Blending Virgin Hair For Wefting

February 7th, 2010

Not all hair is created equal. Not all hair is qualified to be on the same weft. We showcase our blending skill on straight, wavy and curly virgin hair.

Brazilian Russian Hair

Straight to natural body hair takes a lot less time, skill and hair to blend. When colors are closely matched or compatible, the only real consideration is texture and length.

This is a blend of European Russian and our silky Euro line Brazilian hair where only texture and length were considered. We found the slight hair color differences complimentary and blending the bundles together created a natural blended highlight effect.

The texture and wave pattern of the finished weft is consistent throughout because of thorough blending and beginning with equal hair pattern and length.

Brazilian Wavy Hair

Wavy hair creates an additional challenge.

Now, not only length being considered, specific patterns and textures need to be identified and separated.

A moderate amount of hair in this classification may need to be set aside unused until suitable bundles can be partnered up and blended.

The end result, as shown in the weft we blended, is a consistent texture and wave pattern from end to end.

Brazilian Hair Curly

Curly hair is the most difficult hair to blend.

It can take a significant amount (multiple kilos) to create one weft of hair. Curly hair made into wefts are the most time consuming to create.

Once we have hair that matches, the blending and wefting takes no more time than straight or wavy hair. The time consuming part is waiting to receive bundles that will match. After much of this hair is drawn, we may only have 2-3oz of a particular pattern, texture or length. We can only hope the next collection contains 2-3oz more of the same type hair so a complete weft can be made.

With Brazilian hair, this is a particular challenge as the supply isn’t as plentiful. In one kilo, for example, there may be two dozen ponytails that are different lengths, curl patterns and textures. A significant portion of curly hair needs to be set aside unused until more hair is obtained and compatible partners are identified.

For the weft pictured, it took a significant amount of bulk hair and time to create a weft with this amount of hair. The end result is a complete weft that matches in color, length, texture and curl pattern.

Rushing to create curly wefts is not an option if you want consistent, compatible hair from end to end.

For custom virgin hair products, your source is Mane Depot.

Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Shine Serum

January 8th, 2010
Moroccan Argan Oil Shine Serum

Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Shine Serum

Our cold-pressed, pure Moroccan Argan Oil is a luxurious salon-quality serum that polishes hair strands to a brilliant shine as it dramatically restores healthy, moisturized hair.

Imported directly from Morocco. It is a crystal clear serum from naturally derived ingredients that penetrates and moisturizes each individual hair strand.

What else is inside?

  • Olive: A source of Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s) that penetrates deeply to moisturize from within
  • Meadowfoam Seed: A light, non-greasy emollient
  • Sweet Almond: Helps smooth surface
  • Phytantriol: Helps strengthen hair in combination with Panthenol that adds shine
  • Panthenol: Pro-Vitamin B5 helps to condition and moisturize
  • Tocopheryl Acetate: Vitamin E helps to replenish moisture
  • Octyl Methoxycinnamate: UV Filter to help protect against UVB rays which dry out and fade natural and color treated hair.

Argan Oil Properties and Benefits

Argan oil is exceptionally rich in natural vitamin E, Omega 9, Omega 6, rich in phenols, phenolic acid, carotenes, squalene, and essential fatty acids.

Using the oil for hair: Omega 9 that is found in argan oil has shown to help with strengthening and to achieve overall healthy hair. Argan oil is non-greasy and non-oily and has become popular as a hair treatment to repair and heal damaged hair. It has the ability to naturally hydrate and to help stop frizziness, fly-away and hard to control, unmanageable hair.

It is excellent for locking in moisture and improving shine and luster. Argan oil has been shown to penetrate the hair shaft and almost instantly improve follicle elasticity, and increase nourishment.

Directions for use: Apply a dime sized drop to the palm of your hand and spread between your palms. Work product through slightly damp hair, avoiding the scalp and concentrating on the ends. Style hair as usual. Can be used in combination with other styling products.

Lush Hair I-Tip Hair Extensions Now In Stock!

December 24th, 2009

Lush Hair is our top of the line premium European quality strand hair extensions. After a full year of testing with a new manufacturer, we have developed the highest quality pretipped strands on the market today.

I-tip hair extensions are also known as stick hair and shoelace hair because of their shape. They are installed individually with microrings, linkies, shrinkies and any other cold application method. Lush Hair I-tips can also be installed with fusion rebonds. Because you have complete control with color placement, creating highlights and lowlights is a breeze.

Image the lightest blondes being as silky smooth and long lasting as the darkest browns. That’s Lush Hair!

Lush Hair I-tip

Our unique packaging places each strand in its own protective sleeve. No more tight banding around the tips that frequently bends and damages the prebonded tips. Every strand is individually wrapped and easily withdrawn from its sleeve. Strands not used remain in their packaging and are easily and safely stored for later use.

