10 Hair Tips Your Mother Never Told You

Here are a few hair secrets I have locked away in my little beauty closet. When I die I can’t take them with me, so I figured I’d share these gems with you. You’re welcome in advance…lol. Happy Wednesday my lovely Hair-nistas!!!!

1. Bye, Bye Flyaways – Hate those little stray hairs that stick up on your head or around your face?? Go to your laundry closet & grab 1-2 fabric softener sheets, rub them gently over the top of your head whereever the flyaway strands exist. (Yes, I’m serious it works!)  Also, when you’re lotioning your body & have a little lotion left on your palms, just run your fingers through your hair. Two products I love for flyaways – Sunsilk Hairapy Hydra Tlc 24/7 Creme ($9.99, amazon.com) & Garnier Fructis Style Sleek & Shine Anti-Humidity Milk ($4.00, drugstores). I apply Sunsilk Hairapy Hydra Tlc 24/7 Creme before I blowdry my hair. I only apply a quarter-size amount to my ends & a dime-size amount to the front of my head, where flyaways are common. I use Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Anti-Humidity Smoothing Milk when my hair is dry. I apply a small amount throughout my hair & on my extensions. It smoothes away all stray hairs. Both products smell amazing too!

2. Paper Towel Power – After you get out of the shower do you use a regular bath towel to dry your hair? Believe it or not, using a paper towel to gently remove water from your tresses absorbs more water & prevents frizz.  Your hair will end up less frizzy because the paper towel does’t create as much friction as a bath towel.

3. Slow Down On Protein Products – Protein – enriched products are all the rage right now. What consumers don’t realize is that you can put too much protein in your hair causing the hair to become dry, brittle, & weak. A deep protein treatment should only be used once every 2-3 months.

4. Use Your Tootbrush On Your Hair – Sometimes the hair around your crown area can become extremely flat & lifeless. Many women reach for a comb & immediately begin back-combing their hair only to look in the mirror & find Snooki from  The Jersey Shore staring back at them. Also,  using a comb to tease hair actually rips your hair strands causing major breakage. Use a toothbrush to gently back-comb the hair around the top of your head. This will create volume & lift without ripping your hair to shreds.

5. Use Hot Rollers for Hollywood Hair –  To create big, soft Old-Hollywood curls opt for a hot roller set.  Using hot rollers promotes healthy hair because the heat is not as harsh compared to using a large barrel curling iron. Hot rollers create smooth, silky hair while eliminating all frizz. I use Jilbere de Paris Ceramic Tools Porcelain Series Professional Hair Setter ($21.99). It comes with 12 large rollers & you can buy more rollers seperately if needed. I bought mine at Sally Beauty Store.

6. Finding the Right Hair Color for YOU – The trick to finding the right hair color is to complement your skin’s undertones. If you have:  Pink/Blue Undertones – Use deep browns, reds, or blonds. Choose ash, golden, or honey highlights for added contrast & depth. Yellow Undertones – Use a deep, rich base color, such as mahogany, dark chocolate, auburn, or chestnut. Get highlights in shades of deep copper, red, cinnamon,  or burgundy. These colors will help neutralize the yellow in your skin. Red Undertones – Try not to over process your hair by going too blond &  going too dark. Stay away from a yellow or golden hair color also. Stick with a honey brown or golden base color. You can add rich, caramel highlights for a sun-kissed appearance.

7. Never Tell Your Stylist You Want Bangs – Usually when a girl says she wants bangs she really means, “I’m hormonal, I’m having a bad hair, I hate everyone & new bangs will make everything better.” Try to overcome that impulse feeling for at least a week & if you still truly desire bangs, talk about it throughly with your hairstylist. Not everyone views bangs the same so be sure to bring a clear photo of the look you want.

8. Use A Humidifier – Hair is constantly exposed to dry air, heat styling, etc., causing our beautiful tresses to become parched hay-like strands. Using  a humidifier at night will distribute needed moisture back into your hair reigniting healthy, full, soft locks.

9. Love Your Scalp – Too much product build up on your scalp could be the reason your hair is a slightly unruly. This could slow hair growth, clog hair follicles, &  weaken hair strands. Use Sea Breeze Astringent ($5.00, drugstores) on your scalp. Apply with a cotton ball, then wash your hair as usual.

