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How to Bleach or Dye Virgin Hair in 8 Simple Steps

How to bleach or dye your virgin hair the correct way.

How to bleach or dye your virgin hair the correct way.

I’m pretty sure I am not the only one that watches thousands YouTube videos and suddenly feel like a pro. And when you finally do test out your skills, it’s an EPIC fail!!!  When Bleach or Dye Virgin Hair , I’m here to give you a fool proof guide on how to correctly and properly bleach or dye your virgin hair extensions. Using this method is a sure way to lift your virgin hair for either toning that beautiful beach blonde bomb shell color or  to use for the base for more vivid colors like your reds, blues, pinks and purples. Rainbow, Galaxy, Unicorn and Super Shero hair colors are so in right now. So you must know how vital it is that you know exactly what to do to get the perfect foundation to achieve these color looks.
Bleach or Dye Virgin Hair :
What you will need
  • Clairol BW 2 Bleaching Powder
  • Clairol Pure White 30 and 40 Developer
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Applicator Brush
  • Applicator Bottle
  • Foil
  • Gloves
  • Shimmering Shampoo
  • Neutralizing Shampoo
  • Desired Hair Color Rinse / Hair Color Dye
hair extensions dye bleaching , Bleach or Dye Virgin Hair

 Bleach or Dye Virgin Hair  :

Step 1
Lightly spray hair with clean water. This helps open up the cuticle to speed up the process.
Step 2
Add 2 scoops of bleach powder and 20V or 30V crème developer together (50:50 ratio) and mix them together completely. You want the mixture to be like pancake batter. Not too thick and not too thin.
*For higher lift and a faster process, you may use 40V developer. However, please watch carefully as it may cause more damage to the hair cuticles.

How to bleach or dye your virgin hair the correct way.

Step 3
Make sure to unrivaled the hair and starch out the weft to ensure even distribution. Lay the hair flat on a large sheet of foil to avoid a mess to clean up later. Using an application brush, apply the mix on to your virgin hair extensions. Start from the ends and work your way up to the roots. Remember whenever you start will be the lightest. Make sure that the mix is well and evenly saturated. Flip hair over and repeat with applying the mixture.
Step 4
Once the hair is completely saturated on both sides, work the mixture in with your hands.
Step 5
Wrap the applied area well with foil and time it for 15-20 minutes.
*Make sure to use the hairdressing foil.
*Be sure to check the hair every 5 minutes to see how much the hair is lifting, as the time of processing may vary depending on the products and hair you use.
Step 6
First Shampoo the hair extensions with a shimmering lights shampoo thoroughly in lukewarm or cool water making sure all the chemical residue is washed out. Then repeat with the neutralizing shampoo.
*Do not use a hydrating shampoo or conditioner during this wash because these products will close the hair cuticles and make it difficult for the hair to absorb the dye color.
Step 7
Apply the hair color dying products to the bleached area. Let the hair dye color process for 30-45 minutes.
Step 8
Apply a deep conditioning treatment for at least 15-30 minutes and rinse well.
*During this step while the conditioner is still on,  I like to put the hair in a shower cap or plastic bag and place in my hooded hair dryer for about 10-15 minutes. This helps to seal in moisture and ensure my hair is super soft and silky. 
*Once rinse out thoroughly, if the hair is wavy or curly slightly scrunch the hair to keep the curl pattern. And then, lay the hair on the towel to air dry completely. Do not hang the wet hair to dry because that can stretch out the curl pattern.
If you are a beginner these 8 simple steps should help you to achieve the color you are look for. It is also a great way to get beautiful blonde hair as well if you want to skip the coloring all together.


