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The Truth About Hair Extensions

www.ilonashine.comIf you wear hair extensions, chances are you’re pretty picky about what type of hair you wear. You know if you frefer Remy or non-Remy hair, Indian or Brazilian, synthetic or human. You may also believe you can simply look at hair extension packaging to find out its origins. But the truth is, it’s pretty difficult to tell where your hair extensions come from, and there are plenty of manufacturers who are deliberately misleading about where they source their hair from.

Riqua Hailes, owner of Just Extensions hair extension bar in Los Angeles and The Weave Express in Washington, D.C., knows this firsthand. After noticing inconsistencies in the hair extensions she received from vendors, Hailes decided to dig deeper. She embarked on a journey through China, Cambodia, Malaysia and India and will continue her travels to Brazil and Russia later this year to uncover the long, storied journey hair extensions take before they reach a salon or retail store. Here is her account. Read More

How to Choose the Right Hair Brush

Legend says that you should brush your locks 100 times a day, but we don’t remember any mention of which brush to use. With so many different styles on the market, it can be tough to know which brush does what, not to mention bristles! So i am going to try to decode the mystery of the hair brush, and tell you what you should really be using to tame your locks. First, lets start with the shape.

Round Brush

Use a round brush when blow-drying to create curl and volume, or to give some bend to the hair. For extra oomph, opt for a round brush with a ceramic barrel (not metal) it will hold heat for longer and extend the life of your curl. The smaller the barrel of the round brush the more curl you will get.

One of my favorites and the one I personally use is Ibiza (above) with extended cork handle for an easy grip. Does the job every single time. Read More