My weave is too tight

One of the biggest misconceptions about a weave installation is that a tight braid (or cornrows) will make your weave installation “last longer.” This is not true. A tight weave will simply cause damage.

Installation is very important:

Installation takes place on two levels. The first is the braid pattern, the second if the actual weaving. These two methods are crucial to a great hair experience.

 Best braid pattern for weave  

Tighter is never better

It is very important that your braids (cornrows) are not too tight. If the braids are too tight not only will you experience pain, but once the pain wears off, you will experience itchiness and you will see white dots or bumps near the roots of your natural hair. These white bulbs are NOT the root, but rather the Root Sheath which surrounds the root. This is a sign that the hair has been pulled.

Constant pulling and tugging at your natural hair will eventually cause Traction alopecia, which is a type of hair loss that happens over time. The constant strain or tension put on your natural hair will cause permanent hair loss.

Sometimes it’s not only the braid that causes hair loss but the sheer weight of the hair (bundles) that causes damage. Yes, we all imagine ourselves with the perfect, voluminous hair bouncing around with every step we take, but Beweavers remember that 3-4 bundles are enough.
Weave is too tight traction alopecia caused by tight weaves

Don’t be afraid to speak up

If your weave too tight, let your stylist know while they are braiding your hair. When the weft is sewn onto the braid it will only get heavier and could become unbearable.
If the pain is only felt once you get home, it is best to go back the stylist and let them know that the installation it is too tight, so that he/she can adjust it. If for whatever reason you cannot go back to your stylist, try squirting some conditioner or coconut oil on the sore spots or washing your weave. Make sure to hold the hair in a ponytail while you wash it because the water will weigh the hair down, and will cause even more tension. Naturally, the hair should loosen up in two or three days, but waiting this long may cause damage. If there is no loosening up, after two days, then the install has got to go.

 

Take care of your edges

If the weave is pulling on your edges, then you have to take it out immediately. Your edges are extremely sensitive and the hair is much weaker than any other hair on your head. Because of this, any tension caused will result in damage.

If washing, conditioning or basing your natural hair with oils does not cure the pain, I’m afraid the only thing to do is to take out the weave. Remember no install is worth any permeant damage. #AintNobodyGotTimeForThat

For a perfect install come to the Hair by Sisi Hair Boutique and Installation Bar at 27 Boxes in Melville, Johannesburg. All installation are done on Friday – Sunday. To avoid disappointment make sure to book your appointments in advance. #HairBySisi #GreatHairEveryDay

Happy Weaving XX

 

 

No more Split Ends

“What’s going on with my weave?! It keeps getting tangled and matted, even after I detangled it and given it a bit of TLC… ”

I cannot tell you how many times I’ve heard this very phrase and every time I tell Beweavers what is going on, they can’t believe what they are hearing. So, I decided to write a (two-fold) blog post about how split ends are the cause of so many tangled and matted human hair weaves & wigs, even if the hair is virgin human hair.

The main reason some Beweavers will struggle with their hair is because they don’t know much about split ends and or think the weave is invincible!

Human hair weaves and wigs are usually put under more stress than your natural hair. This is due to things like styling, bleaching, the constant use of electronic styling tools like straightening irons and curling wands. If hair is not properly taken care of, it will result in split ends, which can potentially be your worst nightmare.

What Are Split Ends?

Split ends can occur on both your natural and on your weave or other human hair extensions. Depending on where and how the split end is situated on the hair shaft, a single split can unravel and move up the hair shaft or peel away or break off near their starting point. Split ends will cause more problems to human hair weaves and wigs, because unlike your natural hair, your extensions will not receive any natural nutrients which are excreted directly from the scalp to the hair. Therefore, it is important to take care of the tips in order for the hair to retain its overall healthy look and live out its full lifespan. Here are the three main cause of split ends, followed by five tips on how to prevent and manage your weave in a way that will lessen split ends occurring.

What Causes Split Ends?

1. Heat

Heat will cause your hair follicles to lose their much needed natural moisture, which will result in split ends and a dried out looking weave. It is, therefore, important to use as little heat as possible on your human hair extensions if you want them to have a lengthy lifespan. So limit the use of blow drying, flat ironing, straightening and other heat emitting styling tools. (For more on how you can straighten your hair safely click here.)

2. Harsh Hair Products

If you are a Hair by Sisi Beweaver you will know that our basic motto is “Great hair deserve great maintenance.” Your hair extension will need a little extra product to keep them looking their best, but using harsh hair products like hair dye, gels, waxes and hair sprays can weaken your hair and cause split ends. You need to make sure that when you invest in good hair, you do the same with the product. Make sure to use products that are specifically made for hair extension, or are gentle enough to use on your weave or wig. Reduce the use of hair spray, gel and wax as they stay longer on your hair, which means you will have to wash your hair more often than required.

