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Review: Shake-n-Go Freetress Crochet Braiding Hair Bouncy Twist Out – Tisun Beauty

Hello Maicurlies,

I am currently away on holiday but I prepared a post in advance for my time away and today I shall be doing a detailed review on some Crochet Braiding Hair I bought and used to make a DIY Crochet Wig! The hair I will be reviewing is: Freetress Crochet Braiding Hair Bouncy Twist Out that is part of the Shake-n-Go collection. 

Freetress Crochet Braiding Hair - Bouncy Twist out

Freetress Crochet Braiding Hair – Bouncy Twist out

Before purchasing this particular hair I wanted to read some reviews however, I found out that there was literally hardly any information about the hair (at least from my search). So I decided to buy it anyways because I was in love with the models hairstyle and decided I would try and recreate it but instead of doing crochet braids, I opted to try and make my own DIY Wig. Please note – this review is not about how I made the wig or details on the wig itself, it is simply about the hair used.

NOTE: I paid for the hair myself and I was not requested to do a review on the hair. I simply wanted to share my experience in case some of you come across the hair and want to know what others think about it. 

I shall break this review down into two parts: the first will be about the beauty supply store where I purchased the hair from and the second part will be about the hair itself. 

Tisun Beauty:

I bought the hair online from Tisun Beauty, a beauty supply store that sells not just crochet hair but also weaving hair, braiding hair, clip-ins, wigs, skin care products and hair care products. They also have a store front that you can physically visit in North Carolina (check the bottom of the post for the full addresses). I highly recommend purchasing from Tisun Beauty, they offer a number of different style options, different brands, colours, lengths and hair textures! Another aspect I love is the company’s excellent customer service! I was in touch with Steve and he was extremely helpful! He answered all my questions promptly, provided me with suggestions and was super helpful when it came to the shipping options available to me (shipping outside the States). If you are looking for a source to buy hair, I really do suggest giving them a try and if you get in touch with Steve, rest assured you will be in good hands! 

P.s. I have a discount code for any of you that do decide to purchase from Tisun: http://tisun.refr.cc/5XBXKRV. You will get $5 knocked off your order if you use the code and when you purchase from them you automatically get enrolled in the $5 discount referral program too! I got enrolled after making my purchase,

Now let’s get to the hair! 

Details: 

  • 5x Freetress Crochet Braiding Hair Bouncy Twist Out – 23″  in the colour  2 (Dark Brown) $5.99 per packet.
  • Each packet contained about 10 – 12 strands per pack.

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Cons:

Dry & Rough – When I took the hair straight out of the packet I will be honest, it did feel really really dry and rough. Now I know the texture is suppose to mimic natural (black) hair however, I feel like it was just a tad bit too much on the dry side. Solution – I first washed the hair since I have super sensitive skin (2 oz of apple cider vinegar to a lot of water) & to restore some moisture to the hair I added a little conditioner (that helped). P.S when using the hair I sprayed it with a little plain water and rubbed some whipped Shea butter before installing the hair, this completely softened and moisturized the hair. 

Tangles & Frizz – this hair really tangles up quite easily and quickly. There is a quite a bit of frizz once the wig was made which can get really annoying since it ends up making the individual curls I have to sort of “tango together”. Solution – I recurled the hair roughly 3 times (approximatly once a week) and once it was reculred the frizz and tangles were gone (the hair requires maintaince in order for it to not look like a tangled mess! 

Uber Thick Strands – I tried using the hair in its original curl pattern (bouncy twist out) and while I love how beautiful and full each strand of hair is, they are just so thick! I can not imagine how each strand is installed into someones actual hair (cornrows) due to how thick and “chunky” the strands are! I made 2 (failed) attempts at making the wig with the curl pattern but had to redo them and then gave up. – Solution – I opted to change the curl pattern in the end because the wig ended up looking like a chunky, bulky pile of hair on my head! 

Can Not Separate – I know some of you will wonder “well why didn’t you separate the strands in half” I did….and that didn’t work. Once I tried to separate the stands in half I ended up destroying the beautiful curl pattern and was left with half curled, mainly frizzed strands! Solution – same as above, I combed out the hair, separated the strands and then made my own curl pattern (not a bouncy twist-out). 

