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Are weft hair extensions suitable for thin hair?

Updated on October 10, 2012

Weft Hair Extensions For Thinning Hair

Some of us aren't blessed with thick flowing luscious hair but in this day and age it seems you do not have to be, as hair can be brought and attached in many different ways.

But can hair extensions be worn in fine or thinning hair?

Weft hair extensions are the best extensions for fine and thinning hair as they cause the least amount of damage to the hair itself and do not put as much tension on the hair as other methods which can cause hair fall.

A weft extension is a long strip of hair that's like a curtain which gets attached to your natural hair. They put less tension on the scalp and hair because the weight distribution is over a large area where-as individual extensions are pulling on small amounts of hair.

Wefts come in different hair qualities and the quality makes a big difference to how long your extensions last, how well they match your own hair, the look of the extensions and how much damage will be done to you natural hair.

The best quality human hair is called Remy, this is often called cuticle or virgin hair. It is cut straight from a donors ponytail so all of the cuticles are facing the same way. This leads to a silky smooth finish natural finish. Remy hair comes from many regions and the best is from either Russia or Europe, then India and lastly Asia. If you have light coloured hair make sure you get Russian or European hair as Asian hair will be too coarse in texture to match you own and it will also have to be bleached many times to match your colour leaving it in poor condition.

Wefts also come in Non Remy, and these are what you will find at most salons, on ebay and in stores. They will be called "human hair extensions". This hair comes from many different donors so the cuticles do not align. It is then stripped in an acid bath and then coated with a silicone to give it a silky finish...But after a few washes this silky finish washes off and you are left with a matted mess (I have learnt this the hard way, buying what I was told was European hair). So when purchases make sure you buy from a reputable extension specialist, ask a lot of questions and get what you pay for!

Wefts also come two different types; machine made and hand sewn. The machine made is more obvious in your hair and can be more uncomfortable but it costs less and can be cut to fit. It comes in one long weft with thick sewing along the top which the hairdresser cuts to length. Hand tied wefts are tied by hand on to micro thin wefts which makes them more costly but they are hardly visible in the hair.

Wefts can be sewn, braided and bonded onto your natural hair. They are usually attached by braiding your natural hair and sewing the weft to the braid, but with thin hair this puts too much tension on the natural hair and can cause it to break or fall out. So the best option is bonding. The hair technician will take parts of your hair and parts of the weft and clamped them together with a microbead ( about 3-4 per weft).

Once the wefts are in your hair a stylist will cut the extensions and blend them into your natural hair. I got mine cut just below my shoulders as the weight from leaving them really long puts extra tension on your natural hair.

Once in the extensions looked great, I would recommend getting hand sewn/tied wefts if you can find them as mine felt bulkier then I would have liked and spiky on the scalp from being cut.The first few nights sleeping were uncomfortable and I could feel tension on my natural hair and head. After a week I hardly notice them at all except for the up keep.

Are they right for thin hair?

  • You have to wash and blow dry your hair everyday for them to look any good and to blend them in with your own hair, this is damaging to your own hair as fine hair dries much faster than extensions.
  • If (like me) you do regrowth/conditioning treatments then you will find it hard with the extensions
  • 90% of the time they are in the way, 10% of time they look great.
  • They put tension on natural hair and scalp.
  • Very restricting in the hair styles you can do, allowing low pony, plait or out. You can not do normal or high ponytails etc..

Over all I have had them for three weeks and they were fun...But today I have taken them out and I love having my fine hair back. I will sew very small clips on to them so I can keep them as clip ins, and wear them when I go out sometimes (hopefully without seeing the clips). But over all they were more hassle then they were worth. They restricted me from doing many things, the up keep was not worth the look and most of the time the look ws average and I believe they were damaging my hair which was the worst part about it.

So you can decide on this if you think they are right for you....

My Hair Extensions In My Thin Hair

Weft with Micro Rings...If you want wefts go for these

If you want wefts go for these, they are the best for thin and fine hair.
If you want wefts go for these, they are the best for thin and fine hair. | Source


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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Welcome to Hubpages Clementine.

      This is a comprehensive, well written article and I thought it was particularly effective because you shared your own experience and your conclusion that hair extensions are not always an effective solution for someone who has thinning hair.

      Voted this up, useful and interesting.

      Best Regards,