Proactive Styles And Other Alternatives And In Between Hair Care Products

Protective styles and alternatives are good when you want to take a break from your natural or relaxed hair! However, when wearing these styles such as quick weaves, sew-ins, crochet, wigs, etc., you must still take care of your own hair in between. Depending on which protective style you get and if maintained properly, these styles can last from 2-8 weeks. Normal install, includes a stocking cap, hair adhesive and hair razor scissors. Your stylist will make sure your hair is clean and dry before placing the cap on your hair.  Placing a cap on wet or damp hair can cause mold to develop on your scalp. If a deep condition and or protein treatment is overdue, your stylist will take care of it before they install your quick weave. The cost to get a quick weave installed varies and is based on the style and not that expensive.  If you want to cut costs, Google some YouTube videos and DIY, just make sure you know what you’re doing!  Below are some Proactive styles to try, quick, simple, easy and versatile. Also, some product suggestions for taking care of your hair in between. (FYI: Hairstyles created by and pictures provided by Hair Stylist Crystal Smith, other photos are from my website provider.  Information provided via my own research from Google, Youtube and my own observation and inquiries and styles created on me by Crystal.

Quick Weave

Hair Type: Tara Weave

Tara Hair is the type of weave to buy or the style to request.  Tara hair is short pre-cut hair and usually comes in a container of  3 levels. It's a quick and simple process if you're going for the pixie look. 

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Hair Type: Blunt Cut Bob

A Blunt Cut Bob is super edgy and it's even better as a quick weave bob. The great thing about a blunt quick weave bob is you can alternate the bluntness of the bob without manipulating your real hair.

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Hair Type: Crotchet

Both crochets and weaves are ways of adding hair extensions to your own hair.  The main difference between the two methods lies in how the extensions are added. With the crochet method, loose hair is hooked onto a crochet needle, pulled under a cornrow, then knotted to keep it in place.  The crochet method is usually done with loose synthetic hair which is pretty inexpensive.  The best thing about crochets, they’re more DIY friendly. If you know how to cornrow, all you have to do is loop the loose synthetic hair through your cornrows and pull it through and then repeat.  My daughter tried this method and like the model below, it came out absolutely fantabulous!

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Hair Extensions, Braids, Clip-ons and Rainbow Hair

Hair extensions are created equal and it's for anyone.  They instantly can make your hair more beautiful and interesting.  Hair extensions will give you length, volume, and even a pop of color.   With a little bit of creativity, you can easily make your hair a fashion statement!  Check out these cool looks, provided by Wix.

HAIR BRAIDS WITH A POP OF COLOR

Purple Micro Braids

COLORFUL, HAIR CLIP ONS

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BEAUTIFUL, LONG PONYTAIL HAIR EXTENSION 

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BEAUTIFUL, LONG HAIR EXTENSIONS

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HAIR SWATCHES AVAILABLE IN REAL OR SYNTHETIC

Hair Extension Colors

So many options, right?  Last but not least wigs.  Check out my custom-made wig by Crystal.   I love the way wigs can give you different looks.  I went from day to night in 2 days.  The first pix was taken a day after my sister's wedding and the last one was taken the night of the wedding.  What an amazing transformation!  Wigs are not for everyone so if you want a new look and wig shops are not your cup of tea, then find a wigologist in your area.  Have them custom make one that compliments the shape of your head and beautiful face.  Just know that it's not the cheapest alternative.  However, I can tell you this; it's worth every penny because it lasts longer and can be washed, curled or straightened depending on the type of hair and how many times you wear it.  Mine, I've only worn it 3 times on special occasions and I've maintained it for a couple of years now.  Honestly, I have 6 wigs including my one custom wig.  LOL!  Hey, you only live once right?  So go get your wig on!   Don't forget, taking care of your hair in between do's is essential as well.  Please see below some of my favorite go-to products...  

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Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Shampoo by Shea Moisture for Unisex - 13 oz Shampoo

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I love Shea Moisture's Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore shampoo because it protects my hair and when it's dry it adds moisture and shine.  Also good for damaged and chemically processed hair.  I found out when I had dyed and processed my hair so it may be perfect for you if you regularly color, straighten, perm or use a hot comb on your hair. Now that I've gone natural, it works great on my course curly locks. LOL! yes, of course!  Anyway, it works for me, I hope it works for you.

