Preparation for Service
Please arrive with clean hair that is lightly brow dry or stretch method. Your preference. Understand that if you choose the stretch method you might not have the desired finished look and this my extend your service time. Preparing for service includes washing your hair, deep conditioning without protein, rinse out, add leaving-in conditioner (do not rinse out), heat protective spray, blow dry hair, braid into plats or two cornrows. Please DO NOT add oil, grease or any other product.I will braid your hair with a honey conditioner jam (not gel).
+ Hair & products
+ Hair prep time
+ One 30 minute break
+ Photos & Videos* (optional)
+ Lapdesk upon request
+ Seat Cushion upon request
Consider before booking
+ Dense hair: Longer to install, braids are thicker at root, may feel heavier for some.
+ Fine hair: thinner/skinner braids, base of braid may not look as full,
+ If you workout a lot and sweat in your head often your install will age faster.
+ To create a fuller look, smaller or ticker braids will be necessary.
+ Those 5'7 and taller - Hip length is recommended based on your height
+ No blunt cuts. If you hair is still evenly cut on the ends after a cut months ago it may still be too soon for a braid install.
+ Frizzy hair: your new growth will be frizzy, I cant NOT control this. but your braids will not when using my towel method.
+ Very Kinky/Coily hair may not lay as flat as others without the use of Gel. I DO NOT use gel. I use Jam only. Gel has alcohol in its ingredients which dries out the hair.
+ If your hair is longer than your shoulders but right near or above your bra strap you are not eligible for waistline installs.
Size, Length, Colors
Braids vary based on box size, length and thickness or thinnest.
Box Size Descriptions:
Xsmall: there are 7 rows on each side of your middle part (your hair must be at least 2 inches in length)
Small: there are 6 rows on each side of your middle part (your hair must be at least 2 inches in length)
Smedium: there are 5 rows on each side of your middle part (your hair must be at least 3 inches in length)
Medium: there are 4 rows on each side of your middle part (your hair must be at least 4 inches in length)
Large: there are 3 rows on each side of your middle part (your hair must be at least 4 inches in length)
Waistline: 2 inches above your belly button
Hip Length: Hip bone
Shoulder: Touching your shoulder
Thick or Skinny (your preference)
Make sure not to sleep with your hair in a bun or hair tie. Spray your hair once a week with a light leave-in conditioner or hydrating spray. Oil your scalp 1-3 times per week depending on scalp dryness. DO NOT over saturate scalp with oil. Make sure you use a regular body towel to wrap hair in shower. NO SHOWER CAPS. Shower caps hold humidity and causes frizzy braids. Follow my step-by-step tension free bun method on my Youtube page (Melaninhairstudio). DO NOT pull all your hair up at once into a ponytail. This puts added tension on your edges.
RECOMMENDED HAIR PRODUCTS
+ Rare Skin Hair Repair Oil
+ Rare Skin Hair Hydrating Spray
+ Rare Skin Hair No Rinse Cleanser
+ Mielle Hydrating Conditioner
+ Mielle Protien Free Deep Conditioner
+ Aphogee Leave in Conditioner
+ Aphogee Shampoo (pink bottle)
+ Argan, Jojoba, Vitamin E Oil
I highly recommend taking down services at 6-8 weeks. This will reduce shedding. It is also best timing for proper hair washing, conditioning with a protein treatment and getting your ends trim if due. Because of the details of a take down please watch my take down video or book a takedown service with me (this doesn't include wash service) I am not set up to provide wash services. The take down detangle method is MOST important to ensure no hair breakage.
I've taken the time to gather variations of my work from braids to faux locs to micro locs. Please see gallery for inspiration.