How To Install Weft Hair Extensions

Whether you're adding volume, length or a pop of colour, this comprehensive guide will walk you through two popular methods for weft hair extension installation: the micro bead method and the sewn-in method. These techniques will help you achieve stunning, natural-looking results for your clients. 

Weft hair extensions — how to apply them with micro bead and sewn-in methods

The choice between the micro bead and sewn-in method for weft hair extension installation depends on several factors, including your client's hair type, lifestyle and preferences. Once you’ve made your choice, follow this step-by-step guide to learn how to install weft hair extensions that will leave your clients thrilled with the results.

Materials you’ll need:

  • Hair weft extensions
  • Hair extension brush
  • Sharp scissors
  • Rat-tail comb
  • Sectioning clips
  • Thread (matched to hair colour for sewn-in method)
  • Sewing needle (for sewn-in method)
  • Micro beads (for micro bead method)
  • Loop tool (for micro bead method)
  • Pliers (for micro bead method)
  • Micro bead crimping pliers (for micro bead method)
  • Micro beads (silicone or copper)

The micro bead method for hair weft installation

The micro bead method is particularly well-suited for clients with fine or thin hair. Unlike other extension methods that may weigh down delicate strands, micro bead extensions are lightweight and gentle on the natural hair, making them an ideal choice for those seeking added volume and length without causing damage or strain.  

Step 1: Consultation and preparation

Begin with a thorough consultation to understand your client's desired look and expectations. Match the hair extensions' colour and texture to your client's natural hair. Prepare the work area by ensuring it's clean and well-lit.

Step 2: Sectioning

Section the client's hair horizontally, creating a clean and even part where you'll install the extensions. Use sectioning clips to keep the rest of the hair out of the way.

Step 3: Placing micro beads

Take a small section of natural hair and thread it through a micro bead. Slide the hair weft through the same micro bead. Use micro bead crimping pliers to gently squeeze the bead, securing the extension in place. Ensure the extension lies flat and is not too tight to avoid discomfort.

Step 4: Continue the process

Repeat Step 3, working your way up the head in horizontal sections. Ensure even spacing between extensions for a natural look. Pay attention to the placement, as it can affect the final style.

Step 5: Blending and styling

Trim and blend the extensions with the client's natural hair for a seamless look. Style the hair as desired, ensuring the extensions are securely in place.

The sewn-in method for weft hair extension installation

The sewn-in weft method works exceptionally well for clients who already have thick and dense natural hair. It helps blend the extensions seamlessly with their natural hair, providing additional length and volume without appearing bulky. This method is ideal for clients who want to keep their extensions in for an extended period, typically ranging from six to eight weeks. 

Step 1: Consultation and preparation

Start with a comprehensive consultation to understand your client's goals and choose suitable extensions. Ensure your workspace is clean, organised and well-lit.

Step 2: Sectioning

Create horizontal partings in the client's hair, where you'll attach the extensions. Secure the rest of the hair with sectioning clips.

Step 3: Preparing the weft

Cut the hair weft into sections that match the width of the client's partings. Fold each section of the weft in half to create a loop at the top.

Step 4: Attaching the weft

Thread your needle with a thread matching the client's hair colour. Pass the needle and thread through the looped end of the weft. Start from the bottom and sew the weft onto the natural hair, creating a neat and secure attachment. Repeat this process for each weft, ensuring they are evenly spaced.

Step 5: Blending and styling

Trim and blend the extensions with the client's natural hair for a seamless appearance. Style the hair to your client's liking, ensuring the extensions are securely attached and well-hidden.

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