Wearing hair for the professional environment

Wearing hair for the professional environment.

Wearing the correct hair for the professional environment is very important. This is mainly because first impressions last, so you have to make sure yours does too.

From the very moment you walk into your office or meeting, the way you look says a lot about your commitment to your craft and professionalism. It’s not just your fashion sense that speaks for you, but your hair too. 

If you’re feeling overwhelmed about choosing the perfect hair type or style that will turn heads in the workplace, Hair by Sisi is here to make it simple. If you’re looking for a hairstyle that completes your perfectly professional look, then read on. 

Here are 3 things you should know about ‘werking’ your hair in a professional environment:

1: Size matter

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A professional hairstyle is one that compliments and accentuates your face. So, avoid big curls that hide your face, bangs that cover your eyes or over-exaggerated volume.

We find that many of our professional clients, mainly in the finance and law industry, invest in the Hair by Sisi Peruvian Slick hair as this has a straight texture. Our clients also go with the Hair by Sisi Indian Wave hair, which has a low density, wavy texture.

2: Keep it simple

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As an occasionally time-starved business woman, you know that time is money. So when it comes to choosing professional looking hair we recommend that you choose something that requires minimal maintenance. This will give you more time to get the rest of your check-list done, rather than slaving away for hours in the morning trying to tame your mane. The Hair by Sisi wigs are a perfect get-up-and-go option for every professional woman. Our wigs are easy to wear, simple to store away, looks good and are very secure. Our promise is that they will not shift or fall off at all. It also looks presentable and has staying power.

3: Head and shoulders above the rest

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According to research, there are reasons why professional women prefer shorter hair over long hair, and this dates back to over a century ago. Back then it was believed that long hair would get in the way of doing one’s job and so, shorter hair was suggested. However, fast forward to the twentieth century, head and shoulder length hair has become the length of choice within the professional working world, more so for its executive aesthetics and less for its hindrance in getting work done. Our recommendation for short hair with a professional finesse is the Hair by Sis Peruvian Slick 14”-16”. Not only will this length compliment your face, it will also give you versatility for your life outside the office. After all, all work and no play is a philosophy no woman, short hair or long hair, professional or junior, should follow.

For all your professional hair, or any other hair queries, be sure to visit our website or follow us on social media.

 

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Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about weave hair and sew-in methods:Weave hair, sew-in methods and installation.

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about weave hair and sew-in methods.

Weave hair, sew-in methods and installation are the most important things you need to know about the hair world. With the weave and sew-in game constantly evolving, we are always on the look out for new styles, cuts, techniques and textures. This can be overwhelming when navigating what methods to choose for your next hair install. But don’t worry, “weave” got you covered!

Hair by Sisi has been in the hair game for a number of years, so we are confident we can help you with everything you’ve ever wanted to know about weave hair and sew-in methods.

The nitty gritty about weave hair

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Before you get your hair sewn in, you need to know the basics. Here are a few key words to know:

The weft:

The single line or bundle of hair.

Machine weft:

The hair which is sewn onto the track is done so by a machine, much like a large sewing machine. It allows the hair to be sewn together, facing the same direction, thus creating a natural-looking row of hair extensions. This type of weft is also the most common and offers great versatility when installed correctly.

Tracks:

These are the visible parts when your weave and cornrows are sewn in. The weft is sewn onto the cornrow, and when visible, e.g. when the wind blows, we say, “your tracks are exposed.”

Weave:

When the weft is sewn onto the cornrow.

Virgin hair:

Hair that comes from one donor, who has never cut, coloured or altered their hair’s natural state. Also, it is when the hair is collected and turned into extensions/weft with the hair cuticles facing the same direction.

Remy hair:

Although remy hair can still be considered as virgin hair, in that it comes from one donor, it is classified as remy hair because it has been chemically altered, coloured and texturized.

Now, it can become difficult to differentiate between virgin hair and remy hair, particularly considering the grading scale of the hair. But the key differentiator between the two types of hair is the life span. Virgin hair will outlast remy hair, especially if it is treated well (through washing, conditioning etc.)

Sew in methods:

There are also several sew-in methods for the corresponding styles. 

