WELCOME TO MY WORLD

WELCOME TO MY WORLD

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Caring for WEFT hair and Frontals

REMEMBER I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL... THESE ARE MY PERSONAL OPINIONS!!!!

I love the shampoo and conditioner and the curl enhancer!

I also use a little Moroccan Oil whenever I wash the hair; it helps to speed up the drying process.
I wash my hair every two to three days to avoid product buildups and to further define curls

To wash:

  • Brush hair while dry
  • Wet hair completely before applying shampoo
  • Apply diluted shampoo ( mix some water with your shampoo)
  • Do not mix hair all over your head as it will cause tangles
  • Brush the shampoo through the hair to make sure its distributed all over
  • Rinse, Rinse, Rinse, Rinse, make sure you rinse all the shampoo out! Rinse with a brush to make sure all product are cleaned.

To Condition:

  • Once you have rinse the hair completely; apply conditioner
  • Apply conditioner from roots to ends, in sections,
  • Brush conditioner through the hair to make sure product is distributed
  • Let the conditioner sit for about 5-10 minutes
  • Brush through
  • Rinse the conditioner thoroughly

To Style:

  • Once the conditioner is rinsed out.. Use your hands to wring out excess water
  • Apply a little Moroccan oil or any Frizz ease product – I also like Chi Silk Infusiumaveda
  • Bend your head towards a towel- wrap the towels on your head – let the hair sit in the towel for about 15 minutes
  • Apply the Aveeda Curl Enhancer while scrunching hair up to define the curls - before hair is completely dry
  • You can either allow hair to air dry or use a diffuser to dry the hair ( when using a diffuser i normally tilt my head down and scrunch the hair)

Days when I do not wash or completely wet the hair, I have a spray bottle with apple cider Vinegar and distilled water that I spray completely on my hair.

To purchase Aveda products go here:

www.aveda.com

Color Tips

There are tons of ways to lighten/ darken your hair — here are some advice and recommendations

1. Consult with a professional colorist -
2. Also do a test – color a small sample
3. DO NOT use box colors- the colors on the box are hardly what you will get

I strongly suggests using a demi-permanent hair color to color your extensions. This type of color is softer and gentler on your extensions.
We recommend (available at Sally’s):

1. L’Oreal Color Gems

2. Wella Color Charms

3. Clairol Complements

ceylon-cinnamon
Here is a tip I found online..
Lighten your hair with Cinnamon!
You can lighten your hair using cinnamon and condition your strands at the same time.

Tools:

  • Cinnamon of course!
  • Conditioner (use a moisturizing Conditioner- I recommend Abba or Giovanni)
  • Olive Oil or coconut oil – as an added conditioner
  • Plastic cap
  • Scarf

Steps:

  • Dampen hair with water
  • Brush thoroughly
  • Mix conditioner and cinnamon to a paste
  • Apply the paste on your hair
  • Seal with the oil
  • Cover head completely with plastic cap
  • Use a scarf to secure

Results:
The process takes about 6-7 hours to work, you can sleep on it and watch hair in the AM.
You may have to repeat the process a couple of times to get your desired color
Cinnamon will tingle but will not burn, test the mixture on your hands before you proceed to do your whole head

If you start out with:
Blond: lighter blond with brown highlights
Black: lighter brown with red tints
Light Brown: lighter shades of brown with red tints
Red: red highlights, brown tints
Light brown: lighter brown with red tints.

Have a fab hair day!

What do I use to seal my wefts?

I’m often asked about weft sealing and the products I prefer. So here they are (in my personal order of preference)
  1. Hair Extensions 101 sealer
  2. FrayBlock and Fray Check

Both of these products work well for sealing wefts. The Hair Extensions 101 product is my favorite because of it’s fast drying and because it requires no additional cure time once applied.

Once either of these products dries, the wefts are secure and still very flexible.

What about using other glues as a weft sealer?

I would be careful of using any other glues as a weft sealer for the following reasons:

  • Not all of these glues will stand up to exposure to oils, heat, or water (in my opinion a good sealer must stand up to all three)
  • I am SUPER cautious about using some of these toxic glues next to my hair/scalp (This is ESPECIALLY true for me if they cannot withstand exposure to heat, oils, or water)
Bonding Glues as a Weft Sealer

Additionally bonding glues should not be used as a sealant as nearly all of these glues will wear off over time, and the black bonding glue in particular will eventually turn to a sticky mess on your wefts..

