Saturday, 12 November 2016

DIY: My first Lace Frontal Wig + Got2b Ultra Glued & Freeze Spray Review

It took me a long time to try a lace frontal because I was terrified of the line of demarcation. I wanted a 4 month protective style with none of my hair left out so i finally got one. I decided to get a lace frontal wig cap because all you have to do is sew on your bundles.

I decided to try Light Yaki which resembles relaxed hair. I got a 12" lace frontal wig cap and 3 bundles of 12" Light Yaki Hair. The bundles were black and the hair on the lace frontal was brown so I had to dye it. I also bleached the knots on the lace frontal.

Pros of lace frontal wig cap:
1)Wig making is easy and faster.

Cons of lace frontal wig cap:
1) Size; it was too big for my head so I cut a part off on both sides of my ears so it fits better.
2) Less parting room unlike a regular lace frontal.

Styling my Frontal
The first day I wore my lace frontal wig I was so conscious because I felt everyone could see the line of demarcation. With time, i became better at applying the lace frontal using Got2b Ultra Glued and the blasting freeze spray.

 The gel makes your wig lay flat. I have an elastic band attached to my wig but with that alone, it does not lay as flat. I recommend using Got2b gel unless your frontal is sewn down. This gel is truly the lace frontal savior.

Got2b Gel Claims
1) You get up to 3 days hold with this gel and spray. This is kind of true. Using both the gel and freeze spray i got several days hold but i had to do small touch ups on some areas of my frontal.

2)You need both the gel and the spray. No! The gel on its own provides good hold but using the gel + spray gives a stronger hold. I do not recommend wearing this for days on end without washing it off. I wash off everyday or at most every 2 days. I only use the gel+freeze spray together on special occasions or when i go on an overnight trip.

How I apply Got2b Gel + Freeze Spray
1) I apply a thin layer of the gel on my hairline, wait for a minute then i apply my wig and tie it down with a satin scarf. The key to getting it to stick, TIE IT DOWN for at least 10 mins.

The truth about Lace frontals
  • Lace frontals look flawless on instagram and YouTube, but in reality you have to put in work to hide the line of demarcation.
  • Washing off the gel daily is messy and leaves on the lace after you take it off.
  • Frontals are higher maintenance & better for special occasions not everyday wear.
  • You need some baby hair to hide the line of demarcation but not long excessive gelled down baby hairs. 
  • The gel is not waterproof so if you work out, sweat or it rains your lace will lift in a few areas.
  • The gel is clear but if you use too much it can appear shiny and the freeze spray can leave a white residue.
I am going to wear my wig for 2 more months and then i will provide my final verdict on Lace Frontals.

 Stay blessed :)

Saturday, 15 October 2016

The Best Kinky Curly Clip in Extensions for Natural Hair

I am obsessed with clip ins and after wearing kinky straight clip ins everyday for 5 months, I had to add curly clip ins to my collection. Clip ins have helped make my natural hair journey more blissful.

I have type 4 hair, 4a but mostly 4b in my crown, 4c on my sides and nape. I got only one set to make sure the texture was a match with mine.Before you separate your clip ins make sure you wet them and add a moisturizing conditioner then separate the pieces and shampoo and deep condition. NEVER try to separate, comb or attempt to detangle curly hair when it is dry.

These are by far the best extensions i have ever worn in terms of matching my own hair with , my kinky straight clip ins are a close second.
One set 16" clip ins

To blend, i twist my leave out, super easy!!

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. 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
Section your hair, wrap the thread 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 taken a week apart:
Week 1 shows how my hair blends with the hair when it is freshly washed and air dried.

Week 2 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
Week 2

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 (during an overnight trip). If you are going to sleep in them I suggest you un-clip the clips closest to your edges to avoid tension on your edges while you sleep.

I am in love 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.

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 Kinky Straight Lace Front Wig . Since then no other straight 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 probably 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                  

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.

I got one set of clip ins which had 8 pieces and it gives me a natural density which I like.

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 

 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 am transitioning).
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 extensions 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 have decided I will only wear silky textured extensions with a closure or I may stop wearing silky textured extensions all together.

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 Affordable 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 because you have to dip it in hot water. If you want this style it is better to 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 (especially when wet).
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 they are easy to install and take down is easy & super fast. 

What is your favorite protective style?

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