Winter Hair Care

If you’re living in a place where winter weather exists, then you’re probably all too familiar with the effects that dry and cold winter air conditions can have on the hair. We’re talking dryness, static, frizz, and generally lack of that summer looking hair.

So, how do we minimize these harsh winter effects and keep our hair beautiful and shiny, you ask? Read on, as we share some of our favourite winter hair care tips with you.

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Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize

If you haven’t heard this tip enough already, we’re stressing its importance once again. Especially in the colder months, the indoor heating tends to take a lot of moisture out and dry the hair out, sometimes also leaving a dry flaky scalp. Using leave-in conditioners and deep moisturizing masks (for example, argan oil and jojoba oil) at least a few times a month will replenish your hair with the moisture that it needs and prevent from breakage, leaving your hair soft and shiny.

 

Experiencing static electricity fly-aways?

To avoid a static party on your head, a simple trick is to keep a regular anti-static laundry dryer sheet with you. Lightly swipe it over the fly-aways and enjoy your static-free hairdo. How neat is that? Simple and effective.

 

Avoid frequent hair washes

Over washing your hair will strip it of its natural oils, which you especially need in the colder months. Try to extend the period between your washes as much as possible, and use dry shampoo in between to keep your hair looking fresh. And of course, remember to use conditioner each time! If needed, it’s always better to rinse your hair with conditioner only, skipping the shampoo altogether.

 

Rushing out the door with wet hair?

Think again. Although this may be a regular thing in the warmer months, exposing wet hair to cold temperatures may freeze it and damage it, eventually causing breakage. In general, it is a great idea to protect your hair from the weather by tucking it underneath your scarf and hat. The less exposure to weather elements, the better.

 

Resist the dullness

With the dry and cold conditions, your locks can start looking a little dull. One tip is to use products for colour treated hair in order to revitalize that shine. Another, which is a more natural route, is to use the good old apple cider vinegar! It will make your hair oh so shiny.

 

All in all, avoid products containing silicone, sulfate, and alcohol. Use conditioning masks. Avoid blow drying and applying heat as much as possible during the winter. As you know, your hair does get exposed to the weather conditions quite a lot – and it only makes sense to pay special attention to it by keeping it nourished, protected and moisturized.

Does your hair care routine change during the winter months? Do you have any tips to share with us? Comment below, as it will help all of us learn about how we can have gorgeous healthy hair, even in the dry brittle cold 🙂

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VITAMINS FOR HEALTHY HAIR

For hair to grow, nutrients are needed as other bodily functions require, and the best nutrients for healthy hair are vitamins.

Vitamins enhance the growth of hair follicles and ensure longevity. Numerous types of vitamins are beneficial for hair.

Below you will find comprehensive information about best vitamins for healthy hair and their purpose in hair growth.

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1. Vitamin A Sources of vitamin A are cheese, milk, eggs, fish oil, meat, spinach, broccoli and lot more vegetables and fruits. Vitamin A is an anti-oxidant (destroys free radicals) and nourishes hair scalp into producing healthy sebum for shiny and healthy hair growth. It prevents flakiness, itching, and dryness. Have these food sources regularly in your diet and see the difference in the texture and growth percentage within weeks.

2. Vitamin E Sources of Vitamin E are wheat germ oil, vegetable oil, nuts, dried beans, green vegetables, and soybeans. Inclusion of Vitamin E in diet improves blood circulation in scalp. The scalp does not run dry and contains enough nutrition to keep the scalp well fed.

3. Vitamin C Sources of Vitamin C include pineapple, citrus fruits, green vegetables, tomatoes, strawberries, kale and a lot more fruits and vegetables. Vitamin C diet maintains the overall health of hair, elasticity and texture and has rejuvenating properties.

4. Vitamin B12 Sources of Vitamin B12 include milk products and poultry like chicken and fish. Basically, this vitamin helps prevent hair loss.

5. Vitamin B6 Like Vitamin B12, vitamin B6 also helps preventing hair loss and the sources of B12 include cereals, liver, yeast, meat, and egg yolk.

6. Inositol Sources of inositol include liver, grains, and citrus fruits, and this vitamin keeps hair follicles healthy.

7. Biotin Most hair health products in the market contain biotin nutrients such as egg yolk, liver, rice, banana, oatmeal, and whole grains. Biotin helps against premature hair ageing and hair loss. It makes the hair follicle healthy and nutrient rich.

