HOW TO TAKE CARE OF CURLY HAIR

HOW TO TAKE CARE CURLY HAIR:

Taking care of curly hair is not a simple task. One thing that must be said about curls is that they really do look amazing if you know how to treat them well. Curly hair is very very high maintenance and requires a lot of care, but if you follow these easy tips, you too can enjoy Great Hair Every Day.

Keep your curls hydrate 

Curls love moisture, therefore keeping curls washed will keep the curls hydrated. A big mistake people make however is thinking that shampoo will provide moisture when actually it does the complete opposite. Although shampoo will help clean your hair, it will also strip your hair of the oils it needs to be healthy. Excessive shampooing can leave your hair looking dull, dry and limp, which will make your hair frizz. We, therefore, suggest ditching the shampoo and only using conditioner, this is called co-washing.

Tip: If you are looking for a quick boost before co-wash days, mix one part conditioner with four parts water in a spray bottle and use it to sprints your hair every other day.

Invest in a great hair care

This may sound silly, but using the wrong product on your hair, can damage it permanently. Investing in great hair care products that are specially made for hair extensions, weaves and wigs is of utmost importance, that’s why we swear by Hair by Sisi Hair Care. Most commercial products are designed to be used on your natural hair. Remember your weave, wig or hair extensions are not attached to your scalp so they won’t get the nutrition your natural hair gets. To clean your natural hair thoroughly, the commercial products need to be very strong. Using the same products as you do on your natural hair on your hair extensions will over clean then, stripping them from any protective layers and will cause the hair to dry out. Once the hair is dry it is more like to tangle, shed and matte. Once your hair starts doing this, it is very difficult to return it to its former glory.

Tip: Buy a shampoo for your hair type, as it will help your curls turn out better.

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Use a wide-tooth comb

Brushes can be very damaging to curly hair, we therefore suggest using a wide tooth comb when combing your hair. You can also use a paddle brush, not only will it make detangling your hair easier, it will help protect your hair as well.

Tip: Always section your hair into smaller parts, then comb from the ends of the hair, working your up to the roots (or track). Read our blog post on what other brushes you should use your other hair.

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Work on your hair while it is wet

Detangling and apply products must always be done while hair is wet. When detangling, use condition to ease the tangles, this will allow the brush to move through the hair without tugging at it. When applying products, make sure the hair damp, this will not only help lock in the products, it will also help keep the moisture and product in your hair.

Tip: Before drying, apply a good scrunching gel and then scrunch your hair. This will help define the curls when they dry.

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Use a cotton T-shirt and a diffuser to dry hair

A regular towel is full of fibres, which are meant to aggressively dry up water from your body. Replacing your towel with either a cotton t-shirt or a microfibre head towel will help dry your hair while reducing frizz and will give you better-sculpted curls.

Tip: If you in a hurry and cannot air dry your hair, then you should buy a diffuser attachment for your blow dryer. Diffusers will evenly distribute the warm air into the hair and won’t give your hair the frizzy look blow dryers usually give you.

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Summary points to remember 

  • Never brush dry curls it causes frizz and breakage.

  • Put in the work, when it comes to your curls, and you will be rewarded.

  • If you are wearing a weave, braid hair or put it in a lose  bun  and always wear a silk bonnet before bed. In the morning, wake your curls up with a sprits of water.

  • NEVER use hot tools on your hair it will change the type of curls you have and damage your hair.

 

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The “L” Word: choosing your hair LENGTH the right way!

Choosing hair length is very think when it comes to hair, says Sisi Nxumalo. “I never really knew what length to cut my hair until I cut it short. Then, I cut it a bit shorter and finally I cut my hair so short, that I knew I had gone too short”. That’s what the founder of Hair by Sisi, had to say when we asked her about choosing the best hair length for wigs or weaves.

If you are mulling over the length of your next weave or wig, here are top tips from Sisi to help you make the right decision.

Tip 1: Wig, wig… nudge nudge.

You never know until it’s on. So, before you chop away or invest in a 22” weave, come to our store and try on a wig from our Hair by Sisi range of wigs. This way, you’ll have a better understanding of what length complements your face shape, style and most importantly, your personality.

Tip 2: Let’s face it! 

When it comes to deciding on the length of your wig or weave, let your face be your guide. Choose a length that will accentuate your facial features, such as your eyes, cheeks, jawline and smile. Be careful not to overdo it as that could make you look less like yourself, and more like you’re using a warped-face filter on Snapchat. If you are still not getting it, then think balance. The length of your hair should “balance” out your features and the shape of your face.

If you have a long face like Jessica Nkosi, we suggest you avoid extremely short or long hair. Having either one will simply elongate your face even more. If you want length, then we suggest you add volume and width to the mix with our Malaysian Beach Bomb. This way, the length will balance the shape of your face.

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If you have a short face (round or square) like Minnie Dlamini, the longer the better. However, don’t be afraid to do a pixie cut either as it’s always a safe choice for a face shape like yours.

If you have a square or rectangular face like Khanyi Dhlomo, then go for sweeping waves and curls as opposed to hard, straight lines. Our Indian Wave is your perfect match.

If you have a heart-shaped face like Siba Mtongana, hair length past your chin is the perfect fit for you.

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Lastly, if you have an oval-shaped face like Bonang Matheba, consider yourself lucky because your face shape is already considered to be “balanced”. So, go wild because any length will work for you.

Tip 3: Hair’s looking at you kid.

You only get one shot to make a great impression. When you walk into a room, one of the first things people notice about you is your hair, and they automatically make connotations based on it. So, we also recommend that you invest in a length that matches your environment and personality, for example, at work or at a party. There is nothing wrong with long or short hair, but one must be cognisant of the fact that hair length sends a specific message, so it is important to make sure your hair is saying what you want it to. Read our previous blog article titled ‘What Your Hair Says About You’.

Tip 4: Wear it with confidence 

Choosing the best hair length that you’ll enjoy and love, contains one last ingredient and that is confidence! So, whatever length you choose to wear your weave or wig, we say wear it with confidence and remember that no length has to be permanent. If you are uncertain, simply visit us and try on one of our wigs and test a different length for your next installation.

If you want to know more about our various hair types and lengths, visit our website or follow us on social media.

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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.

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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.

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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

HOW TO TAKE CARE OF CURLY HAIR

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