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  • Hair Weaving and a Hair Replacement System

    Posted on November 18th, 2009 admin 1 comment
    Cindy Lee asked:


    Among the most interesting and often important services provided by hair stylists are hair weaving and hair extensions.

     

    Hair loss in either men or women can create feelings of vulnerability, self-consciousness and a loss of self-esteem.  Imagine every day being a “bad hair day”.  This is what people who are balding or have suffered any significant hair loss experience every day of their lives. 

     

    With hair weaving techniques that add more hair, these people can regain their confidence, self-esteem and youthful appearance.

     

    Aging, chronic hair pulling (Trichotillomania) and incomplete hair re-growth after chemotherapy are some of the factors that can create partial hair loss. 

     

    For those of you new to the area of hair weaving this article will provide some basic information on hair weaving to attach a hair replacement system or full wig, and introduce you to the electric hair weaving machine.  This device helps the stylist create the exact look desired and shortens the time it takes to create the weave track.

     

    First, here are some basic terms. 

     
    Hair weaving is where either synthetic or human hair is cornrow braided or woven into the person’s existing natural hair at the scalp.  An extension weft or custom made hair system is then sewn on the created track.

     

    A hair extension is the synthetic or natural hair that is attached to the existing natural hair.

     

    Natural human hair used for weaves, wigs and extensions comes mainly from the continent of Asia and to some smaller degree from China, India, Eastern Europe and Russia.  This human hair comes in a wide variety of grades.  The highest is pure human hair from young donors that has been gently processed leaving the cuticles intact.  This is called “Remy” hair.  Human hair can also come in lower grades included those diluted with animal or synthetic hair.  High quality unprocessed 100% European human hair is of course more expensive than hair mixed with animal hair or synthetics.

     

    Synthetic hair can be made from a variety of synthetic fibers including Kanekalon, Toupelon, wool, alpaca, mohair, rayon, goat, nylon and yak.  Synthetic hair comes in wefts and single strands for braids.  This type of hair is best used for braids since using heating appliances such as straightening combs or curling irons is not recommended.   For the obvious reason of supply synthetic hair is cheaper than natural high-quality human hair.

     

    Corn rowed hair refers to a traditional style of African origin in which the hair is made into small braids starting close to the scalp.  These can be made in simple rows or very complex patterns.

     

    Human hair extensions can also come in higher Cuticle Remy or unprocessed Caucasian European grades as well as lower grades including those diluted with animal or synthetic hair. 

     

    One of the most innovative recent inventions in the world of hair replacement is the electric hair weaving machine.  A hair weaving machine takes the place of traditional cornrow braids and is used to help the stylist create the track for attaching natural or synthetic hair extensions to the head.  By using this machine the stylist saves time while keeping the track extremely small as well as less detectable, typically the size of a pencil lead. With it you can attach several different types of hair additions to the head such as Integrations, wefts, wigs, and partial hairpieces giving the client an extended wear ‘prosthesis’ that can be slept with and showered in. 

     

    Hair replacement systems have been a part of society since the early Egyptians.  With current advances such as the electric hair weaving machine we can make hair extensions and custom hairpieces look more natural than ever before and so help our clients get exactly what they are looking for.

     

    To see a fun, informative and entertaining video on hair weaving and hair replacement from Cindy Lee go to http://www.hairreplacementsystem.com/info-beyonce-lace-wigs.html



  • Full Lace Wigs - Tips and Tricks

    Posted on November 4th, 2009 admin 58 comments
    Marie Hines asked:


    a) Tips and Tricks for Liquid Bonding Adhesives:

    Below, a list of helpful tips to help you achieve the strongest and most secure bond possible.

    When applying the liquid adhesive, only use thin, even coats. If you are using a brush, use a paint movement with your hand in both directions - horizontal and vertical. If more adhesive is desired, use thin multiple coats, but make sure the previous coat is dry before applying the next coat.

    Never try to apply liquid bond directly to a lace system. Instead, apply it on your scalp and place the unit on your head. Always clean and prepare your scalp properly, with skin shield before attaching your full lace wig. Skin shield is a product,that provides a protective barrier against dermal irritation,while enhancing the effectiveness of skin-safe liquid or tape adhesives.

    After showering or working out, the bond of your full lace wig will seem like it is weakening, which is expected, then even if your hair system is still attached securely, the bond will soften a bit, due to extra heat and moisture, do not touch the unit then, because as your body cools, the bond will harden again.

    Airborne dust, make-up will attach itself to the adhesive in the front and side edges of lace units and may become visible over time. Immediately after a shower is the easiest time to clean this area because the hairpiece adhesive is pliable. Spray a liberal amount of Adjust-a-Bond on the tip of a double folded tissue. Hold your hair back with one hand and wipe the edge of the lace using the saturated tissue with the other hand.

    This trick will help keep your lace front and side edges invisible at all times.

    b) Tips and Tricks to avoid shedding

    Below, a list of helpful tips to avoid excessive shedding.

    Some light shedding is normal, however, your full lace wig should not shed anymore then our own hair would.

