July 01, 2014

How to Pop Your Curls Tutorial

Getting your Hautelocks™ curly hair to maintain its lusciousness is very easy, assuming you know how! We are posting this video as a guide to help you pop your curls so your Hautelocks™ hair always looks as beautiful as the day of your first install! Please post any questions or comments below. Thanks!

 

May 09, 2014

What is a closure and how do I care for it?

Recently, we have received a lot of questions from people about how to care for their closure and how they can prevent balding. Many women are also concerned that closures will make them look "wiggy". We wanted to post this blog to help answer some of these questions. When it comes to the question of the most natural look, leaving hair out or getting a partial unit are great ways to have the most natural look to your extensions. But in the event your hair doesn’t match your hair extensions or you don't have the necessary hair growth for a leave out, a closure piece is the best solution.

 

A closure piece is a small piece of lace fabric, usually about 3.5”x4”, with individual strands of hair ventilated through and knotted directly to the lace. Silk closures have a layer of silk as well as a layer of lace. Silk closures tend to be a little thicker than lace, but have a more realistic scalp-like appearance due to the silk fabric. Fabric dye is used to tint the silk to match the wearers skin tone. To give a lace closure the appearance of growing out of ones scalp, the knots will need to be lightened by one of many techniques, the lace tinted to match the skin tone, and often a fabric placed underneath to mimic a scalp. Lace closures are thinner, but some people do not prefer the lace grids that are noticeable up close. One closure isn’t better than the other, it is truly personal preference. Silk closures take more labor to create and are more expensive, but they are also more delicate. Lace closures have a longer lifespan, are flatter, but take more work to make look natural.  You should also seek your stylists recommendation to see which closure he/she is more familiar working with.

 

When women think their closure looks "wiggy", that is typically attributed to head shape and/or application. For users with unique head shapes, often times lace closures are more effective because they tend to be more flexible. Your stylist experience with closures also plays a major role in how natural your closure will look.

 

Due to the delicate nature of closures, it is important to take extra care to prevent damage in the from of balding. Balding is when your closure begins to have a spot where the hairs have come out of the base creating a balding appearance. This can be caused by, but not limited to, excessive tugging, brushing/combing, scratching with fingernails or foreign objects, applying product directly on the closure, rough handling, or vigorous washing. Closures while mimicking a real scalp, they cannot be treated like a real scalp. You must handle with care. Each hair is individually ventilated into the base, knotted and secured with a strong adhesive. Based on the construction of a closure, you should comb/brush the hair from the ends, working your way up to the root while hold the hair at the root to prevent tension. Hair loss on closures is relatively easy because it is not wefted like extensions. Improper care of your closure will cause balding and unfortunately there is no way to fix this.

 

Feel free to leave comments or questions and we will answer them as quickly as possible! Please post your questions here instead of emailing so that others can learn from your question.

 

Thanks for reading!

SILK CLOSURE (install by @uhmanda_b)

 

 

LACE CLOSURE (install by @uhmanda_b)

January 03, 2014

Hautelocks: The Beginning

We are so proud to present to you our behind the scenes look at our first ever photo shoot featuring some of the most beautiful women of South Florida.

Hautelocks: The Beginning

December 21, 2013

Tight Curl Maintenance

This is an example of one of our favorite stylist's tight curl product regimen. Because hair comes from different donors who have their own hair characteristics, products are not standard for all hair types. These products are a recommendation based on what has worked for her over the past years with her Mongolian tight curl. These products may or may not work in achieving the particular look or effect you desire so it is best to do research and sample different products to determine what works best for you.

We get a ton of inquiries about how to maintain curly hair extensions. It does take a little more work than straight or our body wave hair extensions. We wanted to put information here on our blog with some of the best hair care tips for curly hair extensions.

 

Step one: Soak hair fully and condition it.

Step two: Comb through with big tooth comb.

Step three : While still slightly damp add the following in this order :

Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula Moisture Gro

Shea Moisture Style Milk

Eco Styler Gel

(all products can be found at Walmart, Target or Walgreens)

Step four : Styling - using a soft bristle brush, brush your curls into the extension so when the curl starts to dry the patterns form into each other. KEY STEP!!! LET YOU HAIR DRY BEFORE FLUFFING/STYLING ETC.. IF YOU MESS WITH IT WHILE ITS WET YOUR HAIR WILL SEPERATE. If you want your hair to be BIG, skip the gel and let it dry and fluff as it dries. If you want more of a wet unified look, add more hair milk and gel.

MAINTENANCE: Ladies once you realize there is no such thing as easy hair, you will begin your journey into the realm of hair greatness. This hair sheds minimally even if you cut your wefts. With curly hair, you have to understand its style of shedding. If you do not regular brush and tie your hair down it will get tangled as any hair which will results in knots which curly hair is twice as prone to doing. So take the proper steps to ensure your hair stays laid and brush and wrap it up.

 

Originally posted by Sasha R on her blog:

http://iamsashar.com/home/?p=397