Hand-tied extensions are the thinnest wefted hair extension on the market. Hair is individually hand-tied onto a hand-sewn weft by an experienced technician.
Time Commitment: (2-3 hours)
Hand tied extensions are the most difficult weft to master due to the fact that hand-tied extensions can not be cut due to their delicate nature. Instead, hand tied extensions must be stacked and folded to fit to the circumference of the clients head. For this reason hand-tied extensions can take longer to install than other wefts. Expect appointment times to range from 2-3 hours depending on how many rows you are having installed.
Ease of application (most difficult)
As mentioned above, hand tied extensions take precision and experience to install. If you are a stylist who is new to the weft world, it may be a good option to get practice working with a flat weft first to gain confidence in the beaded row technique. If you want to dive right into hand-tied extensions this is fine too (and you may not have a choice if your client isn’t a fit for another weft), however keep in mind that flat wefts and machine wefts are easier to install.
Cost of Hair (most expensive)
The hand-tied extension is the most expensive weft on the market due to the extensive labour cost of sewing each weft by hand. This process takes extensive knowledge and time which leads to a more costly weft. For a volume application (1-3 packs) expect to pay around $400 for the hair itself. For a volume and length application (3-6 packs) expect to pay around $800 for the hair itself. Please note this is just an average and cost can vary based on how many wefts are used and the length chosen.
Cost of install and reinstall
Hand-tied install prices vary by salon, stylist and the amount of experience a stylist has working with hand-tied extensions. You can expect to pay an average of $350+ for installation depending on how many rows/wefts have been installed.
Best natural hair type for a hand-tied extension
Hand-tied extensions are great for all hair types whether you have extremely fine hair or thick hair. Due to how small the hand-tied weft is, they conceal extremely well in all hair types including ladies with very fine hair. Because they are so small and lightweight, they are the best suited extension on the market for fine or fragile hair. We always recommend seeing a Philocaly Verified Stylist for install.
Hand tied wefts are extremely flexible and the most flexible weft on the market. Flat wefts and machine wefts are more dense and the weft does not bend as effortlessly as a hand-tied weft does. This makes hand tied wefts the most comfortable and the easiest wefts to put into high ponytails and updos. However, due to how hand-tied wefts are produced, all hand-tied wefts have what is called “return hair”. Return hair is shorter hair near the top of the weft that is approx. 3” in length. Hand-tied extensions can not be produced without return hair. if there was no return hair the cuticle in the hair extensions would be running in opposite directions. For this reason return hair is an essential part of the hand tied production process. For clients with sensitive scalps, return hair can be itchy. For most clients return hair is not an issue, and will not cause sensitivity. However, it is always important to ensure your client is brushing inbetween the wefts to ensure the return hair does not get matted.
So why a hand-tied weft?
As we can see from this summary, hand tied wefts are the most expensive and take the most amount of time to install. So why should I get a hand tied weft? The answer is simple. If you are a client who is looking for a weft that will be virtually impossible to see, is extremely flexible and lightweight, this option is hands down the best for you. If you are a client who also has very thin or fragile hair, no other weft option will be a fit for you so you might as well stop reading now.