Extensions have been around for a while. We’re talking since the early days of Ancient Egypt. Extensions have been and always will be highly sought after. There will always be a demand for fuller, longer hair and stylists are always on the look out for the next best technique that fill their clients needs. Hand-tied extensions came inane changed the game, and they are without a doubt the best of the best. You’ve probably seen them on your Instagram; if you haven’t you will, so keep those eyes peeled!
What are hand-tied wefts?
Hand-tied wefts are exactly as the name states— wefts of hair that are tied by hand, rather than machine tied. This results in much thinner wefts that comfortably lay flat against the scalp. Thanks to their thin bond, they can be stacked, making extensions more customizable than ever.
In order to take advantage of these thinly tied wefts, Platform Hair practices a unique method of installation utilizing thread and beads to build a minimal track. The hair is then sewn in to that track, creating a seamless, beautiful head of hair.
With so many different installation methods circulating in the industry, why are hand-tied extensions the best? Let’s do a little comparing:
Weave vs. Hand-Tied Method
These two methods are similar, with one big difference. A weave requires a cornrow braid to which the weft will be hand sewn onto. This results in a lot of unwanted bulk. The hand-tied method uses thread and micro-beads to create a flush, almost undetectable track for the wefts to be sewn onto, keeping the overall application comfortable and seamless against the scalp.
Fusion vs. Hand-Tied Method
The fusion method is totally different from the hand-tied method. The hair comes in a pack of individual strands that have been dipped in keratin, a special type of glue, at the tip. A hot tool is used to melt the keratin bond into the natural hair then is rolled until the natural and extension hair mesh together. Sound messy? That’s because it is. It’s also very damaging. With the hand-tied method, there is no messy glue to deal with, and there’s zero damage caused to the natural hair.
Tape-Ins vs. Hand-Tied Method
Much like the fusion method, tape-ins use glue. These wefts are generally 1-2 inches wide, and they bond to the natural hair using a special kind of glue that looks like tape. These wefts are generally 1-2 inches wide and are "sandwiched" on the top and bottom of a thin piece of natural hair. Do toothier unatural shape, they can twist as they grow out leaving your natural hair in unwanted dreads. No thank you with that nonsense!
Clip-Ins vs. Hand-Tied Method
Clip-ins are simply clips sewn onto machine-tied wefts of hair. They are so bulky. This method doesn't come out of the package customized to your needs. They need to be put in and then cut and blended to your natural hair. They should be taken out daily to avoid destroying your hair. So what does putting them back in look like? A jigsaw puzzle, and not the fun kind (is there a fun kind?).
Micro-Beads vs. Hand-Tied Method
Using micro-beads to secure the individual extensions to your hair results in a full head of uncomfortable pieces of metal all over your head. One bead is used per strand of extension hair. Talk about a daily annoyance. The hair comes in strands rather than wefts, they’re harder to blend and they don’t look as natural. No thank you, please!
In summary, hand-tied extensions…
…don’t use messy glue.
…are comfortable to wear.
…don’t damage natural hair.
…make you look like an actual princess!
Keep in mind that not every hairstylist is trained in hand-tied extensions.
Visit @platformhairextensions for inquiries about getting the mermaid hair that dreams are made of!