Hey love bugs! So this post is going to be a hair review (I haven’t done one in a while right?!)
I was contacted by a company on Aliexpress.com by the name of Luvin Hair Products
This particular company is based in China and sells very affordable bundled virgin hair and lace closures in a variety of lengths, textures and curl patterns (i.e. Brazilian, Malaysian, Peruvian, body wave, loose wave, curly, straight) that can be purchased whole sale or individually.
Of course I was skeptical and decided to do my usual before accepting the invitation to review…scour the internet for previous reviews. Pretty much all the videos & blogs I found were a mixture of love and hate reviews, either the person loved it or they really disliked the hair, it was hard to get a definite assumption of what to expect with this hair so I’m going completely off of my judgement own here.
PLEASE NOTE: I have seen and heard a lot of comments that hair companies send beauty gurus and bloggers, like myself the “good samples” and give their regular costumers sub par hair. I DO NOT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THIS. DO NOT ASSOCIATE ME WITH THAT CLAIM. I AM GIVING MY HONEST REVIEW OF THE HAIR THAT WAS SENT TO ME AS IS.
This item was sent to me for review consideration by Luvin Hair Products. I am not affiliated with Luvin Hair Products nor am I receiving any compensation for this review. This is my 100% unbiased opinion.
Availability: Luvin Hair Products via Aliexpress.com
What You Get:
- 1 lace closure
- 3 wefted bundles of virgin Brazilian hair
What It Is:
The bundle set that was sent to me was a 4pc set that included 3 wefted bundles and a lace closure. This is a great set to consider for those who want to save money and want a complete package. The company also sells their closures and bundles separately.
I decided to try out the Virgin Brazilian Loose Wave Bundle Set. All the hair on this site comes in one color, 1B and you have the option of getting all of your hair in one length or in 4 different lengths all together. The lengths I chose were a 16″, 18″ and 20″ wefted bundles and a 14″ lace closure.
The hair arrived in a very timely manner, it was shipped out on a Monday and I received my package Wednesday of that same week. The bundles looked exactly like the photos on the website and everything arrived in good condition for the most part. My only thing with shipping was that the bundles and the closure were slightly frizzy and raveled at the ends. I’m assuming that this is because the hair was packaged in a flimsy plastic baggie and shipped in a plastic bag envelopes, a box would’ve probably been a better parcel.
Both the bundles and the closure did not have any strong or unpleasant scent to them and felt soft and silky upon initial touch. My fingers glided through all the hair with ease and I experienced no shedding while finger combing. I did not see any gray hairs or synthetic fillers when I looked through the bundles and closure. The hair has low to medium luster (shine) which I prefer because it is more realistic in my opinion.
I was a little worried when I saw the bundles at first because the 16″ bundle looked exactly like the 18″ and when stretched out there was only a very slight difference in length. The closure was a bit of a disappointment at first glance because on the Luvin website it’s advertised as having a defined middle part but when I took it out of the packaging it had no part at all.
I requested that the knots on the closure be bleached the representative assured me that their closures come pre-bleached but the do not bleach them too much because they don’t want to ruin the closure. So basically once the consumer receives their closure they are able to use their own discretion on whether or not they would want to bleach the knots any further (makes sense, right?). When I inspected the knots on the closure, I found that they were indeed lightly bleached. The wave pattern of the closure was another initial concern because it seemed to have more of a body wave pattern but once I deep conditioned the closure and the bundles I was able to see that it had a similar enough curl pattern and could be blended properly.
I deep conditioned the bundles and the closure the same day I got the package. I used Patene Pro-V’s Truly Natural Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner, finger detangled and let them sit over night. In the morning I rinsed all the conditioner out and let them air dry for the entire day. I didn’t not experience any type of color or dirt running from the hair, the water ran clear the entire time which is a great indicator that the hair has not been colored at all. There was VERY MINIMAL shedding, 1-3 strands per bundle at the most.
I found that doing this prior to installing the hair helped to smooth out the frizzy ends and gave the hair some extra moisture so it felt extremely luxurious the next day. I was also able to see the natural curl pattern and true length of both the closure and the bundles more clearly. As you see in the photos below the curl pattern of the closure is much more defined than the bundles, which I actually prefer and you can now visibly see the difference in length on the bundles as well. Once the hair completely dried it had a beautiful curl pattern to it (I like the closure pattern better here as well) and when you finger comb it, it just gets fuller and bouncier with minimal frizz. I’m excited for my install!!!
