Dress: Amazon Boho Wrap Dress
Hair: Amazon Bow Headband
Tie in hair extensions are majorly trending right now and for good reason! They’re incredible for providing amazing volume/length and are the least damaging when it comes to your natural hair. I never knew that hair could make such a huge difference in my appearance, but I’m seriously hooked and can’t imagine myself ever going back! I’ve received a few questions on the whole tie in hair extension process, so read on for all the deets.
Everything You Need to Know About Tie In Hair Extensions
What Are Tie In Hair Extensions?
The tie in hair extension method is a technique that has actually been around for quite some time but it just now regaining popularity as the look is natural, the results are incredible, and the hair quality is maintained. Hand-tied extensions use wefts of hair that have been hand-tied together. In contrast to traditional machine-tied extension wefts, tie in extensions aren’t bulky and lay flat against your scalp. These thin wefts are especially ideal if you’re someone like me with fine hair and also wants to avoid the heat or glue of tape-ins. Most of the time I honestly can’t even tell that I have hair extensions as I can wear/style my hair exactly the same and they’re as comfortable as can be!
How Are Tie In Extensions Put In?
I went to Rachel Samardjian (Instagram) at Salon di Lusso for my hand-tied hair extension installation. She came as a referral from my fellow Dallas blogger, Ashley Robertson, who has always been #hairgoals for me! Rachel has been taking care of my hair for 4+ years now and she has always worked hair magic. She is a color and hair extension specialist and honestly, these two skills go hand-in-hand when it comes to having great results with hand-tied hair extensions!
My hair extensions are by the brand Bombshell and are the Habit x Bombshell line created by Chrissy Rasmussen of Habit Salon. I actually had tried a couple of different hair extensions brands previously for tape-ins, and I can definitely say that the Habit x Bombshell extensions are the best. It’s a big difference when it comes to the quality of the hair and 100% worth the price! I used 3 full packs of hair at 22″ long. Two packs are the #4/12 Ombre color and one pack is the #D4/8 color.
With tie in hair extensions, beads are used to create rows across your head using your natural hair. Hand tied wefts are then sewn onto the rows. For me, I have two rows of extensions installed with each row containing 4-6 wefts of hair. Note that the rows and wefts will vary depending on your natural hair.
Once the extensions were put in, Rachel then proceeded to help blend the color with my natural hair and give me the balayage that I had requested. I wanted to go lighter all around and also add in highlights/lowlights to give my hair dimension. I absolutely LOVE the result that Rachel came up with! And honestly, I feel like the coloring process to blend in the hair is key when it comes to achieving the final desired result with hair extensions.
How Long Do Tie In Extensions Last?
As with any hair extension, the extension will need to be moved up about every 8-10 weeks depending on how fast your natural hair grows. The move-up process is actually super easy and quick if the hair extensions have been well taken care of. The process simply involves cutting the string that is sewn in to hold the extensions to the hair, the beads are loosed and move up, and then new string is sewn to secure the hair in place.
While the initial install of hand-tied hair extensions can take 3-4 hours, including the coloring process, moving them up takes only about an hour!
Also, the actual hair extension can be reused over and over again. Typically these extensions last at least a year before needing replacement.
Do Hand-Tied Extensions Damage Your Hair?
With any type of extension, there is additional stress that is placed on the hair, which means damage is more likely to occur. However, that being said, the hand-tied extension method is actually the least damaging when it comes to maintaining the integrity of your hair. For me personally, I’ve actually found that having tie in hair extensions allows me to not have to style and wash my hair as much. Which has resulted in my hair actually becoming longer and stronger!
With hair extensions, it’s also common to get knots and matted hair in the area where the extension is attached. Per the suggestion of Rachel, I now braid my hair before going to bed and have found that it really helps!
Can I Still Wear My Hair Up?
Yes absolutely!! The hair is sewn in right at the scalp; and you can see that I can still easily wear my hair up in a bun or ponytail without my extensions showing. I actually find that tie in extensions are easier than tape-in extensions when it comes to wearing your hair up. Mostly because the tie in extensions blend in better. With tape extensions, I always had issues with the tape showing sometimes as my hair grew out.
As a side note, I did have to buy new hair ties to secure my hair now that I had so much more with the tie in extensions. I swear by these from L. Erickson — they don’t crimp my hair yet hold up my hair even during the toughest workouts!
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Dress: Amazon Boho Wrap Dress
Hair: Amazon Bow Headband
It’s pretty obvious that I’m IN LOVE with my tie in hair extensions. I honestly can’t imagine not having them anymore. Even on those days when I wake up feeling kinda blah, having bombshell hair is an instant pick-me-up! Be sure to contact Rachel if you live in the Dallas area and are interested in tie in hair extensions!
Have you tried tie in hair extensions before? Share in a comment below.
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Your extensions look amazing! Thanks for sharing all the details about them!
Hillary Conheady says
Your hair looks so amazing girl! I’ve got to look into this!
