Saturday, 4 June 2016

Blend Natural Hair with Kinky Straight Extensions with No Heat!!

I have always had an issue with applying heat to my hair. This was also the case when I was relaxed. I have never flat ironed my entire hair bone straight in my life. Now I am newly natural I would say my fear of heat is magnified because I do not want heat damage on the part of my hair I leave out.

So although my transitioning hair blended flawlessly with kinky straight extensions without heat, my type 4 natural hair does not. I found a way to blend it without heat. I would not say the blending is 100% flawless but it is good enough considering no heat is used.
             

Method 1: African threading
You can use thread or in my case I use thin 100% acrylic wool. You wrap it around your hair. I wrap it very close together to give my hair more stretch. The smaller sections you use the better.  I have worn this hair everyday for 2 weeks.
 The two pictures were not taken on the same day. The first picture (Week 1) shows how my hair blends with the hair when it is freshly washed and air  dried. The second picture shows how the hair looks later on in the second week. On that day I brushed the hair out with a paddle brush. It was a rainy windy day so my own hair got a little poofy but even then it still blended well.
Week 1: Beginning of the day
Week 2: End of the day

Method 2: Flat Twists
When i do not thread my hair. I do two flat twists on both sides on my head and pin it back. This is my go to hairstyle. it is easy and fast and great for those days it is the raining or humid when you know your hair will poof and frizz.
I take my clip ins out everyday. I have only slept in them once (I went on a trip). If you are going to sleep in them I suggest you unclip the clips closest to your edges just to prevent any tension on your edges while you sleep.

I am in loooooveee with this hair. The older it gets the better it looks. It is so low maintenance, The hair does not shed excessively or tangle.
No one has asked me if I am wearing a weave, they all think it is my hair. If you are natural and want hair that can pass off as yours, I recommend this texture.

I plan to buy more clip ins in a curly texture that matches my 4b/4c hair.

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Kinky Straight Clip in Extensions for Natural Hair

My love affair with Kinky Straight Hair Extensions started 2 years ago with my Aliexpress Kinky Straight Wig. Since then no other texture compares. It blended perfectly with my hair when I was transitioning with no heat.  I just did my big chop 2 weeks ago after transitioning for 1 year and 2 months so I am 100% percent natural. I will have to blow dry my hair for it to blend flawlessly now.

This is my first time trying clip ins. I watched a million Youtube videos on clip ins for natural hair and I finally took the plunge. I got kinky straight extensions in 14 inches. This texture looks like natural hair when it is blown out. 

Before shampoo & condition            Closer look at the wefts & clips                  
                                                     
        Initial look 

I did not try to blend my hair, this was just to try it onIt was the end of a long day, my hair was in flat twists under a wig so I took out the flat twists in the front and side of my hair and combed my hair just to try on the clips ins. I have type 4 natural hair. The back of my hair is still flat twisted. This hair is super soft and looks very natural.

I have to dye the hair to a 1b color because it is a dark brown color. One fear I had with clip ins is that the clips would snag and get caught up in my hair. If you take your time putting them in and taking them out they do not snag.

Despite almost everyone on Youtube saying you need 2 sets for a full head, I got one set thinking I could make it work. But you really do you need 2 sets if you want this as a protective style (if you only want to add a bit of volume to your own hair then one set would work if the length of your hair is close to the length of the extensions).

I know some people hate the crimps. I left the hair to air dry after washing it. To get rid of the crimps, instead of letting it air dry, blow dry. If you want more sleekness, follow with a flat iron.

If you want this texture check out companies like Big Chop Hair, Kinky Curly Yaki, My Natural Hair Extensions, Her Given Hair etc. 

Next post will be my an initial review and how to blend your hair without heat.


Wednesday, 23 September 2015

DIY: IVY Flip Over Method No Part Full Wig using Virgin Brazilian Hair FAIL?!


I finally made my first flip-over wig using IVY's Flip Over Method. I used 3 bundles of Virgin Brazilian Loose Wave Hair (14,16 and 18 inches).
First Look 

Before blending:
First time i tried the wig on. I braided my hair
and sewed the wig down to a perimeter braid.
You can see my leave out is way coarser than the weave.
I tried to blend using a flat iron. This was a big fail because I was scared to apply the amount of heat needed to blend my hair with the weave. It was very silky.

First wash
First time i washed my hair i used the Alumine Soy & Baobab Oil conditioner alone to cowash and I let it air dry.

2nd Wash using full range of Alumine products 
Before I wash my hair, I  comb with a wide tooth comb starting from the tips and working my way up towards the roots. This gets rid of any snags or tangles.
I used the products in this order (from left to right)
I used a blow dryer with a diffuser attachment to dry the hair to about 50%.
I was left with soft, defined, moisturized curls. 
This is my hair fully dried. You can see that the entire line of products define my waves/curls even more than when I use the conditioner on its own. Curls on fleek!!!
My final review on the alumine products I used is that they are really good. I give them two thumbs up! My reasons are that my hair was soft and tangle free throughout the week. I did not have to apply argan oil to moisturize my hair at all. My morning routine is simple, i wet my hair run it through my hair and scrunch and I am done. At night i simply sleep with my hair in a pineapple. I wash my hair every Sunday.

The flip over method only works if you can blend your hair or are willing to use a lot of heat to blend your hair with the extensions seamlessly. As for the hair itself, I absolutely love it, it is low maintenance but next time I will install with a lace closure. Since I am going natural (I am currently almost 1 year post relaxer) I can only wear silky textures with a closure.