Straightening Curly

Straightening Curly Hair

(I do not advise that you straighten process curls like Kinky Kurls)

Most people are afraid of straightening curly hair,however, the task is not as daunting once you know what you are doing.. a few tips!

The most important thing is that you do not want to damage
your pretty curls! And you do not want to end up with a
head full of frizzy straight/wavy/curly hair!

The Tools:
Ceramic Iron – To get your curls super straight without
damaging the hair you need a ceramic flat iron.

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Recommendations:

  • GVP at Sally’s is very effective and goes for about $60!
  • Chi Ceramic Iron
  • FHI Ceramic Iron

Heat Protection: this is to protect your hair from the heat.
Recommendations:protectant

  • GVP Heat protection at sallys
  • Nexxus Heat Protectant
  • IC Hair Polisher Heat Protector Straightening Serum

Humidity Control- this is so that your straight hair lasts
you!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

How can I prevent my lace wig from shedding?

This information is to help you learn how you can prevent and avoid your lace wig from shedding.

I can not stress enough how important it is to follow the directions that came with your wig to increase its longevity.

And most important - Reseal your Knots after EVERY WASH.

Second, we advise to STAY AWAY from putting products directly in the hair that contain high levels of alcohol ie. Hair Sprays, Spritz, etc.. As these products can damage the hair and cause shedding or breakage.


Third, you MUST clean all the glue residue off your wig when you remove it. Letting glue or other adhesives build up on your lace will cause shedding.


Fourth, do not scratch your scalp through your unit as this will cause shedding. Instead, pat your head with your hand or remove your unit and treat your scalp with an anti-itch shampoo and conditioner and then moisturize your scalp with an oil or hair grease to prevent itching.


Fifth, comb your unit from the tip up, holding the hair above as you comb so that it won't pull on your knots. Use a ventilated wig brush to comb your wig, not a bristle brush.


Sixth, do not comb your wig when its wet. Prior to washing your unit make sure you comb it out thoroughly and that its nice and smooth before you start to wash it.


Seventh, do not Blow Dry or Sit Under a Dryer with heat, you should let your unit air dry. If you must blow dry, make sure it is on the cool setting. Blow Dryer heat will damage/split the knots and cause shedding.

Sleeping in Your Unit:

When sleeping in your unit it is best to either braid up your hair or put it in a ponytail so it does not tangle while you sleep. You should comb your unit out each night prior to wrapping it up in the scarf. Also it is very IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE you wrap a silk or satin scarf or bonnet around your head, this will help to prevent the hair from breakage and/or shedding. These things are mandatory.

Swimming in Your Unit:

You are able to swim in your unit if you use the extended wear adhesives. However, please keep in mind that Chlorine and Salt Water can be damaging to your own hair let alone your lace wig that you have invested in. Therefore, please take extra care of your unit when swimming in it. It would be best to wear a swim cap. However, if you do not wear a cap, MAKE SURE you wash your unit based on our instructions after each swim. DO NOT let chlorine or salt water build up in your hair as it can damage it.

How to Re-Seal the Knots on Your Unit to Prevent Shedding

Some shedding is normal, however, it should not shed anymore then our own hair would. If you experience any shedding, your knots may need to be resealed. This method will eliminate shedding. This should be done immediately once you notice any shedding and also AFTER EACH WASH. Re-sealing your knots along with Deep Conditioning your unit is a crucial part in assuring the longevity of your unit.

Step 1: Wash and condition unit as per our care instructions.

Step 2: Wait until the unit is completely dry

Step 3: Once dry, Re-Seal the Knots with our Full Lace Wig Knot Sealer which you can purchase on our website.

Follow These Instructions:

  • Turn your wig inside out so that the lace side is showing.
  • You will be spraying the lace only. Place your wig on the mannequin head and wrap a towel securing it with a safety pin around the hair that is hanging down. This is to protect the hair. (DO NOT get the spray in the hair)
  • Spray a light mist of the Knot Sealer over your entire cap.
  • Leave wig on mannequin head and allow to dry completely (approximately 30 minutes)
  • Do not remove from mannequin head prior to the lace drying
  • You do not need to re-wash the unit. Once the lace is dry, it is ready to wear.

How Can I eliminate matting and/or tangling of my unit?

How to Perform Bleach Bath : All Textures

For Curly and Wavy Units: Occasionally the perm process may cause the cuticles to become flat. Therefore, your unit may or may not need a bleach bath prior to wearing. If you wear the unit, and notice that it is tangling at the nape or in any other area, then do the bleach bath to detangle and prevent future tangling.

