Thursday, June 23, 2011

Save Some Money! Re-Use Your Old Hair!

We're living in hard times right now. The economy is slowly getting better, but it's not quite there yet. As a college student with a part-time job, I don't always have the funds to buy the things I really want right away. A couple of weeks ago, I sat down and looked at my finances and saw that I really need to cut back on a lot of things in order to start saving money in my savings account. So far, it's been working. I initially planned to get a weave for the summer. I had in my mind already what type of hair I would use and everything! But when I calculated the cost of the hair I wanted to use including what I would be paying my stylist, the grand total amounted to $330 bucks! Um...there was no way I was gonna spend that amount of money being in the position I am right now.

So I decided to think smart! My Indique hair that I blogged about in previous posts was perfect for my situation. Indique hair is re-usable for up to a year! They're definitely worth the investment. I first got the Indique hair installed back in September 2010 till November 2010 and re-used it again in March 2011 till May 2011. September 2011 will make it a year! So I decided to use it for a final time. This will be my third time using it!

I was off from work today, and since I'm getting my hair done soon, I decided to use my free time to wash my Indique extensions!

Dirty hair waiting to be washed.
Fill your sink with semi-hot water!

I used Suave Clarifying Shampoo and Herbal Essence Moisturizing Conditioner as my only products.

Place all the hair in the sink of water. Water should a little hot to break down the dirt and oils in the hair.

Pour a good amount of shampoo into the palm of your hands and take 3-4 tracks at a time and lather them.

Place each piece aside after its been rinsed off.
After I rinsed out all the hair, I took about 3-4 tracks at a time, and added a dime size amount of conditioner and detangled with my wide tooth comb, then placed them aside. After all the pieces had conditioner, I rinsed it all out together under running water. The hair came out so soft! I didnt take pics of this process. After I rinsed everything, I took each track, piece by piece, detangled once again, and took out any thread that might have been left behind in the wefts. When I finished detangling every track, I combined all the hair together in a bundle and did a final comb through.

Final result (Air drying).
Nice soft and ready to be re-installed!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

My Next Hairstyle.

It's not even summer yet here in New York, and it already hit 98 degrees the other Spring!! That's's way TOO hot for this time of year. Imagine when Summer is actually here, how HOT it will be! I don't even wanna think about it...

Anyways, for this upcoming Summer, I need a hairstyle that will not only keep me cool but also make me look fierce of course! I need a style that stays out of my face and off of my back and shoulders. At first I wanted to get a curly sew-in using Bobbi Boss hair. But I came to realize that I need to save as much money as possible and quick, because I wont be working that much anymore in a few months since I plan on going to school full time. Using human hair is out of the question because I need hair that can last me a long time with out matting and tangling. Sadly, curly hair is out of the question for summer since the hair I want is kinda pricey. To save money, I decided to re-use my Indique hair for the third time....yes I said third...that hair is good! It can last for up to 1 year! After this install, I'll throw it away since it will be a year since I first got it..but Indique hair is a great investment ladies!

Since the hair I'm using is straight, I have to get a straight style. So I decided to go with a....drum roll please............

Asymmetrical A-line bob with side swept bangs!

ok...I know I said before that I didn't want any hair on my face, but this style has side swept bangs so I don't think they'll really bother me since they don't fully cover my whole forehead. Besides, in the summertime, I don't spend a lot of time outside anyways. I'm mostly inside with the AC on during the day, and I go out at night when it gets cooler, so side swept bangs should be fine. There's something about this hairstyle that emulates style, class, sophistication and sex appeal..I love it! It's also a great style for summer. I was inspired by a couple of celebrities who rocked this hairstyle.

Check them out!

Keri Hilson
(I dont want my hair this short..just a 'lil longer but you get the idea)

Taraji P. Henson

Kelly Clarkston

Nicole Richie
(I would prefer this a little shorter with more layers but you get the point..I hope!)
Lauren Conrad
I hope you guys get the idea! I'm hoping to get the sew-in during the end of the month. I'm in the process of preparing my hair to make it strong to withstand the sew-in. :)