I remember seeing commercials with this Trini Master Weaver many moons ago. Heck, I didn't know he was a Trini until a few years ago. Anyway, here's an article about his recent visit to Trinidad.
BY ESSIBA SMALL
Master hair weaver Clem LueYat was in town last week. And, as it always is with the US-based stylist when he visits, you had to catch him when you could.
That’s because whenever LueYat comes home it’s to keep hairdressers up to speed with the new weaving techniques.
On this trip he came to introduce hairdressers to the “micro loc” extension technique.
The new strand-by-strand method involves the fusing of extensions to natural hair, using a plastic-coated cylinder. The process takes about six to seven hours and involves no heat or glue.
The end product is a seamless head of hair devoid of tracks or cornrows.
“When I first started doing weave in 1996 everyone was saying that it was a fad and soon it would be over,” he said. “Now look at how much hair weaves have evolved.
“People with naturally straight hair, long hair, are also doing weaves.”
The micro loc extension, LueYat said, is responsible for Britney Spears’ and Janet Jackson’s added lengths.
“Some people use it for fullness and others to put in streaks. And you can use the hair over and over again.”
The stylist was careful that people not confuse the micro loc with fusion, though the methods are similar.
“Fusion involves gluing extensions to the natural hair.
“One of the problems hairdressers were experiencing with fusion was that people were damaging their hair because they were leaving it on for much longer than they should.
“The maximum length of time to keep in a fusion is three months.”
Prices for the micro loc extension can start from US$600 because the process takes so long.
Hairdresser Germaine Williams-Beckles of Gee’s New Concept is just one of the salons where the micro loc extensions will be offered locally soon.
“The minute Germaine heard of it she wanted it,” LueYat said with a laugh.
The price at Gees, its owner said, would be comparable to that of the US price.
Commenting on hair extensions, LueYat said Great Lengths, micro loc and the satin panel front extensions are now popular, particularly in Hollywood.
Great Lengths is a human hair extension system developed in London, England by David Gold.
The satin panel front is a type of wig that has a thin layer of fake skin that adheres to the hairline.
Model Tyra Banks and Beyonce are just two celebrities who wear the satin panel front.
LueYat will return on June 20 for a tricology banquet hosted by Gee’s New Concept.
He will also be a part of the International Beauty Show in New York at the end of the month.
The model’s hair before the micro loc extension.
During the process.
The model’s hair after the extension has been applied.