Know Your Wig Caps

“Munah, I’d really love to get a wig from you but I have this fear that it will fall off my head while I am on a bike or if the wind blows too hard.”

This is one excuse I get from a lot of prospective clients. I have tried over and over to convince them that custom-made wigs will never give you such a problem because they are crafted for your head.

Wigs have come to stay! They are one of the simplest, stress-free ways to switch up your hairstyle anytime, anyday. Whether it be synthetic or human hair, long or pixie, straight or curly, with or without closure/frontal, weaves, crotcheted or braided, there is a wig for every occasion and expression.

Every structure must have a foundation, so it is with wigs. The foundation of making the wig happens to be the kind of wig cap you use. Different styles call for different caps. However, a particular cap can be used to create diverse styles.

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  1. Braided wig cap (Suitable for full wigs) – Commercially appropriate.
  2. Mesh cap (Suitable for crotchet) – Not commercially appropriate
  3. Stocking cap (Suitable for quick weave wigs) – Not commercially appropriate
  4. Dome Cap (Suitable for various styles) – Commercially appropriate
  5. Adjustable Mesh cap (Suitable for various styles) -Commercially appropriate
  6. Breathable Adjustable cap (Suitable for full wigs) – Commercially appropriate.
  7. U-Part wig cap (Suitable for wigs with parts) – Commercially appropriate.
  8. Full Lace Cap ( Suitable for all weave style) – Pricey, yet commercially appropriate.

Each of these caps can be customized to individual tastes.

Watch out for my next article. Till then know that “Creativity is Contagious, pass it on”. Xoxo

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Throwback Thursday

Hola,

How are y’all doing today?

Since,  its throwback Thursday, i just wanna share a memory with you.

See that wig above?  That was the 6th wig i made. The unusual thing about it is that i did it under 4hrs before attending a wedding the same day.

😮😱 Exactly the reaction i got cos it kinda turned out so well (if i do say so myself).

When i started out , i didn’t have a mannequin or any wig making tool.

The picture above is that of the first wig i ever made. I used a throw pillow as my mannequin but i was unbothered about it cause i had just found my forte.
From a throw pillow,  i moved to a styrofoam head (see below)

And then to a plastic mannequin

And i also got better with more practice.

If you’d like to see other pictures of the wigs i have made, check my instagram page @monarhairxpress.

Remember that “Creativity is inventing, experimenting, grwoing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun.”

Catch you on the next one.  Ciao!

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…And I’m Back

Hola,

Yea! It’s Munah in the bweedin *dabs*.

Did i hear someone say Nice to have you back? Thanks a bunch!

How are y’all doing? It’s been what? Exactly 2 years since I started this blog. So, before I continue with why I have been AWOL, I want to welcome those who are visiting for the first time.

“If this is your first time of visiting Monar Hairxpress, please indicate by dropping a comment below”…Thanks!

So, what’s been happening with moi?

I finished Youth Service (which was the period my blogging was birthed) and then got a job (Halleluyah) and then got busy and then took a leave of absence from writing.

Enough of the ohs! and ahs! lemme get you up to speed.

So, your home girl makes custom wigs for sale (yea, flips hair) so, I will be putting up videos on my YouTube channel and Facebook page, so make sure you follow me by clicking the links I’ll be including at the end of this thesis.

And yea, I went from being a naturalie to a “permie”… I will explain later.

Are you back for a while or fully?

Watchu think? I’m back to stay for reals!

Catch you guys on the next post. Till then, remember that “The best way to predict your future, is to create it”. Xoxo

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…And I Big-Chopped…

Hiya Belles,
How has it been since I dropped my last post? I do hope you have been dedicated to caring for your hair and also getting positive results using the little hints and guides I post?

As for me and my hair, we have been through a lot *smiles*. Yea, I finally succumbed to chopping off my hair and going natural…”yippee”!/ “yikes”! (whichever reaction you have). Well, after my last touch up in December, I had scabs all over my hair because the relaxer burned my scalp *sobs*.

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              Last touch up look
(Notice how the front looks? Well it was “fried” after i relaxed and the next day, it became worse).

After two months of transitioning (well that’s not much, considering I had just an inch of newgrowth) I made up my mind to big chop exactly a month ago today. So, I have officially “ported” to the naturalistas club and girl! It’s been one heck of a plunge.