Never Buy Co-Wash Again, Make it Yourself-DIY

Never Buy Co-Wash Again, Make it Yourself-DIY

Never Buy Co-Wash Again, Make it Yourself-DIY

Raise your hand if you are a product junkie? Don’t be shy! We’re NOT here to judge you. If you are anything like me, then you can’t wait to get your hands on the next best product to test out. It’s almost like a “high”. 
The bottle is all brand new and squeaky clean. And they know just what to do with the packaging that just keeps calling out to you.. buy me.. buuuuy me! It’s so hard to resist.
This year I promised myself that I would resist the urge and learn to make some of my favorite products at home. You know? Like a DIY type of thing.  Today I will be showing you one of my favorite DIY products that will help you fight the good fight and starch off one thing at time on that product list of must haves (that your really don’t need in the first place) when your visit the store.
Today I’ll be showing you how to make (drum roll please) DIY co-wash. For me a good co-wash is a must have. Like seriously, I must have this product in my hair care routine in order to keep my hair shiny and healthy. About 3 or 4 years ago I all together stop shampooing my hair and instead starting co-washing. Don’t get me wrong I still shampoo my hair maybe once a month, if that. I can’t tell you how big of a difference this has made in my hair. My hair is no longer dry, weak or brittle. I cannot imagine not using some kind of co-wash.

 Co-Wash Again, Make it Yourself-DIY

Now, the problem for me is that I have a ton of thick hair and I use a lot of product. And if you know like I know co-wash conditioner is not very cheap at the store. At least not the ones I like to use. So one day I decided to whip up a match of my very own and see how my hair reacts to it. And I must say my hair loved it just as much as the store bought brands.
What you will need
  1. Pure Natural soap (pH10) 50ml
  2. Natural conditioner (pH) 200ml
  3. Rose Mary Essential Oil 12 drops
  4. Peppermint Essential Oil 12 drops
First make sure you have a clean container or bottle with a lid to put your co-wash. Next, mix conditioner and soap together. Follow by adding each of the essential oils. Make sure everything is blended well. Your co-wash is now ready for use.
                                                                                                                                                                                         
I cannot tell how much I love this co-wash. It helps with stimulating my scalp, which helps to promote hair growth. It also cleanses and conditions. Try it out for yourself and please leave a comment to let me know how it turned out for you.

 


How to Have Great Hair and Still Hit the Gym and Pool

How to Have Great Hair and Still Hit the Gym and Pool

How to Have Great Hair and Still Hit the Gym and Pool

Here’s the deal, I can’t speak for everybody, but I’m trying to get summer time fine! We’re already in the late part of March and we only have a few more months to go. I wanna be beach ready and to do that it requires going to the gym and working out. Now the problem with that is, I’m sweating out my hair and my hair extensions. If you are like me and having the same problem, keep reading.
If you are anything like me, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. On some days I have a whole conversation in my head about going to the gym or sacrificing my good health for my hair style. I know.. I know.. lol it may sound silly, but this is an on-going problem. I want to stay healthy but I want my hair to look and stay healthy as well. Is that too much to ask for?!
hair extensions and the gym or pool , How to Have Great Hair

 How to Have Great Hair

I have been pretty active for most of my life and I have recently started swimming as part of my workout regimen. While I love this exercise plan and the results I’m getting, I’m hating what the chlorine is doing to my hair. Who knew chlorine could be so freaking drying? It leaves my hair so dry and brittle, I hate it. I know what you’re thinking, why don’t you use a swimming cap? Believe me, I’ve done that and my hair still finds a way to get wet.
While I normally wash my hair once a week, I am finding that my tresses need a completely different cleansing schedule, and different products, too.
Now here comes the good news. Instead of washing your hair every time you have a sweaty head from the gym or decide to take a dip in the pool just use a co-wash. I am not sure who invented this stuff, but it has been like a God send for me. I love it! It helps to cleanse my hair but somehow keep it moisturized all in the same token.  
hair extensions and the gym or pool , How to Have Great Hair
 
 
 
I normally like to pair my Co-washing products with my regular conditioners and moisturizing products to keep my hair healthy, shiny and luscious. What I love most about this hair cleansing regimen is that I can also use it on my all of my virgin hair extensions. It works wonders on my
Malaysian curly hair extensions and on my Brazilian straight hair extensions as well. The cleansing is so gentle it’s beneficial to all hair types. So, if you are having the same problem, skip the shampooing and do a co-wash instead. Just shampoo once a week or once every couple of weeks.
How to Have Great Hair
 

Secrets to Natural Hair Care When Wearing Extensions

Secrets to Natural Hair Care When Wearing Extensions

How to properly take care of your natural hair underneath your sew-in hair extensions

Are you new to wearing hair extensions? Don’t have a clue as to how to take care of your natural hair underneath it all? I’ve put together a simple guideline Secrets to Natural Hair Care to help you protect your hair and keep it healthy while wearing your favorite Mink Indian Hair, Brazilian Hair or Malaysian Hair extensions.
Secrets to Natural Hair Care
First thing first. A few must haves when wearing hair extensions is a good spray bottle, an applicator bottle with a narrow nozzle (this will help to control the amount of oil you are using), a moisturizing oil and / or leave in conditioner.
 