For Straight or Yaki Units: After a few washes, your cuticles may become flat. Therefore if you notice tangling or need to soften your Yaki hair, you can use the bleach bath to detangle, soften and restore the hair.

Bleach Bath Instructions:

Professional Detangling Process for full lace wigs

For the severely tangled/mangled unit that you believe there is no help for:....

The following process is identical to the one commonly used by professionals in the hair replacement industry for detangling most human hair systems.

Although it is a relatively simple process, if executed improperly, may result in permanent damage to your hair system.

You Will Need:

Large sink with access to hot water.
At least 2 gallons of hot tap water.
2 oz. of Clorox™ bleach (must be Clorox™ brand).
2 oz. of regular household ammonia.
Wide tooth comb or brush (Vent Brush).


Instructions:

Step 1: Setup for Clorox™ Scrub
Draw one gallon of hot tap water into the sink. Next, pour the 2 oz. of Clorox™ bleach into the sink with the hot tap water.

Finally, place the tangled hair into the water carefully and begin the next step promptly.

CAUTION: DO NOT allow the hair to be in contact with the Clorox™ & hot water mixture for more than 2 mintures!

Step 2: Clorox™ Tangle Scrub....

Clorox has a ph of like 11.5 and Ammonia is like 10. These are bases which causes the cuticles to flatten.
Using the wide tooth comb or vent brush, gently brush through the hair from top to bottom. Concentrate on the most tangled and knotted area of the hair.

The tangles should come out while brushing and the hair will become silky. Be careful NOT to brush more than 2 minutes while the hair system is in the Clorox™ mixture.


Step 3: Rinse Hair System
Drain the Clorox™ and hot water from the sink. Then begin to thoroughly rinse warm water through the hair system. While rinsing, keep the weft of the hair facing up. This will prevent the hair from inverting and tangling again.

Step 4: Ammonia Scrub
Draw another gallon of hot tap water into the sink. Pour the 2 oz. of ammonia into the sink with the hot tap water. Place hair in sink.

Start brushing the hair system again, same as before. Use a wide tooth or vent brush and gently comb hair for 1-2 minutes.

Step 5: Final Rinse
Drain the ammonia and hot water from the sink. Then begin to thoroughly rinse warm water through the hair system again. Remember, while rinsing keep the weft of the hair facing up.


After the final rinse, your hair replacement system should be silky smooth and tangle free.


Wash with Silicon Mix Shampoo. Deep Condition with Silicon Mix Conditioner and let it air dry.....

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Tie your hair up at night! For curls, comb through it thoroughly and then French braid it in 4 big braids to maintain the curl over night.....

Friday, November 20, 2009

Tips and Tricks for your Lace Wig!!



A.) Tips and Tricks for Liquid Bonding Adhesives:

Below, a list of helpful tips to help you achieve the strongest and most secure bond possible.
When applying the liquid adhesive, only use thin, even coats. If you are using a brush, use a paint movement with your hand in both directions - horizontal and vertical. If more adhesive is desired, use thin multiple coats, but make sure the previous coat is dry before applying the next coat.
Never try to apply liquid bond directly to a lace system. Instead, apply it on your scalp and place the unit on your head. Always clean and prepare your scalp properly, with skin shield before attaching your full lace wig. Skin shield is a product,that provides a protective barrier against dermal irritation,while enhancing the effectiveness of skin-safe liquid or tape adhesives.
After showering or working out, the bond of your full lace wig will seem like it is weakening, which is expected, then even if your hair system is still attached securely, the bond will soften a bit, due to extra heat and moisture, do not touch the unit then, because as your body cools, the bond will harden again.
Airborne dust, make-up will attach itself to the adhesive in the front and side edges of lace units and may become visible over time. Immediately after a shower is the easiest time to clean this area because the hairpiece adhesive is pliable. Spray a liberal amount of Adjust-a-Bond on the tip of a double folded tissue. Hold your hair back with one hand and wipe the edge of the lace using the saturated tissue with the other hand.
This trick will help keep your lace front and side edges invisible at all times.

B.) Tips and Tricks for Curly, Deep Wave and Wavy Styles

Below, a moisturizer tip for Full lace wigs with a Curly, Deep Wave, Wavy Style.
Wash and rinse your full lace wig gently but thoroughly, then spray until saturation, with a,1/4 Dove Moisturizing Conditioner, 1/4 of Glycerin and 2/4 plain water mixture*. Using a loop brush, brush it into shape. Cover your full lace wig with a hair net, and let it dry on top of a wig head. Once dry and you begin to wear it, you spray lightly with above mixture every 2-3 days or as needed. This will restore the initial shape, bounce and shine of the curls and/or the waves.
*1/3 of Sunsilk Captivating Curls Lotion, 1/3 of glycerin and 1/3 of plain water mixture.

