Sunday, 16 October 2011

Reveal: My Real Hair

I like wearing hair extensions but I am also passionate about taking good care of my Natural Hair. I have always had "good hair" or that is what people always tell me. What I know for sure is that growing long black hair takes a lot of time and commitment. I am originally Nigerian and I have been relaxed since I was 14.
I relax my hair every 4 months (3 times a year). I use Soft & Beautiful Just For Me Kids Relaxer. This is the same relaxer I have used since I was 14 and I continue to use till date.
For the past year, I have been too busy to dedicate a lot of time to my natural hair and it shows because I am experiencing a lot of shedding, breakage and I have split ends. I also think wearing weave extensions led to a lot of breakage because the extensions were directly sewn onto my hair.

So I am making a brand new commitment and starting my Hair Growth Journey over and I pledge to take care of my hair and get back to my hair care routine. This routine includes deep conditioning once a week ad moisturizing and sealing every night before I go to sleep.

My hair at its best was Bra Strap Length (When Flat ironed straight),with healthy tips and edges.
My hair is freshly shampooed, conditioned and air dried in this picture (April 2010)
Right now my hair is quite a few inches above my bra straps, my ends are thin and I am experiencing a lot of shedding to the extent that I am afraid to comb my hair :(

My Hair Now: October 2011
To kick of my new Hair Growth Journey, I have decided that I will only wear 3/4 wigs from now on. It is fall season now and the weather is colder so I will use 3/4 wigs as a protective style. They are much more versatile than sew-in extensions because you can take them off as often as you wish to tend to your natural hair.

UPDATE: I tried a Egg Treatment on my hair on October 10th, 2011 and my shedding has reduced. So if you are experiencing excessive shedding you should try the egg treatment. All I did was whisk one egg and apply it to my scalp and hair. Then I covered my hair with a disposable shower cap and left it in for 1 hour. After that, i rinsed it out with lukewarm water and applied Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Moisturizing Conditioner to my hair. I left that in for about 10 minutes then rinsed out with cool water.


My next step is to cut off about two inches . The split ends have to go!!!!
Update coming soon a month from now in November 2011!!

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

DIY: First Time 3/4 Wig (U-Part) using Virgin Brazilian Hair Extensions

There is a first time for everything :)

I watch Youtube videos daily and after seeing a number of videos on 3/4 wigs, i decided to make a 3one for myself. I was looking for an alternative to regular sew-in weaves since sew-in weaves are too damn itchy. After a week I already want to take my weave out.

Making a 3/4 wig is time consuming and I have to give myself kudos for my 1st attempt. It did not turn out perfect but i was satisfied with the results. I messed up a little in the front but I found a way to patch it up and it still turned out pretty. My friends raved when they saw my hair, they thought I got the extensions sewn in and were surprised when i told them it was a 3/4 wig.I actually think I will stick to 3/4 wigs from now on.

I installed the Virgin Brazilian Hair from my previous post on a spandex cap.This hair is the bomb!! This is my 3rd install and I have never had better hair. Everyone thought I installed brand new extensions. It has minimalshedding and does not tangle at all. This is the best hair I have tried hands down!!!! If you want to try Virgin Brazilian Hair i would recommend you try this hair. I usually hate re-using extensions but that is because I have never purchased extensions that were good enough to be used over and over.

Drumroll please .... :P   Here are pictures of my 1st ever 3/4 wig P.S: I love it!!!!
Front View
I installed my Virgin Brazilian Wavy Hair Extensions on a spandex cap using a foam head. To summarize what i did, instead of sewing the hair extensions onto my hair directly, I sew them onto a black spandex cap.

Back View

Top View
You can see where I made a  mistake but I managed to patch it up and make it work :)  
Top View
The 3/4 wig on my head before I cut out the U-Part 

Top View
After I cut out the U-part, I installed the 3/4 wig by sewing it onto my hair braided underneath . Then I covered the tracks with my leave out. You can control the amount of hair you leave out by making the U-Part bigger or smaller.
3/4 wig fully installed
(I did not curl my hair to blend it with the wig yet, just wanted to show the finished look)
Pls excuse the bags under my eyes, I do not get enough sleep :(

Side View
Back View
I may dye my 3/4 wig to a jet black color. The Virgin Brazilian extensions came in a natural brown color and I like the virgin color of the extensions but my hair blends ok but not perfectly, since my hair is somewhere between a color 1B.  I have no experience dying hair but I have been watching videos on Youtube (as usual..... lol) so I feel confident enough to try it out myself.
If I end up dying the hair, I will put up pictures so you can see my results.

I have been going back and forth on whether or not I should try the "Ombre Look". This is what Ombre Hair looks like:

I prefer dark hair for the cold months so the Ombre Look will have to wait till the weather gets warmer.

My first install of this hair was a sew in with an invisible part (none of my hair was left out), second install was a regular sew in weave and third install is this 3/4 wig. The 3/4 wig is my favorite. It is versatile and I can take it off as often as I want to take care of my real hair.

If you have any questions or comments,  leave them below :)
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Best Affordable Products for Virgin Brazilian Hair Extensions

If you invest in virgin hair extensions, you have to use  the right products in order to get the most out of your investment. I am narrowing it down to the products that worked best for me. At first i assumed pricier products would be better but Nexxus products made my hair frizzy and harder to manage so I decided to try more economical brands.

1) Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner
This is essential, avoid using any shampoo or conditioner. It has to be a MOISTURIZING shampoo and conditioner.
Herbal Essences Hello Hydration 2 in 1 Shampoo + conditioner & Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Moisturizing Conditioner. .

OR
 Dove Damage Therapy Intensive Repair Conditioner

 ** Tip: I co-wash my virgin hair extensions at least 2x per week. I shampoo once a month or less to clean my hair. When I shampoo, I use the 2 in 1 shampoo+ conditioner followed by the moisturizing conditioner and it leaves my hair buttery soft. Do not the 2 in 1 Shampoo + conditioner on its own.**

2) Leave-in-conditioner
A leave-in-conditioner is not needed if you have straight or body wave hair but if your extensions are a deep curl, deep wave, kinky curl, tight curl texture it is a must. Basically the wavier or curlier your extensions the more necessary it is.
Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship Split end Leave- in protector for long hair. 

OR
Motions CPR Triple Action Leave in Conditioner

3) Serum
A serum is a must for all Virgin hair extensions. I use it after I apply my leave in conditioner or as a leave-in by itself. It is not greasy at all and a little goes a long way. I apply a dime size and work it into my hair. Serums help control frizz.
One 'n Only Argan Oil
 
OR
Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Moroccan Sleek Oil Treatment

4) Heat Protectant
Always apply a heat protectant before you apply any heat to your hair.To get your hair bone straight when you flat iron, I recommend:
Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Flat Iron Perfector Straightening Mist

For blow drying, curling with wands, curling irons, flat irons etc. I recommend:
Tresemme Heat Tamer Spray

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...