Firstly , thank you for your continuous support. It’s been a tough year but, everyone has been so kind and I really appreciate it.
Not only has my blog been through a few (but subtle) changes , I took the time to self reflect and make some changes in my life. This isn’t going to be a soppy post and I’m not going to get too “deep” but before I get started I want you to know this :
” No one can determine who and what you will become, you do. Don’t allow anyone to make you feel that you are not worthy of anything because you are.”
Always believe in yourself ♥
Just a little background info : I have been wearing extensions for almost 9 years and with trial and error I think I got it right this time around. Let me begin by saying , I have had hair that claimed to be 100 % human hair only then to see it melt on my flat iron (blasphemy) at some point in my life it cost me over R4000 just to have it professionally installed and mommy dearest was kind enough to pay for it (I love you mother ). The biggest change was when I decided to take a chance and purchase the hair and install it myself I was way over my head. Now… I thought I was being real cute walking around looking like I was wearing 3 wigs on my head-yes my head was massive. Fast forward to now I cannot cornrow that well so I have my friends Lyn and Shandre cornrow it for me and all I do is install it. I only wear sew- ins but I was thinking of purchasing or making wigs. I have had so many questions about hair extensions some have even said they want to wear extensions so that they don’t have to wash hair (major side eye) hair extensions are just as much maintenance as your own.
Below I share my hair care routine:
First, it starts with selecting the right texture .You want to purchase hair that mimics your own this would apply if you are planning on leaving your hair out . Whenever I purchase a new bundle I always soak my hair in a little water with some shampoo and rinse the hair to make sure that there’s no left over residue from the shampoo. I then allow the hair to air dry over night.
I only use a sulfate and paraben free shampoo, the extensions don’t grow from your scalp so it’s important to retain the moisture and this really prolongs the lifespan of the hair. Shampoo that contains sulfate- strips the hair of moisture and eventually will start breaking the hair .The myth is that you can use any type of shampoo on the hair and yes to some extent it is true but, sulfate-free shampoo is the best thing that you can do not only for your extensions but your hair too. When I started dying my hair, sulfate-free shampoo kept the colour vibrant and the colour lasted so much longer. I’m not going to lie it takes some getting used to. The shampoo doesn’t foam as much and your hair still feels oily. This is great for chemically treated hair such as bleaching or highlights and usually when you get a Brazilian blowout you are advised to purchase a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. That has probably been the best advice I have ever been given.
Just like the shampoo, I use a sulfate and paraben free conditioner I rinse my hair with cold water . Never comb hair when wet and I deep condition the extensions at least once a month.
4 Air dry
I always air dry my hair and never rub my hair excessively with a towel. I try not to use too much heat on my hair and yes even though its human hair, I don’t blow dry my extensions at all. If you are wearing a sew-in make sure that your hair underneath is dried properly to prevent mildew and mold.
I always use a heat protectant and I do flat iron or use a curling wand on my hair but I prefer using bendy rollers. I love using Cala’s wet and dry brush and its perfect for extensions. I brush my hair every night ,tie it in a loose bun and sleep with a silk bonnet. I was always advised never to use silicon on the hair, a great alternative would be the Kardashian Beauty black seed dry oil. This doesn’t weigh the hair down and it absorbs quickly into the hair (yes it does live up to the hype)