September 29, 2020
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Your natural hair’s color is beautiful and you don’t have to temporarily change your hair color. However, there are some instances when you might want to switch up your look. For example, a Halloween hairstyle might not perfectly suit a wedding look. On such instances, coloring your hair inevitable. You might want to change your color, but only for that specific occasion. The methods shared in this article will help you do exactly that. Temporary hair dyes give you the option of going back to your natural hair color by simply washing them off. Semi-permanent colors last for up to 24 washes whereas semi-permanent colors make your hair shiner thus enhancing its natural color. You can choose to hide those tough headed grey hairs using a permanent dye or a semi-permanent dye.
The hair products’ market is saturated with many color shampoo brands. A majority of them last a couple of washes before your hair gets back to its natural color. The coloring process involves massaging the color onto your hair strands, allowing it to sit for some minutes then rinsing it out. The only set back with color shampoos is that you cannot get the exact shade that you desire. For example, brown hair cannot be dyed a lighter shade, or some trendy colors such as blue, pink, torques, purple, etc. Its intensity may not be evenly distributed, with noticeable color patches where the color does not stick.
This is the most advocated for method. You don’t need to alter your hair color in any way to achieve excellent results. You are free to mix up several colors, blend them, to achieve your desired style. Alternatively, you can choose to highlight certain areas to achieve that balayage or ombre effect. Parties and special occasions won’t be a headache anymore.
Clip-ins prove you the possibility of installing hair wefts and styling them as you desire. Their ease of installation allows you to DIY at home, hence saving some coins! There is no rule as to how you should place them, as long as you achieve your desired style. Clip in hair extensions are also used to add volume and length. After all is said and done, clip ins will blend with your hair so naturally that no one will notice any additions. Once the party is over, you can uninstall them and enjoy the natural state of your real hair. Well, whenever the need arises, you can install them back and style them as you please.
Hair extensions are ultimately the perfect way to switch up your look if you want to change your hair color. They are safe, don’t require any hair treatment or dying. Your hair protected and does not get damaged. Any kind of altering done to your hair, even if it’s temporary dyeing, will ultimately damage your strands in the long run. Even worse, rarely will you achieve the exact desired results, not to mention how expensive dyes can be plus they require a professional’s application. Whereas hair extensions can be reused over and over, temporary dyes will require a purchase ever time you want to use them.
Braided hair is beautiful. It has a natural way of bringing out your beautiful face while providing a low maintenance pretty hairstyle. Taking down braids can be daunting at times, and we totally understand why. Undoing micro-braids or any other type of small braids can take so much time and even damage your hair at times. This happens especially when you have no idea of what should be done. The tips I am going to share in this post are aimed at helping you save your hair from any damage or loss when taking down braided hair extensions.
Do not overstay with your braids, especially if they are micro-braids. This leads to the latching of your hair to the braids as it will have grown in a “comfortable” environment. This applies especially to women with the Type 4 and 3c hair as it tends to be curlier hence locking itself and making it difficult to remove the extensions. Wear your braids for a maximum of 6 weeks as anything beyond that is recipe for disaster.
As mentioned earlier, coarse hair tends to lock easily and requires a particular type of washing and drying pattern. If you have the coarse type of hair, avoid using shampoos and conditioners that tend to dry the hair and encourage locking. Use oil based products as they tend to give your hair a “slippage” that comes in handy when trying to separate the strands. Be sure to check whether the products are sulfate free and intended for hair extensions.
For an oily scalp and finer locks, rinse out the shampoo and cleanse your scalp with a cotton ball dipped in your preferred astringent. This will maintain your scalp in a clean, healthier state free from odor.
Lightweight natural oils such as sunflower, carrot and coconut tend to lubricate your hair and leave it with a natural slip that eases the process of taking down braided extensions. These can be bought from any beauty shop as long as you trust their source.
Use shears to cut off the ends before starting the unraveling process. Cut off as much of the hair extension as you can because this reduces the amount of time you’ll take to undo the braids. Once you start undoing your hair, keep off the scissors as an attempt to cut off any tangles will only lead to trouble.
Make use of your fingers much as you can. This process may be lengthy, but it is worth it. Resist the urge to pull the braids in a bid to hasten the process as this will result in more tangles and unwanted friction.
The brushing will help you get rid of any leftover hair strands that escaped your fingers. In addition, there is a possibility of your hair being restored to its natural shine and having your cuticles smoothened! This will leave your hair ready for the washing and conditioning you have been looking forward to!
Weaves are a great protective hairstyle as they give your hair a break from styling and heat damage, thus giving it a chance to grow. Sew in weaves help you to achieve any color, length and volume that you desire! If you have been considering trying out weaves, you must have been bombarded with all sorts of terms and maybe left in a confused state. Don’t let these terms do that to you, we are here to help you! Here’s a ort glossary that will come in handy especially if you are a first-timer.
