Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Product Rave: Argan Oil

Argan Oil is the The brand I use is One n' Only Argan Oil.
This is the only product you need to use on your Virgin/Remy Hair Extensions. It leaves your hair smooth and frizz free. I previously used John Frieda's Frizz ease on my extensions but it did nothing for me and my extensions would still get frizzy. Argan Oil also works great my own hair. I love finding products that work effectively on my extensions and my real hair. This is definitely a product that does. The bottle is small but it  lasts long. A little goes a long way and I use a dime size each time I use it.

I bought mine at Sally's Beauty Supply for $13.19 CAD (excluding tax). You can find it online on Ebay or Amazon.

Hope you dolls are having a fab holiday xoxo

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Spotlight: Lacefront Wigs

 I have a pet peeve for horrible hairlines courtesy Lacefront Wigs. Wearing lacefront wigs is hard and even celebrities get it wrong.  Bottom line is, you do not want to look like you are wearing a helmet.
Prior to jumping on the " Remy and Virgin Hair" bandwagon, I wore a lot of synthetic lacefront wigs and this past summer, i wore a Brazilian Remy lacefront wig so everything I say is simply from my own experience or from what I have observed. The purpose of this post is not to offend anyone.

 Lacefront Wigs: Donts
DO NOT glue down your lacefront wig.  I have seen people wear their lacefront wigs and the residue of the glue is still visible along the hairline. A lot of people use glue but I wouldn't recommend it just because I worry about the long term effect the use of glue could have on your hairline.

DO NOT wear the wig way in front of your natural hairline, this will create a very unnatural looking hairline and that helmet look you do not want.

What I used to do: I would part my hair from temple to temple leaving some hair out in front. Then I would attach the lacefront to my hair using the combs and then comb the left out hair over to cover the lace front. This would create a more natural looking hairline because from the front it is my natural hairline showing. Also it gives you a little bit more parting room since a lot of lace front wigs do not come with a lot of parting room.
One good thing I can say about lace front wigs is that they are a good protective style. But other than that, I would not wear one again because it is hard to make them look believable without leaving some of your hair out in front. This eliminates the "purpose"... I might as well have worn half wigs.
I would recommend Glueless full lace wigs because I have seen a number of nice ones on Youtube and they do not require you to use glue and can be parted anywhere.

Monday, 19 December 2011

Hair Debate: Does Brazilian Hair Really Exist?

Here's a funny pic someone sent to me on BBM last week.

There has been a lot of debate on black hair forums, Youtube etc. on the origin of Virgin Brazilian Hair Extensions.Brazilian hair is probably the most sought after type of hair for African (American) women. This is because the texture blends well with the texture of  African (American) hair.

So the debate is on the true origin of Brazilian Hair. A lot of people would argue that "Brazilian Hair" is not from Brazil. Some argue that it is originally Chinese/Indian hair that is processed to a texture that is then referred to as "Brazilian Hair".

Where do I stand on this debate?
Real Brazilian Hair does exist, but it is very pricey. What I am sure of is that it is probably not available in mass quantities like Indian Hair. We all know that there is a large number of consumers of Brazilian Hair and a equally increasing number of companies selling Brazilian Hair. So it is pretty obvious that not all " Brazilian Hair" on the market is collected directly from Brazil. I also think that Indian Hair is often processed to different textures: Brazilian, Malaysian, Mongolian, Peruvian hair etc.

Next is the "Virgin" debate.  Hair is often steam process the hair to get a certain wave or curl pattern and some people say this means the hair not "Virgin". So the Virgin aspect depends on what your own definition of Virgin is.

I jumped on the "Brazilian Hair" bandwagon a little over 2 years ago and the origin or "Virgin" debate doesn't bother me at all. What is important to me is that the hair extensions I purchase are good quality, tangle & shedding free and blend well with my real hair.

Conclusion is if you want Real Brazilian Hair, it doesn't come cheap.

THIS Youtube video inspired this post.

