Whether you’ve already booked your appointment or you’re still at the research stage, you will have come across the term ‘hair wefts’ multiple times on your hair extension journey. So, what exactly are hair wefts and how will we know which is right for us when we eventually reach the salon chair? There are so many questions that need answering but you can relax. We’re here to fill you in on everything you need to know about hair wefts. From hand-tied to machine sewn and from tape-ins to clip-ins. You’ll discover the answers to all of your questions and then some! Simply keep scrolling to become a hair weft expert…
What Is A Weft?
A hair weft, in its basic form, is a collection of hair strands sewn onto a super-thin cloth strip ready for your stylist to work into your hair. How the hair forms an attachment to that strip varies, however. Some will be machine sewn whereas others get sewn by hand. Both have their benefits, although, depending on your hair type, one may be better for you than the other.
For example, hand-tied wefts are somewhat more delicate. You cannot cut them but they are much lighter. Machine sewn wefts, however, you can cut, but they’re much heavier and often thicker at the seam.
Which Weft Extensions Are Right For Your Hair Type?
Those with finer locks will find hand-tied wefts a much better fit as they’re lighter weight won’t pull on the hair. Additionally, it’s worth taking into consideration the attachment method. Those with very fine locks are better candidates for tapes in for example. These put much less pressure on the hair without the need for braids or sewing into them. This can be tricky with thinner strands and sometimes ends up being visible.
If your hair is thicker, hand-tied sew-in or weave extensions will be perfect for you. You will also be able to choose from hand-tired or machine sewn wefts. Your stylist will create a braided section through the hair, the wefts will then be sewn in by hand. As your strands and volume are more prominent, your locks can take the weight. Plus, these extensions will last you up to 9 weeks! Additionally, your technician will be able to advise on the weight needed for your specific hair thickness.