Protective style- This is a style worn with the intention of restoring the health of your hair while promoting its growth.
Full weave-All your hair is braided up and covered under the weave. The only visible hair is your weave hair.
Partial weave– A portion of your hair is left out while the rest is braided up. This is a go to style for those that intend to achieve a natural look while attaining extra volume and protecting the rest of their hair.
Leave out-The section of your hair that’s not braided, but is left out to blend with the weave and achieve a natural look.
Cornrow-A tight braid that provides the base onto which the hair extension is attached. It also protects your hair.
Weft– A continuous track of hair that has been fabricated or sewn.
Machine weft-A continuous track of hair that has been sewn by use of a machine. They are the easiest kind of wefts to use as they make the installation process simpler. They are slightly thicker than hand-tied wefts.
Hand-tied wefts– These are a little thinner than machine wefts and allow the hair to lie flat on the head. They are almost undetectable and are pre-sealed to reduce shedding and maintain their thickness.
Track– The point of attachment of the weft.
Remy hair-Human hair that has its cuticles still intact. Such hair may have been processed to attaching a given color or texture, and therefore cannot be considered virgin.
Virgin hair– 100% pure and natural human hair. It has not undergone any processing hence posses its natural color and texture.
Single sourced– Used to refer to hair that has been collected from a single donor, and posses a natural gradation from root to end.
Double sourced– Refers to hair collected from several donors. Combination of this hair to form a weft results in a uniform length throughout.
Closure-A piece created to mimic a natural part or hairline. Generally, closures are used during the installation of full weaves. Check out our store for a wide range of closures to pick out from.
It is our hope that this glossary has equipped you in preparation for the protection of your hair. We hope that it will make you more confident and help you make an informed decision when settling for a weave! Share this post with your friends and family so that they can also decide to protect their hair!
For many ladies, hair extensions are their go-to option whenever they desire a luscious, long hairstyle that can revive your hair extensions. Many do not realize how important it is to look after them, sometimes even more than they look after their natural hair. Lack of professional help may result in your extensions being matted, dry and lifeless. Due to the natural oils produced by our scalp to protect our natural hair, extensions end up being matted. Most of the time this could be due to the quality of the extension even though the care is given matters a lot. You need to invest time and effort in taking care of your hair extensions to maintain them in their best condition.
Even though your extensions may seem completely ruined, do not get discouraged. A little bit of TLC and revival steps is all you need. An extensive, rejuvenating hair treatment helps extensively damaged hair.
The most common reasons as to why your hair extensions aren’t in their best state include:
The factors mentioned affecting both your hair extensions and natural hair by making them porous hence highly absorbent to chemicals. As a result, the hair becomes dehydrated and is stripped off of the natural oils in it. Sometimes, color pigments are stripped off leaving your extensions with a brassy tone.
Hair extensions are prone to becoming matted, dry and tangled. It is only with the right care and attention that they can be revived, softened and made manageable. The end result is usually a gorgeous look, the look you have always desired.
Carefully treat your hair extension, just as you would your natural hair. A regular trimming will help retain the quality of your hair. Hair tips are the oldest part of the hair and since they are made from natural hair, they are prone to breakage. Chop around an inch every nine to twelve weeks. Even though they will become shorter, you’d rather have healthy hair extensions, right?
Pre-poo the hair to deeply nourish it using a pre-poo treatment of your choice. Be sure to fully coat your hair from the roots to the ends and then let it soak for at least an hour (soaking overnight would be recommended for better results if you have the time). This will facilitate the absorption of the nourishing oils found in your treatment, including olive, almond, coconut and avocado oils.
Once the pre-pooing has been done for as long as possible, wash off the treatment using a shampoo and conditioner of your choice. The pre-poo should easily wash off as it is usually light. Repeat the washing till you are sure there is no more product left.
You will notice that your extension will become easier to manage, and even softer. Continue the treatment for an entire month to ensure that your hair does not become knotted and unmanageable again.
Following these simple step will for sure make every head turn when you walk into a room because your hair will be shiny, soft and damn beautiful!
If you are new to wearing wigs, then I have to stress the importance of GOOD HAIR CARE MAINTENANCE
when it comes to your virgin hair wigs. Over the years I have learned quite a few things about how to
ensure that my wigs last as long as they possibly can.
After all, it is an investment and I do everything in
my power to get my monies worth. I can not begin to tell you the amount of wigs I have completely
destroyed, simply because I did not know how to properly take care and maintain them. To be honest,
it’s really quite simply. All you need to do is follow these few easy tips.
Human Hair Wigs Maintenance Tips
1. Cleaning your wig:
Shampoo and condition your human hair wig at least once 1-6 times a month depending on how
often you wear it. Make sure to use luke warm to cool water.
