Weaves vs Extensions

Weaves and extensions are used by women of all ethnicity to enhance their natural hair.   Let’s break down the difference between a Weave and Extensions.

What is a Weave?

A weave iweave-vs-extensionss a term which refers to synthetic or human hair used to change the appearance of someone’s hair by adding hair to their natural hair.
Specifically, a weave refers to a style when someone’s entire hair is braided.  Once the braids are made, a needle is used to sew extensions of hair into the braids.   The extensions are sewn from one ear to another.  The weave last for 6 to 8 weeks.

The advantages of a hair weave are that they help in making the hair longer, add thickness to hair along with volume, and no chemicals or glues are used.  Weaves also give women the versatility to change their hair color without having to dye it.  Weaves are a great way to give your natural hair a break!

The disadvantage of a weave is if the braids are too tight, they may cause a headache, soreness of the scalp.


What are Extensions?

The hair extension method refers to synthetic or human hair being attached to the natural hair of a person with an adhesive, clip-ons, micro links or tape to lengthen the hair an add fullness.   Hair extensions are applied strand by strand to the natural hair.   It is a very time-consuming method as around 100-300 extensions are added to one person to make the hair look natural.   This application of hair is considered the most expensive due to the labor and time it consumes.

The advantages of extensions are that they help women with thinning hair and people who have short hair achieve a longer fuller head of hair.   Some disadvantages are if they have been glued on, it hurts to take them off and the glue can also damage your hair.

Points to Remember:

1. Most important difference is that all weaves are a type of hair extensions, but all extensions are not weaves.
2. Weaves are a particular type of style where the whole natural hair is braided and then a needle is used to sew hair extensions from one ear to another.   No glues or adhesives are used.    Extensions are a strand-by-strand application of synthetic hair or human hair to make the natural hair of a person longer and fuller.
3. Weaves and Extensions are Universal!

Author: Vicky

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  1. My definition of the word weave vs hair extension. The word wave sounds ghetto and stupid and it depends on the clientele for which a hair stylist has.

    A hair extension is when you take human hair to a braided pattern with needle and thread and produce a hair extension which is referred to as a “Sew In”. that is my definition between the two words.

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  2. The difference between a weave and a hair extension is this:
    WEAVE-Sounds profoundly GHETTO

    HAIR EXTENSION- is when you add human hair to a braidedbpattern

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  3. thank you for that because the guys at my school be getting on my nerves about the difference but they don’t even know themselves well thank u soooooo much.

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  4. Yea a! We never sieze to learn..

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  5. Thank you for the Info I was kinda confused! When getting the extensions tho, are there more ways to apply them or no?

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