Sewing in Hair Extensions
There are many types of hair extensions on the market to choose from. Some of them you can put in by yourself and some may only be done by a professional hair stylist. Every head of hair is unique and not every hair extension method will work on everyone, but the growing popularity of weave-in hair extensions speaks for itself. #HAIRFLEEK specializes in outstanding quality human hair sew-in extensions that you can sew in at a salon or even yourself!
Sew-in or weave-in hair extensions are one of the most popular options to get luscious, beautiful locks in a matter of hours. There is no glue involved, no heat guns, and no micro-beads that can thin and strain your natural hair. Sew-in extensions are applied using your own hair, a needle and a cotton thread – that’s it! No chemicals, no heat, no scalp irritation or reactions. This is why you can order amazing-quality sew-in hair extensions from #HAIRFLEEK and weave them yourself at home for an amazing result and even more amazing savings.
Sew-in hair extensions, while typically used to add length, can also add volume to the hair, or be used for a shocking effect of both length and volume. Sew-in extensions are an ideal choice for African-American hair that is naturally strong, supple and thick enough to sustain the weight of a beautiful #HAIRFLEEK hair extensions. All extensions are made from super-premium virgin human hair. (Virgin simply refers to hair that has been untreated, just washed and prepared to be made into an extension. That’s the best kind!)
Making a sew-in hair extension weave is a great idea, but how do you do it? You can obviously take your #HAIRFLEEK extensions to a hair salon, where a professional hairdresser is guaranteed to do a great job. (Make sure to find a hair salon that specializes in hair extensions.) This method is ideal if you are not really comfortable sewing your own weaves – it does require a bit of patience and skill to get right! Furthermore, if you have difficult to handle hair or coarse hair that just won’t braid itself, a hair extension specialist is best. But if you know your stuff, can braid and cornrow your hair, you will make your own weave with #HAIRFLEEK extensions with no trouble.
Decide on how much weaving you want to sew in. You can do a full-head sew-in weave which requires braiding all of your hair and covering it with hair extensions. You can also sew in a single wide weft (a piece of hair extension), typically across the mid-line of the back of your head, or do several rows for added volume and length. Depending on the style of a sew-in weave, calculate how many bundles of hair extensions will be required to make your hair look the way you want it to. If the idea is just to add volume, one bundle should be enough. Two bundles are essential for both volume and length, and you will definitely need three bundles to do a full-head sew-in weave. If you are using extensions longer than 26″ you should consider using at least 4 bundles. The longer the hair extension the shorter the weft. A good idea would be to choose from our bundle deals to save on your purchase.
Regardless of the number of hair extensions, you are going to sew in, you will also need a special cotton thread that matches the color of your hair as closely as possible. A special dull needle that can be either curved or straight is essential. Plus, get a few elastic bands or clips to secure parts of your natural hair in place while you prepare for the sew-in. If you are doing a full sew-in weave that will cover all of your head with hair extension wefts, it is a good idea to use a lightweight mesh cap as well. It would cover your braided hair and act as reinforcement between the braids and the hair extensions for added security and stability. Mesh caps are only required for full sew-in weaves, and even then many hair professionals make do without them. It really is your call.
Start by washing and conditioning your hair. Blow dry your hair completely, as it should be totally dry when you start braiding. Gently comb the hair to make sure there are no tangles or knots to make braiding easier and less-time consuming. Once the hair is prepped and ready, it is time to start braiding. The type of braid that works best for sew-in hair extensions is a very thin cornrow. The style of the sew-in will dictate the position of the cornrow and also the number of cornrows. You will need to part the hair in the spot where you want to add the extension weft. For example, when adding a single weft for volume and/or length, the cornrow will need to run from the top of your left ear to the top of the right ear or from temple to temple.
Secure the hair on top of your head with an elastic band so that it does not get caught in the cornrow. Create an even line along which the cornrow will run – the straighter and more even it is, the better. Separate a very small amount of hair from the lower part of your hair that is still loose and secure the rest of the hair in a ponytail. The small amount of hair you just left out will be the material for your cornrow. It needs to be as thin as possible so as not to add bulkiness to the spot where the hair extension will be sewn onto the cornrow. Braid the cornrow along the line you chose for your hair extension. Make it as neat and small as you can.
You are now ready to sew the hair extension onto the cornrow. Thread the needle and make a double thread secured with a tight knot. Insert the needle into the weft just underneath the seam – this part is commonly called a track – and then inserts the needle underneath the cornrow to make the first stitch. With the needle end now pointing at you, keep going behind the cornrow until the whole weft is securely sewn in onto the cornrow, covering it. Once you reach the end of the weft, fold its end on itself, and stitch the folded end together. Make sure to fold the end of the weft both on the left and on the right side. That’s it! You can style your new sew-in hair weave as necessary, cut it or color it. (hair extension color options) Remember to wash your hair with care: use gentler shampoo and conditioner and always let your hair dry thoroughly, especially the cornrow underneath the hair extension.