I was bored with my hair (thus the lack of posts) so I decided to switch it up with extensions a couple of weeks ago. I figured it’d be a nice gesture from me to my tresses to give my hair a break for a few weeks.
I used 1 3/4 packs of Bobbi Boss Indi Remy French Wave 12in. I’m not a weave connoisseur by any means, but I knew I didn’t want a bad weave or to spend hundreds of dollars on hair. There was a sale at my local beauty supply store and I liked the feel of the Bobbi Boss Indi Remy French Wave so I got two packs for around $170. I left my hair out around the edges (as you’ll see in the pictures below). The Bobbi Boss site recommended washing the extensions every two weeks for maximum life so here are the pictures from my first wash with them in yesterday.
1. I shampooed once with Organix Strawberry Shampoo. Next I conditioned with Avon Damage Repair Conditioner. I love using damage repair conditioners even though my hair (or the extensions) doesn’t appear to be damaged. I like to think of it as preventative 🙂
2. I didn’t towel dry my hair, I just put a towel around my shoulders. Here are the pics from right after I washed it. You can see my hair is out on the top (and shorter) in the second picture.
3. I honestly wasn’t sure what to put on the extensions, so I used a half-dollar-sized amount of Cantu Shea Butter Leave in Conditioning Repair Cream and a quarter-sized amount of Curls Unleashed Curl Enhancing Gelly and rubbed it from “root” to tip with my fingers. I only finger combed the extensions to minimize shedding.
4. Next I turned to my tresses. I put the extensions in a bun so they wouldn’t be in my way. In order to stretch my curls, I did flat-twists (two-strand cornrows or whatever you want to call them) all the way around my head so my hair would be roughly the same texture as the extensions. I received a sample of Curls Cashmere Curl Jelly a few weeks ago so I decided to try it out. I used a quarter-sized amount of the Cantu Shea Butter Leave in Conditioning Repair Cream on my hair and a quarter-sized amount of the Curls Cashmere Curl Jelly.
5. I took the extensions out of the bun to let them air dry. I decided against blowdrying them because I didn’t want to put any heat on my hair. Here are the extensions after air drying for one and five hours respectively. You can see how the curls fluff up as it dries. It was about 85% dry when I went to sleep and I left my hair in the flat-twists overnight. I slept with a satin bonnet.
6. In the morning, I felt like the extensions had gotten a little flat from the bonnet so I rubbed a nickel-sized amount of Curls Unleashed Curl Enhancing Jelly through the extensions and scrunched the curls. Next, I rubbed a dime-sized amount of argan oil on my fingertips before I took out the flat twists to make sure my hair didn’t get frizzy. And voila! Here are the finished pictures!
Just like with my normal twist-outs, my hair holds the shape for around 5 days, so I plan to flat-twist the edges as needed. Do you use extensions as a protective style? How do you care for them?
Keep it curly!