How to properly wear a lace front wig

Wigs are huge these days, everyone from Rihanna to Khanyi Mbau are known to having a few wig units stashed away in their closest. Even though wigs are probably the best things since great weaves, they are very problematic when they do not look right. And just like weaves, the installation needs to be perfect. Here are a few wig installation methods to help you get clued up.

  1. Glue/Tape Method – Full Lace Wigs

 

This is the most common way of wearing a lace wig, but it definitely has it’s downs. The biggest problem with wearing a glue/tape down lace wig is that it can have you looking like your hairline starts just above your eyebrows. I mean, if thats your thing then do you, but the general consensus is that this ain’t cute, so beware.

You need to make sure the placement of lace is just in font of your hairline, so that your edges are not affected and your forehead hairline ratio still looks natural.

2)Blending Method – Full Lace Wigs & Half  Head Wigs

This is my second most favourite way to wear a wig. By having your natural hair out  (similar to a leave-out) you are able to blend it with the wig hair. This method ensure that you forehead does not look too big or too small. The only down sid of this method is that you have to relax or straighten your natural hair to make sure it blends well. If you are natural, try our BlowOut Sraight, Kink or Coil hair.

3) Glueless Method – Custom Wig Unit Wig

Hair by Sisi Custom Wig Unit

This is by far my favourite wig wearing method. The wig itself is made to fit your head, so it is very easy to put on and slip off. At times an elastic band is attached to the wig for extract security. Because the wig is made using a closure, you do not have to worry about forehead/fivehead ratio. Simply pop on and go.  You made need to lay your edges using the Hair by Sisi Edge Slayer, but other than that you are good to go.

Tell us what methods work for you and you could win the Hair by Sisi Edge Slayer.

Happy Wigging

3 Ways To Protect Your Edges While Rocking A Great Wig

Wigs have become one of the biggest protective styles in the hair world. The are essential to wear, can be switched up as often as you want and give your natural hair a break from the pulling and tugging that can be caused by wearing a weave. However just because you take it off at night, doesn’t mean that it can’t cause damage.

Protect Your Edges While Rocking A Great Wig

The best thing about wearing a wig is that you have access to your natural hair which means you can wash, base and treat your natural hair, while still protecting it during the day. Unlike a weave, a wig does not cause huge amounts of friction on your edges, which is great, but it certainly doesn’t mean it can’t cause damage. Although there is less pulling and tugging on your edges, the constant on and off again, can cause the lace to create friction on your on edges, Friction causes the hair to dry out and can lead to breakage. So how can you rock a wig while protecting your edges? Here are a three of our essential wig rocking tips:

           

1) Consult Before Purchasing

A detailed consultation is key to learning and knowing how to be rock your wig unit. At Hair by Sisi we insist that every customer has a consultation with us, so we can show you and tell you what to expect while wearing your wig unit. Sit down with Sisi, the Owner and Founder of the Hair by Sisi Hair Boutique and Installation Bar for your personal consultation. Hair by Sisi specialises in high quality virgin human hair weaves and wigs, so if you are a newbie are human hair veteran, you know you are in good hand. During your detailed consultation with Sisi, we will find the hair texture that will best help achieve the style you are looking for. We have Five textures to choose from in our Silky Collection and 3 texture from our BlowOut Collection. You can also choose from our Custom made units, with either a closure, frontal or our factory made units.

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2) Hair Care is essential

Before you wear a wig, we need to make sure your natural hair is in a good nutritional state. Your natural hair will then be detangled, shampoo treated, washed and a conditioned and will be based using Roots Organic Moisturising Butter, which will ensure your natural hair receives the proper nutrients before being cornrowed. For your wig to sit as naturally as possible it is crucial that we braid your natural hair in a pattern that mimics how the unit will be worn and styled, either with a side part or middles part making sure that no stress is applied to your edges.

        

3) The Perfect Fit

A good fit is a key to a natural looking wig. Your wig unit is then perfectly fitted and should any adjustments or alterations be needed, they are done while you wait. Lastly, you will be shown how to store your wig at night or when you are not using it, how to wash and how to take care of your unit. Remember that we encourage every Beweaver to redo the braids underneath their wig every two weeks, to ensure your natural hair is at its best.

Happy Wigging XXX

How to keep your weave tangle free

Great hair extensions can be life changing, and if you have ever worn real virgin human hair, you will know what I am talking about. All human hair weaves, wigs and extensions are essentially dead hair, so maintenance is key to a life-changing hair experience. When it comes to hair extensions you have to put in some work if you want them to last. Often newbies may not be aware of the role maintenance plays in having a great hair experience and can end up experiencing tangling, matting and shedding. (If you are new to the weave game, read our post on our 6 Crucial Weave Tips  before reading any further.)

