Full Sew-In With Lace Closure
I've never been to a weave salon before, so The Weave Express was a new experience. I went on a Sunday which was by appointment only. There was a "weaver" and a "braider". They worked like an assembly line. A customer comes in and, depending on what kind of sew-in they're getting, the braider braids the hair in a style that suits the kind of sew-in she's getting and the weaver sews the weave. To thicken my braids, the braider added strands of braid hair to thicken and strengthen my braids for the sew-in. It took the braider about 20 to 30 minutes to completely braid my hair.
I'd recently seen an article discussing traction alopecia. Since I just had a full sew-in, I was a little worried about how the back to back braids and the pulling of the extensions would affect my hair. Unlike last time, the braider made my part and braided the front half of my hair down to the sides; then braided the hair in the back in a circle. The change in the direction of the braids was best for the health and safety of my hair so this put my mind at ease.
Overall, I'm more pleased with the results from this sew-in when compared to the results of my last sew-in. It's not that the last sew-in was bad, but my experience was not as customer friendly as I like for my experiences to be...ESPECIALLY considering what I paid! This time, Carla, my weaver, did an excellent job with the sew-in and the customer service was more than what I was expecting!
As I write this post, I've had the sew-in for 4 weeks. I can't do anything but love it! I opted for a shorter hairstyle because I had trouble keeping a "polished" look with the longer extensions. The longer hair rubbed against everything which made it frizz out often. It's winter, so (even with the tapered bob) coat collars give me the biggest trouble. I always have to have a mirror handy after I take off my coats to make sure my hair isn't looking crazy but that's such a small price to pay!
For night maintenance, I put a wrap cap on to hold the closure down and in place and cover the hair with my bonnet. In the morning, I flat iron the top layer of hair to get rid of the line created by the wrap cap. I might curl the ends if they get twisted around in the wrap cap but that's depending on where I'm going. Other than that, this hair is the definition of wear and go! I can see this sew-in lasting for 12 weeks.
UPDATE: One of my coworkers convinced me to try wrapping my sew-in at night. It was difficult at first, but once I got the hang of it I felt as if this would have extended the life of the hair. Putting so much heat on the hair early on may have warped the hair just a little bit, but you live and you learn!
I'm still taking Hairfinity. I've been taking them for about 6 months now. I talked about trying to measure the growth of my hair with the pills before getting another sew-in but we see that didn't happen. Be on the lookout for that post some time in the Spring.
My hair has grown already because the hair is starting to lift. I'm sure no one can tell but me but my edges (aka "baby hair") are all over the place! The hair is growing out from under the sew-in, mostly in the front and back. No amount of edge control can hold it down, so I don't use any. These are good "problems" to have so these things aren't complaints! I can also tell it's time for some sew-in home maintenance but I'm trying to hold off on on that. I'm not sure how I would maneuver around the closure and I definitely don't want to mess that up! I'm going to look up some techniques on YouTube to see what I can find, so that may be a post for a later date too (part 1 and part 2).
Sew-in #2; Like it?!