Colleen Davis is a hair beautician who does work from her home in Willingboro, NJ. She attended a beautician school called, Dudly's in Washington D.C. Later, she moved to New Jersey and got a job working at a salon and later found it better to work at home. She has been doing hair for 25 years and still enjoys her occupation.
Q: What is the most styles people ask you to do?
A: Well, people ask for all kinds of things. I tend to do braids and weaves a lot, especially since I work out of my home.
Q:What are weaves?
A:It’s the science of weaving or braiding human or synthetic hair to the roots of existing, healthy hair so that it grows along with natural hair, thus giving the impression of a thick growth. It’s also called hair integration or hair intensification. It’s a procedure appropriate for people with thinning hair. It’s not something that requires a hospital visit; it’s usually done in salons as a temporary procedure.
Q: Why do you favor working in your home, rather than a salon?
A: My home is my comfort zone. I used to work in the shop, but I like setting my own rules and prices to my customers. I can charge them the amount that I feel is necessary.
Q: How much do you charge for weaving? Is it considered expensive to you?
A: I charge $70 for a weave. I also charge $25 by the row for hair extensions. The only thing is that customers must buy their hair before so that I can sew it in. I honestly don't consider my prices to be expensive at all. I try to charge people without making them pay a arm and a leg. I find it easier to make my own prices. I don't like to rob people.
Q:Where can people get a weave done?
A: People can go anywhere to go get a weave done. There are salons that do them and even people who just know how to do them and they didn't necessarily go to a beauty school. Weaving is a skill that anyone can master. A person just has to be seasoned and know what hair styles fit a person's face. However, it really doen't matter. Some people prefer to go to certain beauticians because everyone does weaves differently and has different techniques of how to put them in.
Q:How long does it take to do weaves?
A:It depends on the hair style that they want really. It takes me about 45 minutes to an hour usually. If I'm doing any type of braiding weaving, it could take hours depending on the style they choose.
Q:How long do weaves tend to last?
A: They can last anywhere from two weeks to months. It really depends on how the person takes care of it, what they get, and what type of hair they buy.
Q:How do you put them in?
A: You put them in ny taking two or three shafts of hair natural or synthetic are woven into the root area. Some of the natural hair is woven or braided together to act as an anchor, to which the add-on tufts are sewn, woven, knitted or glued. The extensions have to be repositioned every five or six weeks as the natural hair grows out.
Q:Can anyone wear weaves?
A: Yes they can! For black women you see it is a very common thing. It is very likely you see someone wear their own hair. Also, other women in different ethnic groups can wear them also. It is weaving call "Fusions", which can be added to peoples hair that is very thin and soft. However, I've seen different ethnic groups of women use "tracks". Tracks are what black women use to get their hair sewn in to add more hair to their head.
Q: What is a lace weave? How popular are they?
A: Lace weaves are essentially a wig but a very very good one. It is an attachment weave that creates a whole new hair line. You glue the lace front to your forehead. It is very natural looking. It can be straight, curly, short, long, and so on. People who wear these are mostly celebrities, such as Beyonce. However, people are buying them now in beauty supply stores. They run about $200-$300. I know I want to wear one of those things, they can be very sharp!