Thursday, September 26, 2013
I must say that the 95% of my clients are not natural nor do they have locks. I suppose as my microlocks get longer, then I will attract more lock clientele. So hair extensions and relaxers and roller sets and blow dry styles represent my clientele and will probably dominate my hair topics in the future until I gain more length on my own locks.
My blog has now reached over 350,000 pageviews within the four years of its existence. I have over 600 articles posted. I am looking for a literary agent to possibly turn the blog into a book in the future. Possibly within another two years when my microlocks past shoulder length. I am also desiring to open an ultimate hair salon in the Beverly Hills, California area.
So thanks so much for your support of this blog. I am open to guest writers for relevant articles. So I am excited to enter into year five learning more and sharing more for all those hair enthusiasts! (Not just Black hair, although 80% of my clientele is African American, I love all hair!)
Have a Great hair day!
The Paul Mitchell shampoo one does well to cleanse the hair without the tracks slipping out. I suggest gently massaging around the actual tracks to not rip your own hair. The Paul Mitchell shampoo seems to work without loosing the glue. I suggest using leave-in conditioners instead of using a separate rinse out conditioner only because a conditioner may cause the glue to slip which would defeat the purpose of washing your head with the bonded extensions in.
I still do not recommend keeping the bonded extensions past four to 6 weeks. Removal of the bonded glue will still be messy when the time comes.
Also, if you are using Morning Glory glue protection or any other brand of glue protection, then you should not shampoo until you are ready to remove the bonded hair extensions.
The Paul Mitchell Shampoo one wash is for those who are bonding hair extensions directly to their own hair. Preferably a few tracks for limited style enhancement versus a full head.
I was told that the pressing oil was in this tin because in the old school days, the heat from the stove would help melt the pressing oil within the tin. So, in other words, the tin jar would conduct some of the heat to warm the pressing oil.
According to the instructions on the jar, the pressing oil can be used as a daily pomade.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Please see Relaxer tips article on this blog for September 2013 to learn more about NuExpressions 10 in 1 conditioner.
I am purposely using this article as an introduction to a new revolutionary method for relaxer application.
Benefits of this new technique:
1) It will save on relaxer costs because there will be no leftover to throw away.
2) There will be no cross contamination for stylists who do not want to throw away relaxer overage from a completed client service.
3) For tightly compacted curl patterns, you can part the new growth and apply relaxer at the same time.
This prototype tool and technique is designed by Benita Blocker with Applebaum Enterprises. I will be offering classes on this prototype, and I am open to talking with relaxer companies who want to assist with a national launch of this concept.
Monday, September 23, 2013
I just saw the trailer for the movie the "Counselor." I loved this new haircolor placement on Cameron Diaz. To achieve this look, I would create the bob haircut. Secondly, strategically darken the roots and quadrants needed to create this look and rinse out. I would then rough dry the hair and lift the remaining quadrants to blonde. Of course, if the client has gray hair, then you would be depositing blonde color. Picture credits: www.camerondiaz.org and www.dailymail.co.uk
Saturday, September 21, 2013
By the time I made it back to my salon and really started to see at how bare my scalp was, I became desperate to figure out how to salvage my self esteem. Of course, I was still trusting in the consultants recommended by www.sisterlocks.com, and I just was trying to deal with what was being dished out the best way that I could. This is why my yarn unit was created. I needed a fix. I needed a "plan B" that would blend with my existing Sisterlocks. Yarn was the only thing that I could think of that would blend with locs. Then my making of the yarn unit was a combination of design considerations that I had been exposed to over the years.
I believe that Sisterlocks are supposed to be about empowering women, but for me, it tore me down over and over. The founder of Sisterlocks was quiet throughout my entire ordeal with the exception of the fact that she did not approve of my yarn unit being promoted in conjunction with her Sisterlocks name despite all my letters of complaint as well as suggestions for improvement for the Sisterlocks organization as a whole.
