Alright, ladies! As promised, here are a couple pictures and a video of me installing my new Indique Fishnet Clip-in Hair Extensions!!!! You may recall that I won the extensions at the Hair and Hip Hop event I attended a couple weeks ago with celebrity hair stylist Gabi Corney. Well, not only is Gabi hair stylist to the stars, but she is also a representative for Indique Virgin Hair Extensions. At the event, Indique gave away two of their wildy popular Studio Collection Fishnet Hair Extensions…and I was one of the lucky winners!
Let me tell you guys why I am so excited about these extensions.
- I have never been much of a weave girl…I’ve had a weave installed maybe twice in my life, but never a full head…and I still couldn’t stand the way it felt on my head, so the commitment of the sew-in was never for me, and I’ve heard horror stories about the glue-in (which I also tried once in high school to add color). I suppose over time I would have gotten used to the feeling of a foreign object on my scalp, but I never lasted more than a few days. I once got some curly tracks sewn in for a weekend trip….I really wanted my curls to be BIG, but I cut them out in the bathroom on the first day. But alas, that is not a problem with these Indique clip-ins. There is no commitment…and they are actually very light weight…I couldn’t really feel them once I got them in.
- Installation is easy, breezy! It took me about 5 minutes to install, and I imagine with practice it would take even less time. I can’t speak from experience, but I imagine that all clip-ins are easy to install, but the Indique fishnet is awesome because it is one unit, instead of how ever many individual clips one would normally use. Instead of having to strategically part your hair and clip in individual wefts of hair, you just install the whole unit at once! Nine wefts of hair are sewn together in a fishnet pattern, and there are two rows of clips — four at the top, and two in the middle. And for maximum blending, you can pull your hair through the holes created by the net (or not, if you don’t wan’t to!)
- I think what I am most excited about is the prospect of adding volume! My hair is pretty fine, and while I am not really looking to add length, I would like to add fullness from time to time. You can check out the difference between my hair on its own in my last post, and my hair with the extensions below. Actually that might not be a good example, because my hair is on puff mode from the heat in my last post. Lol! But don’t be fooled that is poof not volume. Lol! In the video below, you’ll see me playing around with the idea of a side braid. Boy oh boy, do I love that hair style, but my fine hair makes for a very sad looking side braid. Lol!
So, for a weave novice like myself who just wants to have a little fun from time to time, I don’t think it gets any better! And the quality of the hair is really great, too! Again, I don’t know much about weaves, but I know what bad hair looks like. Lol. The fishnet comes in a variety of colors and textures, so they’ve got something for everyone. I believe what I have is the “natural straight” texture, and it blends nicely with my hair! I didn’t curl it or really get my hair as straight as possible because I am still trying to use minimal heat, but it still looked pretty darn good.
Beyond being a weave expert, Gabi is also a product pro! I sat down with Gabi for a quick intervniew, where she shared some tips with me for getting big hair and combating humidity, as well as her thoughts on the natural hair movement…
I have very fine hair. Straight or curly, I have the hardest time achieving big hair. Do you have any tips for getting volume with fine hair?
I love Volumizing Systems… Nexus, Big & Sexy, and Bed Head all have good ones. [A volumizing system] is a shampoo and conditioner that plumps root of the hair. Roller sets are always amazing because they will give you the most volume. If you don’t know how to roller set, use a root lifter and blow dry your hair upside down [before styling.]
Here’s a question for my Atlanta ladies. It is very humid in ATL, what are some products we can use to combat humidity?
You can’t really prevent reversion from Humidity. Carol’s Daughter has a system called Chocolat — it’s a shampoo, conditioner, and also a blow dry cream! Absolutely amazing. It gives you a little bit more longevity as far as your straight styling. The blow dry cream is a little heavy, so for your fine haired girl…only like a drop. A lot of hair stylist will say, “oh you can do this, or you can do that,” but no, there is really nothing you can do. Carry a pretty little silk or satin scarf with you and a wrap brush, and call it a day.
It seems like everyone is going natural these days? Do you think this is just a trend? or is natural hair here to stay?
I really hope it’s not a trend, because some of us have been brain washed into believing they don’t have beautiful hair in its natural state. We’ve always been told as soon as you see a wrinkle, you slap the creamy crack on it. It’s such a misconception….especially with ethnic women, we have the most diverse hair..it can do everything. I’ll tell you a little story without being too long-winded…my mother said to me, “Wow, your hair is so curly.” I’m like umm yeah? my hair has always been curly, but I always had a relaxer, so we never really knew what kind of hair I had. So, I hope it’s not a trend, because your hair can really truly grow and flourish…and be something that you never expected it to be in its natural state. Once you master what you have, then you’ll be just fine, and your natural hair will be gorgeous.
Thanks for stopping by! XOXO.
Photo of Gabrielle Corney courtesy of Diamonde Williams.