Two elements can make or break a weave - the quality of the hair you use, and the person you have install it. After checking out a number of hair suppliers, I decided to buy from HairAreUs. Not only are the prices affordable, but the company has a strong following of happy clients, and a friend of mine vouches for them. One thing I definitely noticed when shopping around is how crazy the range of prices are from different suppliers. The same type of hair (16" Indian Wavy) can cost $65/bundle at one source (HairAreUs), but cost over $200/bundle at another source (Indique, used by celebrities like Rihanna). In my opinion, quality has a ceiling, and after that, you're paying for a brand. I'd pay $200 for a pair of jeans that fit me well & that I knew would last, but I'm not paying over $600 for a pair of designer Gucci jeans. You can't tell me that Gucci is buying some kind of super-premium denim to justify that kind of price tag - and I believe the same about hair. If I'm buying human hair, and the supplier is moving huge quantities at a time, you can't tell me that they locked down some super secret elite group of hair growing women to justify the price tag. So I picked HairAreUs, and I'm happy! One thing I was worried about - because the bundles are virgin (un-dyed, unprocessed) human hair, the natural color can shift from bundle to bundle - HairAreUs doesn't dye their hair to a specific shade before selling, which I actually prefer. That said, I was worried how much of a color discrepancy would exist between the 2 that I bought, but I didn't need to - they match very well. Now for some pictures (click for full-size) - I have iPhone pictures from when I first got the hair, and hi-res pictures after I washed it (with Organix Brazilian Keratin TherapyShampoo and Conditioner) - enjoy!
Straight out of the package (iPhone pictures)
Directly out of the package
I hate that they use rubber bands =(
Healthy to the ends!
Nice, fat bundles
After shampoo/conditioning, I twisted them, following the natural wave of the hair (left) and let it air dry. When it was fully dry, I finger combed one of the bundles (right) and left the other alone for comparison. The hair is soft, doesn't smell like anything but the shampoo/conditioner, and isn't frizzy.
After shampoo/conditioning & air-dried
This is going to make such a gorgeous ponytail!
I got rid of those HORRIBLE rubber bands & replaced them with knobby balls (no idea what these are actually called, but that's what we called them as kids)
One bundle (left) is slightly lighter in color than the other (right), but nothing too noticeable. I actually like it, because I think it'll give a subtle ombre effect.
Natural ombre effect
Nice, healthy ends
Keep in mind that the hair is wavy right now, not straight, so even though it looks a little shy of 16", it's the right length when straightened
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