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A Quick Guide to Hair Extensions, from Our Cary Hair Stylist 

The red carpet has a secret: Hair extensions. How else do you think celebrities go from a chic bob to mermaid-esque waves overnight? Celebrities choose extensions for fullness and volume, as well as versatility. 

At Artisan Hair, we offer sew-in hair extensions, upon consultation.

What are sew-in hair extensions and what do they do for your hair?

Sew-in hair extensions are a form of temporary hair extension that essentially “sew” the extension hair onto your own natural hair. This is done by braiding your natural hair close to your scalp, and then using a needle and thread to sew the weft of extension hair onto the cornrows. Sew-in extensions can be worn for several weeks at a time, and are a popular choice for those looking for longer-term hair extensions.

There are many benefits to sew-in hair extensions. They can give you the appearance of having longer and thicker hair, can be used to add volume or highlight your own natural hair color, and can be styled in any number of ways.

The installation process – what to expect and how to prepare

If you’re considering sew-in hair extensions, it’s important to consult with a one of our professional hair stylists to ensure that they are installed correctly and that your natural hair will be able to handle the weight of the extensions.

Generally, the installation process takes between two and three hours. First, your stylist will wash and condition your hair to prepare it for the extensions. Next, they will create cornrows in your hair, starting at the nape of your neck and working up towards the crown of your head.

Once the cornrows are in place, your stylist will then sew the weft of extension hair onto the cornrows, making sure to secure it tightly. Finally, they will trim the extensions to blend in with your own natural hair.

How to take care of your sew-in extensions so they last as long as possible

To get the most out of your sew-in hair extensions, it’s important to take good care of them. This means using the right products, brushing and combing them properly, and avoiding tight hairstyles that could put unnecessary strain on your hair and scalp.

Here are some tips for taking care of your sew-in extensions:

– Use a mild shampoo and conditioner to avoid stripping the extensions of their natural oils.

– When brushing your hair, be sure to use a wide-toothed comb or brush specifically designed for use with hair extensions. Start from the bottom and work your way up to avoid tangles.

– Avoid tight hairstyles that pull on the extensions, such as ponytails and buns.

– Be careful when styling with heat, as this can damage both your natural hair and the extensions.

– Have your sew-in extensions professionally removed by a stylist to avoid damaging your natural hair.

Frequently asked questions about sew-in extensions

Q: How often do I need to wash my hair with sew-in extensions?

A: You should wash your hair about every 7-10 days, or as needed. Be sure to use a mild shampoo and conditioner to avoid stripping the extensions of their natural oils.

Q: Can I swim with sew-in extensions?

A: Yes, but be sure to protect your hair before swimming by wearing a swim cap or braiding your hair. This will help prevent tangles and damage. After swimming, rinse your hair with fresh water and use a leave-in conditioner to help keep it hydrated.

Q: How long can I keep sew-in extensions in for?

A: Sew-in hair extensions can last for several weeks, but it’s important to consult with your stylist to see how often you should have them replaced. This will depend on the health of your natural hair as well as how well you take care of the extensions.

Q: What is the best way to remove sew-in extensions?

A: The best way to remove sew-in extensions is by having them professionally removed by a stylist. This will help avoid damaging your natural hair.

Choose Quality, in Every Sense of the Word

If you want the fact that you’re wearing extensions to be a secret known only to you and your hair stylist, you will have to splurge on two types of quality: a quality product, and quality workmanship.

We know, it’s an expense! You should also expect to spend some money on a reputable, quality hair salon with good reviews and referrals. A professional hair stylist will be able to match the extensions to the exact shade of your hair, so that they blend right in. They will also be able to work in the extensions in a way that is completely natural and undetectable. Extensions should never fall out, and they shouldn’t cause pain either. A skilled hair stylist will be able to make sure that all of this is taken care of. Remember, you get what you pay for! 

Artisan Hair is a Cary hair salon specializing in balayage, blonding, hair coloring, ombre highlights, vivid colors, and more. To learn more about our Cary hair extensions, click here