Pros:

Changeable Curl Pattern – while I did not end up with the original look I had envisioned the hair can be used to create different curls by wrapping it around flexi-rods or perm rods, pouring hot water over them and voila a new look!

Beautiful Original Curl Pattern – now while I was unable to use the hair in its original state for a wig, perhaps it is more effective as crochet braids (especially since that is what the model had) and the original curl pattern really is gorgeous!

Not Very Expensive – as I mentioned, each packet comes with roughly 10 – 12 strands in them and each pack costs $5.99. If you are able to recreate the original crochet braid look like the model I would imagine that you would need a maximum of 3 packets (maybe a little less) since the hair is so full and thick. That is not too much on the pocket for a protective style that you can keep in for a few good weeks!

Colour/Length Options – while I went for the 23″ option (I did trim the hair to give it shape) and you can also select from a number of different colours, blended colours etc. 

Looks Natural – the natural texture of the hair has that “natural look” and by that I mean it does not have that “fake” shiny appearance even though it is synthetic hair! Sometimes synthetic hair can give off that uber shiny appearance after heat is used on it (e.g. hot water) but this still kept its natural look. 

Accepts Heat – in order to change the curl pattern of the hair I had to pour and soak the curled sections in boiling hot water (no more than 30 seconds – 60 seconds maximum) and this didn’t cause any damage to the integrity of the hair. The package instructions actually states: “Do not use hot curler at regular setting. This fiber can only be curled 350 degrees Fahrenheit – 400 degrees Fahrenheit”. 

Below is an image gallery of the hair along with some photos of how it looked after I changed the curl pattern & made the wig.

Overall:  Would I purchase this hair again? I probably would not simply because I had initally bought it to use the hair in its original curl pattern and was unable to do so however, I might potentially consider buying it if I learn how to crochet braid my hair in order to try and get that beautiful look I primarily wanted! Side note – I do have a few ideas for some new hair I want to buy and I already have some hair that I plan to use for another protective style! 

Tisun Store physical location:

Tisun Beauty
5420 North Tryon St #1,
Charlotte, NC 28213

Have any of you used Freetress Crochet Braiding Hair Bouncy Twist Out before? If so did you use it to do crochet braids, a wig, another type of protective style? I would love to hear from you! 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

Knock Off Curl Former Review

Hello Maicurlies,

Today I have a review that I would like to share with you!

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Now yes I know, I know, this review is going to be based on something that isn’t “correct”……I can live with the fact that I bought something fake (sorry)! So yes, this is all about my knock-off curl formers. You have no idea how much I wanted to buy these for the longest time and I finally was able to get my hands on some (yes not the real deal but still).

Disclaimer: So before I get into this review 1. I bought the knock-offs with my own money and I was not requested to do this review, I just wanted to share my experience and thoughts of them. 2. If you feel strongly (against) buying none originals then please skip this post…because you won’t like it (but then come back and read something else). 😉

Why did I opt for the knock-offs instead of the originals?

To break it down I have several reasons but the main two are: The originals are more than double the price of what I paid, I would have gotten less of the originals, and since I was not sure how much I would like/dislike them I decided it made more sense to pay less (in case I didn’t like them). 

Where can you buy the knock-offs?

I know that in the past the Vakind knock-off curl formers were available on Amazon however, I think they must have been blocked and blacklisted (I tried my darnedest to find them without success) so I ended up having to purchase from Ebay. There are different sellers on Ebay offering different sized knock-off curl formers and different widths too. I bought mine here and this is the seller details.

Details on the knock-offs I bought:

The seller offers (as off 13.03.2016)

  • 10 curlers with 1 hook GBP 4.51 ($6.49)
  • 20 curlers with 1 hook GBP 7.91 ($11.39)
  • 30 curlers with 1 hook GBP 10.81 ($15.56)

The curlers are manufactures and sent from China. When I bought mine I ordered 60 curlers  (3 x 20 curlers). First I made an order of just 40 but then decided to add another 20 and paid $33.57 in total. I actually got 1 hook for each 10 curlers so I ended up with a total of 6 hooks even though I paid for 20 curlers and 1 hook…go figure (I am not complaining). My curlers are 45 cm long when stretched and 2.5 cm wide. As I mentioned there are different types of curlers available on Ebay and this seller actually also offers longer curlers on a different page (I didn’t notice this at the time but would have gone for those if I had). 

