Watercolor Your Extensions

Products needed:

Hair color (The more hair color the bolder the color)

613 extensions (Bleaching extensions can cause damage if not done properly and requires more work)

Plastic spoon

Plastic bowl (large enough for water and extensions)

Tap water

Gloves

First:

Remove all ties, bundle wraps, and rubber bands from your 613 extensions. If this is not done, dye will not properly set in the places that are covered

I also recommend that all bundles are separated and detangled prior to dying to allow all strands access to the water color.

I bleached my extensions instead of using 613

Second:

Open bottles of coloring and pour them in plastic bowl, to make sure all the dye is out of the bottle, run water in the bottles and shake it while the top is on. Then pour water from dye bottle into the plastic bowl.

Allow your hot tap water to run until it is out and fill your plastic bowl about 3/4th of the way to the top. 

Use your plastic spoon to blend the water and color. Be sure to break up all chunks of color and make sure the water and color are blended smoothly.

Final Step

Lay your extensions in the watercolor mixture and allow time for extensions to absorb all color. Often times the water will become clear when the extensions have absorbed all color. When using several bottles of color for a bold look, allow to sit for a few hours before rinsing because the water will not turn clear. When looking for a pastel color only use 1 bottle of dye and allow to sit until water surrounding turns clear. 

Be sure to condition extensions well after watercolor.

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Tips For Preserving Edges While Wearing Extensions

1. Invest in you– you have to invest in yourself buy purchasing quality hair. Lower grade hair will not last long requiring continuous maintenance to the hair and it can cause irritation to the scalp and loss of hair.

2. Foundation– your foundation should not cause your head to hurt for long periods of time. Make sure braids are secure but not too tight. Tight braids can cause edges to pop during install

3. Time-Installs should only last 2-3 months. Hair should be taken down, washed, and moisturized to allow your scalp to breathe and to keep your hair nourished.

4. Weave Cap– Installing a weave cap on top of your braids prevents the thread from the install from cutting strands of your hair which causes split ends and damage.

5. No Ponytails– Wearing continuous ponytails adds a lot of tension to the hair. The braids are already causing tension and pulling the extensions into a ponytail causes more tensions on your hair

6. Edge Control– Edge control is very important to get the SLAY that you are looking for. Be sure to purchase edge controls that include benefits for nourishing and growth.

Frontal Installs

1. Use the right adhesive– Please be sure to use glue that is made specifically for frontal wigs. Not doing so will result in damaged edges.

2. Patience– When you are ready to remove your frontal make sure you are not being rushed and have the time to properly remove it without becoming frustrated. Also, use an adhesive remover to assist with removing the frontal. If you feel any tensions or resistance, apply more of the adhesive remover before trying again.

3. Wig cap-use a wig cap for every frontal install to protect your hair and edges from adhesive. 

Until Next Time,

Queen Melanin Extensions

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How To Maintain Deep Wave Extensions

Deep wave extensions are becoming more and more popular.Everyone is looking for those deep bold waves that don’t tangle or get really frizzy. Truth is this hair requires a lot of maintenance to prevent the tangling and fizziness. Although the good quality deep wave extensions will not mat up they will tangle but they should be easy to detangle with water and conditioner.

ALL DEEP WAVE EXTENSIONS WILL TANGLE WITHOUT THE PROPER CARE!

What is the best way to maintain your deep wave extensions you ask? Well I have a few tips for you.

1. This is human hair! This means that it will require conditioning, moisture, and curl defining products to look its best and stay healthy.

2. No product build up! Wash extensions as necessary because allowing products to build on the hair week after week will weigh the hair down and will not allow the curls to be as bold. Be sure to comb hair out before washing to prevent tangling and wash the hair in a downward motion and allow the water to run down the hair from the root to the end. 

3. Wide tooth comb! Most people use paddle brushes for their extensions but it is better to use a wide tooth comb for deep wave extensions to prevent from breaking all of the waves up. Also remember to always comb from the ends and work your way up to prevent damaging the hair and causing shedding. 

4. Bedtime! Be sure to twist your bundles in 2-3 big 2 strand twist and cover with a satin bonnet to prevent the moisture from leaving the bundles and prevent tangling while sleeping. Of course if you have a wig just neatly place it on your wig stand or head.

These are just a few tips for maintaining deep wave bundles on a day to day basis.

