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Phenomenal . . .
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Four years One Month Sisterlocks Loc-versary

Rise and Shine!  It is my Four years and a Month Loc-versary!

My 2016 Ardell Eyelash Extensions class.

2016 is a year of self-expression.  It is amazing how much we can do with our hair!  I am still happy with my decision to self-express with my Sisterlocked hair.

This past weekend was Summer 2016 Bronner Bros International Hair Show.  I did not even review the online brochure because the current trend seems to be "No Trend."  So I could not justify traveling to learn something new when the hair market is "all over the board."

Weaves, Wigs, Crochet Braids, Headbands, Headscarves, Hats, Box Braids, Twists, Relaxers, Afros, Wash and Go's, Smoothing Treatments, and the list goes on.  Men are even using their hair for more self-expression by growing more length.  Let us see what 2017 brings.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Don't get it Twisted: Curlformers, Lacers, Flexi-Rods, Perm Rods

Curlformer set by Benita Blocker. (Transitional hair - 15 weeks post relaxer)

Lacer set by Benita Blocker. (Relaxed hair)

Perm Rod set by Benita Blocker. (Relaxed hair)
NOTE:  Smaller perm rods hold the curly styling longer.

Flexi-rod set by Benita Blocker. (Relaxed hair)

Flat Twists versus Individual Twists on All Natural Hair

Hair by Benita Blocker.

Type 3 (curly) hair typically benefits from flat twist sets as long as their curl behavior is not resistant.  This particular client had some "heat trained" ends so flat twisting also blends the curly and straight hair.  I used Design Essentials Honey Curlforming Custard for this flat twist set.

Hair by Benita Blocker.

Type 4 (coily) hair typically benefits from individual twist sets.  I used Design Essentials Defining Cream Gel.  It provided stretch and control.

Both twist sets are gorgeous. Of course, we always want what we don't have. I say embrace one's own beauty.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Hair Texture Hierarchy: Surviving Discrimination

(And yes, I still have some gray hair.)

I knew that it was a matter of time that the hair texture hierarchy and/or discrimination would begin.  It was inevitable. Relaxers evened the playing field for most Black women.  Yet, with this natural hair movement, reality checks are getting cashed everywhere.  

Most Black women have some "European" influence in their hair texture, but for those like me, we are "African Royale."  My texture is excellent for locs.  Many Black women with more European mixed hair want locs that look like mine, but I realize my loc-print is unique to me  because of my coarse, resistant hair.

Now, for those whose reality check is that their hair is more of a type 4 (coil) than a type 3 (curl) - there are plenty of products to assist with control or many will weave or crochet it up.  It is all good.

People should not loc their hair until they are ready.  If that day never comes, then that is good too.

There was an article at that alerted me that some people were feeling like they fell lower in the hair hierarchy because their hair was not "exotic" enough.

Thank God for my "exotic skin" because my hair is simply royal like a "Cleopatra."  My curls are generated from a wet set. My edges are never smooth unless they are twisted or tightened.

I am content that locs were the best solution for my hairtype.  Black women have to accept their reality and plan accordingly in order to survive the natural hair discrimination practices.

I believe that hair and skin are natural discriminatory factors in the Dominican Republic surrounding Haitian inhabitants.  I have read that DR side of the island identifies with more Spanish influence than the Haitian side.  I believe that the DR wants to keep the blood lines separated.  One is  welcome to research more on this top as the international situations are subject to change.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Straight No Chaser: Your HairCare Provider

As a former software engineer, many people question my career change to cosmetology.  
My response:  Computer programming is much simpler than hairdressing.  

13 Reasons Why Women Visit their Haircare Provider
  1. Job Interview
  2. Romantic Encounter Scheduled
  3. Formal Event Preparation
  4. Spousal Request
  5. Social Media Referral
  6. Personal Referral
  7. Temporary Physical Limitations
  8. Uplifting Makeover
  9. Meeting Military Standards
  10. Meeting Competition Standards
  11. Correction of a prior procedure
  12. Achieving a more polished look
  13. Experiencing higher quality product lines
Can you think of any other reasons?

The Reality Check from Your Haircare Provider
  • Everybody's hair is different which is why Beyonce put "Becky with the Good hair" on "blast" in 2016.
  • Until the hair is wet, it is hard to know what texture or textures are in play with the hair.
  • Once the hair is wet, service limitations for that salon visit are in play.
  • Sometimes hair makeovers require a series of visits built upon one another.
  • Client Feedback always influences future haircare decisions.
  • Perfection on the first visit is an overachievement. Just like your M.D. - expect to build a relationship.