When it comes to sew-ins and extensions, there are always plenty of options to consider; from the origin of the hair you choose (whether it be virgin, Remy, or packaged hair) to the texture you prefer. There are also debates on whether one should sew the extensions to their braided hair, crochet the hair in for fullness, or even glue it to a cap! Recently, new discussions and innovative thinking has caused a new debate. What kind of thread should you use to sew in your extensions and why? Here is my comparison of the the two – Weaving Addicts 101: Nylon or Cotton Thread.

Nylon or Cotton ThreadBrief History

For several years, we’ve seen weaving thread at the cash registers in our local beauty supply stores and have always reached for a couple of rolls when planning to create a new style. Weaving thread (commonly derived from a cotton material) is very strong. However, it has also received a bad reputation for causing damage to the hair because of the density of the fabrics used in its composition. Prior to now, this thread was primarily used out of habit. Very few stylists used or preferred anything else! Of course, there are always innovative thinkers who test different thread textures. However, the popularity of the other threads weren’t commonly discussed. One of the common complaints regarding weaving thread is that it swells up after being submerged in water, (which can be quite a headache because it sometimes takes longer to dry than the extensions!) Another qualm with cotton thread is that it can be a bit “bulky” and noticeable when used in a style. I’m sure we’ve all had that friend whose thread was showing and have had to assist! That’s never fun!

Nylon or Cotton Thread

You Have Options: Nylon or Cotton Thread

Now the options have grown and a new debate has risen on whether nylon or cotton thread would prove to be the better option. Nylon thread, (commonly used for sewing anything that requires strength and durability) can be found at your local craft store. It’s usually the kind of thread you’ll find if you were to closely observe or disassemble your favorite leather jacket. It’s a popular thread in the world of fabric because it has less of a tendency to tangle and knot while sewing with it and has an added “slip” that causes the seamstress (or in this case, stylist) to move quickly and efficiently. Another reason why nylon thread is becoming increasingly popular is because of its thin texture, it’s less detectable in sewn in styles.


Your Decision

Ultimately, the choice is yours. Most stylists are familiar with both kinds of thread and if it’s a big deal to them, the stylists will provide their own thread when doing your sew-in. It really boils down to a matter of practicality and resources. While there aren’t beauty supply stores in every city and state, one might find it easier to stop in to their local Arts & Crafts store to pick up some nylon thread. I generally prefer nylon thread because I’ve noticed how much longer my custom made wigs last when I use it. It’s especially helpful when sewing down a lace or silk based closure because it’s almost completely undetectable! Next time you’re in the mood to create a new style, give the nylon thread a try! As always, stay BreezynFAB!




We want to hear from you! We’re curious to know your thoughts and opinions. What do you prefer for your sew-in styles, nylon, or weaving thread?