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Monday, February 08, 2010 | 6 comments

It's been two months since the last update! Sorry for the hiatus, lovelies. We'll be updating more frequently now. Anyway, I am one month away from my first year ful...

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If you're like me, Protective styling is your number one choice for growing your hair. When the hair is in braids or twists (and weaves, manipulation is low -- which means better growth and retention. As we know, retention is important! Here are the "7 Steps to Caring for Braid & Twist Extensions."

1. Prep your hair by deep conditioning
Before you get to twisting/braiding, make sure you deep condition your hair first. Choose your favorite deep conditioner for the treatment. I usually go with a cholesterol-based conditioner (Queen Helene Super Cholesterol Conditioning Cream). Why? Fats, oils, and cholesterol are great for the hair strand since they help the hair absorb more moisture.

2. Braiding/twisting the hair
When you're braiding or twisting your hair, make sure that you use less braiding hair for the hairline. The hairline is very delicate and too much of the braiding hair can put a lot of stress on it. As for the rest of your hair, don't braid/twist too tight. Tension on the scalp can cause growth retardation (lack of or slow hair growth).

3. Washing braid & twist extensions
Every two weeks, wash and condition your braids/twists. Make sure to dilute your shampoo and conditioner with water (50/50). When washing, pour the mixture over your braids/twists and scalp, let it sit for a few minutes, rinse, and repeat with the conditioner mix. When you finish, blot the excess water out with a t-shirt (T-shirts absorb more water, which means faster drying).

4. Moisturizing & oiling
To keep your hair soft and supple, it is imperative that you moisturize a few times a week (2 times a week is the minimum). Oiling the scalp with a natural oil (Coconut oil, Jojoba oil, etc) can also help.

5. Re-do your hairline, nape, and sides every 2-3 weeks
While you don't necessarily have to re-do the nape and sides, re-doing the hairline is important. As mentioned in Step 2, the hairline is fragile, so as it grows, the added hair puts a lot of weight on it. Re-doing the hairline will help save your hairline from breakage!

6. Protect your hair nightly
Even though your hair is braids/twists, you still have to protect it at night. Sleep with a satin/silk scarf every night!

7. Taking down braid & twist extensions
After taking out your braids, make sure you detangle your hair thoroughly. Detangle with your fingers and then a detangling comb/brush. Afterward, deep condition with a conditioner of your choice (I would go with the one I use in Step 1). You can either let your hair breathe for a week or two or you can go back into extensions. Your choice. Most opt for letting the hair breathe, but some go back into braids.

*Remember to always keep extensions in for a maximum of two months.*

Twist Extension Suggestions
Janet Collection Afro Marley Braid
Janet Collection Afro Kinky

Braid Extension Suggestions
Deni Cali Jumbo Braid
Janet Collection Jumbo Braid

Product Suggestions
Queen Helene Super Cholesterol Conditioning Cream
Lekair Cholesterol Plus Strengthening Conditioning Cream
Luster's S-Curl Moisturizer/Activator
African Royale BRX Braid Spray
Coconut Oil
Jojoba Oil




3 comments

Jess says
April 7, 2009 at 4:53 AM

Thank you for the tips! I've used the QH Cream before and it does make a big difference in the way my hair feels.

~Jess

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August 28, 2013 at 5:42 AM

A full head of extensions range from 5 to 9 packs of hair, assuming each pack contains 20 strands, 1g per strand. If your client has fine, thin hair with some layers and about shoulder length, chances are 5 to 6 packs may be enough.

If your client has a blunt bob that is medium to thick in density, you will require about 10 to 12 packs of hair since you will need to blend the extensions in for a natural look.

For most clients, you will need at least 5 packs or 100 strands of hair extensions. The number of hair extension packages you need will be based on the length and thickness of the client’s hair and the length and volume the client wants to achieve. This is why it is very important to have the client come in for a consultation prior to installation.

For fine/thin hair, from the occipital bone down, it will take about 50- 60 strands; from the occipital up, to the crown, it will take 50-60 strands.

For medium/thick hair, from the occipital bone down it will take 60- 80 strands; from the occipital bone up, to the crown it will take 50-80 strands.

Remember, if the hair of your client is thicker or shorter, more often than not, you will need more packages of hair extensions to be able to blend the hair in, making it easy for you to create a natural look.

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November 4, 2013 at 3:21 AM

The coldness of the winter months can wreak havoc on your precious strands. Split ends, brittleness, and dry frizz are just a few of the undesirable effects that a cold environment can yield.

However, the even bigger culprit is indoor heating—which is essential unless you’d like to walk around wearing a parka. Nonetheless, there are several ways to protect yourself from the harsh elements this winter, heat included! Here are some of our favorite winter hair tips:

Hot Oils
As simple as grabbing a tablespoon of the extra virgin olive oil you keep on your counter, this treatment is a must! Simply apply to damp hair and work into your strands and then wrap your head with a hot towel. Let sit for 15 minutes and remove. The oil will nourish and repair hair damage while also helping to seal in moisture. Use as often as necessary!

Deep Conditioning Treatments
Deep conditioning treatments like the “Rescue Me Hair Mask” are fantastic because they restore essential vitamins and nutrients to your locks, while replenishing and locking in moisture for longer periods. A simple 5-10 minute treatment on towel-dried hair is enough to leave your hair looking luminous and silky throughout.

Simple Hairstyles
Throwing your hair into a bun or a fishtail braid not only looks great, but will protect against split-ends and shedding caused from additional manipulation of the hair. Many of us tend to “finger comb” our hair throughout the day and this can cause increased breakage, something that happens even more often during the colder months!

For some fun ways to braid your hair, check out our Pinterest Board – Do It Yourself Hair Styles

Washing Your Hair Less
Last, washing your hair less will help to preserve the moisture in your strands by letting your hair’s natural oils keep intact for longer. Worried about having oily roots? Don’t fret. Let No H20 Volumizing Dry Shampoo by Milani Hair work its magic!

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