Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about weave hair and sew-in methods:Weave hair, sew-in methods and installation.

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about weave hair and sew-in methods.

Weave hair, sew-in methods and installation are the most important things you need to know about the hair world. With the weave and sew-in game constantly evolving, we are always on the look out for new styles, cuts, techniques and textures. This can be overwhelming when navigating what methods to choose for your next hair install. But don’t worry, “weave” got you covered!

Hair by Sisi has been in the hair game for a number of years, so we are confident we can help you with everything you’ve ever wanted to know about weave hair and sew-in methods.

The nitty gritty about weave hair

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Before you get your hair sewn in, you need to know the basics. Here are a few key words to know:

The weft:

The single line or bundle of hair.

Machine weft:

The hair which is sewn onto the track is done so by a machine, much like a large sewing machine. It allows the hair to be sewn together, facing the same direction, thus creating a natural-looking row of hair extensions. This type of weft is also the most common and offers great versatility when installed correctly.


These are the visible parts when your weave and cornrows are sewn in. The weft is sewn onto the cornrow, and when visible, e.g. when the wind blows, we say, “your tracks are exposed.”


When the weft is sewn onto the cornrow.

Virgin hair:

Hair that comes from one donor, who has never cut, coloured or altered their hair’s natural state. Also, it is when the hair is collected and turned into extensions/weft with the hair cuticles facing the same direction.

Remy hair:

Although remy hair can still be considered as virgin hair, in that it comes from one donor, it is classified as remy hair because it has been chemically altered, coloured and texturized.

Now, it can become difficult to differentiate between virgin hair and remy hair, particularly considering the grading scale of the hair. But the key differentiator between the two types of hair is the life span. Virgin hair will outlast remy hair, especially if it is treated well (through washing, conditioning etc.)

Sew in methods:

There are also several sew-in methods for the corresponding styles. 

The full weave:

None of your natural hair is left visible. Usually done to protect your natural hair or to wear hair that is different to your natural hair.

The partial weave:

This is not a complete sew-in, so it usually does not make use of a closure. This will allow you to tie your hair up in a bun, but your hair must match with the extensions. 

The leave-out:

This is the small amount of your natural hair which is left out to give your installation a natural looking parting. This can only be done if your natural hair matches the texture of the hair you are using.

Having great hair every day starts from the root to the tip of your hair. In order to get the best hair experience, we recommend that you start with purchasing great quality hair. Secondly, use an experienced stylist who can install your weave or make your wig to perfection. Finally, you need to ensure that you buy the best hair care products that are specifically designed for hair extensions.

At Hair By Sisi, we offer quality services and products to ensure that you always get the value you deserve. Visit our website or follow us on social media for great hair every day!

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What your hair says about you

What your hair says about you.

Have you ever wondered what your hair says about you? If you are a believer in letting your hair do the talking, they you need to make sure you hair is saying what you want it too.

Anyone who has worn great hair will know the difference between what good hair and bad hair will do for your confidence.  Hair is so much more than just a look, it can be a reflection, reinvention or a reinforcement of who you are.

Often your hair will speak for you, even when you don’t say a thing. If you know the power of first impressions you know that you only get one shot to make a great impression. One way of making a good impression is making sure your hair give people a certain message about who and what you are.

The world is always going to see someone with long, curly, blond hair differently to someone with a straight, brown hair. And even though your hair choice is intensely personal, it is also very public. In the wonderful world of hair, we know that we are able to change our hair as often as we want and easier than any other part of our body, but what does a change in hair means to the rest of the world.

What your hair says about you when it’s straight?


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Generally speaking, people with curly hair aren’t taken as seriously as people with straight hair. This is usually because straight hair is often thought of as more conservative and curly hair is seen as more casual. Curls also get more attention, so if it’s stares that you want, then curls are the answer.

What your hair says about you when it’s short?


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A woman with short hair is generally perceived as confident, strong and has nothing to hide. However, perceptions of people with short hair versus those with longer hair vary according to gender. In general, men love long hair, because they believe it is sexy, but short hair is only perceived as being attractive on women who are slender and/or physically fit. Although both hairstyles can work in a professional environment, think of how you want to seen.

What your hair says about you when it’s long?


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Even though many of us like the idea of long, silky hair, sporting long hair in a workplace environment may have subconscious consequences.

