What kind of hair do you recommend?
My favorite high-quality brands are:
Relaxed Texture from Extensions Plus (EP) (www.extensions-plus.com) - so far, I feel that this hair is the best high-quality yaki-textured hair available. This hair matches African-American hair fabulously. It does not tangle and it's reusuable. You may purchase this hair from Extensions-Plus.com
Zig-Zag Hair from Extensions Plus - This is EP's regular Indian hair line. The texture of this hair is smooth and somewhat silky - but not like doll hair or anything. The ends of some batches may be too thin sometimes.
Indian Remy Hair - This hair matches mostly all hair textures. The cuticles are aligned and it does not tangle. However, with all hair, there may be a risk of getting a bad batch. It is soft and fluffy. There are also online vendors that carry this hair.
Crochet Braids - Freetress, Kima braid, Model Model, Janet Collection
The brands you have recommended are a bit pricey for my budget right now. Is there an alternative?
You do not have to use the high-quality hair that I recommend. You may buy what I call "basic yaki" hair. If you choose to use basic yaki hair, there may be a lot of tangling associated with it. However, I do have many clients that absolutely love using the basic yaki hair and theyve never had a problem with it.
I have found that the darker colors (#1, #1b, #2, and #4) of basic yaki hair usually hold up better than the lighter colors.
Remember, higher quality hair can help the longevity of your weave.
I do not recommend that you buy basic hair for your install. However, here are a few basic brands that you can buy at your own risk if you need to:
Goddess Remy - This hair has tangled and the wefts have gone "bald" on one of my clients recently. I have gotten more and more batches that have tangled than previous times.
Sensationnel - This used to be pretty good, but it seems that I've had too many clients that have experienced terrible tangling with this hair lately. While shampooing, the hair feels like plastic, elastic strands.
Milky Way Platinum - This hair is a waste of money in my opinion. This brand tangled up on my client within two weeks and it costs a bit more than the Outre Velvet Remy. It also sheds really bad. This hair also felt like cheap, elastic, stretchy strands while being shampooed. I had never seen a weave go bald until I used this hair!
Outre - (the basic kind) This hair has tangled up way too many times to be considered good hair in my book. However, a few clients have experienced good results with it. Perhaps there are more bad batches than good ones of this hair.
Basic Hair Note: All basic hair has a high risk of tangling and/or shedding. I recommend purchasing high-quality hair if at all possible. I do not recommend any curly/wavy hair that the basic brands have to offer. Basic curly hair will tangle and mat up on you within one week or less.
How many packs of hair do I need?
If you're buying the basic hair from the beauty supply store, you can go ahead and purchase 2 packs to be on the safe side. Most of the time, I use a pack and a half to 2 packs or 2 bundels of hair up to 18 inches of hair. Over 18 inches of hair require 3 packs or 3 bundels of hair.
If you're buying your hair from a vendor that measures their hair in ounces, you'll need about 8 to 12 ounces for a weave with natural density. If you want your weave to be full, you'll need about 12 ounces.
4 ounces is the equivalent of 1 pack of hair from the beauty supply store. 8 ounces is the equivalent of two packs of hair.
If you're not sure PLEASE ASK me before ordering your hair. If you're ordering lengths longer than 12 inches, chances are, you will need 8 a minimum of 8 ounces.
Do you only work with African-American hair textures for weaving/hair extensions?
I can work with all textures of hair that people have (African-American, Caucasian, Hispanic, Asian, Indian, bi-racial, etc)
I'm caucasian, which type of weave would work for my hair?
A partial weave or individual tracks will most likely be the best choice for you. Micro Links are also a great option for you.i
How long does my hair need to be in order to get a weave?
I prefer working with lengths longer than 3 inches.
Is there anything that I should do to my hair prior to my weave appointment?
If possible, you can shampoo and blow-dry your hair. Please avoid using excess oils. I will add a moisturizer to your hair.
How long will it take to get my weave done?
You can expect to be in the chair for about 2-3 hours. However, this timeframe does vary from client to client.
Will I have to wait a while to get my hair done after my scheduled appointment time?
Nine times out of ten, I will be ready for you when you arrive at your scheduled appointment time. I always will try to contact you in advance whenever possible if I feel that I will be running more than 15 minutes behind schedule.
I want a weave but don't know what type of weave hair I should get.
That's okay. I can schedule a consultation and we can go over the different types of weaves. At that time, we can decide what would work best for your needs. We can also discuss options over the phone.
I want a sewn-in weave, but I have natural hair. Do I have to get a relaxer?
A relaxer is certainly not required for a weave. However, I recommend a full-head weave (with all of the hair braided up) if you do not feel comfortable maintaining the top area of your hair between salon visits.
Are there any restrictions when getting weaves/extensions?
1) I will not do full weaves or full-head weaves on freshly relaxed hair. The hair is at a weakened state after it is freshly relaxed so it is not the greatest idea to add cornrows, thread, and wefts at that time. A partial weave is okay if you must have a weave installed. I understand that a client may not want to go without a weave because it has become a part of their life but the health of the hair is more important in my opinion.
2) I will not do weaves or any extension method on hair that is excessively shedding. It is important to try to get to the bottom of why your hair is shedding. Sometimes excessive shedding can be a caused from an underlying condition that may need to be diagnosed by your doctor. Masking the problem does not stop the shedding.
3) I personally will not install a weave on hair shorter than 3 inches. The foundation may not hold up for the sewn-in weave if the hair is too short. Plus, I cannot grip short hair very well. I also don't want you to waste money on something that may not hold up for the 6-8 weeks or so.
HAIR & WEAVE CARE
What is the recommended length of time to wear my weave?
I recommend that you wear your weave no longer than 2 to 3 months. The weave itself may hold up much longer, but it's really about your hair underneath.
What could happen if I leave my weave in longer than the recommended time?
Your hair underneath could begin to get extremely matted/tangled, which can result in hair loss.
What should I put on my hair underneath the weave?
My favorite moisturizer to use underneath a weave is castor oil & virgin coconut oil mixed together.
How often should I shampoo my weave?
Once per week or once every two weeks is fine. However, your shampooing needs may vary.