Article: how to install bundles

Fashion Hendricks is a celebrity hair stylist and owner in New York city. With more than 20 years of experience with doing weaves we asked Fashion to reveal the mysteries around weaves and why it has become the preferred hair extension method among so many celebrities. Here are the 10 things you need to know about weaves. The ultimate weave guide for getting a successful sewin install.

1 . A good weave install always starts with a great braid down. 
Hair braiding is an art. There are numerous ways of braiding down your hair and is all depends on the type of install you are getting. Personally I am a fan of the circle braid, however not everyone can use it. The circle braid technique enables a versatile install that you can wear up in a high ponytail, but you need to have at least 3 inches of hair to use that method successfully. Vixen install is another popular method.
A good braid down should feel comfortable and not be too tight. If it is not done properly the braids will cause tension on the hair roots and cause pain and in worst even cause long term damage and hair loss. If your braids feel too tight you should immediately unbraid and redo the braiding part. I ask my clients while I am braiding if they feel any pain or discomfort.
If you are unsure on how to braid down your hair you should definitely seek professional help. I am famous for having very light hands when braiding so I did a video on you tube explaining the used for a circle braid. By watching it you would at least know what to expect when going to a professional weaveologist.
2. Great weave is all about great hair quality.
The quality of the hair is crucial for a successful weave install. I encourage my clients to see it as a long term investment. Good hair quality lasts for a long time and can be re-used for a year or longer if maintained properly. Bad, low quality hair seems to be popping up everywhere these days and unfortunately there is no such thing as good cheap hair.
I have heard about cheap hair from mountain goats being sold as virgin hair and clients getting lice and chemical burns from cheap hair; even grave plundering of hair. Cheap hair might look good in the package until you open it and smell the corn chip odor, a smell you will never get rid of. Cheap hair is chemically processed and dipped in silicone to look shiny, however after a couple of washes you’ll feel the dryness tangling into a forever bad hair day.
I vote for real virgin quality hair donated by healthy women at the temples in India or bought ethically directly from donors. The hair is strapped in a ponytail before collected in a single cut. All the hair strands face the natural direction from root to tip, which prevents tangling. There are no chemicals or processing of the hair except from cleaning, combing and steaming the hair into the right texture. The virgin hair shades in natural black – a black hair colors with various natural shades of dark brown. No bundles are alike since they all come from various donators. But don’t worry too much about the shades differentiation – when installed it will look more natural with shade variations and can always dye virgin hair into any color you like.
Great hair quality has a natural bounce to it, the end feels soft and natural and gilded through your fingers like a charm. It is an amazing feeling wearing premium quality weaves.
A good thumb rule is to always buy hair from professional hair brands  and never from cheap hair vendors that do not care about weave hair quality or source. The sourcing of premium virgin hair is expensive, so I would be aware if a bundle of 20 inches cost less than $150.
3. Brazilian, Peruvian, Mongolian, Indian, European, Eurasian, Scandinavian hair – to me they are all really the same hair.
There are a lot of myths about what kind of hair is the best quality to get. Suppliers are marketing all kinds of ethnicities, however for me it all comes down to good or bad quality hair. Basically all virgin hair comes from India or Asia and is steamed into various textures that reflect the ethnicities. Personally I love the Virgin Brazilian textures since they seems to blend more beautifully and the top grade quality is usually used for the Brazilian textures. Way back the mafia in Brazil stole hair from girl in the street by forcefully cutting it off, however today the Brazilian hair collecting business is gone and we all know that no Brazilian woman would ever cut their long saved hair pride willingly.
Sometimes I also hear hair companies refer to European or even Scandinavian hair, but the real source of all hair in the industry is India and Asia.
4. Treat your weaves and your own hair differently
When weaves are installed properly, they really look like your own natural hair. The weaves give your own hair a well deserved rest from exposure to sun, styling, products etc, that why it is referred to as protective styling. I always recommend my clients to treat they own hair and the weaves as two separate entities. If you have a leave out, you should be more careful with it than with the weaves and use low temps on styling tools and a heat protector before styling it.
5. Put your weaves to sleep
A key to maintain beautiful weaves is to wrap it up before going to sleep or sleep on a satin pillow case. Believe it or not, cotton bed sheets can really mess up and dry out your hair. I usually twist my hair into a bun and wear a turban cap before going to bed. This way my weave looks great every morning and I even save time on styling.
6. Yes, you can do anything with weaves. I mean anything!!
I have heard client asking; “Can I swim and workout” what if they fall out?”. The answer is simple; when weaves are installed professionally you can do anything you like. In fact that is one of the best reasons to choose weaves over other extension techniques and wigs. Weaves are long lasting and secure and create full freedom. When Rihanna and Beyonce rocks the stage tossing their hair back and forth many times they are wearing weaves.
7. Weave causes a lot of confusion.
Recently Beyonce posted an Instagram picture after removing her weaves. Immediately all the news papers around the world jumped on the story about how she had cut off her beautiful, long hair. After a few days she was back wearing longer, thicker and more beautiful weaves than ever. Wow, did she grow all than hair in just one day? Wearing weaves opt for a lot of stupid questions, however that’s included in the price for a head-turning beauty.
8. How many bundles should I get?
Clients always ask me: “how many bundle should I get?”. Today a lot of companies are going down to low weight bundles to lower the price to customers. The Virgin Brazilian hair normally comes in 100 gram bundles (3.5-4 oz), however the Brazilian textures feel more full than same weight of i.e indian hair.
If a client wants to achieve a natural look and has quiet long natural hair, I would recommend two bundles of hair. However if the clients wants a more glamorous look at least 3 bundles of hair is recommended. The celebrities normally install 4-5 bundles of hair to get a super vixen look.
9. Get the weaves in staggered lengths.
When investing in weaves I recommend clients to buy them in staggered lengths, especially if you are looking for a natural look. Natural hair always grades down in a natural way, so if you are looking to get 18 inches of hair you should get one 14″, 16″ and maybe two 18″ bundles. The weaves natural end tips always looks the best in its natural state and I prefer to cut the extensions as little as possible after install. Also it saves the client money.
10. Single track vs double track weaves.
A weave is hair sewn together on a track. Actually until recently the weaves normally consisted of two tracks glued together, so called double wefted, to make the hair density look fuller. Today, the premium hair manufactures have come up with new innovative sewing techniques combining 4 sewing machines, so called quad weaves, which is shed free. This means that premium weaves now comes with single tracks. The track is thinner and more versatile, still with the same hair density and this makes the install less bulky and more seamless. As a weaveologist we used to split the double tracks for doing the front invisible part, however today everyone uses closure pieces or their own leaveout. If you asked me a year back I would recommend double tracked weaves, today definitely single tracks.

