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Now that you know how to pick quality virgin hair and identify the texture that will blend with your hair (or help you achieve your desired look), the next step is to determine whether you want CLIP-INS or a SEW-IN (aka a WEAVE)… Yes, we know there are many other extension options like fusions, micro-loops, and glue-ins, but we are trying to present you with the best and least damaging options…After all you don’t want to run the risk of damaging your own hair just for a temporary style, length or volume.

Theoretically, there are pros and cons to using CLIP-INS and SEW-INS, but the truth is the fate of your actual hair depends on you hair care practices – making the real question will you SLAY or BE SLAYED when rocking one of these options?

So get comfy grab a glass of wine…if you are too young, then make that juice or some sparkling cider because I’m going to give you the tea on clip-ins and weaves.

THE INFAMOUS WEAVE (i.e. SEW-IN)

Reasons for Use:

  • Achieve a longer or more voluminous look
  • Give your hair a break from manipulation
  • Protective style for length retention or growth
  • Give yourself a bit of a break from your hair (sort of)
  • Rock a new look (and maybe even a new personality)

Installation Process: Braid/plait hair into a pattern and then sew the wefts onto the braids

Longevity:

  • If installed properly, your weave should last 6-8 WEEKS
  • However, if you have TYPE 1-2 HAIR, your weave will probably last about 2 WEEKS (if your are lucky + you opt out of washing your hair) because the smoothness of your hair will cause the braid to loosen and the weave to become unsecured. Shampooing and conditioning your hair quickens the loosening process for types 1 and 2 hair.

Maintenance/ Manageability:

  • May be easier depending on the texture of your weave and whether you have a closure
  • Straight and wavy textures are much easier to manage than curlier and kinkier options

Pros:

  • Daily hair prep time can be cut down if you have a solid process in place
  • Can help prevent damage to your hair enabling you to retain your length and see hair growth
  • Allows you to change your looks
  • Gives you a break from styling your own hair (note: I said styling, not caring for your hair because you still have to care for your hair when it’s in a weave)

Cons:

  • If not cared for properly, it can damage your hair
  • Wash days are rough and long
  • If you have straight or wavy hair it won’t last as long
  • You don’t have easy access to your scalp

THE NOTORIOUS CLIP-INS

Image Source: Stefan.com

Image Source: Stefan.com

Reasons for Use:

  • Achieve a longer or more voluminous look
  • Rock a new look (and maybe even a new personality)

Note: Clip-ins are mainly used to enhance length or volume for shorter periods of time compared to the weave. Clip-ins do not have the same protective styling benefits because your actual hair is still loose and exposed. However, if you don’t use the conventional method of installing clip-ins, and braid/plait your hair before installing the clip-ins, then I suppose your hair will be protected.

Installation Process:

  • Option 1: Part your hair, tease your hair (if needed), then clip onto your hair, and continue this process until you are content as Nicole Guerriero did.
  • Option 2: Braid/plait hair and clip extension onto your braid just like The Chic Natural.

Longevity:

  • For Type 1-2 hair, you install and remove daily
  • For 3a-4c hair types, you can keep them in for up to 6 days straight, but you run the risk of thinning your hair because of the friction from combs that clip the extensions to your hair

Maintenance/ Manageability: It is the same as maintaining your own hair except you have to take into consideration the placement and visibility of each clip-in

Pros:

  • Short term/temporary styling (allows for more versatility)
  • Ability to achieve your length and volume desire without committing for weeks
  • Easy access to your scalp
  • Ability to continue regular hair care practices

Cons:

  • Does not allow for protective styling
  • May pull out or thin out your hair if not careful
  • May irritate your scalp if you install improperly

CONCLUSION: Deciding between sew-ins and clip-ins depend heavily on: 1) your natural hair texture; 2) the amount of time you want to keep your extensions/weave in; and 3) your reason for rocking a extensions (i.e. style vs. protection/break)