How to get a healthy glossy deep wave look in 3 simple steps:

1. Take a water bottle and damp the hair all over. DO NOT DRINCH THE HAIR IN WATER. Hair should not be dripping water. Be sure to get the ends and the roots. 

2. Apply leave-in conditioner or curl definer. I personally love “As I Am” products or “Aunt Jackie’s”. Apply to ends and work your way up. Also apply to the roots to be sure the hair does not frizz at the top.

3. Take your fingers or a wide tooth comb and starting from the ends, run your fingers or the comb through the hair and work your way up. You may also scrunch the hair after combing it to help define the curls. 

Check out our Deep Wave bundles, closures, and frontals.

Until next time,

Queen Melanin Extensions

Difference Between Brazilian, Peruvian, Indian, & Malaysian Hair

Virgin Indian Remy Hair:
Collected from the Tiraptu temples in Southern Asia where women go to donate their hair for spiritual and religious purposes, Indian hair is the most accessible and versatile hair available. Naturally fine to medium in thickness, this hair is normally dark in color yet is easily color-lifted to blonde and other, lighter hair tones. Indian Hair is also naturally thick and straight and is great for straight, shiny and sleek hairstyles. It is available in curly, wavy, and straight styles and blends in great with many individual’s natural hair textures. Anti-frizz products are recommended in areas where humidity is high.

Virgin Brazilian Remy Hair:
Brazilian Hair is hair donated from women of the small and rural places within Brazil and is currently the most in demand hair texture on the market for many reasons. Brazilian Hair is genetically diverse but tends to be natural and shiny in appearance and is very versatile, thick and durable, yet soft and smooth to the touch. This hair also tends to blend in with most individual’s natural hair textures and does not require any special maintenance. It is available in curly, wavy, and straight styles and often holds curls longer than Indian Hair.

Virgin Peruvian Remy Hair:
Peruvian Hair originates from the women of the remote villages of Peru who have donated their hair and tends to be more thick and course in texture than Brazilian and Malaysian Hair. A true and ultimately multipurpose hair, its soft and lightweight qualities allow a highly manageable and feathery, natural, luxurious and voluminous look. It is available in curly, wavy, and straight styles and is very versatile in each style.

Virgin Malaysian Remy Hair:
Malaysian Hair originates from the women of Malaysian descent who have donated their hair to Malaysian temples for religious or financial purposes. More dense, thick, heavier, softer, shiner, and silkier than Indian Hair. It is great if you are you looking for a natural wavy or curly look. It is available in curly, wavy, and straight styles.

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Queen Melanin Extensions

How To Find The Perfect Vendor

While purchasing a vendor list is sometimes beneficially due to the vendors already being tested and the research already being done, but there’s a lot of scamming going on and people are skeptical about buying vendor list now.
There are those who would rather do the research themselves but they are unsure where to start or even how to spot a good vendor from a bad one. Here are a few questions and tips to help find your long lasting vendor.

Questions To Ask Vendor Before Purchasing

Is the hair cuticles aligned?

a. The answer should be yes to confirm there will not be a lot of tangling and damage to the hair.

Where is the hair from?
a. If you are looking for Indian hair it is more practical to get it from India are at least know where your hair is coming from.

Do you offer sample orders?
a. Sample orders are usually cheap and they give you the chance to test the hair for
shedding and coloring.

Is your wholesale pricelist available?
a. Viewing the whole sale list gives you an outlook of what you can charge for your extensions.

What company do you use for shipping and what is the delivery time frame?
a. Long shipping times can discourage customers so be sure shipping times are reasonable or at least be able to inform customers of long shipping times.

What is the density level of closure?
a. Normal density are around 130%-150% this ensures that the closure is full.

How are wefts constructed?
a. Double wefts are the best answers because it results in less shedding.

Has there been any lice issues?
a. Be sure vendor does not have a history of lice because this could lead to lose of customers and a law suit.

Any synthetic fibers in the hair?
a. 100% Human Hair should not have any synthetic hair. If you are avertising human hair please be sure no synthetic fibers are added.

How many grams per bundle?
a. Bundles usually run 100 grams per bundle. Anything less will reuire more bundles for a full install.

What is the return policy on bad hair?
a. Most company’s that have pride in their company will provide a guarantee and return policy.

Can you send videos and pictures without filters?
a. Filters can add details and take away flaws so be sure all videos and pictures are natural lighting.

Do you provide 613 hair?
a. Many customers request 613 hair so this may be something necessary for your vendor to have.

