Best Sew-in Weave Techniques You Should Know
What are sew-ins?
Sew-ins are a method of adding hair extensions to the hair weft using a thread or a needle. Once you’ve decided that sew ins are the best method to install your hair, you should also consider the type of hair you intend to use. Proper preparation is crucial to the success of your sew-ins.
You’ll Never Have a Terrible Install Using One of These Sew-In Techniques
Everyone is talking about the importance of securing the bag, but what about the security of your weave? or the sew-in?
I support quality bundles like those offered by iLovely Hair Extensions. To get the best out of them, I wear them correctly. You should not have tracks, leave out not blending well with your bundles or a sewn-in (See this article: how to sew in). It should look like your head is about to fall off because the foundation looks terrible.
Before you go to grab your bag, make sure that your sewing is perfect! You’ll seal the deal as soon as your enter the room with a flawless installation!
You don’t have to be less than perfection for your holidays.
These are the essentials to make your sew-in a success from start to finish.
Sew-In Supplies You Will Need:
- A rat-tail comb to create neat parts
- A wide-tooth comb to comb hair neatly
- Oil for scalp
- Black Nylon Thread
- Small Rubber Bands
- Hook Needle
- Duckbill Clips
- Weaving Net
- Wig Cap (depending on the technique used)
- Flat Iron
- Three bundles of hair (shampooed, deep-conditioned, and dried)
- 1 Pack of Synthetic Braid Hair (optional)
Prep Your Hair Before Weave Install
You shouldn’t install a sewn-in without washing your hair first, and then choosing the best technique to complete the installation.
Think about it!
You will be putting your hair under an installation for a long time. Can you imagine the damage and smell that your hair will experience if it isn’t properly prepared?
Use an oil such as Argan Oil to shampoo and condition your hair. The Organix hair care line is my favorite because it offers a wide range of products that suit your hair type and needs.
Kimble’s haircare line is also my favorite, as it works well for both natural and relaxed hair.
Start by shampooing and conditioning your hair. You can dry your hair however you like. You can dry your hair however you like. If you let your hair air dry or use a hair dryer, make sure to add moisture to your hair.
To prevent dryness when sewing, a great moisturizer is essential. Pay attention to the edges and ends of your skin when you apply your moisturizer. You don’t need to use too much of the product.
Sew-In Stitch Techniques
It is crucial to use the correct stitching technique if you want your hair to last.
You can choose one of these types to attach your wefts/net to prevent them from sliding.
You will need to pass your needle through the weft, pulling it throws. This is the most common method of sewing ins. Make sure you pull the thread tightly enough to avoid any slack.
Double lock stitch is identical to the overcast stitch but you will loop your thread twice. If you plan to keep your installation in place for several months, the double lock stitch will provide maximum security.
The lock stitch is the same method as the overcast. You will need to pull the thread through the weave. Then, take your needle and stick the loop through it. To prevent tracks from slipping, pull tight.
Full Sew-In Technique
Your sew-in will last longer and you’ll be the envy of everyone in your office if your braids are perfect. They don’t have to be as smooth as Allen Iverson’s braids, but they should be close!
A solid foundation will ensure that your sewing is flawless
How to sew in weave
To create a natural look, leave a little hair at the back and sides.
Make two perimeter braids, one for each temple of your head. Braid them all toward the back. Make one braid, making sure you leave some hair behind. This will go across your back nape. This will serve as your anchor braid for the back wefts.
Divide your hair into three sections. Slide down approximately a quarter inch to half inch before you begin to braid. This will reduce tension in your scalp.
Braide the rest of your hair. Keep your braids neat and small. You will get a smoother look and a longer lasting sew-in if you use small braids.
The braids should be straightened at the back. Each braid can be made with synthetic hair. This will make your braids last longer.
Sewing into the Braids
Start by taking the braids apart and starting to sew them. You can place your remaining braids between cornrows to create a flat base. To ensure that your thread is secure, make sure to knot it a few times.
Place your threaded needle under all three braids. Twist your thread twice, then pull through. Continue to make a knot, and keep going until the braid is secure.
For each braid, continue the above process.
Oil your scalp, but not too much.
Remember! Remember that a little bit goes a long ways!
Start to braid them. To ensure a flat base, place any remaining braids between cornrows. To ensure that your thread is secure, make sure to knot it a few times.
Installation of the Closure
When you are installing a closure, make sure to align it with the part of the hair. About 1/4 inch of the closure should be visible in front of your hairline.
Then, pass your first stitch through the closure. Next, stitch into the braid through the closure. Finally, pull the thread through. To secure a knot, loop it through the thread.
The other side will need assistance. As you attach the other side, have someone help you hold it down. Continue the process as before.
You don’t want to pull too tightly as you want your edges protected. The braid should be closed by stitching the closure around the perimeter. You don’t want to bunch the stitches so leave plenty of space between them.
Turn the closure toward the back of your head. Always sew the sides first, then the back.
Start sewing your bundles by double-stitching the wefts.
Start at the rear of your head. Start at the back of the head and run the needle through both the wefts and the bottom braid.
Finish 5-7 stitches, then tie them.
It doesn’t mean you have to go through every stitch in the weft. Perhaps every 3 to 5 stitches.
When you reach the edge of your head, make sure to pass through the wefts and tie the thread.
Part the Closure
Anchor the closure front to the braid in the part
To reduce bulk, use single wefts at top of head.
A net can help you keep your braids longer, give you fullness where you might have alopecia and protect your natural hair. It also helps people with shorter hair. If you have large gaps between your hair and your braids or your hair is very thin, you can use a net as a foundation.
Vixen Sew In Technique
(No more 3 bundles with a maximum of 20 inches
This is a versatile technique that can be sewn in. This allows you to style your hair in different ways, including ponytails.
