Who run the world? Not me but I am definitely feeling extra AF about my new weave. This past month I channelled my inner Yonce and had the talented Trianna from Trianna Marie Styling work her magic and give me the hair of my dreams, all with a side of high pony.
I have contemplated extensions over the years, mainly when I have chopped off my long locks. In the past when I have cut my hair off it grows back at rapid speed (generally about a year) and I am back to loving my low maintenance, thick long hair #geneticwin. This time however.....it did not grow as fast, hello blonde life. I started wishing for my long hair again, the ease and versatility of styling it and my beloved top knot. I looked into a few options:
- Clip-ins - NOPE way too much work and rarely look "natural".
- Tape-ins - NOPE the tape-in almost always show when you throw your hair up and I just was not sold on the maintenance of this commitment.
- BBR / Braid-less Weave - YAS, so much yes!
Here is my honest review of the hair that made me feel like Jay-Z is my husband and my life is flawless....ok ok maybe a bit dramatic but I am in LOVE. I will go over customer experience, ordering, install, quality of hair, styling, and cost. I have had them for about 3 weeks! I will do a follow up on quality and getting them tightened after a few more weeks.
Customer Experience & Ordering: Trianna was extremely helpful and responsive when I asked her about 25 questions and wavered on making a decision. She was not pushy, was completely honest about some of the *minor* drawbacks and provided me with an upfront cost right from the beginning. She booked me in for a quick 10 min consult, explained things in detail and did a demo of what her BBR method entails. She has an extremely easy ordering process and uses high quality hair that ships within one week of you saying yes. For me this was a yes, ok maybe, ahhh I don't know, ok YES I swear! She then books you in for a 2 hour appointment where she already has the beautiful hair blended and toned to match your hair. She installs the hair, cuts it to your desired length and styles it....in less than 2 hours?! Say what!
Install & Hair Quality: ggiiiiiirrrrrllllsss this is the BEST part. Total time in Trianna's chair was just under 2 hours as stated above and to me this is gold. Not only is this the most natural method I have encountered, it did not take 4-6 hours as I expected. The first few days Trianna warns you that your head will feel heavy, slightly sore, and well strange. All things rang true for me, my head was sore, it felt uncomfortable sleeping, my head felt about 10lbs heavier and I was thinking......can I handle this heavy a** hair on a full time basis? Fast forward to day 5 and the soreness was gone, the heavy feeling gone, and what was left was dreamy hair that looked like my own just way better. Quality of hair: so far I am finding the quality of the hair to be beautiful. Its as close to my own hair as possible and after 3x washing they still look great. Stay tuned!
Styling & Day to Day Maintenance: Ok so here is the real real of my new mermaid hair. It's work. It's more work than my au natural hair and takes me about 50 minutes to wash, dry, and style my hair. It's heavy at the gym and takes extra work to brush fully each day and sometimes feels slightly itchy close to the where the weave is installed when it needs to be washed. For myself I rarely washed my hair before, once a week to be exact. This has not changed, I only wash my hair once weekly, on a Sunday to allow for time for this process. I am lucky, my hair keeps a style really well and so I really only have to curl it fully once per week and then fix it in 10 minutes or less using some dry shampoo and a wand, easy peasy. It goes into a beautiful high pony like a dream by flipping my head over and nothing shows as far as beading or where the weave is at all. THIS is my favorite thing, I can wear it down, in a half pony, or high pony. For those that have a more oily scalp may want to wash JUST your own hair (you tie your extensions in a low pony) and just wash the top of your hair more often. Do not wash your extensions this often as you paid a lot for this and it will last longer if you wash it minimally. Dry Shampoo will be your new bestie, learn to love it! Final verdict, yes its more high maintenance than just my natural hair, but its FULLY worth it. Disclaimer, if you like to wash your hair everyday or every other day (you cray), then I do not think extensions in any form are for you, girl bye.
Cost: Prepare yourself for a larger number than you likely would like, but as with most things, you really do get what you pay for. The hair Trianna uses is extremely high quality and lasts through several "tightenings" and looks beautiful. Cost will vary depending on length and how many packs you need/want. Personally I have thiiiiccckkk hair so I ordered two packages of 18inch hair and she cut and blended it to suit my taste. Many girls will only require only one pack so keep this in mind. Finally you need to pay for install once and then tightening every 6 weeks. Trianna offers a free consult where she discusses your preferences, what length you want, how many packs you need and how much it will cost for 6 week maintenance, she is very upfront with the cost and this will allow you to let the cost shock settle so you can make an informed decision. Prepare for the Louis Vuitton Neverfull of hair.
A few final things to note, she was able to match my hair color before I arrived and the entire install process was beyond easy, short, and enjoyable. The hair itself is heavy yes and more upkeep than your own hair but if you want thick, long Beyonce status hair its worth it IMO. Washing your hair will need to be reduced which may drive some crazy, not me, dirty hair queen for life! If you are in the market for something new, have been thinking about extensions for a while, and want something that is as "seamless" and natural as possible with fake hair then I recommend checking out www.triannamariestyling.com. I also suggest going and checking out her instagram page for all of her hair transformations! Finally if you mention that you were referred by me you will get $50 off the cost of install! Your wallet will thank-you.
Yours truly in all things New New,