Whether you’ve made an appointment or are still in the research stage, you’ve come across the word “hair strands” many times during the hair extension process. So, what exactly is a hair extension and how do we know which one is right for us when we finally arrive in the salon chair? There are many questions to answer, but you can relax. We’re here to tell you everything you need to know about hair ties. From hand-tied to machine-sewn, from tape-in to clip-in. You’ll find the answers to all your questions and then some Just keep scrolling and you can become a hair weft expert…
What Is A Weft?
A weft hair, in its basic form, is a set of hair strands sewn onto an ultra-thin strip of cloth for the hair stylist to work into your hair. However, how the hair forms a connection with the cloth strips varies. Some are sewn by machine, while others are sewn by hand. Both have their benefits, however, depending on your hair type, one may work better for you than the other.
For example, hand-tied wefts are somehow more delicate. You can’t cut them, but they are much lighter. Machine-sewn wefts, however, you can cut, but they are much heavier and tend to be thicker at the seams.
Which Weft Extensions Are Right For Your Hair Type?
Those with finer hair will find hand tied weaves more suitable as they are lighter in weight and will not pull on the hair. Also worth considering is the method of attachment. For example, those with very fine hair are better suited to using ties. These methods are much less stressful on the hair and do not require braiding or sewing in. For finer hair strands, this can be tricky and sometimes ends up being noticeable.
If you have thicker hair, hand-tied sew-in extensions or weave extensions will be perfect for you. You can also opt for hand-tied or machine-sewn weaves. Your stylist will braid your hair and then sew the weft in by hand. Since your hair and volume are more prominent, your hair can hold the weight. Plus, these hair extensions will last you up to 9 weeks! In addition, your technician will be able to advise you on the weight you need for your specific hair thickness.
What Are The Different Types Of Weft Extension Connection Methods?
Once you’ve decided on hand-tied or machine sewn weft extensions, you’ll need to choose the method of attaching them. Below we have listed some of the most popular options (besides braided and hand-tied hair extensions) with a short description of each
Duct tape hair extensions are a semi-permanent method of attachment. They use a thin strip of glue that is placed directly on the hair and immediately adheres to your natural hair strands. These will last about 6-8 weeks.
Clip-in hair extensions are best for those who want to add volume or length quickly and have the option of taking them out. They last as long as you keep them in, usually up to 1 year. That is, we do not recommend leaving them in for long periods of time or overnight. This can quickly put stress on your hair, leading to breakage and dryness.
Bond Hair Extensions
These hair extensions use a heating tool to bond each small extension weft to your natural hair at the root. The heater heats a special resin that fuses with your natural hair and lasts up to 6 months if properly cared for.
Micro Link Extensions
Micro links are great for those who want to avoid glue and heat. This method connects the weft by inserting tiny beads into tiny sections of your natural hair and hair extensions. These beads are also held in place with a pliers tool to hold the hair in place. This method lasts for about 3/4 months.