The full weave:

None of your natural hair is left visible. Usually done to protect your natural hair or to wear hair that is different to your natural hair.

The partial weave:

This is not a complete sew-in, so it usually does not make use of a closure. This will allow you to tie your hair up in a bun, but your hair must match with the extensions. 

The leave-out:

This is the small amount of your natural hair which is left out to give your installation a natural looking parting. This can only be done if your natural hair matches the texture of the hair you are using.

Having great hair every day starts from the root to the tip of your hair. In order to get the best hair experience, we recommend that you start with purchasing great quality hair. Secondly, use an experienced stylist who can install your weave or make your wig to perfection. Finally, you need to ensure that you buy the best hair care products that are specifically designed for hair extensions.

At Hair By Sisi, we offer quality services and products to ensure that you always get the value you deserve. Visit our website or follow us on social media for great hair every day!

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What your hair says about you

What your hair says about you.

Have you ever wondered what your hair says about you? If you are a believer in letting your hair do the talking, they you need to make sure you hair is saying what you want it too.

Anyone who has worn great hair will know the difference between what good hair and bad hair will do for your confidence.  Hair is so much more than just a look, it can be a reflection, reinvention or a reinforcement of who you are.

Often your hair will speak for you, even when you don’t say a thing. If you know the power of first impressions you know that you only get one shot to make a great impression. One way of making a good impression is making sure your hair give people a certain message about who and what you are.

The world is always going to see someone with long, curly, blond hair differently to someone with a straight, brown hair. And even though your hair choice is intensely personal, it is also very public. In the wonderful world of hair, we know that we are able to change our hair as often as we want and easier than any other part of our body, but what does a change in hair means to the rest of the world.

What your hair says about you when it’s straight?

STRAIGHT HAIR MEANS BUSINESS

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Generally speaking, people with curly hair aren’t taken as seriously as people with straight hair. This is usually because straight hair is often thought of as more conservative and curly hair is seen as more casual. Curls also get more attention, so if it’s stares that you want, then curls are the answer.

What your hair says about you when it’s short?

SHORT IS STRONG

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A woman with short hair is generally perceived as confident, strong and has nothing to hide. However, perceptions of people with short hair versus those with longer hair vary according to gender. In general, men love long hair, because they believe it is sexy, but short hair is only perceived as being attractive on women who are slender and/or physically fit. Although both hairstyles can work in a professional environment, think of how you want to seen.

What your hair says about you when it’s long?

LONG HAIR CAN LOOK LESS PROFESSIONAL

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Even though many of us like the idea of long, silky hair, sporting long hair in a workplace environment may have subconscious consequences.

A previously mentioned, short hair is typically seen as less sexy, but more professional. A bob or shoulder length weave or wig (regardless of texture) will look more natural and could look as if it were your natural hair. If you are working in a traditional industry where males are the dominant gender (accountant, finance, law firms, business executive, banker etc), you want to come across as confident and professional but not threatening. Women with shorter hair will look more feminine, while still being able to fit in with men’s norms in the workplace. Long hair can make you appear youthful and sexy to some people, which can work in your favour, but more often than not will not. Try the Hair by Sisi Peruvian Slick 12″ hair for a professional and easy hair type.

What your hair says about you when it’s colored?

IT’S ALL IN THE TONE

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We all know the many stereotypes about blondes. They are usually viewed as sexy, full of energy but not necessarily rocket scientists. Brunettes, on the other hand, are viewed as mysterious but also considered sexy and seen a more serious than blondes. If you are in the entertainment industry you will definitely have fun being blonde. You will get more attention with hair that is brightly coloured, like red, however, it can say something about your confidence or lack thereof.  If you are in a more professional environment and you want a touch of colour, try highlights to soften up the darker, natural colour of your weave or wig.

What your hair says about you when it’s bright?

WILD SIDE

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Those who sport non-traditional hair colours can come across as rebellious. Women with pink or red or blue hair are considered as those wanting to call attention to themselves. If you are an artist, actresses or aspiring YouTube stars, colour hair will definitely help you set yourself apart from the rest.  Unnatural hair colours are creative and youthful, but won’t go over well in a corporate environment.

What your hair says about you when it’s blonde?