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Shea Moisture Mongongo & Hemp Seed Oils High Porosity Moisture-Seal Finishing Elixir

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After washing and conditioning my hair, I follow it up with, Shea Moisture High Porosity Moisture-Seal Finishing Elixir has been formulated using ultra-hydrating Mongongo and Hemp Seed Oils to make your hair shine even on the days between two washes. High Porosity hair is moisture resistant, brittle and easily breakable. The split ends are a result of open hair cuticles which lose moisture almost as soon as it is absorbed. This damages your hair and makes it look like a rough, tangled, unmanageable mess. Shea Moisture High Porosity Moisture-Seal Finishing Elixir is infused with enriching Mongongo and Hemp Seed Oils which seals in moisture by closing hair cuticles leaving you with smooth, manageable curls which shine.  Natural ingredients like fortified Baobab Proteins and Apple Cider Vinegar are blended together with certified organic Shea Butter to make Shea Moisture High Porosity Moisture-Seal Finish Elixir the perfect spray to instantly hydrate your highly porous hair and makes it smooth and lustrous.

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Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen/Grow and Restore Leave-in Conditioner, 16 Ounce

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I can't forget the Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow and Restore Leave-in Conditioner it's fortified with certified organic raw Shea butter to ensure that your curls get all the care they deserve.  Loaded with reparative properties of Jamaican Black Castor Oil and protective care of rich coconut oil, this leave-in conditioner restores strength to dry, brittle, chemically treated, heat-styled hair. Certified organic raw shea butter delivers nourishing hydration which restores the natural health and shine of curls. Get ready to flaunt naturally gorgeous, smooth, frizz-free curls!

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Curls Blueberry Bliss Hair Growth Oil, 4 Ounces

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Because I have Alopecia, in between washes I use Curls Blueberry Bliss Hair Growth oil along with Rogaine for women at least 3 times a week.  It's formulated with certified organic Blueberry Extract, Pomegranate Seed, Argan and Gardenia Flower Oil.  Curls Blueberry Bliss Hair Growth Oil helps repair and restore damaged hair, helps prevent breakage and helps enhance your hair.  It’s all about healthy hair!  Recommended for damaged curly, very curly and kinky hair. Curls Blueberry Bliss Hair Growth Oil, 4 Ounces. 

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I am bold, unafraid and fabulous! I'm almost 54 and I have Androgenic Alopecia which is sudden hair loss due to hormonal changes.  Although it's in other areas, it's mostly on the crown of my head.  This condition in some cases, can not be cured but it's treatable. It's been a very slow and long process for me. In the areas where I lost my hair, it may never fully grow back. Eyebrows and all! Argh! On top of that about a few years ago, I had surgery on my head to remove a huge lump. Thank God it was Benign. Hello, new bald spot!!!  Imagine being a woman and losing your hair!! I feel for cancer patients and anyone losing their hair for any reason. Anyone who knows me, knows I've always been very self-conscious of my hair\head. I was teased and bullied as a child. I use to cry a lot because kids can be so cruel, adults too. With that insecurity, I developed a complex so I always wore a bang. I've rocked a bang forever. Then came the grey hair!! It started in my 20's. Needless to say, I resorted to using hair dyes. Then I started losing my hair in my late 30's so I spent years doing the Trump comb-over!! Lol! I was so over it, so last year I said enough and I shaved it off. It was a very hard decision for me. I was so depressed and uncertain of the reaction I would receive. I simply got tired of being a slave to it. Best decision I ever made! Baldhead, don't care, short hair don't care! When I had hair, my stylist did an amazing job, now she does an amazing job keeping it shaved and even. I love my bright grey, blended black hair! It has a mind of its own! Lol! November 2018, I had my big reveal on social media. It was well-received. Some may like it, some may not but I don't care what people think anymore! I love my newfound beauty. I love my natural grey hair and my wigs! With that being said, I want to thank my family and friends who would tell me all the time that I'm beautiful, who support and encourages me. Thank you!  With Rogaine for women, Curls Blueberry Bliss Hair Growth Oil, and Difeel Different Feel Biotin Premium Hair Oil, I can say that I see some progress.  I still have a long way to go but I'm thankful for the results I see now. 

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Difeel Pro-Growth products are Fortified, strengthening formulas infused with Biotin, a water-soluble vitamin that's a part of the vitamin B family. Biotin plays an important role in the health of your hair, skin, and nails. A lack of Biotin can lead to hair loss.

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