The world of hand-tied hair extensions is relatively new to the hair extension industry. Over the years, they have quickly gained popularity as women have realized the options they bring to the hair extension game. Let’s dive into the reasons why so many women are turning to these hair extensions and highlight the pros and cons of hand-tied extensions.
Hand Tied Extensions:Pros and Cons
- Attractive volume, fullness and length that looks 100% natural.
- Very little pressure on the scalp or roots using the correct installation method.
- Very little pressure on the scalp or roots. No tension, pulling or damage to natural hearing
- Unlimited styling possibilities with no bead or track exposure (including ponytails, buns, and upswept styles).
- Unlimited styling possibilities with no bead or track exposure (including ponytails, buns, and upswept styles).
- Suitable for active lifestyles, including swimming and heat.
- Color can be customized to achieve the ultimate match with natural hair
- Can be layered to give the proper weight distribution based on the density of natural hair
- Nitial installation requires a significant investment of time (2-5 hours) and money ($600 or more).
- Hair extensions must be moved up every 6-8 weeks as the hair grows
- Requires frequent grooming and maintenance to keep hand tied hair extensions looking their best
Understanding Hand Tied Hair Extensions
Hand-tied hair extensions can be styled just like your natural hair using blow dryers, straighteners and curling irons. Hand-tied hair extensions stay firmly in place in your hair, so there’s no need to worry about them falling out during your special day or night.
These high-quality hair extensions will last for about a year, so they may need to be repositioned occasionally as your natural hair grows out. It’s important to have regular follow-up appointments to make sure you’re keeping the look you want.
Experience is important in order to get the best look from human hair extensions.
Are Hand Tied Extensions Damaging?
No, hand tied hair extensions will not cause damage to your hair if used in the correct way by a knowledgeable certified stylist. It’s important to research your stylist to make sure they are certified and have extensive training in quality installation methods.
Are Hand Tied Extensions Hard To Take Care Of?
We are often asked, “Is it hard to care for your extensions?” The answer is no, if you follow these simple home care steps.
Proper care and maintenance is vital to keeping your hand-tied hair extensions healthy and beautiful. Caring for your hair extensions will also help extend their life. Follow these steps to properly care for your hand-tied hair extensions.
Cleaning: Wash your mane regularly with a sulfate-free, extension cord-friendly shampoo. Don’t scrub your weft! Focus on your roots and gently squeeze the foam through your extensions. Follow with a light moisturizing conditioner, comb through your hair and let it sit for 5 minutes before rinsing thoroughly.
Prepare Wet Hair: Be aware that hair extensions absorb a lot of water! After washing and conditioning your hair, gently comb through your hair extensions. After washing and conditioning your hair, gently squeeze or pat the hair with a towel to remove excess water. Then allow your hair to air dry 80% to 90% and finish with a blow dryer.
Comb and brush: It is important to brush your hair thoroughly several times a day. the Tangle Teezer is a great gentle brush that works well on both wet and dry hair. Separate and brush through each row individually. Make sure to lift the hair and brush between the rows to prevent matting.
Think about brushing with the texture of your hair, working from the bottom up. Avoid dragging the brush across the application near the scalp.
Apply products: Extensions tend to be dry, so healthy hydration is key! Using a leave-in shampoo or leave-in conditioner will make hair easier to comb and protect strands from damage. Next, use an oil or serum to seal the ends of your hair (both your natural ends and extensions).
If your hair needs extra moisture, finish by using a leave-in repair cream on your natural hair only. Avoid using protein treatments or heavy conditioners on your extensions, as this is unnecessary and can make the weft brittle.
Blow Dry: Separate each row and blow dry them separately before blow drying the extensions. Use a paddle brush or round brush to hold your natural hair and extensions together. Be careful to keep each row of hair 100% dry to prevent itchiness or friction.
Heat Styling: Hair extensions come with many fun hair styling options – get creative and enjoy mermaid-like hair! Many clients like to curl their hair extensions because the style stays in place longer. Be sure to apply a heat protectant to both your extensions and natural hair before heat styling. Turn your flat iron or heating tool to the lowest effective setting (preferably below 320 degrees) to avoid scorching or drying out your extensions.
Protective Styling: Every night before bed, apply 3-4 pumps of hair oil or serum to your hair from the mid-shaft to the ends. Then braid your hair into one or two low, loose braids to prevent friction and tangles.
Heading to the beach, ocean or pool? Before swimming, wet your hair and moisturize it with a leave-in conditioner or hair mask. Comb your hair with conditioner and put your hair in a braid or bun. Rinse your hair thoroughly after swimming.
