You all know that I am a huge fan of protective styles. Protective styling is beneficial for multiple reasons, but the main reason I turn to it is when I am in need of a break from doing my hair. When I feel like I need a break and/or something new, I turn to protective styling for fun and low maintenance.
Some of the most common protective styles I have worn are braids and curly hair sew-ins. I wanted to step out and do something different this go round. Thanks to Perfect Locks I am trying a new look. How about some wavy hair action?
When selected to review the hair, I chose the Wavy Virgin Indian Hair in two bundles of 16". I made this selection because although I have never worn virgin hair, I have heard that wavy hair is more practical. It can be worn straight, curled or in its original state as wavy. I also chose this length because I wanted it long enough to put up into a ponytail or bun, but not extremely long.
The purpose of this post is to give my first impressions. I want to break down my impressions into sections. Here are my thoughts:
The shipping took around two weeks to receive. Depending on how quickly you need the hair, there are quicker options for you. When the package arrived, I was impressed with the packaging because beyond coming in a paper priority mail envelope, it was protected in a purple sack. The sack contained the bundles of hair, which were also sealed in a plastic bag the length of the hair. Also, each of the two bundles were clasped with purple holders and a Perfect Locks label indicating the type of hair.
After taking the hair out of the package, I immediately noticed how soft it was. I could tell a huge difference between virgin hair and beauty supply hair. I also noticed that the wefts for each bundle were already sealed. Sealing the bundles allows the hair to last longer and shed minimally.
Prepping the Hair
At the advice of my stylist, I co-washed the hair prior to installation. Since I am supposed to treat this hair as my own, I decided to use the same products I would use on my own hair. I co-washed the extensions with Tresemme Naturals Conditioner. I then combed the hair and allowed it to air dry for two days. After co-washing the hair, the hair became much fuller and even softer. As for shedding, the hair only lost one to two hairs after combing.
I had my hair installed on Saturday. My stylist and I agreed to do a partial sew-in so my natural hair was left out along the edges and a little bit more was left out at the very top of my hair. My stylist braided the hair in the middle of my head and then began sewing in the extensions. After completing the sewing, she used RedKen Ultra Straightening Spray and flat ironed my edges. She then curled the extensions with a curling wand. My hair blended extremely well with the extensions.
So far, I am just swirling the hair into a low bun and wearing a satin bonnet. Both my natural hair and the extensions have remained smooth underneath.
I have now had the hair installed for just under a week. Here are the pros/cons I am seeing thus far:
- Minimal Shedding
- Extremely Soft
- Untangles Easily
- Low Luster (...in turn, looks realistic)
- Holds Curls Well
- Small Tangles
Overall, I am extremely impressed with the hair. The hair is extremely low maintenance and when I take my bonnet off in the morning, it kind of just falls into place. Although it sometimes tangles where the hair rubs against my clothes, the tangles are minimal and are easy to get rid of without shedding.
I will be doing two more updates on the hair in the coming weeks. I can't wait to share more of my experience with you!
What do you think? Are you a fan of sew-ins as a protective style?
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God bless & stay fabellis,