We get daily inquiries on the differences between Tape-in hair extensions and Hand-tied Weft extensions and which one is “better”. We firmly believe that both methods are today’s leading semi-permanent methods, and neither method is necessarily better than the other. With this being said, there are different lifestyles, hair types, budgets, and preferences that may be better suited for one person over the other. As one of our most frequently asked questions, we thought we’d share the features of each so that you can make the most informative decision with your purchase. Now. togeter, let’s find out: which one is better between hand-tied weft vs tape ins!

What Are Hand-tied Weft Hair Extensions and Tape-in Hair Extensions?

Hand-tied Hair Extensions

AZ's Hand-tied Weft Extensions

 Hand-tied refers to the formation of the extension itself. Hand-tied extensions are just what they describe: strands of hair tied together by hand, forming a weft. Hand-tied extensions have a weft that is typically 11”-12” wide. The hair is knotted by hand along with 2-3 threads to create a weft.

Tape-in Hair Extensions

AZ's Tape-in Hair Extensions

 Tape-in extensions are the most popular hair extension trend on the market. Tape-in hair extensions are thin tape wefts, 4cm wide weft of hair secured at the top with a sticky tab, that get “taped-in” in between your own hair in “sandwich” like bonds.  It is the most requested hair extension method in salons worldwide.

What Is The Installation Time Like For Both Methods?

Are Hand-Tied Weft Extensions Better Than Tape-Ins Hair Extensions?
Hand-tied Weft Hair Extensions - Installation

 Installation and reinstallation for hand-tied wefts generally take longer than tape-in hair extensions. Expect your appointment times for hand-tied extensions to be around 2- 3 hours (not including a color service if you are adding this on).

Tape-in Hair Extensions - Installation

 Installation and reinstallation for tape-in extensions generally take around 1-2 hours (not including a color service if you are adding this on). Generally speaking, hand-tied extensions take double the time to install than tape-in hair extensions.

 Please note the installation time will change depending on how many tape-in packages you are having installed or the number of rows/wefts you are having installed. The more hair you are having installed the longer your appointment time will be.

How Often Will I Need To Reinstallation?

Are Hand-Tied Weft Extensions Better Than Tape-Ins Hair Extensions?
Tape-in Hair Extensions
Hand-tied Weft Hair Extensions: Everything You Should Know
Hand-tied Weft Hair Extensions
  • For tape-in extensions, clients with fine or thin hair will need maintenance every 6 to 8 weeks. Clients with thick or dense hair will need maintenance every 8 to 10 weeks.
  • For hand-tied extensions, clients with fine or thin hair will need maintenance every 8 to 10 weeks. Clients with thick or dense hair will need maintenance every 10 to 12 weeks.

 Typically, clients can go longer between reapplication appointments with hand-tied wefts. The reason being is because they won’t start to “twist” like tape-in extensions can when your natural hair becomes grown out. Also, they are easier to conceal so they won’t be as visible even when they become grown out.

Which Option is Best For Fine/Thin Hair and Thick Hair?

For Fine or Thin Hair

 Both tape-ins and hand-tied wefts extensions are great options for ladies with fine or thin hair. However, hand-tied wefts tend to be easier to conceal as they lie flat to your head which is why lots of our customers with fine hair really love them.

 With fine hair, once tape-in extensions grow out they tend to become more noticeable. Hand-tied wefts, even when grown out have the ability to conceal much easier.

For Thick Hair

 Both tape-in and hand-tied extensions will work for ladies with thick hair. Ladies with thick hair have the ability to conceal extensions far easier than ladies with finer hair. However, the deciding factor for ladies with thick hair will come down to cost, appointment time, and preference.

Which Method is Safer?

 Both tape-in hair extensions and hand-tied hair extensions are considered damage free when applied. However, there are considerations to make when choosing which method is right for you and your hair type.

Hair Breakage Status

 If you are experiencing breakage in your hair it is absolutely essential to visit a salon to determine if hair extensions are a good fit for you. Very likely your stylist will recommend hand-tied extensions if you have minor breakage. Hand-tied wefts are very thin wefts sewn by hand and allow for a lightweight option for your hair.

b. Sensitive Scalp

 There is no heat, no glue, no melting, and no tape involved. Although our tape-in hair extensions are hypoallergenic, those with very sensitive scalps can still experience sensitivity from the adhesive. Hand-tied extensions have no glue and therefore may be a better option for you if you have a very sensitive scalp. However, with hand-tied weft extensions, the returned hair may cause scalp irritation. So the best way to determine which method is right for you is to visit a hair salon so that can assess your hair. Many stylists offer free hair extension consultations.

Which Method Allows For More Hairstyles?

 Hand-tied wefts undoubtedly allow for easier concealment when you are wearing your hair in high ponytails and top knots. Most clients will be unable to do these hairstyles with tape-in extensions unless their hair is already at a relatively long length (below the shoulders).

 Tape-in extensions can be placed to allow for certain styles if your natural hair is at a good length, to begin with, and this should be discussed with your stylist at your consultation. However, hand-tied extensions are the clear winner in this category.

Which Method Will Give Me A Fuller Look?

 Hand-tied extensions can allow for a fuller because you can stack quite a lot of wefts on top of one another due to their thinness. You are not limited to the amount of hair you can put in your head like you are with tape-in hair extensions. Tape-ins do not allow you to stack on top of one another as wefts do, therefore you can be limited to how many tape-ins you can fit in your head.

Hand-tied Weft Hair Extensions - Before & After

 Tape-in extensions still give a full look. However, if you are looking for more fullness then you may want to consider hand-tied wefts as a more comfortable option for this amount of hair.

So, Which Method Is Right For Me?

 Hand-tied Weft extensions and Tape-in hair extensions are two of the most popular hair extensions on the current market. The hand-tied and tape-in hair application techniques are easy to install and remove. They also do not require a lot of maintenance, which is why many people love them. The type of extension you choose will ultimately depend on your preference, style, and even fashion trends. Hopefully, this article will help you make the right decision.

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