Spray Bottle for hair extensions , Secrets to Natural Hair Care

 
 
 
After having your weave installed you want to make sure to moisturize your scalp every 2-3 days. If you have extremely dry hair then you may want to moisturize your hair daily.

Secrets to Natural Hair Care: Moisturizing Your Hair

Step 1
Fill a spray bottle with your favorite liquid moisturizer. I normally use a leave in conditioner mixed with water or a conditioning braid spray. Lift up each track and spray the mixture directly on to the braids.
Step 2
Next, using an applicator bottle apply an oil on to the braids and the scalp. This will help to seal the moisturizer into the hair. Repeat this process for each layer of tracks until you have covered your entire head.  Be sure to get the oil on your hair and scalp and not the weave. Nobody wants greasy hair
Side Tip:
I suggest do this in the morning instead of at night to avoid product and oil from getting on your pillow cases/sheets. As well as to prevent the products from getting on to the hair extensions which may cause matts/tangles and cause the extensions to become weighed down or over saturated with product buildup. However, if you prefer to do this at night style as usual and cover with a silk or satin scarf or bonnet for bed.

Cleansing and Washing Your Hair

Cleansing your hair and scalp is vital for maintaining optimal hair health.
Be sure to Wash Your Real Hair Underneath your sew-in AND make sure to wash the Weave.
Step 1
Start by combing through the hair with a wide tooth comb or paddle brush. Be sure to remove all tangles. If you are wearing a curly weave, I recommend using your fingers to detangle. Always start from the ends and work your way up to the roots.
Step 2
Fill a spray bottle up with diluted shampoo and water. Begin by spraying your scalp in between each track. This will ensure you are getting as close as possible to the scalp for cleansing. Massage/ lightly scrub the scalp to lift any dirt, soil or product build up. Wash the hair extensions very gently to avoid mats and tangles. Rinse the shampoo out of the hair like normal using warm water. Make sure to rinse the scalp thoroughly to remove all of the shampoo from the scalp and hair.
Step 3
Repeat step 2 but instead use your favorite conditioner. Allow the conditioner to sit for a while.  At least 5-10 minutes. I prefer to use a conditioner that is designed for dry hair just to give my tresses a little extra love. Rinse the conditioner out with cool water as per usual.
Step 4
Moisturized your natural hair underneath as describe earlier and allow your hair and the weave to air dry.
Please note that this process should be done weekly! Wearing hair extensions can be very taxing on your hair if you are not properly taking care of your hair. Although, your Mink Brazilian hair extensions may look gorgeous while you are wearing them, you should also want your natural hair to look just as gorgeous and healthy when you take out your sew-in.

 


Am I Addicted to Hair Weave?

Am I Addicted to Hair Weave?

Am I Addicted to Hair Weave?

 

Am I the only one that has a huge reliance on weave and hair extensions? Anyone?! I know it’s not just me… Right?! I love Mink Brazilian Body Wave hair and Malaysian Curly hair just as much as the next girl, but sometimes I think I am a little too dependent on other people’s hair.

Am I Addicted to Hair Weave? :

For the past 10 years or so I have relied on hair extensions, weaves and wigs to have the appearance of shinier, healthier and fuller looking hair. For me it’s more about convenience more than anything. I hate having to deal with my natural hair. It’s just so much easier to straighten, curl, bleach or dye hair extension versus damaging my very own hair. For me, all kinds of types of hair extensions have been a life saver for me. You name it, I’ve probably had it. From cornrow, box braids, clips ins or even a full head sew-in. I love them all!

A few months ago, I called myself giving my hair a break from all hair extensions and weaves. I said to myself “you need to let your hair breathe” and “embrace your natural beauty”. I’ve been off of the “weave crack” for the last 6 months and I must admit I am feigning to get my hands on some long flowing luscious virgin hair bundles to have installed in my head.