8. Vitamin B3 Also called as niacin, its function is similar to Vitamin E as it does not let the scalp dry and improves scalp circulation. Its sources include turkey, meat, wheat germ, chicken, and fish.

The amount of vitamin suitable for hair also differs. 400 IU of Vitamin E, 5000 IU of Vitamin A and 60 mg of Vitamin C. Have multiple types of vitamins in your daily diet for consistent hair growth and health.

The above mentioned list of vitamins helps in curbing hair loss and induces hair growth by strengthening the roots and follicles. These vitamins are best consumed in natural form but in case, manufactured hair nutrient products are bought, see how much nutrient percentage does it contain to nourish your hair.

I received positive feedback on recommendation for Avalon Organics Thickening Shampoo with Biotin B-Complex. Infused with Vitamin B, this shampoo thickens the hair and promotes growth. It also has many positive reviews from Amazon users.

How to Apply a Lace Wig

Please Note: This is one method to apply a lace wig. There are several methods depending on your preference. There is no one way to apply a unit. This is just a simple method you may use.
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Practice Makes Perfect
Supplies You Will Need:

A. Scissors (must be very sharp)

B. Cotton Ball (optional)

C. Comb

D. Head Scarf

E. Hair Clips

F. Rubbing Alcohol (optional)

G. Wig Cap (optional)

H. Skin-Shield (skin-protector)

I. Lace Wig Adhesive (liquid or tape)

J. Lace Wig Adhesive Solvent/Remover
Please Note: Before Using Any Product Test a Small Area on Your Skin for 24 Hours to Make Sure it does not cause Irritation. If Harmful Irritation Develops Please Discontinue Use.
Follow These Steps:
1. Prepare your existing hair: Pin or braid your hair as close to your scalp as possible for a bump free, flat surface. Use a wig cap that is the color of your scalp (OPTIONAL).
2. Prepare your skin: Using a cotton ball, wipe rubbing alcohol on the perimeter of your hairline. This will eliminate any natural oils and dirt.
3. Apply a skin protector: Apply a layer of skin protector (skin-shield) around your hairline where the adhesive or tape will be placed and let dry. This forms a protective barrier between the adhesive and your skin and also creates a more secure bonding surface.
4. Prepare your Lace Wig: Put your lace wig on your head and evaluate how and where you would like the hairline to be. The key here is to find where the hairline looks most natural.
5. Cut the excess lace off your lace wig: Using sharp scissors, trim the excess lace from your lace wig. Go slow and take your time! Cut small amounts off at a time. Put your lace wig on again, and again, if necessary to make sure you are cutting enough lace and have determined where you want your hairline to be. Leave enough lace for a good bond.
6. Prepare your lace wig for application: After you have determined where you want your hairline, place a hair clip in the front (center) of your lace wig, so you remember where to place your lace wig when you are ready to attach it. Now, take your lace wig off for the next step.
7. Apply adhesive to your hairline: Apply either liquid or tape adhesive around your hairline. If you are using liquid let it dry until it becomes tacky to the touch. (This may be just a few minutes depending on the liquid glue you are using; you may use a hair dryer on a cool setting to speed up this process.
8. Apply your lace wig: Tie your lace wig in a pony tail, so it does not get glue on it, then apply the wig to your head. Work quickly and secure the perimeter of your wig to your hairline. You have a few moments to get your wig situated. Once it is I place, use a fine tooth comb to press the edges of your lace wig to your hairline to make sure it adheres to the tape/glue.
9. Let glue adhere and dry completely: wrap a scarf around the perimeter of your hairline to make sure the glue or tape adheres securely. Wait about 15 minutes. Do not wash, swim or exercise in your lace wig until about 36 hours after you have applied it.
HOW TO REMOVE YOUR LACE WIG
Pull your lace wig in a ponytail and apply a solvent around the edges of your lace wig. Let the solvent sit for about 2-5 minutes. Be patient and take your time. Work the solvent in with your fingers and gently pull the lace free. Once you have removed your lace wig; shampoo it and remove any leftover glue/tape gently with a towel. Let the lace wig air dry and style.

GLUELESS LACE FRONT WIGS

You love lace wigs, you want to wear lace wigs as often as you possibly can, but sometimes the hassle of applying and removing adhesives each time becomes a pain (don’t try to deny it, we all have these lazy moments and we know them well). Here is where the Model Lace Wig and Hair Glueless Lace Wig comes in, the perfect lace wig alternative you can just slip on, and pull off in a flash.

