I started doing my own install. I had a lady in my area (North Carolina) charge me $125 for a install and it was not done to my satisfaction. I was very upset cause I still had to pay this broad. I said 'no more' after that. I'm going to learn how to do my own install. I know some people are paying $200+ for a install, but I expect good work regardless of the cost. So I had to take matters in my own hands.
I also did not want anybody braiding my hair tight, and sewing the weave in too tight, so I definitely needed to start doing my own weave to avoid all that. I've been suffering with a little bit of hormonal hair loss so I don't need traction alopecia on top of that. I'm wearing a weave to cover the loss while I wait for my hair to regrow so I don't need the weave causing additional problems.
I take the time to wash and deep condition beforehand and then do a hot oil treatment with naturals oils I mix myself before I have my son's girlfriend, do the braid pattern for my sew-in.
I take my time with my sew-in and treat my own natural hair very gently. I also created my own 'top piece'. I cut a weaving net to the top circumference of my head, I sew the wefts to the net (with my sewing machine) as well as my closure, that way the top of my weave is flawless because I complete that section on a foam head. Then I set the 'top piece' on my braid and sew it down, it works out nicely.
I also started coloring my weave hair and basically learning how to do all this stuff on my own. Youtube has been an amazing 'how to' resource through this process.
Now I don't have to wait on anybody to schedule me in to do my hair, I can get my hair done when I need it done.
Edited by butterfield8 - May 05 2015 at 1:39pm