Thursday, August 29, 2013
It is made of Sunflower butter, raw honey, and other oils. The consistency of the product reminds me of Jane Carter Solutions' Nourish and Shine. It has a little weight to it. The smell is bittersweet. It is paraben-free so I am not sure of its manufacture date and age. It initially has a unrefined shea butter smell then it has a final sweet note once it is rubbed into the scalp.
It says that it can be used for press and curls. Since it is a butter, I would recommend using it in small moderation. I've been using it for oiling my client's hairline. It will be perfect for when the cold weather hits.
I hope to share some fantastic news about my raw honey experience within another month. I am still testing a few things.
Monday, August 26, 2013
Well, guess what the main ingredient is for this treatment? Honey. As you all know, I fell in love with honey when I did my last retightening. The honey by itself seemed moisturizing and a little weighted.
Now, that I have been introduced to the Diva Smooth hair treatment, I have also discovered that E'tae Products have been offering an "original" Carmel Treatment since 1999. So the Carmel Treatment is also honey and bananas based, and apparently, from my research, they were in existence before the Diva Smooth treatment came out.
According to some reviews, people feel the Carmel treatment works better than the Diva Smooth treatment. In addition, I have found another local hair salon that discontinued the Diva Smooth line and is only offering the Carmel treatment.
I personally have not tried the Diva Smooth treatment on a client yet. There are youtube videos on the Diva Smooth process as well as reviews of the Carmel treatment.
There have been many DIYers that feel that they would rather create their own natural batch of the Carmel or Diva Smooth Treatments. Nicole Burnett of the SensibleSpoon.com has a recipe for the Carmel treatment that you can try at http://www.sensiblespoon.com/recipe-sensible-style-hair-care-treatment/
If you are lazy, then DivaSmooth can be purchased online and the Carmel treatment can be purchased from E'tae Products online.
The products listed in the ingredient list are mostly edible. These two treatments are considered chemical free relaxing agents. They are designed to assist with keeping the natural hair from reverting at the first sign of humidity.
I have seen the Carmel conditioner listed as Caramel Treatment on people's reviews. The Etae products spell it without the extra "a."
Well, you natural hair ladies have another recipe or product to try to make your everyday job easier! Relaxed clients are also welcomed to try these natural based products as a reconstructor as needed. You will need to protect your clothes and surroundings when using these products because I have repeatedly heard that it is messy. Have fun!
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
If there is enough interest in laser treatments then I will look to get certified. In the meantime, the company introducing this laser therapy certification is below. They mentioned that if your scalp is smoothed over from chemical damage, then the laser therapy may not work for you. Also, the wig above was made by me.
Over the years, there have been two brands of pressing combs that have made pressing hair easy. Kentucky Maid is #1 because of their wider selection of pressing comb choices. You can choose between fine and medium teeth. As well as brass or steel teeth. As well as copper or steel spacers. Their pressing comb construction has maintained a higher standard than the Golden Supreme brand. The Kizure brand comes in second place because they do not have spaces.
In the picture above, the pressing comb on the left has copper spacers versus the one on the right has steel spacers. Can you tell the color at the base of the comb between the brass teeth? Steel construction is heavier and more pricey than the copper construction.
I talked about my Kizure pressing comb in a separate article on this blog. I like it because of its oversized teardrop base. The Kizure pressing comb has no spacers, and it's a little heavy, but the base size makes it work for me.
If in the Charlotte, NC area, Buywise Beauty Supply off Beatties Ford Road keeps a wide selection of Kentucky Maid pressing combs.
I was happy to see more conventional stoves at the Bronner Brothers Hair Show. Most flat irons were being used to curl hair extensions versus real hair. Sometimes we have to go back to what was healthy and working for Black hair.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
The founder mentioned to me by drying extension hair in the salon hood dryers in the upright position can cause water to get into the neck of the platform dryers and may stress the dryer motor resulting in more repair work. So even putting a towel at the base of the hood over the neck area would prevent the water from getting in the neck and the motor. She said that it also helps shorten drying time.
The new "drying net" is designed to be a more professional look to drying the tools, wigs, and extension hair. The dryer hood no longer needs to be upright. I believe the show price for the drying net was around $20.
The nets are made in Detroit, Michigan USA.
The Neoprene material alone according to online research is used to make everything from a laptop sleeve to a dive suit.
According to the testamonies on the flyers, this swimming cap seems to protect the hair from wetness very well. I do not know how to swim yet, and I look forward to wearing my locks without a swim cap when I do go swimming.
