Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Protective Styling by Guest Blogger Shatara Trent!

Protective styling is a very important part of making “natural” a part of a woman's lifestyle. Not only does it provide a break on the hair but it allows us to showcase some different styles with harming the hair with harsh chemicals, products and styling techniques.This weeks styling tip will be about using sew-in weaves as a great way to protect your fro! Let’s find out exactly how.

Sew-ins are the use of wefted hair extensions (typically human or synthetic hair) to create a easy to maintain style. Sew-ins can be worn for weeks and up to months depending on the type of extensions used and the installation process. A normal installation process consists of washing, conditioning and drying the natural hair. The hair is then braided up into small cornrows using different braiding patterns. Thus never having to fuss with your mane. Afterwards the wefts are sewn directly on the hair in a horizontal pattern creating a very natural looking wig. Enough of the technicality for ya? Ok great, so for all my DIY’ers out there aka ( Do it Your- Selfers), the best way to get started is to DO YOUR RESEARCH. Many times women will claim that sew-ins are an awful experience but I promise you if you do your research, you will not be disappointed. There is so much knowledge out in the world about hair in general and my favorite avenue is YouTube. There are tons of weave guru’s out there that have tutorials (step by step how-to’s) on how to create this awesome protective style. So get out there and have fun. For those of you who are not too keen on taking the DIY route, talk to your local stylist and make sure she/he keeps you informed throughout the entire process so you know what to expect.

My Favorite DIY YouTube hair guru’s


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Coming up next week: How to SAFELY color your hair..

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sew in tasha smith

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