Yes, you read the title right. You can boil your straight hair weaves and create some sassy curls easy as pie. As you may know I recently removed a virgin wavy install. I loved the hair but being a natural 4a, I wasn’t able to blend properly without having to straighten my leave out every day. I really didn’t want to buy some more hair so I decided to turn my virgin wavy into kinky curly! I had my fingers crossed all the way but it worked a treat.
1. This is the hair I started with. 14 and 12 inches virgin wavy hair:
2. I used 69 of these perm rods , I already had them from when I was transitioning. If memory serves, these were the smallest they had at the bss at the time:
3. Sorry I forgot to take pictures of the hair rolled up but I did really small sections and I used all 69 rods. It only took an hour and I did it while watching tv.
4. I put a touch of conditioner in a large stockpot of boiling water then dropped the hair in making sure all the hair was completely submerged. For the first hour I kept the hob on medium so it was a pretty rapid boil and I had to keep topping up the water. For the second hour I put the hob on the lowest heat and let it do it’s thing until time was up.
5 I drained the hair and let it air dry still in the rods for about 3 hours while I was out.
6 When I removed the rods the hair was still damp and here are the results:
I then co-washed to hair to see if the curls would fall. They didn’t! Here is the hair very wet:
Here is a comparison picture. On the left is 1 small track that I didn’t process compared to the very curly bundles!
I installed the hair almost straight away but I have one question. What have I been wearing straight weaves all this time for?? I love kinky curly!
This was my braiding pattern. I sewed down the excess hair between the cornrows and it turned out pretty flat. I am leaving out a horseshoe, sides and back hence the sloppy bottom cornrow! I only braided the top to keep the hair out of the way while I was sewing the weave in but once I was done I thought I should see if a braid out for my leave out would match the weave hair. I think it does!
Here are the co-wash results, hair is dripping wet and I put some eco styler on my leave out hair and the second picture is how it looked when it dried. The curls shrink up as they dry just like regular natural hair but I’m happy with the results,
I could probably tweak it further next time, maybe try not to flatten the top so much to allow my roots to curl up but all in all I’m happy with the look. It took nearly no effort to style and the big plus is that I no longer have to run away from the rain, steam iron, my daughter’s wet hands etc etc
The braid out look was my favourite! I adore big hair.
I had this weave in for my usual 3 weeks and I loved it. Will be reinstalling it again soon.