Weft Extensions 101: Everything You Need to Know

Weft Extensions 101: Everything You Need to Know

Planning on trying out weft hair extensions? Adding gorgeous length and thickness to your hair is so exciting! No need to dream about the hair you’ve always wanted—you’re one salon appointment away from making it a reality! But at the same time, figuring out all of the different hair extension types and application methods can be a little confusing. Don’t worry! Our hair extension experts at Big Kizzy are ready to help.    

We’re covering everything you need to know about weft hair extensions—one of the most popular options for hair extensions. We love that hair weft extensions have a variety of ways to apply them to your natural hair based on your preference! Up next, we’ll go over the basics of hair extension wefts, explain the different application methods, and give you a rundown of how to figure out the cost. Weft Extensions 101 starts now!  

What Are Weft Hair Extensions

Time for your first lesson: weft hair extensions definition! Weft extensions are made with a base that has synthetic or human hair attached to it. They come in a range of sizes, lengths, colors, and textures. These wefts are then applied to the natural hair in various application methods (we’ll outline those a bit later!). Wefts are widely used across hair extension salons, and many options are available. So, what goes into making weft hair extensions?  

There are two main different types of hair weft extensions:    

Machine Wefts 

Machine hair extension wefts are manufactured with a weaving machine that stitches strands of hair to a base material. These wefts are better for thick or coarse hair as they tend to be heavier and thicker than hand-tied wefts. 

Hand-Tied Wefts 

Hand-tied hair extension wefts are made by hand, tying strands of hair to a base material. These wefts are thinner than machine wefts, so they’re suitable for fine or thin hair types. Hand-tied wefts also tend to be more flexible and lighter than machine wefts.   

What Are the Application Methods for Weft Hair Extensions? 

Now that you have a better understanding of what weft extensions are, let’s go over the various types of application methods. You can find a wide range of salons that offer many different ways of applying hair extension wefts. Learning more about each method before committing to a hair extension appointment with a stylist is important. You can also discuss your options with a stylist to see which would work best with your hair type.  

There are two main types of weft extension application methods:    

Sew In Weft Hair Extensions 

Sew in weft hair extensions (also referred to as weave in hair extensions) are sewn into the natural hair onto small braids created along the scalp. You can opt for a partial sew-in, full sew-in, or invisible sew-in based on your hair needs. These types of extensions are very secure and can last several weeks to a few months.     

Beaded Weft Hair Extensions  

Beaded weft hair extensions go by many different names, such as hidden beaded row, IBE, invisible beaded row, micro-link, or NBR extensions. These extensions are applied using tiny beads or links to hold the natural hair and wefts together in small sections. The beads are hidden under layers of your natural hair for a flawless blend.    

Here are the essential tools needed for weft extension application: 

Weft Extension Beads – our 5mm silicone-lined beads provide a safe and secure fit  
Weft Extension Thread – this nylon thread is lightweight yet strong with a non-slip stitch 
Weft Scissors - these Weft Scissors cut weft extension thread with ease 
Claw Pliers - our Claw Pliers are the perfect tool for seamlessly opening beads during removal and reapplication
Hair Extension Pliers – use this all-in-one tool when applying micro-links or beads 
Hair Extension Cutting Shears – these premium-quality shears are a must for styling and blending hair extensions 
Hair Extension Thinning Shears – use these shears to blend and shape hair extensions  

How Much Do Weft Extensions Cost

As you go over all of the different ways to apply weft hair extensions, you’re probably wondering, “How much are weft hair extensions?” The answer to this question varies significantly across the board. The first thing you’ll need to do is choose a weft extension method and then reach out to your local salon for pricing. How much weft extensions cost depends on the price of the extensions themselves plus application and maintenance.    

The Best Hair Extension Products in One Place 

For all things weft extensions and more, make sure to check out our Big Kizzy shop! We have a range of professional hair care products for extensions. And the best part? Our products are compatible with most of the popular hair extension brands (at a more affordable cost and without compromising quality!). If you have tape-in hair extensions, we also carry hair tapes, removers, and tools for the perfect application and removal. Your one-stop shop for all things extensions!