Are Weft Hair Extensions Suitable For Thin Hair?

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Are weft hair extensions suitable for thin hair?
Updated on October 10, 2012 Clementine8 moreContact Author Weft Hair Extensions For Thinning Hair
A few of us aren’t blessed with thick flowing luscious hair but in this day and age it seems you don’t must be, as hair could be brought and attached in many other ways.

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

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Weft hair extensions are the very best extensions for fine and thinning hair as they cause the least amount of damage to the hair itself and don’t put as much tension on the hair as other methods which may cause hair fall.

A weft extension is an extended 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 burden distribution is over a large area where-as individual extensions are pulling on small amounts of hair.

Wefts come in numerous hair qualities and the standard makes an enormous difference to how long your extensions last, how well they match your individual hair, the look of the extensions and how much damage will likely be done to you natural hair.

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

Wefts also are available in Non Remy, and these are what you will see at most salons, on ebay and in stores. They are going to be called “human hair extensions”. This hair comes from many alternative donors so the cuticles don’t align. It’s then stripped in an acid bath after which coated with a silicone to present it a silky finish…But after a number of washes this silky finish washes off and you are left with a matted mess (I’ve learnt this the hard way, buying what I was told was European hair). So when purchases be sure you purchase from a good extension specialist, ask quite a lot of questions and get what you pay for!

Wefts also come two differing kinds; machine made and hand sewn. The machine made is more obvious in your hair and might be more uncomfortable but it surely costs less and may be cut to fit. It comes in a single long weft with thick sewing along the highest 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 may 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 a lot tension on the natural hair and may cause it to interrupt 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 load from leaving them really long puts extra tension on your natural hair.

Once within the extensions looked great, I would recommend getting hand sewn/tied wefts if yow will discover them as mine felt bulkier then I’d have liked and spiky on the scalp from being cut.The first few nights sleeping were uncomfortable and that i could feel tension on my natural hair and head. After a week I hardly notice them at all apart from the up keep.

Are they right for thin hair?

You might have to wash and blow dry your hair everyday for them to look any good and to blend them in with your individual hair, this is damaging to your individual hair as fine hair dries much faster than extensions.

If (like me) you do regrowth/conditioning treatments then you will discover it hard with the extensions

90% of the time they’re in the way in which, 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’t do normal or high ponytails etc..
Over all I’ve had them for three weeks and they were fun…But today I have taken them out and I really like 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 exit 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 definitely 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 when you think they are best for you….

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sendingGail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

Welcome to Hubpages Clementine.

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

Voted this up, useful and interesting.

Best Regards,


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