If you have anything to add, please do so in the comment section :)

Final Update: My Brazilian Hair 3/4 Wig

I got a fresh relaxer on December 14th and I re-installed the 3/4 Wig on December 17th. I only relax my new growth/roots so only my roots are bone straight.
Dec 18th: No heat curls using 5 Bendy Rollers
 No heat curls using 5 Bendy Rollers
 Hair styled with 5 Bendy Rollers
I complained in the previous post that this hair is silkier than my previous Brazilian hair extensions but the hair when curled does not appear silky at all. People actually think it is my hair.... when I say people I mean people who know I wear extensions and have also seen my real hair. The length is very believable and the volume looks natural.

Next post will be on my Holiday Hair. I want the bombshell look for Christmas & New Year so think longer, more voluminous hair... I am too excited!

Have a great week y'all :)

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

DIY: First Look at My Brazilian 3/4 Wig

I know what y'all are thinking and the answer is YES!! I am a Weave-A-Holic.

I had some free time on my hands yesterday.. it was my day off and while I was organizing my storage, I found two unused bundles of Virgin Brazilian Hair 16 inches . One bundle was a Brazilian Body Wave (Natural Black) and the other bundle was straight with a slight wave (Natural dark brown). I decided to make a 3/4 Wig with the two random bundles. When I started thinking about switching to Brazilian hair, I ordered samples from different companies and the two bundles are most likely samples from different sellers.

I used the natural dark brown bundle on the bottom and the natural black bundle on top and this created a very subtle Ombre effect which is hard to see in the pictures :(
I was so eager to make the wig that I forgot take a picture of the bundles prior making the 3/4 wig and I finished the wig in a  little over two hours. I am getting pretty good at this :) I am never going back to sew ins... ever!!

I am loving the shorter length and as you can see two bundles is enough if your are using 16 inches or shorter. I made the U-part much bigger on this one because I intend to leave out a lot of my hair. I have not experienced any shedding.. like none at all which is awesome!! This is the hair I will wear prior to Christmas and New year before switch to my longer 3/4 wig from this post:

The 3/4 wig is not sewn to my hair yet and that is why the last picture does not show the top of my head. I am 4 months post relaxer and my roots look cray cray. I am getting a relaxer next week :) :)

Here's a sneak peek:
Front View

Back View

Top View
Update coming soon!!

Friday, 2 December 2011

Ebay Haul

Can't believe it is December already. This year went by super fast!! I am really behind on my Christmas shopping and I have to get a move on asap.

I have been doing a lot of random searching on Ebay to find some things I couldn't find elsewhere online or in stores. Below are the items from my recent Ebay Haul. 
** All the sellers ship Worldwide so you can purchase the items from anywhere in the world **

If you want anything, anything at all, you can probably find it on Ebay.. the selection is craaazyyy!! 

1.   Thermal Cap

I bought this because I have wanted a deep conditioning cap for as long as I can remember but I was a bit eerie about buying one that needed to be plugged in so I am glad I found this alternative. I hope it works!!
Buy it Here

2. Big Bendy Rollers

I need Big Bendy Rollers for more voluminous curls. The ones I have currently are smaller sized.
Buy It Here

3. Satin Sleep Cap

This is another item I wanted that is way overpriced in stores in my area. Satin sleep caps are a must, they keep your hair from drying out. You should also wear them over your real hair and also when you have Remy/Virgin hair extensions installed.
Buy It Here

4. Eyelash Applicator
I don't know about you but I suck at applying false eyelashes and I have never worn them as a result. But I came across this eyelash applicator in a Youtube video that "supposedly" makes the application of falsies easier so I decided to purchase one. *Fingers Crossed*

5.   Braided Headband

These are hard to find elsewhere!! I bought one in black and I am stoked to see what cute hairstyles I come up with using this headband :) 
Buy It Here

DIY Kinky Straight Wig

Revisiting my favorite texture of all time... kinky straight. This time I constructed my own wig with two 16 inch bundles and a 12 inch lace...