Alternatives to Sew-In Weaves

Alternatives to Sew-In Weaves

Sew-in weaves are suitable for people with thick and coarse hair. this type of hair can be braided into a conrow to form a base on which the weave will be sewn in. people with thin and fine strands cannot enjoy this hairstyle because their hair tends to undo itself and thus the style will barely last a week.

Disadvantages of Sew-In Weaves

Like every other hairstyle, sew-in weaves have their disadvantages and limitations. These include:

  • Traction alopecia: This is thinning out of the hair which eventually leads to balding in some areas of the head. It comes as a consequence of tight braiding and sewing
  • Some styling becomes difficult because the sewn in weaves often come in wefts which then show tracks when styled in parts

To deal with some of these shortcomings or disadvantages, you can opt for the alternative to sew-in weaves which are:

Crotchet Braids

Crotchet braids have become increasingly popular. First of all, they are easy to do as there is no sewing. The crotchet method involves passing the braid under your natural hair in a conrow and tying a knot at the top. The installation of these braids is easier and the final look is rather natural. Another advantage is that you can use whichever braid you want for the style: coarse, fine, synthetic, curled, straight; you name it!

Initially, crotchet braids were only installed one way where you had to have a conrow braid first. Now, you can crotchet individual braids onto individual strands of hair, eliminating the conrow. You are also able to enjoy a variety of styles in these braids because with the ‘invisible’ part’ method of installation, others are not able to tell that it’s not your hair since the parts are clean. Additionally, having crotchet braids gives you access to your hair so you can take care of it underneath the braid.

Hair Extensions

Hair extensions are a well-known alternative to sew-in weaving. You can use micro link, tape or glued-in extensions. Sew-in weaves are extensions in themselves; only that they have a different mode of installation. Again, if you would like more freedom with styling your hair with more natural parting, it would be best to opt for micro links or individual keratin bonding which installs single strand extensions onto single strands of hair. Also, if you have thin or frail hair that cannot take conrows and sewing, you can opt for tape-in extensions which use adhesive tape on wefts of hair for installation. while it covers those with less dense hair, this alternative does not solve the styling challenge as taping in uses wefts of hair the same way sew-ins do.


You should consider these alternatives if you would like to take a break from the sew-in weave. If you are looking for a similar alternative for one reason or another, you can try these hair extensions and even crotchet braids. Each of the alternatives comes at a different cost as both the type of hair and the installation varies and thus has a different price.