She Tried It! SONO ATL Virgin Hair Luxe Extensions
Summer’s officially here and, for many women, with the changing of the seasons comes a changing of the hair.
EssenceFest always marks my official entrance into summer heat — and humidity, thanks to New Orleans’ swampy climate — and this year (like last) I didn’t want to be bothered with my hair. And so, I took a dip into the land of milk and yaki again, via SONO ATL‘s Virgin Luxe Hair Extensions.
There’s no hairstyle I love more than a bob (except a high bun), so when I was offered a chance to review one of the SONO ATL weave lines, I knew a lob (long bob) was in my future. SONO’s hair collection comes in three textures, straight, wave, and curly, so I opted for three bundles of the straight Brazilian variety also known as Keep Em Straight Bish. (Don’t let the name detour you.)
The 100% Virgin hair comes in a natural brown hue, and because I live for jet Black hair, my first order of business was to basically de-virginize the hair and dye it the darkest shade possible: blue-back. In the past, when I’ve dyed multiple weave bundles I didn’t get the color saturation I desired so this time I used two bottles of a blue-black rinse and let it sit on the hair for 30 minutes, rinsed, applied a conditioner, rinsed again, and let the hair air dry for a couple of days. Note: A little conditioner can go a long way so be careful not to overdo it, or else the hair will have an unnatural sheen to it.
The first thing my stylist, Olivia of Bombshell Studios NYC, said when she saw the hair I wanted her to sew in was how pretty it is and that she vowed to buy packs of it if I told her it held up well a month later — meaning it didn’t become matted, shed, or tangle easily. I know virtually nothing about weave so for a hairstylist who handles wefts (a word she had to teach me during my appointment) every day was impressed by the extensions, I figured I’d made a good choice.
Installation of the hair was as easy as any sew-in I’ve had– quick and painless. I didn’t opt for a hair net because I wanted my own hair to be able to breathe and I, somewhat reluctantly, left the middle of my own hair out to achieve a more natural look. Being natural and always wearing my hair in a curly wash ‘n go, I was worried my own hair wouldn’t be straight enough to blend in with the Brazilian extensions, but that actually wasn’t an issue, thanks to a flat iron, edge control, and an anti-humidity gloss and shine mist.
When I came in to work someone thought I’d just straighten my hair, which is always a good sign (for me) when I have a weave. I don’t like for extensions to look unnatural, which is why I’m pleased with the results of the SONO ATL line which is holding up well for me in 85-plus degree weather. I’m not tangling, I’ve have body, and the hair carries just the right amount of shine. To grab a bundle or two for yourself, click here.
*Editor’s Note: I ended up getting a closure before my trip to NOLA because my stylist was worried about me applying to much heat trying to straighten and blend my hair and damaging my curl pattern. It proved to be the right move, and with some layers and soft waves, I still achieved a natural look.