Sunday, 4 September 2011

Hair today, Gone tomorrow...

Hey bloggeristas,

Some of you may know I recently had a sewn in weave. I purchased the Remy Hair @ Afro Beauty in Longsight and bought 2 x 14" P16/613 packets of hair for £24.99 and 1 x 18" P16/613 for £34.99 and had the hair sewn in at Soft Touch Afro Hair Salon in Gorton which cost £70. Totalling a whopping £154.97!!

The colour is mixed blonde with dark blonde streaks.

The process which involves having your own hair cornrowed to your head and the extensions sewn on to the cornrows was a lengthy process taking a total of 4hrs, and only lasted 3 days!!

I had a curly synthetic weave sewn in last year which took just under 2hrs so didn't expect the length of time it took to have it sewn in a second time. The curly synthetic weave lasted around 7 days before I took it out after experiencing irritation.

My opinion of weave varies. I have seen people with AMAZING weave & ATROCIOUS weave... sadly mine was the latter.

Weave became popular among Afro-Caribbean women as a way of switching up their hairstyles and many Afro-Caribbean hairdressers specialise in weaves. Slowly this trend passed through and now it is a popular way of adding length and volume to your natural hair. Two celebs in particular who are constantly changing their style with their weave/lace front wigs are Rihanna and Beyonce.

As my hair was fairly short I had synthetic hair attached and braided into the cornrows - the cornrows were in the same as style as Beyonce, however my stylist braided a piece of hair in an alice band across the front of my forehead from ear to ear and sewed hair on to there too.

My personal opinion on synthetic hair is if you have European hair it will undoubtedly cause irritation. Human hair is the best type of hair for weave.

Although you probably can't tell from the photos the weave was not natural around the hairline, it covered a mass of forehead which became very uncomfortable and it was sewn so close to the hairline at the back of my ears that it was actually pushing on my ears which caused a LOT of discomfort thus putting a lot of pressure on the cornrows and the hair follicle. I ended up with a lot of irritation in particular around my forehead, it appeared red & blotchy and caused dryness too. I was left unable to tie my hair back properly & wear a headband. Plus several people made mean comments saying it 'looked like a wig'.

I absolutely loved having Kardashian length hair that was a lovely colour blonde but for me it wasn't enough to keep the weave in.

*Meet the stunning Maria*

*My cousin Heather - also a weave fan*

Several of my friends have different styles of weaves that look natural around the hairline and it looks amazing... jealous!!

I would LOVE to be able to wear weave... and it's left me with the only option of having extortionately expensive hair extensions at a salon or the regular clip ins. I'm not sure if it was just a bad salon, or I'm one of those people who aren't suited to it.

Some of my favourite hair sites are:

Black Hair Spray
Paul's Hair World
Pak Cosmetics

** One of my pet peeve's though is they never state what colour weave the model is wearing which makes it hard if you're wanting to achieve a particular look so I would recommend where possible trying to visit your local hair shop **

Have you tried weave, what are your thoughts?? Yay or Nay?



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  2. hi i had a weave done at soft touch afro and it lasted me near 2 months and now body knew it was weave when i told my friends to date i took about 7 people to that salon and no body had any complain apart from it was a bit tight at first but now i feel naked with out them and it was done by keisha in that salon