I finally got my sew-in weave installed!!! I had it put in professionally by my city’s $50 weave specialist (found her online) and she was awesome! Fast and professional, didn’t cut the tracks (a definite necessity for this hair) and braided tightly all while checking with me to make sure it wasn’t uncomfortably tight. I definitely will be patronizing her again and again.
The hair I am wearing is the Wink collection by Vivica Fox Hair – for which I am serving in the capacity of a Glam Ambassador, a volunteer position which comes with various perks. I will be completely honest, when I first saw that I was sent PROTEIN hair…the weave snob in me came out. I didn’t want it anywhere near my head – I have not worn BSS hair in about ten years. And I have never worn hair that wasn’t 100% human for a sew in. Then I thought, Ebony stop being ungrateful and fulfill your obligation to the company. So I didn’t go diva and demand hair of one of the other lines, instead I am taking this as an opportunity to relate to whose who have no interest in
dropping a small fortune spending a bit more on hair extensions.
This is the Wink protein blend hair of the Vivica Fox Hair line, meaning it is NOT human hair. I really think they (and other companies as well) should stop using buzz words on their non-human hair packaging to make the product more appealing. I did let the rep know that the Vivica Fox Hair package says 100% human hair and remi – but also says protein blend hair. Their rep is awesome and always responds quickly to emails and completely agreed with me; the packaging IS confusing which is why she wanted reviews done on the hair, especially for women on a smaller budget. Cool beans.
The hair is a synthetic blend which has been infused with protein to strengthen it enough that it can withstand being curled with direct heat by temperatures between 300-365F. I can attest that it did curl just fine, but the stylist could see that any higher than her medium setting would cause it to melt, so be sure NOT to try higher temperatures if you are interested in this hair.
Now…I know some of you are going to ask (or may just wonder) as someone who routinely invests in hair that can be re-worn for years, would I recommend this hair? Well, it is difficult to answer that; It isn’t fair to even compare it to higher quality hair extensions because it serves a completely different purpose. The Wink line of Vivica Fox Hair is good for temporary wear, for cutting into various styles while wearing (I never cut my “expensive” hair because it feels like I’m throwing half of my money away), and for color. I don’t expect it to last through various washings or to be able to wear it my normal 8-10 weeks of a sew-in, which is fine – the suggested retail price is $20 per pack and since you aren’t spending a lot on the hair, it only lasting short term is part of the trade-off.
Overall, I am surprised at how easily it curled and how well the curls have held up. It blends nicely with my real hair and looks like a good “weave.” This hair isn’t exactly natural looking – in my opinion – which again, isn’t the expectation because it isn’t real hair but it doesn’t look like horrible synthetic hair either. I didn’t bother to seal the wefts and will only have this in for about four weeks. I plan to get it cut into a bob after two weeks and of course, I’ll keep you updated the entire time. Hopefully you have found this introductory review helpful and honest, if you have any questions please ask me down in the comments section and I will happily answer! Official video should be uploaded next week at the latest.
I have sprayed my real hair with Bee Mine Juicy Spritz to moisturize it. I know many of you have asked about caring for your hair while wearing a sew-in; Is there anything specific you would like me to demonstrate while wearing mine?