Hybrid wefts, or braidless sew-ins, are a way to add length to your hair without braids, while also giving you the versatility to try out multiple styles. Traditional sew-ins are installed by sewing the hair extensions directly into braids on your head. Which option is better for you? What are the pros and cons of each style? In this article, we will answer all your questions so you can decide whether hybrid wefts or a traditional sew-in is a better fit for you.
What are Hybrid Wefts?
Hybrid Wefts installations use wefted extensions but don't require you to braid your hair into cornrows before installing the hair extensions. This technique actually involves the use of silicone beads. The micro links or micro rings are attached to your natural hair horizontally, and the professional experts then sew the weft hair extensions across the bottom and top of the microbead to create an invisible bead installation.
Pros of Hybrid Wefts
Hybrid wefts are a better option for those with fine hair. The lack of needing to braid the hair makes it an ideal method for those with less coarse hair types, though it’ll work for all hair types. Hybrid wefts can be more flexible with styling since hybrid wefts are sewn in between your natural hair. This means you can change your part or wear a high ponytail without any bulkiness.
The installation process of hybrid wefts is usually a lot quicker than traditional sew-ins since you don’t have to get your hair braided first. With hybrid wefts you have access to your scalp, which means shampooing is easier and you can scratch your scalp when it is itchy, which is definitely a bonus!
The braidless sew hair extensions can easily last up to three months. However, how long the extensions last mainly depend on how you maintain them. One and a half months to two months is the most common lifetime of the average extensions. Perfect Distraction’s hybrid wefts can last up to two years with proper maintenance.
Cons of Hybrid Wefts
Due to all the client’s hair being left out, hybrid wefts are not considered a protective style. You’ll need to make sure you’re treating the extensions like your natural hair to maintain the integrity of the install and extensions. Blending your natural hair with the extensions may be difficult due to having all of your hair left out during the installation. Choosing the right texture of extensions that match your natural hair can help with blending. Perfect Distraction offers seven different textures that accommodate all hair textures.
Shampoo times can be longer with managing your natural hair and the extensions. Because of this, we strongly suggest seeking a professional for maintaining the wefts. But like any extensions, if installed incorrectly the style can damage your hair and scalp, therefore, it’s vital to have a licensed professional to install your Hybrid Wefts.
What is a Traditional Sew-in?
A traditional sew-in, also known as a basic sew-in, is a flat braided down foundation with minimal to no leave out in order to conceal wefts and prevent breakage around the front edge line.
Pros of a Traditional Sew-in
Traditional sew-ins are ideal for textured hair. Minimal blending is needed with a traditional sew-in, but the stylist needs to make sure the leave-out blends seamlessly with the extensions. This, and the fact that your hair is protected underneath, makes it a great low-maintenance option for a protective style. Protective styles are very convenient and will save you time on your hair so you can get up and go and not have to focus on doing your hair for hours every day.
Traditional sew-ins last longer than hybrid wefts. They can last 6 to 8 weeks. We recommend you come to the salon for maintenance service every 2 weeks for weave maintenance and 4 to 6 weeks after installation for tightening. Matting and tangling, (which leads to hair loss) may result if you leave them in too long.
Cons of Traditional Sew-ins
You have no access to your scalp with a traditional sew-in, so it’s harder to shampoo than if you were rocking Hybrid wefts. It also can get bulky due to the braids underneath, and less style flexibility.
While these extensions can be a great way to switch up your hairstyle, they can damage your natural hair and even cause hair loss if proper precautions and care are not taken. Make sure you have a skilled stylist install your sew-in so your edges and hair are protected and covered.
With a good routine and a talented stylist, both of these styles can be a good option. Think about the pros and cons of each style to determine which is best for you!
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