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?