2. Air Dry Your Hair Wig
Avoid using blow dryers if possible. Instead allow your wig to air dry. This will help to prevent
breakage and shedding.
3. Invest in a wig comb or brush
Invest in a steel or metal wide tooth comb. If you have a curly textured wig, try finger combing
instead. Always start combing or brushing from the ends and work your way up to the roots.
Never the other way around.
4. Avoid Hair Spray and Heavy Styling Products
Avoid hairspray, gels, pomades and heavy products on your hair wig. It may make the hair very
oily and hard to style.
Shedding is normal. However, excessive shedding is a major problem. If necessary, seal your
wefts and/or secure the knots on the lace frontal by using a sealant.
6. Storing Your Wig
Properly storing your wig is a must. You should either place your human hair wig in the original
packaging when you’re not wearing it, or use a wig stand. I like to store my wigs on a mannequin
head with the hair in a bonnet or silk scarf. This helps to keep the wig styled, soft and well-
These easy to use tips can help you save your human hair wig and keep it in excellent condition. What
are some of your favorite ways to keep your wigs intact? I would love to hear from you.
What is the difference between raw and virgin hair? Ok, ladies raise your hand if wear hair extensions.
Raise your hand if you know the difference between raw and virgin hair. Keeps your hand raised if you
know more than just the obvious, like raw hair is more on the expensive side and 100% unprocessed
hair collected from one donor. While virgin hair is chemically unprocessed human hair. If that about the
extent of your knowledge when it comes to raw and virgin hair, you my friend are not alone.
I’ve been wearing hair extensions for year now and to be honest I didn’t have much of a clue as to the
differences was between raw and virgin hair. Ok. Ok. Ok. Don’t get me wrong, I had a slight idea but
besides knowing that raw hair is typically straight from the donor and completely unprocessed and
virgin hair is not chemically altered. That was about it for me. In fact, they sound almost completely the
same to me. So, I thought it was about that time I got the real scoop on the differences of raw and virgin
hair. Who’s with me!?!
What is RAW HAIR?
Raw hair is 100% unprocessed Hair. This means that the hair is literally cut from the donor’s
head, wash with shampoo/conditioner, and then sewn on to the weft.
Hair is typically from one person or donor
No chemical processing
Raw Hair is said to be one of the highest quality of human hair extensions.
The cuticle are aligned
Raw hair normally does not have uniform curl or wave pattern. Meaning no processed or
steamed curls or wave patterns.
More expensive price point
What is VIRGIN HAIR?
The virgin hair is 100% human hair
Has not been altered by dyes, perms, bleaches, or harsh washes.
Steamed is used to create a more uniformed curl or wave pattern. Meaning the steaming
process is only used to design the curls to look exactly the same. Prime example would be my
personal favorite texture, Body wave, which has the perfect “S” shape from roots to ends.
Virgin hair is not processed like beauty supply store package hair
Virgin hair does not have acidic chemicals or contain synthetic hair fibers
Ok, well there you have ladies. These are some of the major differences between raw and virgin hair.
Now we are all a little more educated on some of the hair extensions we’ve been rocking. Ladies, I
would love to hear from you. What’s your personal favorite, Raw or Virgin Hair?
According to a recent study by the Silent Springs Institute, research has shown that a large majority of
hair care products marketed towards women of color contain a number of cancer-causing ingredients.
As well as other chemicals that have been linked to syndromes such as asthma, fertility issues, weight
gain, and other health related concerns.
To be honest I had never really gave much thought about the ingredients in my hair care products. Until
I recently came across the article of the Silent Springs Institute study on the matter. The research
concluded that “80% of the 18 products tested contained high levels of chemicals that are known to
cause alterations to the endocrine system.
Which are the many different hormones found in the body.
Think of it like this, the endocrine system is very important. It is made up of the female ovaries, male
testes, and pituitary, thyroid, and adrenal glands. GOT YOUR ATTENTION NOW!!! This is major stuff.
That should definitely be enough to at least make you consider how serious this can be. This information
should not be ignored.
Exposure to these chemicals may cause the following health related issues:
Asthma, uterine fibroids, early menstruation, increased cases of breast and endometrial cancers, fertility
issues, obesity, and increased premature birth rates among black girls and women. And this is just to
name a few.
It is time that we begin to do research on the ingredients that are listed in our hair care products. And
we wonder why women of color have some many complications with our hair. The root of the problem
can be destroyed if we learn more about what we are putting in our hair and begin to make changes and
adjustments where it is necessary.
