In our new Hair Q&A series with hair experts, we connect Madame Noire readers with various experts and stylists to answer their most pressing questions about hair care. In this edition, Annette Jones, founder of California Lace Wigs & Weaves, responds to a reader-submitted questions about buying quality hair for weaves and recommends flat iron brands. If you have a hair care issue you’d like to have addressed, Facebook us or email us at editors_at_madamenoire.com.
How do you spot “bad hair” for weaving? Or are there certain brands of remi that are really good? I have spent a few hundred twice and both times (2 different brands of remi) have been bad. I have have been experiencing and hearing a lot about people getting a “bad pack.” -Nina B Bartending
Purchasing quality hair can be tricky, it’s so important to find a store, supplier or retailer that is reputable – always be sure they are well known for supplying top quality human hair. My recommendation is to ask questions of the supplier/retailer, talk to their customers and be sure to research the product before investing. You want to make sure the hair is not mixed with synthetic fibers or fillers. More importantly, you want to make sure the hair is not silicone treated (non-remy hair). It’s difficult to know exactly what you are buying when it’s so nicely packaged and the price is comparable to what is considered expensive or high end. Sad to say, no-remy hair is being sold as 100% remy hair all day long. So again, you will need to do your research, talk to friends and co-workers who purchase human hair to see who they recommend. A good hair weave should last up to 3 months if cared for properly.
What are the best name brands for hair dryers and flat irons? What wattage should it be? -Savon Love
I have tried just about every flat iron you can name. Right now, I am bouncing back and forth between my Sedu Pro Ionic Ceramic Tourmaline Iron, and my BaByliss Pro Nana Titanium Iron and to tell you the truth, I think they work just about the same. Both get the hair straight and leave it with a really smooth finish. These heating tools are a little pricy but well worth it because they both offer a technology that straightens the hair without damage and locks in moisture without overly heating.
Now I must say, I do not use heating tools very often but when I do I only use them on low to moderate temperatures, never high. To maintain healthy, bouncy hair I strongly recommend air drying, roller setting, pin curling and wrapping the hair opposed to blow drying, hot curling and flat ironing. If you can practice using low heat to no heat you will surely prolong the life of the hair.
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