I am extremely particular about what I put on my head. So when a friend of mine invited me to Indique for an event a few weeks ago, the free manicure and the alcohol was more of a draw for me than the hair was because I had already seen the hair that she had purchase.
And although everyone is using the buzz words Remy and Virgin Indian hair, I have my suspicions that some of this hair is just as much of a virgin as I am. Especially since, Virgin hair or hair that has not been processed with any sort of chemicals, preferably coming from one donor, or one person’s head doesn’t have the exact same curl pattern every single batch every single time
unless duh…it’s been processed.
So when the ladies at Indique tried to sell me some virgin Indian hair from their bounce collection I looked at it out of the side of my eye.
Now in all fairness there were some women that I know for buying some premium hair around the city, who were at the event. Not to mooch off the free mani as I was, they were actually repeat customers there for the discounted hair with Indique’s sample sale, And these Ladies swore by the hair.
However judging from the hair that was actually worn by those in attendance who wore Indique hair I wasn’t really all that impressed and damn sure not enough to fork over the $100 and up for an pound of their hair. My girlfriend that bought her hair there had spent over $300.00 for the hair she purchased.
Since I am transitioning from perm to au natural when it comes to my locks and my short haircut has started to grow out a bit, enough to not be able to wear the style I had originally and not long enough for me to cut it into something new and fab, I decide to get me some hair. Since Indique was having a sale. If that’s what you call spending $107.00 a pound for the hair I purchased.
When I buy hair it must match at least Four criteria before I call it Good Hair. And in order of supreme importance.
Shine Shine Shine I hate hate hate shiney looking baby doll hair that looks more like it belongs on Barbie than on my head. I am a black woman, my hair has no real shine to it, It is imperative for your hair blend to make sure you have the same sheen to it as the hair that you are putting in your head.
Texture, This is extremely important when going for a natural looking blend.
Movement Real Hair moves a certain way. It moves like natural hair. It moves when the wind blows it and it isn’t supposed to tangle and bunch up for dear life. If your weave does this it’s not good hair.
A good Color Match- Is good to have when you buy it so that you don’t have the extra step of dying your hair to match the weave, vice versa or both.
So I took my time looking for the hair I was going to buy when in Indique, and I repeatedly asked for the hair with the least sheen in it, well that is totally not what I got when I did purchase the coil curl from Indique’s Bounce Collection.
The hair that didn’t have a sheen to it that I was interested in getting was the Organic Curl hair, was also from the Bounce Collection. However, there was a young lady in there who had an install of the Organic Curl and she told me that it was the worst hair she had ever purchased, and spent over $300 to boot… Yikes. She also told me that their customer service stunk when she tried to give them her opinion on the hair.
Well, I couldn’t be so bothered with that, Actually she stank eyed me as I bought my Coil hair and told me that I had been warned about their curly hair and the only hair that she would be buying from there would be the permed straight hair.
I purchased the Coil hair and installed it. I was way too shiny to look real, PERIOD. So what I had to do was mix it with some of the BSS (beauty supply store) Boheym hair Brazillian texture hair, which is a dead on match for African American hair, however I suspect it is not an actual human’s hair and sheds like heck and and tangles very easily.
I mixed that hair with the hair I got from Indique and was able to pass it off as a hairstyle. Actually it looks pretty good for now.
Soooo….here is my theory on the hair. My girlfriend has had her install in for at least 4 months. However for my taste it is super stringy and doesn’t really blend all that well, as her natural hair is thick and the weave is a little baby doll.
But it moves like natural hair so in that case I know plenty of women that can rock with this.
My hair that I purchased from Wagman’s does the same thing, the negative to that hair is that it’s shiny as well.
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