I am willing to forgive, and I sincerely hope that my ordeal will help others understand that the www.sisterlock.com listing does not guarantee any more than the consultants listed have met minimal renewal qualifications.
Well, below is my head again, May 2013. I was two months Sisterlocks free. Big difference right?
This is the same way with our bodies. If we completely lose energy, the day goes south really fast. So I have been working on food options that are practical that will keep you at full capacity until you get a solid hour and half break.
2) Lou's Naturals Garrett Valley Turkey Snack Sticks is a jerky that is gluten free. The turkey used in the snack sticks is free of antibiotics. There are six sticks in a pack. Sodium: 430mg for those who are sodium conscious.
3) Larabar (Apple pie flavor is my favorite) nutrition bar is gluten free, soy free, dairy free.
4) Fresh fruit such as bananas and nectarines.
5) Nuun electrolyte enhanced drink tabs are good to add to your water bottle to make you feel like you have a flavored drink. The Citrus Fruit flavor is my favorite.
6) Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews are great for an extra 45 minutes boost. Fruit Smoothie is my favorite flavor.
7) If you have a George Foreman grill, you can cook many things quickly.
If anyone wants to add any other ideas, please comment below.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
The hair samples came from the same source of natural hair. There may be some permanent color in this hair sample. I am unclear if this hair samples donation is color-treated.
For those clients that need 15 minutes to get through the new growth for application and another 10 minutes to smooth out for a total relaxation time of 25 minutes, then the "Control" formula could be an option.
No one seemed to offer any encouraging words regarding the Control formula when inquiring at Avlon headquarters as well as my regular distributor. I was told repeatedly that the control formula was for those with slow relaxer application speed like new hairstylists to the industry. However, from my observation in this trial run, the control formula would be great for those clients with closely compacted new growth who are already in the normal strength Affirm relaxer which require 25 minutes processing anyway.
The control formula only comes in Normal strength so color-treated hair is still not encouraged.
Monday, September 16, 2013
In order to salvage the length, I would razor the tips all over to soften the bluntness, lightly filet the hair in the bottom layers to blend and allow the rest to grow out for about six months and trim the bottom length up gradually as it grows out.
I assume that this lady's hair was cut while wet to end up with that many blunt ends.
Curls with or without extensions should allow for a softer look.
Are you wondering how many strands were used in my client's hair to acheive the first picture? 97 strands.
According to other online reviews, Elumen holds almost permanently to damaged hair. People like Elumen red color(s) because they do not bleed out nor fade. Damaged hair is considered any hair that has been chemically altered or mechanically roughed up.
Overall, the Elumen haircolor should be used with caution. I would use a protective barrier around the hairline to avoid a hard line. This protective barrier may not be an uncommon practice, but with Elumen darker colors, forgetting the protective barrier may be a battle that you do not want to fight at the end of the hair service. Also, gloves are essential. The Elumen haircolor seems to stain the hands instantly.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
They also recommend using the "smart glasses" for both the stylist and the client as another precaution.
They have more new products in the Brazilian Blowout retail line for styling and for aftercare volume.
An all boar bristle round brush or paddle brush is recommended for blowdrying the solution dry. A metal base brush apparently will create too much heat, and we are trying to avoid formaldehyde emissions.
Shaking up the bottle before dispensing the product is also key to making sure the mixture is consistent. The shelf life is 18 months.
The treatment is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women.
The model's final styling was finger blowdried without a brush. This model's hair responded like a straightener, but several passes of the flat iron was used throught the model's hair.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
1) For those who have long length, make sure that the relaxer residue gets shampooed out of the ends as well as the roots. Many times, I have focussed mainly on making sure the roots are free of relaxer residue. I am thinking that since I only put the relaxer application at the new growth at the roots, I should not need to focus on the ends of the hair. However, to the contrary, we do need to focus on the ends because they are getting hit with all the runoff water from the relaxer. Those long ends will also soak up the relaxer water in the shampoo bowl as we thoroughly rinse, rinse, rinse. Just make sure that you work neutralizing shampoo vigorously through the hair ends with each lathering; otherwise, if relaxer get trapped in the hair ends, then it will begin "creeping oxidation." The client will experience split ends, frizziness, breakage, and some hardness in the ends. How to correct this? At home, client can use a lot of moisturizer to keep the pH from elevating until she can make it into the salon for a deep cleansing shampoo in order to clarify the residue out of the ends. After clarifying the ends, then another neutralizing shampoo lather can be used through the ends for pH balancing.
