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To Frizz or not to Frizz

Hey everyone it’s been a while since l have posted up a blog post but so much has been happening in the hair business that it’s been hard to find time to sit down and write a blog post. I recently had the privilege of being sent some John Frieda products to review by one of their marketing representatives. l choose the Frizz Ease range (Frizz Ease product “line” for my American customers) as l wanted to test those particular products on my medium coarse Curly Molado hair. I was sent 4 main products, the Smooth Start conditioner, Smooth Start shampoo, Straight Fixation Smoothing Cream and the Frizz Ease hair serum for coarse hair.

Curly Mousse

Now, this was not my first time using the Frizz Ease range by John Frieda, but it was however the first time l had used the whole product range on my South American sew in hair extensions.  Let me start by saying that this product does what it says on the tin, FRIZZ EASE is the right name for this product. I have medium coarse curly hair (sew in extensions lol), and l had tried so many shampoos and conditioners to help control my main problem, frizz. In the past, like many others with coarser extensions, I’ve had to use a product to help calm frizz. Many times I just wanted a simpler solution where I could shampoo and condition the hair and just let it air dry leaving me with a natural curl pattern without manipulating the hair with some form of product.

When l used the whole Frizz Ease range, l began to see a difference in my hair extensions. They became hydrated, softer and frizz free. I would wash my hair with the Frizz Ease shampoo and conditioner, then l would use the serum or curly hair mousse (that I already had) on the hair while it was wet. After that  l would let the hair air dry or l would use a diffuser on my blow dryer. This would pop out the curls so beautifully and l would have no frizz at all leaving the hair soft and manageable. I would find myself playing with my curls more often than l would normally. l got so much body and bounce from these products. I must say l really love them because they leave my hair soft and smooth. If  l were to rate the Frizz Ease range (Curly Mousse, Shampoo and Conditioner) l would give it a 9 out of 10. The serum however is my least favourite product. Even though it does help eliminate frizz, it also leaves my hair with a greasy residue that makes me have to wash my sew in more often than l would want to. I will give the Frizz Ease serum a 5 out of 10. Here is a link with our Deep Curly Brazilian Molado hair after l used the John Frieda products.

Frizz Ease

Conditioner

I am yet to try the Straight Fixation as l have only been wearing my hair curly. My next install will be our Cambodian deluxe wavy coarse so l want to try the straight fixation on this install when l use a flat iron. If you would like to find out more info on their products or how to use their products on your hair please check out Sheer Blonde.

If you want to see some of their tutorials you can check out their YouTube channel. I hope my review of the frizz ease products has been informative and l will be doing another short review on the straight fixation product soon. So stay tuned!

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Virgin Hair Vs Remy Hair

Hello Everyone!

l know it’s been a while since l’ve written a post but things have been a bit busy logistically, so l haven’t had the time to keep up to date with my blogs.  But since l have been away l have been doing extensive research into the whole “Virgin Vs Remy” hair contraversy because l wanted to really find out which hair type had a stronger argument. My findings where shocking especially to me. So here we go (Laughing out Loud)!

Ok, let’s start with Virgin hair.  This has been defined as hair that has never been chemically processed in any way, making the hair far more superior to Remy hair. Remi or Remy is hair that has been collected by a hair collector from a hair donor. The hair is tied into a ponytail ensuring that all the hairs are flowing in the same direction.  The hair is then cut and preserved in this state. The cuticles are not stripped and remain aligned in one direction. Now there are some people who say that Virgin hair and Remi/Remy hair are one in the same and there are others who say they are absolutely different. For example, processed hair is hair that is acid bathed to create a particular look and texture. This process strips the hair cuticles of all its natural purities leaving it dry, brittle, and, at times, dull. After the hair has had an acid bath it is then coated in silicone to give it that deceptive healthy lovely looking shine that washes off after a few washes and leaves the hair to show its true colours; a dry, brittle, and many times a tangled mess.

Chemically Damaged Cuticle

So on my journeys to find the best and purest hair for women to buy, l discovered a more sinister truth that was right at every woman’s doorstep.There is no such thing as Virgin hair (unprocessed hair) Why do l say that! Let me explain. So Virgin hair is hair that according to most people has NEVER BEEN chemically treated. But if we look at the shampoos and conditioners we use, we have already processed the hair ourselves.

Why do l say this? Because if you look at the back of your shampoo bottle, you will see a list of ingredients.  Common ones are:

Sodium Hydroxide (A strongly alkaline white deliquescent compound,

NaOH, used in many industrial processes i.e drain cleaner)

Alcohol (A colorless volatile flammable liquid)

Salicylate a chemical compound most frequently used in cosmetics)

Magnesium  Chloride ( the name for the chemical compounds with the formulas MgCl2 and its various hydrates).

These are just a few of the many ingredients written in fine print on the back of our Loreal, Clairol and Wella hair products that we never really bother to read. These agents are what make the hair soft smooth silky.  It’s not the 1% herbal extract that we are convinced by when we see adverts on the television. It’s really these little chemicals, however small the quantities are, that actually process the hair.

Raw Human hair

So what is my point?  l have determined that unless the person selling the hair had lived with an indigenous person in the Amazon jungle who washed their hair with wild exotic berries and water from the purest Amazonion rivers, NO ONE actually has REAL Virgin hair. I believe that there is “raw” hair meaning hair that has never been harshly chemically altered to create waves, curls, thickness, kinks etc., but only had basic treatments of a shampoo and conditioner. l have decided that Michealls will no longer be known as a “Virgin” hair vendor but as a “raw” hair vendor, meaning that you are getting 100% real South American hair that has been cut from the donor’s head and is washed and deep conditioned prior to wefting. Some might agree with my post and some might not.  But as far as l am concerned, if you are using a product that contains even 0.3% of a chemical, over time the hair will begin to change its natural state as the small percentage of chemicals in the shampoos and conditioners begin to do their magic.

We want to sell good quality hair, and we do not want to sell you processed hair as this hair’s longevity is limited. But we don’t want to keep the stereotype of being called a Virgin hair Company but we want to be known as a Raw Hair Company. We know you will continue to see that the quality of our products  will remain the same regardless of this change.

Thanks for reading!

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Custom made wefts

South American Hair

We are excited to announce our new product range of custom made wefts. At the moment we are specialising in three types of hair textures Brazilian, Peruvian and Argentinian. Now before l talk about the custom made wefts let me touch a little on each hair type.

Argentinian hair: This hair is sourced directly from Argentina and is a soft silky texture. In Argentina you have a lot of Anglo- South Americans so the hair does come with a similar look and feel to Spanish hair. It is still suitable for relaxed textured Afro hair. It is however not suitable for those who have natural Afro hair and want to leave their hair out for partings, even though you can straighten your natural hair to blend with the Argentinian hair, it is more suitable for relaxed textured Afro hair. This hair has a natural shine and luster and reflects sunlight so it has a nice glossy look after styling.

Brazilian hair: This hair has thicker cuticles as some Brazilian people are from Amerindian descent and African descent. So the combination makes the hair strands slightly thicker, making this hair very suitable for Afro hair. It is a bit coarse compared to Argentinian and Peruvian but is still softer and shinier than Indian and Chinese hair.

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