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On Monday I had the pleasure of visiting the Indiqué Hair Boutique in Soho and also had the honor of getting my hair done by celebrity stylist Gabrielle Corney. I’m going natural and at four months since my last relaxer, I’d rather not deal with two totally different textures right now.
So weave it is!
But I’m so not a weave girl. Mainly because I spend so much on makeup and shoes and couldn’t afford another “habit”, but after seeing Gabrielle’s work, I knew I had to put my pennies together and go for it. After all if people like R&B singer Olivia (she’s weave free and has some of the healthiest color-treated hair on the planet), relationship expert Tionna Smalls, and corporate clients like Coogi and Mercedes Benz Fashion Week call on Gabrielle to perform hair magic, then I knew I was in great hands.
So after having a consultation with Gabrielle, we decided the best thing for me would be to start with a sew-in with very little hair out. Like basically just enough in the front to give me an authentic hair line and a little horse shoe section at the top to avoid the look I call “lampshade weave”. The lampshade weave is not the move, folks.
A major part of having a “natural-looking” weave is in the technique (which Gabrielle masters), but the other major part is in the hair you use. I can’t tell you enough about how having great quality hair is key. You pay more for it, but you definitely get what you pay for. I chose Indiqué because they offer 100% virgin Indian human hair that has never been chemically treated or altered. Their hair is also 100% Remy which means it doesn’t tangle and because it has cuticles that all grow in the same direction, it flows like natural hair does. And since the weft (the “band” that the tracks of hair are sewn on) is reinforced, Indiqué hair can be reused up to one year. Definitely worth the price in my opinion.
Buying Indiqué hair is also an experience. Their retail shop (open to the public) reminds me of a cool trendy lounge with hair choices galore. You want curly, wavy, straight, blonde, dark brown, black, or if you want to go there pink, they got it. I chose the “relaxed straight” hair which matches how my own hair looks with a relaxer.
After some diligent and careful sewing, my hair was ready to be cut. Gabrielle went in and took off some of the length and bulk with a special razor tool. The end result? A long bob.
And I love it! The hair blended in perfectly with the hair that was left out. Plus I can wear it bone straight, add a little (or a lot) of curls/waves–it’s so versatile.
If you’re looking for a new ‘do, Gabrielle is available by appointment. In addition to weaves she also does precision short haircuts, color, and more. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Get behind the scenes hair info by following her on Twitter and checking out her Plixi photo account.
For more information on Indiqué hair and all the different types of 100% Remy, 100% Indian human hair they offer log on to www.indiquehair.com or visit their retail locations or authorized retailers in a city near you:
296 Elizabeth Street, Suite BF (Downstairs)
New York, NY 10012
170 Neponset Ave.
Dorchester, MA 02122
1309 Bell Rd Suite 216
Antinoch, TN 37013