Are you a mother of 2? Do you have a job or 4? Do you own your own business? Are you married, have a household to run, errands and social life? Are you natural and have no intention to change that? Then I have the perfect solution for you! Get a protective style.
Put your natural stresses in a protective style that will suit your life and fashion style while enjoying all the obstacles life throws your way. Okay, so that sounds like an ad. However, that’s pretty much how I had to spin it, to my friends and family as to why after 14 years of being natural I went ahead and put in a weave.
Benefits of a Sew In
First of all, weaves are very beneficial and it costs less than braids here in Jamaica. I first thought of doing the jumbo braids, but with two kids work and other activities, I could hardly find 8 minutes much lest 8 hours to do my hair.
After some research I decided on doing a sew-in, take a look at the mechanics and price breakdown for both braids and weave/sew-in.
Braids VS Weave Breakdown
- 5 packs of Braids – $35US
- Washing and treating in preparation for braids – $20US (optional but I’m lazy like that)
- Service charges to braid hair – $100-$200 US shoulder length and waist length respectively (from popular braid salon in Halfway Tree)
- Time – 8hrs
Total cost: $125 -$145
- Hair -$25 Human Hair Blend (not Brazilian, Malaysian, Peruvian, Indian or any –
ianthose range from $100 US – $300 US per bundle)
- Washing and treating hair prior to installing is included in the installation of the hair price which comes to $30US
- Time: 2-3hrs and there was a minor water issue.
It was quite pleasant. I went to Cherry’s Beauty Supplies, my local beauty supply store, got my hair extensions and the sales associate was kind enough to tell me that the Salon next door could possibly do my hair too. She even went ahead and asked for the cost to install the hair I had bought. My hair got started around 7pm and finish a little after 10pm, I was able to do a re-polish while the hair stylist did her thing.
While doing my hair, I got a quick reminder of how much I love the salon. The night was filled with juicy life gossips from cheating boyfriends, crazy mothers-in-law to life-changing experiences and disciplinary tactics. Salons are major fun!
Being very apprehensive about doing my hair I really wasn’t sure how it would look or how I would feel about it. I was very concerned for my youngest daughter, Sway, and whether she would even recognise me. After the sew-in was finished she flat ironed my natural hair and it look FAB-U-LOUS! I loved it! it was very chic and very different it really shocked me, my kids and my husband.
About the Hair Extensions
The extensions are a little hot but that’s a given with all hair types that fall beyond the shoulders. There is no itching from the hair but my scalp does itch from time to time. This usually means it needs to be moisturized.
If you wish to go the more expensive route and purchase a bundle of Malaysian, Peruvian or Indian hair. Then you regime would be of taking care of that particular hair. Satin bonnet, moisturising lotion, flat iron and anything else that will assist in styling the hair to perfection.
When beginning to jump into sew-ins and weaves, my honest suggestion is to go affordable and low maintenance. Along with if you have curly hair get something close to your texture. Your aim is to look enhanced not fake. Think natural
My day time routine has been cut down to bushing leaving it out or using a hair tie to put it in a ponytail at different angles.
My night-time routine consists of brushing and rolling it under my satin cap. Taking care of the hair is limited to oil sheen and I flat iron my leave out hair, to ensure it is slick down. You do have the option to not leave out your hair and do a complete closure, then your routine will eliminate flat ironing completely.