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A New Painless Weave Technique: The Braidless Sew-In

Naomi Campbell

We’ve heard of weave techniques like the sew-in, clip-in, quick weave and glue-in, but now there’s a new kid on the block … the braidless sew-in. The braidless sew-in is a new technique that stylists are beginning to pick up, described exactly how it sounds, a sew-in with no braids.

The braidless sew-in is said to eliminate bulkiness throughout the hair, leaves no lumps or bumps, and gives more flexibility with styling as far as putting your hair up into an updo style and a high, flat ponytail without any visible extensions. Because your hair is not braided down, there is more breathing room for the scalp, which allows thorough cleansing when washing your hair.

According to LaTonya Saunderson, founder and co-Owner of The Weave Shop, the ideal candidate for the braidless sew-in is someone with five inches of hair or more. The sew-in will last about six to eight weeks depending on how fast your natural hair grows, and a full head takes around four hours to do, which is pretty standard time for a sew-in.

A braidless sew-in demonstration. Photo courtesy of The Weave Shop

How does the hair stay in without a braid and without glue you ask? Saunderson gives a quick demonstration on the technique at The Weave Shop to show you how it’s done. You can click this link to watch more.

If you love getting extensions, but hate the braiding process, the braidless sew-in may be the perfect route to take. Need help with deciding which hair to purchase before you go? Click here for a detailed list of what you need to know before you purchase a weave. Remember that with every style, comes a maintenance routine. It’s important to take care of your extensions just like you would your own hair for longer lasting quality results.

What do you think about the braidless sew-in? Is this something you will consider the next time you decide to get a weave? —mckenzie harris


  1. Msmobetter on September 28, 2011 at 5:20 pm
  2. Alisha on June 27, 2013 at 4:20 am

    Wow!! The hairstyle is cool, i liked it, for those who are worrying about hair thinning no need feeling sad about it they have an excellent hazzle free solution, for permanently regrowing hair, without side-effects.

  3. Candace on May 11, 2016 at 8:33 am

    I currently have 1/2 head of braidless sew-in. I am white and have very fine and thin hair. I originally had it put in on Tues. 4 days later it came detached on the left side of my head. as well as loose along the rest of my head. It had to be retighten Monday and here it is now Wednesday and it is slipping again. I have no idea how this mess is supposed to stay in for 6-8wks.