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Natural Hair Guide to Purchasing Extensions

February 2, 2017

We’ve all been there, hopelessly staring in our mirror, not knowing what to do with our natural hair next… it’s winter and we simply want a break from our natural coiffures for a bit.  So we turn to a protective style that is tried and true: A Hair Weave! 

 

But with so many natural hair extensions companies out there, it can be tough to know which hair extensions will fit our lifestyles best and last long enough to protect your hair. Consider the following guide as you consider your hair extensions purchase!

 

 

 

Your Natural Hair Texture vs The Desired Texture of Hair Extension:

 

There is nothing worse than spending all your good coins on quality hair extensions and install, only to find out that your  real hair and the extensions doesn’t blend properly, even after some manipulation.  It lacks what I like call “blendation.” ….

 

Blendation, /blend-āSH(ə)n/ : a word that comes from the native land of Black Girl Magic, which essentially means that your natural hair perfectly blends with your hair extensions, making it difficult from any onlooker to identify where you natural hair and hair extensions meet.

 

So do yourself a favor and make sure that the hair extensions you purchase is a close match to your natural hair texture and length.

 

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Essentially, you want to evaluate how committed you are to the “process“ of rocking a natural hair weave. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I have to be real with you. Natural hair weaves can be just as much work as your natural hair. Why? Because if you want your blendation to be on point, then you will have to care for your extensions just as you would care for your real hair.  Yes ma’m, it has to be detangled and yup, it must be moisturized.  You essentially have to consider if the added volume, length and style protection is worth the extra work!

 

If you are looking for a break from all the maintenance that comes with your hair, then I would suggest selecting a looser curl pattern providing that you can get that “blendation” (definition above) together, get a straight weave or choose another less time consuming protective style.

 

Budget:

 

Establish your intention for your style before you set your budget. Is your intention to keep the hair installed for a 2-3 weeks or are you looking for your extensions to last you a while longer?  If your answer is that you want to keep it for a while and have the flexibility to use the hair more than once, I suggest creating a budget that reflects this purchase as an “investment.” It may hit your pocket initially, but will be well worth it the longevity and quality…. which brings me to my next point

 

Quality: Quality. Quality. Quality. We hear a lot about quality when it comes to weaves/ extensions, but how are we supposed to evaluate quality of hair sitting in front of our computer screens? As always, I got you! I break down quality into three main points, which will help you purchase hair extensions whether you are online or at a physical store speaking to an associate!

 

 

                                              i.     Transparency: The Company’s ability to explain where their hair comes from, ability to explain the process of achieving the natural curly/coily texture, and if they quality check their hair. For me this all boils down to transparency and the company’s willingness to answer important questions about their hair extensions.

 

                                             ii.     Reviews: This is MUST.  Look up reviews and see what other people have to say about the hair. There will always be varying opinions and  experiences, but if an overwhelmingly number of people are disappointed and comment negatively. I suggest selecting another hair company.

 

                                           iii.     Customer Service: Y’all know the feeling when you are trying to contact a company regarding your order and you are calling, emailing, sending smoke signals and getting no response or when you do get a response the rep is rude. Customer service is a make or break for me and it should be for you too, especially when you are investing in hair extensions. Ensure that the company has a way that you can reliably contact them, should you have any questions or concerns regarding your order. Lastly, read up on their return and exchange policy and make sure that they have policies that are reasonable in the event you have to return/exchange an item.

 

That’s your guide! 2017 is your year Queen, just be sure that while you are out here shining in your career, health and love goals…that your hair extensions and blendation shine with you!

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