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Bundles, Weaves, Weft Extensions


Bundles, Weaves, Weft Extensions. People tend to use the terms weave and extensions interchangeably, but alas, they are not the same. A weave is when the hair is sewn directly onto flat cornrows…


Extensions, on the other hand, are typically attached to someone’s natural hair with the help of an adhesive or clamp — like keratin bonds or wig clips (more on clip-ins later). So, to be clear: All weaves are a form of extensions, but not all extensions are weaves.

Virgin Hair

Virgin hair is human hair that hasn’t been altered by chemicals, dye, bleach, or harsh washes. It’s available in a variety of textures, from wavy to curly (typically usually 3A – 3B curls), and can be dyed and heat styled like your own.


Bundles are a collection of high-quality hair extension wefts that have been tied up together (usually with a ribbon) and sold to be used for weaves. Commonly sold by hair vendors specializing in virgin hair, this type of hair normally originates from Asia, where most virgin hair is procured. Depending on the size of your head and the length of hair, you need about three bundles for hair that’s 18 inches and shorter, or three to four bundles for hair that’s longer than 18 inches, for a complete sew-in.


These are the pieces of hair that are either glued onto someone’s natural hair or sewn onto flat cornrows during a weave installation. A good weave is one where none of your tracks are showing — and they are completely covered by your leave-out or the other hair extensions.


A weft is loose or bulk hair that’s been sewn together by a machine, then cut up into sections to fit someone’s head.


This installation process begins with braids. Your natural hair is braided into a series of eight to 10 braids, which serve as a base for sewing on hair wefts. The kind of braid pattern you select depends on the style of weave you want. For full sew-ins, circular braid patterns are often preferred by stylists since they don’t have to worry about sewing down the ends of hair.

Once the braids are done, they’re reinforced with a thick hair weaving thread to keep them secure. Afterwards, several wefts are sewn directly onto the braids row by row, from ear to ear. If you’re getting a closure, this is when the stylist lines up the hairpiece to your natural part and sews it directly on top.

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