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6 Different Ways to Install Your Weave for Beautiful Hair

Oh yes, you read correctly, there are more than one or two ways of installing extensions! It’s not just your typical glue and sew-in methods that seem to be the most popular. There are tons of methods! Some are even so easy that you can do it yourself.

It seems as though with each passing year comes a new installation method for extensions and I’m all here for it. Talk about options! Below I’ll discuss six different hair extension methods that you can try.

1. Glue

In my opinion, the glue-in method is the easiest and fastest one! However, it may be the most damaging too. It all depends on the sew-in weave installation. You can apply this one of two ways.

The first way you can glue in hair extensions is by braiding or laying your natural hair down and placing a weave cap over your head. The cap is acting as a barrier between your hair and the glue. Once intact, measure the track needed per layer, glue and apply pressure to the head. That’s it! Really easy! This style is normally called a “quick weave,” and we can see why!

The second method is the same but minus the cap. Some people don’t mind having the tracks glued directly to their hair. There’s also a special type of glue that’s made just for that option. It’s more like a molding gel that gets applied to your whole head, let dry, then apply tracks.

Glue in hair extensions can be a great option if they are done right. Make sure to follow our tips in order to achieve great results with glue in hair extensions.

Cutting weft quick weave

2. Sewing

The sewing method offers a more secured style. Keeping the extensions in place until you’re ready to take them out. To prepare for this style, you will need a needle, thread and your hair will need to be braided. The two most common braid patterns for the sewing method are a circular style or straight back.

The desired braiding pattern often depends on how you want the extensions to lay or where your part will be located. You would want to consult with whoever is sewing your hair so they could best direct you.

Once you’re all braided up, you will need the needle and thread. Place thread through the needle and tie a knot to secure the thread in place first. Then, starting at either side of the nape of the hair, begin sewing the needle through braid then pull the thread all the way out, and repeat.

In this method, the thread is locking the tracks to the braid, so it’s super secured. Also, the takedown for this method is really easy too! All you do is simply cut the thread out! Just be careful not to cut your own here though! It’s always best to have someone do it for you.

stitch tracks

3. Crochet

I’m not sure how long this method has been out, but out of nowhere, I started seeing many women rock this style! It’s a fun, quick method for almost anyone to do themselves! So for this method, you can save your salon money for the next trip!

When doing the crochet method to apply extensions, you first need a crochet needle. Braid your hair straight back as well. If you want some big hair or big curly hair, I suggest this style, because the visible appearance of the loop won’t show compared to the possibility of straight hair.

All you do is slide the needle through the braid, open latch on the needle, add hair, close latch, and viola! All done! Unless you’re someone who truly doesn’t want to do their hair, this is the method for you! You can sit down and watch your favorite movie all while, looping and pulling, just looping and pulling!

Crochet-Braids-Spiral-Curls1

4. Clip-ins

The infamous extension method, that’s been around since forever! Everyone from celebrities, high schoolers, and kids wear the cutest clip-ins!

They are exactly what their name is, clip-ins. It’s hair that is already threaded on a track and has a clip attached to it. The clip allows for easy weave installation.

Normally people wear these if they want to add some extra length, really fast. It looks great on straight hair. Clip-ins are the latest and greatest thing in the natural hair world, too.

To install, just part your hair where you want the extension to go and clip it onto your scalp like your combing your hair. For example, let’s say you were wearing a braid out style with your natural hair and you wanted a full look, clip-ins would be great to use. You wouldn’t even need to add a lot either, maybe just two or three clip-ins around certain parts of your head to give you a fuller look.

clip ins before and after

5. Micro-links

Mirco-links is a tedious installation method that may take up to three to four hours to complete. It requires a specially trained hairstylist to install.

For micro-linking you must have a clamping tool to install the extensions. Micro links are a loop that gets applied to each of your hair strands. Your natural hair goes through the loop, and then the extensions go through next. Each time the hair goes through the loop, clamp it in to secure the section.

Once installed, you can pretty much treat it like your own. You will be able to wash, cut, style and color the hair, of course, assuming the hair is 100% virgin.

You’re guaranteed to have a long lasting wear with this hair! This method will ensure a seamless, natural look that will leave spectators wondering if it’s all your hair!

Micro link hair extensions

6. Bonding

The bonding method is great if you want to leave your hair out while rocking the extensions at the same time. Some may argue that this method can be damaging to your hair. Others say it’s only damaging depending on how you take the extensions out.

Bonding is done by parting your hair and gluing the tracks slightly underneath the scalp (so the scalp can breathe). It’s very similar to a quick weave installation, but the only difference is your natural hair is exposed. This method creates a really natural illusion because it allows the extensions to blend well with your hair.

blonde clip-ins

There you have it! You now have six different hair extension methods, to choose from. Each method has its purpose for all different preferences. Options allow you to see which method will best suit your needs.