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Article: How to distinguish lace closure and silk base closure

Lace Closure

A closure is basically a small section and it can be used with weave installations. You can sew it on to your actual hair, sew it on to your braids and you can also adhere it down using a glue or tape adhesive, adhere it down at the hairline. And what a closure does is it gives you the ability to have versatility with your installation by being able to part it to get a natural look while having a full installation. So this is great for those who want a full protective style or a full installation and wants to be very minimal of their hair out or leave none of their hair out at all but you still want the versatility of being able to have the look of a natural part.
The lace closure meaning that the individual strands of hair are attached to a lace base. It does give a natural look. You can get a natural look with lace.Many customers prefer lace closures.
Now with lace closure you're going to have to do some tweaking in order to get the most natural look. So you're either going to have to bleach the knots on the closure.
Center Part Lace Closure
From above picture where the strands of hair are attached you can see the knots. The knots usually give a grid like effect or grid like look or they look like ants on a log and you don't want that. So you're going to have to either use hair bleach and bleach the entire base of the lace closure or you can just bleach sections, just parts. You can do parts if you know you want a middle part, you can do just a bleach part down the center or down the side depending on how you want your part if you don't want to bleach the entire closure or you can pluck some of the hairs out of the closure just to try to make it look more natural. Or you can add concealer or foundation to your parting and those are the things that you're going to have to do in order to tweak a lace closure to get the most natural look.
When you zoom in on them they are quite visible and you can see that grid like look or the ants on the log and that’s the look that you get with lace closures without bleaching them or putting concealer or tweaking them to make them look more natural. You're going to get that grid like effect and you're going to want to cover up that grid so that it looks more natural.
And with lace closures you can also add a flesh tone fabric to it underneath just so that you can give the illusion of a more scalp like base if you would like.
Silk Base Closure
Now next it is the silk closure. And with the silk closure it has a layer of silk which the individual strands of hair are embedded into the silk and then it also has a layer of lace. Now with silk closures the knots are not visible because they are embedded in that layer if silk. So you can see this definitely gives more of a scalp like appearance.
You can see that it has a much more natural appearance because you can't see the knots at all. All you see is the parting or the faux scalp or the scalp look. Again with both of these closures, you can part them anywhere. You can part them down the middle, down the side. You get freestyle parting through out the entire base of the closure. Now with silk closures you're not going to have to worry about bleaching the knots or anything like that. Silk closures are a bit more no muss, no fuss. You don't have to worry about bleaching them or adding any fabric or anything like that underneath. The thing that you may have to do depending on your scalp colour with silk base closures is you may have to actually tint or dye the silk base so that it mimics your own natural scalp. If you have a deeper complexion or a darker scalp colour you're going to want to go ahead and tint the silk either by using tea bags or using coffee or you can use a semi-permanent hair colour to go ahead and get the base colour to mimic your scalp colour. So that is one thing that you may have to do with silk closures.
Deep Wave Silk Base Closure
And with silk closures since it is a combination of the lace and the silk, you do have an area here which is about a quarter of an inch where there is no silk so you can see the grid on that. You can see the tiny bit of grid there in the front and this is the area.
It’s about this wide and it's here where there’s no silk and you can the grid in that area. That's something to take into consideration with the silk closures.
So with both silk and lace they are definitely pros and cons and it's really going to depend on your own personal preference.
I think you can't go wrong with either, either a lace closure or silk closure would be great if you're trying to do a full protective style and you really want to give your leave out a break. All of our closures are made with virgin human hair.Again before you purchase anything you want to make sure to just do your research and make sure that whatever product you go with is going to work for you and be exactly what you're looking for.

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Spiral 360 Lace Frontal with Strap

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spiral bundles, closure and frontal

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