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!
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!
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