how to prepare for a flawless sew-in installation

How To Prepare For a Flawless Sew-In Installation

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Get Ready For Your Weave Ladies!

There are three things women get excited about after a long work week Friday, happy hour, and the day she pampers herself.

The highlight of my day will always be getting my hair done. I enjoy entering the salon, receiving kind welcomes, and sweet gestures upon my arrival.

There’s nothing like winding down and getting catered to after an exhausting and long work week. I delight in getting my hair styled in different ways but, the most painful but rewarding experience is the sew-in.

What is a Sew-In?

A sew-in is a style in which tracks are sewn onto your braided hair in order to sew on extensions. There are many different types of sew in weaves yet the basic foundation for them remains similar starting off with braided hair.

Quick weaves, tape-ins are other ways to add extensions to your look but they are not considered sew-ins. For a sew-in you would start off with corn row braids and then you would sew in tracks into the braids.

When it comes to sew ins a needle and thread is used to attach the wefts of the hair extensions to your braids. Depending on the type of style you want you may start off with a different type of braid pattern for your sew-in.


Beauty Is Pain

When I was younger, my mom would straighten my hair using a stove top hot comb.

As she would run those hot bristles through my hair, I would cringe and yell ouch repeatedly; her favorite line was “beauty is a pain.” As much as I hated that statement the older, I grew it began to make perfect sense. Well, that particular statement ladies is how I survive my monthly sew-ins.

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Treating Your Hair Pre Installation

I usually let my hair breathe for a good 3 to 5 days before getting an install.

A weave break is a period that women remove their hair extensions to allow their hair down usually wearing it in it’s natural state. Despite how much we love extensions ladies it’s essential to care for your hair in between hairstyles by conditioning, keeping it hydrated and treated.

If you’re a beauty on a budget my recommended products to use are Cantu, they have a huge variety of inexpensive hair care products. My personal favorite is the Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Treatment and repair cream.

After washing your hair wrap it up in a towel around your head turban style until its damp. Then after your hair is dampened part it in fours, starting from the middle of your forehead ending towards the back of your neck, now that you’ve parted the center you can now do another part beginning from one ear to the other.

It is now time to apply the leave-in conditioner in each section of your head lathering just enough to hydrate your hair. It’s your choice whether or not you want to cover your head with a plastic shower cap or let it be. The Cantu leave in conditioner will nourish, moisturize and detangle your hair all at once.

You can now style your natural hair based on your liken before getting your hair sewed in.

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Before Your Sew-In

So it’s now been approximately a week, you have a hair appointment tomorrow, and you’re ready to get slayed.

I know the feeling girlfriend so here’s the keys.

First is to consider the condition of your scalp, and are you tendered headed? Is your scalp sensitive? Do your ends need to be clipped? All of these threads play a considerable role when getting your hair styled.

There’s nothing like a bomb weave but the condition of your natural hair is equally important. If you are tender headed it’s best to bring along some pain medicine to reduce the pain. Take painkillers before getting your hair braided can help out a lot.

If your scalp is super sensitive make sure to notify your stylist so that they can take it easy on you. It will be best to get your hair deep conditioned and to sit under the dryer to let all of the moisture lock-in.

Now that your hair is washed and conditioned, you can now wine down and relax because its time to get stitched.

Preparing For Your Installation

Yes, honey, it’s the moment you’ve been waiting for, time to get your hair laid. Be sure to let your stylist know precisely how you want your hair styled.

Try to be very specific as possible when explaining how you want your hair styled. To obtain the best results show your stylist a photo so they can see what you wish to get. You are ready to get started at this point.

Try to be as patient as possible. This could be a 2-5 hour process depending on the style you choose.

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The Braid Down

Getting your hair braided can be a little painful so be prepared.

The Bee Hive is the most rewarding way to get your hair braided. The Bee Hive  supports the foundation for your hair helping it grow and keeping it intact under your sew in.

Have you heard about the hair net? No, it’s not the one chefs, waiters, and cooks wear.

The hair net is a thin mesh protective barrier that’s sewn on top of the braided foundation of a weave. It’s between the hair and the extensions weft making it very similar to a wig cap. Although it may seem like a bit much, it’s quite simple. There are netting caps infused with oils to prevent your hair from itching.

Talk to your stylist about this method to see if it’s best for you.

Braiding hair for a protective style

Last but surely not least, you are now ready for your hair to be installed.

Luckily you are almost done. At this point, your hair stylist should have the needles threaded and ready.

This part may be irritating, but its apart of the process so just chill out your almost finished. Once your hair is all sewn in next up is the styling part.

