How to Braid Hair to Sew in a Weave With Side Bangs

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Sew-in weaves can last two to three months.
Sew-in weaves can last two to three months. (Image: Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images)

One popular method that allows women to add extensions to their hair is a sew-in weave. Many women sew in a weave to add length to their hair and wear a variety of hair styles. Sew-in weaves also serve as protective hairstyles. You can avoid damage to your hair that results from using glue to add extensions. One great way to wear a sew-in weave is with side bangs. Braiding your hair properly is the first step toward creating a great sew-in weave with side bangs. Failing to braid your hair properly can result in your sew-in extensions not lying down smoothly.

Things You'll Need

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Towel or hair dryer
  • Comb
  • Bobby pins

Shampoo and condition your hair. Pat your hair with a towel to absorb the excess moisture or blow dry it. Comb your hair out thoroughly.

Separate the parts of your hair not included in the sew-in weave. Separate approximately 1 inch of hair around the perimeter of your head. Portioning off your hair covers up the sew-in weave once you style it and allows you to wear side bangs.

Pin down the separated sections of your hair with a bobby pin or hair clip. You also can put temporary braids in the separated sections to make the process easier. After you sew in the weave, you take the temporary braids down.

Part your hair with a comb in the direction you want your braids, starting right after the bangs. Separate one section of your hair to braid and pin down the rest.

Take the first section of hair to braid. Separate it into three strands. Make a stitch by crossing the far-right strand over the middle strand, and then the far-left strand over the middle strand. Pick up new strands of hair as you go along. Continue this process until you reach the end of your hair.

Braid the cornrows close to the scalp to form a tight braid that stays in place. Part your hair with a comb to section off another portion of your hair. Continue the braiding process until you braid all of your desired hair.

Take the ends of all of your cornrows and braid them horizontally. This allows your hair to lay down properly once you sew in the weave. Start sewing the weave extensions to your hair.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are experiencing a difficult time braiding your hair in the back, use a mirror to help guide your movements.
  • Avoid braiding your hair too tight, especially around the hair edge. It can lead to hair breakage.

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