If you are planning to make hair extensions, you may have heard of such popular techniques as tape-in and sewn-in hair extensions.
Each of them has its pros and cons, which are worth considering when choosing an optimal option for the transformation of your hairstyle.
Sew-In Hair Extensions Pros and Cons
Sew-ins are a technique when a pre-prepared weft is attached to a braid made around the perimeter of your head.
There are 3 types of wefts:
- Machine weft
The densest weft made on special equipment. Its thickness is 0.07 inches (2 mm), which is not suitable for clients with fine soft curls.
- Hand-tied weft
This is a thinner and more discreet hand-made weft, which is made taking into account all your features and wishes.
Its thickness is about 0.02 inches (0.76 mm) and its height is about 0.04 inches (1.16 mm). A perfect option for any type of hair, because it is done specially for you!
- Genius weft
It is something in between a machine and a hand-tied weft. Like machine weft, they are manufactured with special equipment. But they come out almost as neat and thin as hand-tied weft: a thickness is about 0.04 inches (0.78 mm) and a height is 0.06 inches (1.71 mm).
If we choose between these three sewn-in hair extensions options, then we are definitely for hand-tied wefts as they are the most tailored to the needs of each customer. So let’s focus on their pros and cons.
The advantages of the technique include:
- No length loss during reapplication procedures
The hair tech just removes the weft, unbraids the hair, then makes a new braid and reattaches the weft to it.
- Comfort in wearing
Since the wefts are very thin, they are practically not felt in wearing.
As the locks are fixed on the braid, the attachment points of the strands are unnoticeable to others.
- Safe for health
No glue, hot tools, or metal beads are used. Thus, this extension technique is one of the safest for the health of your hair.
However, there are also some disadvantages:
- Be prepared that the extension process takes quite a long time: 3-4 hours.
- With improper care, your hair can get tangled in the root zone.
- The work must be done by an experienced hair stylist, otherwise, improper attachment of the weft can damage the natural locks.
Tape-In Hair Extensions Pros and Cons
This hair extension technique is done as follows: a strand of natural hair is placed between two «sandwich halves» – two tapes with extensions. They are fixed with a special glue.
The advantages of this technique include:
- One of the fastest and easiest extension techniques. You can change your hairstyle in just one hour!
- If the hair tech masters the technique and carefully fixes the tapes, they will not damage your natural hair.
- Quality extension material is suitable for reuse.
We are in the sew-ins team, and here’s why:
- Not suitable for all hair types. Tape-ins are not the best solution for clients with fine curls. They can damage thin strands and even provoke hair loss.
- Can be noticeable to others. In addition, with such hair extensions, you cannot make a braid or a smooth ponytail, because tape-in hair extensions will be too noticeable!
- In case of incorrect installation, the tapes may slide off. Also, improper installation (close to the hair roots) can traumatize the scalp.
- Require reapplication procedures more often than sew-ins.
Still have doubts about what to choose for yourself?
Contact the I Love Slavic Hair online store. This brand specializes in everything that is related to hair extensions: here you will be helped to choose the perfect bundle and advised on the extension technique that will suit you best!