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How To Sew In Hair Extensions Like A Pro

How To Sew In Hair Extensions Like A Pro

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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Mon Dec 27 2021

With time, side part closure sew-in has become the most popular way of installing hair extensions. You might be wearing loose hair extensions that don’t look natural. There are various sew-in weaving techniques through which you can easily enhance and change the appearance. In this guide, we will explore everything related to sew-in hair extensions and how to sew in hair extensions.

All About Sew In Hair Extensions

Sew-in hair extensions are a popular and versatile option for adding length and volume to your natural hair. To get sew-in extensions, a stylist braids your hair tightly and then sews wefts of hair onto the braids using a needle and thread. This method provides a secure and long-lasting result. Sew-in extensions can be styled, colored, and cared for like your natural hair. They offer a seamless and natural look, making them a favorite choice among those seeking a stunning hair transformation.

There are 2 main sew-in installation methods: Braid and braidless. Based on these two, you will have your hair extensions installed firmly to your natural hair. In the following sections, Mic Hair will let you know how to sew in hair extensions with the traditional sew-in & braidless sew-in methods. 

All About Sew In Hair Extensions

Pre-Sew In Hair Extensions

Prepping the hair is the first step you should take before using the sew-in hair extension techniques. Those who want their sew-in to last for more than a few months must ensure their braids are on point. Without preparation, the hair and scalp can get severely damaged during the sew-in process. No matter what method you select to install, you have to properly prepare for an easier process.

Washing and Conditioning

The first step in any hair styling process is washing and conditioning. This step allows you to have your hair cleaned and kept in natural shape. Moreover, conditioner helps your hair soft and easy to style. You do not need to pay much for washing and conditioning your hair. All you need is to choose a sulfate-free shampoo and silicon-free conditioner.

Washing and Conditioning


Both braid and braidless methods require your hair separated into smaller sections, so detangling is very important. After your hair is 75% dry, use a detangling brush to comb your hair gently. Do not forget to comb from the bottom to the top of the strand.

Items Needed

- Hair bundles: Human hair bundles/ Synthetic hair bundles

- Nilon threads & Curve needle

- Microbeads (Braidless method)

- Hair threader (Braidless method)

- Hair plier (Braidless method)

How to Sew In Hair Extensions: Traditional Sew In

Those who want their sew-in hair to last for a long time should use the best technique. You can select any of the following stitch types to prevent sliding and secure the wefts to the braids.

Braid your hair overhead

Firstly, Separate your hair into small sections. Then you have to braid your hair to protect your scalp and reduce the pressure and tension on your natural hair. There are many braid patterns, and each of them has its pros and cons. After a long time of research, MIC Hair suggests the 5 best sew-in pattern hair extensions that you should refer to. 

Install bundles

The braiding process is a difficult task that takes much time to finish. Once your finish it, you can start sewing the bundle to your natural hair. Thread your needle with the nylon thread that is silkier than the cotton one. 

When you start, take the hair weft and sew it onto the braided or netted base from the back. You'll use a simple stitch called the overcast stitch. Here's how: insert the needle under the weft and through the base, then loop the thread around the weft and pull it tight. Repeat this stitch every inch or so to make sure the weft is secure.

As you sew, continue moving horizontally from the back towards the crown of your head. It's important to sew close to the scalp to achieve a natural appearance. When you reach the top, cut the weft and secure it either by tying a knot or weaving the thread through the weft a few times. This will ensure that it stays in place securely.

How to Sew In Hair Extensions: Braidless Sew-In

Before creating braids, you should leave out a small part of hair around the back and sides so that the weaves look natural. Start creating 2 perimeter braids. Each braid should go to the head’s temple.

Tightening the Bead

Start by separating your into small sections, then use a hair threader to secure your hair by adding beads. Don't forget to use hair pliers to tighten the beads after that.  

Install the bundles

After your hair is tightened by the microbead, take a weft of hair extensions and position it along the parting, making sure it aligns with your natural hair. Hold the weft in place. You can do it every single row to make your hair looks thick.

How to Maintain Sew In Hair Extensions

Choosing the right product for Sew-in hair extensions.

Sew-in hair extensions can cause damage to your scalp, especially with the traditional braid method. So, choosing the right product to take care of your hair is really important. As I know, haircare products containing argan oil are very good for women who get sew-in hair extensions

Daily care

Keep your scalp clean and healthy by remaining moisture. If you live in low humidity place, applying lightweight oil or serum is a must-have step. Before going to bed, don't forget to brush your hair gently and use a satin or silk pillowcase to reduce friction and tangling.

How to Maintain Sew In Hair Extensions


How long do sew-in hair extensions last?

Sew-in hair extensions typically last between 6 to 8 weeks. However, the exact duration can vary depending on several factors such as the quality of the extensions, how well they are maintained, and your hair's growth rate.

Can I reuse sew-in hair extensions after removing them?

In most cases, sew-in hair extensions can be reused if they are well-maintained and remain in good condition. However, it's essential to consult with your stylist to determine if the extensions are suitable for reuse. They will assess the quality of the hair, the stitching, and the overall condition to provide guidance on reusing the extensions.


We hope now you understand how to sew in hair extensions. You will be able to get more smooth-looking hair by using the right method. For sew-ins, you just have to use a needle with the thread to add hair extensions at the hair weft. Using a net over the braids can help you reduce the gap between them.



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