Customer Favorites: iDa Beauty Top 10 Human Hair Wigs of 2016

Before we head into the coming new year, we take a look back at some of our customers’ favorite items. Here are iDa Beauty’s top ten human hair wigs from 2016.


HH Bora



HH Claire



HH Remi Kerry



HH Lace Indian Water



HH Lace Peruvian Jerry



HH Natural Hana



HH Remi Annette



HH Swiss Lace Dream



HH Indian Remi First Lady


HH Rosie


Did your style make the list? What style would you like to try in 2017? Let us know in the comment section below.



Brazilian v. Malaysian v. Peruvian Bundle Hair Extensions (Which One is Right For You)

What is the difference  between Brazilian, Malaysian and Peruvian hair extensions? Do the hair extensions actually come from  those countries?

HH MALAYSIAN NATURAL WAVE available in store and delivery

With so many types of hair in the market, it is easy to get frustrated. You’ve probably heard of Brazilian, Malaysian or Peruvian hair extensions, but which one is right for you? You may not see hair advertised as Indian or Chinese, but you are almost definitely purchasing hair from one of these countries. Chinese hair, especially, is very thick, and this makes it ideal for processing into wigs and and extensions.

(ROYAL REMI) HH BRAZILIAN WEAVING 18" available in store and for delivery

So then what is the fascination with Brazilian, Malaysian and Peruvian hair? These terms can be confusing because they don’t mean that the hair you are buying actually comes from Brazil, Peru or Malaysia. In fact, they almost certainly do not. Brazilian, Peruvian, and Malaysian are most likely used as marketing terms, but that doesn’t mean those terms are meaningless. They refer to different styles or texture, created to mimic the hair of ethnic groups from the countries for which they are named.

So if you’re confused on whether to get Brazilian, Malaysian or Peruvian hair, remember that it’s all about style, quality and texture. Ask yourself,  “do the hair extensions fulfill my style, quality and texture needs?”


Image source: Supreme hair.

HAIR 101: How To Do Crochet Braids

Crochet braiding, although not a brand new technique, has gained popularity in the past year.

As the name suggests, crochet braids are hair extensions that are crocheted into your own hair  with a latch hook tool.

Their Benefits: 

  • Crochet braids are a protective style that reduces the damage to your own hair by eliminating the unnecessary pull you may get from traditional braiding or weaving extension.
  • If you have thinning hair or experiencing breakage, this method can give you the illusion of braided or weaving extensions without the damage
  • The process is quicker than the traditional sew-in and braiding
  • It gives you a natural  look.

What You’ll Need:

Crochet braids
Soft Dred hair was used for this installment
  • 1 latch hook
  •  3 packs of Braiding/ bulk hair of your choice
    The common misconception is that there is only one type of hair that can be crocheted. That is completely false. Choosing the braiding hair to use all depends on the style you are trying to achieve. If you’re going for a straight, wavy or curly look, choose the braiding hair that will help you achieve that.
  • Scissors (optional). You may want to cut the length of the hair extension
  • Weaving thread and needle( optional). Conrowed hair may need to be sewn together if hair is very long.

How It’s Done

Step One: Create the foundation.

This means cornrowing your hair. You can go from simple cornrows, to a honey comb formation or leaving some of your hair out that will later blend in with the braiding extension. The foundation will primarily depend on how you want your look you hope to fall.

Crochet braided hair

For Moyo’s hair, I had one braid circling her head, and the rest were cornrowed to the back. the extra length of her hair were folded onto each other then sewed down.

NOTE: It is important that your braids aren’t bulky and lay flat.

Step Two: Preparing the  braiding hair 

When you take out the hair extension from its package, you may decide to leave the length as it is, or cut it. For Moyo, I cut the Soft Dred hair in half.

