Pros & Cons of Hand Tied Hair Extensions

If you’ve been a reader of HEM you know the good, bad, and ugly of Hand Tied Extensions and Natural Beaded Rows. Not every hair extension brand or hair extension method is meant for every hair type or skill level. You may be wondering if hand tied hair extensions are right for you. Before deciding on hand tied hair extensions here are a few pros and cons to consider:

The cost for hand tied hair extensions depends on the cost of the hair and stylist’s application fee. On average, the cost for hand tied extensions start at $1,000.


  • Hand Tied extensions are most suitable for thick, coarse hair.
  • You can use oil-based products on the scalp when wearing hand tied extensions, so there’s no need to purchase special products to maintain your look.
  • No heat or glue is required for a hand tied extension application.


  • Tension point systems, such as hand tied, can lead to hair loss called traction alopecia.
  • Hand tied extensions can be damaging for women with thin fine hair or if worn on hair that is not healthy enough to support the weight of the extensions.
  • Hand tied extensions are not suitable for women experiencing active hair loss.
  • Hand tied extensions are a difficult technique to master for even experienced stylists because it involves sewing
  • Hand tied extension application can take several hours
  • If the hair extensions are not washed regularly, bacteria can build up and cause infection.
  • Hand Tied extensions may be uncomfortable, tight, and cause headaches after an application.

Taking into account your budget and the pros and cons for a particular method is an important first step in deciding if a hair extension method is right for you. You should always have professional hair extensions applied by a licensed cosmetologist who is certified by the manufacturer in the method you choose. If you currently wear hand tied hair extensions or if you are a Stylist who offers hand tied hair extensions we would love to hear from you, be sure to leave a review on our Brands Page.

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Pros and Cons of Hand Tied Hair Extensions

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