Hand Tied Wefts vs. Machine Wefts

Before we talk about wefts, let me introduce this blog ! Aight, so boom. I’m a hair educator. Specifically, THE Extension Educator. These blogs are for stylists and others in the cosmetology industry who are looking to refine their skills through continuing education. A majority of the content, however, will be for other stylists who are looking to also specialize in extensions.

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This first blog will cover one of the most basic things you need to know before offering extension services; the difference between hand-tied and machine wefts. Wefts are what many of us simply refer to as bundles.

Hand-Tied Wefts

Hand tied wefts are a very thin weft or track. They’re typically made of 100% virgin human hair that is sewn together by hand to go around the head. Since they’re so thin you can stack three to four pieces on one row. This adds more fullness depending on the clients density of their natural hair. Hand tied wefts are often best for fine to medium density hair. Since they lay so flat to the scalp they are virtually undetectable, which is what clients care about most !

Machine Wefts

Machine tied wefts are the same quality of hair, 100% virgin remy, but made by a machine. They tend to be more full in density, and are great for clients who have more full, coarse hair to match. It is important to know which texture is best for your clients hair, of course. Consulting with an extension specialist prior to purchasing your hair is best if you are unsure due to being a beginner. You can definitely reach out to me !

The Difference

The rise in popularity of hand-tied wefts instead of machine wefts has everyone discussing which is the best. One of my favorite methods of extensions to add instant length and volume to the hair is sew in wefts. This method uses small cylinders to safely secure the clients natural hair. Thread is used to sew the extensions to the clients natural hair that is secured by the cylinder.

This particular method last six to eight weeks before in-salon maintenance is required. The cylinder is opened and the dead hair shed is removed. Then, the cylinder is tightened back up, and your off for another six to eight weeks of beautiful hair. This hair can be shampooed, blown dry, and styled as you would your own hair. Using quality hair products, brushing regularly, and keeping up with you maintenance appointments will keep your extensions beautiful.

Hybrid Installs

Sometimes in order to achieve the look your clients want, wefts aren’t enough. If you check out my Instagram you’ll see tons of hybrid installs ! That can look like both wefts and itips or using beads instead of braids to attach the wefts to the hair. We’ll talk more about that at a later date ! Make sure you’re following me so that you don’t miss it.

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Textured I-Tips and Tricks

The more that I install textured I-tipss, the more well rounded I become on different textures. We all want flawless hair. There is nothing more frustrating than paying hundreds of dollars for your dream hair for it to be a nightmare ! You know the look that I’m talking about. Super sleek dreamy extensions, with sheep wool roots! Well guess what?!! The code has officially been cracked for you! Thank me later .

Textured Hair

The key to having flawless hair is making sure that once your natural hair fluffs, your extensions do too. My favorite texture for ethnic hair is anything kinky! Kinky curly and kinky straight! The results are so natural that you’ll even forget that you’re wearing extensions, and that’s the look we all want.

For my straight hair beauties its always best to have double drawn virgin remy hair. The reason for double drawn hair is to have extensions with a full density for a better blend. Single drawn just doesn’t provide that full voluminous look that we want. I’ve done extensive research to be sure I provide the best quality hair on the market for you.

Important Reasons

One of the most important reasons for being sure to have the right texture is to keep from having to apply constant heat to blend. Once you are 100% sure that you do have the right texture match styling will be a breeze. I suggest using Flexi rods to prevent heat damage to your natural hair and your extensions. You don’t need many for a beautiful head of curls, your hair stays healthy, and the aren’t terrible to sleep on! Apply every night to dry hair (never got to bed with wet hair with your extensions) and fluff in the morning! 85-90% dry hair will give you a beautiful set the next day as well!

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K-Tip Extensions

K-tip extensions or keratin fusion extensions are definitely the cream of the crop when it comes to hair extensions. The lightweight, strand-for-strand extension method is virtuously seamless !

