Monday, July 1, 2013

Protective Styling with Heat Free Hair's "ForKinks" collection




I am super happy to give you guys another chance to learn more about the blossoming company, Heat Free Hair! Since I will be doing quite a bit of traveling this summer I decided it was time to get another weave install. My first Heat Free Hair install was the ForKurls colelction (3 bundles), I loved that line and was able to keep it installed for about 10 weeks. I also tested out the new ForKoils (3 bundles) line for about 6 weeks which was gorgeous, easy to detangle and super soft. However, this time around I decided that I wanted the ForKinks line. I will admit that I was a bit nervous since the hair is SO huge and a bit kinkier than my 4a coils but Ngozi ensured me that it would be just fine and blending would be a breeze. She was right! I got 2 18 inch bundles installed yesterday and I love it. Heat Free Hair has yet to fail me so I didn't expect anything less than greatness! All of the hair types offered by the company are pretty amazing but ForKinks is by far my favorite. 

 Before I jump into my thoughts I wanted to break down the hair that is offered by HFH by using Naturally Curly's hair type chart. Many people are overwhelmed by the options so this may help a bit...



4b- Type 4b has a "Z" pattern, less of a defined curl pattern. Instead of curling or coiling, the hair bends in sharp angles like the letter "Z". Type 4 hair has a cotton-like feel. The hair is very wiry, very tightly coiled or bent and very, very fragile; you must take great care when working with it. Type 4 hair can range from fine/thin to wiry/coarse with lots and lots of strands densely packed together. Type 4b hair often shrinks up to 75% of the actual hair length.

4c- ype 4c hair is composed of curl patterns that will almost never clump without doing a specific hair style. It can range from fine/thin/super soft to wiry/coarse with lots of densely packed strands. 4c hair has been described as a more "challenging" version of 4b hair. Some say 4c looks identical to 4b except that the curls are so tightly kinked, there is seemingly no definition. 4c hair can shrink more than 75%.



3c-Type 3c hair has voluminous, tight curls in corkscrews, approximately the circumference of a pencil or straw. The curls can be either kinky, or very tightly curled, with lots and lots of strands densely packed together. Getting this type of hair to blow dry straight is more challenging than for 3a or 3b, but it usually can be done. The very tight curls are usually fine in texture.

4a- Type 4a is tightly coiled hair that has an "S" pattern. It has more moisture than 4b; it has a definite curl pattern. The circumference of the spirals is close to that of a crochet needle. The hair can be wiry or fine-textured. It is very fragile with lots of strands densely packed together. Type 4 hair has fewer cuticle layers than other hair types, which means it has less natural protection from damage.


People with Type 3b hair have well-defined, springy, copious curls that range from bouncy ringlets to tight corkscrews. 3b curls' circumference are Sharpie size. Type 3b hair can be straightened, but it's definitely a chore. Type 3b hair generally isn't particularly shiny and its texture can be quite coarse. Gels and creams work best to reduce frizz and add definition.

A lot of women aren't sure which collection to pick and choose from, I've gotten a lot of questions about the different hair types that Heat Free offers. I am also aware that many folks steer clear of the hair typing system but I think in this case it's a fun and resourceful way to see what you may be getting yourself into when purchasing hair from Heat Free. 

ForKinks, my thoughts (so far): This hair is THICK and I love it. ForKinks isn't my exact texture but defintiely blends much better than the other two collections with little manipulation. I was warned by Ngozi that this hair will shed more than usual IF manipulated too much. She advised me not to do excessive brushing and/or combing. When I got home yesterday I was ready to tame the bush. Styling the install was so much like doing my own hair; I couldn't believe it. I will say that when the install is wet it looks very similar to my loose natural texture. ForKinks also shrinks up quite a bit so I used products that I knew would stretch the strands, leave it soft and reduce frizziness throughout the day.  


Above you can see some pics that I snapped with the before and after results from detangling. I used a tangle teezer for the most part. I also toyed around with finger combing which worked great but took longer. The shedding was not bad at all this go around and I think that is because I manipulated the hair carefully in sections. I also made sure that I sprayed the strands with water and aloe before trying to brush through it. Right away I knew that a product with slip was needed to tame the thickness. Shea Moisture's Restorative Conditioner was awesome! My results this morning were pretty darn great too. I unraveled the twists with unrefined coconut oil to add a bit of moisture and to reduce the frizz that may try and sneak up throughout the day. 






I am excited to play around with the hair more and give you guys tips and tricks on how to manage the install. Many ladies wonder about HFH's ForKinks collections so I am hoping the my future posts will help. Especially for my type 4 ladies looking for a bit of a style change. Heat Free's installs, along with my Marley twists, have helped me so much on my protective style journey! I will have this hair in for 10-12 weeks. I also have a short video coming that I will post on YouTube.

Have you tried Heat Free Hair for your PS install?
If so, how did you like it?

xoxo,
Alex






13 comments :

Kendra. said...

Do you know how I could get this installed if I do not have a reliable salon to do it in my area? Or is there a website that shows which salons install this weave?

Alexandra Elle said...

@Kendra if you are in the DMV area you can make an apt with Ngozi to get it installed. If you are not, you will have to find a stylist in your neck of the woods. HeatFree will be doing a tour soon. I think if you head over to their website you can request that they come to your city. Hope this helped!

M I N G said...

I think I want this instead of princess malayasian!!

T McKenzie said...

Aren't you wondering who's hair you are wearing? Wearing human hair contributes to the exploitation of poor people, who get paid pennies if anything at all for their God given hair. Someone probably sold their hair to feed their kids. I wish people will see the reality of the human hair market. To dehumanize someone by taking their hair to feed your vanity is reprehensible.

Andrea Satta said...

I actually have this hair and having been wearing it in a sort of mock wash no go for the past two weeks. I love that it gets so big! My twist-outs definitely don't look like that though lol! Did you use the restorative conditioner to twist as well as to cowash? A YT tut would be awesome ;)

xox

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Nathalie Precil said...

For this sew in, did you cover your entire head? Or is some of your hair left out?

KenyaRae said...

I'm wondering How much of your hair is left out of this style or when you used the For Kurls collection?? They're both ultra fabulous. but I'm transitioning and my not so fabulous relaxed ends might not blend :/

Kunichiwa said...

So pretty :)

Lannette Jones said...

YOU AVE GIVEN THE BEST REVIEW BY FAR. I am so happy about my For Kinks purchase now.

Addicted2luv said...

Hey Alex, can you give a follow up on this hair and how it held up for you? I follow your Instagram feed and it seemed like you only kept this hair in for 3 weeks. What made you change your mind from keeping it in for a couple months?

Alexandra Elle said...

@Addicted2luv I actually wore this hair for about 6-7 weeks. I liked it a lot but shedding was an issue after a while. I attribute that to the really kinky texture of the hair.

Addicted2luv said...

Thank you so much for your response, I've had this hair since last summer and have been afraid to install because the texture was a little "too real" and I got scared that it would turn into a tangled mess after a week or two. I'm glad you had a good experience with it though. I have noticed that the natural texture weaves do shed a lot even if the wefts are sealed - which is unfortunate because they cost so much money and can't be used more than once. I will give ForKinks a go. Thanks for posting your experience and regimen, your hair looked gorgeous in it!