So the next time you are getting extensions, be sure to weigh all options out and be sure to consult with your hairstylist.

Which hair extension method is your favorite? Which method have you already tried or are curious to try out? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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Brit Tea is an American Author. She has written two books so far and isa copy/content writer as well. She believes words can change the world.

28 thoughts on “6 Different Ways to Install Your Weave for Beautiful Hair

  1. Sulan Alexander says:

    You can also use the braid-in method. It’s equally as quick as the crochet method and looks just as fabulous, yet even more natural, as you’re able to do natural parts throughout your hair. There is the braid in wefts that come pre-made or you can just plait single rows throughout the hair and sew double wefts unto each row.

    1. Brit Tea says:

      Hey! Wow, see I didn’t even know that! It’s so many different ways we don’t even realize! Thanks so much for supporting us!

  2. Info34 says:

    These are great tips and everyone definitely wants options. Installations aren’t one size fits all. What works for someone may not necessarily work for you. For example, you maybe tender headed and can’t take braiding so you may want to bypass the sew-in installation method and try clip-ins. If you can’t take braiding you could try the braidless sew-in method. Two ways to achieve this. Instead of having braids your stylist will put small ponytails and sew your wefts onto the ponytails. You can still achieve various styles with this method. Another way is to have the stylist sew your wefts onto your hair without any braiding. I had this method done a couple of times a couple of years ago by a stylist in Ohio. She did a great job. Unfortunately, I’m natural and had this done during the summer months. I had to get it touched up frequently. If you’re natural or perspire a lot I wouldn’t try this method during spring or summer. Maybe fall or winter when it’s cooler temperatures.

    1. Brit Tea says:

      Hey! Yes, I agree! There are so many different options for all types of people! Good thinking on when people should get certain styles done! Thanks so much for supporting us!

  3. Stephanie Duventre says:

    My favorite method would have to be the wig method. It allows you to be versatile and change your look effortlessly. Most use a mannequin head to sew their extensions onto a cap just as you would your own head. Meanwhile, you can also use the glue-in method as well on a styrofoam mannequin head or your own head. I have used the glue-in method for so long because it allows me to create a custom wig unit that fits my head and it looks very natural. I have also used the crochet method as well which gives your scalp a lot more room to breathe. You can also use a beaded method as well to sew your extensions onto your head or blend with your natural hair for a much Fuller look! I really enjoyed this post.

    1. Brit Tea says:

      Hey Stephanie! Oh yes, the wig would for sure be one of the best methods! It opens the door for a change! Thanks so much for supporting us!

  4. Danetta Gibbs says:

    Of the six techniques listed in the article, sew-ins would have to be my most preferred install technique. As a hair stylist, it’s also my most desired installation when it comes to commercial hair. I recommend it to my clients over bonded installations because glue can be very damaging to the hair if a molding barrier isn’t applied before laying the tracks. Don’t be mistaken though, sew-ins can also be damaging if not installed properly. I heard many horror stories where ladies have been braided down too tight, then sewed down too tight, ultimately causing severe breakage. As stylists, we have to make sure we are properly and efficiently installing correctly and as a client, you have to be sure, to be honest with your stylist. If the braids or sewing down of the tracks are too tight, make it known. Healthy natural hair over cute hair should always be the goal. CUTE hair is just a plus!!!

    1. Brit Tea says:

      Hey Danetta! Haha I totally agree, CUTE hair is just a plus! More people should be worried about the health of their hair over anything. I believe all methods have their own pros and cons. To me, wigs are the easiest! Thanks so much for supporting us!

  5. Raquellwashington says:

    My absolute favorite way to have my hair installed is getting a sew in. I absolutely hate the glue method. I feel like it destroys the tracks. The glue is not removable and it gets really sticky when removing them. It’s like wasting the money you spent on your tacks. I’ve never tried any of the other methods. I have thought about clip-ins but I need to find clip-ins that match the texture of my hair.

    1. Brit Tea says:

      Hey There Raqual! I totally agree with you! Glue can really be messing and depending on how you view it, I can see how it can be a waste of money! Good comment! Thanks so much for supporting us!

  6. Christal Peacock says:

    Personally, glue is my go-to option when installing extensions to my own hair. For some of my clients, it is as well especially clients who hair maybe isn’t long enough to get a sew in or maybe the tension from the braids may be too much for their hair. Some people also just don’t want to sit through the braid process & the sewing process for a weave. I personally prefer glue because I am a stylist & like to change my hair frequently. A weave for me would be a waste of time & energy because In a week or so I would want to change styles. If done properly glue can be a good thing . Some glued styles can last for up to a month if applied correctly . Having glue-ins have also helped my hair grow because I ensure to treat my scalp first. After shampooing & conditioning I use either oil or scalp conditioner on the hair before placing the hair in a few braids. I then use a cap, directly on the cap I always use a protectant & some type of holding spray (mostly pump it up) The spray helps the protectant to dry faster & also acts as another barrier. After dry, I place the wefts then style. If done correctly this method is super easy to remove. All that’s needed to be done is to completely saturate the cap, it should come right off. If it doesn’t use a conditioner & massage it in will loosen the cap up. Once the cap is off there will be no glue on hair. You can then continue to the shampoo process. Hope this helps people against using glue!