10. Olive Oil Isn’t Just For Cooking –  Indian women always have soft, silky, thick hair. What’s their secret? For centuries Indian women have been using olive oil to treat their tresses. Olive oil works as a natural conditioner. It helps to make your hair softer & more manageable. You can also add fresh rosemary to the olive oil. Rosemary is well known for its tonic effects & is also a natural conditioner. It is best to use room temperature extra virgin olive oil. Use your fingertips to apply the olive oil throughout your hair, starting from the scalp working your way down to the ends. Wrap your head in a towel & let set for 30 minutes. Sometimes I leave it on for an hour for extra conditioning. Wash the olive oil out of your hair, shampoo & condition.

What are your hair secrets???? Feel free to leave comments with your own hair tips!


Remy hair & Indian Virgin Remy human hair explained. Why is it so special???

Remy Human Hair

Remy Hair, Indian hair, Virgin Remy hair….what the hell does it all mean???

The word “Remy” is probably one of the most misunderstood and overused phrases in our industry. Some common misconceptions about Remy human hair are: Remy hair is only Indian hair, Remy hair is an extremely rare blend of fine/thin hair, Remy hair can only be purchased in high-end salons, or Remy hair costs thousands of dollars.

Remy human hair consists of hair extensions made from virgin human hair of the highest quality grade. There may be some chemical treatments involved after the raw material is acquired (hair dye or cuticle removal). Indian Virgin Remy hair is completely pure. To be considered Indian Virgin Remy hair, chemicals of any kind must have never touched the hair and it must be imported from India. With all Remy hair, the strands must follow the same direction and be of the same length to ensure a high quality set free of tangling.

Indian Virgin Remy Human Hair

Many years ago the definition of remy hair was used to describe human hair that was the highest grade of virgin hair with an intact cuticle. Remy hair was also required to be mono-directional. Maintaining hair direction is very difficult, since a majority of the raw material (recently cut human hair) is gathered at temples and not from a controlled environment like a lab or hair salon.

Therefore, the original distinction of Remy hair was established to represent hair extensions that were strong and healthy virgin hair that was free of chemical processing. The hair has to be carefully collected to ensure all strands maintain a mono-directional form and an intact cuticle to protect the hair shaft.

Over time some consumers actually began to prefer non-cuticle hair extensions. So the term Remy or Remi Hair Extensions (as used in European countries) lost some of its meaning, since cuticle hair was not necessarily a requirement of fine, much desired hair extensions.

22 inch Indian Virgin Remy hair (Lighter shades chemically altered by manufacturers)

Also, many women in Europe and in the United States began to purchase hair extensions that required hair colors of lighter brown and blond. Unfortunately, most of the world marketplaces of human hair do not include these shades. To achieve the lighter shades, the hair has to be chemically altered (bleached, highlighted). Therefore, the hair is no longer “Virgin” hair, but the quality of hair is still considered Remy hair. While I offer all shades of color in the Remy human hair, I only sell dark shades in Indian Virgin Remy hair. It is extremely expensive and hard to find lighter shades of what wholesale companies consider Indian Virgin Remy hair. In reality, there is no such thing as blond or light brown Indian Virgin Remy hair. The true form of this hair is imported from India cut from the heads of young Indian women & children. Any so-called Indian Virgin Remy hair that is of a lighter shade, has in some way been chemically altered by the manufacturer.

India is a country dominated by a huge religious population of Hindus. A belief in Hinduism is sacrificing ones hair in the name of God.

Hair, for most people, is what defines their physical appearance. It can be an expression of social conformity & affiliation. In hinduism, sacrificing your hair in the name of God means you are letting go of your ego & your everyday life routine & devoting time to God.

Indian women donate their hair to a temple. The temple collects the hair & sets it aside to be auctioned. Only affluent people take part in these auctions as the hair has to be bought in bulk & literally costs millions of dollars. Food for thought.

I hope I haven’t confused you! Haha….

If you are in the process of purchasing high-quality extensions via the Internet, you probably have came across hundreds of sites that offer human hair extensions. The market is saturated and rightfully so…the sale of hair extensions is a 100 billion dollar a year industry. When in doubt purchase your extensions from me!!!

Go to Extensions-By-Erica.com for the highest quality hair! (Come on – what kind of business woman would I be if I didn’t throw in a little self-promotion?? Lol)

Indian Virgin Remy Human Hair