Each packet of curlers came in 10’s – 5 orange and 5 pink along with the hook (there is no colour option). The two colours lay your curls in opposite directions so the curls lay and frame your face nicely.

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Now I want to mention a few Pro’s and Con’s about the knock-offs along with some of the experiences I had while ordering them to keep you informed and provide as much information as I can.

Con’s:

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Packaging – The curlers cam in sandwich bags, there was no pretty packaging so don’t expect to get something sturdy and “pretty” to hold your curlers. If you have a unused container/bag you might want to transder the curlers to that so you have them all together (that is what I did for the most of them). 

Instructions – There was no instructions on how to use the curlers. You can find a little guide on the sellers page when you order them but you don’t get instructions with the package. (If you are unsure about how to use them, I suggest watching a ton of YouTube videos beforehand so you know what you are doing and you don’t damage your hair). 

Hook – It is very simple to put the hook together but it can be a little tricky (requires a little strength) to pull them apart. I am unsure if it is the same with the origianl curl formers but you do have to pull the hook parts with a little strength to get them separate.

Communication – Communicating with the seller was really quite tedious! English is not his first language and since I don’t speak Chinese it became a little difficult when I contacted him to ask some questions. You will require a little patience (a bit of patience) since Emails can perhaps go back and forth without getting the answers you are looking for at first. In the end it worked out but just remember to be patient. (This can apply for other sellers on Ebay since they too might not speak the same language you do). 

Lost Order – I had to have my package resent to me because when I initially made my order, I never recieved the package. I Emailed the seller to inform him and he immedietly resent the package the following day after the email, so the issue was resolved but I feel like I need to mention this point. 

Curler ends – Some of the edges of the curlers seemed to be a little stuck together, probably from when they melted the plastic. However, once you put the hook through the curler they open up as normal. 

Uncomfortable – This is something that I think applies to all curl formers, at least from the reviews I have seen on YouTube (both originals and knock-offs). Trying to sleep with these in your hair is a nightmare! The curlers are quite hard and uncomfortable so be prepared for a sleepless night if you choose to leave them in! 

Installation – When I first tried the curlers it was not all that simple to get the hang of it, but once I got a few of them installed it become easier. 

Pro’s

Price – I got to save A LOT of money by opting to go for the knock-off’s it was nearly half the price to get 60 of these compared to double the price of the originals for just 40. 

Multiple Hooks – With the originals you get 2 hooks for 40 curlers with this option even if I went for 40 curlers I would have gotten 4 hooks (since I opted for 60 curlers I got 6 hooks) but the bottom line is you get more hooks which means if you break one, you will have extra and you can set up more curlers at a time which saves you time while installing! 

More Curlers For Less – More bang for your buck! You get more hooks that you would (in terms of price of the originals)! 

Free Shipping – I opted for free international shipping when I ordered which meant that I didn’t have to pay anything to get the package delivered however, going for this option meant having to wait 25 business days. You do have the option of getting the package sent quicker by paying roughly $35 (this was what it would have cost to get it sent from China over here so depending on where you live the price will change) and with that option I was told I would receive the package within 5 –  7 business days but I opted to wait. 

Size Options – Talking about buying knock-offs from Ebay, you get a number of length and width options when it comes to the curl formers you can buy so even if you do not opt for this seller, check out other pages on Ebay, I am sure you will find the right knock-offs you are looking for! 

Tip: When you order yours keep in mind that you might want to let your hair grow and if you plan on continuing to use them as your hair grows, try go for curlers that are longer than your hair. This way you won’t “out grow” the curlers (this is something I forgot!). However, if you do have curlers that are too short for your hair you can two strand twist your roots and then install the curlers a little lower down (below your roots) to make up for any missing length. 

Sometimes if I didn’t get all my hair within the latch of the hook my hair would refuse to want to be pulled through, if that happens STOP, push your hair back and retry! If you continue to try and pull your hair through you will yank your hair out!

I didn’t do a “how to” video on the curl formers since I feel there are thousands of videos out on YouTube already however if you would like to see a tutorial please let me know. I have a video review of the curlers along with a very quick (few second) demo of how I took down my curlers which was initially made for my Instagram page at the end of the review. 

