Sunday, April 27, 2014
Many times with haircolor, it is best to work with your hair's natural color lift and just tone it. We as colorists just need to know how visible you want the highlights to look. Subtle? or Showstopping in a good way?
It has a sweet fragrance, and a nice slip feel to it. So far, it is a keeper! I have not tried it on coarser hair yet. It is something about it's consistency that makes me think that the coarser hair will absorb too much product and possibly crystallize. I will keep you posted. So far, I have not seen any adverse results.
This foam is new to the Naked line, so ask your distributor about it because it is not listed in the brochures yet.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
I think it is harder for me to see that I am gaining length without going back two months, but most people who have not seen me in awhile say "it's growing." I prefer the term "getting longer" but lately, I just being saying "yeah" and on to the next topic of conversation.
Well, until next time!
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
But on to the technical details, this relaxer system is an (8 minute) time release relaxer designed to give a lot of moisture to the hair. The Naked Keratin Plus Reconstructive Masque is lighter than the Naked Honey and Almond Moisture Whip Conditioner. So finer hair will benefit from the lighter conditioner. The relaxer itself only comes in one strength along with the sensitive scalp version which the strengths can be adjusted.
The model pictured has wet hair. The relaxer was completed and neutralized. The model's hair was flat wrapped with the Naked Max premium foam and dried under the rollaway hair dryer.
After the model's hair was dried, she received a haircut.
The model's hair was styled using a flat iron to deliver the final finish.
I am not convinced to start carrying this relaxer because this model did not have coarse hair. I was still unclear as to how much healthier this relaxer is to the other competitors on the market.
I will continue to use some of the styling products from this line. I do not have any existing clients that will benefit from this relaxer at this time.
I was having a little fun today! I found the "Big Shot" mask as I was preparing for a yard sale.
It is amazing how bushy eyebrows and a moustache can change your appearance!
There was definitely nothing boring about this momentary break! Have a Great day Everyone!
The costume mask consisted of the nose, moustache, glasses, and eyebrows all in one!
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Mizani says there are eight curl types based on their 2012 Natural Curl Key.
Sisterlocks teaches about 18 different hair types in their four day training class.
I say that both companies are falling short on the number of different hair types walking around in the world.
Please note, that shallow curl patterns can NOT be texturized because the curl pattern will go from "shallow" to just plain "straight." There is no middle of the road with shallow curl patterns.
If you have a deep curl pattern, then a texturizer will make a deep set into a shallow curl pattern.
If you are not sure of whether or not your curl pattern is deep or shallow, then grab your natural hair and slightly stretch or elongate it. If it still has a wave to it, then you have a deep curl pattern. If it looks straight with minimal stretching, then your curl pattern is shallow.
Now, shallow curl patterns can be resistant or stiff despite the fact that they are close to straight as far as curl patterns go. The resistance factor is how strong the hair proteins want to remain undisturbed. On the flip side, a deep curl pattern is possible that it is pliable and easily straightened.
Resistant hair whether deep or shallow will resist being straightened by heat and will resist being straightened by chemical.
Some resistant hair if texturized will eventually reform into its original protein bonds as if the chemical never even took. So for some resistant hair, if you do not completely "knock" the "kinks" out of the hair, it will revert back. Also, please understand that if you are going against the resistant hair trying to straighten it with chemicals or heat, you stand the risk of making it fragile, but it will be straight.
In my opinion, once someone determines that they have truly resistant hair whether it is a 3/4" curl diameter or 3/8" curl diameter, micro-locking by coiling or interlocking should be presented as an option. Resistant hair will less likely maintain long straight lengths because it will be pre-deposited to breakage due to the processing required to "knock" the kink out of it.
Roller set/wet set are still the best secret to maintaining length, but the hair has to be straight enough to wrap around the roller in a smooth manner which goes back to how effective the relaxer took.
If you have pliable, soft, manageable hair, then maintenance is much easier because the hair is NOT resistant to change.
I would like to conclude with a real life Q and A scenario:
I am rethinking going natural. It took me too many hours to wash and straighten my hair. As soon as I finish a few sections, the first ones are back to poof a ball again. I am eight months post relaxer, and it has been rough.