    1. Brit Tea says:

      Hey Christal! Ahh, very very good tip for using the glue! Some people can really have a hard time with it so hopefully, your tip can help them! Thanks so much for supporting us!

  7. Ronesha says:

    If I’m looking for a quick fix I still go to the glue in method with 2 caps lol. I love the sew-in method. The crochet style is new to me though, but I will definitely be looking more into it. Love love love this blog!!!

    1. Brit Tea says:

      Hey Hey! Haha! You definitely can’t go wrong with the glue method and have to make sure you put two caps on! lol! Try out the crochet style one day and come back and let us know what you thought! Thanks so much for supporting us!

  8. Tiarra McClendon says:

    My favorite method will be the braid down because it’s more secure. You also can braid it the way you can switch up the styles and they have it now way can get your part on a different side with just one install.

    1. Brit Tea says:

      Hey Tiarra! I agree, out of all methods the most secure would have to be the braid down method! Can’t argue there. Thanks so much for supporting us!

  9. Melissa Brown says:

    I like the sew-in method but have tried the quick weave and crochet. I’m not sure when crochet first came out, but I remember it was big back around 1999 and 2000. It may have come out before then but I remember wearing it then. The braided crochet was the thing then, but now there are so many different types of crochet hair to choose from. I have a sew-in now, but my next style may be crochet! A quick weave is fine when you don’t want to wait for a sew-in, but it’s not good to use that glue all the time especially if you are putting it on your own hair! I had a quick weave done by a” professional stylist” and they put way to much glue in my hair! By the time I got all that glue out I looked like I had poured a bucket of oil over my head lol. Glue remover and oil sheen everywhere lol.

    1. Brit Tea says:

      Heyy Melissa! Oh no, oil sheen everywhere!! lol That sounds messy! Hopefully, you don’t ever have to experience that again! And I agree, times have surely changed and advanced!

  10. Pamela Parker says:

    I prefer a sew in but if I’m not able to get to my stylist a quick weave is my go-to method. I deep condition and mold hair. allow to fully dry apply a wig cap gel, and then another cap( thicker ) so this way once the style loosens up, it is easy to remove and I can reapply as”in case of emergency” hair.

    1. Brit Tea says:

      Hey Pamela! I’m laughing at your “in case of emergency” hair! lol. My mom also does the molding method! Good tip on using two caps too! Thanks so much for supporting us!

  11. Rashida Gray says:

    This article has a lot of excellent ways to install hair extensions and different ways to help protect your hair as well!! I never knew anything about bonding or micro links! These two methods are amazing for people of different nationalities that want longer, even fuller hair for a temporary time!

    1. Brit Tea says:

      Hey Rashida! Yes! There are so many options for all types of people! Glad you were able to take something away from this article! Thanks so much for supporting us!

  12. Corinne McCullough says:

    I think the healthiest option to installing weave is by sewing it in or by bonding. Great article!

    1. Brit Tea says:

      Hey Corinne, I would agree with you! That and throwing a wig on! Thanks so much for supporting us!

  13. Rania Armstrong Sew Abella says:

    I would like to learn how to install my weave. A sew-in with some leave out of my natural hair which is very coarse but I want to straighten my hair and make it blend with my extension. First time getting a bundle and I’m so excited to try something different why turning over a new leaf in my life. Thank you. With Love from Sew Abella

    1. Brit Tea says:

      Hi Sew Abella!! I’m so happy to hear that you are trying something new! Change is good! And if you don’t like it, there are still so many other options for you to try! If you’re wanting to learn how to do it yourself, check out Youtube videos! Thanks so much for supporting us!

  14. Chevyree Akridge says:

    Sew-ins have always been my go-to method, quick weaves when I’m in a hurry and short on cash! I would like to try the hair that can be braided in but I’m scared as too how that will actually stay in, I’m thinking when you wash your hair the braids will become very loose. I remember as a child I wanted to try micro but was always scared and the process seems long and tedious! I’m not a big fan of crochets I feel that they all look unrealistic I prefer a more natural look, it took me forever to try the frontals and closures lol and now I’m in love…

    1. Brit Tea says:

      Heyy Chevyree! See what happens when you try new things, you may just fall in love!! I will agree that sew-ins are indeed pretty quick! Thanks so much for supporting us and I hope you won’t ever be short on cash again:) Have a great year and try all things that scare you!

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