How to Thrive in Las Vegas with Natural Hair

How to Thrive in Las Vegas with Natural Hair

 

By: EnvyMyMane

A common concern for many new Las Vegas residents is how to maintain their natural hair in this noticeably harsh climate. Las Vegas, Nevada has a subtropical hot desert climate which can reek havoc on your hair if you’re not careful. Las Vegas weather ranges from extremely hot and humid summers to extremely chilly winters. Many people who choose to style their hair predominantly with heat styling tools may find themselves with severe breakage over time. Here are some important tips that will help you retain your length and maintain healthy hair in Las Vegas!

Moisturize It:

In order to survive this new desert climate your hair must stay hydrated at all times. Many of us come from more forgiving climates, where you can get away with being lax with your hair care maintenance, the same is not true for Vegas. Here, Dry hair equals breakage.

Its very important to stick to a daily regimen with a few trusty moisturizing products, be sure to include a water based hair moisturizer as well as a hair oil in your collection. Be honest with yourself and assess your hair daily. Ask yourself, is my hair dry? Be sure to touch and feel your hair. If your hair feels dry and brittle, you need to apply moisture. Your hair should always maintain some moisture at all times. Once you apply your moisturizer, be sure to seal your hair with hair oil.

Baby It:

Be gentle with your hair at all times. Its best to only allow people who are gentle with your natural hair maintain your precious hair. Being too rough with styling leads to hair loss and breakage, not to mention it hurts. When its time to take care of your hair, be sure to set time aside to just focus on yourself while you are pampering and taking care of yourself. Once you find the water-based hair moisturizer of your choice be sure to take the time to see that every strand gets the attention it needs. Be sure to take the time to massage your scalp at least 5 minutes a day. Not only does this feel surprisingly amazing, but it promotes blood flow which prevents hair loss and promotes hair growth!

Protect It:

The best way to grow your natural hair in this parched climate is utilizing protective styles like sew-in weaves and extensions as well as braids and customized units. Protective styles give their owners the freedom of choosing limitless new looks, while safely protecting their natural hair in cornrows.

Sew-In Weave and Extensions offer the wearer the versatility of using wefted hair of any length, texture and color. New innovations in Sew-In Weaves and Extensions include lace closures and frontals which are often seen on many popular celebrities. Hair quality has improved tremendously over the years with clients often having access to premium remy extensions which have been known to last their owners many installations, while still maintaining their premium attributes.

Custom units are another great option as a protective style, especially if you don’t care for stilling and waiting to have your sew in installed. A professional takes the measurements of your head and a customized unit is created based on your specifications. You can choose to just wear your unit like a wig and take it on and off daily, or you can choose to have your unit sewn on.

To Sum it Up:

Be sure to take care of your hair here in Las Vegas, it’s totally doable!!! Just remember to maintain the moisture in your hair! Remember: It should have some moisture at all times! Be sure to take extra care of your hair and baby it, please don’t be rough. And finally, consider a protective style if you really want to protect and grow your hair, while looking amazing! Sew In Weaves are the perfect protective style! You can change your entire look and reap the benefits of your protective style with inches of added health growth each install! If you are in the Las Vegas area and interested in a Sew-In Weave or Customized unit please be sure to contact Envious Extensions at (702) 900-3689, for all of your Sew-In Weave and Extension Installation needs!

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10 Really Good Reasons Why People Wear Hair Extensions and Weaves!

10 Really Good Reasons Why People Wear Hair Extensions and Weaves!

Article Via StichNSave

Hair extensions are a common practice among a wide variety of people. While mainly cosmetic, there are many reasons why men and women chose to apply hair extensions to their natural hair. From health concerns to a serious need for a new look, we bring you the top ten reasons why people wear hair extensions.

1. Many people find that their hair is flat, dull or lifeless. Others can’t seem to grow their hair out, no matter how long they wait or how many trims they receive. Hair extensions are the easy way to add body and length to your natural hair.

2. Men and women who frequently dye, highlight, bleach, or chemically treat their hair know that these procedures take their toll on one’s hair. Every once in awhile, it’s good to give your head a breather. Hair weaves are a fashionable way to wait out chemically damaged hair.