C.) Tips and Tricks for a long-lasting full lace wig


The key factor in full lace wig care and maintenance, is to understand that your full lace wig is made of human hair, that is approximately 4 years old. Since hair grows on average a half inch per month, one year equates out to 6 inches. So since on the average 24 inches long hair is used to make a 20 inch unit, it is safe to say, that the hair of your unit has been exposed to the elements a minimum of 4 years, and now that hair has been removed from its nutrient source, to be made into your fabulous full lace wig, care and maintenance become that hair life support.
Five main tools are required to properly care for your full lace wig: Shampoo, Conditioner, a rake, your pillow case and your hair wrap. These are the 5 key players and unfortunately not all options are created equally.
A good rule of thumb for shampoo or conditioner is that if it costs between $10.00 and $20.00 for 8.5 oz then you have the right stuff. Since the shampoo and conditioner are keys to protecting the hair natural oils, these are two items that you will be best to invest into.
Beyond washing your unit, you are going to style it and that is where the Rake comes in. Brushes and combs provide too much tension on the hair and will cause breakage and shedding. Use a Rake or even a Pick and toss the brush and comb and you will reduce greatly the tension put on the hair and the knots while styling your unit and therefore your full lace wig will last longer.

D.) Tips and Tricks to avoid damages of your full lace wig while sleeping

Below a tip that is essential when asleep while wearing your hair unit
If you are wearing your full lace wig to bed, you must choose to follow those sleep habits, to avoid damaging the hair of your unit.
Use a wrap. Having the hair wrapped in a satin or silk wrap will reduce frictions on your unit when you move your head in your sleep. Also use a pillow case in satin or silk. The key here is that the pillow case MUST be the same material as your wrap. If your hair is wrapped in satin, have a satin pillow case. If the hair is wrapped in silk, have a silk pillow case. This will reduce greatly the tension and resistance between the two fabrics, avoid the occasional breakage and allows the hair to remain protected, while you sleep.

E.) Tips and Tricks for cold temperature

Below, a tip to keep the hair of your full lace wig beautiful and strong
Cold temperature, specially dry cold weather can damage, tangle and in some cases damage your hair unit irreversibly. Luckily, there are fantastic products on the market that can protect your hair from harsh drying climates. Hair Conditioning treatments, Hair Damage Repair kit , are an excellent for replenishing and protecting the hair of your full lace wig. Whichever brand your choose to use on your hair unit, it is ESSENTIAL that you make sure, that the product is free from alcohol.
Whenever the hair of your full lace wig is a bit dry or if you want to ensure it will be protected from the elements follow these simple steps:
1. Remove hair unit and wash gently.
2. Apply a Hair Damage Repair or another high end conditioning treatment formulated for hair moisture replenishment. Do NOT use protein enriched conditioners.
3. Put your full lace wig in a plastic bag and place in a warm area of your home. Do NOT microwave or apply direct heat, as it will damage your unit.
4. Allow the bag to sit for 24 hours, then remove and rinse hair thoroughly in lukewarm water and allow to air dry.
If you are wearing your hair unit full time, repeat this process every three weeks. Beware! There is a such thing as too much moisture and you want to maintain the human hair average natural ph levels as much as possible.

Daily Hair Care

1) Make sure to comb your hair daily to avoid tangling. When detangling the hair, start from the ends and work up little by little to the scalp.

2) Hold the base to keep it from shedding or causing root tension.

3) Braid your hair into a couple of big braids or wear in a high ponytail when you sleep, swim or exercise. Please untangle hair before braiding. Never sleep on wet hair as this will cause hair to become very matted. Protect hair by wrapping it in a silk or satin scarf or sleeping on a silk/satin pillowcase.

4) Chlorine and salt water have been known to cause irreparable damage to the hair of lace wigs. So try to limit exposure to chlorinated and/or salt water. It is advised not to
chemically treat this hair of a lace wig yourself because you could cause irreparable damage to the unit.

5) Some hair will shed out of some lace wigs easier than others. Curly and longer units will commonly shed more hair rapidly than a shorter lace wig. Shedding of hair is normal.

