The dry blow drying process is an intentional process for hair stylist who understand hair care and how delicate the strand is. Blow drying should not be done to make the hair straight. It’s done to create even texture which then makes the styling process easier.

Be suspicious of smoke while blow drying. It indicates that there is still product (likely conditioner) that hasn’t been rinsed out. I suggest going back to shampoo with a cleansing or clarifying shampoo.

  • Apply Leave In Conditioner
  • Detangle.
  • Divide the hair in sections.
  • Use a brush that does well with high heat, and will smooth the hair.
  • Start at the ends and work your way towards the roots.

I have been doing hair for the last 16 years and I have probably done maybe 50 hairstyles that included extensions. I was in a bad accident a few years ago that caused me to be diagnosed with tendonitis after I broke my wrist. I did a few weaves after that but not without an assistant and my clientele just didn’t really wear weaves regularly. Times have changed so much now clients that I never thought would wear a weave are beginning to inquire.

 

EXTENSIONS

Bonded – Glued on your scalp between the partings in your hair

Sew In- natural hair braided down and human hair wefts are attached using needle and thread

Crochet- natural hair is braided down and synthetic hair is attached strand by strand

Tape In- attached to your scalp between the partings in your hair

Micro Link (Braidless Sew In) – Hair is attached strand by strand using a silicone bead pulling a small section of hair through the bead, before it is clamped with special pliers.

Clip In – hair wefts are attached to wig clips that has tiny teeth that grips on to your natural hair

I have had experience with them all. Although they are all temporary solutions for length, density and sometimes color my favorite option for my hair is a sew in or clip in. I have worn clip-in extensions for a wedding I was in and it worked out perfectly. I wore them for just one night and took them out and reused them for the next event.  When I wear a sew in 6 weeks in usually my maximum time.  My professional opinion for African American textured hair (kinky, curly, or ci and micro links is UH HMMMMM.  I had a client to come to me for a Shampoo and Style and I was scared that those thinks were going to tear her hair out once she removed them.

Hey. I went Live on Facebook a few weeks ago giving some great tips about how to avoid Spring Breakage.

Here is the link:

https://www.facebook.com/andreaboonegoss/videos/10101614423225422/?l=6389968096808538800

So today is Tuesday so that means #hairtiptuesdaybyAG! With the hope of not rambling week after week I take notes and do research often and I plan these blog post monthly. (INSERTS CLAPS HERE) This week my topic is PROTECTIVE STYLES…but it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t ask you what exactly are you protecting.

So some of the top 7 protective styles are:

  1. Twist with Extensions
  2. Faux Locs
  3. Cornrows
  4. Box Braids
  5. Crochet
  6. Wigs
  7. Sew In

I know. I know. You love to give your hair a break. Well I do to but I am very strategic about my “protective styles”. I typically wear braids from November- January. Mainly because this is a busy time of year for me due to the holidays, clients who wait to wear their hair when it gets cooler, fall color is also really popular around this time. I’m one of those stylist who know that my image is a big part of my branding so I can’t risk looking crazy. I shampoo my hair weekly or bi weekly PERIOD. Scalp Stimulation is very important for growth and I always ask my clients why would you get these protective styles and still not take care of your hair. It’s no point if you going to set your self back. On top of shampooing I use castor oil daily on my braid styles. I use it on my scalp and the actual braids because I don’t want my ends to dramatically split and I end up having to get a hair cut after I take them out. The same with sew ins, I suggest shampooing regularly and using leave in conditioner (in a spray bottle) on your braids underneath your weave. I have never worn a wig but I suggest the same: cleanse and condition your scalp. Follow up with a good leave in and some type of oil barrier around your hairline so that the rubbing of the net doesn’t break your hair.

Protective Style Pre Game:

  1. Shampoo
  2. Condition (Strengthening or Moisturizing)
  3. Healthy Trim
  4. Fluffy Blow Dry (texture is important, it keeps the braider from braiding to tight)

If you considering a protective style:

PROTECT YOUR EDGES! PROTECT YOUR STRANDS! PROTECT YOUR ENDS! PROTECT YOUR INTEGRITY!