A previously mentioned, short hair is typically seen as less sexy, but more professional. A bob or shoulder length weave or wig (regardless of texture) will look more natural and could look as if it were your natural hair. If you are working in a traditional industry where males are the dominant gender (accountant, finance, law firms, business executive, banker etc), you want to come across as confident and professional but not threatening. Women with shorter hair will look more feminine, while still being able to fit in with men’s norms in the workplace. Long hair can make you appear youthful and sexy to some people, which can work in your favour, but more often than not will not. Try the Hair by Sisi Peruvian Slick 12″ hair for a professional and easy hair type.

What your hair says about you when it’s colored?


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We all know the many stereotypes about blondes. They are usually viewed as sexy, full of energy but not necessarily rocket scientists. Brunettes, on the other hand, are viewed as mysterious but also considered sexy and seen a more serious than blondes. If you are in the entertainment industry you will definitely have fun being blonde. You will get more attention with hair that is brightly coloured, like red, however, it can say something about your confidence or lack thereof.  If you are in a more professional environment and you want a touch of colour, try highlights to soften up the darker, natural colour of your weave or wig.

What your hair says about you when it’s bright?


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Those who sport non-traditional hair colours can come across as rebellious. Women with pink or red or blue hair are considered as those wanting to call attention to themselves. If you are an artist, actresses or aspiring YouTube stars, colour hair will definitely help you set yourself apart from the rest.  Unnatural hair colours are creative and youthful, but won’t go over well in a corporate environment.

What your hair says about you when it’s blonde?


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Need a big change, get new hair. Changing your hair could almost be seen as changing your identity. Whether you decide to dye your hair or shave it off, drastically changing your hair will make people see you in a different way. Changing your hair can also signal that you have yourself changed and that you are different from who you were before. Going through a big break up? Changing your hair will proclaim your identity.

What your hair says about you when it’s completely different?


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Even though there aren’t any absolute rules about hair and no hair colour, texture or style has any inherent meaning, personal attitude is very important. It is not true that across time, across history and across nations, that everyone thinks blonde hair is sexy. Our notions of appropriate colour, type and style are always a reflection of a particular place and time. So, as long as you wear your hair the way you feel free, comfortable and confident, don’t let what people think of your hair matter more than your happiness and the way you choose to express yourself. Remember if your attitude and personality match your hair (weave, wig) you will wear your hair with confidence. Curly hair like the Hair by Sisi Cambodian Curl or the Hair by Sisi BlowOutKink Hair will always turn heads, so its attention you want, curly hair is the one.

If you want to know more about all things weaves and wigs, then check out our post in Glamour magazine.

Happy Weaving XX

How to properly wear a lace front wig

Wigs are huge these days, everyone from Rihanna to Khanyi Mbau are known to having a few wig units stashed away in their closest. Even though wigs are probably the best things since great weaves, they are very problematic when they do not look right. And just like weaves, the installation needs to be perfect. Here are a few wig installation methods to help you get clued up.

  1. Glue/Tape Method – Full Lace Wigs


This is the most common way of wearing a lace wig, but it definitely has it’s downs. The biggest problem with wearing a glue/tape down lace wig is that it can have you looking like your hairline starts just above your eyebrows. I mean, if thats your thing then do you, but the general consensus is that this ain’t cute, so beware.

You need to make sure the placement of lace is just in font of your hairline, so that your edges are not affected and your forehead hairline ratio still looks natural.

2)Blending Method – Full Lace Wigs & Half  Head Wigs

This is my second most favourite way to wear a wig. By having your natural hair out  (similar to a leave-out) you are able to blend it with the wig hair. This method ensure that you forehead does not look too big or too small. The only down sid of this method is that you have to relax or straighten your natural hair to make sure it blends well. If you are natural, try our BlowOut Sraight, Kink or Coil hair.

3) Glueless Method – Custom Wig Unit Wig

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This is by far my favourite wig wearing method. The wig itself is made to fit your head, so it is very easy to put on and slip off. At times an elastic band is attached to the wig for extract security. Because the wig is made using a closure, you do not have to worry about forehead/fivehead ratio. Simply pop on and go.  You made need to lay your edges using the Hair by Sisi Edge Slayer, but other than that you are good to go.

Tell us what methods work for you and you could win the Hair by Sisi Edge Slayer.