These Model Lace Wig and Hair Glueless Lace Wigs feature: Hard French Lace Fronts to keep the hairline flat. In addition, we have added hidden adjustable straps for the perfect snug fit.

The Model Lace Wig and Hair Glueless Lace Wig cap style makes life simple. Spend less time tackling any worries about what glue to use and planning your life around your lace wig’s application. All of us Lace Wig Divas need a little adhesive break sometimes.

# 1B (Jodi-Cap S-M) G522 Glueless Lace Front Wig | 5-8 DAY SHIPPING

$310.00 Gold Club Price

Approx. Length:Root to Tip: 20″; Overall length: 28″
Style: Bodywave – This unit features a 3″ lace front base. You may part it anywhere in front. Application and removal instructions will be included with your order as well as hair care instructions.
Hair Type: 100% Indian Human Hair
Hair Density: 100% Medium
Baby Hairs: Front only
Bleach Knots: Knots are bleached at the hairline; single knots at hairline.
Cap Style: GLUELESS | French Hard Lace Front w/ regular wefts & adjustable straps in back
Lace Color: Light Brown
Color Shown:#1B Off Black
Cap Size: May fit sizes small, medium
Please Note: We are closed and DO NOT ship on Sundays and Tuesdays – All orders placed on these days will ship out the following business day.

Special Free Gifts with this Order Free Extended Wear (18 piece) Supertape Strips
Free Shipping on Orders Over $100.00 (Available within the US Only) UPS Ground
No TAX (except in NV)

 

What is the return insurance program?:
If you pay $39.50 extra for this item, you may return/exchange it without paying the restocking fee of 20%. We do not issue refunds only an exchange or store credit will be granted. If you don’t like your wig for any reason, we will exchange your wig free of charge if the item has insurance on it. Does not include shipping. Must meet Model Lace Wigs and Hair’s Return/Exchange Policy Terms..

IN-STOCK LACE WIG LAYAWAY PLAN You may place a 49% non-refundable deposit on an IN-STOCK unit to hold it (based on the Gold Club Member Price). You will have 30 days to pay the remaining balance (extensions may be made if needed upon approval by Model Lace Wigs and Hair). Your order will ship once your balance is Paid in Full. If you do not pay your remaining balance by the 30 day deadline, your deposit will be considered forfeited and the hold on the lace wig will be released and re-posted. If you decide to change your mind about the unit you’ve placed a deposit on you will be charged a 10% fee to change the unit you have on hold.

 

SOLD # 1B/30HL (Patricia-Fits Small, Medium Cap Size) Yaki Glueless Lace Front #GLF584

$329.99

$263.99 Gold Club PriceSummary: A lace front wig is pretty unique. It’s built on a very sheer lace cap, and the main feature is that at the hairline, and when parted anywhere on the lace base, a lace wig looks incredibly natural, as if the hair is growing right out of your scalp.


Style: Yaki (African American Relaxed Texture) – You can wear this unit in a partial up-do or low pony tail. Application and removal instructions will be included with your order as well as hair care instructions.
Hair Type: 100% Indian Human Hair
Hair Density: 120% Average
Baby Hairs: Yes; around perimeter.
Single Knots Knots are single at hairline and double throughout.
Cap Style: GLUELESS | French Hard Lace Front with regular wefts & adjustable straps in back, including 1 wig comb at nape for added security.
Lace Color: Light Brown
Color Shown: #1B Off Black with #30 Highlights
Cap Size: May fit sizes small, medium cap size
Approx. Length: Root to Tip: 18″ Overall Length is “23

Allure Human Hair Collection 100% Human Hair
The Allure Collection is the perfect choice for the budget conscious lace wig buyer. This collection features 100% human hair. All human hair in this lace wig collection is hand chosen and processed using a special technique developed by Model Lace Wigs and Hair to preserve the integrity of each hair shaft longer than most. Lace Wigs in the Allure Human Hair Collection will last approximately 3 to 5 months if maintained (individual results may vary).

Can I Curl/Flat Iron the hair? Can I Add Highlights to Original Color (Dye Lighter)? Can I add Lowlights to Original Color? (Dye Darker) Can I perm the hair?
Yes Not recommended Yes Not recommended

Please Note: We are closed and DO NOT ship on Sundays and Tuesdays – All orders placed on these days will ship out the following business day.

