Add swishy length with wigs and weaves

But first, el­e­vate your care with tips from Ericka Dot­son, cre­ative di­rec­tor and co-founder of Indique Hair.

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Best choices and care

In­stantly change up your style

Wouldn’t you want the op­por­tu­nity to have short hair on Mon­day, long hair on Tues­day and be a blonde for a few hours on Thurs­day? “Ex­ten­sions al­low you to take risks or try some­thing new with­out the com­mit­ment of do­ing it with your own hair,” ex­plains Ericka. “Also, in­stalls and wigs are pro­tec­tive styles for your nat­u­ral hair, be­cause, while in these styles, your hair has the op­por­tu­nity to rest with­out the stress of hot tools, colour or any chem­i­cal pro­cesses.”

Choose your type

“A weave is an in­stal­la­tion that in­volves cre­at­ing a braided foun­da­tion onto which we hair ex­ten­sions are sewn,” Ericka ex­plains. And, un­like a wig, it can’t be re­moved and re­placed at a whim. This is not to be con­fused with a lace front, which is “a wig where the front has been ven­ti­lated to repli­cate the ap­pear­ance of hair com­ing di­rectly from the scalp. Ven­ti­la­tion is a tech­nique where two to three strands of hair are taken and cro­cheted through the small squares of the lace,” she ex­plains. Its draw­card is that it has the abil­ity to re­sem­ble hair grow­ing from your scalp – it’s won­der­fully ver­sa­tile when you style.

Hair­care

1 “Be­fore get­ting a weave, cleanse hair with a hy­drat­ing sham­poo fol­lowed by a deep-con­di­tion­ing treat­ment,” sug­gests Ericka. 2 “Sham­poo, con­di­tion and retighten your in­stall bi­weekly,” she adds. Main­tain­ing them helps them last longer. 3 “Ap­ply di­luted pep­per­mint sham­poo in a bot­tle with a noz­zle di­rectly to your scalp and mas­sage gen­tly,” Ericka ex­plains. 4 “Use a light con­di­tioner. You don’t want to deep-con­di­tion, as it could loosen up your in­stall and get trapped within braids.” 5 Al­ways make sure your hair is dried prop­erly. “This is ex­tremely im­por­tant. A damp or moist en­vi­ron­ment at­tracts bac­te­ria and mould,” says Ericka.

In­vest in your hair

Hu­man hair, which is the most nat­u­ral-look­ing and can be heat-styled, can be ex­pen­sive. Ex­pect to pay any­thing from R1 400 for a weave and from R1 100 for a lace front, de­pend­ing on the length. If you take care of the hair by wash­ing, con­di­tion­ing and comb­ing it out reg­u­larly, it could last “ve years or longer. Syn­thetic hair is a cost-e”ec­tive op­tion. It can’t be heat-styled and lasts up to two months, but will only set you back about R40 per packet. A blended op­tion is also avail­able if you would like to heat-style your ex­ten­sions but are not pre­pared to cough up such a hey sum.

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