Happy Wigging

3 Ways To Protect Your Edges While Rocking A Great Wig

Wigs have become one of the biggest protective styles in the hair world. The are essential to wear, can be switched up as often as you want and give your natural hair a break from the pulling and tugging that can be caused by wearing a weave. However just because you take it off at night, doesn’t mean that it can’t cause damage.

Protect Your Edges While Rocking A Great Wig

The best thing about wearing a wig is that you have access to your natural hair which means you can wash, base and treat your natural hair, while still protecting it during the day. Unlike a weave, a wig does not cause huge amounts of friction on your edges, which is great, but it certainly doesn’t mean it can’t cause damage. Although there is less pulling and tugging on your edges, the constant on and off again, can cause the lace to create friction on your on edges, Friction causes the hair to dry out and can lead to breakage. So how can you rock a wig while protecting your edges? Here are a three of our essential wig rocking tips:


1) Consult Before Purchasing

A detailed consultation is key to learning and knowing how to be rock your wig unit. At Hair by Sisi we insist that every customer has a consultation with us, so we can show you and tell you what to expect while wearing your wig unit. Sit down with Sisi, the Owner and Founder of the Hair by Sisi Hair Boutique and Installation Bar for your personal consultation. Hair by Sisi specialises in high quality virgin human hair weaves and wigs, so if you are a newbie are human hair veteran, you know you are in good hand. During your detailed consultation with Sisi, we will find the hair texture that will best help achieve the style you are looking for. We have Five textures to choose from in our Silky Collection and 3 texture from our BlowOut Collection. You can also choose from our Custom made units, with either a closure, frontal or our factory made units.

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2) Hair Care is essential

Before you wear a wig, we need to make sure your natural hair is in a good nutritional state. Your natural hair will then be detangled, shampoo treated, washed and a conditioned and will be based using Roots Organic Moisturising Butter, which will ensure your natural hair receives the proper nutrients before being cornrowed. For your wig to sit as naturally as possible it is crucial that we braid your natural hair in a pattern that mimics how the unit will be worn and styled, either with a side part or middles part making sure that no stress is applied to your edges.


3) The Perfect Fit

A good fit is a key to a natural looking wig. Your wig unit is then perfectly fitted and should any adjustments or alterations be needed, they are done while you wait. Lastly, you will be shown how to store your wig at night or when you are not using it, how to wash and how to take care of your unit. Remember that we encourage every Beweaver to redo the braids underneath their wig every two weeks, to ensure your natural hair is at its best.

Happy Wigging XXX

How to keep your weave tangle free

Great hair extensions can be life changing, and if you have ever worn real virgin human hair, you will know what I am talking about. All human hair weaves, wigs and extensions are essentially dead hair, so maintenance is key to a life-changing hair experience. When it comes to hair extensions you have to put in some work if you want them to last. Often newbies may not be aware of the role maintenance plays in having a great hair experience and can end up experiencing tangling, matting and shedding. (If you are new to the weave game, read our post on our 6 Crucial Weave Tips  before reading any further.)

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When it comes to weaves, I can honestly say that I have seen and experienced it all, so when I see a Beweavers walking around with tangled hair I am always tempted to give a Beweaver some help.

Even the best and most expensive hair on the market will need great hair care. Yes, this may sound obvious, but your hair extensions can’t maintain themselves. If you don’t have a good hair care routine, your hair will TMS (tangle, matte and shed) real quick.

If you have ever struggled with TMS, and have even had to cut your weave to get rid of tangles, I’m here to tell you that the struggle is over.  There are a few simple ways to avoid TMS and keep your human hair extensions at bay.

When it comes to hair, time tells all. All hair looks relatively the same in the first few days, but with time, water and heat, good hair will always prevail. For these reasons, I’m always stressing the importance of buying virgin human hair. Because virgin hair is taken from one donor and the hair has not been coloured or processed, the cuticles are intact and facing the same direction, the hair will not TMS. But without proper maintenance even virgin human hair can behave like bad hair.

So, before we start it is important to know:

What causes your weave to tangle, matte and shed?

Once the hair is sourced, cut and turned into hair extensions, the hair will no longer receive the natural scalp oils which help keep hair healthy and shiny.  Without these oils, the hair is more prone to TMS.
Things like weather, your hair care routine and product buildup will contribute heavily to TMS. However, if your weave is a hot mess, you can bring her back to life, and have your hair looking brand new again, by following these simple tips. Note, Beweavers wearing, clip-ins or wigs will still need TLC, and may experience fewer problems but will require a difference hair care routine.
For those wearing sew-ins, micro-bonding or Brazilian knots, this is how you can prevent tangling, matting and shedding.

