Invest In Your Hair (Extensions & Natural)

Quick weaves are so fast and simple right? It gets the job done and you look cute as hell. But what about when you take it out? All the products used to harden the hair as well as the process to remove the tracks all cause extreme damage to your natural hair. If you are looking for a protective style and you’re trying to maintain your real hair, a quick weave is not the best option.

Quick Weave?

A quick weave is when your hair is molded down in order to glue extensions on top of a wig cap or sometimes it’s glued directly on your hair.

Some stylist mold the hair down and some braid it, due to the hair being braided many believe this makes it a protective style.

After molding or braiding hair down and applying wig cap with glue, extensions are cut and glued all over until the full head is covered. Sometimes there is a leave out to help blend the extensions and help the style look more natural.

Just like a leave out with a sew in, applying heat to your natural hair to help blend your hair with the extensions causes extreme heat damage. On top of the heat damage, removing the extensions from your hair with or without a wig cap is often difficult and causes damage to your natural hair as well due to the tension that is applied to detach the extensions from the glue.

Although the quick weave style is beneficial and often times very beautiful, the process, products, and take-down process stops it from being a protective style because it damages the natural hair

Although the quick weave starts as a protective style. The glue cancels out any pros of the style.

What is a protective style?

Protective styles are those that are styled to be worn for extended periods of time to protect the hair from tension, heat, and styling damage.

Did you Know?

Often times stylist do not dry the hair completely before installing a quick weave and this leads to mildew forming on the hair. Washing the extensions is not a option with this hair style because the glue will loosen the extensions and ruin the quick weave style. It is also not good to wear the quick weave style for extended periods of time because the dirt from your hair as well as sweat will start to build up and cause bad odor and damage to the scalp. Your scalp also because very dry causing damage to the scalp and restricting hair growth. 

There are so many other options to protect your natural hair and obtain the same look of a quick weave. Bottom line? Invest in yourself and your hair because your natural hair is just as important.

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Protein Treatment for Natural Hair

Ingredients:

Blinder

1-2 Bananas (depending on hair length)

2 tbsp. Olive oil

1 cup Mielle
Organics Babassu Oil & Mint Deep Conditioner (your favorite deep
condition)

2 tbsp. of Honey

Cleansing conditioner

How to Do?

  1. Cut bananas into small pieces and place inside blinder
  2. Add olive oil and honey to bananas in blinder
  3. Add 1 cup of deep conditioner to blinder
  4. Mix well for 2 minutes or until mixture is consistent

How to Apply?

  1. Make sure hair is tangle free after
    washing with shampoo
  2. Separate hair into 4 sections
  3. Apply mixture to one section at a time
    and comb through with wide tooth comb from ends to roots.
  4. After all sections are covered apply
    shower cap
  5. Leave on for 30 min (sit under dry for
    best results)

How to Wash It?

  1. Rinse your hair well with cold water
  2. Use cleansing conditioner to remove all
    banana and other ingredients from hair without stripping hair with shampoo
  3. Dry and style as desired

Benefits of Banana Hair Condition

  1. Banana is a natural deep conditioner
  2. Honey helps to hydrate your hair and is a
    natural humectant that moisturizes your hair and promotes hair growth.
  3. Olive oil gives natural shine and also
    helps to deep condition

The benefits of
bananas are not just limited to our health. This is a perfect ingredient to
assist with skin treatments as well as strengthen your hair. Bananas improve
manageability, prevents dandruff, and helps to keep scalp moisturized. This
fruit is rich in potassium, natural oils, carbohydrates and vitamins, which
helps to soften the hair and protect the hairs natural elasticity, which
prevents split ends and breakage. We all dream of thick strong hair and the
potassium that bananas hold help to strengthen and thicken fine hair.

Restore Your Bundles

After a few months of flat ironing and adding products extensions start to look a little stiff and may even start to tangle more. We have to remember even though it didn’t grow out of our scalp it is still very necessary to treat like human hair. Extensions still need to be washed and conditioned well to restore your bundles back to its beautiful body it once had. While silicon mix conditioner is very famous for extensions restoration, you can also use a good deep condition to obtain the same results. 

Ingredients:

-Pot of water

-Silicon mix/conditioner

1. Place a full pot of water on the stove top and allow water to boil

2. Remove pot from fire after boiling starts

3. Add conditioner to boiling water and stir

4. Add extensions to water and make sure they are fully saturated

5. Allow to sit for 30min to an hour for best results

6. Rinse thoroughly with cold water

7. Allow to air dry 

Allowing your extensions to air dry is very important because it allows them to return back to their natural state without further heat damage. Be sure to use a heat protectant if you are in a rush for your extensions to be dried.

How to Remove Hair Coloring From Extensions

So you died your hair midnight blue, and you have been loving it for a month now but now you want to be a red head. Your bundles are still new and you don’t want to invest in more so what do you do? Well queen, here is the solution. Now you can remove color from your extensions and recolor without damaging the hair with bleach. 

Ingredients:

3 tbsp Baking Soda

4 tbsp shampoo

1 tbsp dish washing liquid

Shower cap 

Processing Time:

20 minutes

Process:

1. Combine ingredients in a bowl until the mixture is smooth

2. Apply the mixture to your dry extensions until they are completely covered

3. Cover extensions with the shower cap or plastic bag and leave sitting for about 20 min (could be longer for deeper colors)

4. Wash mixture out with warm water

5. Condition hair

Anti-dandruff shampoo has strong clarifying properties that help to strip the color from the extensions. When adding that with baking soda it helps to strip the darker colors without damaging the extensions.

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Famous Rice Water

The use of rice water to help hair growth stemmed from ancient china. The rice water carries vitamins such as B, C, E and several minerals that are good for your hair and skin. These vitamins and minerals help to strengthen damaged hair shafts. The women in China who used fermented rice water to wash their hair had an average hair length of 6ft. 

Ferment the rice water over night

Ingrediants:

1 cup of rice

Water

2 Bowls

Steps:1. Take the cup of rice and rinse it off to remove all dirt and impurities.

2. Drain all water and dirt off rice

3. Place rice in bowl and cover with water

4. Allow to sit overnight

5. Strain water from rice into a clean bowl

6. All water to ferment for about 48 hours (water will start to smell sour)

7. Pour water into water bottle

8. Part hair in sections

9. Spray each section at a time focusing on middle and ends mainly

10. Twist or braid each section down

11. Allow to see sit overnight or at least 3 hours before washing out

Hair is expected to grow at least 2 inch a month with consistent use of the fermented rice water method. 

This method is also good for children. I take time out every 2 weeks Saturday night and Sunday morning to complete this rice water method on my daughter and I. I have seen so much progress with hair growth as well as hair strength. The shedding has stopped and our hair does not feel brittle at all. Give you hair a chance to accept the minerals before expecting results. I was able to see noticeable results within 2 months of doing this every 2 weeks.

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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. 

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Until next time,

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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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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.

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Queen Melanin Extensions