Trying out different hairstyles and hair colors can be a great way to channel your personality, but it might not as easy as you think. Sometimes, you need the necessary length, hair thickness, hair texture, and even natural hair color to rock a certain look. Fortunately, sew-in hairstyles are on-trend right now, and they will allow you to create endless looks without damaging your hair. If you’re thinking of trying them out, know first the questions you need to ask your hairstylist so you’ll make your sew-in hairstyle a success.
What are sew-in hairstyles?
Sew-in or weave is a process of attaching hair extensions to your natural hair whether you’re looking to add more volume, alter your hairstyle color, or even lengthen a short hair. The term “sew-in” simply states that the hair extensions are being sewn into your hair rather than clipping or gluing them. Sew-in hairstyles is just a practical way to enjoy different looks while you transition—short hair to long hair, black hair to highlighted strands, straight hair to curly hair. Also, if your natural hair is not perfect for a certain look, this process will make everything achievable by adding length, thickness, color, and texture to your overall look.
What are the different methods of attaching the hair extension or weaves?
Basically, there are two types of sew-in process: traditional sew-in and net weave sew-in. When it comes to regular sew-in method, your hair is braided with a needle and a thread, while net weave sew-in adds a net over the braids. Don’t worry about the needle as it doesn’t come near your scalp nor puncture your skin. You have to get cornrows first, and the threads of the hair extension are sewn onto your natural hair. On the other hand, the purpose of net weaves is to lessen the tension of braiding and to prevent your hair from swelling after shampooing.
For more advanced methods, you may consider hair bonding or hair fusion too. In hair bonding, the hair extensions are being glued to your natural hair. However, it’s high maintenance, and will only last for 2 months even if it’s well-maintained. Also, the glue can sometimes be an allergen or a harsh chemical that will damage your hair. If you want a more natural and long lasting weave, fusion can be your best option as it usually lasts for 5 to 6 months, but it’s the most expensive method. In fusion, the hair extensions are being attached to your strands with the use of wax or a keratin-protein bond. A great thing, this will look natural since the bonds are almost invisible. Also, you may consider interlocking method or a weaving technique without cornrow that will work with most types of hairstyles.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of sewing methods?
There are pros and cons when it comes to getting sew-in hairstyles. In the net weave, you won’t be able to fully take care of your natural hair since the net gets in the way. However, it’s great for women with thinner hair since it could add more bounce and volume to a lackluster hair. On the other hand, a woman with a thick hair will benefit from the regular sew-in.
What are the benefits of sew-in hairstyles?
Instead of experimenting on your real hair, you can manipulate those hair extensions that will reduce the strain on your natural tresses. This is especially true if you’ve got a big chop you’re uncomfortable in. Sew-in hairstyles will allow you to transition easily to a look you really love. Do you know that having sew-in hairstyles can protect your real hair from the elements? Depending on the amount of hair extensions used, they can be a shield for your hair from sun exposure, weather, and even friction. If you love to get your hair colored, then sew-in hairstyles will make it effortless.
What are the advantages of using natural hair extensions?
Synthetic hair extensions often swell when washing that will cause frizzy hair. Do you even know that some synthetic hair extensions can even cause scalp irritation? On the other hand, natural hair extensions will look more natural as your hair and you can do everything with them. Do you want a curly hair? Then curl them as you like. Do you like to try out a new hair color? They can be bleached and dyed too, giving your hairstyle the most natural look.
However, you must be careful when treating your hair extensions if they’re already attached to your hair, or else, you can also damage the real hair beneath them. If you’re looking for hair extensions, you may look for virgin hair or weft. When it comes to virgin hair, the extensions used haven’t gone to chemical treatments yet, while wefts are more natural-looking and less expensive.
How to keep extensions from destroying your edges?
Whether you’re deciding on synthetic or real human hair, you have to invest in quality. Remember, high quality hair extensions last longer, while cheap ones can even result to allergic reactions on your scalp. If you’ve got a big chop, keep in mind that longer isn’t always the better as it will be more challenging to wash your natural hair and keep it healthy. Not to mention removing long extensions will be harder and more painful. Do you know that ponytails create more tension on your hair? So, better wear a silk headscarf or use a silk pillowcase instead to lessen the friction to your hair.
Why you should try sew-in hairstyles?
Sewing is the safest method to install hair extensions to your head, whether you’re seeking for a new hairstyle, or adding some length to your short hair. Also, it’s a protective hairstyle that will let your hair breathe from damaging heat styling, curling, and straightening. Generally, your natural hair is being braided then the hair extensions are being sewed into them. If you use natural hair extensions, then it will let your sew-in hairstyle appear more natural.
