Switching up your hairstyle can be as simple as putting on a wig, or as intricate as creating a beautiful braid-down foundation for a sew-in that can last up to eight weeks. With proper care, maintenance, and the help of a seasoned stylist, sew-ins can be an excellent protective style and give you the hair of your dreams. These days the technology and hair options make it easy to leave the salon with a sew-in that looks like it sprouted from your scalp. From the leave-out technique to the lace front sew-in, there are many options that fit nearly every lifestyle. And if you want hair that mimics your natural texture, there are lines created by Black women that center coily hair textures.
Below, we rounded up a variety of sew-in options, from asymmetrical bobs to cascading curls. We hope these 21 looks serve as inspiration for your next visit to the salon. Keep scrolling to see a few of our top sew-in picks.
If you're looking for an opportunity to experiment with color, ask your stylist for a custom color to go alongside your cut and style. To get the loose curls seen here, use a medium or large curling wand—and don't forget to use a heat protectant, because human hair extensions can get split ends, too.
Side Parted Bob
One major perk of a sew-in is that you can experiment with length even if your hair is longer than the style you're interested in trying. To prevent heat styling your hair daily, wrap your hair each night and secure it with a Grace Eleyae All Silk Turban ($77), so you don't end up with your bonnet on the floor the next morning.
This voluminous curl style on Jordyn Woods is a showstopper. If you have long hair but want to add volume while leaving out some of your own hair, ask your stylist about a partial sew-in.
Neal Farinah is a haircare giant. His recommendation isn't to purchase the most expensive bundles. Instead, he says it's all about the foundation, aka the braid down. If you find your scalp itchy post-braid down, products like Canviiy's Scalp Bliss Organic Serum ($20) and Luxe Therapy's Scalp Soother ($10) can help take the itch out.
Ella Mai's silky, shoulder-length style sew-in is a seamless everyday look that is easy to recreate with a curling wand or even a small flat iron.
Ginger Bob With Side-Parted Fringe
A ginger bob with a side-parted fringe? Yes, and yes.
Full Body Back Length
There are two things this beautiful style encompasses: a blow-out hair texture and an installation that allows for hair to be pulled up. For hair extensions that mimic the texture of your natural hair, try brands like Heat Free Hair, Big Chop Hair, and Hair for the Girls.
Like your natural hair, washing a sew-in at least once every two weeks is essential to the health of your scalp and hair. If you work out or have an active lifestyle, washing your hair once a week is best to prevent buildup.
Curly Wand Curls
Curls on curls on curls. We love to see it.
Straight and Waist Length
A silk pressed sew-in can get you Kehlani's sleek do. To keep flyaways at a minimum without making the hair too oily, try using a dryer sheet.
Wavy and Blonde
OK. Let's talk about this glorious blonde hair. It is fire. That's it, that's the caption. Getting this color will likely require a customized color, but we say go for it.
A Fringe Bob
Trying on short hair doesn't have to permanent. A sew-in can be a great way to test a style before taking the plunge.
Long and Curly
Opting for a sew-in doesn't mean you can't still rock your natural hair texture. If you want to try on length or give your own hair a break, finding hair extensions close to your own hair texture is a fun, low-maintenance solution.
The style isn't a sew-in but instead a quick weave. However, this is another style that can be duplicated with a sew-in with a little leave out.
Side Part With Deep Waves
Side parts and bountiful waves are a fan favorite, and we see why. Claire Sulmers's deep-hued hair perfectly frames her beautiful face.
To rock a luscious blowout and gorgeous curls, you can purchase hair that can do both, so you get the best of both worlds.
Hair extensions can get split ends if they're constantly heat-styled or not cared for properly. Like your natural hair, be sure to deep condition and heat protect your extensions.
With a hair choice that mimics a natural hair blowout, braid the hair down the night before and unbraid the next morning or a couple of days later to get this beautiful hair texture.
There really isn't much to say about this style other than: wow. Just wow.
Ready to give your natural hair a break with a protective style, but still want to rock your natural curls? Find a hair option close to your curl pattern and go for it.
A sew-in doesn't only mean straight hair. Here, Andrea Lynette shows us just that.
If you plan to style your hair up, talk with your stylist before installation to ensure they give you a braid down that makes variety easy.
Ryan Destiny knows how to switch things up. Replicating her asymmetrical bob is possible with a sew-in, no matter your hair length.