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When it comes to weaves, I can honestly say that I have seen and experienced it all, so when I see a Beweavers walking around with tangled hair I am always tempted to give a Beweaver some help.

Even the best and most expensive hair on the market will need great hair care. Yes, this may sound obvious, but your hair extensions can’t maintain themselves. If you don’t have a good hair care routine, your hair will TMS (tangle, matte and shed) real quick.

If you have ever struggled with TMS, and have even had to cut your weave to get rid of tangles, I’m here to tell you that the struggle is over.  There are a few simple ways to avoid TMS and keep your human hair extensions at bay.

When it comes to hair, time tells all. All hair looks relatively the same in the first few days, but with time, water and heat, good hair will always prevail. For these reasons, I’m always stressing the importance of buying virgin human hair. Because virgin hair is taken from one donor and the hair has not been coloured or processed, the cuticles are intact and facing the same direction, the hair will not TMS. But without proper maintenance even virgin human hair can behave like bad hair.

So, before we start it is important to know:

What causes your weave to tangle, matte and shed?

Once the hair is sourced, cut and turned into hair extensions, the hair will no longer receive the natural scalp oils which help keep hair healthy and shiny.  Without these oils, the hair is more prone to TMS.
Things like weather, your hair care routine and product buildup will contribute heavily to TMS. However, if your weave is a hot mess, you can bring her back to life, and have your hair looking brand new again, by following these simple tips. Note, Beweavers wearing, clip-ins or wigs will still need TLC, and may experience fewer problems but will require a difference hair care routine.
For those wearing sew-ins, micro-bonding or Brazilian knots, this is how you can prevent tangling, matting and shedding.

How to avoid your weave from tangling, matting and shedding?

  • Don’t rub your hair together when drying.
  • Don’t over moisturise your hair, product build up can cause tangles.
  • Don’t even attempt to detangle hair when it’s dry.
  • Co-wash at least or twice weekly and shampoo once a month.
  • Silk headwrap or pillow case is the way to go.
  • Don’t use alcohol-based products n your hair.

Read our blogpost on how to wash your weave if you want your weave to have a great lifespan.

 How to detangle your weave?

  • Comb your hair (using a wide tooth comb) starting from tips going up towards the track. To this will limit shedding and potentially damaging your weave. Read more about choosing the right comb for your hair type.
  • Use a moisturising conditioner to co-wash.
  • Make sure you co-wash in a downward motion using your fingers to spread the conditioner.
  • Leave the conditioner in your hair for about 10 minutes.
  • Let water run through your hair in a downward motion still, use your finger to remove tangles while the water is running.
  • Repeat process, and if you find your hair still has tangles.
  • Pat dry with a cotton towel.
  • Allow your hair to air dry (dry naturally) is the best thing you can for your weave.

If you find your hair is tangled in the morning, mix up conditioner, water and a natural oil like Argan oil and spray your hair. Remember to detangle using a wide tooth comb.

Remember, knowing how to treat your weave will add to having a great hair experience.

Happy Weaving

Taking care of your Kinky Curly Weave

How to maintain your kinky curly weave

They say, “girls with curls have more fun,” which is true to a certain extent.  But what they don’t tell you is that your kinky curly weave can be laborious to maintain, and although they are forgiving they will turn against you especially when you have the faintest idea where to start. And trust me, there is nothing fun about tangles, knots, matting or headaches.

Here are a few tips that will have your (BlowOutKink) kinky curls looking tight and right!

Co-washing

Hair Extensions Shampoo and Conditioner
I cannot stress the importance of co-washing BlowOutKink hair. It is important that you use a moisturising conditioner to co-wash you kinky curly weave.
Start by spreading the moisturising conditioner through the hair from root to tip, use your fingers. Once all the moisturising conditioner is in your hair, let it sit for about 10 minutes. Then rinse in the shower, letting the water run down your hair while using your fingers to detangle any knots and remove the conditioner. If there are any stubborn tangles,  add conditioner and repeat this process. Make sure you concentrate on the affected area.

To avoid getting the tangles, make sure you deep condition your weave once or twice a week. Use a wide tooth comb to help remove tangles. It is very important that you only use a wide tooth comb with BlowOutKink hair because other kinds of brushes will damage the hair.

Tip: Never attempt to detangle your BlowOutKink weave when it’s dry.

