She Tried It! Lola’s Hair And Sew-In Bar
There’s no hairstyle I love more than a bob. It’s chic, it’s easy to maintain, and it’s one of the most versatile looks to ever be created. Unfortunately, the way my workout routine is set up, it’s simply impossible for me to maintain this hairstyle as a natural-haired woman without significantly damaging my strands. But now that I’ve dipped my toe in the weave pool more than a few times, I was more than comfortable turning to Lola’s Hair to help me achieve my desired look.
Founded by Lola Otto, Lola’s Hair is a total hair care solution business that sells high-quality virgin remy hair extensions and provides sew-in and nail design services at seven locations throughout the United States (Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, and New York City). I attended the 125th location in Harlem Sunday and was immediately greeted and assisted by the attentive staff. Since I was going to try out Lola’s hair, literally, the receptionist walked me through the extension options, which you can buy right on site, and asked what look I was going for so we could choose the best weft. Because I was going for a bob with soft curls, she suggested I choose the Malaysian body wave bundles which would hold curls better but could still be straightened if desired. (Almost a week in I can tell you she was absolutely right.)
With my hair in hand, I was guided over to my stylist, Destiny White, who walked me through the process for the day. Because I chose a closure instead of leaving any of my hair out to blend with the bundles, she explained that she would begin by bleaching the closure net and that once that process was complete she would continue by toning the closure and then plucking some strands of hair and strobbing the part so that the final result was as natural as possible. At the time I didn’t know what much of that meant but it sounded good — especially the natural part.
While the closure was processing, Destiny began braiding my hair. Note: You should arrive at the shop with strands that have already been pre-washed, dried, and conditioned. For the first two rows of hair closest to my edges, Destiny intertwined cotton thread into the braids, explaining that this was better than braiding synthetic extensions into the hair because the material better absorbs moisture which helps hair retain the natural oils it needs to prevent breakage. As we all know, strong edges are hard to come by and I appreciated the care that was shown to mine throughout the process.
Similarly, Destiny applied Morning Glory around the perimeter of my hair and down my center part as an additional protective measure. Morning Glory is a solution that essentially acts as a barrier between your hair and bonding glue so that your strands aren’t damaged when applying a lacefront wig, tracks, or a closure like I was. This was the first time I’d ever even heard of a product like this which, again, made me appreciate Destiny’s commitment to keeping my own hair healthy. Like she told me, they may do weaves at Lola’s but they also make sure their clients’ real hair is still taken care of (and that they have some left when they take out their extensions).
With the Morning Glory applied, there was nothing left to do but sew in the bundles and attach the closure with bonding glue which took no time at all. One 12-inch bundle of the Malaysian body wave and one 14-inch bundle were used to achieve the look below. Destiny gave me a slight asymmetrical cut, with longer strands toward my chin and added soft waves with a curl wand and I was good to go — and very pleased with the outcome.
I was nervous about how easy my hair would be to maintain with working out every day but the receptionist was right about the body wave texture holding the curls quite well. With my last bob, I could never recreate the waves my hairstylist did on the straight strands but this time around, curling my hair has been a breeze. During workouts, I wear a cap or put my hair back in a low ponytail just to keep it out of the way and when I get home I simply let my hair air dry.
At night, I cover my hair with a silk scarf and in the morning I apply Amika Heat Defense Serum and use my curl wand, also from the same brand, to add texture and bounce to my hair again and I’m good to go.
What I love most about this look — other than the cut and style which are absolutely what I’ve always wanted — is that it looks natural. I don’t feel like I’m wearing a weave or that I look like I’m wearing a weave which is extremely important to me. So far, Lola’s Hair is the only place that’s been able to achieve that so get used to this look; you’ll definitely be seeing it for a while.