Are you Sabotaging your own Sew-In Weave or Extensions?

By: Ashley B

We’ve all seen them. The bad weaves that look like who did it and what for, with a side of matted hair and visible tracks. It is true that sometimes these glam victims simply got a bad install. But in some cases these ladies may have received an amazing install that was secure, full, and with no exposed tracks; but if you find yourself doing any of these sew-in sabotaging behaviors it may mean doom for your install.

First things first, in order to have a good install your hair should be clean prior to service. In some rare instances some clients do choose to install their sew-in weaves with their natural hair, dirty. This is not a good idea. Especially if you’ve just come out of any protective style that’s  been in your hair for months.

Clients who consistently use high quality hair, tend achieve long lasting and glamorous results for each of their sew-in installs. It isn’t alway easy knowing what kind of hair to buy, how much, etc. To make this process easier many clients will choose to purchase their hair extensions and bundles from their hair stylist.  Too often clients unknowingly purchase the wrong hair for the look they are going for, or the wrong amount. Consulting with your stylist and ordering through your stylist can definitely simplify this process!

TIP: If you are wearing virgin hair extensions it may be necessary to purchase an oil to apply to your extensions and wefts to keep them moisturized, the last thing you want is your virgin hair to start becoming dry and brittle as they will begin to shed and you may discover the loss of some length and volume over time.   

If you choose to provide your own hair, please remember that by supplying your stylist with the proper hair for your install is vital to achieve your desired final look.

Often when people shopping for hair extensions and wefts go to the beauty supply, they are often bombarded with a lot of choices of hair and prices ranging from very low to expensive. It is important to understand that even though some hair at the beauty supply may be expensive it does not also guarantee quality.  If you should choose to purchase hair from the beauty supply, purchasing hair characterized as “Remy”is ideal.

“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.”
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Another reason why someone may be disappointed with their sew-in is simply because their desired hair style may not be attainable because of the present condition of their  natural hair (choppy length, breakage, damaged edges). A common example is the new Vixen installs; the Vixen is  a weave in which the majority of the clients natural hair is left out and the remainder is braided neatly in netted quadrants. This style was created for clients with mid to long length natural  hair, the hair has to be in a healthy state especially around the edges. Unfortunately for many ladies this style is not a good choice.

It is your stylist’s job is to make you look and feel better. You may have a vision in mind its important to speak with your stylist and express that final vision. In the case of a client with shorter or damaged hair desiring  a Vixen hair style, though expressing to her stylist that she truly just desires a style that would give her the freedom to wear her hair in a half up half down style. A good stylist would accommodate her and recommend one of the many options to achieve that look such as a Lace Frontal with a Full Sew-In may be an amazing option as well, as it would give her the desired look while also protecting her natural hair.

Having a positive attitude and being open minded towards your stylist’s suggestions is important when getting your install installed and looking its best. Try to explain to your stylist the final look you had in mind.Please keep into consideration that, although you may have been getting weave and extension installs for many years,you should remember to allow the stylist to install the weave that is ideal for you, your hair type and condition, facial structure and head shape. A client may have her heart set on a particular install style but may have to compromise and receive a different weave install that compliments her hair type and condition of her hair, while achieving the same or similar look.

Ladies keep these concepts in mind when you are thinking about getting a sew-in or even if  you have one now. If you are thinking about getting an install in the near future.

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Common Causes of Edges Thinning and some Solutions!

Envious Extensions

Written by Ashley B.

Thinning temples and edges are a common problem that affects 2 out of 3 women of African descent at some point in their lifetime. Thinning edges can be prevalent in individuals who regularly style their hair in high tension styles near the crown. Also those who have continuously chemically processed their natural hair over many years. The crown area and especially our edges tend to be straighter and more fragile and its important that we treat our delicate edges with care.

