Do sew-in hairstyles damage your hair?

A big concern when considering sew in hairstyles for many is the fact that it may damage their own hair. Some of the most popular sew in hairstyles used are the full sew in, partial sew in,tracking, some hairstylists will add use glue on a few tracks usually at the front so that the hair lies flatter than if the tracks were sewn in and so would  look more natural. It really depends on how the sew in is done some techniques may bring more damage than other techniques used to attach the hair wefts

Sometimes a hairstylist will opt, in the interest of time, and making the hair appear to look more natural at the front( as it will lie flat, it will not be as bulky as a sewn in track) to sew in a few tracks.Sew in hairstyles in which glue may be used to attach a few wefts tend to damage the hair the most. Usually the hair in attached toward the front, sides of the hair.The  tracks with the hair glue are placed on the scalp. Usually over time, the tracks move from the scalp unto the hair below.  The longer the tracks are kept in the hair the more difficult it is to remove and the more likely it is that your hair will become damaged. After about two weeks I find, the tracks move out of place.It can be less than two weeks if the hair glue is weak and it is exposed to a lot of brushing,combing and other styling methods which cause the hair to be pulled.

Tips to remove glue from hair 
To remove the glue and minimise damage caused through its use, most use baby oil or conditioner between the track and the area where that the glue is attached to.   A steam cap is usually then used for about 20 minutes and then the hair is washed. Personally, I usually have to repeat this process more than once to get the glue out. If the glue is particularly difficult to remove or your a bit pressed for time you can use the hair dryer after putting on the steam cap for the 20 minutes, as it helps to loosen up the glue and makes it easier to remove.

Full(closed)  and partial(open) Sew in weaves
With a full sew in all your own hair is braided and the tracks are sewn unto it. On the other hand, a partial sew in has some of your own hair is left out while the rest is braided and the tracks sewn unto the braided portion. The main issue with this is its easy to forget to properly moisturize the hair braided underneath the tracks.It just requires a little discipline to ensure that each day the hair is moisturised so any breakage experienced is minimised after the braids are pulled out. If you do experience breakage,however, its important to deep condition the hair after the braids are removed. |If hair is weak it may require that you build up the strength with a conditioner which has some protein.


Tracking


An alternative to the partial and full sew in which takes less time to achieve a sew in hairstyle. Your own hair is parted usually from (ear to ear) and braided. The hair weave tracks are then sewn unto these braids.  It requires less tracks of hair weave than a full or partial sew in as more of your own hair is left out. To minimize damage, it is also important here to moisturize the hair the is left out and the hair that is braided underneath. I personally find this method of sewing in my hair weave is the one that causes the least damage while some find that a full sew in or a partial sew in works best for them.
With all of the methods, it is important to keep your own hair moisturized. Less dryness = less breakage. Try to avoid any tracks being  glued in as much as you can. It is quicker to glue in a track than it is to sew in but it is difficult to remove and causes more  hair damage than a sew in.