While hand-tied hair extensions require daily maintenance, once you get into a rhythm, it is very manageable. The extra self-care will pay off with shiny, healthy, lush hair!
How Long Do Hand Tied Hair Extensions Last?
With proper care and the use of recommended professional products, hand-tied hair extensions can last 6-12 months. For best results, it is recommended to use high quality, 100% real human hair extensions. There are many sources of hand-tied hair extensions. You can get weft from different parts of the world. Asia, Russia and India are the most common. Your licensed stylist can trim the extensions regularly to remove any damaged ends.
How Do You Sleep With Hand Tied Extensions?
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Since you’re investing a lot of time and resources into hand tied extensions, you want to make sure you’re taking care of them properly, especially while you’re sleeping! There are several ways to make sure your hair stays beautiful and shiny. There are several ways to make sure your hair stays beautiful and lush day in and day out.
- Sleeping on a silk pillowcase: To prevent your hair from getting tangled while you sleep. Sleeping on a silk pillowcase is not only good for your skin (it helps prevent wrinkles); it is also good for your hair. A silk pillowcase is better than any other pillowcase because it creates less fiction for your hair than other pillowcases.
- Braid your hair or put it in a low ponytail before bed: Put your hair in a braid or low ponytail (using a soft nylon hairband), which will prevent tangles in your extensions.
- Use a hair conditioner every night: Adding a serum, such as Goldie Locks® Signature Hair Serum, will keep your hair super hydrated by locking in moisture and leaving your hair silky smooth.
- Don’t go to sleep with wet hair: Wet hair before bed can cause severe tangles, knots, and even damage to your hair follicles.
- Brush your hair before bed: Combing your hair before bed each day will help remove tangles from your hair. Brush slowly from top to bottom to avoid damage
Can You Wash Your Hair Everyday With Hand Tied Extensions?
You don’t need to (and shouldn’t) wash your hair every day. Most hair stylists recommend washing your hair once or twice a week at most to maintain the integrity of your extensions. You need to be gentle to avoid unnecessary tangling.
It is recommended that you comb your hair before getting it wet. Also, be sure to separate rows when shampooing to ensure that the connections are thoroughly cleaned.
For best results, condition your extensions with Goldie Locks® Ultra Hydrating Signature Conditioner or other professional products every time you wash your hair, and deep condition every other week to keep your hair shiny, soft and moisturized.
When wearing hand-tied hair extensions, dry shampoo is also a great option to keep hair fresh between washes. Applying conditioner to the midsection and ends will also greatly extend the hair’s life during the week.
Can You Swim With Hand Tied Extensions?
It is absolutely possible to swim with hand-tied extension cords. However, you must take the proper precautions and follow a few key steps before getting in the water.
You must make sure you wet your hair with tap water before entering the pool or ocean. Once you get it wet, you’ll need to use a liberal amount of leave-in conditioner and make it soak in evenly by combing through it. Secure your hair in a low ponytail with a nylon hairband and tightly braid the rest of your hair. This hairstyle will ensure that your hair doesn’t get tangled or loose as the waves rise and fall.
Immediately after emerging from the water, rinse your hair with water and follow with professional range of shampoos and hydrating masks such as Goldie Locks Ultra Hydrating Shampoo and Hair Mask. then apply a serum to the midsection and ends.
How Often Do Hand Tied Extensions Need To Be Moved Up?
Hand tied hair extensions should be moved up every 6-8 weeks as the hair grows. This time frame will vary depending on the method used to attach them.
Some methods require a “mini-upshift” at about 3-4 weeks. This is where the stylist basically opens the beads and pushes them back closer to the scalp. This is not the healthiest option for an individual’s hair or scalp.
The gold standard for installation methods is the Invisible Hair Extension Bead®. This method is the most durable and long-lasting method on the market. At the maintenance appointment, a certified stylist will completely remove the row of wires, comb out the naturally shed hair, and reinstall. It is still recommended that you have your first re-installation at 7 weeks, but most women can go well beyond that while wearing INCHHAIR.
Can Hair Extensions Make Your Head Itch?
Mild itching in the first week is somewhat common. However, it should not persist or become uncomfortable in any way.
Having something attached at the base of your hair follicles during the initial installation of hand tied hair extensions may feel unfamiliar. However, it should not be extensive and if the itching persists, you want to contact your professional stylist. Haphazard or sloppy installations, as well as pulling your hair too tight, can be the cause of persistent itching.