Nice! I used to do hand-tied extensions and loved them! So glad they’re coming back. Great post and your hair looks amazing! 😍
CANDACE HAMPTON says
I love the outcome! You picked a lovely color. I would’ve never tell that those are extensions. Looks really natural.
Abhay Bhandari says
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Your extensions looks fabulous and so natural!
Ashley Hargrove says
Your hair looks amazing!! I had the NBR extensions for years and just took mine out to give my hair a break! Seeing this post makes me miss them!
So interesting! I’ve never gotten extensions, but they look great and like a quick way to change up a look!
Such an informative post! Also love that adorable dress from Amazon. Thanks for sharing!
Your hair looks so full and beautiful. I want to get extensions so badly, just for the sake of volume, because I have super fine hair and could use some help in that area. Love this!
Lori Geurin says
You have beautiful hair with and without the extensions but I can see the benefits to having this done. I was surprised that the upkeep wasn’t as time-consuming as I expected once you get the extensions placed. The color is so flattering on you! I’ve never had extensions so this was really informative.
Your hair looks amazing! I’ve only ever done tape-in’s, which I was (mostly) happy with. Do you find that these are visible when you pull your hair up or back? Just wondering if they’re more or less visible than the tape-ins.
I actually didn’t have any issues with the hand-tied extensions showing when I pulled up my hair! The extensions are attached with beads and I find that they blend in really well and they’re virtually unnoticeable even when pulling back hair. I did have issues with tape-ins where you could see the tape whenever my hair grew out and I would pull my hair back. Hope that helps!
Leigh Suznovich says
It looks amazing on you, love it!!
Haven’t used hair extensions in so long. These look so great on you!
Oh wow, your hair looks amazing girl! So full and voluminous. Love the new color too! I love the idea of extensions and have tried them once, but it’s really hard to find extensions that fit my mixed naturally curly hair!
The extensions look so good on you! I’ve been seeing a few of my friends get them and I love hte idea of investing in hand-tied versus any other extension.
Grace Liang says
Thank you so much for sharing! Your hair looks SO amazing! Love the color. 🙂
Marlynn | Urban Bliss Life says
These extensions look AMAZING! They look so natural and I’m so curious about the hand tied hair extensions, and you described them so well.
Your hair looks so amazing! I’ve tried the bonds before but not hand tied – so pretty!
Your extensions look SO good! I’ve been thinking about adding in extensions for my wedding, but I know that I’m going to want to keep them in! These are the kind I’ve been looking for – so glad to get all the info.
Alix Maza says
I had no idea about this! Thank you for sharing it.
Your hair looks amazing! I’ve always been curious about the hand tied method, I hear great things
The extensions look so natural and the extra length and volume is incredible!
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Wow those are so natural looking! Your hair looks so full and gorgeous!
Laura S says
Love this! I’m always so curious to see how people get their extensions done!
I have been obsessing over hair extensions, specifically these kind! Your hair looks amazing!
These look like natural hair and they are fantastic! I like that they seem durable and able to hold up even when styling.
Wow yours like so great! So natural looking!!
Your extensions ook great! I have NBR extensions. It’s amazing the difference they make!
Anna English says
I love the idea of adding extensions for fullness vs length! I’m totally considering this for the fall.
You have such gorgeous hair. The extensions take it to another level! I’ve been thinking about getting extensions. I love how they look.
Jasmine Vargas says
I’m obsessed. I also have hand-tied extensions and I love them.
Your hair looks so amazing!! She did a fabulous job! Love the color too!
Aliya Gulamhusein says
I’ve always wondered about extensions so this is a great post. Your hair looks so full. Beautiful
I’ve actually never used hair extensions before so this is so interesting to read about your experience!
Gorgeous! You can even tell they are extensions. They look so real!
omg those extensions look incredible! I would def try this!
sarah lindner says
These extensions look fab on you! So natural looking and super full!
xoxo sarah lindner
Omg your hair looks amazing!! so pretty girly!
Lisa Autumn says
OMG your hair looks amazing!
x Lisa | lisaautumn.com
Ivana Split says
these extensions look so natural on you!
Azanique Rawl says
Your extensions look so natural! I love how well they blend into your current color 🙂
-xo, Azanique | https://wwww.lotsofsass.com
I don’t think I would ever get hair extensions, but this is an informative post! Thanks for sharing
These extensions look amazing!!! They are so natural and i love the color!
Lauryn Hock says
I’ve never had extensions before, so this post was helpful!
Morgan Tyner says
Love this!! I am so uninformed when it comes to hair extensions, so this is so helpful! Definitely bookmarking it! 💕 Xx, Morgs*
Laura Adney says
Your hair looks amazing!! I’ve always been so curious to try hair extensions but then always decide against doing them for fear they’re going to be too hard to maintain.
This is such an informative and helpful post! I just might be the next one to visit Rachel! 😊
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