My Hair, My Way

Archive for July 2008

 When it comes to setting lotion, I’m really not that picky. I alternate between LottaBody, Hawaiian Silky or Perm Repair. I use Perm Repair the most, because it’s good for colored treated hair. I haven’t colored my hair in years, but during high school I was a color freak. Any shades of brown I had to have it.  I use setting lotion as a leave in conditioner as well. If I’m out of setting lotion, I use a regular conditioner mixed with water as a leave in conditioner.

The methods of installing weaves are endless. (Sew ins, fusion, glue, clip ins, etc). Click here and here for details on weaving techniques. Below I found youtube videos of how to do different weave techniques. Mainly what I’ve used.

 This method is using glue. It’s a lot faster than any other methods. However, it can be the most damaging. I’ve been using glue (mainly Liquid Gold) for a while now, but decided not to use it anymore, being that I can properly sew in my own hair. Skip to 1:50 to skip the intro.

This is showing how to do a simple sew in.  I do mine in a similar fashion. There are numerous braid patterns you can use.

A more advanced pattern.

When my hair grows a little longer. I’m going to try using clip in extensions. Until that time, sew ins are going to be my main method.

As always, there are different types of weave “hair”, Remy, virgin, yaki, synthetic etc. To learn more about  each type click here . The price varies with each brand. When it come to human hair, some have a way of thinking that the more expensive the hair, the less you have to do to it. Wrong! Basically with all human hair, you have to treat it like it’s growing from the scalp. What I will say about expensive brands it that you can reinstall it after several washes and it’ll still look fresh and new. Some cheap brands, can’t handle frequent washing.  What I like about human hair is that you can curl it and make it into to different textures. The downside is, like I mentioned earlier, you have to treat it like it’s your natural hair.

Currently, I’m wearing synthetic hair. Synthetic is much cheaper than human hair. Most are starting at 9.99. There are some that looks exactly like human hair or better (my current install). Synthetic is a lot easier to maintain. However, synthetic hair doesn’t hold a curl as good as human hair. Synthetic hair also doesn’t last as long and can’t be style into different textures. When buying synthetic make sure it’s flame retardant (don’t want the hair to catch on fire)!

Check out Hair Sisters. You can view all types of extensions and get reviews on it. Also view my progress pictures to see some of my installs.

When it comes to my hair, my motto is keeping it simple. Applying tons of products to your hair is not going to make it grow any faster. I don’t do much to my hair, I leave it alone and let nature do it’s thing. Sometimes it can be very tempting to try a product or hair technique that others rave about. Every now and then it’s okay to experiment with a new product (if I hadn’t I wouldn’t have discovered my beloved V05 conditioner). If your staple products are working for you, it’s best to keep it. A daily routine does get boring after a while and some change can be good, but use good judgement. When I get bored with some of my staple products, I add some Shea butter oil in it.

As far as hair styles, I also keep it simple. Extensions allows me to try different textures. When I was a teen, I was a lover of the Wrap (not knowing that my hair at the nape wasn’t growing any longer due to the constant rubbing against my clothes). When I felt the need to switch up the wrap, I would either add two jumbo twist in the front, make a zig zap part, or add a hair accessory.

Protective hairstyles are styles that protects your hair from breakage. Hair constantly rubbing against your clothes can cause brittleness, dryness, and eventually lead to breakage, especially the ends, being that the ends of the hair have been on the head longer. Some protective styles are braid outs, twist out, Bantu knots, banana clips, high ponytails, and of course weaves. I’m not wearing my natural hair out so my choice is hair weaves. One method I use is a sew in. I do it similar to the video posted below, except I prefer straight hair with layers. I normally braid 8-10 braids going straight back, but my hair is longer now and the braids are thicker. I may have to braid 15 braids next time.


Depending on how tight I sew in my extensions, it usually last 2 weeks to a month. I did my own sew in 3 times. Practice makes perfect.

Since I’ve covered the basics (shampooing, conditioning, moisturizing), I’m going to post some extra products (check out “My Regimen” section to see how I use them) that I use daily. One main thing I do when looking for products is reading the ingredients. I tend to stay away from products that contain a lot of alcohol, which clearly will dry the hair.

I love Cantu Shea Butter leave in conditioner and oil sheen.

This recently became a part of my regimen. However, my hair grew well without using this. I use it after I wash and condition my hair. It does add moisture to my hair (it can be used on dry hair as well). I’m going to stop using it for a while (I’ll apply it to my ends only), mainly because I prefer to use a leave in spray rather than cream. When I start wearing my natural hair out, I’ll use it again. My motto is “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it”. 

Cantu Shea Butter oil sheen does exactly what the label says. I started using this in January 08 and was amazed at how light the sheen was. I go through a can of this very fast. I spray it on my scalp daily, my natural hair and weave, and it can be used as a heat protectant. The shine is wonderful and you don’t have to spray a lot to see it either. I became a Shea Butter Oil lover because of this oil sheen. It smells lovely, might I add.

Which is better? Personally it’s a preference of the individual. Lye relaxers tend to be a little stronger than no lye. I’ve been using no lye relaxers majority of my life. Within the last few years, I decided to try a lye relaxer, TCB to be exact. Honestly I started doing it because I didn’t have to mix anything together and it can be sealed and used again if some relaxer is left after the application. I really didn’t notice a difference when using the two. But what some say, “Lye is better for the hair but harsh on the scalp and no lye is better for sensitive scalp and harsher on the hair”. For more info on Lye vs No Lye click here.

I’ve used my share of relaxers. My favorite no lye relaxer at this time is ORS Olive Oil relaxer. TCB lye relaxer is the only lye relaxer I’ve tried. My next relaxer, I’m going to use the TCB mixed with a little Shea butter oil.

 

The days are over of me relaxing every month. I now relax every 5-6 months. It helps me to retain growth and plus I like to see how much hair I’ve grown after getting a relaxer.



  • lnicole2: that's not my video, but thanks I guess
  • LULU: SORRY BUT IN THE CREDITS U SPELLED "SPEICAL INSTEAD OF SPECIAL THATS ALL I HAVE 2 SAY SORRY! BUT CONGRATS ON UR SUFF U DID 2 UR HAIR
  • sam: very nice an quick

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