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.
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.
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-eective 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 hey sum.