Luxetips Beauty! New Protective Hairstyle Via Stylist Sophia Johnson, Owner of So Kai Salon
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. “Maya Angelou”
If you have following my social media feeds and this site, you have probably noticed by now that I have a new hairstyle.
As I was preparing for my trip to Greece, I kept wondering how I was going to maintain my hair considering it is all natural and I was going to be swimming in the ocean, hiking and away from any salons. I seriously needed wash and go hair.
Jamaican-born Sophia Johnson, owner and master stylist of my salon, SoKai Salon, suggested I get a protective hairstyle also known as a full sew-in weave or full extensions. Yep! I went all in.
The process was pretty simple and painless. Sophia instructed me to purchase quality virgin hair for my style. I went to Virgin Remy virgin hair shop in downtown Atlanta to purchased the hair. It was an experience. There were so many types of hair to choose from: bone straight, wavy, curly and in different lengths ranging from 12-24 inches.
I chose a curly hair pattern and was told by Sophia and the folks at Virgin Remy that this style will maintain its curl pattern and all I had to do was wash it with conditioner….simple wash and go hair. Score!
I was super excited about getting my “new hair.” First my hair was washed, conditioned, and blow-dryed. Next, Sophia corn-rowed all of my hair with a side part. I didn’t have any of my hair left out with this style. I wanted all of my own hair totally protected from any sand, salt and heat with this style.
The next step included Sophia sewing the tracks onto the braids completely covering all of my braided hair with the hair. After this was done, Sophia wet the hair with water added mouse and I was ready to go.
The entire process took 3 hours. However, Sophia and her assistants were so efficient, the time flew.
Sophia also gave me great tips for maintaing my new hairstyle and also tips to protect my own hair underneath from damage and shedding. She told me to:
-Keep the hair moisturized with conditioner or mousse;
-Never to pull the hair severely back into a bun or ponytail. This pulling could cause damage to my edges;
-Always wash and condition the hair and be sure to allow the conditioner to soak into my own hair.
I have been following these tips to a tee! I can tell my hair is growing underneath at a super fast rate, plus my edges are still healthy and intact. LOL!
I get so many wonderful compliments on my new hair. People tell me it is flawless and it looks so natural.
And it was the perfect hairstyle for my 9 day trip to Greece. It was no stress at all. Plus it always looked amazing whether I was in the sea or hiking mountains. Fabulous!
Sophia is a protective hairstyle expert. She ensures the hair is properly installed, looks natural and will not let you leave her chair until you understand how to properly care for the hair.
I am on month 2 of my 3 month commitment to this hair. I love it so much! I keep telling myself not to get addicted. But now I know why there is such an obsession with extensions.
Sophia charges $300 to install extensions. Hair has to be purchased separately. It is worth the price. Because I have this hairstyle, I do not have to go to the salon every 1-2 weeks to get my natural hair done. I am actually saving money while giving my own hair a break from heat and the elements.
To schedule a consultation or appointment to get extensions, the salon’s contact info is as follows:
559 Flat Shoals Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316
It is located in the heart of East Atlanta Village!