6) While wearing your lace wig, your wig may slip. To help avoid this, constantly apply firm pressure on the attachment site, especially after showering. This will help the unit stay firmly attached to your scalp. If you should experience some slippage, you can easily reattach by touching up the area with your adhesive, wait a few minutes for it to set and then pressing the unit down firmly.

7) Use a mix of water and leave-in conditioner daily on curly units.

8) Keep hair from dryness by applying olive oil, Coconut oil or even Shea oil to the ends ONLY two to three times weekly .
The following are things which can lead to premature and excessive hair loss:
1) Excessive combing/brushing
2) Unattended matting/tangling
3) Friction (from cotton pillows, aggressive shampooing)
4) Over-perming or incorrect perming
5) Conditioners remaining in the root/base area

Baking soda bath for shine and body
The baking soda bath will keep your hair shiny and with bouncy body.
· Fill a large 3 quart container with hot water. Then pour ½ to ¾ cups of baking
soda into the water and mix until completely dissolved.
· After brushing the unit, place it into the mixture making sure it is completely
submerged under water.
· Allow the unit to soak overnight or a minimum of four hours. The hair will
begin to float to the top of the mixture. Remove it and rinse with warm water.
· Wash with a clarifying shampoo thoroughly. Deep condition, rinse and allow
drying. Style

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Real Chance of Love



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Friday, October 23, 2009

How To: Deep Condition a Lace Wig

Diva's,

THIS TIP COMES FROM(DIVA LUX LACE) www.divaluxlace.com

Conditioning your hair is an important step in any hair care regimen, but it’s even more important when you wear lace wigs. Since the hair isn’t growing from your scalp you need to take extra steps to make sure the hair has been conditioned well.

When it comes to picking a conditioner I have had good results with a lot of different brands. Dove, Nexxus, Sunsilk, Herbal Essences have all worked well for me. You don’t necessarily have to use name brand products, but I have never tried a “no name” conditioner on my lace wig, so I can’t say if the results would be the same. Dove and Herbal Essences are reasonably priced, and I find that in Canada they are always on sale. Sunsilk also reasonable priced depending on where you purchase it from, and Nexxus is the highest priced usually $9-$15.00, again depending on where you purchase it from.

When I first started out with lace wigs I picked up a trick that gives my wigs a wonderful deep conditioning treatment. It’s really simple and all the supplies are most likely already in your home.

What you’ll need:

A large zip lock bag (I now use a plastic container instead of the zip lock bag)
Conditioner of your choice
Water
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Microwave
Towel, blanket, or sheet

Steps:

1. Wash your wig normally with shampoo of your choice. You don’t need a lot of shampoo, just a dime size amount should be enough.

2. Rinse shampoo out of hair.

3. After rinsing the hair, you’re going to apply the the conditioner. You want to make sure the hair is covered in conditioner.You don’t need to add conditioner directly to the roots of the hair, this weighs the hair down if not washed out completely.

4. Rub 1- 1 1/2 tsp of olive oil on to the hair as well, you can also mix the olive oil with the conditioner and apply it in step 3.

5. Place the hair in the zip lock bag. I usually add about 5 tablespoons of water to the zip lock bag. You don’t want the hair submerged in water, just enough to have some moisture in the bag.

6. Seal the bag and place it in the microwave. I usually do 45 seconds, but you can do 30 seconds if unsure.

7. After starting the microwave you want to flip the bag in intervals of 15. So if you started at 45 seconds, stop the microwave at 30 seconds and flip the bag (restart it and flip it again at 15). If you started at 30 seconds , flip it at 15… etc. When you flip the bag you also want to open it so that some of the steam escapes.

8. Once the microwave has stopped for the final time, remove the bag and seal it, you want to make sure there is still some steam in it.

9. Wrap the ziplock bag in a towel, sheet or blanket. You basically want to make sure it is able to stay warm for an hour or 2.

10. Once you’ve wrapped up the bag, leave it for an hour or 2. This can also be done overnight, but you should have a heated blanket that will keep it continuously warmed.

11. After the deep conditioning time has passed you can go ahead and rinse the hair. Be sure to rinse the hair thoroughly, leftover residue can cause tangles and matting. You want to rinse the hair until the water runs clears.

12. Once you have rinsed the hair let the wig air dry. For straight hair you can dry it on the Styrofoam wig head, for Curly hair dry it on a towel, with the hair scrunched close to the base of the wig.

Once the wig has been dried, it should be silky and super soft.

Hopefully you will find this trick helpful, and if you know a good tip to keep you lace wig looking fresh leave us a comment.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Heat Resistant 20" Yaki




















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