What are Hand-Tied Weft Hair Extensions?
Hand tied hair extensions have taken the beauty world by storm – and with good reason! Hand-Tied refers to the way that the hair extensions themselves are made. Hand tied wefts are produced by manually tying hair to the extension seam and knotting it in place by hand. This method allows to create a very strong, but much thinner weft in comparison to machine tied. Each weft is expertly woven together by a person opposed to a machine, giving every detail custom attention; creating the absolute thinnest weft possible! They blend seamlessly into the hair for a fully concealed, natural-looking finish., making them a perfect option for those with fine or thin hair!
Hand tied extensions are often a favorite due to their slim, lightweight construction. They can be customized by color and weight for the client or guest wearing them. They can be colored, washed, curled, and styled just like natural hair. Hand-Tied Wefts focus on scalp health and comfort, which makes that method the most sought after. This flexibility, comfort and freedom makes hand tied extensions a top choice for many different lifestyles.
Who are Hand-Tied Wefts for?
Hand-tied wefts are perfect for individuals who love the idea of having, thick, luxurious hair but are concerned with the idea of the extensions peeking through. They have a seamless look and feel, perfect for those with thin hair. If someone has fine, delicate hair, hand tied will be the most comfortable and natural looking option to go with.
How are Hand-Tied Wefts Installed?
Hand tied extensions should always be installed by a qualified and certified stylist. It requires extreme precision and knowledge to install correctly. The application of each row is custom-tailored for the individual client to ensure beautiful results.
HEM Comfort Method : HEM Comfort Method is the foundation of Habit Extension Method. We have found that HEM sectioning along with their bead and string method is the perfect installation method for those with thinner and finer hair types. It is one of the most comfortable way to wear extensions.
HEM Hidden / Invisible Bead Extension Method : This method was created for clients who have finer, thinner hair or who would like to have their bead hidden when wearing their hair up. With this method, the extensions are hidden and even on finest haired client, the extensions are virtually seamless.
Traditional Beaded Row Method : A row of small silicone-lined beads is secured to the natural hair with a bead threader tool. Then a flat, thin weft of high-quality human hair is hand-sewn to the hair on either side of the beads using a special stitching technique. This process is repeated with each row. Once a row is installed, the beads are completely hidden and the extensions blend perfectly with the natural hair.
Braided Sew-In Method : Sew-in weaves are a process where your natural hair is braided down into cornrows and a needle and thread are then used to sew down hair extensions onto the braids. With a sew-in, your natural hair is tucked away, so it requires very little upkeep. It also gives your natural hair a break from the damage of day-to-day styling (think: heating, brushing and product buildup), so if you’re trying to grow your hair out, a sew-in is a great option.
Hand-Tied Weft Care & Maintenance :
After a new installation, your Hand-Tied Extensiond will require maintenance appointments every 4-8 weeks until it is time to replace the hair. Maintenance refers to having your hand-tied extensions moved up on your scalp. It extends the life of the extensions and prevents damage to the extensions as well as your natural hair. The two necessary maintenance appointments are referred to as a Move Up, and a Removal and Re-install.
The installation method used for your Hand-Tied Extensions will determine your care and maintenance routine. Each installation method requires different routine maintenance, which your Stylist will discuss with you at your consultation. Certain methods allow for Move Up Appointments inbetween, while others require a Removal and Reinstall appointment at each maintenance visit.
Here is a breakdown of each maintenance service for Hand-Tied Extensions.
Move Up : If your installation method allows, your first service after a new installation will be a “Move Up” service. At this appointment, we open the beads using a tool and push the wefts up so they stay close to your scalp. After all of the extensions are moved up, we follow up with a shampoo and style.
Remove & Reinstall : 4-8 weeks after your Move Up service you will return for a “Removal Reinstall” (R&R) appointment. In this service, the wefts and beads will be removed, we will then shampoo you and your hair extensions. If you are having your color done, we do this while the extensions are out. After, we will install new beads and secure the wefts with new string just like a new installation.
