The Pro And Cons Of Full Sew In Weave And Partial Sew In Weave

After making up your mind on what texture hair you desire and the weft style you like, the next step is to decide which weaving technique should you use to install your extensions. Full weave or partial weave? Fret not, as I will break down the major pros and cons of each weaving technique to help you decide.

Partial Sew in Weavepartial-sew-in-weave

The name of the technique has said it for itself. Partial sew in weave does not cover the whole head, but only about half of the head from ear to ear, and downwards till slightly above the ears on the sides.  When wearing a partial sew in, you adjust the “leave-out” as you want. You can have just enough hair out to cover a parting, or you could leave out everything in front of your ears if you just want to have length and fullness in the back. Most opt for this if their hair has a bit of length on it in the top, and their hairstyle could look very natural when blended with the longer hair.  A partial sew in may not be suitable for you if you have short hair, and you want your weave to look long because it may not look natural. In this case, you should choose full sew in instead.


  • You could have the most natural looking hairstyle as your scalp and hairline is visible. Nothing could substitute for your scalp and by putting on extensions that match your natural hair texture, even the most experienced eye can be fooled!
  • If you leave out enough hair, plenty of versatility are available as you can freely move the location of your part.
  • If you have left the hair out at the back, then you could wear high ponytails!


  • If you are not taking care of the hair, having your own natural hair covering the weave for extended duration may cause breakage of your leave out.
  • It is not easy to blend with certain textures of hair unless your own natural  hair already has the same texture. It is usual for ladies to flat ironing their leave out hair daily so that they could match super straight extension hair, but it is ill-advised as it may lead to heat damage and breakage.

Full sew in weavesfull-sew-in-weave

This type of weave gives you the freedom to explore a range of styles without exposing your natural hair to heat, chemicals, and other hazards. You also able to enjoy the advantage of letting your hair rest and grow under the weave! One thing to take note is that improperly installed sew-in weaves can cause some awful issues too.

When one using partial weaves, one could allow an area of natural hair left out to cover the tracks that sewn down to the rest of the hair. Most of the time, this section of hair can be large or small, is highly abused. Gels and pomades along with heat treatment are applied to make their hair “blend in” with the hair of the extensions. The wearers are misled to not wearing their scarves at night as they assumed that this small area of hair would not matter since they have the weave. Full weave with closure is the solution to all these problems. You could maintain a relatively maintenance free style without much care as there will not be “leave out” area.  As long as the textures match perfectly, you could apply heat as often as you like and you can freely color your install and not concerning yourself whether it will blend with your natural hair color or not. Isn’t it great?


  • Steps to install are simple as track placement is easy and cutting of tracks is hardly necessary.
  • Your natural hair will be underneath the weave and under protection.
  • You need not worry whether the extension hair is blending with your own natural hair or not.
  • It is much easier to take care of the hair, unlike wearing partial sew in weave that would require two different processes for the extension hair and your own natural hair


  • It may not look natural without the use of lace closure/frontal.
  • Maintenance of lace closures need some skills and can be quite a hassle for some.
  • Your style will have less versatility if you don’t use a closure as you won’t be able to part your hair where you like.
  • You could only wear low ponytails to so that the tracks will not be exposed.
  • Your stylist may have installed your full sew-in weave properly but without proper care, it could endure damage. Always listen to your stylist and carefully follow the advice on how long to leave the weave in, normally 6 to 8 weeks. Your weave may need to be resewn from time to time. Otherwise it will slowly become loose and may look ragged, and it may cause your new hair growth to become matted.