Four months ago I did a big chop which, though traumatizing at first, I’ve actually come to really love. Still, the hair lover in me missed having a lot strands on my head and with the winter months finally arriving I knew a wash n’ go wouldn’t be a go for much longer, lest I want to catch the flu, so I reached out to Nubian Hair Oasis about trying one of their lines.
At the beginning of the fall we profiled Donnet Bruce, the founder of Nubian Hair Oasis, who balances her time between running the budding hair extensions line and her 9-5 as a Digital Marketing Manager. Impressed by her hustle and her product options, I decided to give the Empress Curls line a try.
Having rocked a curly weave for the first time two summers ago, I wanted to kick my look up a notch this go ’round with longer locks and more volume so I had two-and-a-half 16-inch bundles of the kinky curly virgin hair installed (the last time the hair was only 12 inches). During the install I was nervous because I didn’t want my look going from a little ‘fro to a big mane of hair to be too dramatic, but my stylist assured me I wasn’t going to be walking around the streets of New York City looking like Diana Ross circa 1972 so I let her go ahead and put more than two bundles in — and she saved half of the third bundle just to make sure I wouldn’t freak out at the difference.
At the end of the two-hour install I was in love. Because my hair matches the texture of the Empress curls and I no longer have straight ends from trying to transition to natural (benefits of a big chop), I’m able to easily blend my hair in with the extensions. Most times I do opt to pin my hair back for a better blend because my hair is so short in the front and since I didn’t have the weave cut into a particular style the short pieces at the top would stand out too much among the 16-inch strands. But I have to say from the remarks I’ve gotten from strangers about my curly hair, it’s safe to say anyone who doesn’t know me doesn’t know that this hair isn’t my own.
Maintenance during the past three weeks has been incredibly simple. After making the mistake of laying on the hair at night with just a silk pillow case one too many times and having to do some serious de-tangling in the morning, I’ve opted for the pineapple method of pinning my hair up on top of my head at night and in the morning spraying water on both my hair and the extensions to give it a boost. After dabbing on a bit of curling product, I’m good to go. Washing has been equally simple; after a quick shampoo and condition I just let the hair air dry with a leave-in or curly product of some sort after de-tangling and that’s all the work it takes.
If you want to give your hair a break in the winter months but still rock your same texture, I definitely suggest giving the Nubian Hair Oasis Crown Curls (afro kinky), Empress Curls (kinky curly) or Nubian Curly (loose curly) extension lines a try. MadameNoire readers who use the code MADAMEROYALS will get 15% off their orders!
And if any of you are looking for an install in New York City, definitely give Olivia M. at Bombshell Studios a ring. She’ll even come to your house if you need her to!