Overly Tight Braids and Weaves

When braids and weaves are properly installed, there may be mild tension involved, however braids should not be extremely tight to the point in which the client feels pain, or experiences blisters or sores. If unhealthy braiding and weaving continues over a period of many years a condition known medically known as traction alopecia, can occur. The chances of hair recovering from traction alopecia varies and depends on how severe the trauma and the amount of time in which the trauma has occurred.

Solution: Catching the issue early will prevent the progression of this condition. Don’t wear braids that cause you small puss filled bumps at your edges, remove these braids immediately.

Be vocal with your braider or stylist while they are braiding, advice them of any excessive pain while braiding.

When wearing weaves if you have thinning edges choose to leave them out of your sew-in.

Over-processing with Chemicals

      • Relaxers and any other chemical treatment, break down the natural structure of your hair, and also change your hairs’ PH, making your hair more susceptible to breakage. Misapplication of your relaxer can lead to over processing which can cause severe breakage.

Solution: Go natural! Chemicals and Relaxers do not promote long term hair growth and health. Once you use a relaxer the hair has been changed, the effects are permanent. Many people a miseducated on the use of relaxers and often relax the entire hair shaft instead of the new growth, which further damages the hair. Weaves, and braids that are safely installed are a great choice for ladies who want to go natural.

Over Styling

Using heat on your edges or natural hair excessively can lead to damage over time. Using harsh tools like, boar brushes and fine toothed combs in the temple section when hair is in fragile state can lead to damage as well.

Our Tip: Fight the urge to use the flat iron daily! Choose a style that wont require frequent flat ironing. Ladies also quit brushing your precious edges roughly in-between relaxers. When styling your edges choose gentle alternatives!

For Example

      • Use an gel specific for styling your edges, and a soft boar brush.
      • To ensure a flat overall look minus the heat, spray your favorite hair spray on your edges, brush them gently to submission then use your favorite hair scarf or wrap and leave on your edges for at least 30 minutes or overnight!
      • Embrace the texture of your hair of your hair as it grows  experiment with natural styles such as braid out’s and twist out’s that hide the new growth, or purchase ethnic wefted hair that matches your own, and opt for a healthy sew-in .

Products that promote hair growth:

Jamaican Black Castor Oil

Castor Oil for Hair: A popular hair growth oil is the Jamaican Black unrefined applied to roots and scalp regularly. Keep reading to find out more.

Jamaican Black Castor Oil is the best kind to use for your hair. You can typically find castor oil at any grocery store or drugstore. You may remember getting castor oil as a child as a regular daily supplement. I

But, castor oil is a wonderful oil to use for hair treatments and the benefits to your hair are astounding and well worth it.

However, if you have difficulties in finding Jamaican Black Castor Oil in a drugstore, you can check out online retailers to get the purest form of this oil. The reasoning behind looking for black castor oil is to have an unrefined oil.

Using the unrefined or purest form of castor oil for hair will ensure that you get the best results because the oil is still closest to its natural state. The color will typically be darker and the scent will be much richer. It generally does not have a scent.

Biotin

Recent lab research combining the tripeptide GHK with biotin demonstrated a 58-120% increase in hair length. In a study measuring the effect of oral biotin supplementation on nail health, seven of nine study participants with hair loss both alopecia and telogen effluvium reported improvement in their hair. These patients were taking 2.5 mg/day of biotin. Experts suggest taking high dosage (5 mg) biotin to help prevent further hair loss.

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

The Silent Majority: A growing number of people are seeking Alternatives from Traditional Salons

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As a freelance stylist, over the past few years I have learned a lot about what clients are really looking for; an affordable, relatively quick, dependable, talented stylist to say the least. Clients want to feel different after the service. There is a certain magic that happens when a beauty service is performed just right, that makes the experience unique and a worthwhile expense.
Whether that magic maybe a particular way a stylist curls your hair , or perhaps she installs your weave with no lumps, bumps or gaps. Whatever the case, a happy client will always leave their stylist feeling better than how they felt before their service. However that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore.
As 2014 is coming to an end, I am constantly being told a common story amongst my newest clients. And the stories are  absolute hair horror stories. Many complain of receiving a rushed service and even botched hair services. Leaving my clients paying additional money and wasting more time and more time, after they have already paid their hard earned money to have their hair done right the first time. These ladies are tired of the frustration of basically throwing hundreds of dollars down the drain.


