Benefits of Invisible bead vs. beaded sew-in hair extensions

Benefits of Invisible bead vs. beaded sew-in hair extensions


When it comes to hair extensions, there are numerous methods available, each with its own unique set of benefits and drawbacks. In this blog post, we will delve into the world of invisible bead hair extensions and sew-in hair extensions, comparing their features, durability, and overall effectiveness. Whether you're looking for a long-lasting solution or a versatile option, we've got you covered.

Section 1: Understanding Invisible Bead Hair Extensions

Invisible bead hair extensions have gained popularity in recent years due to their seamless blending and natural appearance. These extensions are applied using small beads, which are carefully attached to individual strands of your natural hair. The beads are then secured, creating a foundation for the extensions to be attached. The lightweight nature of invisible bead extensions ensures that they do not weigh down your hair, offering a comfortable and breathable experience.

The IBE (invisible bead technique), is an application method where two rows of wefted extensions are sandwiched around a matrix of beads, and the hair extensions are sewn around them. This allows you to wear your hair up without seeing the beads.  

Although this method of application works for many, it is rare that beads are seen in any type of sew-in method since we sew them in strategic areas where your own hair will cover the beads.

With the traditional beaded sew-in technique, the hair track is sewn around the beaded matrix and can be visible when the hair extensions are lifted.  

The only issue I take with the IBE technique is when we are working with Volume Wefts. Volume wefts work especially well on those with thick hair since they are constructed with three wefts on one track. Using the Invisible bead sew-in technique where two tracks of volume wefts are sewn around beads is too heavy on natural hair. Therefore, it is best to use this technique with fine wefts of hair such as hand-tied wefts, or Genius wefts (thin wefts that can be cut into smaller sections). Hand-tied wefts will unravel when cut, therefore measuring is paramount when applying. 

The IBE technique works best on fine hair, especially if the wind blows and you want to avoid the beads being visible. Most with average to thick hair do not necessarily need to invest in this technique. Fine hair clients that only wear one weft of hair do not need to sewn-in two wefts leaving the technique useless.

IBE sew-ins take an expert hand to ensure that both the top and bottom rows of hair extensions are impeccably sewn together around the beaded matrix. You may be charged extra for this technique since it takes a bit longer to apply.

Invisible beaded row hair extensions

The Veila Pull-Thru hair extensions method also offer an invisible attachment area since the beaded matrix is sandwiched in between the hair extensions.

You may achieve similar results with other types of hair extensions especially if your own hair is left out around the hair extensions. My advice is to use this IBE technique if most of your hair has hair extensions applied to it.  

It is important to do your research, seek professional advice when looking for hair extensions; and understand techniques that are available to you.

Section 2: Exploring Sew-In Hair Extensions

Sew-in hair extensions, on the other hand, have been a tried-and-true method for years. These extensions are applied by braiding your natural hair tightly and then sewing the wefts of hair extensions onto the braids. This technique offers a secure and long-lasting solution, particularly for those with thick or heavy hair. Sew-in extensions provide ample volume and length, making them a popular choice among individuals seeking dramatic transformations. The braided sew-in works best on coarse textures (hair weave) since the braids can be heavy or unraveled on silkier types of hair textures

Section 3: Comparing Durability and Maintenance

When it comes to durability, sew-in hair extensions often have the upper hand. The tight braiding and secure stitching ensure that the extensions stay in place for an extended period. This makes sew-in extensions an excellent choice for individuals who lead active lifestyles or are looking for a long-term solution. However, invisible bead hair extensions, and traditional beaded sew-in hair extensions. offer greater flexibility in terms of maintenance. They can be easily adjusted, removed, or repositioned without causing damage to your natural hair.

Section 4: The Rise of Beaded Sew-In Hair Extensions

In recent years, a hybrid technique called beaded sew-in hair extensions has emerged, combining the best of both worlds. This method involves using small beads to secure the wefts of hair extensions onto the braids. Beaded sew-in extensions offer the durability of sew-in extensions and the flexibility of invisible bead extensions. This technique allows for easy adjustment and ensures a comfortable fit without compromising on longevity.


When considering which technique of beaded sew-in hair extensions will work best for you, seek professional advice, ask for a free consultation, and be sure to view the technique before forging ahead. We offer same-day service since we stock all types of hair extensions to suit your individual hair needs and lifestyle!

In the battle between invisible bead hair extensions and sew-in hair extensions, both methods have their merits. Invisible bead extensions offer a seamless and lightweight solution, while sew-in extensions provide durability and long-lasting results. For those seeking a versatile option, beaded sew-in extensions may be the perfect compromise. Ultimately, the choice depends on your preferences, hair type, and desired outcome. Whether you opt for invisible bead, sew-in, or beaded sew-in extensions, one thing is certain – you'll be able to achieve the luscious locks you've always dreamed of.

Hair Loss background

With Alopecia Areata, fungal infections, other autoimmune diseases, thinning hair by Trichotillomania which removes hair follicles by physical means. At Noelle Salon, we cover the various approaches to hair solutions to treat hair loss, female pattern baldness, balding spots, and other conditions to which you lose hair. At Noelle Salon, we focus on hair growth techniques. Hair systems and hair extension maintenance is part of the journey while wearing them. For Trichotillomania, as our hair grows they both will loosen, and service is required. The difference between a hair system and hair extensions for Trichotillomania clients varies based on the location of hair loss. 


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