How to Reuse and Keep Good Quality Hair Sew In

When someone mentions sew in hair extension, the first thing that comes to mind is flexibility and longevity. Sew-in hair is becoming increasingly popular for women to enhance their beauty while protecting their long natural hair.

If you love your sew-in (weave) hair extensions, you will want to wear them multiple times, so you are wondering if they can be reused.

Almost all sew-in hair extensions can be reused; however, it depends on how well you maintain and care for the extensions and the quality of your bought extensions. It is also largely dependent on how you remove your extensions after they have been used, as this process can be harmful.

Sew-in hair, also known as weave hair extensions, is a method of applying hair extensions that involve braiding natural hair into cornrows and then sewing the wefts or tracks of hair onto the cornrows. Women who sew in their hair want length and volume.

Human hair is used to make sew-in extensions. This means they are of high quality but extremely delicate. A professional stylist will create cornrows along the scalp before firmly sewing the tracks onto the braids to attach the hair extension without damaging it.

Your budget and needs determine the type of hair extensions used for installation. Sew in hair extensions provide four different hair grades ranging from Good to Best.

The benefit of these hair sew-in extensions is that they are the most permanent type of hair extension. Unlike clip-in and tape-in hair extensions, these are sewn into your hair and do not fall out easily. They are permanent and long-lasting, which is why they are so popular. Hair sew-ins have a more natural look than other types of hair extensions.

How long can a sew-in stay in your hair?

Sew-in hair extensions are made out of natural human hair to last long without getting damaged. A healthy sew in cycle lasts 6-8 weeks before being removed and reinstalled. We all want to have beautiful hair all of the time, so make sure to remove your sew-in within eight weeks of installation. The beauty of sew-ins is that they allow you to change your look as often as possible while still using the same extensions.

If you leave it in for longer than that, it may cause matting, tangling, and dreading (which can lead to hair loss).

How to reuse high-quality sew-in hair

The best way to reuse (weave)  hair extensions is to condition them first to restore the nutrients and softness lost over time. Use a sulfate-free shampoo that will not strip moisture from your hair. Allow your extensions to air dry after cleaning and give them a good trim to get rid of any split ends.

Here are a few tips that can help you reuse and keep good quality hair sew in

  • Moisturize the braid's exposed parts as well as the scalp around it. Because your hair is tied in a cornrow due to these sew-in hair extensions, that area of the scalp can become excessively dry and damaged. Take special care of that area by moisturizing and deep-conditioning it at least once a week.
  • Hot styling tools should only be used when necessary. Hot styling tools can harm both your natural hair and your hair extensions. Sew-in hair extensions are typically made of natural human hair because they are worn on your head for an extended period.  Hot styling tools can cause your hair to lose its moisture and damage it, resulting in uncontrollable frizz. Instead, style your hair with gentle styling creams and gels. They are far better than heat.


This is your lucky day if you have used tracks that have not been chemically colored. Because you are extensions are already used, the chemical damage will be trivial. After your extensions have air-dried, feel free to experiment with color and mix it up a little. Go for blond or red hair, or even sparkly colors such as blue, red, or pink. Bleach your  (weave)  extension first to achieve the desired color.

Hair Accessories Made from Sew-In Hair

Did you know that you can make several tools out of hair? Hair can be used to make hair bows, hairbrushes, and much more. The options are endless.

Make a hair bow out of the old tracks and hot glue it to a hair clip. You can easily use the bow to dress up a ponytail or a bun.


Allow someone else to recycle your extensions if all else fails and you see no other use for your sew in hair extension. Charitable organizations are willing to accept 100% human hair donations. Search for resources on how to donate hair and lend a helping hand to someone else who would benefit from it.


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