3. Imagine having long, smooth, ebony hair one month, and fun and frisky bottle curls the next. Sound appealing to you? Hair extensions are a non-committal form of testing out various styles and colors. Test a color or style out for a few weeks, and if you don’t like it, try a new one just a short while later.

4. It’s a fact of life that people experience hair loss, premature balding or thinning of the hair. That doesn’t mean that you have to sit back and accept defeat, though. Hair extensions are a sensible and undetectable solution to hair loss or balding. No one will ever have to know.

5. In the same vein, medical procedures don’t have to claim your appearance or your sense of attractiveness. Hair weaves offer a positive alternative for individuals undergoing chemotherapy treatment and alopecia patients, as well as other medical procedures that result in temporary or permanent hair loss.

6. Running late…again? So you’re just not one of those people who can’t wake up an hour early and spend the time doing the do. So what? Hair extensions are also great for those who just don’t have the time to style their hair everyday. Whether it’s looking presentable at work or getting dolled up for a night out, hair extensions make the process a snap.

7. Most people understand what I mean when I say ‘one of those haircuts’. Hair extensions can help out while you’re waiting for natural hair to grow in after and unsuccessful coloring attempt or bad cut.

8. Length and body are just the beginning of the wonderful outcomes that hair extensions can affect. Hair extensions add volume and thickness to your own hair easily, without constant upkeep.

9. Any costume is enhanced with a funky hairstyle. Hair extensions can be applied in real or fantasy colors, the latter make great Halloween or costume party additions.

10. Finally, have an important event or a close friend or relative’s wedding coming up? Treat yourself to an elegant up do for a special occasion, holiday, or event with the use of hair extensions.

*Many argue that extensions can cause hair loss or further thinning. Extensions can also damage the hair, making your natural locks and hair follicles become brittle or stale, causing them to break. Care should be taken when choosing a method and stylist to ensure you receive the best application and least potential for damage

Envious Extensions: Taking the Drama, Out of getting Extensions.

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Believe it or not in 2015. The typical Weave and Extension Experience for the Average Woman can be very frustrating, often times the process involves several obstacles.

First, the average diva must find someone who can install her fabulous  extensions, this is often one of the biggest hurdles. You cannot, I repeat YOU-CANNOT trust your precious bundles to just anyone. You should consider your wefts an investment. Finding a Weaving Specialist is not  always easy especially since weaving and even braiding (which is  is a skill that is fundamental for any successful sew-in weave specialist) is not taught in most cosmetology courses,in fact many stylist who work in salons aren’t trained in Traditional Weaving or Extension Techniques, often times these professionals must seek out advanced training after completing traditional cosmetology programs.

After finding a person who is trained and knowledgable in extensions and weaves is found and booked. The next hurdle is is finding quality extensions; if your hair extensions fail your install will fail no matter how nicely its installed. Purchasing quality is of the utmost importance when you are installing any extensions you plan to be left in for longer than a week . Especially if you need the hair in a hurry.

BeautySupply

 

Often times, when in a hurry we have no choice but to rely on local beauty supplies for our hair extensions especially if we need the extensions right away. But unfortunately, not all beauty supplies have good hair for fair prices. Many times ladies are forced to pay hundreds of dollars for hair that will fail within weeks. Having quality extensions is key to enjoying your extensions, and having an overall positive hair extension experience.

Signs of bad extensions include but are not limited to extreme tangling, matting or shedding. Often times hair purchased from most local beauty supplies is not Remy, its often a human hair blend, mixed with synthetic hair, if your “human hair” from the beauty supply doesn’t curl, you’ve got a blend. 

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Remy Hair is considered to be the finest quality of human hair because the cuticles are kept intact and not stripped, like in most other non-Remy hair extensions. Preserving the hairs’ cuticles and aligning them in a unidirectional fashion creates extensions that are completely natural in appearance. Most Beauty Supply Hair is non-Remy hair extensions, which will fail as the plastic coating holding the cuticles is lifted by daily styling, like combing or brushing. This is why its not recommended to comb, brush or style this type of hair excessively, because doing so accelerates the deterioration of the plastic coating on the hair.

In addition to those challenges, going to the Beauty Supply or Salon isn’t always an option. Many women cannot go to a Salon or Beauty Supplies because of personal or professional obligations, or simply because they prefer a more discrete environment for their Extension purchase and install!

