What Makes Your Weaves So Different?
"Almost anyone can do a sew in weave, what makes yours so different?"
This statement is very important. Because it is true. Anyone who has two hands, can braid, and can thread a needle can do a sew in weave. Some can even do their own weaves (I can). What makes the weaves I do so much better than the other stylists on Craigslist, Instagram, or Youtube?
Well I could go on and on listing the fact that I have years of experience, I use quality products, I am located in a salon, I use and sell virgin hair. I could post 1,000 pictures of the weaves I have done. However, I know that you and most other people don't care about that. You care about the experience and the way your new sew in weave makes you feel and the compliments you receive.
Below is a video of a sew in weave I styled using Virgin Weave Chic' hair:
A couple hours later this is the text I received:
The Perfect Stitch
There are many ways to sew in hair extensions. One of the keys to a great weave however is method used to attach the wefted extension hair to the base braids.
Below is an example of a bad technique used in the sew in weave process. The braids are sloppy and the stitches are spaced too far apart.
Watch Rochelle use professional stitching methods below for the PERFECT Sew In Weave.
The Resurgence of Crochet Braids
There is nothing new under the sun, especially in the hair world. Most hair styles are a remix or an adaptation of previous hairstyles from decades and even centuries ago. Crochet braid weaving is no different.
I grew up in the late 80’s / early 90’s and remember being in awe of two hair styles. The “curly-kit”, a short less juicy version of the Jherri Curl, and crochet braids. Those 90’s era hair dos caught my attention because they were different and stood out from my then hot combed plaits adorned with a million plastic barrettes.
Those old school crochet braids resembled dry ramen noodles and had a stiff appearance. It also intrigued me because the finished look was so unnatural.
As the years went by, Crochet braids were considered an out dated hair style. As micro braids and weaves became popular, most women ditched that “old school” way of weaving. Decades later a change in attitude towards hair extensions and synthetic hair quality began to emerge.
With more and more transitioning from relaxed hair in favor of their natural hair, women began to embrace styles that where once forgotten.Weaves and braids were now used as a way to protect the natural hair from the rigors of heat styling. Also hair manufacturers began to crank out synthetics fibers that no longer resembled the hard crinkly ropes of yesteryear. The new fibers now come in an array of colors, textures, and lengths to mimic tightly coiled, individually braided or freshly blow-out Black Afro hair.
What is the BEST Edge Tamer?
Edge tamer is the most popular styling product on the market. There are literaly hundreds of companies that sell their version of edge control gel. I have bought purchased many of them. Most edge tamer products on the market leave a very greasy residue, flake, or just do not hold down anything.
Arganics Edge Smoothing Gel is a pretty good product. It is non greasy and if used on clean hair does not leave a residue. It holds down most individuals hairline. I will mention that if you are natural you will need to tie down your hairline to lay your edges down. The gel comes in a 8 ounce container which is larger than most products in the same category. Overall this gel will be a good purchase if you are looking for a edge layer.
"Stop Using Just Any Shampoo"
Stop using just any shampoo. Many people believe that shampoo is shampoo. If it says shampoo on the bottle than that is the product I must use. Technically yes. The textbook definition of shampoo states that it is "a liquid preparation containing detergent or soap for washing the hair." Shampoo can be purchased anywhere; drugstores, beauty salons, discount dollar stores, and even online. Shampoos are also available in many fragrances, colors, and consistencies. The deciding factor for most shampoo purchases are price, fragrance, and habit. If your mother purchased a certain brand of shampoo for years chances are because of the habit of brand loyalty you purchase it too. Or you may favor the awesome fragrance of another brand. Price points or a current sale on a popular brand may also be a deciding factor as to why you make that purchase. However, the most important factor of shampoo selection is often overlooked.
How does the product make your hair feel after the shampoo. Why is this important? As a salon professional, I have used many shampoo brands. Professional and those purchased in Walmart. There is a difference. Many cheaper store bought brands have a very intoxicating floral fragrance. The result? Dry brittle awesome smelling hair. In order for a shampoo manufacturer to stay at a low price point inferior surfactants have to be used. Surfactants are the ingredients that cleanse the hair of dirt and debris. Inferior products cause inferior results. Quality products will always cause quality results.
If your hair is dry and lackluster. Choose a shampoo that contains moisturizing ingredients. If your scalp is oily select a shampoo that has astringent ingredients. Choose a shampoo that has the ingredients that will give you the results that you need for a healthy head of hair; real or extended.
While wearing hair extensions, one has to choose a shampoo that both benefits your natural hair underneath and maintains the integrity of the commercial hair. I suggest using a shampoo that contains quality salon grade ingredients. In the salon I prefer to use shampoos that cleanse the scalp and have properties that are beneficial to the hair. Paul Mitchell Scalp Anti-Thinning Shampoo is one of my favorites that I like to use before braiding the natural hair for a sew in. It contains the herb ginseng and has a sulfate free formula. The end result is a stimulated scalp and gently cleansed hair strands.
Another one of my favorite types of shampoo is made by Avlon. KeraCare Dry & Itchy Scalp Anti-Dandruff Moisturizing Shampoo. This shampoo is perfect for individuals with itchy scalps and contains Chamomile and Rosemary to help soothe the scalp.
"My Husband Hates My Weave"
How does your spouse really feel about your hair extensions? View this video to learn the secret to having a great weave and happy mate!
The Versatile Sewn In Weave (3 Part)
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This weaving technique is one of the most popular. I just love the style versatility. I just LOVE this weave and so will YOU!
Virgin Hair Quality
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Virgin or Not?
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