Stay blessed dolls xx

Monday, 27 April 2015

Make a Lace Frontal Look Natural with No Glue

Lace front wigs never look right on me. I had to turn the lace front wigs I have purchased in the past, into U Part wigs and wear my own leave out to make them look believable. But my opinion on lace front wigs may soon change...I was on YouTube a few weeks ago and I saw a video that caught my interest, see for yourself:
           

            
I have worn lace closures in the past and I love them. The difference between a lace frontal and a lace closure is that a lace frontal covers the entire front of your head from ear to ear. It is supposed to offer more versatile styling options, so you will be able to wear your hair in a ponytail with no hair left out. I have never considered one until now because most people apply it with glue and once I see or hear the word glue , i am OUT!! It is good to know that it can look somewhat realistic without glue. This is also a great protective styling option.

My thought is that if I make the wig myself with my own frontal I will like it better than the lace front wigs I have purchased in the past. I am seriously considering purchasing a lace frontal once I am done wearing protective styles. If or when I do I will do a detailed review on my purchase to let you know if the lace frontal lives up to the hype.
Lace front wigs were replaced by the popularity of U-Part wigs, Lace closure full wigs and Flip over wigs but I lace frontals may become a trend, we'll have to wait and see...

What is your opinion on lace frontals?

Saturday, 14 March 2015

DIY Protective Styles: Crochet Marley Braids, Yarn Twists & Box Braids Review

I have been wearing protective styles since August 2014. I have worn crochet braids with Marley hair, yarn twists and box braids; i did all these styles on myself for the first time (i normally pay to get them done)>

Crochet Braids with Marley Hair
I used 2 packs in a color 1B. I cut the hair in half. Kept this style for a month and a half. 
Pros: Versatile styling, no hair left out.
Cons: Hair is very dry (I used a cream moisturizer to soften it). It is a hassle curling it while it is on your head (at least for me). If you want this style, with this particular type of hair, make a crochet wig.
I curled my hair using TheChicNatural's  method:


                              
Yarn Twist
I used 100% acrylic yarn (7-9 strands per twist). Kept this style in for a month.
Pros: Easy to put in, fast &easy take out, less breakage than box braids.
Cons: Burning the tips & a little bit heavier than box braids.
Box Braids
I used 2 packs of Xpression braiding hair in a Color 2. I am currently wearing this style, I plan to wear it for 2 months. 
Pros: Lasts for a long time, low maintenance & versatile styling
Cons: Takes a long time to put them in and take them out. More breakage than yarn twists.
My favorite protective style is Yarn Twists because the take out process is easy and super fast. I will attempt the crochet method again with a different type of hair. 

What is your favorite protective style?

Saturday, 30 August 2014

4 MONTH UPDATE/REVIEW KINKY STRAIGHT WIG

I wore this kinky straight wig everyday from January- April.I turned it into a v-part wig and left very little of my own hair out.

CONS
  • It sheds A LOT... clumps of hair come out at a time especially when washed.
  • It tangles. Best way to minimize the tangling is do regular deep conditions. 
PROS
  • I NEVER had to apply heat to my leave out to blend. Easiest blending ever. I have type 4b/4c hair (I was 9 months post relaxer in April).
  • Holds curls well when it is curled in its natural state. 
  • Really versatile.. you can do so much with this hair styling wise. 
I  wore this hair curled 95% of the time. Unfortunately I did not flat iron it.. I did not have the patience. I apologize for the lackluster pictures, I promise to up my picture game in future posts.

Natural State (no heat applied at all, washed & air dried) before i turned it into a v-part wig

Curled With Big Bendy Rollers 
My part is not as defined because this was at the end of my dayConsidering it was winter (snowy/windy conditions) this hair held up very well all day.
Curling Wand  Curls

Combed out week old wand curls  
My final verdict is that this was a good tester unit to try this texture out without having to splurge.This texture is going on my list of must have hair extensions due to how effortlessly it blends with my own hair. You will not understand the hype about straight textured hair extensions until you try it for yourself. I will be investing in some wefts for sure. If I can find kinky straight, coarse yaki or italian yaki wefts with minimal shedding and tangling.. my hair life will be made!! 

I have been wearing braids and twists as protective since May and will continue until the end of the year.

Hope you all had a wonderful summer :)

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

BEST PRODUCTS FOR KINKY STRAIGHT HAIR EXTENSIONS

Although Kinky Straight/Coarse or Italian Yaki textures imitate and act like African American Hair, they should not be treated like African American Hair. Use the same products you use on your regular silky Brazilian, Peruvian, Malaysian and Indian etc. hair extensions.

What you need:
1) Moisturizing Conditioner

Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Moisturizing Conditioner
OR
Dove Damage Therapy Intensive Repair Conditioner


2) Hair Serum 
One n' Only Argan Oil

OR

Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Morroccan Sleek Oil Treatment

OR
Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum

I apply a few drops of serum after cowashing as a leave in conditioner. I prefer applying serums to wet hair and air drying.The only time I apply a drop of serum to dry hair is after I flat iron, curl or blow dry.

3) Heat Protectant
If you want to flat iron your kinky straight hair bone straight and keep it straight and sleek, this works great.
Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Flat Iron Perfector


OR
Tresemme Heat Tamer Spray for curling etc. 
Tresemme Heat Tamer Spray



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