I was looking through my hair stash the other day and I realized how un-organized it's gotten over the past year. I've had intentions to clean it up a bit for a while but never got around to actually doing it. So I decided to do a complete re-organizing and "inventory".
I apoligize in advance for the huge watermarks on my pictures. I've had pictures stolen from my blog before for commerical use by shady hair vendors and "stylists" so that's why my watermarks are huge in this particular post. I think I'm a nice approachable person so just ask me if you would like to use my photos. I'll probably say yes. If you steal your just going to piss me off...
There really is no right or wrong way to do this. Everyone has their own way organizing things so do what works best for you.
Here's What You Will Need:
1. Shampoo, Conditioner or Deep Conditioner Treatment & Leave In Conditioner
2. Wide Tooth Comb
3. Small hair elastics
4. Gallon Plastic Bags & a sharpie marker
5. Tape Measure
6. Towels or skirt hangers (I didn't have enough skirt hangers on hand to hang and air dry for this project so I spread towels on my carpet).
I started out by washing and deep conditioning everything in my stash. I didn't intend on washing everything because most of it was clean and some of the hair is new/un-used. I had some hair in my "to wash" pile so I just washed everything. I figured I'd start of fresh.. I washed each bundle/different hair type separately so nothing got mixed up.
I find it easier to wash and condition the hair in bundles. I band together the bundle that I want to wash with a small rubber elastic.
Gently squeeze out any excess water. Be gentle. I like to wrap a towel around the bundle to get out the excess water.
After removing the excess water sprayed leave-in conditioner on the hair and gently de-tangled with a wide tooth comb. Then I removed the elastics and then laid it out on towels to air dry.
After everything was dry. It took a few hours. I re-bundled the hair in bundles according to origin, type and length. I like to use these hair elastics because they don't tangle in the hair or leave annoying band marks.
Re-bundled and organized.
I bundled it and then wrote the following on the plastic bags.
Vendor Name (if applicable)
Hair Origin (i.e. Indian/Malaysian)
Hair Type- (i.e. wavy, straight, curly)
Length (i.e. 16" or 18"-20'')
The I placed the bundle in the bag and smushed all of the air out, then folded the excess part of the bag so only the label showed.
Then I organized the bags by type and length and put every in a plastic bin thing and then put in my secret hiding place.
Re-organizing all my extensions made me realize that I indeed have an addiction. I think I may start to part with some of it. I really don't know what I'm saving it for. I just need to bring myself to part with it.