What Are the Best Brands of Human Hair for a Sew-In Weave?

Jennifer Hudson shines with long hair. You can get the look with extensions.

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It is important to use the best in human hair extensions when getting a sew-in weave. Without good quality, the extensions might not last as long, and might be harder to style. The best in human hair will allow you to do what you want to your tresses, when you want.

Indo-Asian

It seems that virgin hair is the way to go. Stylist Jared C. Wood of Amoy Couture Hair in the Upper East Side of New York loves Indo-Asian brand hair extensions for a sew-in weave. He says the company uses only 100 percent virgin Indian or Malaysian hair. Wood loves that the weft is always attached properly, with no stray hairs or glue out of place -- making it so much easier to sew right into a client’s hair. Wood says that because the hair has not been treated, that makes it easier for the stylist to color it without worrying much about breakage or past chemicals.

Remy

Hair extension expert Asya Rahim absolutely loves Remy hair. She says that when you’re shopping for the best brand of human hair for a sew-in weave, make sure the product clearly states whether the hair is single drawn or double drawn. The difference is key: Single drawn hair is usually from one hair donor because it’s the original length. In other words, just like your natural hair, the strands have various lengths. However, double drawn hair, Rahim says, is typically taken from multiple donors and so the hair is all the same length. Rahim says to also make sure the cuticle is intact -- this minimizes tangling, matting or shedding.

Follea

Having hair that is full and fabulous can make any woman feel sexy. Steve Lococo, celebrity hairstylist and co-owner and style director of B2V Salon in West Hollywood, recommends the human hair extension brand Follea European for a sew-in weave. Lococo likes the versatility of the Follea hair system. He says the quality of the hair works seamlessly with any client's hairstyle. "The stylist has the option of creating different panels and thickness of panels because the weft is thin, transparent and workable."

Maintenance

For as much as 100 percent human hair extensions cost, you want it to live its life to the fullest. Rahim says maintenance is key to how long the hair lasts. She recommends washing the hair with sulfate-free shampoos and moisturizing conditioners. If you can get your hands on a hair steamer, or if your stylist has one, it will hydrate the extensions and help the hair maintain a healthy, shiny texture, Rahim says.

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