Let me take a guess: You want to grow your hair out, but it’s taking too long? Or maybe you have thin hair or fine hair and want it to look fuller and thicker? Or maybe all of the above are true for you (same—let’s be friends). You’ve tried all the hair supplements and hair-growth oils to no avail, but before you admit defeat, you google one more thing: Hand-Tied Hair Extensions. This search sent you down an endless path of all the different types of extensions and methods, and now you’re feeling totally overwhelmed.
Nope, I’m not stalking your Google search history—I’ve just been in your position before, and you know what I’ve learned from all that? The fastest way to get longer, thicker but still natural-looking hair is with hand-tied extensions. Because hand-tied extensions aren’t exactly self-explanatory, I’ll give you all the answers to the questions I know you’re wondering (remember, I’ve been there too), so keep reading.
What do I need to know about hand-tied extensions?
First, a word about the name, which can be slightly misleading, according to extension specialist Anna Gavin. “Hand-tied” refers to the type of weft being installed, which Gavin describes as a very thin, discreet weft that’s typically stacked with other hand-tied wefts and installed with a beaded-row method, but the stylist can also use machine wefts instead for denser hair. Eyes glaze over with confusion? I gotchu—just keep reading.
Let’s jump into the installation process to clarify things. For hand-tied extensions, your stylist will start by applying tiny, silicone-lined copper beads to tiny sections of your hair, one next to the other. Then they’ll clip the wefts on top and sew the extensions onto the beads.