All our products are exquisitely handmade, one piece at a time, one hair at a time, mainly using products of nature. It is therefore quite difficult if not impossible to make a wig with hundreds of hairs identical. Even though we have the most attentive wig artisians and stylists who are the “Masters” of their craft, and even though every effort is made to create the most superior lace wigs on the market today, there may be natural variations in construction, hair color and style that should not be misconstrued as flaws or errors. We believe this is what makes each handmade product special and truly one of a kind. We recommend visiting our store if possible to try on wigs in person or purchasing exchange insurance in case you need to return your wig for another option. You will receive wig similar

 

Hair Texture

Yaki Straight (African American Relaxed)

 

Shipping Time

Ships today if ordered before 1:30P [PT] Excluding Sun. & Tues.

How To Make a Wig

Making a wig for everyday use can be a difficult, time-consuming task, so it usually gets left up to the professionals. If you’re interested in trying to make a wig yourself, however, you can do so as long as you have the right tools and plenty of patience. Here’s how to do it.

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Measuring the Head

  1. Measure around the head at the hairline. Use a cloth tape measure to measure along the hairline. The tape measure should extend from the base of your hairline at your neck to the top of your hairline at the forehead.
    • The tape measure should wrap just above the ears on either side of your head.
    • Do not pull the tape measure. It should lie flat against flattened hair, but it should not be taut.
  2. Measure down the center top of your head. Place the end of a cloth tape measure at the center of your forehead, matching the end of the tape measure to the beginning of your natural hairline. Drape the tape measure over the crown of your head and down to the middle of the nape, where you natural hairline ends.
    • As before, do not pull the tape measure. It should lie flat against flattened hair without being taut.
  3. Measure from one ear to the other. Bring the end of the cloth tape measure to the uppermost point at which your ear connects to the rest of your head. Drape the tape measure over the crown of your head and back down to the same position of the opposite ear.
    • The tape measure should rest on both ears along the point at which eyeglasses or sunglasses would sit.
    • Once again, the tape measure should lie flat against flattened hair but should not be pulled tight.

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Forming the Wig Foundation

  1. Transfer your measurements to a wig block. Draw a rough sketch of the perimeter of your head based on the measurements you took. Use your cloth tape measure to measure out the same distances for the perimeter of your head, the crown of your head, and the distance between your ears.
    • Alternatively, you could find a cotton lace cap or other fine net cap that will fit your head and place that over the wig block. It will not be a custom fit, but doing this can be easier than trying to form and apply strips of cotton lace.
  2. Nail cotton ribbons to the block. Line cotton ribbon along the perimeter of your wig outline, as drawn previously. Gently hammer this ribbon onto the wig block using small nails.
    • If you decide to use a Styrofoam head instead of a wooden wig block, you can use sewing pins instead of nails to attach the ribbons.
    • Make sure that the ribbons are as flat as possible on the wig block.
  3. Apply wet cotton lace. Moisten strips of cotton lace by quickly spritzing them with water from a spray bottle. Drape the strips of cotton lace over the wig block and stitch them to the ribbon.
    • Note that the strips of cotton lace must be at least as long as the measurement you took for the crown of your head. They can, however, be a little longer at this point. Use as few strips as possible, opting for larger pieces rather than many smaller ones.
    • Pin the lace in place before sewing it onto the ribbon.
    • You can find cotton lace in a variety of colors, but avoid lace with patterns already embroidered into it.
    • Wetting the lace beforehand makes it easier to form and shape.
  4. Try the foundation on. Remove the nails from the ribbon and take the wig foundation off the wig block. Try it on to determine if it fits correctly.
    • If the wig foundation does not fit correctly, determine why not. Return the foundation to the wig block and make any adjustments you need to make in order to fix the fit.
    • When everything fits the right way, trim off any excess cotton lace that hangs past the ribbon border of the wig foundation.

Preparing the Hair

  1. Choose real or synthetic hair. Both options have advantages and disadvantages. Generally, for a wig that will be worn every day, you would want to use real hair. For a wig only worn on occasion, you might be able to use synthetic hair.
    • Natural hair look more realistic, tends to be more durable, and can tolerate heat and other styling products better. On the other hand, wigs made from real hair must be restyled after washes, the color can fade with light exposure, and the wigs can become damaged more easily.
    • Synthetic hair does not look as realistic and can be damaged by heat and hair dye. On the other hand, wigs made from synthetic hair tend to be lighter, do not need to be restyled after washes, and do not fade as quickly.

    2. Sort and pull the hair. Run handfuls of hair through a hair heckle to detangle, straighten, and sort the hair. Pull and tie it into sections using hair elastics.