If you have product buildup on your weft, you will also experience itching. Using a detoxifying or purifying shampoo while focusing on your weft can greatly reduce the amount of buildup. This will help keep your scalp clean and free of alcoholic ingredients.
Can I Color My Hand Tied Extensions?
Hand-tied hair extensions can be colored with a professional coloring system. However, this process should only be done by a licensed professional.
Permanent or semi-permanent colors can be used to change the tone of the hair extensions or darken them. Custom coloring is a specialty when it comes to matching your hair exactly. Your professional can add a root that blends in with your hair so that your hand-tied hair extensions are not noticeable. It is not recommended to lighten your hair with any bleach or lightening cream as this will affect the integrity of the extensions.
What Makes Hand-Tied Weft Hair Extensions Different?
No Adhesives or Heat: Hand Tied Extensions are sewn into your hair by your INCHHAIR professional stylist using silicon beads at the ends, so once removed there is no sticky residue and no worry about damage to your hair or scalp from overheating.
Longevity: Hand-tied hair extensions last longer than taped extensions because there is no adhesive to break down over time.
Styling Options: Hand-tied hair extensions are easier to hide than other types of hair extensions because the silicon bead joint is hidden when you put your hair in a ponytail or up-do.
Hand Tied Extensions vs Tape In Extensions
Hand-tied hair extensions are much more versatile than tape-in hair extensions. Taping can be a potential problem for women who are active, as they exercise and lead active lives. The adhesive of the ties can wreak havoc on those who sweat, as the sweat breaks down the adhesive and often the ties slip right off
For those with fine hair, hand-tied extensions will be easier to cover up, even after the hair starts to grow out. If you have a sensitive scalp, hand-tied hair extensions are the best option because tape inserts utilize adhesives that can be irritating. With hand tied hair extensions, you can customize the perfect weight to match your natural hair density and there are always more options.
Hand Tied Hair Extensions are 100% human hair that is hand-tied to your natural hair with beads. Tape In Hair Extensions is pre-tied weaves of 100% human hair. They are tied between your own layers of hair.
Hand-tied wefts take longer to install and re-install – about two hours, longer if more hair is involved. Tied weaves take about an hour, longer if more hair is involved.
Clients with thinning or fine hair will need to move hand-tied hair extensions every eight to ten weeks. However, clients can usually reapply for a longer period of time because the extensions do not curl as much as the tape-in extensions.
Clients with thinning or fine hair will need to move their tape-in extensions up every six to eight weeks. However, they also need to use sulfate- and paraben-free products and gently comb through wet extensions to prevent pulling them out.
Hand-tied weaves are better for those with fine hair because they are easier to conceal. They are also better for sensitive scalps because their installation does not involve gluing, melting or taping. They are also better if you have breakage in your hair because the thin, light weft is sewn by hand.
Tape-in extensions are more noticeable on people with fine hair and may not be a good choice for sensitive scalps.
Hand tied hair extensions should not be air dried as this can cause sagging. They need to be combed daily at the roots to prevent short hair in the vicinity from becoming coarse.
Both types of hair extensions can seem tight and heavy for the first few days because they are placed against the scalp. The hand-tied weft may feel itchy for the first few days, but it will soon ease.
Hand-tied weft is more suitable for hairstyles because it is easy to cover up. Although it is not easy to tie up hair with tape in hair extensions, hair with hand-tied weft can be tied up.
You can stack a lot of hand-tied weft to cover thinning hair and make it look fuller. However, taped hair extensions cannot be stacked on top of each other and will not have a fuller look.
Regarding the longevity of hair extensions, it all depends on your care. Frequent trimming and deep conditioning can extend the life of hair extensions. However, hand-tied hair extensions can last longer because there is no adhesive that breaks over time.
When it comes to cost, the hand-tied weft is twice as expensive as the tape ins Still, it’s worth it when you consider the quality installation service, longevity and better versatility.
When it comes down to which of the two is better, I suggest you decide based on your budget, your hairstyle and hair, time and the results you want to see.
Your method will be chosen based on your specific requirements and needs for hair extensions.
Traditional stitching is a protective style that uses braids as a base to support the weft stitched to them and around them. In the traditional stitching style, machine weft is used.
Hand tied is not a protective style because the natural hair remains exposed between the foundation rows. Alternatively, beads are used to create the foundation and then a hand-tied weft is sewn around that foundation. With hand-tied extensions, there is more flexibility and access to your scalp, so your natural hair can be part of the overall look.