2) Keep some NuExpressions Super 10 in 1 Conditioner on hand. I believe it is the only conditioner on the market with a color indicator in it to identify relaxer residue and begin to neutralize it. At the nape, sometimes I am uncertain if I see suds or diluted residue, I spread some of this 10 in 1 in that area, and if it turns HOT pink, then I need to rinse and shampoo again. So at any time, you question anything potentially relaxer related, just squirt the NuExpressions 10 in 1 and the truth will be revealed. Clear or White means that no relaxer is present. Again, Pink means relaxer is present. Many neutralizing shampoos have color indicators which is good, but what if you have white lather after testing an area - with the conditioner you can leave it on and add their main conditioner to the rest of the head without having to worry about rinsing shampoo out. The 10 in 1 conditioner saves time when everything is all clear.
3) Breakage points are at every turn in your natural curl pattern. The less natural curl that you have, then the less break points and the least amount of relaxer penetration points. The more curl to the hair, then the more breakage points to be concerned about. In addition, even after the relaxer seeks out all the di-sulfide bonds and smooths them out, as one of my clients pointed out, the breakage points are hidden because they are relaxed straight, but they are still there. This particular client never cuts her hair. Two years without a haircut so far, but with swimming and her active lifestyle, her length seems to just maintain a medium below shoulder length. She still gets relaxer touch-ups every three months, but she realizes that it seems that her length stays close to stagnant. Actually, this reminds me that I need to ask her to come in for a protein treatment a week before her relaxer service. I only would see her when she calls for her chemical appointment. I need to push to get more people either doing their own protein treatment at home every couple of months or they should come into the salon for the treatment. The protein treatments will reinforce the integrity of the strands to prepare them for a chemical service.
Sunday, September 8, 2013
I decided on the vinegar after reading one of my old blog posts reciting a regimen that another women recommended. My blog is a great reference for me as well.
You probably noticed that my front locks look more scalpy than my back. I definitely encourage anyone who feels too scalpy, to allow their locks to get a little past due and ask the technician to not overtighten.
I am still a little sticky from the honey, but I really feel that the healing properties of the honey outweigh its messiness.
Also, as far as maintenance goes, another regimen that someone shared with them is tightening every 2 weeks. One 2 week period is self tightening, and the other 2 week period is tightened by the loctician. Of course, she had larger locks than mine, but they were not huge. I assume 1 hour to 1.5 hours self-retightening. I too am about ready for a loctician. I am feeling a bit lazy, and I know my lock behavior now enough to instruct the loctician not to double up the locks.
Well, I am six months Sisterlocks free. I am happy that only 25% of my head has the small Sisterlocks in it. I have repeatedly heard stories of the really small Sisterlocks shedding or breaking. Knowing now that the normal shedding hair drops down into the locks to form a dreadlock, extremely small locks could become weak from the weight of the shedded hair. Even my size locks require keeping the new growth connected to the lock to support the lock's weight and updo styling. The less stress on the locks, the less thinning. Head bands cause stress if worn for more than a couple of days. I am learning as I have tried some tricks to hide my new growth until I had time to retighten.
Well, more and more clients are seeing how my locks will continue to lay as they get longer. More people are excited about the idea of locks. Thank God that I am a year ahead now. By next year, this timeframe, I should really be on cloud 9. Until next month's check-in . . .
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Those with locs can also achieve this pattern. It looks like a zig zag when unwrapped from the lacers.
Hair can also be elongated into a wave pattern by blow drying and finger stretching the zig zag set.
Hair by Benita Blocker.