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Sew-in Hair Extensions

Medha Godbole
Sew-in extensions are a very popular. But do you know the pros and cons of using them? Read more to know!
Oh gosh! They are all around you! From damsels in distress in Bollywood, to the divas in Hollywood, all of them have got it (remember Katherine Heigl in The Ugly Truth?)!
You can get an instant makeover with these. If you have short hair, it works even better! You can use them to add length or volume and get a dramatic effect. With many types of hair extensions available, choosing the right one can become a bit difficult.

Sew-in Hair Extensions

Sew in extensions also known as weave-in or fusion hair extension, are sewn in to braided tracks vertically, horizontally or curved as per the contour of the hairline scalp. Braiding into natural hair is a prelude to add-ons. If you are lucky, a good stylist will braid back from the hairline, in all directions to hide braids and tracks.


✔ One of the most significant advantages is that those 'longing' for long hair, need not wait for months. You can get flattering and long tresses almost immediately.

✔ One need not commit or undergo a completely new style. Hair can be styled in a number of ways. Plus, you don't have to worry about the damage caused by heat, chemicals, or styling tools.
✔ Our hair sometimes has to weather the daily styling done by most of us. Braided extensions let the hair remain braided and is not affected by daily styling tools. It is one of those great solutions as well!

✔  There is no limit to how much you experiment, bold or jazzy colors, super short or super long hairstyles; well you can try anything you want.
✔ You don't have to worry about your extensions looking fake or cheap, as they are made of real hair. You can even replace your extensions with different ones, if you get bored of that style.

You can wash and moisturize your hair, and natural hair growth is retained as well. Also, compared to other types, sew-in hair extensions cause minimum hair damage.


✘ Not everybody may be comfortable with tightly braided hair as it causes lot of discomfort and itching.

Proper hygiene is important or else bacteria may grow leading to hair loss.

✘ It is crucial that you get your extensions attached from an experienced stylist. If not done properly they look horrible and there are chances that some of them may come loose.
✘ Over-styling can also cause lot of damage, and make them look dull or messy.

The biggest drawback though is the cost. Yes, these can be really expensive. You will have shell out more money if you want the look to be natural.


Various factors determine the cost of sew-in extensions, based on the type used, the method of application and the extent of application. It usually covers the entire head and costs $500 to $4000 or more, based on how much hair is used etc. The salon or the stylist you approach too can elevate the cost. If you know how to do it, you can save money!
Sew-in hair extension is definitely a good option for drastic change. However, along with that, it is extremely important to take requisite care and measures suggested by the stylist for avoiding damage.