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Please let me know what you think of this review. If you own curl formers, knock-offs or decide to purchase some from this seller or someone else on Ebay please let me know how it goes, I love hearing from you!

Maicurls

Maicurls

How To: (Dry) Perm Rod Set on Fine Natural Hair

Hey Maicurlies,

I am back with another styling video. 

(Dry) Perm Rod Set on Fine Natural Hair

                                          (Dry) Perm Rod Set on Fine Natural Hair

This is my Perm Rod Set done using orange perm rods. I bought the perm rods on Amazon (here). 

36 x Perm Rods Jumbo Tangerine (3/4 inch diameter)

                     36 x Perm Rods Jumbo Tangerine (3/4 inch diameter)

My method is the same as everyone else’s (nothing special at all) but I love the results I get. 

If you have seen my hair before you will know that I have what I call fine and thin natural hair. It is long but still on the fine and thin side and I usually prefer setting my styles on dry hair versus wet hair. Starting with dry hair usually results in fluffier and fuller looking curls. When I set on wet/damp hair I get great definition but it lacks the fullness I like so I opt for dry styling. 

Tools/Products Used:

The following morning:

Method:

Starting on dry hair that was stretched out I first separate my hair into sections (about 8) from which 2 – 3 perm rods will be used per section. I ever so slightly spritz my hair with water, followed by my DIY Creamy Leave-in and detangle. I then use a tiny dab of gel for hold and definition and then twist the root of my hair (twirling it)  2 – 3 times and then wrap my hair around the rod. I do a twisting motion at the same time as I wrap my hair around the rod. I used a total of 26 perm rods, leave them in overnight with a scarf protecting my hair during the night. The next morning I take a little oil to my fingertips to take down the perm rods. I then separate my hair by unwinding the root in the opposite direction of how I twirled my hair and then separating the hair. Once I have separated at least once I lift my roots and fluff my hair with an afro comb and continue to separate and shape till I am satisfied with the results. 

My “how to” tutorial: 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

How to: Heatless Wave Curls on Fine Natural Hair – Jumbo Perm Rods

Hey Maicurlies,

First off I want to wish you all a very Happy New Year! I hope that 2015 ended well and that 2016 will be a bright year full of love, good health, great company, prosperity and happiness for you and your family 🙂 

I wanted to start my blog post this year with a styling tutorial. I actually (hopefully) will be a little more “adventurous” with my styling options in 2016. So to kick things off here is my Heatless Wave Curls.

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This is my “quick fix” styling option that I love! There are a few things I like about this style: 1. it sets in four hours so no sleeping with rollers in my hair (I have found a method that is not too uncomfortable but still prefer not to). 2. it is a great last minute styling option if I haven’t planned anything but need my hair done for an night out and 3. it gives my fine and thin hair volume! 

Products/Tools Used:

Method:

After spritzing my hair with a tiny bit of water I added a little spray leave-in conditioner to help moisturize my hair (just to lightly moisten but not to make it soaking wet). I lightly detangle my hair to make sure there are no knots and then I spay a tiny bit of my Spray FSG to help give really light hold. My rolling method is to first try and make sure my hair is smooth, I then roll the perm rod up my hair (for one rotation) and then twirl my hair once, roll up again and twirl the perm rod towards the root before closing the perm rods. I literally let it set (without heat) for 4 hours and then take the rods down, separate and I am done! 

It is a little easier to understand the “how to” in the video: 

As I mentioned this is a “quick fix” styling option that I like to do whenever I haven’t had time the day before to plan for a hairstyle. The hold is really light and does not last for days and days therefore I will usually install the perm rods again after a day or two either during the day or at night (e.g. during the week when I have work and can’t sit in my office with perm rods on my head LOL). 

I would love to hear what you think. Have you tried day time jumbo perm rod sets or any other perm rod sets done during the day? I would love to hear from you! 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

Easy Milkmaid Twists

Hey Maicurlies,

So today I have a styling tutorial of my Milkmaid Twists. 

Milkmaid Twists

Milkmaid Twists

Now I will point out that I am not all that crazy about how this particular style looks on me (I love the style on others) the main reason why I don’t like it on myself that much is because my forehead and ears become quite obvious because all my hair is pulled back and away from my face LOL. I do like the fact that it is a protective/ low manipulation style since your hair is tucked away and can be left alone for days even. 