Divas, Envious Extensions™ has solved all of these problems and are the Perfect Hair Supplier for Las Vegas Locals and Visitors!

Envious Extensions™ only supplies our clients with Remy Hair.

All of our Hair Care Specialist have many years of Professional Experience Installing Weaves and Providing Natural Hair Care Services.

Our current staff have been serving hundreds of Happy and Satisfied Clients in both Los Angeles and Phoenix since 2009! Our Hair Care Specialist will meet with each client and have a detailed hair consultation, our goal is to discover you hair goals long term and short term! We consider long term goals the ultimate vision you have for your hair; Examples include: resolving breakage, growing out your natural hair after breakage caused by relaxers,growing your natural hair to a particular length (shoulder length, bra strap length, big natural bun) or density. Short term goals include your desired style for your current install. Both of these goals are combined and our Hair Care Specialist will suggest a Customized Package, which includes Our Recommended Hair Type, Texture and Length, Recommend Products to use on the Extensions and Natural Hair for Protection of Natural Hair and Preservation of Extensions and Sew-In.

Our Premium Extensions Packages include:

Premium Virgin Hair, Weaving Net*, Needle and Thread; Plus we will install your Envious Extensions™ free of charge! We offer this service to insure the proper installation of our Premium Wefted Extensions. Our Premium Extensions Packages include Everything!!! No need to run to the Beauty Supply, or waste time searching for a Stylist and gambling on whether or not they know what they are doing! And best of all, we do it for a fraction of the price typically spent!

We offer On-The-Go Services which is perfect for Moms, VIPs, or People who just prefer a Discrete Extension Purchasing Experience, not everyone wants people know know their flawless locks are Extensions, we totally get it!!! Or you can come down to our Studio to Purchase your Extensions and Redeem your Free Install!

Whatever your reason for wanting new Extensions, please consider Envious Extensions™ your Personal Premium Extensions’ Tailor.

*Weaving net is not used in the Enhanced Diva Package

FYI : The Dos’ And Don’s of Eyelash Extensions

The do’s and don’ts of eyelash extensions

Cory Marshall

CREATED May 19, 2014
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) – Danielle Linscott loved everything about her eyelash extensions, “Lashes are awesome and like I said, they make you look great and it’s hassle free.”

“The amount of time it took me to get ready in the morning was minimized by half. I got them done regularly, every four weeks, never had an issue. The one time I went in, last year, it was bad,” Linscott said.

Pictures, taken last year, show Linscott’s eyes swollen shut two-days after receiving lash extensions. She says a trip to urgent care, a dose of steroids and antibiotics brought down the swelling.

“No, I think overwhelmingly eye lash extensions are quite safe and effective. A person needs to know whether or not they can be a good candidate though,” Tucson optometrists, Dr. Pamela Theriot said.

According to Theriot, adverse or allergic reactions to eyelash extensions, although relatively rare, can happen anywhere from five hours to two weeks after application. She suggests seeing an eye care professional immediately if you develop redness, tearing, swelling of the lids, loss of vision or mucus discharge.

“If you are under the care of an eye care professional for an eyelid or eyelash problem, it’s probably not the best idea to have the eyelash extensions,” Theriot said. “Also, if you tend to be a very allergic person and you have problems with normal cosmetics and you have to steer clear of lots of soaps and lotions, you’re not a good candidate for eyelash extensions.”

According to a recent study in Japan, the most common adverse reaction was to the lash glue or glue remover. Fewer also had reactions to the tape, placed under the eye during application.

A May 2013 Consumer Reports article also warns of potential heath risks tied to the procedure.

“I think lash extensions have such mixed reviews because there’s really, really good jobs and there’s really, really bad jobs,” Zully Greer, owner of The Lash Lounge, said.

In the eight years Greer has been applying lash extensions, she has only seen a handful of adverse reactions. Still, her shop is typically tasked with fixing those “bad jobs” when clients go elsewhere.

“That is a really bad eyelash,” Greer said, pointing to a single a lash, as coarse as a cactus.

“Cheaper is not always better and I always recommend going to a lash dedicated salon. It’s what we do and it’s what we know,” Greer continued.you want to do some research. “You want to make sure that the procedure takes anywhere from 1.5 – 2 hours. It’s very tedious, meticulous work. If it’s half-an-hour, they’re not lash extensions.”