Drying

Kinky Curly Weave | Hair by Sisi, Johannesburg

The best way to dry your curls is naturally, just sit outside and let mother nature do her thing. You can wrap your damp hair in a cotton towel for about an hour, while your hair dries.   If you are short on time the next best thing would be to use a dryer, BUT make sure that the temperature is set the lowest heat because excessive heat can dry out your hair. If you are drying a wig, place it on a mannequin head to dry fully.

Tip: Don’t rub hair together while drying it, this will cause unwanted tangles, which are difficult to get out.

Styling & Moisturising

Kinky Curly Weave | Hair by Sisi, Johannesburg

Use Hair by Sisi Argan Oil Treatment to beat the frizz caused by bad weather.
Spray daily with a combination of water, conditioner, and argan or almond oil. Use this sparingly and avoid alcohol-based products, as they will dry it out the hair. Although natural oils are a great source of hydration, keep in mind that less is more.

Tip: Moisturise your weave more if you have dyed or highlighted the hair.

Defining  your Curls

Kim Kimble styling Kinky curly hair

Use a curl defining lotion or curl activation creme and run your fingers through your weave to evenly spread out the product. If you want bigger curls, scrunch the hair together while your hair is damp.

Tip: Don’t touch your curls once you have scrunched or applied your curling product.

Useful Tips

  • The best time to detangle your hair is when its wet
  • Remember to use warm water after conditioning.
  • Always wear a silk head wrap before you go to bed .
  • Too much heat will cause irreversible damage to your hair’s curl pattern.
  • Always do research or get professional help before dying your weave.
  • Invest in a good anti-fizz product, it’s a life-saver.

Happy Weaving

Blonde Hair to Dye For

How to dye your human hair weave blonde

Blonde weaves have always been a hit and now that winter is finally a thing of the past, what better way to say ‘heya summer’ than with a new colour. The below steps will help you achieve the best shade of blonde, without damaging your weave. Follow the steps carefully and you will be looking like a blonde bombshell this summer.
Tip: Before you start you should always remember to work with clean, dry bundles or hair.

You will need

  • 2x 50g Bleach powder – Try Nu Lite from Dischem
  • 2x 100ml Creme Peroxide (developer) – Try Nu Lite one, also from Dischem
  • Human Hair Weave – Try using virgin hair, because the hair has not been perviously coloured, so you don’t run the risk of doing further damage. You can use any texture, but we recommend the Hair by Sisi Peruvian Slick Hair because it looks good on everyone.
  • Foil 
  • Application Brush/tinting comb
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Clock (to keep time)
  • Rubber/plastic disposable gloves

Method:

Step 1

Always put on your rubber gloves before you start this process. Most hair dye packs will come with mixing tools like a plastic bowl, gloves and a tinting comb, however, if you don’t buy the pack, then make sure you get gloves. Once your gloves are on, place the hair that you wish to colour onto a plastic sheet (I use black plastic bags), this helps make the bleach application process easier.  Unravel the new bundles, so that the hair is like a curtain. Doing this will give you, even more, control over the process.

Step 2

Mix bleach powered and creme peroxide in the bowl. Make sure the mixture is smooth and does not have any bumpy grains in it. Also, make sure that the consistency is right, you want something that is close to conditioner thick, and not anything else.
Using the application brush/tinting comb apply the mixture onto your human hair weave. If you want all the hair to be coloured blonde then apply the mixture starting at the roots (the part which gets sewn to your cornrows) to the tips of the hair. Apply your bleach mixture to one side of the hair, then turn the hair over and do the same thing to the other side. Make sure you thoroughly coat the hair with the mixture.

Tips: The roots take longer to change colour, so make sure you start with them. If you want an ombre look then apply the mixture about 5 – 10 centimetres from the roots.

Step 3

Once each bundle or section of hair is covered, fold your weave onto the sheets of foil. Make sure that the hair is entirely encased in an envelope of foil.

Leave the bleach mixture on the hair for between 20 – 30 minutes, instructions often say maximum is 30 minutes, but you can add a few minutes if you feel the colour hasn’t set— don’t exceed over 45 minutes.
Remember like your natural hair, human hair weaves can experience the same damage so handle them with care.

Tip: for extra long hair, you can use two separate pieces of foil sandwiched together.

Step 4

Rinse your weave thoroughly with lukewarm water then wash with a conditioner to neutralise the chemicals. Remember to let your weave dry naturally, so try to stay away from the blow-dryer or other electronic tools.

Step 5

Your hair will now be a brassy/copper colour.  If you like that colour, then your steps are complete, if not, you will have to do the same process again. Light blonde hair cannot be achieved in one process, you will have to bleach the hair at least twice to get the shade you want.

Tip: Try using a low volume developer, although the process will take longer, you are less likely to damage your hair the second time around.

Happy weaving and enjoy your blonder days.

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

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