Step Three: Installing the hair 

Take the latch hook in one hand, and with the latch still open, slide it underneath the braid.

latch hook for braiding
The latch is open when you slide it underneath the braid

Take some of your braiding hair extension fold it to the appropriate length you desire, then loop it onto the hook.

crochet braiding

Close the latch.

crochet braiding
Make sure to close the loop, so that you don’t tug your hair

Reverse and slide the hair back underneath the braid.The crochet hook is then passed under your braided hair and the latch is unhooked. With two fingers you will create an opening at the loop, then the feed the ends of the hairs through the hole.

crochet braiding

You will twist the loop and feed the end through the loop again. Some hair types may have to be knotted more than twice for extra security.

crochet braiding
Pull ends through and knot the hair twice for security

Repeat these steps until complete

Step Four: Styling

Whether you have to cut, shape, straighten or curl the hair is up to you. Complete with a sheen spray and you’re ready to go.

latch hook braids
Complete look

Mini Tutorial: How to Install Crochet Braids:

Would you try crochet braiding? If you have, what has your experience been with this method? Let me know by leaving a comment below.


How to care for your wig-Wig Care Instructions

One of the popular questions we’re asked after a wig purchase is, “How do I take care of the wig?” It’s an important question because the more you know about caring for your wig, the longer it will last and the more you will enjoy it. Here are the 5 most important things you need to know to care for your wig.

1. Product overload: More isn’t better.

Most people believe that the more shine or moisture products you put into the wig, the better looking it will be. Unfortunately, putting too much products in the wig will not only make the wig look unnatural, but you may end up damaging the fibers which will reduce the longevity of your wig.

For both synthetic and human hair, I suggest a simple wig spray. Most wig sprays like Natty Wig & Braid Spray or the Organic Natural Weave and Wig spray line will give you a natural shine and healthy look. Organic Natural Curl N Wavy Wig spray is a great aid to define the waves and curls of your wig. Specifically for human hair wigs, a dollop of Argan oil is great for natural shine and helps to reduce frizziness.

2. Using the right tool: Brush v. Comb
Using a wig brush or a comb is all dependent on the style of your wig. Wig brushes usually have metal bristles which are great for detangling straight hair. Wig brushes should always be used on straight hair. For wavy to semi curly hair, a wide tooth comb is the best way to detangle and define the waves and curls. A brush will loosen the curls causing the texture of the wig to change. For extremely tight curls , your fingers will do the trick. It allows you to individually detangle and create more curls in your wig. For all wigs remember to start from the ends of the hair to the root, or else you will create more tangles.

3. Storing Your Wig.
Depending on how often you plan on wearing your wig, the best place to store your wig is on a mannequin head. The mannequin doesn’t have to be the same one found in the store. A foam head mannequin, or even a travel plastic mannequin can be used. Mannequins help the wig retain the shape and style you personally create. Storing it in the original box after use should only be done if you plan on wearing it once in a while.

4. Washing Your Wig.
This is one of the most important aspect of taking care of your wig. If done incorrectly, you will not get the results you had hoped for.

Both synthetic and human hair are shampooed in the same way.
– before washing, make sure you detangle your wig with a brush or comb
– fill a large bowl or your bathroom sink with cold water. Enough water that all the hair on the wig can be submerged in
– add a cap full of your wig shampoo into the water and lather
– place wig into mixture. do not agitate wig or wash like clothes. Leave in mixture for 10 minutes
– rinse wig under flowing water

For conditioning
-With synthetic hair, repeat the shampoo method but this time with a conditioner
– For human hair wigs, I recommend Silicon Mix conditioner. Saturate wig with conditioner for 15 minutes then rinse out.

To dry wigs, hang it using a clothes pin and let it air dry. Although human hair wigs can handle a blow dryer, it’s always best to air dry your wigs. DO NOT dry wigs on the mannequin head because it will stretch out the cap, making it unwearable.

5. Styling Your Wig
The great thing about synthetic wigs are their ability to retain style memory. that means after you wash them, they go back to their original state with little to no work. Once your synthetic wig is dry, apply wig spray and brush or comb depending on the style.

