As you all know, I have been rocking a protective style for the past month. I decided to sport a protective style to allow the majority of my natural hair a chance to rest. If you read my First Impressions, you may know that I have been wearing Perfect Locks Virgin Hair in Wavy. I had a partial sew in installed where the edges and a front portion of my natural hair were left out while the middle of my hair was braided and extensions were sewn in.
Beyond giving my natural hair a chance to rest, I wanted to show that a non-curly sew (see my last sew-in) in can be a great option for those seeking a protective style. Since I have now had the hair installed for just over four weeks, I wanted to update you all with my experience and thoughts on the hair so far.
After a week and a half of having the hair installed, I decided to co-wash the hair at home. I decided to co-wash the hair because it started to feel heavy and look shiny. Just as I did in the pre-installation process, I co-washed the hair with Tresemme Naturals Conditioner. The hair was light and developed a nice wave. I allowed it to air dry. However, after one to two days, the hair appeared to be shiny and heavy again.
Since I never apply heat to my natural hair myself, I was also having trouble blending my natural hair back with the extensions. I decided to allow my hair stylist to wash my hair as well as the extensions. So, after wearing the hair for less than three weeks, I had my hair stylist wash and condition my hair and the extensions. She washed and conditioned the extensions with Mizani Milk Bath products.
After having my hair washed and conditioned, I noticed that the hair still appeared shiny and would not hold curls like it initially did. My hair stylist tried to curl the hair with a flat iron and it would only curl at the ends. I also began experiencing more shedding with the hair. I decided to consult with Perfect Locks and I got an immediate answer.
The company let me know that shedding is common the first two weeks. They also offered to have a licensed cosmetologist call me. I spoke to the cosmetologist and she suggested that I use a sulfate-free shampoo on the hair because the products my stylist and I have been using may be too heavy. She also suggested not using a flat iron because of the heat and to try a curling wand.
Although I'm disappointed that the hair will not curl like it initially did, I am enjoying the ease of styling my hair in the mornings. Plus, I respect a company with great customer service.
Below is a quick list of the current pros and cons of the hair:
- Low Maintenance
- Increased Shedding
- Difficult to Curl
Since Perfect Locks suggested I use a sulfate-free shampoo, I do plan to visit my hair stylist again and use Herbalife Herbal Aloe Strengthening Shampoo to wash the extensions. I will keep you all posted!
Do you have any tips on caring for extensions? Share!
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