Wednesday, January 30, 2013
In my opinion, type 4 curl patterns are more prone to dryness and breakage, but many people view it as "strong" and "resistant." When type 4 curl patterns are placed next to looser curl patterns, it is much more clear how vulnerable type 4 hair can be. Don't you agree?
Denman brushes are best for blow drying Type 4 curl patterns. Paddle brushes are best for blow drying type 3 hair. Round brushes are best for blow drying type 2 curl patterns.
I am always amazed at the variety of curl patterns out there.
1) As I stated in my past article, the second consultant was about twice as fast with retightenings versus the first consultant. However, she was sooo quick that she was missing the fine details like my hairline. Remember how I performed "lock correction" on one side. Well, she accidently doubled up the lock at my sideburns area on the last retightening session. I had to "de-loc" yet again. I was ready to scream! I worked the two small locs away from each other and went by the next week for her to tightening the two Sisterlocks separately. You can see in the picture below that I now have two Sisterlocks instead of one big one.
I am happy that she fixed it for me without extra charge, but I know that I had some cross hairs between the two locks so I assumed that she was going to have to further "de-loc" but she formed the two locs by popping the cross hairs is my assumption. It looks nice, and I would probably have lost just as much hair by de-locking anyway. What worried me though is that she had no reservation about doing whatever it took to make those two Sisterlocks look nice. I do not want my hair ripped out, and I do want my consultant to pay attention to fine details like my hairline. Enough said. On to my second reason for moving on . . .
3) During my last retightening visit, the other hairstylist had a client with a little child who would not sit still. The child was not being serviced. The mother was there for service. The child was a constant distraction to make sure that he did not knock a shelf over and hurt himself. Also, during that visit, she stopped my tighening service to take pictures of the finished styles of two different clients that the other stylist finished. Twice she stopped to take pictures. I ended up paying her $80 for probably an hour and a half of service. Her retightening service is $75 mininum. I gave her $5 tip as a courtesy.
4) So after realizing that she doubled up my lock at my hairline after all the tension in the air, the interruptions for her to take pictures and the child running around the salon- she felt like I was wrong for bringing this to her attention. She asked me "how is that helping my business relationship with her?" I was appalled. The last time that I checked, I was a client expressing dissatisfaction and a apology should have been in order. But no, I guess, she was doing me a favor by even servicing me. I kindly told her: "If this is not a good fit, then I will be more than happy to move on."
She said that she would be fine with that . . . so yes, I have already booked my next retightening session with another consultant from my Charlotte Sisterlocks training class. We both learned from the same Sisterlocks Master Instructor so I think that she is going to work out great! I am not concerned about speed. I am looking for quality. She seems like she wants the best for her clients. By attending the refresher training, it makes me feel that she is definitely committed to upholding the standards of Sisterlocks.
Monday, January 28, 2013
I placed a picture of Don King in this article because I was blown away at this "new business" wave. NC residents who are looking to earn more money in less time could earn their licensing in a fifth of the time as it takes to complete cosmetology school. (300 hours versus 1500 hours) Then they can go full throttle earning unlimited money doing natural hair styling. Simply amazing.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
The $30 track charge includes initial application with expert placement, haircut/blending, free retightenings within the first six weeks, and free removal.
As far as the Sisterlocks refresher course, it is even better now that I am taking the four day course again. Why? Because there was so much to learn and grasp on the first go around. Now, that I have been "around the block" a few times, I have better questions and everything is so much clearer.
Unfortunately, there is someone else going through the same thing that I went through . . . paid a lot of money ($600) for a "much less than perfect" Sisterlocks experience with a different Sisterlocks representative. She came to learn the truth about her new Sisterlocks.
In my opinion, any consultant charging over $400 per head should be in refresher training every year or two years religiously. It is good to network and re-commit to Sisterlocks rules and regulations. Customers really need to keep detailed notes and photos and feel more freely about submitting formal, professional complaints to Sisterlocks headquarters. I would love to see Sisterlocks keep the Consultants in check more. I believe it takes four or five complaints submitted per consultant for any serious action to take place.
Things to report would be 1) failure to get a Sisterlocks starter kit (the official one to mail off for your Sisterlocks birth certificate); 2) failure to maintain your original Sisterlocks grid pattern; 3) any blatant inconsistencies in the work that was done; 4) Sisterlocks falling out or unexplained thinning. Sisterlocks headquarters prefers for you to resolve any outstanding issues directly with the consultant but if it is not going well, they can help.
Monday, January 21, 2013
So why do I think that it is a wig?
1) When the wind blew, only the ends moved with the wind. The bang area and the core circle in the top and crown stayed in place. Her hair classically would have blown all over evenly in the 2009 inauguration.
2) The parting down the center plus the perfectly symmetric sides are not typical for her. Usually, her fresh haircuts are never perfectly even on both sides. They always look nice and flowing, but not perfectly even.
3) The color(s) and texture were not consistent with what we are used to for her. It looked great, but it was not her normal.
