I’ve never been one to experiment with my natural hair, I’ve always wanted straight, silky hair. Having gone to school in Norfolk I was one of the small minority of children with curly/afro hair and to be honest I hated it- for some reason everyone wants to touch your hair when its curly, why? By the time I reached the end of high school GHD’s were my best friend, I used to straighten my hair religiously and (dare I say it) I used to wear clip in extensions to gain volume and length. This continued for many years until a friend introduced me to bonded extensions, at the time I thought hallelujah! Although these were convenient I found that they thinned my hair very quickly, but maybe that’s because I used to remove them myself rather than visiting the salon- I’m not sure. Being unsatisfied with bonded extensions left me uncertain what to do with my hair so I left it curly for a period, adding a bit of blonde here and there. This kept me content for all about 12 months, which is when a very good friend recommended trying a weave- OMG! I absolutely loved it and haven’t looked back since.
I’ve been going to Revelation Hair & Beauty in Ipswich for about the last 2 Years, it’s not my local salon but I don’t mind traveling because I know Sally & Tina always do such a fantastic job. The salon is split over two floors; the salon upstairs and the shop selling everything hair related downstairs.
I am super lazy when it comes to my hair so when I visit the salon I have the full works; take-out, shampoo, condition, hair treatment and weave installment. I have a full weave with a closure or 360 frontal both are quick to install, easy to maintain and there is no blending hassle. On this occasion I purchased my own hair from HC Hair, I decided to buy Peruvian straight hair (18”) with free part closure (16”). It’s of natural colour but can be dyed and bleached however I like to keep it as it comes. The hair is double weft weaving with minimum shredding and each bundle is 100g. I used two bundles because I have a small head but depending on how much volume you want you could install all three.
My natural hair is completely braided to create a base for the wefts of hair to be sewn onto using braiding thread and a curved needle.
As I’ve said previously I’m super lazy so I go to the salon to have my hair washed and blow-dried usually weekly or every fortnight. There is no set rule on how often you should wash your hair, it is recommended not to over wash your hair as this can result the braid base loosening and shedding to occur. Dry shampoo is my best friend! I usually use Batiste dark dry shampoo (400ml £6.49) however I have seen the new, award winning COLAB dry shampoo (200ml £3.49) advertised, it apparently has an invisible formula that removes excess oil without leaving white residue. The whole range is currently half price in boots so I’m definitely going to be trying this!
When you first have a weave installed obviously it feels tight for the first couple of days, as does all universal braiding. After about three days once the hair has had time to settle in it begins to feel more comfortable and looks much more natural. I absolutely love the end result, the thickness is perfect and I don’t have to worry about humidity- Hooray!