April 26, 2013

Perfect Locks Virgin Hair: Update

Hello Beauties!

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.

Washing

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.


The Results

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.


 My Thoughts

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:

Pros

  • Low Maintenance
  • Soft
Cons
  • Increased Shedding
  • Difficult to Curl

Next Steps

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!

Don't forget to come and see me on May 4th at Bijuju!

God bless & stay fabellis,


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3 comments

  1. It looks fabulous on you!

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  2. gorgeous hair!

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