The Lash Lounge owner recommends going to a licensed esthetician, certified in eyelash extensions. Optometrists also suggest making sure you are comfortable with the facility’s hygiene. Many licensed estheticians also offer free consultations, an opportunity optometrists say, to see if the salon’s hygiene is up to par.

“As long as you know and you research, and make sure you know where you’re going and who is applying them — and don’t settle for cheap because you get what you pay for, honestly,” Linscott added.

“They’re not bad. I loved them. I’ll get them again — just when I need to,” Linscott laughed.

Let’s Talk Hair Shedding

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by Jouelzy

How much hair should one shed? What is normal shedding? How to tell if you have a shedding problem? What causes excessive shedding? What’s the difference between shedding and breakage? The questions around shedding never end and as one who has done a good bit of research on the topic, it seems as though the answers to these questions never begins. In short discussing shedding is an extremely subjective topic and many, myself included, are left in frustration when trying to figure out how how to deal with shedding.

What makes shedding so subjective is that largely it is an internal process and therefore internal factors that cause hair to shed. There are four stages to hair growth, and the normal lengths of each are predetermined by genetics. The stage in which your hair sheds is called the telogen stage. The amount of hair your normally shed during and the length of the telogen stage are determined by your genetic composition of hormones. Now if your hormones began to fluctuate because of outside factors, here comes the shedding. We all know, hormonal fluxes are…well, hormonal. Are you happy? Stressed? Emotional? Going through change? This why for most women there telogen stage is usually at it’s height around their period. That post-partum shedding, just look at those hormones at work. Birth control? Change in diet (low protein will heighten the telogen stage)? Or are you just someone like me who decides to start juicing, after suddenly moving across states, in the middle of the winter while taking birth control for the first time, in the middle of feeling like life just sucks right now? Just me?

So let’s get into the facts that I’ve learned through research.

Difference between shed hair and breakage?
Telogen shed hairs can be identified by the (typically white) bulb of keratin that should be visible at the end of the hair. Anything else falling from your scalp, without the white bulb, would be considered breakage.

Things that cause excessive shedding?
Low protein diet
High estrogen birth control
Styling that strains the follicle
Stress
Lack of blood flow
Menopause
Post pregnancy

When is it excessive?
Well only you know best. Is an area of your hair visibly thinning out? It’s not wrong for your hair to shed. Also keep in mind, the longer your hair gets, your shedding will give the illusion of looking like more shedding, especially if you have natural hair that coils and shrinks up.

Is it a protein problem?
This often comes up when discussing shedding. The ominous issue of protein overload or underload. An issue with protein, whether you need more or your hair is protein sensitive, would be dictated by the breakage and not true blue shedding.

What can you do to counter the shedding?
Keep your scalp clean, by clarifying and other methods. (I’m currently trying out Monistat, post coming soon).
Tea rinses are popular and nominally effective.
Keep a healthy diet.
Scalp massages.
Vitamins E, B and D (Biotin is a derivative of Vitamin B).
Get and stay happy.

 

8 reasons why you may have thinning Edges

 

Article via Black Girl With Long Hair

by  – February 19, 2012

Thinning edges are a recurring issue for many black women but it can be hard to pinpoint a culprit. Here are 8 possible reasons why your edges are thinning.

1. You style your hair too much and you don’t let your edges rest enough

Edges are among the most fragile parts of your hair, and the pulling and grabbing naturally involved in styling can put strain on them. If you notice that your edges are beginning to stress, try keeping your hair in a protective style for a few weeks and spritzing your edges daily with an oil & water based moisturizer. If you start to see small, soft hairs poking through, then your edges are making a comeback.

2. Your hair is very fine

Fine haired naturals have a harder time with certain things — and edges are one of them. If your strands are fragile and prone to breakage, then you need a gentle hair styling and maintenance routine. Err on the side of LESS when it comes to manipulating your hair and edges.

3. You cornrow, flat twist and pull your ponytails too tight

Yes, we all want our edges to look ‘sharp’ and ‘sleek’, but we also have to be realistic. If your hair is very kinky or coily, then the likelihood is that your edges will also have a bit of texture and fuzz to them. If you want laid down edges, try applying shea butter then wrapping your edges with a scarf at night. This should lay them down and smooth them without the use of excessive pulling.

