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Recently, I installed yarn twists extensions in my daughter’s hair. She is a very active 8 year old and has a hard time brushing her own long curly hair. I figured this would give me a break from all the de-tangling that is required for her hair during a very busy few weeks. While it was time consuming to install them, it is simple to do. She had these in for 3 weeks. A few hours over an evening or two, saved me many, many hours over those weeks of struggle and tears from her to get the tangles out. We will definitely do these again in the near future.
This was only my second time doing these yarn twist extensions, ever! I did them a few years ago for the first time. Neither her, nor I were as patient to sit for the long to do them more often back then. I just randomly came across the original how to video that I learned from and decided to give it a try again. I posted photos on my personal Facebook page and the compliments were amazing! I figured I would share the photos here, some tips and the video for everyone that was interested in them as well.
WHY CHOOSE YARN EXTENSIONS?
My daughter likes dreads and braids. I personally have natural dreads, that I will post about another time, and they are low maintenance. No brushing tangles, no fighting frizz and no spending an hour or more to prep for each day. I am all for children making decisions on their own hairstyles. If my daughter wanted to make the long term choice of dreads, I’d be all for it. But she’s not up for it. This hairstyle has the same low maintenance as my dreads but it’s not long term. She loves color. What little girl doesn’t? With this hairstyle, you can choose yarn as natural to the hair color you are working with or as colorful as you want.
This is actually a protective hairstyle for those that have biracial, African American hair, or even curly hair but can be done with any hair type. My daughter is biracial so I use a little bit of coconut oil when putting these in so it is a great way to moisturize/repair her hair, keeps it from breaking and can help the curls regain their definition.
FAQ AND TIPS ABOUT YARN TWIST EXTENSIONS
• Use acrylic yarn, not wool as wool will dread into the hair. Acrylic yarn can be found at your local dollar stores, chain stores (Wal-Mart, Target, Members, etc) and is cheap. You will have lots left over for other projects or future hair styles!
• These can be the same length of regular hair or extended for a longer look.
• They can be left in up to 4 weeks (usually needs to be redone by that time due to frizziness at the scalp + new hair growth).
• Can be washed and conditioned as usual. And can be a great hairstyle to use during a time of changing from shampoos to no poo (hair goes through a wild ride sometimes with that).
• Can be styled in many ways: left down, ponytail, pig tails, bun, other up-dos or partial up-dos.
• To remove, just cut the yarn (making sure not to cut hair) and untwist. My daughter wears her hair twisted once the yarn is removed for a few days before washing again to go back to her normal curls.
THE HOW TO INSTALL YARN EXTENSIONS
I have not recorded a video how-to on yarn twists because there are many, many of them available on YouTube for viewing already. Basically, I measure the yarn (LENGTH OF HAIR x 2) and cut lots of strands of it. Then I section the hair into ‘brick pattern’s as you go. Each ‘block’ in the brick pattern will be what I attach the yarn to. I personally use two strands of yarn for each twist. I split the block into two strands of hair, then find the center of my yarn and place it against the scalp. So there are two strands of hair and two strands of yarn. I start twisting a strand of yarn with a strand of hair then cross over and continue twisting. At the end of the hair, I continue for about an inch past the hair then knot it. You can extend pas the hair as long as you want.
If you try yarn twist extensions out, please feel free to let me know how they turn out. And if you have any further questions at all about how this is done, ask in the comments + I’ll answer to the best of my ability!
I cannot say how disappointed I am in this online faxing service. I originally signed up for eFax.com as an eFax Free member. That included receiving up to 10 faxes in each 30 day period. I have never received an email from them once since I began using them.
Very unexpectedly, I found that I was being charged for 3 months – when I was a “eFax Free member”. Forty plus dollars missing from my account was alarming to me today!
I received one fax on the very day I signed up for my account. Not one fax received nor sent since that day. I never even signed into my account again until today when I became aware they charged my card without permission.
I had signed up for the eFax Free account (receive 10 or less faxes a month for free). I somehow ended up on the eFax Plus account without my knowledge!
I am NOT the only person with this issue. Many have had the same problem happen. Others have signed up for the Pro or Plus accounts with 30 days free and when trying to cancel their subscription, they were refused and ended up being charged. Many have had viruses + malware issues using their services due to spam. They all seemed to have had the same poor customer service communication issues as I did, with no emails (upon sign up, nor when billed or service canceled) or told they don’t cancel unless over the phone.
Out of 5 stars, eFax is a 1 star Biz according to yelp, based on 82 reviews. See here: http://m.yelp.com/biz/efax-los-angeles. More of the same complaints via Consumer Affairs: http://www.consumeraffairs.com/cell_phones/efax.html. There are now over 600 complaints through the Better Business Bureau, in which they are NOT accredited. And if you just google ‘eFax reviews’, like I should have before using them in the first place, you will get page after page of more horror stories!
My personal experience trying to cancel my account and ask for a refund was terrible. Their customer service support line (via phone) is ran by non-American citizens whom either I could not understand or they didn’t understand me. It took 3 transfers of people before I got frustrated and told them to transfer me to a United States customer service rep. I was put on hold for over 15 mins and finally someone who could speak + understand English was on the line for me to speak with. They said they would submit a request to refund only $16.95 (one month of service). They said they were unable to do anything further.
I then called my card’s customer service line and they submitted for an investigation immediately. Hopefully it’ll be returned in the near future. But in the meantime, and even if it’s not returned, I will make sure to do what I can to get the word out about eFaxes poor services and customer communication.
Disclaimer: This service review is based on my own personal experience and is my 100% honest opinion.
I mentioned before that I would be posting more information about our wedding. Today, I just so happened to come across a video of one of the performers that we had for entertainment after the ceremony. Lee Mai, a juggler from Louisville, Kentucky, was absolutely amazing and I’m forever grateful for his presence on our special day! Him + other performers took their time while “warming up” to allow the kidlets play with their flow toys and show them some little tricks. I’ll share more entertainers that were in attendance in the very near future. For now, check out his first video that he did in one take:
This video was filmed at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, KY. It was done in one take, with minimal edits. Video credit goes to my good friend Ben James. Background music is “Ritual Howl” by Shigeto. Props used are Henry Pirouette Grips, and “wiffle ball russians” crafted by Eric Sipos.