How to Make Tracks With a Needle & Thread for Hair Weaving

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How to Make Tracks With a Needle & Thread for Hair Weaving
The braidless track gives a natural flow to the extension style. (hair image by from

Tracking for weaves can be done in several ways. The weave is an excellent styling option and has many benefits. The tracking method described here is known as cording or pinch weaving in which thin tracks of hair are placed horizontally on the scalp and toughened with threads using lock stitch. In this method, there are no braids, glue or heat involved, making it a safe and effective extension method. These instructions will outline the tracking portion only.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Weaving cord
  • Scissors
  • Weaving (or carpeting) needle
  • Hair clips
  • Rat-tail comb

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    Needle and Thread Weave Tracks

  1. 1

    Pull an arm's length of weaving cord from the spool and cut with scissors.

  2. 2

    Thread the weaving or carpet needle and pull the cord through completely until the ends are even.

  3. 3

    Tie the ends and lay the threaded needle aside.

  4. 4

    Part the hair in desired track location, using a rattail comb.

  5. 5

    Secure the parted hair away from the tracking location with a clip.

  6. 6

    Select a few strands of your own hair about 1/8" thick on either side of the parted area.

  7. 7

    Clip the hair unselected hair down so that it will create a foundation on which to sew the track.

  8. 8

    Twist the strands tightly from scalp to ends.

  9. 9

    Place the twisted strands across the part, still holding the ends. If your hair does not reach to the other end of the parted section, you will need to repeat the process on the opposite side until the tracks meet to form a track of desired length.

  10. 10

    Pick up the threaded needle with your free hand and while still holding the end of the twisted strands, begin sewing by inserting the tip of the curved needle under the twisted strand at the beginning of the twist, not the end. Stop pulling when you reach the knot tied earlier.

  11. 11

    Create a lock stitch around the twisted hair by inserting the needle under the twisted strands and then under the thread when pulling through, being careful not to tangle the thread. Be sure to pull tightly after each stitch for a firm hold and a good track foundation.

  12. 12

    Continue the lock stitch until you have reached the end of the twisted strands, sewing it to the hair as close to the scalp as possible.

  13. 13

    Cut the thread about two inches away from the hair.

  14. 14

    Tie the loose threads in a tight knot. Tie several tight knots to be sure it is secure.

  15. 15

    Cut the thread carefully near the knot.

  16. 16

    Repeat the tracking process until all tracks are completed.

Tips and warnings

  • You may want to enlist the help of a friend or stylist.
  • If you insist on DIY, use a mirror to be sure you are doing the technique properly.
  • Can be used on natural, permed or relaxed hair.
  • Be sure the hair you are choosing to attach is a good colour and texture match for an undetectable hair weave.
  • Be careful not to cut your hair. Do not attempt if your hair is broken or damaged. See a professional stylist for recommendations. Care should be taken to minimise stress on the hair. This is not a substitution for proper hair extension consultation.

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