Human hair wigs require more work. Whether straight, curly or wavy, a heating tool may be necessary in creating a polished look. Before applying any heat, make sure you use a heat protecting spray to protect the fibers from heat damage. Rollers, rods and other styling tools can also be used. Use a light holding spritz or foam to ensure that your curls or waves last longer. To finish, add a little argan oil to your wig.

Follow these essential tips and your wigs will last longer longer.

How do you take care of your wigs? Share your steps by leaving a comment below.


10 Prom Must-Haves Under $10

After buying your prom dress, prom tickets, limo rental, and other prom essentials you realize the cost of it all adds up quickly! But this is a special night of the year to feel fabulous, and have a great time with your date and your friends, so it’s all worth it, right? Don’t worry, you can save money by doing some of your hair and makeup yourself.

Trust us, there are affordable ways to primp for prom. We’ve picked our 10 favorite items from our store that will allow you to splurge on other things…


1. NK Creme Lipstick $1.99
Don’t overlook Nicka K lipstick because of its affordable price. The lipstick has very rich color and is long lasting. With over 84 different colors, you’ll be sure to find the right one for you. It’s small enough to fit in your clutch and reapply after dinner

2. Decorative Hair Pins -$1.00- $1.99
A beautiful up-do isn’t complete without the right right accessory to stand it out. These pins will add a classic look to any hairstyle

3. Hair Buns/ Ponytails – $5.99- $9.99
So you want to get the perfect bun or loose wave ponytail without spending hours manipulating your hair? In just 5 minutes, you can get your hair to look like

4. Blush – $2.99
Add a little color to your cheeks with this blush.

5. Ardell Eyelashes $2.99 -$3.99
Eyelashes are the key to making all your photos pop! Ardell Natural Demi Wispies are the go to lashes for a voluminous long lashes. With over 20 easy to apply styles, you too can get the “hey, look at me” look.

6. Hair Flower $1.00
Decorative hair flowers are another simple and effective way to add some elegance to your look.

7. Braided hair band $7.99
Available in 2 different braid patterns, this headband is a quicker way to add a crown braid to your look.

8. Nicka K Eye Light Crayon $1.99
Slim enough to fit into your clutch, this crayon makes eye shadow easy to apply. Available in 16 different colors, this makeup will make you the center of attention

9. Nail Art- 3.99
This easy to do home manicure will have your nails looking beautiful on your special night.

10. Motions Light Hold Working Spritz
Get the perfect amount of hold, control and body to create any style you desire, curly or straight. From all the dancing of the night, it’s good to know you can rely on a spray to keep your style in place, yet touchable

Golden Globes 2014: Who Had The Best Hair and Makeup?

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The first major award show of the season, the Golden Globes, did not disappoint with great hair and makeup.

It is not easy to stand out in a room filled with over-the-top gorgeousness, but these women managed to pull off looks that will inspire many imitations this year. Take a look through our favorite hair and makeup of the night above, then vote for your favorite in the poll below.

Photo source: Getty Images

Box Braids v. Senegalese Twists v. Marley/Kinky/Havana Twist (Which Braid is Which?)

2013 was the year of braiding. Thanks to celebrities like Solange and Beyoncé, the trend of braiding took a lift off and, in 2014, it shows no sign of slowing down. Today we break down the most popular braiding styles, telling you what hair can be used to achieve the look you desire.

Box Braids


Box braids is the ‘do that never goes out of style. Can we even call it a trend? (After all, women in ancient Egypt rocked them.) Box braids use a three strand twist to lock it in place. Length range from shoulder to lower back.

They have been seen accompanied with head wraps and can be styled from a high pony tail to an elegant bun.

What hair should I use: Jumbo braid, Super-X braid (also goes by, X-Pression)

The difference between Marley, Kinky and Havana Twist

20131222-145304.jpg Three women walk into the store. One asks for kinky twist, another for Marley braid, and the third, Havana twist. Yet they all get the same type of hair extension. Why is that? Because whichever the style you choose, all three require the same type of hair.

