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Are Hand-Tied Extensions Bad For Your Hair And Scalp?

Are Hand-Tied Extensions Bad For Your Hair And Scalp?

Last updated date Wed Oct 11 2023 By William Brown

Fashion Blog

Although each one of us wants our hair to be good, most people don’t possess healthy, thick, and voluminous hair strands flowing from their scalp. Fortunately, hair extensions were introduced in the beauty industry to solve this issue. There are several types of extensions available in the stores with their pros and cons. In this guide, we will explore hand-tied extensions bad for your hair.

What Are Hand Tied Hair Extensions?

Hand-tied hair extensions are a kind of sew-in wefts, which include a number of hair strands sewn together at the root of each strand. When installing hand-tied hair extensions, hairstylists will use a curved needle to sew the extensions to your natural hair with nylon thread. That means there is no heat, chemical or glue needed in this method.

In recent years, hand-tied hair extensions are becoming the best choice for women all over the world because of their natural-looking results. Moreover, it is a very effective way to add length and volume to their hair without causing too much damage to them.

What Are Hand Tied Hair Extensions?

Hand-tied Hair Extensions Pros and Cons

It seems that hand-tied hair extensions are a great choice for most women. However, If you want to get your hair upgraded with hand-tied hair extensions, you should consider their pros and cons below:

1. Hand-tied extensions Pros 

- No glue, heat, and chemicals required: Although there are different ways to install hand-tied hair extensions, all of them don’t need chemical, glue or heat in the installation process.  As a result, it won’t cause too much damage and it can be reused many times.

- Versatility with permanent changes: With hand-tied hair extensions, you will have various choices. You can order the texture, length, thickness and color as you desired from the hair supplier, then they will give you one.

- Effortless maintenance: Hand-tied hair extensions are a great choice for newbies or women who don’t want to spend time on taking care of them everyday. Moreover, hand-tied hair extensions don’t require any special hair care product.

- Comfortable for a long time using: If you get hand-tied extensions installed properly, you won’t be worried about itchiness and tensions. 

2. Hand-tied extensions Cons

- Difficult to brush and detangle: Hand-tied extensions often make your hair thicker than others. As a result, it’s hard to brush through and detangle them.

- Considerable cost: When being compared with other types of hair extensions, a hand-tied hair extension is often more expensive. You have to invest $1000 or more for a hand-tied extension and get it installed completely.

Are Hand-Tied Extensions Bad For Your Hair?

Hand-tied hair extensions are safe for everyone to use for a long time. Compared to all types of hair extensions, you might deal with the smallest damage while using the hand-tied method. Those who get the hair extensions installed by professional hairstylists will have to face minimum pull on their roots because they know how to install it correctly.

Not only installing hand-tied extensions in the right way, a certified hair stylist will give you some advice to take care of them. By following their instructions, your hair with hand-tied extensions won’t cause any damage.

Are Hand-Tied Extensions Bad For Your Hair?

The Least Damage Hand-tied Extensions Can Cause

Although being installed by a certified hair stylist, hand-tied hair extensions can sometimes cause a little uncomfortable for users. In the first 2-3 days after attachment, you can feel a little hurt because of tension. However, it will disappear after 3-4 days when your hair grows longer.

The problem is really serious if you don’t fix your hair after 6-8 weeks. When your hair grows out, the hand-tied extensions will loosen and lead to tangle and shedding. That’s the reason why I usually tell my customers to go to their hair stylist to fix their hand-ties every 5-6 weeks.

How To Avoid Hand-tied Extensions Damage

As you know, The hand tied extensions damage comes from the tension. To minimize the hand tied extensions damage, you should reduce the tension and treat your hair root well. These following steps will help you better:

1. Cleansing: The most important thing you have to do is to ensure your hair is clean. Although oil and dust do not damage your hair directly, the build up can make your hair smelly and lead to scalp fungus. To make your hair clean without drying it, you should wash your hair with sulfate-free shampoo and apply hair conditioner 2-3 times a week.

2. Drying your hair properly: Damp hair is an ideal environment for bacteria growth. Keep in mind that you should dry your hair before sleeping or even going out, especially with hand-tied extensions which often make your hair considerably thicker. You may need a powerful blow dryer with speed settings and cool settings to dry your hair. 

3. Detangling and Brushing: After a long time using, your hair will be frizzy and tangled. Brushing is another way of taking care of the hair and keeping it healthy. It’s important to brush the hair at least once or twice a day or else it will result in hand tied extensions damage. You should brush from the bottom to the top to get rid of breakage. 

4. Applying Product: If your hand-tied hair extensions are made from 100% human hair, you can treat them like your natural hair effortlessly. Although they do not require special care, you may need to apply hair moisturizer if they have been chemical-treated before. 

5. Sleep Routine: Every evening before bed, work 3-4 pumps of hair oil or serum through your hair from mid-shafts to ends. Then put your hair into one or two low, loose braids to prevent friction and tangles. Secure with an elastic band. After shampooing, apply a natural oil to your strands (ie. olive oil, jojoba) and scalp that will help provide hydration without weighing the hair down. On days when you don't wash your hair, alternate between coconut oil and apple cider vinegar to cleanse and restore moisture on oily hair with added shine


Can I color my hand tied extensions?

Yes. Generally, when you get hand tied extensions on, it is almost like your natural hair. You can restyle it into the texture and color that you want. Or you can buy dyed and styled hair extensions before installing them on.

Do hand tied extensions damage your natural hair?

It will not damage your real hair. However if you do not treat them well, they can cause your hair loss to become more extreme because of its stress and friction.

How do I sleep with hand tied extensions?

- Choose the right pillowcase: Mic hair recommends you to have a soft pillowcase. The best material is silk. With this silk pillowcase, you do not have to worry about tangling.

- Do not go to bed when your hair is wet. 

- Place your hair in a protective style before best.


We hope we have explained hand-tied extensions bad for your hair. You should first check the quality of natural hair before considering hand-tied hair extensions. If you are dealing with a hair loss problem or any other hair-related issues, then hand-tied extensions won’t give a desirable look.

>>> Read more: How to hide extensions and make it look naturally beautiful <<<


William Brown

William Brown


William is a professional hair stylist with over 10 years of experience. He is passionate about creating personalized, trendy looks for his clients and specializes in hair treatments and updos. He is now a certified hair adviser for Mic Hair Company. His articles are always filled with advice, pro tips, and latest hair research results.


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