GREAT HAIR IS THE BEST REVENGE

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Need a big change, get new hair. Changing your hair could almost be seen as changing your identity. Whether you decide to dye your hair or shave it off, drastically changing your hair will make people see you in a different way. Changing your hair can also signal that you have yourself changed and that you are different from who you were before. Going through a big break up? Changing your hair will proclaim your identity.

What your hair says about you when it’s completely different?

CHANGE YOUR HAIR, CHANGE YOUR ATTITUDE

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Even though there aren’t any absolute rules about hair and no hair colour, texture or style has any inherent meaning, personal attitude is very important. It is not true that across time, across history and across nations, that everyone thinks blonde hair is sexy. Our notions of appropriate colour, type and style are always a reflection of a particular place and time. So, as long as you wear your hair the way you feel free, comfortable and confident, don’t let what people think of your hair matter more than your happiness and the way you choose to express yourself. Remember if your attitude and personality match your hair (weave, wig) you will wear your hair with confidence. Curly hair like the Hair by Sisi Cambodian Curl or the Hair by Sisi BlowOutKink Hair will always turn heads, so its attention you want, curly hair is the one.

If you want to know more about all things weaves and wigs, then check out our post in Glamour magazine.

Happy Weaving XX

Lace Frontal – The Good, Bad and the Ugly

Lace Frontal – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

So why is everyone fussing over the LACE FRONTAL?

How are you tying a top bun with that weave? Half-up, half-down, how is that even possible with no visible tracks? These are just two questions that people always ask me when I have my hair up. The answer is always the same, I’m wearing a lace frontal.

After 4 years in the hair game, only now am I confident enough to talk truthfully and with real experience about the lace frontal.
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What is a lace frontal?

Frontals are basically larger, longer closures.  Instead of just giving you a natural parting (the closure) a lace frontal will give you full, protective styling, cover-up while giving you a natural looking hairline if executed properly.

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What’s is good about Lace frontals:

1. As mentioned above, a frontal is a 100% protective sew-in option, if you wear it without glue or adhesive and IF it is professionally installed and removed.

2. Frontals offer versatility, unlike the closure, you can part your hair wherever you want to.  This added lace size gives you space to style your hair in various updo styles.

3. Time savers! If you think sewing in a full weave takes up too much time, a frontal is going to change your life. A full frontal sew-in takes about half the time of a closure sew-in.

Lace Frontal - Bad and the Ugly

What is bad about Lace frontals:

1. Frontals are delicate and call for great attention to detail. If you don’t have patience, move on up. Frontals are relatively new in the hair world so remember that not everyone will know how to install them properly.

2. Frontal installations call for teamwork. During your installation, you will have to hold the unit down for your stylist, so that there is tension being applied to both ends of the frontal. If you’re not prepared to hold your frontal down, you might find the installation process somewhat annoying.

3. They can appear more wiggy that actual wigs. Most frontals require some degree of customization and if the hair on the frontal is very dense it will look unnatural, so you will have to put in the work to make the hairline look as realistic as possible (Hair by Sisi will do the customization for you).
Remember, frontals are not one size fits all, so they will look different on different people.  Sometimes people have unrealistic expectations as to how their install will come out because they have seen a frontal installation on someone else.

4. Frontals are VERY high maintenance. Your hair should look amazing when you leave your stylists chair, but the next week is really going to test your skill and patience. From the moment you get up in the morning, your frontal is going to require a bit of TLC. If you are not good with basic upkeep, a frontal is probably not a good option for you. The long and short of it all is that frontals require a lot of daily attention, they are not a “wash and go” kind of installation.

5. Your hairline is at high risk. Frontals can “eat away” at your hairline, so if your hairline is weak, be very careful. Rather opt for an installation with a closure, or go for a wig option.

6. Frontals, like lace and silk closures, are not a real scalp. Excessive scratching, constant tugging and manipulation will cause bald spots on the base of your frontal. Once your lace is damaged, it will be more difficult to use it again.