The biggest difference between Marley/kinky and the popular Havana twist is the size of the twist. Havana twist are bigger than the Marley or kinky twist. For every two to three Marley twist, there is one Havana twist. A technique of the Havana twist also requires adding a portion of your hair, so there is a seamless transition from your hair to the extension. Which ever style you choose, it is sure to give you the ‘natural’ look you’re looking for.

What hair should I use: Kinky twist, Marley braid.

Senegalese Twist

20131222-120448.jpg Also known as rope twist, this style’s installation process is similar to to the Marley/kinky/Havana twist. Unlike the above twist, you use kanekalon hair such as Jumbo and super-x braid which gives you a tighter and smoother look.

This style can go from everyday look to elegant in a matter of minutes. The greatest benefit of Senegalese twist is that they are easy to take out.

What hair should I use: Jumbo Braid, Super-X braid. Marley(kinky) twist can be used but may be harder to use for beginners.

Aside from just looking great, these braiding styles offer a convenient and protective way to grow hair out, transition from chemically processed locks to natural, or take a break from having to think about your hair for about two months.

Check out the video my Kyss My Hair. She shows you four ways to wear any braid you choose to do.

All braiding hair extensions are Available in store at iDa.


Leave a comment below, and let us know what braiding style you would rock!

Images by Getty Image


Top Beauty Moments of 2013

Wow, 2013 was an exciting year for beauty. From Beyonce’s pixie cut to Rihanna’s doobie at the AMA’s, celebs were always giving us something to talk about.

Here is a recap of the top celeb beauty moments of 2013.

1. Short Hair, Don’t Care


This was the year of pixie cuts. These celebs proved what we’ve long known: That you don’t have to have long hair to be stunning.

Miley Cyrus  shocked the public in more ways than one, and her hair was no different. Going from a long brunette to a short blonde cut suits her edgy style

Pamela Anderson is probably the least celeb you’d think to rock a short cut, but she wears it so well that I’m beginning to think she should have done it a lot sooner.

2013 was a big year for Jennifer Lawrence. The star of The Hunger Games gave her hair a big cut that had many turning heads to see her stunning new look.

Mid-tour, Beyonce shocked her fans with a pixie cut. Although the style looked fabulous, it wasn’t long before she returned to a lob and then her famous long blond tresses.

2. Solange’s Marley Braid 

6th Annual Roots Picnic

Summer was the season of braiding hair, and that trend doesn’t show signs of slowing down. Singer and stylista Solange was the queen of braids. From box braids to Marley braids, Solange was rocking the natural ‘dos

3. The Lob


For those celebs who were scissor happy, but not to the point of the bare minimum, the lob was a very popular style that translated to the public.  The “lob,” which is a longer version of the bob, has a length that falls between the chin and collarbone.

4. Kim Kardashian’s Blonde Locks


Kim Kardashian  lightened up her look after the birth of her daughter, and it inspired many to do the same. Lighter colors are popular in the summer. Do you think this  style will make it to 2014, or will Kim go back to her brunette roots?

5. Rihanna’s Doobie Wrap


Rihanna definitely knows how to surprise the public. But we weren’t expecting the look she pulled off at the 2013  American Music Awards. The doobie wrap is usually a nightly hair routine before bed. Is this something to loo out for in 2014?

6. Lupita Nyong’o’s Lipsticks


Actress, Lupita Nyong’o did not disappoint in the fashion department from head to toe. The most eye-catching being her lips. Was there a lipstick color Lupita couldn’t rock?

7. Stiletto Nails 

claw nails

Seen on the famous fingers of celebs like Rihanna and Lady Gaga, stiletto nails are gaining in popularity. They are a good way to spice up your regular acrylic routine.


Think we missed a beauty moment? Comment below!

Images from Getty Image 

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