I decided to do a follow up on the Mane Diva NHA Afro Kinky hair, I wore my first installation of the hair for 6 weeks straight.
Before I carry on with this post, I’m not recommending that anyone should follow my hair practices I did what I did to really put the hair through it’s paces and test it out.
During the six weeks I hydrated and moisturised my leave out and my canerows underneath on a regular basis, I was really scared that I would retain my hair under the tracks but my leave out would break off… so I treated my leave out very well, I moisturised my leave out every single day and the left out portion of my hair from ear to ear (round the back of my head) was kept in flat twists and wound into a tiny bun at the nape of my neck, I didn’t undo the twists to moisturise my hair, I only took the twists out on wash day or if I wore my hair up in a high bun or puff.
The leave out at the front was also twisted the majority of the time and sometimes loosened when I wore a fro, but the hair is so voluminous that I didn’t need to undo my leave out every time I wore my hair down.
As you read in my first review, to keep this hair looking soft and to prevent mega tangling this hair needs to be treated like highly textured hair that grows out of a scalp. Regular moisturising and de-tangling is required the frequency depends on how you wear your hair during the day and how/if you have a good bedtime routine.
I shampooed my hair every 2 weeks while I wore the weave, rinsed my hair whenever I felt like it and deep conditioned after every wash.
Whenever I fully saturated my hair I was standing in the shower directly under the water – never with my head flipped over.
To wash my hair I used a diluted sulphate-free shampoo on my scalp which was dripped on using an applicator bottle, the weave was in a few chunky twists so I could access my scalp easily and not tangle the hair.
I gently used my finger-pads to distribute the shampoo mixture into my canerows then applied some more shampoo mix onto the chunky twists and used the “milking a cow” motion (squeezing and GENTLY pulling downwards) to get the shampoo into the twists.
At no point did I rub the hair, dig my scalp with nails or heavily agitate my canerows not only was this to prevent tangles but also to prevent breakage to my hair underneath from dragging it about too much.
After standing under the jet of water for ages, to rinse all off the shampoo out I deep conditioned my hair + tracks, I used moisture treatments because I had done a protein treatment just before getting the weave installed.
I put a shower cap on and my “Look Great Heat Wrap” for 45 mins before getting back in the shower and rinsing out all traces of product from my hair. I wrapped my hair in an old t-shirt to absorb most of the excess water before doing the L.O.C method on my hair and weave. I let the hair air dry each time I wet it.
As you can see the whole process is quite involved -which is why I only did it fortnightly. If I felt like I need to get rid of product build up or pollen (which was abundant at that time) I just went ahead and rinsed hair by standing under my shower jet.
I wore a few different styles during the time I had the weave in, please excuse the picture quality they are mostly selfies. The hair can be defined or brushed out when fully dry to the touch to get the full Afro effect, I tried chiney bumps a couple of times but they didn’t dry on time so they were fluffy which is my fault but the twist outs turned out really nicely. Although I don’t have any photos (sorry) I flat ironed the hair 3 times not to wear as a style because I didn’t want to use heat on my leave out, but just to test if the hair would revert every time- which it did.
During the last two weeks of wearing the hair, I intentionally treated it very badly, I didn’t twist it up at night, wear a bonnet, moisturise it or detangle it before going to sleep, I wore a folded satin scarf around my head to protect my left-out hair. In the mornings the hair was a mess but I was able to spritz it and detangle it before going out and it still looked presentable.
On the last 2 days I literally did nothing to the hair and wore a hat when I went out during the day. When I tried to remove the tracks I could not detangle it at all so I carefully cut through all the stitches and took the hair off like a wig, the weave was in a state one huge dread lock I could not separate it at all.
I dumped it all in a big plastic bowl and squeezed Tresemme Naturals Conditioner all over it before adding warm water and leaving it in the bowl for a day, then I panicked and consulted YouTube for how to detangle used weave – I then panicked some more because the ENTIRE interwebsuperhighway told me that putting water on it would make it tangle up even more! I flew home from work that day and drained the water out but to be honest the water/conditioner mix had done what I thought it would do which was to soften the hair enough for me to separate the tracks. I ended up with 3 separate pieces which was what had been installed, I didn’t have to cut through my wefts at all, I then coated each weft in cheapie conditioner from Savers and painstakingly combed and brushed through ALL of the hair under my shower jet- the entire process took about 3 hours but I didn’t lose much hair doing it like this, you could do it much more quickly I’m sure- but you would lose hair by ripping through it with your tools.
I spread the wefts out in my bathroom and let them air dry loose, when they were dry, I out them on skirt hangers and put them in my wardrobe to stay detangled until my next install.
3 weeks later I decided I wanted to colour the hair a bright vibrant colour…
I knew that since the weave is a natural 1b colour I would need to bleach the hair first in order to get the colour to show up as brightly as I wanted it to.
I had consulted the mighty YT and watched several videos on bleaching and colouring hair before my holiday so I had already bought the extra items I needed from Ebay.
This is what I bought:
Dcash Hair Dye Platinum Blonde White Toner + Bleach (40%)
Adore Purple Rage Colour.
I also used items I already had around the house:
Tresemme Naturals Conditioner
Plastic Recycling Bags
Raggedy Old Clothes
Plastic Bowl and Spoon
The technique I used mainly came from the video below, I did not want to damage my own hair by bleaching it in order to match the weave -so I decided to do an “ombre” effect and not colour the entire length of the strands.
But as you will see I didn’t feel the need to get my hair as light as this young lady did, I also only bleached my hair extension twice for a total of 2.5 hours.
After I washed the bleach out, the bleached portion of the hair felt quite straw-like and “trashy” like chewed up sugar cane but I resisted the temptation to deep condition it straight away because I knew that the colour would “take” better on unconditioned hair. I towel dried, then lay the hair on large plastic bags before mixing some of the Adore Purple Rage hair colour with a squeeze of conditioner to lighten the shade a bit. I tried an ombre effect by using undiluted hair colour on the middle third of the hair and used the diluted colour on the very ends of the hair. I left the colour on the hair over night and rinsed it out in the morning until the water ran clear. My last step was to saturate the coloured tracks in conditioner put them in a sandwich bag and zap the soggy hair in the microwave for 2 mins, I then wrapped the bundle in a towel and left it for an hour to deep condition, after this the hair felt really soft and back to normal.
That was 2 weeks ago now and Iv’e been wearing the coloured hair since then, the coloured section has tangled up more than before but I just make sure I moisturise it well twice a day and that has cut down on the tangles.
I’ve also used heat on the coloured hair, by doing wand curls and I’m pleased to report that the hair curled well, and reverted again back to it’s original texture.
I can say that this hair is very good value for money and has been able to handle everything I’ve thrown at it so far, I think the main thing is to make sure the hair is hydrated and if you get serious tangles conditioner and patience are your best friends!
It was a long process but I’m glad I did it, what do you think of my “new” purple hair?
I bought all of the products mentioned in this post with my own money – including the hair.
Thanks for reading