    DO NOT put any hair products that contain a high percentage of alcohol (like some hair spray, spritz, etc…) directly into the hair of your full lace wig. These products will damage the hair and cause excessive shedding).

    When going to sleep wearing your full lace wig, always braid up the hair or at least put it in a pony tail so it will not tangle up, while you sleep. Best is for you to wrap a scarf around your head or to wear a hair bonnet, while you are asleep,(see below section: Tips and Tricks to avoid damages while sleeping). This will prevent the hair of your full lace wig from breakage and shedding.

    When swimming wearing your full lace wig, keep in mind that chlorine, and salt water can damage the hair of the unit, therefore wear a swim cap or wash your full lace wig after each swim session. NEVER let chlorine and/or salt water stay in the hair of your full lace wig,as it will damage the hair of your unit irreversibly.

    Reseal the knots located on the inside of your full lace wig cap, after each and every wash, with some knot sealer. This will strengthen the knots on each hair strand and protect your full lace wig from excessive shedding.

    c) Tips and Tricks for Curly, Deep Wave and Wavy Styles

    Below, a moisturizer tip for Full lace wigs with a Curly, Deep Wave, Wavy Style.

    Wash and rinse your full lace wig gently but thoroughly, then spray until saturation, with a,1/4 Dove Moisturizing Conditioner, 1/4 of Glycerin and 2/4 plain water mixture*. Using a loop brush, brush it into shape. Cover your full lace wig with a hair net, and let it dry on top of a wig head. Once dry and you begin to wear it, you spray lightly with above mixture every 2-3 days or as needed. This will restore the initial shape, bounce and shine of the curls and/or the waves.

    *1/3 of Sunsilk Captivating Curls Lotion, 1/3 of glycerin and 1/3 of plain water mixture.

    d) Tips and Tricks for a long-lasting full lace wig

    The key factor in full lace wig care and maintenance, is to understand that your full lace wig is made of human hair, that is approximately 4 years old. Since hair grows on average a half inch per month, one year equates out to 6 inches. So since on the average 24 inches long hair is used to make a 20 inch unit, it is safe to say, that the hair of your unit has been exposed to the elements a minimum of 4 years, and now that hair has been removed from its nutrient source, to be made into your fabulous full lace wig, care and maintenance become that hair life support.

    Five main tools are required to properly care for your full lace wig: Shampoo, Conditioner, a rake, your pillow case and your hair wrap. These are the 5 key players and unfortunately not all options are created equally.

    A good rule of thumb for shampoo or conditioner is that if it costs between $10.00 and $20.00 for 8.5 oz then you have the right stuff. Since the shampoo and conditioner are keys to protecting the hair natural oils, these are two items that you will be best to invest into.

    Beyond washing your unit, you are going to style it and that is where the Rake comes in. Brushes and combs provide too much tension on the hair and will cause breakage and shedding. Use a Rake or even a Pick and toss the brush and comb and you will reduce greatly the tension put on the hair and the knots while styling your unit and therefore your full lace wig will last longer.

    e) Tips and Tricks to avoid damages of your full lace wig while sleeping

    Below a tip that is essential when asleep while wearing your hair unit

    If you are wearing your full lace wig to bed, you must choose to follow those sleep habits, to avoid damaging the hair of your unit.

    Use a wrap. Having the hair wrapped in a satin or silk wrap will reduce frictions on your unit when you move your head in your sleep. Also use a pillow case in satin or silk. The key here is that the pillow case MUST be the same material as your wrap. If your hair is wrapped in satin, have a satin pillow case. If the hair is wrapped in silk, have a silk pillow case. This will reduce greatly the tension and resistance between the two fabrics, avoid the occasional breakage and allows the hair to remain protected, while you sleep.

    f) Tips and Tricks for cold temperature

    Below, a tip to keep the hair of your full lace wig beautiful and strong

    Cold temperature, specially dry cold weather can damage, tangle and in some cases damage your hair unit irreversibly. Luckily, there are fantastic products on the market that can protect your hair from harsh drying climates. Hair Conditioning treatments, Hair Damage Repair kit , are an excellent for replenishing and protecting the hair of your full lace wig. Whichever brand your choose to use on your hair unit, it is ESSENTIAL that you make sure, that the product is free from alcohol.

    Whenever the hair of your full lace wig is a bit dry or if you want to ensure it will be protected from the elements follow these simple steps:

    1. Remove hair unit and wash gently.

    2. Apply a Hair Damage Repair or another high end conditioning treatment formulated for hair moisture replenishment. Do NOT use protein enriched conditioners.

    3. Put your full lace wig in a plastic bag and place in a warm area of your home. Do NOT microwave or apply direct heat, as it will damage your unit.

    4. Allow the bag to sit for 24 hours, then remove and rinse hair thoroughly in lukewarm water and allow to air dry.

    If you are wearing your hair unit full time, repeat this process every three weeks. Beware! There is a such thing as too much moisture and you want to maintain the human hair average natural ph levels as much as possible.

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