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How To Sew In A Hair Weave

Sewing in hair weaves is actually fairly easy, if you know how to sew in a hair weave. But most people don’t.  The worst weaves are those that are obvious.  This is usually a matter of the weave being a noticeably different texture and/or color than the natural hair.  If you can hem a pair of pants, you can master the technique needed to sew in a weave that looks professional, even if it isn’t.

Before you get started, there are a few things you should have ready:

  • hair weave and thread
  • large needles
  • mirror
  • hair clips
  • scissors
  • comb
  • elastic band

The technique:

  1. Make sure the hair is clean and the weave matches (unless you are aiming for highlights).
  2. Determine where the weave should begin and what kind of style you want.
  3. Begin placing the braids.  Be sure to sew down the ends of too long braids.  If hair is too short, a different technique will be needed for making wefts.  These are the foundation of the weave.
  4. The next step is to create the weft.  There are a couple of different ways you can do this.
    1. One way is to part the hair as if to braid it.  Hold the hair at either end.  Put a bit of tension on the unbraided hair and begin sewing like you would hem your pants.  Be sure the stitches are close together to construct a sturdy, inflexible foundation for the next step.
    2. Another way is to use a thin piece of synthetic hair and braid it into the hair.  This braid can be used to sew the hair on.
  1. Now it’s time for the weave.  Have several needles threaded and ready to go.  Try to thread them about the length you want them.
  2. Measure and cut the hair so it is equal to the braids.  Leave an extra half inch to make sure the weave isn’t too short.
  3. Start from the left, reinforce the thread at least three times.  Now, imagine hemming your  pants.  Use your fingers to make a loop to lock the stitch.  To do this, go back to pull the needle through each stitch.  When you get near the end of one needle, tie three knots at the end and cut the thread close to the knot, but not close enough that the knot will come loose.  Repeat with the next needle until you are done.
  4. Style as desired.


  • Be sure the wefts and tracks can’t be seen
  • Keep the braids small or the weave will be bumpy
  • Too much tension on the hairline can cause breaking.
  • If you have a tender head, the braids and weave do not need to be super-tight.
  • For pony tails, leave about an inch around the hairline unbraided.
  • You can use a thread a shade or so lighter than the hair to make it easier to remove later without cutting the hair.
Hair Weaves Last For Up To 3 Months

Hair weaves can give you the added length and thickness that you want.

Weaves have several advantages.  Styles are easy to maintain and give the natural hair a break from chemicals and heat.  Often, people can achieve looks they can’t get with their own hair.  Weaves can be expensive, but with the right tools and techniques, you can get the look you want.

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