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               Curly relaxed hair
I did this style while I was transitioning. Plaited my hair into 6 cornrows,loosened them after a day, picked out the curls and that’s all…

Why did I do the big chop? Well, when I made up my mind to transition, I wanted it to be for 6-8 months before I took off all the relaxed parts, because I need by then I would have a reasonable length but when I began to notice my new growth and how coily it was, impatience over took me and I couldn’t wait to see my hair filled with all ‘em pretty coils. So, on that sunny Saturday morning in March, I got a hold of my scissors and “snip, snip, snip…”, off went six inches (6”) of my hard-grown hair. After the hair came off, I felt so gooooood… *winks*

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                  A lil over 6″
(Don’t mind my metre rule ooo…couldn’t get a tape rule)

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and off came all her hair *sobs*

So, I am now rocking my Teeny Weeny Afro (TWA) and loving every minute of it. I’m getting to understand my hair and care for it the best possible way. Seeing those cute coils on my head makes me feel “fly”, yea, yea! Don’t jealous me oooo.
I know I might make some mistakes along the line, but it is all a process of learning and understanding my hair – “her” likes and dislikes. Nevertheless, this will not stop me from still giving tips and secrets to having and maintaining healthy hair whether relaxed or natural. So all my relaxed-hair sisters, I’m not leaving you out of this learning process. Enough talk for now, lemme show you some of the pictures I took while rocking “my coily head of hair”.

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                  …almost off

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             Love me some TWAs

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Geeky and funky…if I do say so myself     

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    Even my TWA shrinks… Life of a natural *sighs*

If you ever consider going natural, make sure you do it because you really want to and not because it looks good on someone else or that’s what is trending. What works for Jill certainly might not work for Jenny.

For me, the whole process isn’t just physical, but mental and psychological too, yes! You heard right. Along the line, I’ll definitely explain that.
If you ever have any questions or need advice on how to go about caring for your hair, I have a Whatsapp  group where we discuss hair matters as often as possible. If you are interested, just send me a message on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Meliams or an email at merclewee@yahoo.com and I will get back to you.

Remember to eat healthy, drink lots of water, exercise and avoid stress as much as possible because a healthy body will breed healthy hair. Also tell a friend to tell a friend to visit this blog.
Don’t forget to drop a comment.

Cheers,
MoNaR.

Revisiting Posts…

Hello girlfriends,
It’s been more than a while plus a day. I trust you all have been well since my last post? I apologize for going AWOL (Away without Official Leave), it was due to some very pressing engagements I needed to attend to. So, I will be addressing some issues as regards my previous posts. I wrote about some things which I said I would be addressing in subsequent posts and I will be dedicating this particular post to addressing them. So, here it goes:

1. HAIR PERFECTIONIST.
At the beginning of my third article, I mentioned here that I am a perfectionist when it comes to my hair. The thing is I am an every-strand-of-hair-in-place kind of person i.e. when my hair is in a bun or chignon, no unruly/flyaway strands must be seen. I make sure that I style my hair “perfectly”.
The fact that I am weary of people getting their hands on my hair and doing less than perfect styles for me is one reason I’ve taken up the job of styling my hair myself and doing this to my satisfaction.

2. EGG YOLK OR EGG WHITE

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In my fifth article (read here), I mentioned  using either egg yolk or egg white for the protein treatment in Step 1. “The (raw) egg is really the best of both worlds” says Janice Cox, author of Natural Beauty at Home.
The egg yolk, rich in fats and proteins, is naturally moisturizing so it should be used to moisturize dry, brittle hair. The egg white, on the other hand, contains bacteria-eating enzymes and removes unwanted oils so it should be used to treat oily hair.
In most cases, u can use the whole (yolk+white) egg for the treatment as it will be serving dual purposes i.e. moisturizing and removing unwanted oils from the hair.

3. SILK SCARF

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In the latter part of my seventh article (read here), I mentioned that I did a protective style on my hair after undergoing a deep conditioning process, and then covered my hair with a silk scarf.
Scarf or hair bonnets made with silk help protect your hair from losing moisture when you are in slumber land at night. Unlike cotton materials which soak up moisture, silk help retain the moisture. So, you can either get a silk pillow or pillow case to substitute for scarf if you like to sleep without covering your hair at night. The silk scarf also helps protect the edges of your hair from thinning out when you rub it against your bed or pillow. So, if you don’t already have one, make sure you get a silk scarf and use it religiously and you will find out you are helping your hair.

