weave(sewn-in)

Very popular amongst African heritage  

   Things to know before you get a weave

 

Afro hair allows for amazing versatility but there are some dos and don'ts when it comes to weaves:

Change your weave every 4-6 weeks 

 

To explain, weaves are extensions and are also a protective hairstyle if you're trying to grow your hair longer or are trying to give your hair a rest from harmful heat styling. Your real hair is put into braids, and the weave is then sewn into them.

I like using human hair extensions as they are of course the most natural. Human hair extensions can be bleached, dyed, curled, straightened etc just as you can do with normal growing hair. Though good, ethical human hair extensions are quite expensive, they do last for a very long time if shampooed, conditioned and looked after properly.

However, if you're not careful, weaves can also damage your natural hair underneath as much as protecting it. For example, if the hair extensions are glued in or your braids have been created too tight, this will cause breakage. Hair underneath needs to be looked after with the same care you'd give it without your weave on top.

 

TIPS

 

  Spend more for good quality hair

 

Cheap synthetic hair extensions can damage your natural hair and can cause scalp irritation. Be alert for human hair extensions which are mixed in with synthetic hair and animal hair like Yaks or horses. (It is true, this happens). Make sure you check the hair thoroughly as well as making sure you wash it before use to ensure that there are no insects hiding in the wefts that can damage or irritate your natural hair follicles.

 Is my hair protected

Sew in, just like any other weave, has its ups and downs. They can protect your hair but if not “installed” correctly it can damage or break your hair. If you're trying to grow your hair out it's recommended that you install a “full head” of weave(which means none of the client's hair is left out.).

 

Change it up
Weaves should only be worn for 4-6 weeks at a time as your scalp needs to breathe! Wearing the same weave style for more than this time period without washing can lead to unsanitary conditions that can also lead to hair loss.

 

Care for your natural hair
It's important to deep condition natural hair before attaching a weave and to look after your natural hair, as traction alopecia can be developed from neglect. It's almost impossible to have an Afro hair transplant because of the way afro hair grows; CURLY.

 

Don't forget your scalp
Wrap up with a silk scarf before bed, sports or any activity that would cause sweat and be sure to wash and blow-dry if there is excessive sweat. Also, treat your natural hair to deep conditioners and scalp treatments as much as you can and let your scalp breathe from time to time.

Remember to do your own research

or just ask us.

Box BraidsAlso known as single plaits

Few things you should know before getting braids

getting braids installed will not only make you feel fly but also frees up a lot of time in the morning, allowing for more sweet, sweet time in your bed. The best thing is that they require very little maintenance for 6-8 weeks (great for lazies like myself), but there are a few things to consider and remember before you have them installed (especially if it’s your first time) to ensure they stay looking on point.

 

 

Know what you want and what you can have

You want braids, but what braids; Box braids, Marley twists, Senegalese twists, micro braids, tree braids, there are dozens of options and it’s important you nail down the style you want so you can buy the right texture synthetic hair and find the right braider for the style. Speak to us about what would suit your hair before you start, “consult with your stylist about whether braids with synthetic extensions are suitable for your hair. Discussing prior chemical services about the condition of your hair is a great start. Then think about what size and length of braids are best suited for you. If the braids are too big and long, they may create damage and breakage along your hairline, due to the tension and weight of them.”

 

 

 Will my hair grow

Braids for Hair Growth. Natural hair grows no matter if you get it braided or not. Putting your hair in braids can give it two or three months of rest from chemical or heat damage, reducing breakage

 

Make time for its creation 

Like any work of art, braiding takes time, so don’t be surprised if you have to set aside a large chunk of your day for your new style. On average, a speedy braider can complete medium-sized braids in around six hours but micro braids can take double that time so plan accordingly.

 

 

Prep your natural hair

Your hair is going to be tucked away for a couple of months so you want to make sure it’s in the best condition going into the style. Wash it, condition it and deep condition the day before to make sure your hair is clean and nourished before styling, The Big Hair Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment, is great for injecting moisture. Also if you tend to co-wash your hair normally, this is a time you might want to switch back to a more clarifying shampoo to get rid of any build up on the lengths of your hair. Please wash your hair before installing.

 

 

Make your Box Braids last

“To make them last, make sure you sleep with a silk headscarf or wig cap so everything is kept in place. Fold your scarf into a triangle shape and wrap around your braids. You can bunch your braids into a loose low pony or let them hang free in the scarf. Or if you’re not about the headscarf life a satin pillowcase is a decent alternative.

 

 

Give your hair a break

As much wearing braids is a great protective style, it’s really important to have a break between braided styles. “Don't do braids back to back, always give it rest to make sure your hair stays healthy. Some professional suggest, do 6 weeks on and a month off to ensure you are giving my hair time to breathe.

 

 

Remember to do your own research or just ask us.

Cornrow / Canerow

        Where Cornrow comes from?

 

Cornrows originated in Africa and the Caribbean — their very name indicates agriculture, planting, and labour. In the Caribbean, we call them 'cane rows,'

Are cornrows bad for my hair?

Once it's braided or plaited up it requires less maintenance like combing or brushing which pulls and tugs on the roots of the hair. Cornrows give this small problem a break for a while. So I would say that this is a good way to wear your hair if you are looking to protect it a bit.

The first step is knowing what you want, what style, length and thickness. 

Good practice: wash and dry your hair before having cornrows.

 

Can cornrows get wet?

Just as you are told to wear a stocking cap or silk wrap to protect your style when you sleep it's the same for water. Remember natural hair will get dry and frizz up once it gets wet and dries. Therefore getting your cornrows wet will cause them to lose that attractive tight look if you place volumes of water on them.

How long does my hair have to be for cornrows?​

The minimum length of hair required for cornrows with the wearer's natural hair is about 1.75 inches. When braiding cornrows, which are braids attached to the scalp in rows, you need enough hair to grip as you braid.

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Remember to do your own research or just ask us.

Fun Fact; It soon became a popular culture to straighten kinky hair with greases, oils, straightening combs and hellish amounts of heat after a chemical hair relaxer was discovered and then marketed by an African American man named Garrett Augustus Morgan in the early 20th century

Ensure that the person who is relaxing your hair knows what they are doing; use a professional. 

Is a relaxer permanent?

Chemical straightening or relaxing treatments work in the same way as a reverse perm, however, instead of using the solution to curl straight hair, it's used to permanently straighten curly hair. ... However, while the relaxing process is damaging, in the long term it may be beneficial to your hair's condition.

How long does relaxer last in my hair?

The results vary depending on your hair type, but usually, a hair relaxer will leave your hair straight for about six to eight weeks. Unlike other permanent straightening methods, relaxing your hair will require touch-ups from time to time.

How do I remove relaxer from hair?

The only surefire way to remove a relaxer is to cut off the processed hair. Unfortunately, there are no shortcuts to getting rid of relaxed strands. When these chemicals are applied to your tresses, they break down the protein bonds in your hair in order to change the texture

Some side effects are; hair damage, chemical burn, scalp irritation and hair loss.  

Hair relaxing can be fun and exciting while enhancing your physical appearance but do your due diligence to ensure this is what you want before any comment thus undoing can be very stubborn.

Remember to do your own research or just ask us.

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