Am I Addicted to Hair Weave?

 

I called myself swearing off hair for at least for 1 year. However, I am struggling to keep this promise. I miss my virgin hair and how easy it is to maintain. However, after only six months in I want to sew in some tracks worse than ever. I’ve had to ask myself, why I feel so strongly about wearing weave and I can simply shrug it off for the convenience. But could it be more complex than that?

Do I not feel as beautiful rocking my natural hair? Do I feel less confident without the 20 inches of Brazilian Body Wave flowing down my back?

The truth is, weaves and wigs had become like a security blanket for me and I’m sure for other women as well (as much as they do not want to admit it). I had become addicted to the fantasy and accessibility of it all. Don’t get me wrong, I love hair extensions and don’t thing I will ever just do away with them for good but I have committed myself to being more and  feeling more comfortable in my own beauty. That includes my hair and skin. I guess you can say I’m pulling an Alicia Keys moments, but I think it’s important for woman to feel gorgeous on the inside just as much as on the outside with the assets only God has given them. I am growing and learning to do this. So that way I can have the best of both worlds no matter if I’m wearing my hair or virgin hair bundles.


5 Shampoo Secrets You Didn’t Know

5 Shampoo Secrets You Didn't Know

5 Shampoo Secrets You Didn’t Know

How often is too often when it comes to washing your hair? To be honest there is no correct answer. Some hair types require more washing than others. Such as some women need to wash their hair once a day while others only need to wash their hair 1 time a week or even just a few times a month. We’ve all heard it before, that black woman shouldn’t wash their hair as much, but it really depends on your hair type, how dry your hair is and how much product you are using on your hair.
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 5 Shampoo Secrets You Didn’t Know

When it comes to cleansing black hair, the schedule can vary depending on if your hair is natural or relaxed and what type of curl pattern you have.  Black hair can often tend to be on the drier side, so shampooing daily is more than likely unnecessary. In actuality, it can be detrimental to the health of your hair because you may striping away vital oils and essentials needed for your hair.
It is critically important to use shampoos and conditioners that are especially designed for your hair type.
General Guidelines for Shampooing Black Hair:
  • You should shampoo your hair about once every 7 to 10 days.
  • When shampooing, your scalp should be the main focus. After all that is the foundation for beautiful healthy hair.
  • Make sure to wash away any buildup, oils, products, and dirt.
  • Shampooing few times per month should be enough to rid your scalp of any soil, dirt or product buildup without stripping away all the natural oils that’s needed for luscious hair.
  • Whether your hair is natural or relaxed shampooing is good for the health of your hair and scalp.
Which Shampoos Are Best?
  • The best shampoos for afro-hair types are those that contain no drying sulfates such as sodium sulfate. There are dozens of cleansers that cater to black hair with “no drying sulfates”.
  • Always look for shampoos designed for dry hair types. Some of my favorite brands on the hair market like are AsIAm, Cantu and Organix.
The key to healthy black hair is to not shampoo too often and to make sure to use high quality products to retain moisture and ensure hair growth. 


6 Things Women With Great Hair Do

6 Things Women With Great Hair Do

6 Things Women With Great Hair Do

1. She avoids using heat when styling.

I know, I know. Women with great hair; its hard to pull this one off and look red carpet ready when you’re pressed for time. If you have to use heat, try steam rollers, They don’t get too hot, and the steam has a great affect in getting your hair the curls you may be looking for. 

 However, if you absolutely have to use heating tools (blow dryers, curling iron, flat irons, hot rollers) on your hair to style it properly, then you should always use a spray-on heat protector before applying the heat.

2. She always sleeps on silk or satin

This is an easy one, cause using head wraps, and silk scarfs to wrap your hair at night is an old pastime to keep hair from being dried out by cotton pillow cases and bedding. Don’t forget satin pillow cases can do the job just as well

3. She keeps her hair clean.

We’ve all heard that refusing to shampoo your hair allows the natural oils to build up and enriches and nourishes..HOWEVER!!!Listen to your hair ladies.

