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Hand-Tied vs. Machine-Tied Wefts: What's the Difference?

The debate between hand-tied and machine wefts—what's the distinction, and which type of extension is better? It's a question frequently posed by customers just beginning to explore this popular extension technique and novice hairstylists alike.

Both types of wefts are designed for sew-in extension techniques, often causing some confusion due to their striking similarities. Despite their significant resemblance, there are still some differences.

After reading our article, you'll gain a better understanding of the disparities, of sew in weft hair extensions, between machine-tied and hand-tied wefts, enabling you to accurately achieve the hairstyle you desire!

What are Hand-Tied Wefts?

So, what exactly are hand-tied weft bundles? They're naturally crafted wefts with a special sewing base, made through the following process:

First, single strands are made from large hair bundles.

The strands are cut into specified widths and quantities.

The ends of the strands are sewn together.

The individual strands are then sewn together to form the weft (if specified by the client).

At Full Shine, you can order custom wefts, considering all characteristics of your hair (you can select length, color, hair density, texture (straight, wavy, curly), and the number of hair strands in the weft as well as the required number of rows depending on the head circumference. To accurately calculate the required width and weight, consult the hairstylist who will be using the wefts.

Additionally, when choosing the appropriate hair length, it's essential to consider that during the handcrafting process of the wefts with loose hair, approximately 1-1.5 inches of hair length is used for the formation of the weft itself. Therefore, if you need a certain length, be sure to use bundles slightly longer than what you require.

Fullshine_hand_tied_weft_hair_extensionsWhat Do Hand-Tied Wefts Look Like?

Throughout the manufacturing process, hair technicians ensure that the wefts are smooth, fine, and uniform, with each hair strand meticulously laid by hand.

As a result, you obtain wefts with the highest quality base for sewing, barely noticeable when worn, and seamlessly blending with natural hair.

What are Machine Wefts?

Now, let's talk about what machine-tied wefts are. Like hand-tied wefts, machine wefts are designed for sew-in extension techniques, and their application method is the same as described above.


So what are machine-tied wefts? These wefts are made with special machinery. Sufficient hair is required to allow the machine to tie the hair into a weft. Due to these characteristics, machine-tied extensions are highly durable and dense.

Comparing Hand-Tied and Machine Weft Extensions

Do They Cause Damage?

This largely depends on the expertise of the hairstylist. During application, they should ensure that the braids are not too tight, as tight braids can lead to headaches and, consequently, hair damage, fragility, or even shedding. Equally important is to avoid braids that are too loose. Otherwise, the hair strands won't be properly secured, causing the wefts to tangle at the roots.

When installed correctly, hand-tied wefts are considered the least damaging type of extension. Many clients who have tried this extension method have claimed that it's the best thing that has happened to their hair!

Just like hand-tied wefts, improper installation of machine-tied wefts can cause hair damage.However, this doesn't mean that machine-tied wefts are unsuitable material. Everything depends on the natural texture of your hair: If your natural strands are thick and dense, then there shouldn't be any issues if installed correctly.


Are Hand-Tied Extensions Better?

In general, seamless hand-tied extensions are indeed better than machine-made ones. Of course, this doesn't mean that such products are suitable for everyone. But overall, they can be said to be of higher quality and safer for health.

Who Should Choose Hand-Tied Extensions?

Unlike machine-tied wefts, hand-tied wefts are suitable for clients with thin, soft locks and those who care about wefts customized to all client desires.

Who Should Choose Machine-Tied Extensions?

Machine-tied wefts are ideal for clients with dense, thick strands and those who don't want to pay more for handmade products.

Both hand-tied and machine weft extensions have their own set of pros and cons. It’s important to consider factors such as your desired look, budget, and maintenance before making a decision. Whichever option you choose, make sure to consult with a professional hairstylist to ensure a seamless and natural-looking finish.

In conclusion, hand-tied weft extensions and machine weft extensions offer different benefits and cater to different preferences. Whether you opt for hand-tied or machine wefts, Full Shine provides high-quality extensions that are sure to enhance your overall look and confidence. So, next time you're considering getting hair extensions, remember to weigh the differences between hand-tied and machine weft extensions to choose the one that best suits your needs.

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