Do you offer personalized packaging?
a. If you own your own business it may be easier to get extensions as well as personalized items from one company. Vendors also give discounts when purchasing multiple services or items.

Do you ship around the world?
a. Be sure that all customers are able to get their orders b confirming the areas the vendors ship to.

Do you offer drop shipping?
a. For business owners with websites, most sell extensions through drop shipping which
allows the vendor to ship directly to the customer and requires less work from the business owner.

• Vendors use stock photos and most of them use the same photos so look for vendors who take their own photos of their hair to ensure the vendors hair quality. Here is an example of what to look for:

TIPS About Choosing A Vendor

• Check vendors on YouTube and social media for reviews and also for their personal YouTube channels.
• Often times vendors with a lot of transactions have good quality hair but the more business they receive often times the quality of hair goes down due to them trying to fill so many orders.
• Pay close attention to response time. Want to be sure you are able to contact vendor and receive quick responses.

Queen Melanin Extensions also provides wholesale. Please contact queenmelaninextensions@gmail.com for wholesale pricing.

Until Next Time,
Queen Melanin Extensions

L.O.C Method Before Install

Often times when wearing extensions we forget to take care of our real hair. Extensions are very convenient but we all dream of having long flowing hair ourselves as well. The best way to obtain this is to make sure your natural hair is very moisturized and healthy before each install. The LOC method is a method I use monthly to make sure my hair is not breaking during the install or the take down process.  LOC stand for

L-Liquid

O-Oil

C-Cream

PRODUCTS

Everyone has their own method of doing things but I have found the best products that have given my daughter and I the best results.

First, water is the best liquid to use in the LOC method. Water based products are just as great but y not just stick to the natural liquid that rules the world instead of adding artificial ingredients? 

Next, I love using wild grow or either Tailored Beauty Grow Thick Oil as my oil in the LOC method. Both oils are thick and are long lasting.

Lastly, I always use Tailored Beauty Everything Butter for my cream. It has all natural ingredients which include shea butter, grapeseed oil, coconut oil, and vitamin e. This moisturizer is amazing. After completing my LOC method with this and keeping my install for a month, I was still able to feel the moisture in my hair. My hair has never been this soft or manageable before using this product. I used it for about 2 months on me and my daughter’s hair and the results were amazing. Well enough about praising this miracle in a jar lol.

PROCESS

1. Liquid- While most people wet or spray their whole head, I go through each section and part and spray each piece of hair so that I can be sure the hair is fully moist and detangled.

2. Oil- As you part and spray also grease the scalp and the hair as you go with your oil.

3. Cream- After the hair has been moistened and oiled, apply your cream from the roots down to the ends to lock in the moisture and the oils. Please be sure to apply extra moisture to the ends of the hair because they are more prone to breakage. 

BENEFITS

1. Hydrates hair

2. Locks in moisture to help close hair cuticles

3. Prevents breakage 

How Many Bundles Do I Need?

As I scroll on social media daily, I see woman asking how many bundles they need for certain hairstyles. Most times there are several different replies with answers but no one is asking the questions that need to be asked in order to give accurate information.

1. What length bundles are you planning to buy

2. Will you be using a closure or frontal

3. What is the density of your bundles

4. The size of your head

All of these questions are important when determining the amount of bundles one needs. Most bundles are about 100 grams but there are many companies that sell extensions that have less density and therefore one would need more bundles to complete their unit or full sew-in. Also the length determines how many bundles will be needed. If you have a 12 in bundle and a 22 in bundle and they both are 100 grams, of course the 12 in bundle will be much thicker than the 22 in bundle in order to keep the same density. Therefore, shorter lengths will require less bundles while longer lengths require more to look thick and full. Rather or not a closure is used is also very important because a frontal of course takes up way more space than a closer does. 

EXAMPLE:

My sister and I both got a full sew in installed with 18in bundles. While I needed a closure and 3 bundles she needed a closure and 5 bundles because her head is OBVIOUSLY way bigger than mine lol.

Is 3 BUNDLES ENOUGH?

Most times if you are using lengths 12”-20” using 3 bundles will do the job but of course you still have to keep your head size in mind as well. The texture of the hair is also important because waves such as deep wave is going to look more full then regular straight hair. If you are going for a natural look, the shorter the hair the less bundles needed in order to prevent the hair from looking too big. With lengths of 8”-12” it is also possible to use 2 bundles because the weft of the bundles are longer and the bundles are also fuller then the longer lengths. 

