The long luscious hair locks maybe the dream of any girl. And the fastest way to add length and volume to your hair is applying hair extensions. With the larger and larger demand for using hair extensions and hairpieces for beauty purposes, there are now so many types of hair extensions in the market. If you feel confused about the various types in range, let divide them into 3 main sections according to the installing method, namely: weft, strand by strand, and clip extensions. And today, let dwell on weft hair extensions so that we can have a clear look at this type of hair extension before you decide to opt for one.
What is weft hair extensions?
People also call weft hair extensions as weaves since the 2-4-inch-wide hair weft can be attached to the real hair in rows by sewing or weaving. The two most common ways of applying the hair wefts are tape-in and sew-in or weave method.
Tape-in hair extensions
Tape-in hair extensions can be one of the most seamless methods available. These extensions come in wefts with either double or single-sided polyurethane tape.
- The fastest method of applying hair extensions. It normally takes only 60-90 minutes for a full-length application, and even shorter for less lengthy and voluminous applications.
- Easy to apply and cause minimal damage to the natural hair since there’s no use of heat and other special tools.
- Blend perfectly into your hair to secure a natural look as each panel lay flat against the head. It’s almost virtually undetectable and really suitable for thin and fine hair.
- The safest method available since the weight of the panel is spread out over a large area of your head, dramatically reducing the strain on your head.
- Many people think that the bonds of tape-in extensions can cause hair loss. But in fact, your natural hair sheds between fifty and one hundred strands each day. And these hairs are easy to be stuck at the bonds. You can see them when you do a move up for the hair extensions. Hence, don’t mistake it for hair loss. Tape-in hair extensions make Lil to no harm to your hair.
- Save you some money since the weft hair extensions can be reusable. After removing for about 6-8 weeks, you can re-use the extensions with the help of more double-sided tape.
- Within the first 24-48 hours after application, you should not wash your hair or do any intensive exercises that cause excessive sweat on your scalp. The wefts need some time to cure and adhere tightly to your bio hair.
- The panels will slip out of your head if you apply any kind of silicone or oil-based products to your hair
- Tape-in hair extensions are not suitable for swimmers since the tape will lose its strength when exposing to water and come off your head.
- You cannot comfortably tie up your hair while wearing these extensions
- If you have lost a significant amount of hair due to hair thinning or illness, it’s better to consult with your stylist for another choice. Tape-in hair extensions are unlikely to be a good fit for your natural hair.
- Do not use any silicone, alcohol, ethanol, and oil-based products at the root of the hair where the bonds lay.
- Brush your hair daily from root to tip, but make sure you use a wet brush or hair extension brush
- You can style tape-in hair extension made from human hair using heat styling tools. But remember not to apply it onto the panels. This can weaken the bonds and cause them to fall out.
Sew-in or weave
Sew-in or weave hair extensions are ideal for people with coarse, curly, or thick hair. In this method, you will need to create a horizontal cornrow in your hair. Then, sew your weft hair extensions into the braid. The method is literally “woven” through your hair. And it especially popular among African women because their naturally thick hair is perfect to hide braid for view.
- An ideal selection for thick hair
- The application does not involve heat or glue, thereby easing the process and reducing the damage to your bio hair
- A quick and effective way to add length and volume to your hair. Therefore, this method is recommendable for people with short hair.
- With sew-in installation, there will be no visible gaps, making the extensions look incredibly natural.
- You won’t have to worry about the weft hair extensions slipping out of your hair unless the braids become loose. Hence, you can use oil or silicone-based styling products for your hair.
- With proper maintenance, weave hair extensions can last for up to 2 to 3 months
- The application can take several hours, so make sure you prepare some snacks to enjoy the waiting time.
- The hair extensions can cause uncomfortable tension to your head. And you may suffer from traction alopecia and headaches after installing.
- It’s important to wash the hair extension on a regular basis. If not, it will get dirty and lead to infection to your scalp.
- With this sew-in method, you will have fewer hair styling options since there’s a high possibility that the cornrow will be seen.
- You should detangle the hair before washing and going to sleep. But remember to do it gently to avoid making additional tension. Also, don’t get too close to the joint so as not to make it loosen.
- Wash your hair once to twice a week with a mild shampoo and try not to touch the sewn part. You can also massage your hair using circular motions while shampooing.
- To condition your hair, you need to apply the product from just below the joints. Make sure not to use too much conditioner where the extensions connect with your natural hair. Or else, your extensions may loosen and fall out.
So above are the two applying methods of weft hair extensions. Let consider its pros and cons and you can choose the most suitable one for you.
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