3. Strong Shampoo

Having a great hair experience is 50% dependant on the correct hair care products. This is key and particularly important when it comes to washing your hair. Shampoos are made specifically for different hair types and using a shampoo that is not meant for human hair extensions, weaves or wigs can run the risk of damaging your hair extensions. The Hair by Sisi Hair Extensions Shampoo is made with hair extension in mind. The product has the ability to clean your weave thoroughly with every wash, but because it is mild, it prevents damage like stripping (which causes your hair thin out, feel rough and become brittle) caused by strong shampoo. If the shampoo you are using in not specially made for hair extensions, then choose shampoos that are sulphate and paraben free and keep your washes to a limit of two washes per week.

Sadly, there is no actual treatment for split ends, so try by all means to prevent them.

How To Prevent And Avoid Split Ends?

1. Trimming

If you notice that your human hair weave has split ends get a professional to trim the tips off. A professional will be able to determine what bits may be split ends, which you may not recognise as split ends. You can trim the tips of yourself, but be careful not to trim too much or too little off.

2. Moisturise Your Hair

This might seem weird but washing your hair more than you should, can cause split ends. Wet hair is very fragile and detangling while wet can tear the hair. Rather moisturise your hair before you wash it, using natural oils like argan oil, jojoba oil, sesame oil or almond oil. The right oils will protect your hair and reduce damage during a wash.

TIP: Avoid products with petroleum.

3. Drying

Always, always, always air dry your human hair weave, wig or extensions. Wrap a soft cotton towel around your head for about 5 minutes, remove it then pat dry your hair. Do not rub the towel against your hair, as it will cause friction, twists and create unwanted tangles. If you are in a rush to get your hair washed and dried, rather wait until you have time to naturally air dry your hair.

4. Combing and Brushing

Using the right brush to brush your hair is key. Brushing your virgin human hair weave with the wrong brush or comb can cause split ends. For most virgin hair styles and textures a paddle brush is best, safe and can be used as an everyday hair brush (for more info on brush, read click here). For the BlowOutKink, Mongolian Bounce, Malaysian BeacbBomb and the Cambodian Curl hair stick to a wide tooth comb. A wide tooth comb is the best way to get rid of tangles and knots because the spacing between the teeth allows the hair to pass freely while brushing. Always remember to comb from the tips of the hair, working your way up to the roots or the track.

TIP: combing from the roots increases the risks of tangling which generally lead to hair breakage.

5. Less Heat

Heat is one of the major causes of split ends, especially on virgin hair. Too much heat can cause hair trauma, leaving it dry and feeling rough. Another thing about heat damaged hair is that reversing the damage is extremely difficult. If heat can not be avoided, then always use a product like the Hair by Sisi Heat Protectant that will proctect your hair applying any heat to your weave.
Additional Tips:
Avoid rinsing your hair in hot water while showering, as hot water, dries hair and washed away your protective oils.
Always use natural oils like olive oil and coconut oil to protect your hair before swimming even if you’ll wear a swimming cap.

 

Happy Weaving

Real Wig Hacks

The biggest transformation in the wonderful world of hair has to go to wigs. Just 5 years ago wigs were only worn by the elderly and were worn for religious or medical reasons. Fast forward to 2016 and females everywhere are turning to wigs for their protective styles. Wigs are amazing, they are relatively easy to pull off, come in many different styles and textures and can last about a year. But like anything wigs have their downside so before you rush to buy your next unit, get familiar with the wigs hacks so you know what to expect when you wear a wig.

Five wig hacks no one talks about!

1. Price tag

Virgin human hair wigs are expensive and range from R4000 – R7000. Unlike weave bundles, which are usually machine made, full lace wigs are hand made.  This usually makes them labour intensive and very costly. Alternatively, you can get a lace front wig, which is less expensive, but the constant on and off can cause friction to you edges and cause damage.

2. Lack of ventilation

Wigs come in two main types, full lace wigs and lace front wigs (if you don’t know the difference, read up more on wigs 101), when you wear a full lace wig, it is usually sewn done onto you head, similar to a weave.  And even though this has great befits like security, your natural hair doesn’t get enough air to breath while you wear the wig.  This can cause problems like itching, odour, dry scalp and other such #wigproblems. To avoid this, after every wash, make sure both your wig hair and your natural hair are completely dry. You can also use a hairdryer, but make sure you use a diffuser attachment so that you can dry your natural hair. When wearing a full lace wig, make sure you only wear the wig for a limited time (2 months per install).

3. Nape problems

If you have ever worn a weave you will know that the hair behind your neck (nape) tangles easily. With wigs, this is exaggerated. When you wear a wig, the hair at your nape area will tangle more than your real hair does because your scalp produces natural oils that keep your hair from drying out and getting caught in itself. The hair at your nape area is in direct contact with these oils and therefore ends up tangling. There is also a lot of heat coming from one’s neck that can make the wig go a bit wild.