I’m not telling you to go and throw everything under your bathroom
cabinet away, but I am telling you to become more aware, simply by reading product labels to know
what kind of ingredients you are using on your hair and on your skin. From there learn what ingredients
and products to avoid all together and which ones are still tolerable. You may even decide to start
incorporating DIY hair care products. Either way, I want black women to start making smart choices and
do what’s best for their health.
Why are lace frontals so trendy right now? That’s an easy one! Lace Frontal are so trendy right now
because of their versatility, their styling options and because of how natural they look. Lace Frontals are
used for two main reasons. One to protect your natural hair and hair line, and two, to give you a variety
of styles and colors you can choose from. There is no secret that wild and crazy colors are in high
demand right now. Thanks to entertainers such as Nicki Minaj, Kylie Jenner, Rihanna and Katy Perry, just
to name a few. We all want the look without actually having to damage our hair. Using lace frontals is a
very trendy and popular way to achieve these looks without the commitment.
Frontal hair pieces have also become increasingly popular for their versatility, especially when it comes
to styling wigs, weaves, and sew-ins. Lace frontals are the most popular hair piece choice because of
their close resemblance to the natural hairline and scalp. If customized and apply properly frontals can
mimic the natural hair line, which gives you the illusion of the hair growing out of your very own scalp.
And who doesn’t want their wig, weaves or sew-ins to look as natural as possible? I know I do!!!
Another reason why lace frontals are so trendy right now is because they tend to cut down on
installation times. Since the frontal takes up about half the size of the head, it helps to reduce the
amount of time it would have taken to install the bundles that would have taken its place. Using a
frontal also helps to save you money by decreasing the amount of bundles that would normally be
needed for the style.
Overall, lace frontals have grown in popularity over the years because the many talented hair stylist that
dedicated their time to perfect the manipulation of giving frontal a more natural appearance. I
remember back in the day, lace frontals didn’t have such a good rep. Nobody wanted to be caught dead
wearing a frontal, because to be honest they looked ABOSULUTLY hideous. Now we brag about wearing
a frontal. Hints the all so popular hashtag #whatfrontal. So we have to give some major props to the God
bless it stylists that shared their techniques with the world on how to turn that a frontal from the
Sopranos cast to Beyoncé.
If you have worked for a hair extensions boutique or if you are a hair stylist, I’m sure this is one of the
most commonly asked questions. “How many bundles of hair do I need?” Although I know you are
probably tired of giving a reply, you have to admit it really is a pretty smart question to ask. There is no
set or standard answer to this question. It really varies from person to person, depending on the desired
look you are going for, how full you want it, what texture of hair you will be using, what length will be
used and whether or not if you’ll being using a closure of frontal.
Probably wasn’t expecting such a complex answer huh?
There are many things you must take into consideration when determining the number of bundles you’ll
need for an install or for making a wig.
First, you must decide what look you are going for. What is your desired look? How full and voluminous
do you want your style to be? Once you have come to this conclusion everything else will pretty much
fall into place.
To make the best and most informed decision, use these few simple guidelines as a rule of thumb. That
way you do not have too little or too much. (Note: I suggest always guessing up, so you don’t run into
any situation where you don’t have enough hair to cover what you need.)
What’s your head size?
Ok ladies! Of course no one really wants to admit that they have a BIG Head, but in this scenario you
have to be real with yourself and your hair stylist. While some girls may get away with only using 2
bundles, your head might require more than that. A LOT more than that. LOL
We don’t want our install or wigs to look thin and wispy, now do we?
If your head is on the smaller or bigger side you will definitely want to adjust the number of bundles
needed accordingly to your head size. On average a woman’s head size is normally around 22.5 inches.
Measure your head and if it’s bigger than that, then you will more than likely wanna get that extra
bundle, just to be on the safe side.
Length of Your Bundles
If you didn’t know, now you know. Virgin hair is sold by the gram (the weight), so the longer it is, the
thinner it is, meaning there is less hair on the weft to cover your head, because its weight it mainly
distributed all in the length. (I hope this makes sense). So long story short, the longer your bundles are,
the more you’ll probably need.
Texture of Your Bundles
Straight hair and curly hair are on two different sides of the density spectrum. Which means, you can get
away with less bundles of curly hair to achieve a full look. Since straight hair is less dense, you will need
more bundles to get a really full and voluminous style.
Using a Frontal or Closure?
If you are using a frontal or closure then you will not need as many bundles to cover your head. Frontals
and closures can take up quite a bit of space. Typically a frontal is 13×4 inches and a closure is 4×4. So
when using an additional hair piece you can ultimately use less bundles for the style.
All in all, I recommend buying 2-3 bundles for a naturally full look and 3-4 bundles for more volume or
fullness. As mentioned before these numbers can vary depending on the length, the texture, and if you
are using a hair piece. My biggest tips is to always buy an extra bundle. I’m sure you’ll use it at some
point and time anyways.