If you’re testing hair products, sew-in hairstyles will allow you to find a regimen that works without damaging your real hair. Just imagine how quick it is to get the hairstyle you really love. If you want a curly hair yet you’re afraid to have them curled, curly sew-ins will be your best option. Instead of relaxing or straightening your hair, think of straight-haired sew-ins that won’t damage your strands. If you want to try cool hair colors, opt for sew-ins in different shades that will allow you to sport the look without the risk of over coloring your natural hair.
What are the preparations your hair needs before getting sew-in hairstyles?
Apart from deep conditioning treatment, trim your split ends to make your sew-in hairstyle fuzz-free. You shouldn’t try the sew-in hairstyle when you’re just done with your straightening treatment, as well as don’t overdo heated styling tools. On the other hand, a super curly hair can be used to your advantage as there are hair extensions that can enhance your natural hair texture. A great thing, you’ll be able to sport a hairstyle that matches your natural hair. As a rule of thumb, you need a healthy hair to make it fit for sew-in hairstyles.
How sew-in hairstyles are being done?
Generally, your hair is braided into a cornrow first then the hair extensions are being attached to them through a needle and a thread. Do you know that women with thick hair will look best in sew-in hairstyles? Even though the braids are applied tightly, thick hair can retain its volume and thickness over a thin hair.
How should you take care of your hair while wearing a weave?
To make sure your natural hair stays in optimum condition, moisturize them daily and apply essential oil to add some moisture to them. Do you know that sew-ins can cause additional damage and stress to your hair if they are not taken care properly? Sew-in hairstyles are one of protective styling, but that doesn’t mean you can forget your natural hair because you believe it’s already protected. If you’re not good on refreshing your own weave, pay a visit to the salon every four weeks to get your hair fixed by your hairstylist. Like all protective hairstyles, you should do the work to maintain the good condition of your natural hair.
How to grow your natural hair while wearing sew-ins?
Avoid a too loose or too tight braid.
Yes, sew-in hairstyles are great when you’re growing your hair, but you need to make sure your braids aren’t too loose or too tight. Do you know that a too tight braid could give you headaches? Regardless of the hair trends, you should never sacrifice the health of your hair. Whether you’re keeping your braids longer or just for a week, avoid putting too much pressure to your hair.
When doing the sew-ins, leave your edges and nape untouched.
If you want a polished sew-in hairstyle, you might be considering getting all your hair braided. However, the hair around your nape is extremely sensitive and they are susceptible to damage. Just loosen your braids, especially if it’s a box braid style as an unkempt look will be better than losing your natural hair. After all, having sew-in hairstyles must be designed to support your hair growth, not just to make your looks fresh for a longer time.
Massage your scalp with oil to encourage hair growth.
Apart from the cleaning purpose of massaging you hair, you can also promote hair growth on your scalp, especially if you use some essential oils. Do you know that you should wash your hair at least thrice a month when wearing sew-ins? This way, you’ll keep your hair nourished and healthy, encouraging it to grow on its full potential.
How long should you wear sew-ins hairstyles?
Do you know that you should not wear those hair extensions attached into your hair for more than six weeks? Your hair needs some time to breathe, and these hairstyles might weaken them instead of protect them. As a rule of thumb, never compromise the health of your hair—and leaving sew-ins for more than six weeks will give serious damage to your strands. If you plan to get another sew-in hairstyle after detangling the previous one, give at least four weeks gap to let your hair rest.
What are the risks when having those sew-in hairstyles?
The severe damage you can get from the sew-in hairstyle is having traction alopecia or hair loss caused by pulling your strands. It might be normal that some of your hair snap off when removing your hair extensions, but pulling them from the roots will give a permanent damage to your hair. If you’re already suffering from falling hair due to hereditary reasons, or even because of the consequence of your previous hairstyle, refrain from using more hair extensions just to compensate the loss. Or else, it will only lead to a cycle and will pose more serious damage to your hair.
Are the consequences caused by hair extensions reversible?
If it’s the first time you’ve got the traction alopecia, then you can fix it by stopping using hair extensions completely as your hair will eventually grow back. However, don’t let the cycle repeats again as pulling your hair over and over again will lead to permanent hair loss—the follicle weakens if it’s constantly being pulled. In minor cases, you can get dandruff because of not washing your hair more often. You could opt for clarifying shampoos or even over-the-counter treatments that will treat your flaky scalp.
Don’t be scared to try new things and hairstyles as styling your hair will reflect your personality. So, if you love to try a look, yet your natural hair is not perfect for it, consider sew-in hairstyles and everything will be great.