Photos have been displayed in chronological order from the 1st day up until the 2 week update.
Ok so it’s been roughly two weeks since my install and I am quite happy with the results.
I had my hair braided up and sewed the hair directly onto the braids. I only left out enough in the front to be able to blend the closure. I also left some hair out on the sides in the back to conceal the tracks if I ever decide to do an up-do or any other similar style.
In terms of the closure I had to create my own part and pluck some of the hairs out to make it more defined (I was not fond of this task). I did not bleach the closure any further, instead I just added some foundation to the part and it looks believable….from a distance. You can definitely tell I have a closure in when you are up close and personal, especially if you’re staring so I’m still trying to figure out how to best work this lace closure. Besides that I really like the closure so far. I was worried about the curl pattern but it actually blends in with the bundles seamlessly.
I considered bonding the wefts (tracks) of the bundles to prevent any shedding but in the end I didn’t feel like it was necessary because firstly, I hate the way weft sealer hardens the wefts and makes them stiff and not pliable. Plus, the wefts for the hair are doubled and constructed very well and secure in my opinion. Instead I had the hair sewn in using the “fold over” method. For those who are unfamiliar this method is where you basically sew the wefts on continuously without measuring and cutting the wefts then sewing them on in individual layers. This method works great if you do not want to ruin your wefts and/or you don’t want your hair to shed like crazy and you don’t want to seal the wefts. The final result wasn’t bulky looking or bulging so I am pleased.
There were a lot of reviews that complained about 3 bundles not being enough but I ended up being able to install all of the bundles except for about 1/4 of the shortest bundles (16″) and I have a fairly large head. I definitely feel like the amount of hair I have in now is enough hair for the look I was going for. I’m not a fan of super big and full hair (although it is very beautiful) because when I wear extensions my main goal is to have it look as natural as possible so I more so like the sleek look. Besides, when the hair is in it’s curly state it can get VERY full if you play around with it, so I’m content with the fullness I have now. If you’re someone that is obsessed with full, voluminous hair or if you plan on purchasing hair that has no curl, you’ll probably want to get an extra bundle or 2, or you can just cut more layers into the hair to create the illusion of a fuller head of hair. As for me, 3 bundles was MORE than enough to do my entire head.
After I installed the hair and blended the closure I created a few light layers in the front to frame my face, that’s pretty much all I’ve done to the hair. No coloring, no major cutting and no bleaching. I’ve experienced very minimal shedding or tangling. I really only got noticeable shedding while I was cutting the layers but after that whenever I comb the hair I get 2 or 3 strands at the most (I only use a wide tooth comb or I’ll finger comb).
I’ve been in love with the natural curl pattern on this hair so much that I haven’t worn it straight or put any kind of heat to it yet but I do plan on styling it with heat at least twice so I can see how well it holds a curl and if it will be able to properly revert back to it’s natural curl pattern once exposed to heat.
Maintaining the hair takes some patience but nothing too strenuous like if you were to have super tight curly hair. I’ve washed the hair twice since the first time I washed it before my install and all I do is use my Co-Wash Conditioner by Pantene, following the instructions on the bottle and I get AMAZING results. For sleeping, all I do is part the hair into 1 or 2 sections on each side and 2 strand twist each section, put a bonnet on and go to bed.
I WILL HAVE A HAIR CARE + STYLING VIDEO UP SOON!
Initially in the mornings, I’d let the hair down section by section and spray them lightly with my water and conditioner concoction (I used the Pantene Pro-V Truly Natural Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner & Twisted Sista Curl Activator) to add some moisture and definition. The ends of the hair may get a little dry occasionally so when that happens I just use my Jane Carter Solution Nourish & Shine. I may sometimes add a bit of shine spray or an anti frizz serum for some added luster.
All in all I’m quite pleased with the results. I’ve gotten TONS of compliments on the hair and I haven’t had any major or unsolvable problems as of yet. I’ll check back in a few more weeks for my final weigh in.