The Best Kinds of Hairstyle for Sewn-in Hair

Actress Kerry Washington wears her sewn-in hair down loose for an event at the Chateau Marmont in L.A.

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If you have sewn-in hair -- also known as a hair weave, which involves the process of literally sewing synthetic or human hair extension pieces into your natural hair -- it's important that you style your hair appropriately, so the extensions added in look natural. Don't think you have to feel limited by your styling options, though -- just do each option right; there are plenty of do's you can rock that work with sewn-in hair, so there's really no limit at all.


Wearing your hair down loose is one of the easiest -- and fastest ways -- to style your hair. You don't have to worry about any of the wefts showing through, as long as your sewn-in hair was professionally done, so the tops of the wefts aren't peeking through, giving you the most natural look. Whether you opt for sleek waves, coiled curls or a smooth straight style, leaving your hair loose with sewn-in hair added always looks soooo gorgeous.

Low Ponytail

The low ponytail is a fabulous turn-to style when you want your hair pulled out of the way. Because of the position of the low ponytail, you can show off your hair without having to worry about wefts showing through. A side part works best with low ponytail style; pull your hair over to the opposite side to create the ponytail.


A braided style offers you a few key benefits. A braid positioned low on your head gathers your hair together, getting it out of your face without creating an unflattering look around your hairline. Leave your hair parted down the center or off to one side for the most chic look. Braids also allows your hair some rest, because there isn't any need for heat styling and your hair stays together without it getting tangled.

Pinned Up

It doesn't matter if your sewn-in hair is styled in coils, curls or waves; or whether you're styling the hair yourself. Simply by pinning up a side section of hair, you get your hair out of your face and an almost half-updo style, without pulling back the hair all around your hairline. Use a couple of bobby pins or a hair barrette to hold the hair up against the side of your head.

Headband It

You can wear your hair up safely, without the sewn-in part at the roots showing through, by adding a simple headband into your hair. Pull your hair up and secure it in a ponytail, or twist it into a chignon or French twist if you want to get fancy. Slide a thick headband or wrap a headband around the front of your head, near or directly over your front hairline.

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