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Variations: The sew-in technique can be used for full head or partial weaves.
Pros: They last for weeks at a time, can be washed and styled normally, and hair can be tugged on without the extensions slipping out. Another bonus: Your hair type doesn't have to match the extension's type, texture or length.
Cons: These extensions can be considerably damaging if not properly maintained; they take much longer to dry after washing; the installation and removal process can be lengthy -- and typically requires a professional stylist.
How to do it: Natural hair is tightly braided close to your scalp. The patterns of the braids vary depending on the style and preference of the stylist. A weft of hair is sewn into the braid with a curved needle and thread. A net can be sewn onto the braids as a barrier before applying the extensions.
Tips: Treat and repair your hair thoroughly with conditioning masks and moisturizers before to minimize damage. Stay away from chemical processing or heat styling your hair for three to four weeks prior to getting a sew-in weave. Allow the hair along your hairline to remain out of the braids so you can conceal the wefts when you style you hair in an updo.
Get it if: You have hair that is thick and strong enough to braid and sew an extension onto it. (Thinning hair tends to be difficult to braid alone, much less braid and then also have hair sewn onto it, increasing the friction and tugging at the scalp and hairline.) You'd also like to give your natural hair a break from styling.
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