Peruvian Body Wave: 4 Bundles of 18, 20 and 2 x 22 inches and an 18 inch lace frontal

I love cheap AliExpress bundles as much as anyone but sometimes, it’s a real gamble and you don’t know what you will get in terms of quality. This is good hair, but it isn’t the best I have had and to be honest, for how much I paid, I can’t really complain much. I’ve had lots of compliments on this hair and the reason I believe it looks good is because I care for my bundles and it shows in how they wear. Whether you’ve gone cheap like me, or spent half your salary (I hope not) on your bundles, you are going to want them to last and look good for a very long time… or until you can afford a fresh lot.

 

Go easy on the heat

You don’t need to straighten or curl your weave every single day. Your heat tools should be efficient enough to give you the desired look with little effort, meaning if you need to do six passes through one section of hair to get it straight, maybe your straighteners aren’t as good as you think. Invest in good heat tools.

When you do curl or straighten or blow dry your weave, using a heat protectant will help minimise damage and also give you better looking results. Silicone-based heat protectants like the Schwarzkopf got2b Oil-Licious Tame & Shine Styling Oil or the IC Fantasia Heat Protecting Serum are non-greasy and don’t leave a sticky residue in your hair.

My GHD’s (bought in 2008, still good) and my Remington Pearl Wand
Pick the right brushes/combs for your texture
If you don’t want to end up with super-thin tracks, have a decent hairbrush with wide enough teeth for the texture of hair you have. Loose curl patterns will do well with a paddle brush, while tighter curls are better finger-combed or with a very wide toothed comb. Anything as tight as kinky-coily should not be combed at all and only very gently finger-detangled.

 

 

Wash and condition often

If your weave has a looser than body wave texture, you can get away with washing and conditioning once every two weeks, or even longer. If you go overboard on the heat, you will need to condition more often. A moisture rich conditioner like the Aussie Miracle Moist ConditionerTRESemmé Botanique Nourish & Replenish Conditioner (my current favourite which smells heavenly and lingers for days after) and Herbal Essences Hello Hydration will help to restore moisture balance and prevent frizz. Tighter curls need to be co-washed every few days, as they go dry and frizzy pretty quickly.

 

Use a light hairspray or finishing serum
There will be days when it’s just not happening and need a little extra help. I swear by the Got2Be Oil-licious Elixir Oil on such days. Two pumps are enough to cover a full head and it helps to keep frizz away and add more shine. A light, dry oil mist hairspray works just as well.

 

 

The takeaway from this is, care for your weave as you would your natural hair. Try not to be too harsh with it and you will definitely get you money’s worth and more. If you do choose to bleach or colour your hair, remember that it will need extra attention, moisture and even less heat.

 

3 Replies to “How I Keep My AliExpress Hair Looking Good

    1. Hi Damilola! I would use products that are marketed for use on coloured hair. ‘Regular’ shampoos may be too harsh and actually strip colour out of the hair, so ‘colour protect’ shampoos would be better, or you can go a step further and choose to co-wash instead, e.g., TRESemme Pro Collection Colour ShinePlex Sulphate Free Cleansing Conditioner is a good one for this. For conditioner, I would say the same. Colour can be very drying, especially bleach and light colours so, you have to use a hydrating conditioner formulated especially for coloured hair to add/maintain a good moisture balance. I always pick a matching conditioner for whatever shampoo/co-wash I choose and that works well.

      I hope this is helpful!

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