So, there you have it. I hope I have shed some (or a lot of) light on these points and I also hope it helps.
Lest I forget, Happy New Month to you all. I pray April brings you all glad tidings of good things.
Till my next post, make sure you eat healthy and drinks lots of water.
MoNaR.

A Rendezvous With My Hair

Aloha! Sweetdoves,
It’s been a minute. How have you all been since I put up my last post? I do hope we have been adding value to wherever it is we find ourselves?  As regards the promo that was introduced in the last post, I am yet to receive any entries on it. If you haven’t read through, you can check here to participate.

So last week Thursday, I took out my braids of 4 weeks (yippee! That’s the longest I have kept a braided hairstyle) and I had to undergo some processes to help rejuvenate my hair after the stress and tugging I put it through all in the name of styling. Here are some styles I did with the braids:
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A few of the styles I rocked

Back to the matter at hand, the issue is that I have made up my mind to transition to natural – in HAIR LINGUA terms, to transition to natural means I want to move from “relaxed hair” to “natural hair” without having to chop off all my hair.  What is the reason for this resolve? Well, since I have made up my mind to use natural substance all the way when treating my hair, it is only fair that I experiment firsthand on my natural tresses – not that these natural substances won’t work on already permed/relaxed hair – it’s just that I want to in the process of transitioning take out time to understand the two textures of my hair i.e., natural and permed and learn how each is affected by mother-nature’s provisions.

Another reason is that I’m tired of chemically processing my hair thereby damaging it. In light of this, I will be taking you through the journey of my transition, both ups and downs, and also including tips for how to manage the two textures for those who have already started or will be joining me. Trust me, I have no aversion whatsoever to relaxed hair, I am just tired of it.

After I took off my braids, I didn’t immediately comb it because I was sure I would lose a lot of my hair. So, I made sure to section my hair into four parts, then one after the other I moistened with water and used olive oil to seal (the act of using a substance e.g. oil to lock in moisture) before detangling with a wide tooth comb, and then I made each part into a twist and trimmed off the ends. I trimmed two inches off the back sections and three inches off the front – I just got tired of seeing those scrawny ends on my hair, so I let them go.

I went from this

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To this

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After combing and trimming, I prepared a concoction of deep-conditioning protein treatment for my hair (I’ll be recounting the processes of doing this much later) so as to infuse and restore strength to the hair and also moisturize and soften it.

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Ingredients for Deep Conditioner

After the deep conditioning, I made sure to co-wash my hair (co-washing is the use of conditioner alone for cleansing the hair) since the only shampoo I had on hand at that time contains “sodium lauryl sulfate”- which is a chemical substance that is very bad for hair.

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Shed Hair Before ProteinTreatment

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Shed Hair After Protein Treatment

After I co-washed and rinsed off, I air-dried my hair. When the hair was 80% dried, I sealed in the moisture with a mixture of coconut oil and olive oil, combed it and trimmed off more split ends.

Note: Never used towel to dry your hair especially by rubbing it vigorously. It causes split ends and breakage. Instead, use an old cotton shirt or just squeeze out the water with your hand and leave the hair to dry. Also, do not comb your hair immediately after washing because your hair is vulnerable at the time.
I then did a protective style which will prevent me from easily manipulating my hair. When I was about to sleep, I covered my hair with a silk scarf (reason for this in later articles).

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My protective style

There you have it, A little rendezvous with my hair.

I hope with this few points of mine, I have been able to convince you and not confuse you that giving your hair a little TLC (tender, loving care) can go a long way to giving you healthy hair. #LoL#
I do hope this post has been helpful? Stay tuned for more, as I will be updating this blog more often.

A happy birthday shout out to my darling friend Courtney, God bless you.

Adios.
MoNaR.

Best Kept Haircare Secrets (1 – 10)

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Hola! Ladies,
I guess y’all had an eventful February like me? Well, the thing is, last week at my PPA (i.e. place of primary assignment) we organized mid-term tests for the pupils and “mehn!” it was hectic — to say the least and I’m just glad that it is finally over and I can relax a bit. So, I was researching over the week trying to get as much information as I could as regards my “as usual” hobby (hair care) and I stumbled upon this post and felt that I should share it with you all.
Here is a list of best kept hair secrets which I am unveiling to you. Some, you might already know while others may seem new to you. I have split them into two (2) parts of ten (10) each. So, this weekend, I will share the first ten. Enjoy reading!