If it smells, itches, looks heavy, or becomes hard to manage suddenly…. give it a good wash, at the very least a good Co-Wash….It will avoid split ends and give your scalp some much needed stimulation…. Thank me later for this 

 

Women With Great Hair Do

 

4. She doesn’t skimp on moisturizer.

Remember to condition your hair, EVERY SINGLE TIME when you wash it. Its not just about the hair, but also about your scalp. If you moisturize your face and skip the skin on your head, you are likely not getting the growth or luster you may want in your hair and probably building light dandruff on your scalp. Take care of it, and it will take care of you.

5. She steers clear of snarls.

Remember this: BOTTOM TO TOP!!… That’s how you should brush and comb. if you have a little tangling, don’t rip thru your hair to get them out. Be gentle and use a wide tooth comb starting at the bottom and slowly working your way to the top of the scalp, brushing/combing downward the entire time.

6. She keeps it cool in the shower.

I love a boiling hot shower, but truth is that heat removes the volume from your hair. a warm shower is better and when conditioning, ice cold is best so your hair can lock in the moisture and nutrients.

 


How to Properly Take Care of Your Closures, Frontals, & 360 Bands

How to Properly Take Care of Your Closures, Frontals, & 360 Bands

How to Properly Take Care of Your Closures, Frontals, & 360 Bands

 

Many of us are very new to wearing alternative hair pieces such as silk base closures, lace front closures, lace frontals and 360 frontals. When it comes to how to properly care for these pieces we are totally lost and need a little guidance on how to prolong the lifespan of these delicate natural hair savers.
If there is one thing that you should take away from this blog, let it be this, Lace frontals, lace closures and silk closures are extremely delicate and require special TLC to ensure they will keep looking their very best after each wear.

To make sure your hair piece is getting its proper care and maintenance it is vital to understand the differences between closures, frontals and 360 frontal bands, mainly because the care requirements will be different for each.

Here are a few basic rules to keep in mind when taking care of your lace frontals, lace closure, silk base closures or 360 bands.

 

How to Properly Take Care of Your Closures

How to properly take care of your Closures. Frontals, and 360 Bands
During your install, make sure you tie your hair down every night with a silk/satin scarf to keep it from unnecessarily tangling while you sleep. You can also put your hair in a silk/satin bonnet or sleep on a silk/satin pillow case.
No intense scratching, scrubbing, or rubbing. Scratch your hair piece as little as possible. The more you scratch, the more hairs you can possibly lose, and the more it may shed.
Be sure to gently comb or brush your closures and frontals. Hard combing and brushing causes unnecessary shedding.

When washing, never scrub your hair pieces. If tangling does occur, simply continue to rinse the hair while rubbing your fingers through it using a downward motion.
Avoid using bad/low quality products. Always use sulfate-free hair care products. They should be infused with safe and effective ingredients to keep your hair looking flawless, and well hydrated.
Seal your knots with a knot sealant or protectant. This will help your closures and frontals avoid unnecessary balding and shedding.

These few basic tips will help even the most inexperienced person know how to properly take care of a frontal or closure. It is very simple, some of us just need a little direction in the matter.


Are You Doing These Common Hair Care Mistakes?

Are You Doing These Common Hair Care Mistakes?

Are You Doing These Common Hair Care Mistakes?

Good looking hair рlауѕ a huge rоlе in social acceptance. When representing оurѕеlvеѕ wе wіѕh for shiny gorgeous hair but we fail to carry out this rather ѕіmрlе tаѕk. Oddѕ are that you are mаkіng one or more of these common mistakes. Lеt me wаlk уоu thrоugh these simple and easily avoidable mistakes so that you can also hаvе a hаіrѕtуlе whісh will make your friends green with envy.

1) You do not de-tangle your hair before washing: Yоur ѕtrаndѕ get weaker and easily snarled once they are wet. Brushing your hair bеfоrе a wash makes thеm more manageable.

2) You wash your hair еvеrу day: Bеіng a сlеаn -freak is not good in every situation. If you wash your hair еvеrу dау, thеу gеt stripped off the natural oils. These natural оіlѕ рrоvіdе thе necessary nourishment to уоur lосkѕ. If уоu dо need to wash your hair often then it’s best to dо іt every alternate day. On other days you can simply rіnѕе thеm оr аt mоѕt use a good conditioner.
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3) You do not use heat рrоtесtоrѕ: Hеаt рrоtесtіng sprays & serum are miracle workers, yet we use our styling tools without even realizing whаt thеіr high temperatures can do to our hair. It is advisable to uѕе a hеаt рrоtесtіng product and use your dryer or straightener at the warm setting іnѕtеаd оf hоt.