4. Your headband and/or bonnet are doing damage

Any hair accessory of tool with tension or elastic can do possible damage to your edges. If the elastic of your satin bonnet is creating bald spots, try pulling it down further on your head, or even over your ears. Headbands can also do damage if they’re too tight or used excessively. Figure out how much your hair edges can take, and adjust your usage accordingly.

5. You have post partum shedding and hair loss

Post partum shedding can affect edges disproportionately. New mothers have reported nearly losing their hair lines after giving birth.

6. You are not moisturizing them

When applying product to hair, edges and ends are often overlooked. Make sure you treat both sections with TLC.

7. You have hand-in-hair syndrome

Do you fiddle with your hair when you’re nervous? If you’re in the habit of twirling the hair around your edges, you could be creating bald spots.

8. You are using a brush & gel on your edges

Probably the most obvious reason of all. Brushing your edges after applying gel is a very harsh way to get sleek edges. If you have a strong hair, this might not be an issue for you since your edges can withhold the stress. But if your hair is not strong enough, chances are you are annihilating your edges.

Ladies, have you struggled with thinning edges? What were the causes?

3 Ways to Avoid Over-Moisturizing Natural Hair

Like the saying goes: You can have too much of a good thing.

OK, so you’ve crossed over to natural hair and everyone’s talking about how important it is to moisturize your hair on a regular basis. I mean, you don’t want hair that tangles and breaks easily, do you? Of course not! But there’s a catch when it comes to moisture:

While moisture is great for hair, it is also possible to OVER-moisturize your hair to the point that it’ll be just as weak and prone to breakage as hair that’s dry.

Sounds odd doesn’t it? But it’s true.

We all know that dry hair is something to avoid. And we also know how dry hair usually looks and feels like- usually dull, straw-like and easily breaks when pulled or combed. But what about over-moisturized hair? What does that look like? And what does it feel like? Well, over-moisturized hair tends to look limp, oily and my even have a “mushy” feel when rubbed between your fingers. Over-moisturized hair is also very elastic and stretchable. And at its extreme, over-moisturized hair is basically Soul Glo or Jheri Curl-like. Still don’t know what I’m getting at? Well here’s a visual…

God I love that movie!

Anyhoo, both dry and over-moisturized are weak and prone to breakage. Hair is a fiber- a fiber that’s made of long strings of protein that are “braided’ together- kind of like cable wire. Hair’s funny in a way because it is

quite strong and resilient, but still very delicate at the same time. And basically, if you want to have healthy hair that doesn’t break easily, you’ll need to find a balance where you’re moisturizing it just enough to help it maintain elasticity. Elasticity is a word that describes hair’s ability to stretch and recoil. Ultimately, when it comes to keeping hair strong and healthy, protein-moisture balance becomes key.

So how do you find a balance? And how do you keep from moisturizing hair too much?

Here are a few tips:

  • Avoid daily wash-n-go’s, especially if you’re not regularly giving your hair protein, i.e. protein treatments
  • Cut back on lengthy deep conditioning treatments. Most conditioners don’t need to be held in hair for longer than 15 minutes, and depending on what type of conditioner it is, keeping one in hair longer than that, could actually weaken your hair
  • Regularly balance moisturize with protein by using products with hydrolyzed proteins (i.e. hydrolyzed wheat protein, hydrolyzed quinoa protein) and/or amino acids. These all help to strengthen hair and counteract the effects of over-moisturizing

Remember, hair needs moisture, but it’s all about balance. Having over-moisturized hair is just as bad as overly dry hair. So when moisturizing your hair, make sure to do it regularly and sensibly. As great as moisture is for hair, it is possible to overdo a good thing.

How often do you moisturize your hair? What are your favorite hair moisturizers?

Dr. Phoenyx Austin is a physician, author and media personality. Dr. Phoenyx’s new book, If You Love It, It Will Grow: A Guide to Growing Long Afro-Textured Hair is available on AmazonBarnes & Noble, and iTunes. Special autographed book copies can be ordered directly from her blog, DrPhoenyx.comYou can also find Dr. Phoenyx on Facebook and Twitter.