Throwback Thursday: Hair Edition

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Yaya, model turned actress gave us life this past September in her Instyle fashion spread.

She effortlessly posed for Instyle magazine in beautiful garments from Valentino, Marc Jacob, Marni & Louis Vouitton. But it was her big hair that caught our eye.  Ever since her journey on America’s Next Top Model to her role in Lee Daniels movie, The Butler, Yaya has been known as the girl with the fro.

Relive Yaya’s natural beauty and perfect fro below.

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Can You Dye Human Hair Extensions?

ombre-hair-color-2013-4Human hair extensions can transform your look and allow you to change and try out new hairstyles. Virgin hair extensions are the longest lasting extensions, and can be worn for a year or longer. Some women who wear human hair weaves wonder whether it’s safe to dye their human hair extensions.
Yes, you can dye your human hair extensions!

You can do anything with human hair extensions that you can do to your natural hair. This includes dyeing, cutting, heat styling and chemically processing your human hair. Many weave wearers dye extensions to get an exact match to their natural hair color. Things to remember when dyeing your human hair extensions:

Do a strand test first. Even though you can dye your hair extensions, you should first test to see how they will handle the coloring process. Mix the dye as directed, then apply to one small strand or section of the hair. Take note of the end result before continuing to dye the rest of your hair.

Virgin hair extensions are the best type of weaves for dyeing. Because virgin hair extensions have not been chemically processed in any way, they can be dyed with minimal damage to the hair. While it’s best to avoid overly harsh chemicals, virgin hair extensions can be lightened or darkened as natural hair. Experts advise that you don’t attempt to dye non-virgin hair weaves. These hair extensions have been chemically treated, stripping the strand to its weakest. They are generally not strong enough to be dyed.

It may take multiple applications to lighten your hair extensions. To dye black extensions to blonde or light brown color, you must first strip the hair of its natural color. Then you must bleach the hair to the desired shade. This may take more than one try to get to the right color. As usual, do a strand test first to avoid ending up with a head full of orange locks.

Just as strong chemicals can strip and damage your natural hair, harsh chemicals can also damage your human hair extensions beyond repair. Empress Virgin human hair weaves have the cuticle layer intact. This outer layer of the strand gives the hair its natural shine and body. By using chemical dyes that are too strong for the hair you can strip the cuticle, making your extensions weak, dull and brittle.

Can the staff at Empress Luxury Hair dye my virgin hair extensions for me? SURE! Empress Luxury Virgin hair extensions can be dyed in a wide variety of colors with our Color Me Services. With a little help from our staff, you can go from dull to vibrant in an instant without worrying about dyeing the hair at home. Email us at empresshairco@gmail.com today!

Hot Hair Alert: Blac Chyna

Kim Kardashian and Blac Chyna get their eyebrows touched up

Spotted this weekend was unlikely pair, Kim K and Blac Chyna. In casual attire the two ladies accompanied one another for some eyebrow grooming. The two hip hop girlfriends  seem to be building a close friendship. Kim Kardashian was also seen grabbing lunch with then blonde, Blac Chyna last week.

However, the real story here is Blac Chyna’s fire engine red hair. We love the bold pop of color. Is it a yay or nay for you?

Send us your favorite celebrity hair look and we will match the look for you. Email empresshairco@gmail.com today.

Blac Chyna and KimKardashian at  Topanga Canyon Mall, near Kimye's Calabasas mansion.

Blac Chyna and Kim Kardashian at Topanga Canyon Mall, near Kimye’s Calabasas mansion.

How to Safely Remove Your Hair Weave

Crazy Hair WeaveTaking a weave out can be tedious, especially if you’ve gotten used to rocking that weave for some time. However, if you do not take them down properly you can cause breakage and lose a lot of hair and length.  Here are our tips for how to safely take down your weave.

Wash Your Locks and Condition Them Prior to Removal – Just like you would condition your locks prior to getting your hair colored, it’s important to wash and condition your hair to prep it for when you’ll be taking your weave out too. Cleaner hair is not only easier to work with, but hair that has enough moisture will be less dirty too.

Removing Bonded or Glued Hair Weave Extensions – To remove your bonded/glued hair weave you will need to coat the roots of your hair in oil. The oil will cause the hair to become slick, allowing the hair extensions to work their way off of your natural hair. Continue to massage the oil into your hair until your hair weaves have completely detached from your hair. Get in the shower or bath and thoroughly wet your hair. Once your hair is wet, begin applying a small amount of detangle shampoo. Massage the roots of your hair, but don’t be too rough as this could cause your hair to loosen and fall out.

Use a comb to work the glue out of your hair. Start at the tips of your hair and work towards your roots. This may seem a bit strange at first, but it will help prevent your hair from pulling out. Keep washing and combing your hair until you feel that the glue has been thoroughly removed from your hair and scalp. Finally, rinse your hair clean. If you feel that some glue is still clinging to your hair, than you may want to comb a few more times. Always comb from the tip of the hair to your scalp to prevent pulling out your hair.

Taking Down a Hair Weave Extensions Sew-In – Once you have removed the extensions from your braided base, lubricate your hair with an oil like grapeseed or olive. As you take down your cornrows, make sure you are pulling your fingers all the way through from the roots to the ends of your hair.  Leaving any of your hair intertwined is one of the biggest mistakes you can make when taking down your weave. Because your hair has been braided for several weeks, all of your natural shed hairs did not have an opportunity for removal.  As you unbraid, use your fingers to continually detangle and remove shed hair.

