What Are Weft Hair Extensions?

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Are you envious of the long and thick locks that celebrities have? One of the secrets to having such beautiful hair is hair extensions (sssh).

If you are thinking of getting hair extensions, it is best to do your research first so that you’ll know which one would be best suited for your hair.  One of the many terms that you can come across when you are researching hair extensions is weft hair extensions. 

What are weft hair extensions, exactly? To put it simply, weft hair extensions are a type of hair extension that is formed by sewing hair onto a thin strip of cloth. 

Let’s learn more about weft hair extensions so that we can help you to choose which to use. 


What Are Weft Hair Extensions?

Weft hair extenions

When it comes to hair extensions, there are several options available, with weft extensions being among the most popular. These are such a popular choice because they last long and can be easy to apply.

Additionally, there are lots of colors and styles to choose from. 

Weft hair extensions are made from hair, either human or synthetic, which is attached to a thin strip of cloth. To attach it to the strip of cloth, it could either be hand-sewn or machine sewn. 

Weft hair extensions are made from hair, either human or synthetic, which is attached to a thin strip of cloth. 

One of the main differences between the hand-sewn and machine-sewn hair wefts is their weight. The hand-sewn ones are lighter but they are more delicate — and you shouldn’t cut them. 

On the other hand, machine-sewn hair wefts may be heavier and have a thicker seam. But you can cut them. Which one you use will depend on the type of hair that you have. 

Those who have hair that’s fine and thin are better off with hand-sewn hair wefts because they are lighter. They won’t pull on the hair. Apart from the type of hair weft, you should think about the method of attachment carefully and make sure to put the least pressure on your natural hair

People with thicker hair strands could use either the hand-sewn or the machine-sewn hair wefts. There are more methods of attachment to choose from, because already-thick hair can handle more weight.

How Are Weft Hair Extensions Attached?

Weft hair extenions blonde

Apart from selecting which weft hair extensions to use, it is very important to consider which attachment method is most suitable for your hair.

Usually, stylists will advise you of the most suitable for your hair type, and if you’re just starting out with extensions, it’s a good idea to consult with your stylist until you’re used to everything.

Here are the common methods of attaching weft extensions.

1. Micro-ring Method

Micro ring weft hair extension attachment

This method can be used by anyone who wants to use weft hair extensions. They are suitable even for those who have thinner hair strands. It is one of the most popular ways weft hair extensions are attached. 

This method doesn’t use any heat or glue. Sweet!

That’s why you can certainly reuse the hair wefts extensions as you would like.

For this method, you’ll need the microbead rings , pliers, a loop, a rattail comb, clippers, and hair weft extensions. 

To do this, a few strands of your natural hair and the weft hair extensions will be placed in the micro-ring. Then pliers will be used to flatten or clamp the ring to secure the weft extensions. This is repeated until the entire weft hair extension is securely attached to your hair. 

It could feel tight right after attaching the hair weft. But you will get used to it and it will feel more comfortable after your hair grows.

You should have the weft extensions adjusted towards the roots after 2-3 months of wear. 

2. Sewing Method

Another way to attach the weft hair extensions   is to sew or weave them in. Hairdressers are experienced in this, and it’s not such much a DIY method.

With this method, your natural hair will be braided in cornrows. 

After having your entire head in cornrows, the extensions will be sewn on the cornrows with a needle for a seamless look. Although this method can be done for all hair types, it would be best for those with thicker hair.

It is not recommended for those with weak, fragile, or damaged hair. 

3. Tape-In Method

Tape in hair extension attachment

This method of attachment is considered semi-permanent and would last for about 8-10 weeks. With this method, glue is used to attach the hair extensions. This is a good option for those who don’t want other people to know that they are wearing extensions.

For this method, a thin layer of your hair is placed in between two weft hair extensions. To make the glue or tape  sticky, a heating tool is used. 

Although this method can be done DIY, it would be best to have it done by professionals to make sure that they are properly aligned. 

4. Clip-In Method

Tape in hair extension attachment

This option is best for those who want a temporary boost in hair volume or length. This is very easy to do and you can do it at home. You can also easily take them out as you wish. 

These come with clips  that you can easily attach to your hair, towards the roots.

Then, a layer of your natural hair covers the clips. 

It would be best to avoid using this for long periods because it can cause hair breakage and dryness. This is because it can tug on your hair and scalp, especially if it is not correctly applied. 

Care Tips For Your Weft Hair Extensions

The length of time your weft hair extensions last and how they look will depend on how well you take care of them. Here are a few things to keep in mind. 

  • Carefully select your hair products and make sure they are of high quality to avoid damage to your weft hair extensions and natural hair. For example, use only alcohol-free mousse.
  • Make sure to use heat protectants when heat styling your hair or avoid heat styling your hair as much as possible. 
  • Use silk pillowcases or wrap your hair while sleeping to avoid tangling. 
  • Be careful in brushing your hair to prevent ripping it off. 
  • Have the hair extensions regularly adjusted.

Written by Kayla Young

Kayla is the founder of LuxeLuminous. She has worked professionally in the tanning industry for years. She has been interested in esthetics since childhood, and has tried every hair, skin, and makeup product ever produced (more or less).