4) When interviewing her hairstylist Johnny Wright this week, he said that he could not discuss the "particulars" about Michelle Obama's hair. However, for years, he has always been very vocal that Michelle Obama does NOT wear any hair extensions, etc. So now, he is being "hush-hush." So that's a giveaway that First Lady Michelle Obama is open to protective styling options.
I am going to guess that the wig is 100% human hair because she apparently wore it without the curls a few days prior, but it was curled on Inauguration Day.
Michelle Obama does not have to answer to anyone about her hair. Actually, no woman has to answer to her decision to enhance or protect their own beautiful hair. Beauty starts within! First Lady Michelle Obama is definitely a beautiful, fashion leader.
Now, there, I said it. Now, let's move on to the next order of business: Moving Forward Together!
Feb 2013 update: I found a few pictures of Michelle Obama with bangs that look like her hair without any hair enhancements. The thickness, color, and layers coincide more with her previous photos in the picture below. So she did get some bangs cut. Pictures from www.huffingtonpost.com
Sunday, January 20, 2013
I think Halle Berry looks great in both of these looks, but there will always be a client to come in that wants spicy, and the stylist delivers conservative. Or the client wants conservative and the stylist delivers spicy.
Some clients are okay with styling spritz and gel and others just want dry holding (aerosol) spray. Some hair texture only need some molding paste and fingering. Others need hot curls and special "piecing" of the hair.
In order for every client to achieve their individual hair goals, I think that clients and hairstylists both have to start viewing each hair appointment like a doctor's appointment versus the "drive-thru" lane.
In the doctor's office, you make time for it, and you pay a "nice sum" for your personalized visit. With the drive-thru, you "order it your way" and get through as fast as you can as an affordable cost.
Hairstylists who charge higher prices should know to deliver personalized service especially when there are plenty of cheaper salon deals being advertised.
Also, I hate the "bait and switch" when it comes to hair. Why tell a client a low price over the phone with the intention of upselling a conditioning treatment, trim, and retail product? So what happens when the client only wants to pay the lower price quoted? Do you further damage the client's hair because the "standard" conditioner is inadequate for their hair type?
Hairstylists should set their prices based on their retirement needs along with their industry experience and let faith do the rest.
It is post 2008, and a lot of passionate hairstylists are trying to plan for retirement knowing that their revenues may never return to what it was before the economy nose dived in 2008. If women stop investing in the progressive stylist who is constantly trying to stay educated, then we may all wake up one day to find only the big chain hair salons such as Hair Cuttery, Regis, and SuperCuts are all that is left. Please try to support small businesses. Communication is key. True professionalism is defined when things go wrong; not when things go right.
Also, if you have a special side part or styling preference, it never hurts to remind the hairstylist. That will be one less thing that he or she has to brainstorm to remember.
Friday, January 18, 2013
Wow! It's been one month since my yarn unit invention, and I am totally addicted. I absolutely love it! The joy that I feel and the heads that turn have been amazing. People are totally drawn to it. It is totally different. I am loving how it lays on my clothes. It does not tangle. It is lightweight. It is simple. It is simply amazing.
When people first look at me, they see long locks of hair, but if their eyes start digging into the roots then they can see that I have two different textures going on, but overall, as long as I keep my locks hydrated enough to blend, it is a "green" light.
With my short locks, everyone kept saying "they are growing." I heard this over and over again. But with the yarn extension unit, the responses were more like "I like your new hairdo." I say that I made it myself, and they love it! Hey! What's a girl to do? Smile. Anyway, this unit is worth $400, and I would like for people to stick with the same brand of yarn that is working for me. I will direct them to a special yarn website to see if they can find the color of their hair in order to send me the yarn to make the unit.
For those who just do not have the facial shape to support a really short locks look, this unit is for you!
For those with traditional locks, you would have to find yarn that complements your size locks as well as a color match.
Please support my business and empower yourself during your short locks phase!
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Humidity is water. The pH level of water is 7.0. Our body and hair's pH is usually around 4.5 to 5.0. The higher pH level of the water from the humidity can be enough to elevate the cuticle of the hair resulting in frizz if the cuticle is not sealed.
So how do you seal the cuticle?
If you are born with naturally straight hair (Type 1 hair), then congratulations!, your cuticles are naturally sealed shut. Your hair probably will not hold a curl without some extra hold spritz and a hot curling iron. Humidity should not affect your hair at all unless you damage your cuticle by using a hair chemical on it such as hair bleach, hair lightener, permanent color or a permanent wave. Mechanical tools can damage the cuticle as well if they are too hot.
So if the cuticle becomes damaged, condition it to repair, then seal the cuticle with either a semi-permanent color gloss or silicone based serums such as argan oil, etc. Joico has a Humidity Blocker spray that you can spray generously throughout the hair as well without worrying about stiffness.
So if you are born with any curl to your hair (Type 3 and Type 4 hair especially), then curls are prone to frizz because with every turn, there is an opportunity for the cuticle to raise.
If you are embracing your curls as a hairstyle, then a "defining" gel (hair product) can seal the hair strands and block the humidity from getting to the cuticle layer.