K-Tip Benefits

They’re undetectable due to the small keratin bonds throughout the hair. Since there is no cylinder holding the hair in place it is more flat and far easier to conceal. Each install is customized for each client which always allows you to have the perfect amount of density for your own hair type and texture. This method is perfect for my fine to medium hair women.

The Consultation

During your consultation for your k-tip extensions, desired color, length, and styling are determined. We go over the amount of time it will take for the installation and the entire process. This will also give me the opportunity to customize your k-tip extensions before our appointment. That way, the installation process is quick and easy. We’ll also discuss proper maintenance and products to keep your hair looking beautiful at home. Make sure to bring any and all of your questions to your consultation. Doing so will help us be on the same page.

Your Appointment

At your appointment, we will shampoo, condition, and press your natural hair if it’s needed. If a cut is necessary we will do that at this time also to ensure the health of your natural hair before your install. Next, I will carefully place each bond in place based on the natural density of you own hair. This keeps the integrity in tack and allows for a super healthy grow out of you k-tip extensions. From there we will blend your k tips into your natural hair by lightly layering it. This creates movement and body which gives the hair a very natural flow. Finally, we give you your desired style to set it off!

K-Tip Maintenance

Brushing you k-tip extensions daily, tying them up at night, not sleeping on wet hair, and using quality products is going to be essential in keeping up with your beautiful new hair extensions. I always recommend a good blowout from the salon every 2-3 weeks. This will allow the stylist to carefully examine each strand to make sure that you’re doing a great job with your home care, and also it keeps your hair healthy and beautiful.

Your Keratin extension install will last you 12-16 weeks before they need to be professionally removed. The hair is not reusable for this method due to the break down of the keratin creating loose hair out of of the actual extensions. Once the keratin bond has been broken, the extension easily slides out of your hair. From there the dead hair shed is removed from your natural hair, it’s shampooed and blown dry to give you a fresh canvas for your next style.

If you have made it this far into this blog that obviously means that you are intrigued by keratin extensions! Follow the link to book your extension consultation today. I looking forward to making your hair look absolutely beautiful!!!

Which Extensions Are Best For Transitioning Hair ?

Transitioning from relaxed hair back to natural is such huge deal and sometimes a lot of work. There are so many extensions methods on the scene now. It’s sometimes hard for women to know what is best for them and their hair. Should you just transition or should you use extension in between.

I always explain to women who want to be natural that they need to know exactly what it is that they expect from their natural hair first. Do you plan to wear it straight, would you prefer to rock your natural curls, or both?

Transitioning From Straight

If you decide that you will be wearing your hair in a straight state, itips or microlinks would be great. They both help in transitioning because they blend flawlessly into your natural hair. iTips allow you the ability to get to your scalp for different treatments. It can also save your edges from the tension from braids and to keep up with your natural hair. All of this while still giving your client the look !

Transitioning To Curly Hair

If curly hair is more of what you desire you still have options. You have the ability to wear microlinks or itips. The both avoid heat by simply wearing your extensions in its natural curly state as well. Sewins are also awesome because there is no need to apply heat to your hair with a closure or frontal. The less you manipulate or heat style your hair the better it does while its in a sew in, and when done properly, will always continue to be a staple style !

It’s All Beneficial

Every one of these styles has its benefits and it really just boils down to preference. I strongly advise having a professional (me) to provide these services who has been properly trained in these type of extension services to avoid tension and breakage, especially while the hair is already in a more fragile state from transitioning. Don’t forget the purpose of any extensions is to protect your hair and grow it out, so don’t forget your trims and treatments in between installs !!

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Difference Between Wigs

With so many options for wigs, it’s hard to determine which one is going to be best for you. So I’m going to give you the 411 on custom wigs, frontal laces and full lace units ! This info is vital for stylists aiming to become extension specialists.

Wig In Units & Pieces

I think it’s sometimes a little confusing to know exactly what it is that the client actually wants when they don’t even know. To help, I’m going to go over each option so that you can know the difference. Let’s go over the first one, which is my absolute favorite; custom units.

