How to Sew in Hair Extensions Without Braids

How to Sew in Hair Extensions Without BraidsSewing hair extensions in has been popular for a very long time and you might know it as a weave. It is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to transform and revive your hair. Many celebrities use this method and it is proven to be very successful and produce stunning results. Just imagine having long, silky locks that you can style however you want to. Because sewing extensions doesn’t require tape, glue, or heat, it is most often done at home, which also saves a lot of money as well as time. All you need is a thread and needle and you’re good to go. That is a big advantage of sew-in extensions and also what makes it such a popular choice. Unlike other extension types, a weave consists of wefts of hair that are cut into smaller pieces and sewn in. A cool thing is that you can control the density and fullness of the weave by increasing the number of wefts that are put in. So if you want extra-voluminous and full hair, that’s a breeze with sew-in hair extensions.

The first thing you need to do is buy the wefts. There are many online stores that have a wide range of different wefts. Some are made from real hair and some are synthetic. Human hair Remy wefts are a bit more expensive, but you’re getting top quality hair that will be indistinguishable from your natural tresses and soft to the touch. Remy wefts can also be reused and worn for at least five months. Synthetic wefts are cheaper, but they often simply don’t look as good and certainly don’t last as long. Next, choose the desired texture (straight, wavy, or curly) and pick a color that is a good match to the natural one. If you want to save some money, sew the wefts yourself.

Most people think that the only way to sew in hair extensions is by braiding the hair first. Although that’s most common, there are other ways that you can sew in extensions. A braidless sew-in is also known as the Malaysian weave. Although braiding is a great way to do it, there are some downsides. The obvious one is that more wefts are needed because the extensions are not blended with natural hair. That also makes it more expensive. Another negative side to doing a weave on braided hair is that it can be harsh on the scalp and might be painful. That kind of weave can also look a bit bulky and weird because of the cornrows, which makes the whole look seem unnatural. When using the braidless sew-in method, a track is made using a thread and needle and the wefts are then sewn onto it. It’s actually not that hard to do and it takes just a bit longer than a cornrow weave. Because your natural tresses will be incorporated in the braidless sew-in, not as many wefts are needed, so you can definitely save some money. Also, the wefts will blend in more easily, creating a flawless look. A thing to keep in mind is that, whatever sew-in method you choose, the wefts will need to be reapplied every month or so. Remy wefts are reusable so you can use the same hair.

If you want to learn how to sew in hair extensions without braids, follow this simple tutorial and you’re going to be done in no time!

Step 1

Before you start sewing, wash your hair and dry it. We don’t recommend sewing wefts on dirty hair.

Step 2

Thread the needle and make a small knot at the end.

Step 3

Make a horizontal parting from the top of one ear to the other. Clip the top part of the hair and move it out of the way.

Step 4

How to Sew in Hair Extensions Without BraidsNow you need to make a track where the parting is. Take the curved needle and loop it under the parting. Go really close to the roots and as you pull the thread, don’t let the knot go through. Pass the needle through again and pull it through the loop in order to create a knot. Continue doing that from the left side of the parting to the right. Make sure that the thread is tight and secure. This creates a nice track for the wefts.

Step 5

Now you should have an even row of knotted hair and you, you need to measure it in order to know how long the weft should be.

Step 6

Starting from left, start sewing the weft onto the knots that you have just completed. Make tight stitches and ensure that everything is secured. When you reach the right side, make a couple of final knots. The first weft is now in place.

Step 7

Make another parting above the first one and leave about an inch of space in between. Repeat steps 4, 5, and 6. Continue further up the head until you have reached a desired outcome. And that’s how you sew in hair extensions without braids!

Additional Tips

Like all other extensions, a weave also needs care and maintenance. There’s nothing worse than a dry, matted weave that looks like a bad wig. In order to avoid that horror, wash the weave on a regular basis and be careful when scrubbing near the tracks. Since the wefts don’t receive any natural nutrients from the skin, you need to replenish them by using a good shampoo and conditioner. When combing the sew-in, start at the ends, removing any knots, and slowly go higher up. Don’t pull too hard or tug on the wefts because you might end up with a detached weave and that’s not a pretty sight. Also, protect the hair while sleeping by braiding it or wearing a head scarf. All of these tips ensure the longevity and durability of the weave, so make sure to follow them. For more tips, contact a hair professional.

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How to Sew in Hair Extensions Without Braids

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