However, for those who do not want to deal with hair maintenance immediately after a swim, I believe that this swimming cap will do the trick.
My only concern is that because it is a synthetic rubber, it acts like a supersized rubber band. I did not try the cap on at the Bronner Brothers hair show but it looked snug yet comfortable. Rubber historically has been taboo for breakage when it comes to hair so just be careful trying to keep your hair dry.
The cost was about $20 at the hair show to purchase. They look like the picture in the flyer with the neoprene material inside of it. The brand is "myswimcap."
Steve is by Appointments only and is based out of Stockbridge, GA and originally from Chicago!
Monday, August 19, 2013
Hair by Benita Blocker
Hair by Benita Blocker
For the Bride: I gave her a Mesh Rollers set. A relaxer was done the week before. We grew out her hair length for the wedding . Typically, she gets a chunky long layered cut every six months. We skipped the haircut this go around. I used a moderate amount of Dudley's Total Control Styling Spritz on sections at a time in order for her curls to hold for the day and into the night.
For the Mother of the Bride: I gave her a (mauve) Perm rod set. We used Jamaican Mango and Lime Styling Lotion for her Sisterlocks set. She has a regular Sisterlocks technician in her own city to tighten and color her Sisterlocks. I used Dudley's Total Control Styling Spritz very lightly. I used a small amount of hair pins for her updo.
Wedding Hair by Benita Blocker
The wig that she wearing was made by Kimberly Kimble. The weight of the wig is stated in the magazine as well as other photo shoot details.
Oprah is an even hotter topic nowadays because "The Butler" movie in which she completed an outstanding performance was number one (#1) in the box office in its first week in the United States. Congratulations Lee Daniels! And Oprah, you looked absolutely fabulous in the movie!
Oh yes, back to the magazine, if anyone is interested in hair transplants, a detailed story of the cost and procedure is also described in this edition. This edition has a lot of personal stories. It is definitely a keeper!
As you know with certain hair types, the relaxer is going to come into contact with the scalp because the new growth compacts at the scalp.
I remind you that this High Comfort relaxer is considered regular strength. Also, according to the company, they only recommend 3 to 4 months shelf life upon opening, but five years shelf life unopened.
In addition, there is a post relaxer normalizing step that is actually layered with the neutralizing shampoo. This was the first relaxer system that I have ever been instructed to layer without rinsing in between as far as the first shampoo is concerned. The second and third shampoos, of course, are all normal rinse-outs.
My clients and I like the Vitale Pro relaxer system thus far. I am planning to switch people from a few other aggressive relaxer brands into Vitale Pro as long as it straightens enough for everyone. So far so good.
Can you guess how long it took to get his hair like this? (The answer at the end of this article.)
Now for the GREAT news! I enjoyed my makeup artistry class and my laser light therapy class for hair loss!
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Pictured is two (top curl) to four months (bottom curl) of hair growth all curled up on itself, and people wonder why they are not seeing grow. If you have two to fours months of hair breaking off at one time, then you probably are not going to gain length quickly unless you control the breakage. Tight curl patterns that are resistant to elongation can break easily if it does not stay hydrated whether it is loose or locked hair.
Blowdrying this curl pattern with a comb attachment would do more damage than good. A Denman brush or a boar bristle brush would be the only way to go.
So does anyone have a curl pattern diameter smaller than mine? If so, I want to hear from you!!!!!
Monday, August 12, 2013
April 2015 Update: My same client repeated this look again and allowed me to pull them apart. Here's the finished look using Nairobi Foam to wet set it.
Hair by Benita Blocker
My client keeps her hair layered.
We are used to Beyonce wearing "Plan B" anyway. So this haircut was a way for Beyonce to connect with us on a "backstage" level. It's her downtime allowing us to see the real Mrs. Carter . . . "Sasha Fierce" is still around the corner. So chill, it's only hair!
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Thursday, August 8, 2013
But you have not heard anything yet . . . .
According to Fox News Latino and Huffington Post, a new “hair robbery” phenomenon has emerged in the Venezuelan city of Maracaibo.
Read more: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/lifestyle/2013/08/07/venezuelan-hair-robbers-stealing-womens-long-locks/#ixzz2bQi6saHh
So hair extensions demand is on the rise regardless of race. So now, not only do you have to hold on to your jewelry, cell phones, and wallet, you may want to hide your luscious long hair!
