Saturday, 12 November 2016

First Lace Frontal Wig + The Truth about Got2b Gel

I was hesitant to try a lace frontal because I was terrified of the line of demarcation. I wanted to do a 4 month protective style challenge 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 in your bundles and viola you are done!



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. This claim  only holds true if you do not wash your face or you keep water away from your hairline.

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 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
I apply a thin layer of the gel on my hairline (optional: followed by the freeze spray) wait for a minute then i apply my wig .Try not to touch the gel with your fingers, i use the back of a comb to press the lace down into the gel. Finally, tie it down with a satin scarf.  The key to getting it to stick is to TIE IT DOWN for at least 10-15 mins.

The truth about Got2b Ultra Glued Gel


  • Applying and washing off the gel daily is messy and leaves a residue on the lace.
  • The gel is not waterproof, so if you work out, sweat or it rains your frontal will lift. The gel is better suited for a cooler climate. It will not hold in summer and i do not recommend it for vacation if you intend on swimming or visit somewhere tropical.
  • The gel is clear but if you use too much it can appear shiny and the freeze spray can leave a white residue if you use too much.


  • The truth about Lace frontals
    • Lace frontals look flawless on instagram pictures  and YouTube videos, but in reality you have to put in ALOT of work to hide the line of demarcation.
    • 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. 
    If you have any other questions, feel free to ask!

     Stay blessed :)

    Saturday, 15 October 2016

    The Best Clip in Extensions for Type 4 Natural Hair

    I am currently obsessed with natural textured clip ins. After wearing kinky straight clip ins daily for 5 months, I had to add kinky curly clip ins to my collection. Clip ins have helped make my natural hair journey more blissful. With natural hair clip ins, i can experiment and do things to them that I would never do to my hair for fear of damaging my hair e.g. color, apply heat etc.

    I have type 4b/4c hair, 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. The closer the wrap, the more stretched your hair will be. 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 my hair 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  each side of my head and pin it back. This is my go to hairstyle, easy, fast and great for those days it is the raining and 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 while you sleep.

    I am in love with this hair. The older it gets the more natural it looks. It is low maintenance, minimal shedding and tangling.
    No one has asked me if I am wearing a weave, they all think it is my hair. If you transitioning or natural and looking for a texture that is easy to blend with your hair this texture is perfect and so versatile.

    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 Virgin Brazilian Full Wig FAIL!


    I 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 but I was scared to apply the amount of heat needed to blend my hair with the weave. It was very silky and i wasn't willing to damage my hair for the sake of blending.

    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. Still struggling with blending.

    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 defined my waves/curls even more than when I use the conditioner on its own.
    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.. we'll have to wait and see.

    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 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 Twists (My favorite protective styles)
    I used 100% acrylic yarn (7-9 strands per twist). Kept this style in for a month.
    Pros: Cheaper than braiding hair, easy to put in, fast & take out, less breakage than box braids.
    Cons: Burning the tips & and 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?

    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



    Wednesday, 29 January 2014

    DIY: TURN YOUR LACE FRONT WIG INTO A V-PART WIG

    I tried to make my kinky lace front wig work as a lace front but I did not like how it looked. Luckily, I discovered that you can turn your Lace front wig into a U-Part or V-Part Wig. This allows you to wear a bit of your own hair out for a more realistic look. I like it so much more this way.


    I will have a 1 month detailed update on my kinky straight wig soon. 

    Saturday, 18 January 2014

    FIRST LOOK: KINKY STRAIGHT LACE FRONT WIG

    I have not worn this wig out and will not wear it out until i thin and layer it. I did not do any blending or styling, the picture shows the wig in its natural unaltered glory. I feel it is too much hair and it overwhelms my face. I also wish I bought a 14 or 16 inch, i did not expect the 18 inches to be so long.
    Purchased HERE
    The wig in its natural state. All I did was shampoo, condition and air dry. I put it on just for the picture no styling whatsoever. Excuse my deer in the headlights expression lol 
    PROS
    1. Beautiful texture. Matches my own hair perfectly (I am 6 months post relaxer).
    2. Color matches my own hair. Also the color did not run excessively when I shampooed and conditioned the wig.
    3. True to length.
    4. True to the picture on aliexpress.
    CONS
    1. It shed excessively when i washed it. It sheds when you finger comb. It sheds a lot!
    2. The wig is too thick especially around the hairline.
    Now my issue is I do not know how to thin or layer wigs. I will be on Youtube all day today trying to find some helpful tips. Hope I can successfully thin and layer it without ruining it.















    First Lace Frontal Wig + The Truth about Got2b Gel

    I was hesitant to try a lace frontal because I was terrified of the line of demarcation. I wanted to do a 4 month protective style challenge...