How to care for Hand-Tied Extensions at home:
Proper care and maintenance is essential for keeping hand tied hair extensions healthy and beautiful. Taking care of your extensions also helps them last longer. Follow these steps to properly care for your hand tied extensions:
Cleansing & Conditioning: It is recommended that you brush your hair before getting it wet so that it is already detangled, and easier to work with once you are in your shower. When brushing, you’ll want to start from the middle and pay special attention to the beads. Make sure each section of hair attached to the beads is loose and separated.
Wash your mane regularly with a sulfate-free, extension-friendly shampoo. Do not scrub the wefts! Be gentle when you wash your extensions. Harsh scrubbing or rubbing is not necessary and could damage your extensions over time. Gentle hand motions are perfect and just as effective. Focus on your roots, then gently squeeze the suds through your extensions. Follow up with a light hydrating conditioner, comb it through the strands, and let it sit for up to 5 minutes before rinsing thoroughly.
Avoid over-washing your extensions. For beaded extensions, washing your hair only two or three times per week is ideal when you are trying not to put too much strain on the beads. Since the extensions are not receiving moisture directly from your scalp like your normal hair, over-washing will dry them out and cause unnecessary damage. It is recommended that you use a dry shampoo for those in-between wash days, to help keep your hair looking fresh, without over-washing.
Once you have completed shampooing and conditioning, take some extra time to make sure all the residue and product that you applied is washed out. Pay extra (but gentle) attention around the beaded area, as this is where the residue is most likely to build up. Buildup around or inside of the silicone beads can cause irritation, and itchiness.
Prepping Damp Hair: Be aware that hair extensions absorb a LOT of water! After washing and conditioning your hair, gently squeeze or pat the wefts with a towel to remove excess water. Then let your hair air-dry 80% to 90% of the way before finishing with your blow dryer.
Detangling and Brushing: It’s important to thoroughly brush your hair several times a day. The Tangle Teezer is a good gentle brush that works on both wet and dry hair. Separate and brush through each row individually. Make sure to lift the hair and brush in-between the rows to prevent matting.
Applying Product: Extensions tend to be dry, so healthy hydration is key! A light leave-in detangler or leave-in conditioner makes detangling easier and protects the strands from damage. Next, apply an oil or serum to seal your ends (both your natural ends and the extension ends).
If your hair needs extra moisture, finish with a leave-in repair cream on your natural hair ONLY. Avoid applying protein treatments or heavy conditioners to your extensions, as this is not necessary and can make the wefts crispy.
Blow Drying: Before blow drying your extensions, separate the rows and dry each row individually. Use your paddle brush or round brush to smooth your natural hair and extension hair together. Be careful to get each row 100% dry to prevent itching or chafing.
Heat Styling: Extensions open up TONS of fun hairstyling options— get creative and enjoy that mermaid hair! Many clients love to curl their hair extensions because the style holds for longer. Before heat styling, always apply a heat protectant to both your extensions and natural hair. Set your iron or heat tool to the lowest effective setting (ideally under 320 degrees) to avoid scorching or drying out your extensions.
Protective Styling: 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.
Headed to the beach, ocean or pool? Before swimming, wet your hair and saturate the strands with a leave-in conditioner or hair mask. Comb the conditioner through your strands and secure your hair in a braid or bun. Rinse your mane out thoroughly after your swim!
While hand tied hair extensions require daily upkeep, it’s very manageable once you get into a rhythm. And the extra self-care will pay off with shiny, healthy and luscious hair!
Hand-Tied Weft Investment :
Hand-tied hair extensions last for 6-12 months with proper care and use of recommended professional products. The initial cost varies depending on many factors such as installation method, hair density, hair length, individual color customization as well as custom cut and style.
A consultation is required to determine pricing. At your consultation, your Stylist will discuss all of the options that are best suited for you. At that time they will give you an exact price of what your Installation, as well as your maintenance cost will be.
In order to book your installation, a non-refundable deposit is required. This reserves your reservation date as well as your customized hair extensions.