Styling Your Weave

Most likely you’ve already informed your stylist on the hairstyle you desire so you should be good.

Now that your weave’s cut, sprayed, and laid you should feel like the prettiest girl in the world. If you need assistance in taking care of your extensions check out my How to Make Hair Extensions Last article as there’s plenty of tips on how to make your hair extensions last.

About Katrisha Majors

Katrisha Majors is a Journalist, Blogger, and Social Media Specialist. KM stands by delivering quality content and pushing the culture all in one. Starting her personal blog Keeping it Major back in 2014 she has taken her talents up a notch contributing to Private Label Extensions.

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9 thoughts on “How To Prepare For a Flawless Sew-In Installation

  1. Slaygoddess says:

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    I love getting my hair slayed, but the process of it is what I do not like. Some stylists braid so tight that my scalp would have blisters, and some stylists braid so loose that the weave would move like a wig!! Then you have some stylists that know nothing about frontals and closures, even though they claim to know how to do it just to get your money and service, have you contemplating your whole existence of life. These so-called “stylists” need to learn how to style certain hairstyles TRUTHFULLY instead of lying just to get your money!

  2. Tela Johnson says:

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    I totally agree that we must “prepare” for a sew in. It is essential that we take care of the hair underneath our extensions because without healthy hair some styles won’t even agree to do the sew in. Y’all really gave some great tips and products to use before my next installment. I can’t wait to try the new raw Indian

  3. Candace Davis says:

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    One thing I’ve learned is that a sew in isn’t supposed to hurt. A good stylist can braid your hair securely without pulling out memories from 1982. Braiding too tight defeats the purpose of a protective style because the extra tension can cause hair breakage. Find a stylist that specializes in healthy hair care because no one wants to be bald-headed with no edges under their weaves 🤣

  4. Melissa says:

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    Proper care of your natural hair prior to the sew in is essential. I agree that taking the time to assess the hair before an install is crucial to maintaining healthy tresses. It might also be key in helping to prevent breakage. Clean hair/scalp, trims, and making sure the hair is well conditioned will help keep hair strong and prevent breakage as well. Use a conditioner that works well in your hair. I like to use products that are paraben and sulfate free and that are enriched with essential oils in my hair before a sew in. I also make sure the ends of my hair and my scalp are moisturized as well prior to installing.

  5. Taveena Wyley says:

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    I Love to receive information about proper care of the natural state of hair while being a weave lover. As a stylist, many people aren’t worried about the care of their natural hair until they take their weave Sew-in or Quick weave out and have no edges then swear you (The stylist) pulled their edges out🙄. To know that they are Awesome teaching articles out to inform the readers the importance of the care and how easy it could be once you have a routine, and the joy it brings to have healthy hair and a Banging Weave😁. Thanks for the information and support. Great read

  6. Sylvia Wheatley says:

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    I definitely love this. Great ready and very informational from start to finish creating a picture in your head as you read along. Great advice and tips that I can and will be using as a stylish and of course I learned a lot from reading. I actually think I kinda zoned out for a moment to my own little world while reading. Thanks again PLE. LEARNING A LOT and feeling more confident with all the help provided

  7. Envushair Lady says:

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    I normally don’t read blogs but I find this to be very helpful to me. The information is very helpful and clear made lots of sense. I’m definitely going to try the net under the install never used the net before I think it will help with breakage, I’ve learned a lot that will help me with my consultations with my customers. Thanks PLE ratings 5stars

  8. Tiarra McClendon says:

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    Wow so detailed. I love sew-ins. They might take a minute or Two to get installed, but it’s worth the wait. Sew-ins are a good natural protective style. Nowadays it’s not just straight down the middle parts or just straight hair. They come in all lengths, colors, textures of hair, and forms like wavy or curly. I am a very neat person and like my hair neat as well. I like my install to be braided kind of small straight to the back. I like my hair to be sewin in neat and not which makes it’s easy to take down. What are some or y’all thought and favorite sewing styles?

  9. Danetta Gibbs says:

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    To add to the article..another key thing I like doing for my clients after braiding them down right before sewing down the net is adding oil to their scalp. I recommend the Design Essentials Peppermint & Aloe Soothing Scalp Tonic. It dries to your hair matte, therefore, not rubbing off onto your extensions leaving them oily. We all know that can be a disaster!! Oily hair!! The scalp tonic does exactly what it says soothes the scalp and help those that have massive dandruff! This can also be used on a weekly basis throughout having your install. The bottle has a nice small tip that fits right in between the braids and tracks

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