1. Boost Thin Hair with Silicone
Thin, lifeless hair is a common complaint, yet few women know the best remedy. Heavy conditioners will just leave your hair limp. A better bet is to use products with silicone, such as “dimethicone” or “cyclomethicone”. These coat the strands with a thin film, creating fuller hair that doesn’t look greasy. The silicone stays put even after you rinse.

2. Eat Fish and Nuts for Healthy Hair
The same nutritious foods that are good for your body promote stronger, healthier hair. Load up on salmon and nuts! Their protein and omega-3 fats help create a healthier scalp. Leafy vegetables, beans, and carrots are also good for your tresses.
Beware of fad diets aimed at quick weight loss. They can starve your body of important nutrients, which can lead to brittle hair or hair loss.

3. Protect Shine with Lukewarm Water
Hot water can strip the protective oils that act as a natural conditioner. And your hair’s natural shine can disappear. This doesn’t mean you have to suffer through cold showers to avoid dull hair. Instead, use lukewarm water to wash your hair. Pamper the scalp by massaging it while you shampoo.

4. Mend Split Ends with Protein
If you often style your hair with hot tools — or you color, bleach, or perm a lot — you can damage hair’s protective outer layer. The result is “split ends.” Thankfully, there are hair products to help mend the damage. Look for conditioners with protein. They sink into the hair shaft and repair split ends. The fix only lasts until the next shampoo, so you’ll need to use them regularly.

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5. Get That ‘Bounce’
The fullness of your hair is in your genes – and your styling technique. Some people have naturally full and thick hair while others have fine textured but limp hair. Luckily, you can “plump” up the volume whatever its texture or colour. Use a leave-in conditioner or mousse and dry the root area first. Flip your hair upside down as you dry, for an extra volume boost. If your hair is very fine, use low heat with any hot tool.

6. Don’t Treat Dandruff with Oils
Dandruff is not a type of dry skin at all – despite the white flakes that float down to your shoulders. A minor skin disorder in the scalp is to blame. Rubbing oil into the scalp can just make it worse. Shampoos with medicine are the best fix — from a drugstore or a dermatologist. Leave the shampoo on for 5 minutes to soak into your scalp. Be sure to rinse thoroughly.

7. Skip High-Powered Blow Dryers
You might expect a powerful blow dryer to slice a few precious minutes off your styling routine. But in a comparison of blow dryers, Consumer Reports found they all dried hair in about the same amount of time. Some are much noisier than others, though. The group found the more expensive dryers were the quietest, and the noisiest were as loud as a lawn mower.

8. Brush Less to Limit Hair Loss
Don’t believe that myth about 100 brush strokes a day. Too much brushing will snap off hairs. Some hair loss is normal – most people lose 50 to 100hairs every day. These have stopped growing and have reached a resting stage. To keep from losing any more hair than normal, use a brush with ball-tipped bristles. And never brush wet hair; use a comb instead.

9. Take Care with Tightly Wound Hair
Ponytails and braids are great ways to showcase your personal style. But when they’re too tight, they can break off hair and damage the roots. Wearing a tight style around the clock can even make your hair fall out. Set your hair free every night! For braided styles meant to last months, leave hair a little loose at the scalp. If you wear heavy extensions, give your hair a break after three months.

10. Don’t Let Brands Clean Your Wallet
What are you really getting for extra money spent on special products? Consumer Reports tested products on 1,700 ponytail samples and found that pricy shampoos were no better than cheaper ones.
What should you buy? Choose shampoos and conditioners designed for your hair type, such as those for oily, fine, or color-treated hair.

I hope you enjoyed reading? For the next part, you will have a part to play as I will require you to contribute your own best kept hair secret. This is how it works:
• Like and follow this post.
• In the comment box, drop just one of your best kept hair secret and your details i.e. name and phone number.
That’s all that is needed.
There will be freebies from me to the two persons with the best tips and their tips will make up the last ten (10) tips I will be putting up.
Entries close on Saturday, 7th of March by 11pm.

Please, do not forget to invite your friends to visit my blog and participate. Also remember that observations, questions and suggestions are welcome.
So, let the comments start pouring in.
Do have a lovely day and a prosperous March.

Happy New Month.
MoNaR.