So back to the original question: Does Humidity cause frizz? Yes, if you have curly hair, chemically altered hair, or a damaged cuticle layer from heat styling.
How do hair chemicals damage your cuticle layer?
If you permanently alter your hair with a color treatment, relaxer, curly perm, soft curl, etc, then yes, these hair chemicals swell the cuticle to get into the hair strand to alter it, and is rinsed out and the pH level is neutralized to calm the cuticle back down. However, the cuticle layer will never shut completely back to its original state without some styling products or a sealant. Want to test this statement? Let your hair "air dry" without applying any product after completion of a hair chemical. If it dries without any frizz, then your cuticle was not damaged, and you should personally inform me because I really would want to know what type of hair you have that defies the rules. (At least, Comment below.)
Okay, back to the discussion, now that you understand what causes frizz . . . you can make better choices on hair products, styling tools, and handling of your hair.
Black and white photo above was from blog.tawkify.com
Monday, January 14, 2013
If you hair is virgin/natural with no permanent color, no relaxer, no soft curl, no heat damage, no curly perm, absolutely no chemicals, then conditioner is NOT needed. God gave you everything in those hair strands that needed to be in those hair strands. The hair should NOT tangle when it is soaking wet regardless of the hair type. Leave-in conditioners and styling lotions are all that is needed besides a clarifying shampoo and a moisture shampoo. I actually learned this while working at the nursing home. The elderly who had no chemicals received roller sets. Their curls lasted longer with a shampoo service only. Why? The conditioners would make the hair too soft to hold a curl for the two weeks that was needed for some. There is such a thing as too soft.
Now, for you naturals who color-treat your hair or flat iron your curls straight, then yes, conditioning will repair any damage from chemicals, color, or mechanical tools. Now, wasn't that simple?
Speaking of arguments . . . in regards to Sisterlocks, I had a "Sista" to tell me that she knew someone who was doing Sisterlocks for $200.00; I told this "Sista" that I paid $750.00 for my Sisterlocks; then a caucasian lady interrupts us to inform us of her $10.00 clipper cut from Great Clips . . . talking about perspective . . .
My clients styled their own hair and applied their own makeup for this photo shoot. I wanted to showcase real women, real life, and good spirits. My goal is: Wholesome Hair and a Wholesome Life at any age! Special thanks to these clients who showed up for the photo shoot! It would not have been a success without you!
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Now, if you are not sleeping alone, I promise that this particular dryer is no louder than a big fan or a big heater equalizing the room temperature.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
The answer: Type 4 or short curl pattern.
The Type 3 curl pattern is much harder to lock. Actually, wash and go is the easiest maintenance for this type of natural hair. This curl pattern cost less to maintain and is accepted in more "social circles" in its natural state.
Those with a Type 4 curl pattern typically would be more dependent on relaxers to achieve a sleeker, straighter look. Also, texurizing a type 4 curl pattern will NOT deliver a Type 3 curl pattern.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
January 12, 2013 Update: After researching Jewish customs, I did find images of men with long side curls. The curls are called "Payot curls" or "Payos." I do not remember seeing any men in my immediate surroundings in my life wearing these curls, but thanks to one of my followers, I was enlightened. My apologizes if I offended anyone by calling the snowman a snow-woman.
One of my clients just came back from Nigeria (Africa), and she saw a LOT of yarn braid extensions in all different colors. I introduced yarn braid extensions in a previous blog article under the name of "genie locs."
I also just washed my yarn extension unit, and I realized that the yarn soaks up a LOT of water. Luckily, I can wash the unit without it being on my head, but it went from being weightless in my hands to feeling like a gallon of water. I was amazed at how the yarn sucked up water like a sponge and retained it. Wow! I literally had to wring my yarn unit out as much as I could, and it was still extremely wet. I could not imagine going swimming with yarn extensions in my hair without seeing some breakage later from the water weight of them.
I literally was amazed to discover what seemed like a lightweight hair fix could be devastating when wet and attached to actual hair. I recommend caution when choosing the genie locs service for any extended period of time.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
A lot of Type 3b to Type 4a texture is being showcased everywhere. How about ladies with type 4c, resistant hair? I would love to see a broader spectrum of curl patterns or locks.
These women are beautiful, but I have not seen my hair type yet in these fashion magazines. Let us see how 2013 shapes up!
Sunday, January 6, 2013
If it is "speedy" then the hair is resistant. If it is "slow" to coil, then it is non-resistant. Non-resistant hair can grow long with the use of mild relaxers, but it may be harder to lock because of potential unravelling.
Now, resistant, coarse hair, is very difficult to grow long using relaxers. Locks will grow it long, but relaxer and other straightening services will become a battle between style and health. If a person with resistant hair can manage to style their hair for 8 to 10 weeks at a time in between relaxer touch-ups, then long length is possible. However, most women with resistant, coarse hair can not get past their hairline becoming kinky within the five weeks period.
Decisions, Decisions. Food for thought for those sitting on the fence about what to do next with your hair.