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Versatile Sew-ins | The Perfect Summer Sew-in Hairstyles

by Gloria Kelley

Versatile Sew-ins | The Perfect Summer Sew-in Hairstyles

The versatile sew-in is a hair weaving method that provides the most versatile hair weave compared to other methods such as the traditional full or partial sew-in. With a versatile sewin the wearer can simply wear their hair down, or arrange their hair into an updo, ponytail, bun, half-up-half-down style, along with a variety of different partings such as side parts, middle parts, or bangs. You name it I can arrange it, thanks to the versatile sewin weaving technique!

 In essence, versatile sewin means flexibility with your hair-weave, provided that enough of your natural hair is left out around the perimeter of your hairline and crown area to achieve a certain look with the most versatility.  The difference between a regular sew-in and a versatile sew-in is simply the distinction between the added versatility, and the different ways of installing to enable the versatility of the sew-in.

Traditional sew-in vs. Versatile sew-in

Traditional Sew-in vs. Versatile Sew-in (from left to right).

Keep in mind, to achieve the versatile sewin, your natural hair will be left out (unbraided) around the perimeter of your hair. The amount of your natural hair that is left out will be determined and based on the thickness, density, and coverage you’ll need to cover the wefts of the extension hair. Checkout two of the many different techniques that I use to create a flawless versatile sew-in!

Versatile sew-in braiding pattern to enable half-up-half-down wearability. 

Versatile sew-in braiding pattern for client who wants more thickness in the back of her hair, a fuller ponytail, and overall versatility.

Expect to pay $300 on average for a professional versatile sewin, this does not include the cost of the weft hair, or bundles used to create the look. The cost of a versatile sew-in can vary between $250-$450 depending on the hairstylist’s location, experience and their personal technique that contributes to the longevity of the sew-in, as well as the preservation of your natural hair health underneath the weave. It is recommended that you research and then book a consultation with a versatile sew-in specialist who can help you create the look you'd like to achieve.

Client wearing versatile sew-in with 20" Kelley Tresses weft hair. Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

What to look for when looking for a versatile sew-in specialist? Consistency! Consistency with technique, the overall appearance of the versatile sew-in and most importantly the care taken for the preservation of your natural hair.The versatile sew-in is great for those who like to wear their hair up while exercising, and for those who have a special event coming up and they’d like the flexibility of styling their hair differently from their everyday hair-do. The versatile is also great for the soon to be bride, considering a wedding updo, ceremony down do, and effortless yet natural look for the honeymoon (check out bridal hair inspiration, and clients of mine who opted for a versatile sewin for their big day here).


 Now that you know the pros of the versatile sew-in, let's go over some of the cons. Not to worry, there aren’t very many cons with the versatile sewin. The only con is that this style is considered "partially-protective." Meaning that although it is considered a protective style only half of your natural hair is fully protected or put completely away, with the ability to partially-eliminate the use of heat styling, chemical processing etc.) the other half of your hair such as your edges, hairline, nape, and crown of your hair will be left out. Therefore you’ll have more “leaveout” than a traditional or full sewin.

Also it is best to make sure that your natural hair is in its healthiest condition when considering a versatile sew-in. If your hair is not in its healthiest condition there are other methods to get a similar look to the versatile sew-in, such as a closure sew-in (with or without versatility).

 Versatile sew-ins may require more maintenance for people with naturally curly hair if they are unable to find a texture that matches exactly to their natural hair texture. If you need help with findng a texture that best suits you, your lifestyle and blends effortlessly with your natural texture, book a consultation to match your hair for seamless blending so that you can experience all of the benefits of wearing a versatile sew-in. Check out my client below who's wearing a versatile sewin, with curly weft hair which perfectly blends with her natural hair!

If you're looking to get a versatile sew-in within the South Florida area, look no further. Visit the salon today which is conveniently located near Fort Lauderdale, Florida and less than a 60 minute drive from Miami, West Palm Beach, and Boca Raton Florida. Feel free to book a consultation to get more information on how to elevate your look and achieve your hair goals. 



Gloria Kelley
Gloria Kelley


Gloria Kelley is a professional hairstylist who specializes in healthy-haircare, hair weaving, and wig-making.

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Alice Bloxton
Alice Bloxton

March 11, 2024

I Loving what I’m seeing and reading can’t wait to try this …

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