Archive for February, 2009

Silicone ThinLocs For More Comfortable Hair Extensions

Friday, February 27th, 2009

ThinLocs are a superior, silicone-lined hair ring for strand and weft applications designed for a flat, comfortable install.

ThinLocs Hair Extension Rings

While the popularity of silicone hair rings grows, we’ve looked upon ways to improve them:

* Pare down their bulk so they lay thinner and flatter
* Trim up the silicone interior to ensure larger i-tip strands can be used
* Design them slightly longer than a standard ring for more secure hold yet still small enough to be closed with one squeeze of the plier.
* Create them with a soft alloy that pops open on removal eliminating fold over rings

ThinLocs have been manufactured to all those specifications and we feel it’s the best silicone-lined attachment ring available today.

ThinLocs For Hair Extensions

Jersey’s, Totes, Hats, Tanks, T’s & More!

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Mane Depot has placed their gorgeous logo on various items. Please visit our CafePress Store and display the logo with pride!

Mane Depot CafePress Store

Remove Bonding Tapes From Hair Extension Wefts Safely

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

Extended wear bonding tapes such as Protac, Supertape or True Blue are dream tapes for those wanting a long-lasting, secure install.

And then the inevitable time arrives we all must face: the removal.

Hair Extension tape removal

C22, Pure, Citru-Spice all do a remarkable job releasing bonding tapes. But here’s the thing – sometimes after removal, there’s blobs of adhesive tape or even the entire section of tape stuck to the wefts.

First, you pull at them, ripping the layers away from each other. You try soaking in every solution imaginable. You pick at it only to wind up with slime-covered fingers. You try vigorous scrubbing with toothbrushes and vegetable scrubbers. Problem is, you’re harming your wefts. In particular, you’re doing great damage to delicate hand-tied wefts where gentle care and maintenance is key to their long life. Do you have hair looping out the top of your hand-tied weft? Chances are you’re using bonding tape and tried any one of the damaging methods listed above to get your wefts clean.

Don’t do it.

Try this instead.

Gather the following items: Clothing iron, paper towels, hand towel.

Turn your iron on to high heat and do not use the steam feature. Lay your weft flat on the paper towel. Fold the top half of the paper towel over the weft. Place the hand towel over that and iron briefly. Remove the hand towel and then peel the paper towel off slowly. The adhesive tape will softly pull away from the hair weft and stick to the paper towel. Repeat as necessary and use a clean section of paper towel each time. Replace paper towel as needed.

Wash your wefts with gentle shampoo, condition below the weft line and allow to dry.

Wefts carry a residual sticky feel after removal with extended-wear bonding tapes. Once you commit your wefts to this type of install, those wefts should always be used for bonding tapes. The tack still remaining does not harm the weft. We’ve found it provides enhanced adhesion for the next tape install with added protection to the integrity of the weft to keep it in intact.

You can see a full photo version of this demo (and others) located in our Demo Gallery section.

We’d love to hear your feedback after trying this. And, as always, appreciate linking to our direct page when passing this info on to others.

Shea Butter and Aloe Vera Butter: Nature’s Healing Treatment

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Unrefined Shea Butter and Aloe Vera Butter are now in stock.

Shea Butter and Aloe Vera Butter

The American Shea Butter Institute Says:

Shea Butter contains several natural anti-inflammatory agents and a minor sunscreen agent. Clinical studies have shown Shea Butter transforms the skin in as little as 4-6 weeks, into a softer, smoother, and better looking skin. Those who routinely use Shea Butter report a number of other special benefits for skin ailments, including relief from blemishes, itching, sunburns, small skin wounds, eczema, skin allergies, and wrinkles. Because of an abundance of healing ingredients, and its superior moisturizing activity, Shea Butter is in a unique class, as a stand-alone personal care product.

Aloe Butter is produced using Aloe Vera and fractionated coconut oil. It is a soft, semi-solid butter which melts on contact with skin. Aloe Vera Butter soothes and helps heal dehydrated skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, sunburn and windburn. Because of its low melting point, you can warm to liquify and mix with your favorite lotions or body butters. Aloe Butter may also be applied direct to skin and hair.