    • A hair heckle consists of a sturdy base with five rows of pointed needles. It can straighten hair and blend multiple shades together.
    • Bolt the heckle down before using it.

3. Place the hair in between drawing mats. Lay one end of each hair section onto one drawing mat. Place the other drawing mat on top of the hair so that the pointed sides of both mats meet.

  • Drawing mats are leather rectangles with short wires or needles along one side. They are used to keep hair straight and organized.

Creating the Wig

  1. Pick out the right ventilating needle. The right size depends on the number of strands you want in a single knot. For more strands, choose a larger needle. For fewer strands, choose a smaller one.
    • If you have lace with very fine gaps, you might need to use fewer strands per gap, so you would choose a smaller needle.
    • For lace with larger gaps, the number of strands will influence the fullness of the wig. More strands will create a fuller, fluffier wig, while fewer strands will create a flatter style.
  2. Pull the hair through in a loop and knot it onto the lace.[3] You will need to single-knot or double-knot sections of hair made from only a few strands onto the individual gaps in the lace foundation using your ventilating tool.
    • Fold the end of a thin section of hair to form a loop.
    • Hook this loop with your ventilating needle and push it through one of the gaps in the lace foundation.
    • Maneuver the needle so that you can grab the hair at the base of the loop with the hook, pulling it back through the gap of the lace. This should give you a new loop of hair that wraps around the edge of the gap.
    • Knot the strands of hair once or twice onto the cotton edge of the gap. Make sure that the knot is fully tightened and closed so that the hair stays in place. You will need to pull the entire length of the section through the knot as you tighten it.
    • Note also that you should be using your free hand to hold the other side of the hair taut as you work throughout this entire process.
  3. Work from the neck up. You should always start knotting the wig onto the lace from the bottom of the neckline. Work your way up along the back before moving to the sides. After reaching the sides, work your way over the crown of the head.
    • The hair on the sides should be tied with double knots.
    • The hair on the top of the wig, or on the crown, should be tied on using single knots. This prevents the hair from looking too thick.
  4. Vary the direction. Once you reach the crown of the wig, you should mentally separate the top into six separate directions and tie the strands off evenly in each of those directions.
    • Do not merely tie the strands so that they fall in one single direction, since this will not look natural.
    • You should have two sections that extend straight down from either side of the wig, and the other four sections should be evenly spaced between these initial two.
  5. Cover the ribbons. Turn the wig inside out and stitch hair along the inside edge of the ribbons to prevent them from showing from the front.
  6. Sew in steel springs. Use a needle and thread to sew a few short steel springs around the temples, neck, and forehead of the wig. This will help the hair lift in a natural, pleasant manner.
    • The springs should only by a few loops wide and should not be visible from under the hair.
  7. Make the part and style the wig. With all the hair sewn in place, part the wig as you would do with a normal head of hair and cut the hair into your desired style.
    • If you are anxious about cutting the hair into a good or flattering style, you might want to ask a hair stylist for some tips or ask if he or she will cut the wig for you.
  8. Make the final fit. Try the wig on. It should now be complete, but if anything looks off, you should still be able to adjust it.

Additional Wig Tutorials

  1. You can make a quick, inexpensive wig for a costume using a balloon, hair net, wefts of hair, and glue.
    • Inflate the balloon and use it as a dummy head.
    • Place the hair net over the balloon and glue the hair onto it.
    • Trim away unwanted portions when done.
  2. You can create a wig to mimic the appearance of a jellicle cat from the Cats musical using sheets of faux fur.
    • Measure your head for the correct shape and size.
    • Create a pattern using your measurements and cut the faux fur out according to this pattern.
    • Create and attach fake cat ears.
  3. Doll wigs can be made out of yarn. You can create one with or without a sewing machine.
  4. You can make a large wig in the ragdoll style for a costume. Use yarn, and either sew or glue the wig into shape.

Things You’ll Need

  • Cloth tape measure
  • Wig block
  • Pencil
  • Cotton ribbons
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Cotton lace
  • Spray bottle
  • Sewing needle
  • Matching thread
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Real or synthetic hair
  • Hair heckle
  • Hair elastics
  • Drawing mats
  • Ventilating needle
  • Steel springs
  • Comb and brush

 

22 Steps on How To Do a Sew-In

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It’s hard not to be  jealous of those models in hair commercials as they swing, flip, fluff and generally show off their long, thick locks. Adding hair extensions can give you the longer, fuller hair you crave. If you’re good with a needle and thread–or willing to learn–you can sew in hair extensions.

