Wigs are a busy girl’s best friend. Whether you’re a carpool driving and couples game night hosting wife and mother or a single college student trying to cram four years of study groups and coffee runs into three one thing is for certain-a wig can save you valuable time. But while this low maintenance styling option can relieve some serious styling pressure it still requires a little TLC. We tapped celebrity hair stylist and Lucid Bliss founder Tiffany Lamb to give some tips on how she prepares her clients including “Power” actress Naturi Naughton, “Refill” songstress Elle Varner, and "Girls Trip" star Tiffany Haddish for getting the hollywood treatment on their (often removable) hair.
1. Keep it Clean
Tiffany doesn’t allow her clients to neglect undercare. She stated “the first thing is definitely keeping your hair clean. You need to be washing your hair. You want to make sure that your hair is clean before putting the wig on. A lot of time people put wigs on and think because it’s an easy go-to style they can do whatever but keeping your hair healthy up under the wig is the most important thing. What I have my clients do is come in and get their hair washed at least once a week.”
2. Lay Then Play
She believes that a strong start will ensure a flawless style saying “Braiding the hair under the wig is important as well. The foundation is important. You want it to be natural and look as flat as possible. So having your hair braided in the proper size braids is very important. And if you’re wearing lace wigs parting it right is important as well. If you’re wearing a middle part it’s important to part your hair down the middle when braiding it down, because you want that part to match up with your natural part to make your hair look as realistic as possible. That goes for side parts as well and hair length doesn’t matter. I have clients whose hair is short and they still part it where the wig’s part is perfectly.”
3. Don’t Forget The Details
While some stylists advocate for physically sewing together the braids in preparation for wig application Lamb says paying attention to hair texture prevents those extra measures from being necessary saying “No matter what I pay attention to hair texture. For someone who has fine hair it’s okay to for them to get a regular cornrow. But for someone who has thick hair they should be getting their hair under braided. It makes your hair very flat so you don’t need all that. I don’t braid all of the braids together. I don’t want the hair to be so tight. That’s the whole point of wearing a wig. You want to feel free and loose.”
4. Choose Custom
One size fits all wigs may be more affordable but they’re certainly not the most comfortable Lamb says “You shouldn’t be getting a headache. We all know if our hair is too tight. If you have to keep popping an Advil or something like that, the wig is too tight. What makes a custom wig special is it fits your exact head shape. If fits perfectly. If I was to give you my wig it wouldn’t fit. A Lot of time people aren’t properly measuring. If you measure properly you don’t need anything else. Also the number one mistake I see with lace front wigs is the lace color and the hair line! They drive me crazy! With any style weave or wig it’s supposed to look as natural as possible. Some people they I don’t know what they be doing! Anything custom is going to fit you nice. It’s going to fit you to a tee! It’s just like buying a custom suit. It fits you better than a suit out of the store! That's what makes it so special. It fits you and it fits you properly.”
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The best part about our hair extensions is it's easy to install. But, just because you can easily latch and hook on your own doesn’t mean you don’t deserve a little luxury! Getting your hair done can turn you into a whole new woman! After all, who doesn’t need a break from their routine? For years women of color have been conditioned to feel that visiting a salon in somehow a chore--a wasted day. We’ve traded truth bombs as we cracked jokes about doubled booked appointments and excessive dryer times. Luckily with the launch of targeted pop-up shops and innovative apps you’ve got more choices than ever. Looking to switch things up? Here are five things to consider before choosing a new salon home.
1. Wifi Access
Today we’ve got to stay connected 24/7. There’s nothing worse than missing a major e-mail or not being able to catch up on your instastories because you’re out of data and afraid to refresh. Stay in the loop while you’re keeping it cute by choosing a salon with courtesy wireless access.
2. The Quality of Its Recommendations
Growing up, a favorite aunt of mine was prone to saying “consider the source” and nowhere is this advice more prudent than with hairdresser suggestions. Your co-worker’s cousin might have been cool that one time you guys met up for a group happy hour but do you really want someone with no edges recommending someone to maintain yours? Yea didn’t think so.
That $49 full install might seem like it’s a good value but a couple of trim and deep condition fees later you might wish you had shopped around. Consider what’s important to you and ask questions before you make a commitment.
4. Availability of Additional Services
Nothing beats the convenience of a one-stop shop. Consider choosing a salon that offers facials, eyebrow threading, or other services that are vital to your beauty routine so that you can save time and possibly some coins!
5. Willingness to Accept Input
A quality stylist will welcome inquiries about the products and techniques his or her salon uses and not spurn them. Make sure to pick a salon that will respect and address your questions and concerns about your hair’s health. If a salon’s staff makes you feel like you’re being annoying they’re probably not the place for you.
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Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu have given us so much access to original content that some have stated that we are living in the golden age of television. But the convenience of streaming services clearly aren't the only welcome change to the medium. Representations of beauty are more diverse than ever as people of color have stepped behind the camera and in front of the storyboards to share their two cents. Thanks to this, black women and the protective styles we love have been front and center. These three television heroines are making primetime history by reflecting real beauty standards.
Beth, This Is Us (Tuesdays 8pm EST NBC)
With her blunt personality and low maintenance micro braids Beth is totally equipped to handle any crisis facing her colorful family. She tends to the hair of her daughters as if it's the most natural thing in the world (because it is). Bonus? She isn't afraid to sleep next to that fine money making husband of hers with a scarf on her head. If that's not real I don't know what is.
Rainbow Johnson, Blackish ( Wednesdays 9pm EST ABC)
This doctor and mother of four may not be the world's greatest cook but she can lay some edges. She is always embracing her hair's versatility by switching up her style. Like her eldest daughter Zoe she can rock styles like halo and box braids, perm rods, blowouts, and more all within the same season! We're excited to see how she looks to protective styling as she gets further along in her character's pregnancy. If you're a busy mom check out what Unlikely Martha has to say about our crotchet twists here.
Mary Jane Paul, Being Mary Jane ( Tuesdays 10pm EST BET)
We were all Mary Jane Paul when her stylist flaked on her after she had already taken her weave out! She may keep it cool when the lights are on but her hectic off camera lifestyle requires the convenience of her signature sew-in. We love that she's not afraid to school her co-workers on the importances of edge control and that she styles her niece's tresses with such care. Now if only we could help homegirl get a baby of her own....
Since starting Latched and Hooked beauty, we've been on a crusade to spread the word about our intentions on creating a brand that's geared to designing chemically free, synthetic hair extensions for black women (and note we do not make any apologies for creating hair extensionas for a particular group of women).
Our CEO Tiffini Gatlin, reached out to lifestyle blogger and mom of 2, Mimi of Unlikely Martha after noticing her occassional mentions of wanting to create a different hairstyle for herself, but was undecided and defiantely wasn't considering protective styling.
Tiffini set out to not only change her mind about protective styling using the crochet method, but wanted to educate Mimi on how this low manipulation hair style would free up so much of her time in the mornings as well as reimagine her entire sleep routine.
Six weeks later, Mimi is not only still rocking her Zoe Bohemian crochet twists, but she's sharing her personal experience with our product and several ways she's been rocking her twists.