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Honey (as explained in my last article on this blog) is doing really well to keep my locks coiled. Overall, they are not untwisting. I did have a few instances where the honey made my neck sticky because I was sweating and the leftover honey on my scalp started sliding down. (What a visual? Right? LOL!)
Anyway, I just took a wet paper towel and wiped my perimeters and neck off. Surprisingly, I have spoken with more and more people who use honey to avoid skin breakouts from other "lock products." So those with sensitive skin will love honey for tightening their hair.
The honey works like a heavy moisturizer. I must admit my satin bonnet and pillow cases all look "greasy" but I have not attracted any ants nor bugs. I will happily use the honey again and keep the wetness of my hair consistent before applying the honey if it starts to dry out as I am working my way through my hair.
In hindsight, I realized that I gained weight from the stress of coping with Sisterlocks and the "starter dreadlocks." I even was laid off from my corporate hairdressing position within two weeks of initial Sisterlocks locking session. My manager was African American, but obviously needed diversity training. I have a few other choice names to call this manager, but it would be inappropriate to post that here. So I digress.
The founder of Sisterlocks' purpose was to empower women, but I found MY Sisterlocks journey to be a quick route through "hell" and back. I made the best of it, and I am now back on track for happier days with my new approach to dreadlocks. Thank God that I now see clearer skies, and I am on track to becoming more empowered as my locks gain length withOUT thinning out my hair density. More on hair density later in this article.
Anyway, the younger you can start your little girls out with dreadlocks the better to cope with the peer pressure. The dreadlocks or Sisterlocks need at least two years before they get to the length that most people start to really love them. So starting at age 12 means by high school, the locks should be easy to style, and the girls should have some workable length.
I had so much relaxed hair that I do not know if she really knew what she was looking at. My relaxed hair was never silky straight because of my natural texture. I digress again. ( I am trying to stay upbeat. Smile.)
Anyway, please do NOT pay to get your relaxed ends Sisterlocked. They will either matte and lock on its own depending on your natural texture or NOT. Either way, you will probably end up cutting them off at some point in time.
For Christ's sake, if your hair is thinning out within months of starting locks, then something is NOT right. Either your hair is the type that really does need some shea butter, olive oil or some sort of moisturizer OR the interlock/Sisterlock technique is NOT a good fit for your hairtype. It could be the Sisterlock technician's error in her interlocking technique.
Regardless, stop the madness! If the doubled up strand is larger than the root area, then you are going to rip your hair out from the scalp trying to pass the "fat ends" through. If you understand the interlocking process, then you know what I am explaining here. If you do not understand the interlocking process, I encourage you to watch youtube tutorials on "interlocking dreadlocks."
Most of the length in this picture is still stemming from my relaxed ends that had not rolled up and knotted. (i.e. my length above is from the relaxed hair that was put into Sisterlocks framework)
I kept asking the new consultant how is she sooo much faster than my last consultant. Her answer was "age difference?"
No, in hindsight, my hair was being ripped out. The Sisterlocks consultants seem to like getting those Sisterlocks premium dollars, but they do not care if you are going bald in the process. They just want to get paid without owning up to the fact that the interlocking technique or even the frequency of tightenings may not be working for you. There are some exceptions . . . so yes, not all Sisterlock consultants are bad. But definitely, do NOT trust that sisterlocks.com certified consultant list either as far as finding a caring, professional consultant. I digress. (I swear - writing this article is taking me through an emotional roller coaster. It is amazing what I have been through on this lock journey.)
Also, if your Sisterlocks consultant is yanking your sisterlocks apart if they start to grow together, then I do not recommend this action. Shears should be used to carefully cut the cross hair(s) if they can not be massaged apart. Yanking on dreadlocks/Sisterlocks is what amateur locticians do; not professional locticians. Yanking stresses the locks.
As you can see, I have learned a lot about dreadlocks over the year. As for me and my dreadlocks, the best thing is for me was to do like so many other women with beautiful locks are doing - just do it myself and go to a loctician for updos, steam treatments, or other specialty options. I do not want to risk too much lock doubling or combining. I want to keep my locks as feminine as possible.
Thank God that I have found a loctician that I hope will work out. Our consultation went the best out of the three locticians I visited a few months ago.
I hope that this article helps others considering the lock journey for their children or for themselves. Locks are a serious thing. It's still hair and breakage still can happen. Some sistahs with straight hair take sistahs with locked hair for granted. I assure you that a sistah with long, beautiful locks are just as picky about her locks as any straight haired sistah is about her blow-out. So don't get it twisted!