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  1. Decide what kind of extensions you want. There are two kinds of extensions: human hair and synthetic hair. Both can be worn 24/7 for months and washed, brushed, straightened and curled while they’re in place. There are, however, some distinct differences between the two.
    • Human hair. Human hair is the most popular type for extensions; it’s easy to look after (treat it the way you would your own hair) and essentially undetectable when properly put in place. You don’t have to do any special styling to human hair. In fact, it dries with the same natural kink/wave that most people’s hair dries with. You can use straightening irons and curling irons or tongs on human hair and even dye it if you’d like. Human hair is more expensive than synthetic hair and cost can run in the hundreds of dollars. Cost does not always indicate quality; however, so be sure to look and feel carefully.
    • Synthetic hair. Synthetic hair holds a style really well–curls made with hot rollers can last for days or a straightened style will stay put, even in rainy weather. Be aware, however, that hot irons can melt and ruin synthetic hair. If you’re looking to add thickness, synthetic is a great way to go because it creates more volume. Synthetic hair is also easier on the pocketbook.
  2. Choose a color. Unless you intentionally want extensions in a fun color such as pink, blue or purple, choose a color that most closely matches your own hair color. If you can’t decide between two shades, go with the lighter one.
    • It can be difficult to find an exact match to your color, so if you’re buying human hair, think about bringing it to your stylist to have it dyed to match your own hair color.
  3. Calculate how much hair you need. The amount of hair you’ll need depends on the thickness of your own hair and how much length and/or fullness you want to add.
    • If adding fullness only and your own hair is similar to the length of the extensions, purchase two to four ounces of hair.
    • If your own hair is much shorter than the length of the extensions you want, you’ll need about six to eight ounces of hair to get a full, natural look.
    • As a general guideline, the longer the length of the extension, the more hair you’ll need for a full look.
  4. Consider how you’ll wear your hair. Think about hairstyles and decide how you want your hair to fall after you have the extensions in place. This is important, as the way the hair is parted and how the extensions are placed dictates how the hairstyle will fall when it is finished.
  5. Wash and condition the hair. Dry your hair completely with a blow dryer and comb through it to ensure there are no knots or snarls.
  6. Create a part for the extension. Part your hair at the point(s) on the head where you want to add the extension. For example, if you’re sewing in an extension to add length, create a part that goes from temple to temple and/ or one that goes from the top of the left ear and across the head to the top of the right ear.
    • Try to get the line as even as you can. Once you do, comb up the hair above the part line and clip it into place.
    • Part the hair again just a tiny bit underneath your first part. You want to create a very thin “line” of hair that you’ll use to make your cornrow. Take the hair below your cornrow part and secure it with a ponytail holder.
      • The cornrow braid will serve as the “anchor” on which the extension will be sew-in.
  7. Start at one side of the head. Do not start all the way at the end if the person plans to wear her hair up or in a ponytail; otherwise, the extensions will show. Begin about 12 inch (1.3 cm) in.
  8. Grab three small, fairly equal size amounts of hair from the thin section of hair you’ve reserved for the cornrow. Hold one in your right hand, one in your left and hold the center strand of hair in whatever hand feels comfortable.
    • Do not start with too much hair. Keep the strand sections small so that the finished braid isn’t bulky and doesn’t create a “bump” under the extensions.
    • If the cornrow is too thick, the hair could have trouble drying completely when you wash it and could become moldy.
  9. Begin by crossing the hair in your right hand underneath the hair in your center section. Then cross the hair in your left hand underneath the hair that’s now in the center.
    • Repeat this criss-cross pattern along the part line of the hair. As you move, pick up additional hair from the head and add it to the center section so that you’re creating one, continuous cornrow braid.
      • You can either add hair to the center section or to the left- and right-hand sections as you braid. Just be consistent.
      • Make your cornrow as tight as you can without causing pain.
  10. Secure the ends. When you’ve reached the end of your part and you’ve used all the sectioned hair to create your cornrow, secure the end of the cornrow braid with a hair elastic or rubber band.
  11. Thread your needle. Cut a piece of extension thread about 48 inches (121.9 cm) long and thread one end through the eye of a curved needle. Pull the thread through until there is an equal amount on both sides. You’re going to be working with a double thread. Tie the two loose ends together with a secure knot.
  12. Secure the weft together. A single hair extension is also known as a weft. If you want to create extra fullness, simply fold your weft in half. Take your needle and insert it through the unfolded edge of the weft so that it’s held together along the unfolded size.
  13. Make the first stitch. With the weft now attached to your needle and thread, insert your needle underneath the cornrow and bring it up. The curved needle should make this easy, and the point of the needle should now be pointing back at you.
  14. Attach the extension. Take the needle (the point is facing you) and insert it into the front of the extension right below the seam, which is called the track. If you’re working with a folded weft, be sure your needle goes under both tracks. Hold the hair extension up and try to cover the cornrow with it. Insert the needle back under the cornrow and pull the thread gently, leaving a loop.
    • If your cornrow extended beyond your part, simply fold it back onto the head as you attach the extension.
  15. Make a knot. Once you bring your needle and thread up from behind your cornrow, insert the needle through the loop you left at the end of your last stitch and pull the thread through. Pull firmly to attach the extension in place securely.
  16. Continue sewing. Insert the needle back underneath the track of your extension about a 12 inch (1.3 cm) away from your last stitch. Slide the needle under the cornrow, leave a loop and bring the needle and thread through the loop to secure your extension. Continue sewing your extension along the part line keeping your stitches neat and a uniform 1/2-inch distance apart.
  17. End the row. When you’re one stitch away from the end of your extension, insert the needle through the front of the extension and tack the two folded ends to one another. Do not go under the cornrow again. Make two or three stitches to fold the folded end onto itself. Then insert your needle through one of the stitches, pull through to create a loop and insert your needle through the loop to make a knot. Knot the end two or three times for extra security. Trim the edges of the leftover thread on both ends of the extension.
  18. Cut if necessary. Depending on how you wear your hair, you may need to get a hair cut to create a new style or to help your extensions blend even more seamlessly into your own hair.
  19. Wash with some care. You can absolutely wash your hair extensions, but it pays to take a little extra care. Be sure to wash and condition from top to bottom rather than washing your hair upside down or piling it up on top of your head. Put shampoo/conditioner in your hands and run hair through your palms. Avoid washing hair upside down in the sink or scrunching on top of your head.
    • Choose hydrating or moisture-replenishing shampoos and conditioners. A leave-in spray conditioner is great, especially on ends.
  20. Be smart with styling products. You can use mouse, gel and hairspray on your extensions as long as those products are alcohol-free. It’s best to stay away from shines, sheen or oils.
  21. Sleep smart. At bedtime, braid hair into two side braids or secure in a loose ponytail to prevent tangling. If you’ve curled your hair, try sleeping on a satin pillow to help keep your curls in place.
  22. Protect your hair when swimming. Salt water and chlorinated water are very drying to hair and can cause major color fading or discoloration. If you’re going into the water, put on a swim cap first.