Although this is difficult to avoid, simple things like keeping a brush on you to brush out small tangles and prevent them from becoming bigger problems. Try staying away from certain fabrics like wool or anything that has a bulky collar. These things will cause your hair to ball up on the back of your neck. Also try choosing straight hair as a posed to other textures, because these problems are less likely to occur with straight wigs.

4. Tangling

Synthetic, natural, expensive, inexpensive — they all end up in knots. Tangling can be caused by a lot of different things and like weave bundles, if the cuticles are not all facing the same direction, the hair will tangle. Virgin human hair bundles are easier to keep the cuticles in one direction, because the hair is cut in a ponytail (from the donors head) and stays together. With wigs, once the hair is cut at the ponytail (from the donors head) it is then sent to factories to be turned into wigs.  The hair is separated and sew by machine or hand and therefore the cuticles are more likely to end up facing different directions. Furthermore, if the hair has been coloured or processed with chemicals or if it has been laid in wrong, yes you guessed it, it will likely tangle.

So, how do you fight the struggle against a tangling wig? First thing first, always use proper shampoo and conditioner when washing your wig. We recommend the Hair by Sisi hair care products which are specially designed for human hair extensions, you can also try very mild shampoos. Make sure the shampoo does not strip the hair, should be sulfate-free and have a low pH. Also make sure that when you wash your wig, place her on a mannequin head and shampoo it on the head so that it keeps its shape. Be gentle when you wash it, don’t scrub the hair like you do your natural hair, you have to use your fingers as the comb, rubbing your fingers through the hair as you go. Remember to keep the hair all facing downwards, in its natural direction in which the hair falls. Don’t turn it upside down.  Lastly, make sure to rinse it very well by dipping it into water and pulling it out. Remember to be gentle.

5. Stay away from processed or synthetic wigs

Processed and synthetic hair will always tangle faster than virgin hair. Unfortunately, this hair will tangle if not brushed frequently, but constant brushing can cause shedding and can damage the wig altogether.

Remember that experiences may differ from Beweaver to Beweaver, so don’t be afraid, go ahead and try a wig, it’s just alway good to know what you are getting into before you do. Remember to watch our YouTube video about wigs for more information on the different kinds of wigs we offer at Hair by Sisi.

Happy Weaving

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR WHEN PURCHASING HAIR

Hello Beweavers,

As you may now know, one of my most crucial “weave rules” is to stay away from cheap/low quality hair. Just don’t do it to yourself, especially if you are planing to have your natural hair exposed (a leave-out). To help out new and experienced Beweavers, I have put together a short list of what to look for when purchasing hair.

Research is everything

Virgin human hair is honestly the best hair to get our hands on, but it’s expensive. So if you don’t have the budget and are not able to save up, shop around so you don’t over pay for something that is not what is says it is. Many Beweavers often find themselves overpaying for hair, because they did not do the necessary research. Get some of your girlfriends to help you and ask them to come along for hair viewings before you purchase your hair.
Observe the hair

Check the hair before you purchase. Some places will sell over processed hair. Such hair can lead to problems and have split ends halfway to the root of the track. Split ends can rarely be fixed unless the hair is cut, and ain’t nobody wants to loose good length because of bad hair.

raw indian hair | PURCHASING HAIR

Take your time

Virgin hair is an investment, so you need to make sure you are ready and able to buy. If you don’t feel 100% comfortable with the hair, the seller or the price…don’t buy it . I recommend asking people with good hair where they purchased their hair. Don’t ask someone you have never seen, where they got there hair from, because hair, good or bad, always look great on the first day. Wait and watch, if the hair still looks amazing after a month, then approach, compliment and ask.
Don’t be cheap

Real 100% Virgin hair will last you a long time if you look after it properly. Any alternatives and will not last as long. I know sometimes there are budget restraints, but trust me, rather go natural or do another protective style, while you save up for good hair.

Hair by Sis Virgin Brazilian Hair | PURCHASING HAIR

Happy weaving

Exploring the benefits of Argan oil

If you have not heard about Argan oil, then where have you been? Beweavers everywhere are talking about the benefits of Argan oil, but what’s all the fuss about and how does it help the weave?

Many people call Argan oil, liquid gold, because of its rich golden colour and fantastic nutritional benefits. Argan oil comes from a little fruit which grows on an organ tree. Inside the fruit is a small nut that when pressed gives us Argan oil. This precious oil is commonly used as a dietary supplement, for wound healing, rash relief, and to nourish skin and hair.