Lace Frontal - the Ugly

What is ugly about Lace frontals:

1. Your skin complexion matters! The fact is, the darker you are the less likely your frontal will match your skin tone (and appear invisible). This is because lace only comes in 3 different shades; Kim K, Beyonce, Naomi Campbell.  If you are not the same shade as the lace (very few people are) you will run into a few issues. If you don’t use your foundation on your frontal (preferable before installation) you after your instructions lace sill stick out like a sore thumb post installation.  You can ask your stylist to tint the lace to match your skin color, but keep in mind over time it will fade, bringing you back to the high maintenance portion of frontals.

2. Glue will need reapplication. Glue is not a one application type thing. Generally, it will last about 7-10 days. This means when you lace lifts, you have to get to work. You will probably need to get your hair done every two weeks in order for your frontal to continue slaying and looking fresh.

3. If your stylist uses adhesive and is still in the learning phase of installing frontal, you could be the victim of flaking frontal, that unnatural shiny look, or visible lace which is not a good look especially if you want it to look natural.

Tips for you next frontal install.

Consult, consult, consult, I can’t stress this enough. Do not buy hair and walk into a salon with your frontal in hand expecting it to come out looking like Beyonce 2018 (because even she had it tough with the frontal game). Chat to people, ask for a consultation BEFORE your installation. Not only will this give you a proper indication of what’s to follow but it will also give you a better understanding of what your install will look like.

 

Happy Weaving XXX

Golden Globes Hair 2018

Golden Globes Hair 2018 hair we go….

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This last weekend at the Golden Globes, international stars strutted their stuff on the red carpet. Many celebrities donned all black as they stood together in protest against sexual assault and harassment perpetrated against women in the film and TV industry.  Although thing looked a bit sombre, black did help showcase the hair and makeup on the night. “Hair” are some of few of our best Golden Globes Beauties.

Viola Davis – Golden Globes Hair 2018

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Big hair, don’t care. Get this Viola Davis inspired hair with the Hair by Sisi BlowOut Coil wig or weave.

Issa Rae – Golden Globes Hair 2018

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Issa look. Sleek in the front, party at the back. If you want to pull of this do, make sure you use a texture that matches your natural hair (either the Hair by Sisi BlowOut Straight hair or the Brazilian Swirl hair) so that the slicked-back updo will look as real a possible.

Samira Wiley – Golden Globes Hair 2018

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When the hair gods say yes, no one can say no. If your natural hair is not long enough to convincingly pull off this style, then add some hair extensions and you are halfway there. BUT before you head out to buy some hair, remember one thing; your hair is only as good as the blend. With the correct texture match, anything is possible. Try using a texture that matches your natural hair (either the Hair by Sisi BlowOut Straight hair or the Brazilian Swirl hair).

Zoe Kravitz – Golden Globes Hair 2018

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Sometimes short, sweet and simple is all you need.

Octavia Spencer – Golden Globes Hair 2018

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Classic modern retro curls are always a winner. If you enjoy wearing a leave-out, then achieving this look is simple. The Hair by Sisi  Brazilian Swirl hair blends well with most Africa hair types, and the hair will hold a curl for about 5 days if you don’t wash or weave your weave hair.

Mariah Carey – Golden Globes Hair 2018

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Blonde is back. Although Mariah Carey has been blonde for as long as we can remember, golden locks are definitely on trend in 2018. If you don’t want to colour your natural hair, try any of the Hair by Sisi human hair weaves or wigs. Our hair is pure virgin human hair, which means the hair has never been coloured or chemically altered, so you can easily achieve the hair to the shade of blonde with suites you.

Kerry Washington – Golden Globes Hair 2018

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Make messy hair work. This side part lob (long bob) is a must try for everyone, it’s easy to wear with formal and casual, so it can be a bit of a got-to-wig type of hair. Achieve this look by choosing The Hair by Sisi  Brazilian Swirl hair, in a weave or a wig.

Susan Kelechi Watson – Golden Globes Hair 2018

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Rock a fro, wherever you go. Natural hair texture are very popular these days, so if you want hair that looks like your natural hair, try the Hair by Sisi BlowOut Kink hair. Although the hair can be worn as a weave, natural textures can be a lot of work, so to avoid putting in the labour, rather wear the hair in a wig unit.

 

We hope you are feeling inspired to do something different this 2018.

Happy Weaving xxx

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WHAT YOUR HAIR SAYS ABOUT YOU

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