Hey lovely people! It’s been just over 4 weeks since I had my Indique extensions installed, so I figured it was time to check in and let you all know my thoughts on how the hair is holding up, and what the care and maintenance has been like. Before I dive right in, I guess I just have to say that I am so in love with this hair. It is a PERFECT match for my own hair…so much so that I even fooled some of my closest friends. They were like “OMG, your hair looks so good…it’s growing so fast, and it looks so full.” HA!!!! I replied, “girl, this ain’t my hair!” Lol.
So, you may recall that I am rocking two different textures of hair — BOUNCE Deep Wave and BOUNCE Coil Curl. The Deep Wave texture has a slightly looser curl pattern that is less of a coil and more of a tight wave. It’s gorgeous, but I am glad that I blended it with the Coil Curl. The texture of the Coil Curl hair is a spot on match for my hair. First of all the texture is not silky, which is great because my hair is not silky. Yes, my hair is fine and “3b” curly…but my hair is also very frizzy, and dry, and slightly coarse. Like if I were to comb it out dry, I wouldn’t quite have an afro, but I might look like I stuck my finger in a socket…like it’s gonna take more than some water and lotion to slick this mess down…I need some real live gel or pomade to tackle these edges. Does that make sense at all? Lol. So again, I love that the texture of the Coil Curl hair is a little bit frizzy and coarse just like mine.
I also love that it the curl pattern is truly a spiral curl right down to the ends. Again, this is a characteristic of my own hair, and it made blending super easy. I have basically been able to wash-and-go my hair with the extensions just like I do without the extensions. I’ve used the same exact products and the same exact wash-and-go regimen…I haven’t had to do any thing special at all.
So, I know blending and matching hair textures with extensions is totally subjective. I obviously can’t speak to whether or not this hair is going to be a perfect match for your curly hair, but if you’ve ever looked at my hair and thought, “her hair looks just like mine” and you’ve been looking for curly extensions to match your hair’s curl texture and curl pattern, Indique BOUNCE Coil Curl is definitely worth looking into.
Side Note: I am not so attached to the length of these extensions. Long hair is fun, but it’s not nearly as important to me as full, thick hair. The fullness of these extensions is what has totally stolen my heart. Lol. Because the hair is such an exact match for my hair’s texture and curl pattern, I am totally considering getting some clip-ins made just so I can add some fullness to my own hair on special occasions.
Care & Maintenance
As I mentioned above, caring for the hair and maintaining my style has been super easy. Because the hair looks and feels so similar to my own hair, I just assumed that it required the same type of care. To keep my own curls looking their best, I basically need to wash, condition, and detangle my hair on a weekly basis. Otherwise it turns in to a dry, frizzy nightmare. I don’t have a hooded dryer, so I like to go to the shop to get my scalp cleansed just to ensure that the braids under the extensions dry completely. But, I’m obviously not going to the salon every week. I just don’t have it like that! Lol. So, in between salon visits, I have been washing, conditioning, and detangling the parts of my own hair that were left out, as well as the length of the extensions.
When I wash the sections of my own hair that were left out, I don’t mind my scalp getting wet , but I really try to avoid completely saturating my scalp and braids when I wash the extensions. To accomplish this, I basically section the hair off into 8 sections, and saturate the length of the hair with a spray bottle. Next, I shampoo the hair one section at a time with Ouidad Cleansing Oil, avoiding the braids and my scalp. I rinse the shampoo with the detachable spray attachment on my kitchen sink, again doing my best not to completely avoid the scalp. Next, I apply Pantene Truly Natural Deep Conditioner and detangle. I let the conditioner sit until I’ve shampooed all of the sections. Once all the sections have been shampooed, I have 8 or so sections of hair that are detangled, twisted up with conditioner, and ready to be rinsed. I untwist all the sections and finger comb the hair one more time just to make sure there are no tangles, and rinse the conditioner out in four large sections, again using the detachable spray attachment on my kitchen sink. So, now my hair is washed, conditioned and detangled. I’m almost done! I apply a little bit of coconut oil to the ends of my hair and the extensions, followed my about a quarter size amount of Kinky Curly Knot Today leave-conditioner all over. The extensions don’t really require any styling products, so I apply Miss Jessie’s Pillow Soft Curls only to the sections of my hair that were left out. Lastly, I part my hair wherever I want, and kinda blend it into the extensions, and that’s it. I let it air dry (which basically takes all day), do a little bit of fluffing, and I’m good to go for about a week.
I know that sounds like a lot, but it’s actually not much different from what I do with my own hair. The hardest part is avoiding getting my scalp completely wet in the process. Don’t ask why I haven’t just gone out and bought a hooded dryer. That would sure be easier! Lol.
One of the first questions people ask about extensions is “does the hair tangle”? Well, with this hair, that question isn’t so black and white. Curly hair tangles. It just does. It’s unavoidable. It wraps around itself, and it tangles. For me the question wasn’t if this hair was going to tangle. I was pretty sure it would. My question was, will I be able to detangle it? Or will it turn into a web that I end up having to cut out of my damn head? (I’ve heard horror stories about curly weaves). Well obviously, I didn’t have to cut the weave out of my head, so you’re right if you assumed that detangling hasn’t been a problem for me. Lol! Again, I have been treating this hair exactly like I treat my own hair. Yes, there have been tangles, but the process of detangling hasn’t been any more difficult than what I do for my hair. I saturate small sections of hair with water and conditioner, and use a denman brush to gently detangle the hair starting at the tips and working my way up to the root. Done and done.
To avoid really bad tangling I just follow the same rules I use for my own hair. I always put my hair up at night, and I sleep on a satin pillowcase. If it’s super windy outside, or I’m going swimming, or doing any other activity that I know is going to have my hair whipping all over my head, I twist or braid it. I never comb the hair out dry. Basically, just follow all the curly hair basics.
Shedding has also not been a problem for me. Aside from the minimal shedding when I wash and detangle my hair, this hair doesn’t seem to shed much at all.
So, there you have it! I know this post is long, but I hope it is helpful! Let me know if you have any questions, or if there was anything that I did not address. If you’re interested in checking out Indique’s hair in person, you should definitely check their website to see if there is a boutique in your city. I’m including information for their Atlanta boutique below! Tell them I sent you
312 N. Highland Ave. NE Suite C
Atlanta, GA 30307
Thanks for stopping by! XOXO.
Photos by Arianna Elizabeth Photography