Today, I’m spilling all the deets for you ladies that have asked questions about my hair and/or extensions. Everything from what type of hair extensions, how long it takes/lasts, what products I use when I wash my hair vs. in between days, and much more!
I have experimented with several different types of hair extensions in the past, and out of all of them, the SoCap ones I have in right now are by far my favorite. I get my hair done at Matthew’s + Co. Salon in Braselton, Georgia. I got this set I have in now about 2 weeks ago, and they should last me until the end of the year. If I remember correctly, this is my 5th set over a year and a half. I can usually make them last about 3 months, and once 3.5 months. Some ladies say they can hold out for a full 4 months, but because I still take prenatal vitamins, my hair grows fairly quickly.
What is the process?
The SoCap Extensions are very small sections of natural (Remy) hair that can be washed, blow dried, and styled with/without heat just like your natural hair! The small sections are heated with a tiny straightener-like tool that “bonds” the tip of the extension around your own hair. It typically takes between 100-120 pieces to do my hair, because my own hair is fairly thick, so she has to put enough in to make sure it doesn’t look stringy. They will color match you before they order the extensions, and even have ombre/balayage ones to choose from! So for this round of extensions, she ordered me dark brown and blonde sets to match my current color. It takes about 2.5 to 3 hours to put these in. There is no pain in the process, and I got her to trim them about 2ish inches because they are just too long for me out of the package.
HERE is a YouTube clip to see what the process looks like.
After a couple weeks of having these extensions are put in, you will start having a couple sections start to fall out. Remember, you loose roughly 50-100 hairs a day.. so eventually after weeks of these hairs detaching from your scalp, but bonded to an extension, the extension + your hair will fall out. I just toss them in the trash whenever one falls out, since there is no way to reuse them. When you’re ready for them to take them out, your stylist will use a tool to release the bond and slide down the bond until it’s out of your hair.
There really isn’t too much to talk about as far as maintenance for this type of hair extensions. I have an extension-specific brush, but it isn’t necessary. You do need to be careful when you do brush your hair once it gets about a half inch of growth on them. But you can straighten, curl, and style your hair just like you do your own. I usually wash my hair twice per week when I have these in, just so they last longer, and because I’m too lazy to go through the whole washing and drying process lol! I LOVE how good the hair holds curls for days after I use a curling iron, and stays straight when I use my flat iron. One thing you do want to be mindful of is that you want to avoid soaking your roots with any kind of conditioner or products with oil that could break down the bonds.
New Favorite Product + What I use Daily
I had a lady reach out to me a couple months ago and wanted me to try out some new hair products. The brand is Monat, and she sent me samples of the shampoo/conditioner, smoothing creme, and root pump. Y’all know I’ve been stuck on my Big Sexy Root Pump for yearssss because it gives me my 80’s size volume BUT I have to say, this Monat Root Lift gives Big Sexy a run for its money. And the Smoothing Creme, well.. I LOVE it! It has made my hair SO soft and cuts the frizz in half! Like I said earlier, these extensions hold curls/styles great, BUT they do get kinda frizzy after being blow dried. So when I tried the Smoothing Creme for the first time, I saw a big difference in the sleekness and manageability of my hair.
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