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Tips:

    • Hair extensions can also be attached in small strands of hair for the “strand by strand” technique. This technique involves attaching the extensions to the natural hair strands with glue or wax adhesive or fusing with heat. This approach is much more time consuming (2 1/2 to 3 hours) than the technique used by someone who knows how to sew in hair extensions. These extensions should last 2 to 7 months, depending on the person’s hair and the quality of the extensions being used.
    • Lace wigs offer an alternative to weaves. The wigs are handmade using French or Swiss lace. These wigs (once used exclusively in the theater) are lightweight and fit tightly to the scalp for a realistic look. The wigs come as a lightweight full headpiece or as small hairpiece for the front of the scalp. The wigs are usually adhered with adhesive and will last for about 6 months.
    • Hair extensions that are “invisible” are another alternative to hair extensions. This type of extension utilizes a false, synthetic skin with hair “growing” from it. The synthetic skin is adhered directly onto the scalp with adhesive. This watertight seal attaches to the skin for approximately 5 to 8 weeks. It is recommended for people with very fine hair who want to add volume.

Things You’ll Need

  • Hair extensions (human or synthetic), attached to the weft
  • Curved sewing needle, specially made for hair sewing
  • Sewing thread for hair (should be the same color as the hair)
  • Clips
  • Tail comb

 

Hair And Skin Tips

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We all had bad hair days, but expensive products are not the only solution to frizziness, flyaways or split ends. Vinegar can help bring dull hair back to life, said stylist expert Lashundra Easton, an Owner, Founder of Shun’s Hair Extension Services who frequently offers tips for frugal beauty and style.