How to avoid your weave from tangling, matting and shedding?

  • Don’t rub your hair together when drying.
  • Don’t over moisturise your hair, product build up can cause tangles.
  • Don’t even attempt to detangle hair when it’s dry.
  • Co-wash at least or twice weekly and shampoo once a month.
  • Silk headwrap or pillow case is the way to go.
  • Don’t use alcohol-based products n your hair.

Read our blogpost on how to wash your weave if you want your weave to have a great lifespan.

 How to detangle your weave?

  • Comb your hair (using a wide tooth comb) starting from tips going up towards the track. To this will limit shedding and potentially damaging your weave. Read more about choosing the right comb for your hair type.
  • Use a moisturising conditioner to co-wash.
  • Make sure you co-wash in a downward motion using your fingers to spread the conditioner.
  • Leave the conditioner in your hair for about 10 minutes.
  • Let water run through your hair in a downward motion still, use your finger to remove tangles while the water is running.
  • Repeat process, and if you find your hair still has tangles.
  • Pat dry with a cotton towel.
  • Allow your hair to air dry (dry naturally) is the best thing you can for your weave.

If you find your hair is tangled in the morning, mix up conditioner, water and a natural oil like Argan oil and spray your hair. Remember to detangle using a wide tooth comb.

Remember, knowing how to treat your weave will add to having a great hair experience.

Happy Weaving

Taking care of your Kinky Curly Weave

How to maintain your kinky curly weave

They say, “girls with curls have more fun,” which is true to a certain extent.  But what they don’t tell you is that your kinky curly weave can be laborious to maintain, and although they are forgiving they will turn against you especially when you have the faintest idea where to start. And trust me, there is nothing fun about tangles, knots, matting or headaches.

Here are a few tips that will have your (BlowOutKink) kinky curls looking tight and right!


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I cannot stress the importance of co-washing BlowOutKink hair. It is important that you use a moisturising conditioner to co-wash you kinky curly weave.
Start by spreading the moisturising conditioner through the hair from root to tip, use your fingers. Once all the moisturising conditioner is in your hair, let it sit for about 10 minutes. Then rinse in the shower, letting the water run down your hair while using your fingers to detangle any knots and remove the conditioner. If there are any stubborn tangles,  add conditioner and repeat this process. Make sure you concentrate on the affected area.

To avoid getting the tangles, make sure you deep condition your weave once or twice a week. Use a wide tooth comb to help remove tangles. It is very important that you only use a wide tooth comb with BlowOutKink hair because other kinds of brushes will damage the hair.

Tip: Never attempt to detangle your BlowOutKink weave when it’s dry.


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The best way to dry your curls is naturally, just sit outside and let mother nature do her thing. You can wrap your damp hair in a cotton towel for about an hour, while your hair dries.   If you are short on time the next best thing would be to use a dryer, BUT make sure that the temperature is set the lowest heat because excessive heat can dry out your hair. If you are drying a wig, place it on a mannequin head to dry fully.

Tip: Don’t rub hair together while drying it, this will cause unwanted tangles, which are difficult to get out.

Styling & Moisturising

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Use Hair by Sisi Argan Oil Treatment to beat the frizz caused by bad weather.
Spray daily with a combination of water, conditioner, and argan or almond oil. Use this sparingly and avoid alcohol-based products, as they will dry it out the hair. Although natural oils are a great source of hydration, keep in mind that less is more.

Tip: Moisturise your weave more if you have dyed or highlighted the hair.

Defining  your Curls

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Use a curl defining lotion or curl activation creme and run your fingers through your weave to evenly spread out the product. If you want bigger curls, scrunch the hair together while your hair is damp.

Tip: Don’t touch your curls once you have scrunched or applied your curling product.

Useful Tips

  • The best time to detangle your hair is when its wet
  • Remember to use warm water after conditioning.
  • Always wear a silk head wrap before you go to bed .
  • Too much heat will cause irreversible damage to your hair’s curl pattern.
  • Always do research or get professional help before dying your weave.
  • Invest in a good anti-fizz product, it’s a life-saver.

Happy Weaving

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