If it becomes too difficult enlist help from a friend.  Dedicate a few hours to this task and do not even begin to take down your weave if you are in a rush. It may take time and you may find yourself getting frustrated, but you need to treat your tresses with love. You don’t want them damaged, you want them in excellent condition! So think of the results and not the current situation.

Long Locks Cheat Sheet: Tips for Growing Your Hair

169659110932812294_CtE2dre2_c_largeIf you’ve turned on a television, looked on Instagram, seen a movie or opened a magazine lately, you know that long, thick, healthy hair is pretty much mandatory if you want to rock this season’s it ‘do. Catching a glimpse of Nicki Minaj’s long, natural hair under the weave, or drooling over Chili’s perfect coif doesn’t have to involve wishful thinking. If you take proper care of your hair, from the inside to the ends, you may not land a spot on a Pantene commercial but you can maximize your mop’s potential. In the meantime, even the finest hair can go thick with human hair extensions *wink wink.

PRODUCT SCREENING

It doesn’t take much more than a Google search for harmful chemicals to teach even the novice information seeker a thing or two about the toxins that are put in everyday products. According to Livestrong.com, chemicals like parabens, acrylamide, 1,4-dioxane and selenium sulfide could have caused tumors in animal test subjects, and some have been found to be potential carcinogens. Many environmentalists have devoted websites that recommend eco-friendly clothing and beauty projects.

DON’T BLOW TOO HARD

Did you know using too much heat can destroy your hair cuticles and burn your locks just as it would scorch your skin? Although it’s sometimes hard to get around blow-drying, try to avoid doing it on a daily basis. Give those natural oils on your scalp time to recuperate. When you do turn to a dryer, be sure to go ionic.

Instead of blow-drying, let your hair air-dry in a twist out or sit under a hooded dryer. Or for less heat – wrap hair in a towel for 20 minutes, then take it down and detangle with a wide-tooth brush or comb. Shake out your hair and put it back into the towel (don’t hurt yourself). Repeating this process a few times should get your hair almost as dry as a blower. It might not leave your hair looking as sleek, but that’ll just give you an excuse to smooth with some argan oil to further nourish the hair.

DIET DOS FOR YOUR ‘DO

Your hair is only a partial reflection of how you treat your body. Getting the right nutrients can make a long-term difference on its health and appearance. A diet rich in lean proteins like chicken, nuts and seeds gives your hair a shot of what it needs to be strong and healthy. While protein reinforces hair strength, B-complex vitamins and essential fatty acids help it retain its sheen and luster. Whole grains help supply vitamin B, while salmon, soy and pumpkin seeds are a good source of essential fatty acids.

While there is no one single way to ensure your dream hair, subtle changes and tricks of the trade can help give you the best hair your body can grow.

No Sweat: How to Gym-Proof Your Hair Extensions

Black-Hair-ExerciseIf you’re anything like us – you’ll be breaking all of your diet rules this Thanksgiving holiday. But after we chow down on those three plates of food.. Everyone is ready to exercise! And yet, with treadmills and metabolisms firing up, the heat is also rising on scalps and hair – and this can be disastrous for your virgin Empress Luxury Hair extensions. No sweat, though; you can still have it all by simply using a little inside knowledge about how to preserve and save your hair weave while exercising.

First and foremost, keep hair extensions as dry as possible by sweeping them away from your neck and forehead. Salty sweat is acidic and can dry out and damage your virgin Indian hair extensions. So pull tresses into topknots, buns, or ponytails – not low ones, to keep hair off the neck – or clip or wrap hair away. If wrapping your locks to keep them dry, keep hair in place with two separate wraps or scarves: one made of breathable mesh or satin (to secure hair in the wrap), topped by a simple cotton bandanna that absorbs and wicks away sweat. This tip will especially keep your head warm in winter!

However, when styling hair extensions for the gym, don’t pull too hard. Severe ponytails will slowly but surely pull out your hair extensions, and too much tugging on sewn-in tracks is a surefire way to loosen your braids or weaving base, frizzing up your look and cutting your style short. Aim for loose, sexy gym styles that let hair breathe and sweat evaporate.

Furthermore, avoid or shorten trips to the sauna or steam room, and try to wear a swimming or bathing cap to stop frizz before it starts. Moisture will poof out any hairstyle over time.

If you have them, make sure to remove clip-on hair extensions before working out. It sounds simple, but many ladies just refuse to do it. Fight this urge! Removing clip-on hair pieces is the easiest way to keep the hair from getting sweaty, dirty, or matted, and cuts down on the amount of washing and handling you need to do on your tracks.

Also avoid bonding or gluing in hair when you plan to be active. Chemical bonding glues can react badly with sweat and under heat, so you don’t want to chance it; save these types of weaves for weekends or other short-term applications when you won’t be exercising.

On the other hand, though, fusion applications can be fine for active women, so long as you are especially careful when pulling fusion hair into ponytails. The edges of your hair are the first to loosen, and you don’t want to speed up this process, so be gentle!

Of course, these are the same tips you should follow for any kind of hair extensions, whether sewn-in wefts, individual braids, or a wig. Your Empress Luxury Hair extensions are an investment in your beauty, just like your hours in the gym or on the track. Don’t let your weave keep you from working out. Keep your whole look together by protecting your hair weaves and pieces, and you’ll get through this year’s holiday season on the right foot (and strand).