Tatayana Yomary: What was your favorite look you’ve done on a celebrity client?
Hair By Ivy: My favorite look definitely has to be the big curly hair on Joseline. Just because it was something that she’s never done before. It was like a Coming To America-esque hairstyle. It was big, jet-black and polished. It showed off her features and showed more of the Joseline that she is now. We did baby hairs and used about 4-5 bundles. That was my favorite look only because I had to make that wig in less than 45 minutes. I had a lot of pressure and it turned out beautiful.
HH: What are some of your do’s and don’ts when it comes to maintaining extensions and wig units?
HBI: Don’t use excessive adhesive and always protect your natural hair under your extensions. I tell my clients after you get extensions or a wig unit installed, once you remove the hair you should wear your natural hair out for at least a week to give your mane a break. Don’t keep your sew-in installed for longer than a month and a half.
HH: That is interesting to hear because many hairstylists say you can leave your sew-ins in for up to 6-8 weeks. There are also some people who wear extensions for as long as 12 weeks.
HBI: Noooo…(laughter). Three months, when you take that sew-in out your natural hair is going to fall out. It may turn into hair mold. I’ve seen it before where some people would have to get a big chop because they left it in. It’s all about educating yourself. Leaving that sew-in in, washing your hair every week and not letting her braids dry so when it’s time to take the hair out her hair stinks, the hair is knotted up and she has mold. Worst thing ever!
HH: What are some of your favorite hair trends right now?
HBI: Wigs! Wigs are definitely life! I am slaying these wigs everyday, every hour that I am working. All my clients are like, “Ivy I want you to get me a wig I don’t care what color, I don’t care how you style it, I need you to slay this wig and make this hairline look like its coming out of my scalp.”
HH: Wigs are very popular in the hair industry. Do you think that hair weaves will eventually phase out of the hair industry?
HBI: It just depends on the type of client, the type of event that they are going too. With the hair weaves, it’s very convenient because if you have about three to four bundles and a lace closure. I can make that into a wig. We still need hair weaves.