Custom Units

These custom units are exactly that ! They are custom made to fit your exact head size and style. When creating the unit you have the option to use either a closure of any size, or a frontal.

Closure pieces typically come in 4×4 or 5×5 inches. This allows you to be able to move your part wherever you’d like within that square inch space provided. When done correctly, closures can look as if they are coming directly from your scalp. This helps to achieve a more natural look which is always the goal.

Frontals pieces are laid from ear to ear, and allow you to pull the hair into a high ponytail. It will also give you multiple parting areas and versatility in styling. These babies also give the illusion of hair coming directly from the scalp. Again for a more natural look.

What’s so awesome about them both is that you get to replace that specific piece once the hair starts to shed overtime. They can be either glueless or an adhesive is applied for longer staying power.

Lacefront Wigs

Different from the pieces we just talked about where some of your natural hair is still out, lacefronts cover everything. Yes, the whole head !

Frontal Lace Wigs

Frontal lace wigs are hand tied, 13×4 inches and are less expensive than custom units or full lace wigs.The styling options on these allow you to part anywhere in the 13×4 inch section to create your styles. The longevity of this type of unit is anywhere from 6 months to a year. Once they’re done they can’t be repaired.

These have a very authentic and natural look due to the lace in the hairline. They are super easy to take on and off, making is convenient for women who love to change up their looks often.

Full Lace Wigs

These units are constructed from a lace cap that cover the whole head giving the most options when it comes to styling. These units can even be pulled into high ponytails which gives a more natural look. The longevity is typically 6 months to a year and once the unit is done it cannot be repaired. The biggest con of a full lace unit is that they are a lot more expensive that any other wig units.

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I hope that this information will assist you in choosing the best option the best that suites your needs. Shop Jolorah & Co for all of your Burmese and virgin bundles, custom units, full and frontal lace wigs.

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Microlinks and More

Stylists ! If you’re new to the world of cosmetology or interested in specializing in extensions, this one is for you ! You probably see a ton of jargon when you’re looking into extensions. Microlinks, nbr, hand-tied wefts, beaded rows… Well, what are they exactly ?!

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One Of These Things Is Not Like The Other

As different as they all may sound, the gag is, they are all exactly the same. So how did we come to know this method by so many different names ? Different stylists around the world looked to differentiate themselves and coined their own name for the same style. Sometimes they’d add a little twist to the method but still, it’s the same thing.

And Then There’s Me Doing Microlinks

As a stylist who caters to all hair textures, I’ve noticed that the name tends to vary based on the ethnicity of the person, but again I can assure you that it is all the same thing. You’ll mostly see me referring to them as microlinks ! What’s cool about these extensions is that is can be customized to each individual person based on the density and the texture of their hair.

They’re really good on women who have fine textured hair, specifically. There are about 8 different methods of installation that can be used. It varies on a case by case basis. I’ll talk about this in depth during class for the Mastery Academy ! Each method allows the extensions (or tracks) to lay completely flat to the scalp. Therefore, giving off the most realistic appearance as possible, while causing no damage to the integrity of the natural hair.

Some Microlinks Methods

Some of the methods require thread. It’s super easy to confuse them with traditional sewins. But the awesome part is that with microlinks there are no braids required first. This aids in making sure the added hair lays flat and gives a more natural look and feel. Others are threadless which allows for maximum safety as a result of less tension from said thread.

My favorite thing about microlinks is that there is absolutely no pain after your install ! Which many of us know, is not the case for braids first. I also love that you have access to always get to your natural hair for proper cleaning and treatments,. Last but not least, you are literally able to protect your clients edges ! Which is huge for Black Women !

Luxury Hair

These extensions are luxury and they do require maintenance every 4 to 6 weeks. This regular maintenance appointments keep your clients hair nice and healthy. Please feel free to comment your questions below, and keep in mind that the best way for me to answer your personal questions is with a consultation. I hope this was helpful !

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