Back home in California, some of the best braiders and weaving professionals actually work from a home studio. This might not be true for you but for me, this has always been the case. In my own community there have always been talented stylist, who did the most amazing weaves or braids. Back in the day, you could only find these unknown gems by being referred to them; by someone you personally knew. Many of these stylist have many  years of professional hair care experience and a wealth of knowledge and skill, and provide hair care services to a small group of loyal dedicated clients for many years. Unfortunately without proper advertising they remained undiscovered by many.

Home Based Salon. This is becoming the new alternative to pricey salons.

Home Based Salon. This is becoming the new alternative to pricey salons.


Social media has changed all of that. There is a growing number of people who have discovered that going to the Salon is not the only, or even best choice when it comes to hair care. They have discovered amazing stylist who on websites like Craigslist, Instagram, Facebook, or sites like even sites like Backpage. Who can provide the same quality of services, if not better than the Stylist charging 5 times more at Salons. These stylist either work from home, travel to their clients providing mobile beauty services which is perfect for privacy and convince and sometime they rent private studios.


Todays beauty client is looking for someone who can get the job done right and for a good price. Stylist who fail to give customers a magical experience, will lose their clients to a stylist who will!

 

 

Growing African American Hair!

Hey Ladies!

Well first of all I hope everyone had an amazing and productive day. Today I’ll talk about what is probably the most important element when it comes to growing your natural hair and maintaining length. And the moisture is key!

African American hair is super coiled and curly. Because of the curl the natural oils that our scalp produces is often unable to travel down the hair shaft and moisturize your luscious locks, which can eventually lead to the hair becoming dry, brittle and in some cases lead to damage and breakage.

To avoid all of this, you must moisturize your hair regularly.

Here’s what I use:

Water based moisturizer or leave in conditioner, you know its water based if water is the first ingredient listed in the ingredients list.

An oil based product to seal in the moisture. I would also avoid any petroleum based product.

Here’s what I do:

Basically if I am wearing a weave with leave out, I will constantly check the texture of my hair. If its feeling dry, I apply a leave in conditioner to my leave out and let it sit for a few minutes. Mind you this may happen a few times in a week, if its dry I moisturize.

Once my hair has be moisturized I’ll either rinse if its excess product in my hair or if its just right, I move on to the next step, which is…

Sealing! I then use an oil: tea tree, olive or sometimes even Shea Butter! And I apply the oil to my just a little. The goal here is to apply a coat of protection, by sealing the moisture in your hair, this will help elasticity and decrease breakage!

If you want to add a little extra step to promote hair strength and if you have a little time to kill. Add a little raw egg into your conditioner. You’ll love it!

I included a video of me from years ago! Talking about this very topic!

Bye Cali… Viva Las Vegas

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Hey Dolls!!!

California was amazing however, I decided I needed a change, something new, something fresh… And what place is better than Las Vegas?!!!
Sorry for the huge gap in post, however it was a huge secret and I did not want to reveal it to you guys until everything was just right. And everything feels perfect!!!

I am accepting new clients!!! Mobile is available but if you need to come to me that is possible too!

Please call for details!!!

(626) 200-9402

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New Post soon to come! Sorry for the delay!!!

Smooches Dolls!!!

Maya Angelou, passes away at 86

The media is reporting the heartbreaking news that Maya Angelou passed away this morning. Angelou was hospitalized, recovering from a sudden illness. 

According to TMZ, In a Facebook post yesterday, she said doctors had advised her not to travel … forcing her to cancel a planned trip to Houston … where Maya was to be honored Friday with the Beacon of Life Award at Major League Baseball’s Civil Rights Game.

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.