HOW MANY BUNDLES DO I NEED WITH A FRONTAL?

A frontal covers almost the whole front of your head so it usually only takes 2 to 3 bundles for a full install when using a frontal. Of course 3 bundles will be for the longer bundle lengths. Typically bundles 20” and under will only require 2 bundles when creating a unit or installing a sew-in. The average dimensions of a frontal from ear to ear is 13inx4in so it is just about able to take the place of a full bundle.

Stay tuned for our next informative blog answering most asked questions,

Queen Melanin Extensions

Wigs vs Sew Ins

Doing your hair every morning becomes very tedious and time consuming. The brushing, losing the comb, finding the right products, and getting to the end and not liking how your hair looks is just too much sometimes. Thanks to Christina Jenkins(African American woman who in invented hair extensions) we have the option to skip this process and go straight to the look we desire. Let’s take a moment to say Thank you Christina Jenkins lol.

The only thing is often times we are unsure if we want a sew-in or a wig. A sew-in is when the hair is braided for a foundation and the weft of extensions are sewed onto the foundation. This can be done with or without a net being sewed over the braids. A wig is a unit that has already been constructed with the extensions and worn over entire head covering the braided foundation. There are many similarities and both but which is healthier and more beneficial?

This is a battle that many woman face. Some woman are scared of the wig look because they don’t know anyone that can install it properly, and some woman like their hair to breath at night so they prefer the wig.

Are you stuck between a wig or a sew-in?

Let’s learn a few differences and pros and cons in order to help you make the choice.

Sew-In Pros

• Protects natural hair from heat

• Different options for styling hair without cutting natural hair

• One install lasts several weeks

• Time is preserved due to hair being installed and typically needs just a brush and go

Sew-In Cons

• Scalp damage due to the sew in not being able to allow the scalp to breathe

• Hair damage is sometimes a result due to threading cutting strands of hair during install. (sometimes causes split ends)

• Heat damage can be caused to the hair during a sew in if a leave out is left out. 

Wig Pros

lasting extensions due to you uninstalling the unit every night and not sleeping in it. This prevents tangling and shedding and causes hair to last longer

• Multiple styling options are available because you are able to switch wigs whenever you want to give yourself a different look.

Healthier natural hair due to allowing your hair and scalp to breathe daily and it allows us to moisturize our hair and scalp in between daily installs.

Wig Cons

• More Time consuming due to having to install daily

• Not always secure so please be aware of the “snatch a wig” era that we are currently in

• Storage of wigs is usually a little difficult if you have multiple units.

5 Tips For Maintaining Healthy Extensions

Many people believe that wearing extensions prevents them from having to deal with their hair. While this is true, you still have to maintain your extensions in order for them to keep their quality. You have to remember that extensions are human hair and just like your natural so they have to be taken care of as well in order to stay healthy and be long lasting. Here are 5 tips on how to maintain your extensions:

1. Remove extensions (wig) or put bonnet on extension sew in when laying down or going to bed. The constant friction on cloth again the hair can cause ends too look split and slight tangling depending on how rough one sleeps. For extensions with any curl pattern, it is beneficial to braid hair before putting on a bonnet in order to keep it from matting or tangling.

2. Wash & air dry extensions before each install. When washing be sure to wet and rub MILD shampoo down your extensions. Never bunch extensions up or scrub them together. Rinse and repeat with conditioner by rubbing conditioner from root to end and rinse again. Allow extensions to air dry in order to prevent heat damage from a blow dryer and keep the extensions texture. 

3. Use a wide tooth comb or brush to brush and comb out your extensions. Although you may use a rat tail comb for a bone straight look, do not comb your hair with a small tooth comb. It will lead to split ends and a much damaged look. 

4. Moisturize your extensions as well. Of course we don’t want anything to heavy to hold down the hair and stop it from flowing but again this is human hair and it has to be treated as so. Chie serum or Generic serum are both really good oils to apply to extensions for heat protectant as well as to give your bundles a little moisture and glow. These products are extremely good with the bone straight look. 

5. Heat Protectant is very important. We often time apply more heat to our extensions then we do our hair and we forget that although it is not ours it is still human hair. To refrain from damaging your quality bundles please be sure to use heat protectant any time you are applying heat to your extensions. 

Following these 5 steps will get you long lasting full bundles. It does not take much just remember although they are extensions they are still REAL HUMAN HAIR!

Until next time queens,

​Melanin Queen Extensions