The moment celebrity hairstylist Tonia B. set foot in Los Angeles (she hails from Wilmington, Delaware), her career seemed to blossom overnight. With her training as a stylist and natural ability as an image consultant, Tonia quickly became a fixture among the Hollywood sect and was soon fielding calls from celebrities like Meagan Good, Wendy Raquel Robinson and Lauryn Hill to get them ready for their close-ups. In fact, the next time you watch the television series The Game, you might just see one of Tonia’s creations on screen or most recently in Tyler Perry’s Jumping the Broom.
“Weaves” used to be considered a dirty little secret, but that secret’s long been out of the closet and without question is one of the largest money-earners in beauty supply stores across the nation and around the world. Since the word on the street was that Tonia is an authority on weaves, it was only fitting that we ask her to answer some burning questions the weave-challenged & the weave-curious have about this forever interesting topic.
What makes your weaving technique so special?
The Indian Technique is a procedure that was especially created for [women of color] in Hollywood’s entertainment industry. [I] often witness the separation factor (natural hair separated from the weave). In hair theory, there’s a natural growth pattern and it’s wise to follow the grain of the growth pattern especially when laying the foundation (the braiding). This procedure is done with the proclivity of real hair growth [which] allows you to manipulate the weave [that can be worn] in many directions while keeping the natural look of the weave and gives you a lot of versatility: gym, day executive, evening, play, & sexy, etc).
What advice would you give a woman who wants to maintain the health of her own hair while she wears a weave?
You can maintain the health of natural hair by shampooing and conditioning it every 10-14 days. A deep penetrating conditioner (meaning heat is required) – sit under dryer for at least 20 minutes) and then follow with a moisturizing conditioner if needed [at all] since it depends on the state of your hair. [Note that a moisturizing conditioner may not always be needed], but your scalp may require [some] attention. [Also beware that] some conditioners can coat the hair and cause weightiness and non-flexibility.
What question(s) should someone ask a stylist when they’re researching people to do their weaves for the first time or maybe even just their own hair?
You should ask…
1. How do I protect my hair from the weave?
2. How long can I wear it?
3. Will the hair look natural with my hair?
4. How do I protect my hair from the heat?
5. How important is texture matching? REALLY IMPORTANT TO ASK.
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