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Why Our Wefts have a Mustache

Mustaches belong on faces, not hair, right? Well, ours needs the mustache to function properly. 


The mustache, also known as return hair, is the part of the hand-tied weft, where hair sticks out of the tracks and runs downward against the extension's hair.


Some people have said they want it longer, while others have said they'd prefer it to be gone altogether. Keep reading to find out why the mustaches on our hair are the way they are. 


The image below shows the return hair as it appears on our wefts.


The return hair on machine wefts can be longer than that of hand-tied wefts because the hair has been stripped of it's cuticles as it's run through an acid wash. Without this process, the long cuticles on a machine weft would mat up as the cuticles interlock. 


You may be used to working with machine sewn wefts that have a long wispy return or mustache. Most machine-made wefts are made with non-cuticle hair that has been acid washed to remove the top layers of the cuticles. Otherwise the cuticles on the roots of the mustache would interlock with the rest of the hair and cause severe matting.  


Since our hair has it's cuticles intact, the return hair has to remain short to prevent this issue.


So why can't we do away with the mustache altogether? 


Getting rid of the mustache altogether could cause unraveling and shedding. It would be like sewing thread through a piece of fabric and cutting off the excess thread after pulling the needle through. Sure, it might stay there if you don't move it at all, but it also might come undone. Just like you would tie a knot when sewing, we have a bit of return hair to keep the hand-tied weft from coming undone. 


Watch the video below to see how we tie and trim the mustache.


Want to see how we tie our wefts and trim the mustache? Watch the video below to see the process.