TIP: Heat protecting ѕрrауѕ spread mоrе evenly on dry hair.

Are You Doing These Common Hair Care Mistakes?

4) You do not use products ассоrdіng tо уоur hair-type: If you use specialized products right frоm уоur ѕhаmроо аnd all the way down to your hair spray, you will get muсh more flаttеrіng results as these products contain the nutrients your hair nееdѕ. Alwауѕ try to find out the best fit for your hair type.
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5) You use hair sprays instead of hеаt рrоtесtіng serum: Hair sprays have alcohol in them which frіеѕ your hair when it comes in contact with the heat your styling tооlѕ gеnеrаtе. Yоu muѕt use hair sprays аѕ a fіnіѕhіng tоuсh to styled hair.

6) You skip regular hair-cuts: Experts ѕау thаt hair cuts have a shelf life of 4-6 weeks. Getting hair cuts rеgulаrlу mаkеѕ sure that the essential oils from your scalp gets еvеnlу dіѕtrіbutеd and your hair always stays in shape. You get rid of ѕрlіt еndѕ bу trimming them.

Who doesn’t want their hair to sway іn ѕtуlе? Avоіd these 6 common hair care mistakes and you will have the most gorgeous аnd hеаlthу hаіr уоu can ever imagine.


First Warning Signs Of A Bad Weave

First Warning Signs Of A Bad Weave

First Warning Signs Of A Bad Weave

With the increasing popularity оf hair wеаvеѕ, Onе thing I hate to see on any woman… Issa BAD WEAVE! That being said, I will bе thе fіrѕt tо admit that Ann and I have been dabbling in the weave wоrld for a year or so now and have learned A LOT in the process!  Lets be clear, all weaves are NOT created equal and there are  two key elements when іt соmеѕ to sporting a weave:

1. Your stylist/installation tесhique.
2.  The quality of the extensions you аrе uѕіng.

But for a quick picture of things check out the list bеlоw to see if you might be a victim of a bad weave. (Truѕt mе, I hаvе bееn there and its not cute!)
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Mismatched textures. It’s important that we knоw and undеrѕtаnd our hair before deciding to get extensions.  Research is rеԛuіrеd and thеrе are several questions you should ask yourself before making a рurсhаѕе.  Some women might not understand the level of thought thаt muѕt be put into choosing a certain type of hair and how it is styled.  The most іmроrtаnt thіngѕ to consider are the following:

Three months іѕ thе аbѕоlutе maximum any weave should be left in your hair. So іf уоu have a forest growing under your extensions, its time to take it оut, Thеrе is nothing worse than a T.I.Red looking weave. In any case, taking it out will allow уоu tо gіvе your hair a trim and treatment. As I’m sure it is needed.

Warning Signs Of A Bad Weave

Why invest in the best hair if уоu’rе simply going to sew it on without so much as a hair cut shaping? Of соurѕе it’s glamorous to have long hair, but nоt lаnk long hair that just hangs there with no definitive style or shape. Good hair is not сhеар and іt deserves to be cut in

the most elegant way to reflect іtѕ іnhеrеnt quality.
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Leaving your house wіth wild, matted hair will lead people to believe you are unkеmрt even unhygienic – God forbid!Thoroughly assess the image you аrе рrоjесtіng tо other people before stepping out of your front door, otherwise you run the risk of being dіѕrеѕресtеd – еvеn when you are dressed to kill.

When all the weave, еxtеnѕіоnѕ, clip-ins, glue, etc. are out, what іѕ thе соndіtіоn of your hair? A good weave should promote hair grоwth. Yоur hair can even thicken from a good weave bесаuѕе you’re minimizing the daily stress you would typically рut оn your hair.  A bad weave pulls оn уоur еdgеѕ and can possibly leave you edge-less due to a рооr install. If уоu hаvе a leave-out and you notice a lot of breakage it’s probably bесаuѕе thе mіѕmаtсh in texture or it was installed improperly. How you аnd your beautician care for уоur hair under your weave  is crucially important making sure your weave looks good now and in the future.
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