Before you begin your hair installation, please refer to the section Prep Your Hair. To prevent any damage, protect your natural hair .
To cover tracks, leave some hair around the perimeter.
Locate the middle of your head, and then cut down. You should leave about 2 cm (1/2 fingertip) around each end.
Braiding for a Vixen Sew in
The center hair should be braided into a loose braid. Now, part hair from ear-to-ear. Leave about 2cm (1/2 fingertip) around each end.
Braide the middle hair into a braid. Each section should be braided into a beehive braid, a small circular single braid.
To ensure a flawless finish, keep sections and parts small.
Braide all four sections of the beehive braid. To secure each braid’s loose ends, use a needle and nylon thread.
To ensure that the thread is secure, loop it and tie a second knot.
You can now use your weaving net (if desired) to secure the net around the perimeters of each braided piece. At this point, you should have four sections covered by the beehive net.
Begin by sewing your first section in the back. Next, attach your track to the bottom braid. Keep sewing the tracks until the section is complete.
For the remaining three sections, repeat this process.
Partial Sew In
Your partial sew in can last a long time. A partial sew-in gives you more control over how your extensions blend with your hair. A partial sew-in allows you to style your hair in an updo.
Before you begin your hair installation, refer to the section titled “Prep Your Hair” above. To prevent any damage, protect your natural hair .
You should leave some hair around your head’s perimeter. Braid this hair so that it doesn’t get mixed up with your foundation braids.
You should also braid the section at the crown of the head. This will be the part of your hair that you leave out after your partial sew in.
Braid your nape area.
This braid will ensure that your back braids secure your sew in.
Take the ends of the braids and place them between the pieces. Each braid should be sewn exactly as for the complete sew-in.
After you have finished braiding your hair, prepare your weaving net.
How To Sew-In Weave
Keep your net neat and flat, but make sure to cover the entire head. Start sewing your net along the side of your deep portion.
The net top should be sewed. Next, the sides and then the back.
Your net should be sewn to the braided base. Make sure to avoid braiding your perimeter and center braids. This is your leave-out and essential for the partial sewing in. To avoid buckling, first stretch your weaving net at the back. Then, sew the net to the braid.
Next, reduce the excess net.
You can now start sewing your bundles until you reach the top by using the fold-over technique.
Remove your perimeter and leave-out braids.
You now have a partial sewing in.
Invisible Part Sewn-In
A invisible part sewn in gives you a flawless appearance without any visible tracks.
Before you begin your hair installation, please refer to the section Prep Your Hair. To prevent any damage to your natural hair , you will need to protect it.
Braid your hair in an angular braid style. Start your braids on each side in semi-circular patterns. Secure the braids in the back with a rubber band. Sew them in between two parts.
Your wig cap should be stretched over your entire head. Your perimeter braids should be covered by the cap. The cap should cover your perimeter braids.
Get Your Wig Cap Ready
Begin to sew your wig cap to the perimeter braid. Your needle should be fed through the cap, through the perimeter braid and through the cap.
Secure the wig cap with the double lock stitch. Continue braiding the perimeter braids until you reach the front.
Start sewing the wig cap around your invisible braid’s base. Continue sewing until the last stitch touches your perimeter braid. You’ve now secured the hair wig around your invisible part.
Now, cut your thread and then trim the wig cap at the invisible portion. You can leave a bit of the wig cover so that you don’t cut any double lock stitches. You can trim the remainder of the wig cap to your hairline.
To ensure the correct length, measure them so that they meet at the beginning of your perimeter braid. To ensure the right length, don’t overextend. Reduce your extension.
Take your track and measure it at the base’s beginning. Wrap the tracks around your invisible part base. Don’t forget to extend this area. Reduce your extension.
How to sew-in weave
Place your first measured track along with your perimeter braid to sew it in.
Your track should be in line with your braid. The weft should be facing toward the back. Pull the needle through the weft by running your fingers through your braid. Ensure that you use the double lock stitch technique while sewing in the track.
Double lock your ends twice. When you are done with the top of your head, trim any excess weft. For the invisible section, repeat this process.
You can now sew the rest of your head using the fold-over technique to eliminate cutting your wefts.
Fill in the space left around your part. Measure from the end of the invisible braid to the weft.
The weft should be cut and your needle pulled through it. Double lock the thread and trim any excess.
Do not cut the double-thread stitch at the end of the weft. The track should be placed on the braid. Then, run the needle through both the braid and the weft.
To ensure that the weft is secured, create your knot.
This step can be repeated once more.
To attach the weft to your braid, use one loop. Double lock stitch twice at the ends of the weft to secure the weft on both ends. Then, cut the thread.
Continue to do this until you cover the entire area.
Finalizing the Invisible Part Sewn-In
Last, create your closure to the invisible part.
Measure the length of your hair extension. Your needle and thread are now ready to go.
Create a second stitch. Now roll your extension so that it forms a circle. Once you have rolled it, tie a knot and then continue rolling until your hair is completely visible.
When you stitch, make sure to pull your needle through all of the wefts. Pull the thread through all the wefts and then pull it through the end. Two double lock stitches are used to secure the wefts. Pull the thread tight, and then cut the thread. Flip your closure upside down and distribute the hair evenly.
Flatten your hair with your flat iron
Next, thread your needle through a few loops at the closure. Now, pull the thread through the closure and tie a double lock knot.
Now you can connect your needle and thread to your closure. Secure the loose hair with a rubber band. Place the closure sideways on your crown.
Your needle should be taken through a section of the track that was previously visible along your invisible portion. Pull the thread through the track and then stitch it down. You want a tight feeling but not too tight.
Keep going with the same process for the rest of your closure. The last step is to trim the thread so that your invisible part can be sewn in.
Favorite Sew-In Techniques
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