Lush Hair is available in difficult to find ash tones as well as natural golden hues that reflect beautifully in sunlight. Pick up a Lush Hair Color Ring today and start experiencing the Lush Hair you’ve always dreamed of.

Shrinkies Hair Extensions

December 23rd, 2009

Mane Depot Shrinkies Are Clearly The Best!

Adhesive Shrinkies

Mane Depot carries everything you need for Shrinkies Hair Extensions. There’s adhesive lining inside each of our premium shrinkies that hold tight, keep water and moisture off the hair extension bond and keep your hair extensions in for 3-4 months.

We offer the unique service of bulk shrinkies in custom order sizes. What you don’t see, we can make, cut and package according to your exact specifications. We welcome all online stores and businesses for reseller opportunities.

Shrinkies Hair Extension Clear and Black Hair Extension Shrinkies

Drawing Bulk Hair For Hair Extensions

November 22nd, 2009

Drawing human hair for pretipped, wefting and ventilation
Click on the photo above to see our tutorial section on “Why You Need To Prepare Bulk Hair For Tipping & Wefting.”

What is single drawn and double drawn hair?

To make Single Drawn Hair, the shortest hair is removed from the top of the bundle (the root end) leaving in the remaining layers. How many different lengths remain in the bundle is not a set thing. A person drawing hair can remove 2-3″ from the top or they may remove 7″ of short hair from the top – it will still be single drawn.

Making Double Drawn Hair is a technique all done by hand where the longest lengths of hair are pulled from the bundle first. If a ponytail’s longest length is 18″, all 18″ hair is removed. The next layer will be 17″ and that is removed. Proceed up the bundle by 1″ lengths until they are taken out and sorted. Making double drawn hair takes more time, more hair, and the result is a more expensive product where all hair will be the same length with no layers or shorter hairs.

Sound impossibly complicated and messy? Not really. It is a skill, however, and it does take patience and practice to get proficient at handling loose, bulk hair.

Bulk hair and raw ponytails for hair extensions are everywhere. There’s even sites where people post photos of themselves with their long hair and they’ll cut it and send it to the highest paying bidder (at ridiculous prices, we might add).

What you may not know is that there’s something lurking inside those ponytails (or any raw bulk hair for that matter): Shorter hair.

You simply cannot turn a 4oz raw bulk ponytail into a 4oz weft or pretipped hair. Raw ponytails can have so many different lengths in the bundle that they must be removed. Trying to tip your own strands from raw hair will result in overly large tips with the hair disappearing into thin ends. Most people will cut the length to even the ends but this is a waste of good hair. If the hair is drawn correctly, the tip to the ends will be more uniform.

When our hair grows, there’s natural short layers mixed in with those longer strands. An 18″ ponytail won’t all be that length and you may be surprised by the actual quantity of hair that is exactly 18″. While it may be disheartening, that’s the nature of hair that has not been drawn.

We recently took apart an 18″ weft we received from an overseas vendor and created double drawn hair from it to see just how much 18″ hair there really was.

We ordered this hair as single drawn so we knew we’d find all different lengths. Because the hair was so thin at the ends, we also knew we’d find a lot of short hairs inside.

double drawn hair

As you can see, there is very little 18″ hair. There are nine different lengths making up this weft and the largest single length we discovered was only 9″ long.

Was this deceptive of this supplier? No. Considering this was sold as “Single Drawn Hair,” we received exactly what we paid for: 18″ will be the longest length with shorter layers included.

Knowledge (rather, correct knowledge) is a good thing in the hair extension industry. Knowing the true meaning of terms and how that translates into your received product is never a bad thing for the supplier or the buyer.

The Best Hair Extensions

October 29th, 2009

One of the most frequent questions we are asked is “What are the best hair extensions?”

The “best” hair is subjective.

What is the value of any hair if the color and texture does not work for you? Consider this scenario: pull your hair back into a ponytail, cut it off and hand it to the person next to you. Will your hair be the best match for this person? Think of hair extensions the same way.

In terms of durability, nothing compares to high quality 100% Virgin Remy Hair when you can wear the hair in its virgin condition without altering the color or texture. However, virgin hair can have varying color and texture differences so consistently getting the combination of the exact color and texture is not as predictable as processed, packaged hair.

Another consideration is that almost all virgin hair are shades of black and brown. The exception is Russian European which is never black but shades of dark brown to dark blonde. Russian European, if some opinions or hair articles are to be believed, is touted as the best hair. While it fills a certain niche, we do not hold the opinion Russian European is the best. We do not hold that opinion on Indian, Asian or even Brazilian hair. And the reason is this:

The “best” hair is not something that can be defined as a whole. The “best” hair will always be your personal preference and what works for you.