The style of  course is a breeze to do and doesn’t require too many products either. Please note: I actually recorded this video working on old, frizzy hair (that had seen better days) but even with the frizz and mess the final look still ends up looking polished and neat. The video was recorded a few months back but since I was not that big of a fan I put it away without editing it, until I was kindly requested to share the video so I did 🙂

Tools/Products used:

Method:

The first step is to split my hair in the middle in order to make two side ponytails (please note again apart from the frizz I also don’t make neat partings – I have issues). After parting, I use some FSG to help smooth out my hair and “tame” the frizz a little. I also follow up with a little of my Hair Pomade on my edges to help provide a little extra shine and thanks to the ingredients in the pomade it also helps protect and aid in the health of my edges. I use the soft bristle brush to bring my hair together and distribute the products applied. The soft bristle brush along with the gel and pomade really helps to give that “smooth” look. I pull my hair together into two side ponytails and then two strand twist each side. I then cross each twist over the top and bobby pin them on the opposite side (under the base of the twist) and tuck away the ends under the base of each twist and that is it. 

Additional:

I tend to add a wide ribbon to help accessorize the look, I like to think it makes the style look a little more “fancy” while at the same time helps me feel that I have caused some distraction away from my forehead and ears (yes I am not a fan of them!) 

Whenever I do this style I actually just take down the bobby pins, cover my hair with a scarf for the night and the next morning I touch up my edges if there is need to and then re-pin them down so I get to protect my hair for a few days. 

I have a video of course:

Would love to hear if you do Milkmaid Twists, if your method is different or if you have any suggestions for me.

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

8 Bantu Knot-out

Hey Maicurlies,

I am ADDICTED to Instagram! Yes I have admitted to this before (here) but seriously it is like a disease LOL!

Anywho, recently I started to take photos of what my hair looks like (quite frequently), so I figured from time to time I will post a few photos here too. Primarily if I have photos of my styling process (taking down my hair, separating, fluffing and styling) or if I capture how a style looks as the days go on I will load those up here.

8 Bantu Knot out

I want to start with my recent Bantu Knot-out which I did on 8 Bantu Knots. Normally I prefer doing smaller knots (not too tiny) just because it means I’d have tighter curls which creates fullness for my fine hair and it usually (I repeat, usually) means I don’t have to separate as much since my hair will already be in small sections. However, Bantu knots & sleep do not go hand in hand and I am tender headed so I did 8 Bantu Knots.

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I put in the Bantu Knots literally right before bed and took them down the next morning.

Bantu knots taken down

I separated the sections, fluffed my hair, separated some more, fluffed some more and then decided to pin it back for Day 1:

Day 2:

I did the pineapple method to sleep and covered my hair using a scarf. The next day (day 2). I again had it pinned back but without any curls hanging down this time.  By the second day my hair fluffier which gave me volume (yay) and of course also invited frizz but I am fine with that. 

That is it Maicurlies! Let me know if you like these kinds of posts or not! 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

Twisted Perm Rod Set

Hey Maicurlies,

So I have very slowly been crawling out of my regular two strand twist-outs…only just…and have been experimenting with perm rods.

Products/Tools used:

Products and Tools

Process:

For this demo I started off on freshly washed hair (I split my hair into 5 twists to make it easier to work through). From each of the 5 twists I split my hair into 3 -4  (I had a total of 17 perm rods at the end). I applied the Leave-In, Conditioning Gel, Whipped butter, worked each product into my hair and then finger detangled to make sure they were distributed evenly before combing. (I already detangled my hair during my wash process so detangling was a breeze). I two strand twisted and twirled my ends around the perm rods worked up to my roots. 

I let my hair air dry and covered my hair right before bed with a scarf (with the rods still on). The next morning I unwound the perm rods, took down the twists, separated my hair and then fluffed lifted my roots and separated some more.

Left: perm rods taken down and twists separated Right: perm rods and twists taken down but not separated

My Left: perm rods taken down and un-separated twists My Right: hair was separated

I like the results once I separated and fluffed however, since I am not a “pro” there is always room for improvement. I do not particularly like the perm rods I used (these are my old rods) but luckily my sister bought me new ones so I shall be using the new perm rods in the next video but will try without twisting my hair to see if there is a difference. 

How do you do your perm rod set? Two strand twist first or not? 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls