How to Braid Hair When Sewing in Hair Weave

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An attractive, natural-looking sew-in hair weave comes down to one crucial thing: how well it's braided. If the braids are small, tight and flat, the sewing part is easy and will look natural. However, if the braids are at all bulky, raised or loose, the sew-in will come undone, look unattractive or not last very long.

Things You'll Need

  • Comb
  • 1-inch hair clips

Portion off the hair that won't be braided. You can choose to leave out 1-inch of the entire perimeter of the hair if you wish to wear it in a ponytail or an updo. Leave out at least 3 or 4-inches of the bangs in front. You can also choose to braid all of the hair but you won't be able to brush it back off your face. You will be able to pull it behind the ears, though. The third option is to leave out only the front of the hair where the bangs are.

Clip off each section of hair that won't be braided. Make sure to have several small clips on hand if you will be leaving out the entire perimeter of the hair or if the hair is short. This helps to make braiding easier by preventing the braider from accidentally grabbing part of the hair that's supposed to be left out.

If the entire perimeter is left out, start at the front left or right corner of the hair, right behind the bangs. Make the first part so that the front braid will run as close to the front section of hair as possible. Keeping this braid close to that part of the hair will keep the tracks from showing once you're ready to comb it over the sewn-in hair. Continue this braid in a serpentine or zig-zag fashion going from left to right and working your way down to the hair closest to the nape of the neck.

If all of the hair is being braided, start the braiding just over the left or right eyebrow. Work around the front of the head and all the way around the head working towards the crown.

Secure the end of the braid by laying it flat against the part of the braid closest to it. Sew the hair into the braid securely and make a knot at the end of the thread. Be sure to cut off the loose end of the thread behind the knot.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always wash and dry hair prior to braiding it and do not apply any products. This makes it dry and easy to grip which will make it easier to grasp the hair for small, tight braids. Give yourself plenty of time to braid your hair so that you won't be rushed and tempted to make the braids bigger to save time. This will make your hair look bulky in the end.
  • Do not make the braids near the edges of the hair too tight. This hair is sensitive and can easily be pulled out. You'll know if the braids around the edges are too tight if you can't comfortably move your eyebrows up and down and put your chin to your neck without pain.

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