Loop Style Hair Extensions

September 20th, 2009

This slick technique appeared through our Twitter feed tonight via JW Hair Design & Hair Extensions.

Loop Style Hair Extensions with I-tip strand hair. Thread the natural hair through the ring. Using the latchhook of your hair threader, hook the same hair strand again directly under the ring, bring it over the top of the ring and loop it back through the ring. Basically, you’re wrapping the natural hair around the ring and closing it off.

We’ll definitely be giving this technique a try! We can pretty much see the typical slipping associated with cold fusion installations being a thing of the past.

In this video, James Tse of Sets Salon shows us how it’s done.

Fusion U-Tip Making Pliers and Fusion Bond Maker

September 20th, 2009

Fusion Bond Maker Hair Extension Fusion Bonds

Fusion U-Tip Making Pliers and the Fusion Bond Maker have simplified making your own outstanding u-tip and square shape fusion bonds for strand by strand hair extensions. Check out the photo of the professional looking hair extension bonds you can make with these tools!

The strong composite plates delivers such a high PSI (pounds per square inch) when making bonds, they come out perfectly formed, amazingly thin and there has been no hair shedding with the tips we make.

Typically, when working with keratin-based fusion bonds, finger protectors are needed to minimize the discomfort of working with hot glue. You won’t need any finger protectors with these tools. They’re simply not necessary as you’ll never need to touch hot glue when making your bonds.

Here’s what we do – take a bulk hair strand and dip it into your fusion pot with the melted keratin chips or pellets. Coat both sides of the strand about 1/4″ down from the top. Wait a few seconds and then insert into the Fusion U-Tip Plier or Fusion Bond Maker tool. Press and wait about 5-10 seconds. Remove and presto! You’ve made your own strand fusion bond.

We also carry the Professional Fusion Removal Plier so you have the complete set!

Brazilian Hair

September 18th, 2009

Brazilian Hair Extensions

Virgin Brazilian Hair
imported from the South American tropic regions of Peru, Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela.

Genetically, most Brazilians have some degree of European, African, and Amerindian ancestry which is why there’s such a unique and varied texture quality to Brazilian hair and more brown shades above 1B and 2.

Our Belorio line of Brazilian hair is not gathered through the practice of tonsure like Indian hair. Our hair comes from a thriving Latin American economy. It is cleaner, healthier hair and received as original bulk ponytails.

Definition Original Bulk Ponytails: The hair is secured back into a ponytail and then cut. The ponytail is from one person and is not mixed with any other person’s hair. All hair is in original banding from when the hair was cut and guaranteed to be in correct cuticle alignment. No hair is inverted or upside down which is the true meaning of the term “remy.”

Belorio Virgin Brazilian Remy is cut directly from the donor and sent to us in correct cuticle alignment. The hair is black to off black and variations of rich brown. In some of our wefts, we’ve custom blended colors together to achieve beautiful multi-tone color. Wefts are single drawn with varying shorter lengths which requires less razoring and easier blending.

Mane Depot carries only 100% Remy genuine, authentic Brazilian hair in straight texture and glorious waves and eye-popping curls. We offer bulk hair for pretipping, ventilating and wefting or you may select ready to wear hair on machine wefting. We have one of the best custom wefts in the industry with a short return (the fold over hair at the weft) for optimum comfort and durability.

We have another new shipment in this week and offer samples of all virgin Brazilian hair currently in stock. We also have a Fotki photo album featuring numerous photos of hair we’ve imported.

Not sure where to go? Go to Mane Depot Brazilian Hair!

Bleach Bath For Wigs, Hairpieces and Hair Extensions

August 25th, 2009

Occasionally wigs, hairpieces and hair extensions may start looking old, tired and even become a problem being manageable. This professional bleach bath will help restore hair by creating a high pH which causes the cuticles to flatten and become smooth.

Step by step professional detangling procedure:

1. Mix one gallon very hot water (it is important to use the hottest water from the tap) with 1/4 cup of Clorox bleach. Use plain Clorox bleach and not the scented one.

2. Completely submerge the hair into the water for approximately 2 or 3 minutes. Do not leave longer than 3 minutes. Small bubbles may appear during the process. Comb or brush very gently when submerged.

3. Remove hair and submerge in a basin of lukewarm water that has been premixed with a small amount of shampoo. Gently lift in and out for about 3 minutes. Brush or comb hair gently when submerged.

4. Remove and blot/squeeze dry with clean towel. Do not rub hair together.

5. Mix 1/4 cup of ammonia to 3 cups of warm water. Dip hair unit in and out twice.

6. Repeat step 3.

6. Apply conditioner, rinse and style.

Hair will be smooth, tangle free and look like new!

It is advisable to wear gloves and eye protection during the bleach bath. Do not mix bleach and ammonia together. These are off-scalp instructions and not to be followed while wearing your hairpiece or extensions.