Tuesday, July 17, 2012

CLOSURES/ Lace vs Silk Closures

I received an email last week in regards to lace and silk closures. This is just a quick post that could possibly help others in their search for the right procedure. What is a closure? A closure is the top piece use to close the top of a full weave. This top piece sold at Beauty Supply Stores, is most commonly made of mesh with wefts of tracks sewn round and round in a circular pattern to create a seamless effect. A skilled stylists can also create this same effect using weft hair, however the most professional look is to simply purchase this top piece. There is also an invisible part closure sold in most Beauty Supply Stores that is new on the market. This closure is simply a closure made of wefts and mesh with a part that allows the hair to show the scalp parting. Closures can come in many forms, lace and silk closures seem to be gaining popularity on the market right now.

Lace vs silk is all about personal preference. Some people don't like lace because the material is to thin some people don't like silk because it is too thick. This will definitely have to be a decision your stylists or whomever is installing your weave will make. No matter which one you choose the most important factor is that it is put in to look natural. So she (your stylist) must tell you which one she is capable of working with so that she can put it in to look as realistic as possible.

Silk Closures are made of a thicker fabric than lace. Some people prefer silk because the fabric will look as if the hair is growing from your scalp and the base is thick enough to hide the braids underneath. Silk Closures normally run light in color so you may have to tint the fabric to match your skin color or use foundation that is the color of your skin in the parting area. Some silk closures give a thicker appearance than lace around the hair line leaving a line of demarcation.

Lace Closures are thinner and give a more flatter and seamless attachment especially when glued around the perimeter of the hair line to blend in with your skin. It can also be sewn down without glue by a skilled professional. Some people believe that you can see the braids underneath the lace when looking directly at the unit so wearing a flesh colored stocking cap is sometimes recommended.
Another concern when purchasing a lace closure is the knots being too dark. If the knots are too dark at the root of the base then the unit will not look as realistic. Bleaching the knots is recommended to give a more realistic look, the objective is for the hair to appear as if it is growing from your scalp.

 Lace Closure

Silk Closure

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Best and Worse Hair to buy??

I thought I would dedicate the next few posts on different hair textures and  hair types that are on the market today. I know that buying hair is an investment so I want to shed some light on the good , the bad and the ugly. LOL! I will list my favorite human hair, by brand, textures and types.
Just so that we are on the same page, the brand is the company that produce or sells the product. The texture is the ethnicity (based on origin of the hair). The type will be the pattern or formation of the hair. (example: wavy, curly, straight)

This post I will only talk about the best and worse Types of hair that have a WAVY pattern. Wavy hair is identified by the S pattern. If the human hair has an S pattern it is considered wavy if it has a spiral pattern then it is considered curly, which I will talk about next month. Wavy hair is an excellent choice if you choose to wear your hair in curls because it will hold curls longer than buying straight hair. Wavy hair can also be flat Iron straight if you choose to switch it up. Wavy hair will give you more body and bounce when wearing your hair in curls. If you are having a sewn in weave it is best to purchase 2 packs of hair for a normal looking weave. If you love your weave thick and extremely full purchase 3 or more. Machine wefts are the most commonly used wefts. This simply means that the hair is sewn together using a sewing machine the weft is slightly thicker and sturdier than a handmade weft. Choosing a weft is all about personal preference but the mostly commonly used weft is made by machine.

So here is the list for best Wavy Hair..
1. Perfectlengths.com Brazilian Wavy Hair- I love this hair because it is soft, it does not tangle, and it is not processed. This hair is best for women that want a long flowy celebrity look. If you are leaving some of your own natural hair out you must choose this hair wisely. This hair has a soft, silky feel, but it has a dry matt finish so it will blend somewhat with those who have  relaxer in their hair. I suggest leaving a very small portion of your hair out if possible. If your hair is completely natural, I suggest doing a full sewn in  weave and leave none of your hair exposed. Brazilian hair is from the country Brazil. This hair has a heavier density than Indian Hair and has a somewhat thicker texture that resembles relaxed African American hair.

2. Halleyscurl.com- Gentle Wave Relaxed- I love this texture because it has a little texture to it. The wave pattern is soft and it forms a big S pattern. The Origin of the hair is Malaysian which gives a bit of a shine. Nevertheless, Halleys Curls have managed to create a perfect blend of natural looking hair from their Salon Relaxed collection and blended a soft wave to produce this Gentle Wave relaxed. According to their website this hair has been somewhat processed, but since I am not an employee of theirs I don't know just how much they have processed the hair. However, I have used this hair on many of my clients, myself and my daughter and have had excellent results. I even colored the ends of my daughters hair and the color took well.

3. Extensions Plus- ZigZag Natural Wavy- is also on my list of Must Haves. This natural Indian Remy is of superior quality. I have many clients that rave about Extensions Plus, their hair will last at least a year and sometimes longer just as the other hair companies mentioned on this list. Indian Hair has a dull matt finish that will blend in with African American hair. The weight of the hair is very light in density. If you are accustomed to having thick hair with heavy density you should purchase 3 packs of hair instead of 2 to complete a full weave.

4. Perfect Locks.com- Wavy Virgin Indian Hair- I love Perfect Locks and not just because they sell my Soy Shampoo and Conditioner, but because they have absolutely good hair. I am so pleased to send my clients to them because their hair is Grade A, their customer service is superb and the hair last for more than a year if properly taken care of. This hair is just what it says Virgin Indian Hair, you can color it if you choose but the hair comes in darker tones as all of the hair listed above.

 On the Worse List
Most mass distributed hair found in your local Beauty supply store, is not of good quality. The hair has been processed to give you a consistent wave pattern that is so perfect that it looks fake. If you are purchasing BSS hair understand that it will not last you as long as Virgin hair that is not processed. Don't get me wrong I buy all types of hair because I change my look quite frequently, so there is nothing wrong with buying BSS hair. You should just remove it when it starts to look raggedy, tangle and mat. Here are some of the worse wavy hair that I have ever tried that gave me the blues while wearing it as well as some of my clients.

1. Bohyme -Everything!! I know I am going to get some hate mail about this, nevertheless I do not like Boyme Body Wave, or any of it for that matter. It is too stiff, like horse hair or hair that has been totally over processed. It is not versatile at all, meaning you can not wear it flat ironed. Even if you wear it wavy it is just still plain old garbage hair. In my opinion!
2. Lugos- Wet and wavy, Soft wavy and all of the above. I do not like Lugos hair either, it is over processed and does not imitate human hair. Sheds alot as well.
3. Adorable- I do not like Adorable hair either just like the 2 above.. Hard Horse hair that is completely over processed.
4. If you are purchasing over the counter wavy hair like
Bobbi Boss Indie Remi
Sensational Goddess
Outre Velvet
make sure you purchase the top of the line Remy hair. This hair is okay, but not as good as the list above and expect it to only last for about 1 month, if it last more than a month then you are doing good. Most of this hair will shed, tangle and matt after 1 or 2 shampoos.

These are just my thoughts and stay tuned for my next review of Best and Worse Hair to BUY!!