of them. According to Nash, the best way to prevent damage is to make sure you go to a reputable stylist and that you feel comfortable enough to let them know if you’re experiencing any tension from the braids and/or the sewing in of the extensions. You’ll also want to ask your stylist plenty of questions about upkeep—the more info you have, the better.
How much is a sew-in?
Sew in hair extensions This depends on a number of factors, including where you are in the country and who your stylist is. Generally speaking, though, the install service usually ranges from $100 to $600. And that’s not including the cost of the extensions, which can fall anywhere between $80 to $600.
What’s the best weave for a sew-in?
There are two routes you can go when it comes to choosing a weave for your sew-in: either synthetic hair or human hair. Both come in a variety of textures (straight, wavy, and curly), but they give you totally different options in terms of styling.
Since synthetic hair is made up of—you guessed it—synthetic materials that just look like hair, you can’t heat-style or color it without damaging it. That said, synthetic hair is way cheaper than human hair and will usually cost you around $80. Good-quality and long-lasting human hair (which you can style and color—just like your natural hair) will likely set you back at least $200.
Can you wash a sew-in?
Sew in hair extensions Nash suggests always going to see a stylist to get your sew-in professionally washed (for the record, you only need to wash your sew-in once every two weeks), but if you absolutely have to wash it yourself, you’ll need a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. Nash suggests washing from your ends to your roots, using a wide-tooth comb or a paddle brush to distribute the product.
You’ll also want to make sure your weave and the braids underneath it are completely dry before styling your hair. If you don’t let the braids underneath your sew-in dry completely, sometimes mildew or fungus—I know, gross—can grow on certain parts of the scalp, leaving you with tons of irritation, says Nash. As a general rule of thumb, always consult with your stylist during your installation so they can tell you how to best upkeep your sew-in. All extensions are different and require specific maintenance.
Growing up, four plaits, a ponytail, and the occasional intricate cornrow pattern were the only hairstyles my strict parents allowed me to wear. When my peers were getting box braids, silk presses, and doing their own hair for school — extra chunky plaits (which I loathed) were my signature look. A few times I went rogue:
I chopped Rihanna-inspired bangs in 5th grade, which ended in a knockoff 1950s disaster, and when I turned 21, I cut a chin-length bob as my groundbreaking coming of age symbol.
As an adult, Instagram, friends, and my career in beauty have opened me up to hairstyles I’ve always wanted to try.
I got my first set of box braids — ever — in 2017 before my first baecation. Last fall, I started to experiment with hair color
, too. One morning, I woke up with jet-black hair, only to go to sleep that night Beyoncé blonde. Next up on my list of styles to try was a sew-in weave.
1. It’s faster to install than braids.
High on the list of things I loved about my new style was the quick installation process. Bennett shampooed, conditioned, and braided most of my natural hair
in a semi-circle pattern. She left a few strands out along my hairline and crown to create my “leave-out,” which would later be blended with the weave to hide the tracks.
Braiding down my hair was the lengthiest part of the sew-in process. “You want to make sure that your braids are flat and secure, so your weave doesn’t have a helmet effect,” Bennet says. Her speedy fingers had my cornrows done in less than 45 minutes. After that, it was time to install the Mayvenn extensions. Bennett used a curved needle and weaving thread
to attach the wefts to the braids. To finish, she straightened my leave-out, and styled it in loose waves to match the texture of the weave.
It was refreshing to be in and out of the salon chair in less than two hours, compared to box braids which can take up to six hours. I also didn’t need to immediately take an ibuprofen to soothe a hair-induced headache. If your scalp is particularly tender, like mine, be sure to tell your stylist in advance so they can keep tugging while braiding to a minimum.
2. Sweat and sew-ins don’t mix.
After a few days wearing the weave, the real work began. To maintain a loose wave, I spent a lot of time curling the waist-length hair with a one-inch curling wand and then braiding it before bed. The weave held a wavy pattern even when I didn’t spend time on it with hot tools. My leave-out, on the other hand, became increasingly annoying to style. Between working out and sweating in the 90-degree New York City heat, keeping my natural hair from curling up required that I use hot tools almost daily.
Shampooing my weave gave new meaning to wash day. I usually shampoo twice, let my hair air-dry, and straighten it in roughly 45 minutes (give or take a Netflix episode). But wash day with my weave was a different ball game. I started by separating my leave-out and splitting my weave into two sections. I shampooed each part separately using Suave Naturals Sulfate-Free Shampoo, and when I looked at the soapy water, it was noticeably murky. It took three thorough washes to get my hair
In retrospect, the murky water was probably due to the fact that I failed to follow one simple rule before installing my hair: washing it. “Before installing, proper cleansing of the bundles is highly recommended,” says Johnson. “If not, you risk leaving on any coating serums that may have been added to the hair by the manufacturer, which can cause an allergic reaction for some clients.” Oops. “You can shampoo and condition your hair, then allow it to air-dry on hangers to keep its natural texture,” Johnson says.
To prevent your weave from shedding while you wear it, some retailers also recommend sealing the wefts before you install. “To seal the wefts, you can use a glue adhesive or sealant from the beauty supply store to prevent the hair from shedding,” says Bennett. “You can apply the sealant to the weft only and let it dry overnight.” I did not seal my wefts beforehand and didn’t experience significant shedding while my hair was installed. But it probably would have been a good idea to shampoo the wefts before I put them in, so I’ll be noting that for next time.
It took over an hour and a lot of bicep strength to get my weave (and the braids underneath) semi dry. Before blowdrying, I applied Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat & UV Protective Primer to my hair. Johnson advises against using heavy oils on your bundles, and sticking to lightweight leave-in conditioners and serums instead. “”Lightweight products will keep your hair
smooth and keep it shiny without weighing it down,” she says.
To start out, I used a large paddle brush with my blowdryer, which barely dried my extensions. Eventually, I gave up and let my hair air-dry completely. Having a hooded dryer at home also simplifies the process. “You can section your hair and sit under the dryer on low heat to thoroughly dry your braids and the wefts,” says Johnson.
Not thoroughly drying your weave and braids underneath might leave behind a bad
odor, especially if your strands aren’t properly rinsed. I kept my hair in for four weeks and washed it three times. During this span, I used lots of products, attended a handful of hot yoga sessions, and didn’t always
rinse my hair thoroughly.
Needless to say, when it was time to remove my wefts, my natural hair smelled like it’d been through a lot.
“It’s why I don’t recommend going beyond 4-6 weeks without proper removal and treating your natural hair,” says Bennett. “”Taking care of your hair
underneath is important in preventing sweaty odor, scalp irritation, and hair loss in some cases.””
When I removed the wefts, there was a noticeable difference in the texture of my hair that was braided down and the hair that was left out. My untouched hair was curlier and more defined, whereas the leave-out around my middle part was limp and loose in its natural state. It’s why I wouldn’t necessarily consider the style “protective.”
If you want to cut back on heat styling your natural hair while wearing a weave
, Bennett says opt for bundles that easily blend with your hair’s natural texture. “That way you can braid your leave out and unravel it in the morning, versus using hot tools,” she says. You can also consider wigs and closure pieces, which completely cover the front of your hair and eliminate a leave-out altogether.
My month-long sew-in experience taught me that weave takes a lot of time and care. I spent more time finessing my leave-out to match my extensions than I care to admit. However, the length and look of my hair was worth getting up 30 minutes early for.
I would do it all over again in a heartbeat, but next time, I’ll be wiser. I shall wash my bundles before I install them. I shall invest in a hooded hairdryer. And I shall continue to switch things up — because that’s the beauty of hair.