“Apple cider vinegar is a budget-friendly solution that adds shine to lackluster locks,” she said. After shampooing, rinse hair with a mixture of 1 cup of water and 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar. Rinse and dry. Apple cider vinegar is great for conditioning cleaning hair. It helps with itchy scalp and acts like a cream rinse when used after shampoo. And, Shun said, “The smell should fade in less than 30 minutes.”

Another tip for healthy vibrant hair: Stimulate your scalp and send nutrients to hair follicles. Brush your hair before you hop into the shower, and once you’re in, massage your scalp while washing your hair. “An extra few seconds can go a long way to improving the health of your hair,” Shun said.

Price:

Apple cider vinegar $2 to $3

When it comes to looking your best, upkeep costs like makeup, hair care, skin care and spa treatments can cost a pretty penny. American women spend an average of $7 billion a year on cosmetics and services each year, according to a 2008 study by the YWCA. Luckily, the price of beauty can be trimmed when you replace salon treatments for do-it-yourself solutions that cost less than $10.

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Household items are a great option for cost-effective skin care, said Lashundra Easton, a self-taught makeup artist and professional license cosmetologist who rose to fame with YouTube beauty tutorials.

“You can use honey with sugar and salt crystals for a great smelling home face mask. You can also make a yogurt face mask from fresh yogurt, which is great for the skin. Top it off with some cucumber sliced for each eye to soothe,” said Shun, who recently released her line of cosmetics.

Most people spend their money on anti-aging creams, but Shun said they’re not necessary. “As long as you keep up the daily moisturizing and wash make up off before bed properly, then you don’t need to splurge too much on expensive creams,” she said.

Avoid exposure to the sun to maintain healthy, young looking skin. Wear moisturizers and foundations with sun protection. They don’t have to be expensive to be good, but they do have to be safe to keep skin looking young, she said.

A final skin tip: Drink plenty of water. It keeps toxins at bay, leading to clearer looking skin, Shun said.

Price:

Honey face mask $5

Yogurt face mask and cucumber $3

How To Balance PH In Hair

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Making every day a “good hair day” isn’t that difficult once you understand the importance of balanced ph and how to obtain it. Get those negative thoughts about high school chemistry right out of your head–this is not as complicated.

Instructions
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Everything can be classified as either acidic, neutral or basic based on the common ph scale, which is basically a scale of 1 to 14. The lower the number, the more acidic, with 7 being neutral. Using the ph test strips, test your hair products: shampoo, conditioner, gel/mousse, spray – whatever you use on your hair on a day-to-day basis. Write these results down.

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Take an average by adding the ph numbers together, then divide by the number of products tested. For instance, if your shampoo is a 4, your conditioner is a 5 and your gel is a 4, you would add these numbers together (13) and divide by 3 (4.3). In this case, you would need to slightly raise the ph. The natural oil in human hair, Sebum, has a ph of 5 – this should be your goal.

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Changing the ph of your hair is as simple as using apple cider vinegar to lower the ph, or add baking soda to raise it. To raise the ph, add a slight amount of (1/4 tsp) to your conditioner. To lower the ph, simply work a small amount of vinegar through your hair right before the final rinse. You should notice a difference in your hair within a few days; it will be more resilient, smoother and stronger.

Home Remedies For Hair Care

Try not to use a lot of heat in your hair may cause breakage.
Trimming the hair every 6-8 weeks or during relaxer time.
Make sure you condition the hair if its dry and brittle.
Shampoo the hair twice then condition.
Use lite oil on the hair so, the hair is not weighted down.
Brush your hair often as possible because it helps the blood circulation to the scalp.
If you want to deep condition your hair use a HOT OIL TREATMENT.
This is a very good product “Flo-Lox” Styling Hair Conditioner Cream.
100%Coconut Oil helps hair growth.
A good leave-n-conditioner “Fermodyl” Revlon makes this product.
Mane ‘n Tail Shampoo and Conditioner is great for thickness in the hair.
VIA NATURAL STYLE- Conditioning gel will firmly smooth the edges down without drying the hair out.

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Question?
My edges & hair fell out about 1 year ago. Now my hair stops at my chin instead of by my upper back. I decided to go natural so I need some good home remedies or hair products that will grow my hair without harsh chemicals like petroleum & mineral oil. Thanks!!!!

Answer?
Start wrapping your hair every night with a silk scarf or satin bonnet [NEVER COTTON] wash your hair with only conditioner every 3 or 4 days, consider taking vitamins [biotin] deep condition your hair every week, and start using castor oil on your edges and nape. You will find out that CO is a very heavy oil so a little goes a long way. Hope this helps!

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