TO WEAVE OR NOT TO WEAVE - THAT IS THE QUESTION?
The buzz look is weaving. Everyone is wearing a weave these days. Clients wear weave for
style, length, fullness and coverage. When considering a weave the first step is a
consultation with the stylist to determine what your needs are, what type of hair
will best match your natural texture (on a bad day), and what you will have to do to
maintain your new look.
The weaving techniques vary based on the clients needs. If you are weaving for style,
length, and fullness then the basic weave technique will apply. This simply means braiding
down your tracks and attaching the hair onto the tracks for placement. In some cases,
clients may request that all their hair be braided down in between the weave or vice versa
where hair is left out between the tracks for a more natural looking finish. If a client
faces issues such as hair loss, thinning or aleopecia areata, the method of weaving would
be more corrective for this client. You can successfully weave on clients who have
suffered from hair loss and want to wear a more progressive look.
Clients who no longer have chemical straighteners applied to their hair can also wear
weaves, Weaving is considered a natural form of hair care. We recommend that you use good
quality hair products; they last longer. Another factor to consider is the cost. You
should find out if the cost includes the styling or just the weaving and/or both. Some
stylists 'include the style in the price while some do not.
Don't be fooled into thinking that because you wear a weave that you can skip the
professional hair care,. You only get out what you put in. The better you take care of
your hair the better it will be for you. For more information, please join our mailing list, and don't forget to sign my Guest
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straight hair is out, went out with "don't use grease in your hair!"
The best way to maintain relaxed tresses is to apply a conditioning
conditioning hair dresses are either water-, oil- or silicone-based. Good rule of
thumb: for fine hair use silicone-based, for medium hair use oil-based and for
course hair; use water-based. These rules vary when you add texture and
density. For example, clients who prefer not to have oil based hairdress applied to
their hair regardless of hair type are candidates for silicone based products.
Silicones come in either liquid or
solid. Oil-based products serve to lubricate the hair using paraffin and other
products that breakdown easily with body temperature and are water soluble. Water-based
products are used when softness is desired on hair that is considered wiry or
brittle. All of these products serve to maintain and prepare the hair for combing,
brushing and thermal styling. Have your stylist determine the density, texture and
condition of your hair and recommend the products that are best suited for you.
On the conditioner side of things you need
to have your relaxed hair conditioned with moisturizing and strengthening
conditioners. We always have to put back what we take out. Don't forget, based
on the condition of your hair you should be receiving no less than two hair repair
treatments a year. We recommend the first in June and the second in December.
Your hair will only be as good to you as you are to your hair. Proper relaxing
should take place every 4 to 6 weeks for the average hair texture based on manufacturer's
recommendation. This industry standard prevents unnecessary damage between relaxed
ends and natural new growth. There are a few exceptions to this rule and you should
consult with your hair care specialist for that information.
Relaxers come in three strengths; mild,
normal and resistant. There are two basic types, sodium hydroxide and guanidine (no-lye).
These relaxers have separate characteristics. Sodium is recommended for fine
color-treated, normal and resistant hair. No-lye has been specially formulated for
for all hair types and clients with sensitive scalps. Our professional preference is
Avlon's Affirm Conditioning Relaxer System. Mild relaxers, if done properly, can
work successfully with all hair textures and scalps. If you are a permanent color
client we do not recommend the use of no-lye relaxers as the are man made and tend to be
more drying to the hair. We recommend sodium base relaxers for most clients.
If you have an extremely sensitive scalp the application of Affirms Gentle Assurance
before and during relaxer will insure the clients comfort through the entire chemical
service. When it is time for a relaxer there should be no combing from the scalp,
clients should only comb the relaxed ends and not the new growth. This tip will help to
prevent breakage. The best hair integrity can be achieved by using a protein
re-constuctor before or after a relaxer service. Protein is used on hair that is
damaged or hair that is chemically treated to maintain strength.
Hair should be trimmed every 4 to 6 weeks,
this helps to curb the split ends. Clients in need of chemical services need to seek
a consultation from a licensed professional. If you are not satisfied with the
consultation, your probably not going to be satisfied with the service. These
products and services are for professional use only and should not be attempted at home.
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