By: Ashley Bivins
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.
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.