Argan_Oil_Nut benefits of Argan oil
Argan Oil Nut

benefits of Argan oil

Argan oil is great for any many different human hair types like, coarse, thin, dry hair or damaged hair, which includes both natural hair and hair human hair extensions. Argan oil is specifically great for the following hair usages:

Scalp: Healthy hair comes from a healthy scalp, but healthy extensions need maintenance. Even though your weave or wig hair is not growing out of your own scalp, it is very important to keep your scalp healthy. Dirt and dandruff that may accumulate on your scalp can make its way onto your hair extensions and cause your weave to become oily. When Argan oil is applied to a clean, dry scalp it has the ability to decrease dandruff by keeping the scalp well moisturised. This means less dandruff formation on your scalp and less damage caused to your weave!

Breakages: Often dry and damaged hair will look dull and limp, but an application of argan oil can reduce visual hair damage caused by split ends. It can also help restore heat damaged hair and will give your human hair extensions great elasticity and a healthy natural shine. Arian oil also helps protect against damage caused by electronic styling tools, hair dryers, curlers and flat irons.

Promotes hair growth: It is very important to look after your natural hair underneath your weave and by applying Argan oil to the scalp. The vitamin A, vitamin E, antioxidants, Omega-6 fatty acids, and linoleic acid found in argan oil will help improve the strength and overall health of your natural hair. Depending on the thickness, texture, condition, and length of your hair, you may need anywhere from 1 drop to 3 drops.

Leave-In Conditioner & Styling: Unlike other hair products, Argan oils non-greasy factor makes it a great leave-in conditioner. Using it as a leave-in conditioner will make your hair easier to style and will help tame fly-aways and frizzy hair.

Use Hair by Sisi Argan Oil Treatment to reduce frizz caused by bad weather. | benefits of Argan oil
Use Hair by Sisi Argan Oil Treatment to reduce frizz caused by bad weather.

Overnight Deep Conditioning Treatment: If your human hair extensions are dry and brittle, use argon oil once a week to perform an overnight deep conditioning treatment. Warm 4-10 drops in your hands before massaging into your hair. Continue applying all the way down to the ends of your hair. Then gently twist your weave hair, and place it in a shower cap, then firmly wrap your head scarf to secure your shower cap in place. Your natural body heat retained in the shower cap will help the oil to penetrate into the hair, while keeping your pillowcase product free. In the morning, wash your human hair weave, and rinse until all residue is gone.

benefits of Argan oil, before and after

If you have dandruff or dry scalp, do an overnight treatment twice a week until the dandruff is gone. Continue on with weekly treatments, or as needed.

Remember that argon oil can be used on your human hair extensions and on your natural hair. By performing an Argan oil treatment, shampooing and conditioning your human hair extensions at least once a week, your weave will not only look great, but it will last you longer.

Happy Weaving  XX

6 CRUCIAL WEAVE TIPS

1) Spend more for good quality hair
Many women don’t realise that cheap synthetic hair extensions are actually damaging to your natural hair. Some cheap human hair extensions are mixed in with synthetic and animal hair which can irritate your scalp. Make sure you check the hair thoroughly before you buy and install it. If you are not sure what to look out for watch our YouTube video about how to spot fake hair.
Before installing your hair, wash it. This helps remove any insects or dust that can get caught in the wefts, which too can damage or irritate your natural hair follicles.

2. Stay the away from the glue
If you are not in good, professional hands then give the glue a miss. Yes, it may be relatively quick and easy to apply, but removal is a nightmare. Not only that but when you glue down your weave, the glue can suffocate the scalp and cause your natural hair to break at the roots because the hair can’t breathe.

3. Switch it up
Although a great weave may last about three to five years, it should only be worn for about 4-6 weeks and sometimes 8 weeks (at a time) depending on how fast your natural hair grows. After 6 weeks, your scalp needs to breathe, be thoroughly cleaned and moisturised! Wearing the same weave style for more than this time period without washing can lead to odours, itching, and even hair loss.

4. Care for your natural hair
It’s important to deep condition your natural hair before each installation. Your natural hair needs nutrition and moisture, without this, your natural hair will become dry and break. Traction alopecia is real and if you do not take the necessary steps to protect your natural hair, you can develop bald patches/spots and a receding hairline.

5. Don’t forget your scalp
Always wrap your hair in a silk scarf or satin bonnet before bed. Wear a sweat band while performing any physical activity that can cause you top sweat. Remember to wash and completely dry your scalp if there is any excessive sweat. Base your natural hair with hair food or a scalp treatments regularly, but be sure to keep the product away from the weave itself.

6. Rotate your weaves
It’s important to have more than one weave if you wear weaves more than other protectives styles. Good quality weaves are expensive, so you do not want to wear your hair out very soon. Rather circulate your weaves by wearing one style for 6 weeks and wearing other hair the for the next install.

 

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