I call this post "Challenged Hair" for many reasons.
Hair is my passion. I enjoy what I do. I know from experience what a bad hair day (or week) can do to a woman's mood and self esteem. I get very grumpy if my locks are not shiny and all in place just the way I like them. We've heard it so many times before, but let's face it -- hair is a woman's glory. Over the years, I've had all kinds of women coming to me with all kinds of hair textures and problems. Hair extensions are more popular than ever because more and more women want longer, thicker, more luxuriant hair, but some women simply need something that's easy to work with, or better yet, that will help them get out the door as fast as possible. That can be a daunting task in the morning when you're asking yourself in the mirror what you're going to do with your hair!
Since we all have different hair textures and hair problems, not one single technique is suitable for everyone. When a new client calls about a certain technique, I ask questions and listen to that person's needs. If I feel, for example, that fusion or micro-links are not for them, I go over all the various options and make suggestions. Of course, if they really want that technique done, than instead of us both being disappointed, I simply and honestly tell them that I am perhaps not the right person for the job. As you might have guessed, it is very important for me to be happy with my work and to enhance a woman's beauty rather than the opposite.
I also take into consideration the condition of the client's hair. We women spend a lot of money on products that are supposed to promote hair growth, when we can use simple ingredients from our own kitchen that can benefit our hair.
The client above has micro-link hair extensions. I used 150 strands of Goddess Remy hair extensions, which I pre-tipped myself. At the beginning, she was a little sceptical about the individual strands; like a lot of black girls, she thought micro-links were only for white girls. Now she swears by them.
Micro-link hair extensions are the newest and safest technique out there. For more details about the technique, you can read my blog post "Micro-Link Extensions Before and After Pictures."
When the client above called me for an appointment, she wanted to have fusion hair extensions with 18" straight Remy hair, but when I asked about her hair length and texture she told me she had a "Rihanna" cut two months ago with two inches of wavy hair on the left side and four inches on the rest of her head. I told her right away she couldn't have the fusion technique: her hair was too short, and the keratin glue that is melted on the extensions to attach them to her own hair would show. I suggested the bead sew-in technique with Indian hair texture, which is exactly the same texture as her own hair, and voilà!
The cutie above had the bead sew-in technique done with kinky human hair. Since her own hair was not silky, I made sure to put in a texture that matched her own. It doesn't matter how much money your spend on your extensions, or the salon you go to, if your hair texture does not match your extensions to blend with your real hair perfectly, you better belive you rocking a bad weave! Which means synthetic hair is certainly not your texture if you're a black woman!
The smiling lady above has a regular sew-in weave with 100% human hair. Yeah!!! She was a big fan of synthetic hair (?!) The day before she came, she called to ask which synthetic hair I had available. I simply told her to come in and get her hair done and that I would make sure to put in the colour she likes, which was 1B/33. As you can see in the picture, the roots of the extensions are black, and the ends are a lighter colour, and definitely not synthetic. Vive le naturel!
The lady with the beautiful blonde hair above had previously visited a a so-called hair extension professional and shelled out, according to her, $600 for the application, including the 18" human hair. Two weeks later, she called me crying for help because her real hair was so matted with the extensions, which, by the way, were not 100% real Remy hair. After spending almost an hour detangling her hair and extensions, I did her hair, and she paid, in total, for the removal, application, and hair, $280. You can see the results for yourself. She was so happy, she left my place crying with joy.
The smile on the face of the lady above says it all! I did a combined tree-braid/weave for her. She's a sporty girl; she liked the idea of the weave, but she also wanted to be able to put her hair up in a high ponytail. So, I did some tree-braids at the nape, a weave in the middle, and tree-braids again at the very top. She'd wanted her whole head tree-braided, but we couldn't because the hair she'd bought was way too silky and it wouldn't have lasted even two weeks if I'd tree-braided her whole head. Another reason we did tree-braids at the top was because her natural hair wasn't permed, so she couldn't have left any of her natural hair out to hide her weave tracks. This was my first time doing the combined technique, and the results were so successfull that I have been doing it
frequently ever since.
I used bead sew-in technique on this client's hair. She went to a Party the same day, everybody thought it was her real her. The fact I put in her hair texture and the wefts were completely flat on her head. She had in total 5 rows of extensions.