Everyone's curl pattern and curl behavior in regards to shrinkage is different. So everyone's natural journey is unique to their hair's unique makeup. I have seen soooo many different natural hairtypes in my chair that I can safely say that there are probably 40 different natural hair types. Based on the scenario that you just described, you need two different products to moisturize/stretch then seal it with a defining gel for control. If that does not work, then you need to consider micro-locking by coiling or interlocking. If your hair is as resistant to straightening as you described, then you will damage it in order to make it hold straight. Be true to thine self. I have seen darker skinned sisters with loose curl patterns and lighter skinned sisters with ultra coily hair. Your hair knows what it wants to do. You either work with it or against it. After eight months post relaxer, you should know if you can control your hair without locking and without chemicals. It's all about control. Otherwise, you start the day with one style and by the end of the day, you are trying to figure out why there's nothing left of the style. More bad hair days than good hair days are a definitely a sign for change.
Saturday, April 19, 2014
What is a hair bulb? Many people feel that if they pick up a strand of hair from their bathroom floor and see a hair bulb on the end, then the strand was a hair that came from the scalp's hair follicle. They feel that the "hair bulb" signifies hair shedding which could be normal versus breakage.
Well, some hair that is broken by the heat damage can look like there is a "hair bulb" on one end, but it really is breakage versus shedding.
Breakage can be stopped. 1) Recondition or Treat. 2) Discontinue use of whatever tool is causing the breakage.
So if you see a "bulb," then please be open to the possibility of the bulb being the results of a damaged end of the hair generated from extreme breakage. I would suggest a salon treatment for any major hair breakage issues.
Monday, April 14, 2014
So to make a long story short, I wear an extra wide headband to keep my locs scrunched at night because I want texture and bents in my locs. So if I have areas where I finger twisted versus interlocked, it is fine with me because I want to see movement and bends in my locs. The only time my locs look good straight is when they are soaking wet. Other than that, my locs shrink up and resist gravity.
So "uniform locs" should be a personal decision. Some people want to eventually cut the relaxed hair/locs off. I am planning to keep all of my loc length, fat or skinny, it is all good to me. Honestly, if someone gets a razor haircut on their straight hair, then their ends are going to be thin and wispy, not blunt and not uniform. So why must locs be uniform?
So I repeat, micro-locks do not have to be uniform; however, the larger the locs, the more lumpy the locs can look. For example:
For those who do not have my texture hair and curl pattern, then certain interlocking patterns will force some texture into looser textured locs to keep them from looking too stringy.
So again, people need to think "out of the box" with locs. How do you want to style your locs? If your answer is long and straight, then you need to keep your upkeep timing and methods consistent for uniformity, but if you are like me, I am always going to prefer some wave or curl in my locs, so don't worry - just be happy!
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Pictured above is March 2014 withOUT my bang repair.
(Please see my previous article on this blog to learn details of my bang loc extension using my own hair.)
Friday, April 11, 2014
Despite the title of this article, NO artificial hair was added.
As I run out of my Pureology supply, I will probably convert to this new evolved color care line. I was impressed with the concentration of the product. A little goes a long way. I also had one client complain that the Pureology Hydrate shampoo smells like a "patchouli" plant which reminded her of her grandmother. Apparently, that was not a good memory. Smile. Anyway, the Colorproof SuperRich Moisture shampoo smells like "cinnamon." Hopefully, by the fall, I will gradually phase into Colorproof product line.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Relaxed hair, natural hair, locked hair . . . I have used it on all hair types and trust this Naked Detox Shampoo to cleanse the hair without stripping it even if I lather it up more than one time.
Design Essentials have reformulated their deep cleansing shampoo recently, and KeraCare has reformulated their deep cleansing shampoo a few times with different pH values. Sometimes these companies are just stuffing these new formulations down our throats, and as much as I want to support my distributors who are the middle man, the ecomony is getting too demanding. We as hairstylists are going to have to stay on the lookout for changes and keep our options open. At the end of the day, our customers are looking at us- not the manufacturer. I am getting more and more stylists mentioning to me how the beauty products are failing them. It could be that the cheaper ingredients are causing the products to expire quicker. I do not know, but I am keeping my hand on technical support hotlines for these products. Any questions about new formulations? Just call the company. You can get their insight, and they should listen to your feedback to improve their product or at least clarify the directions.
The Paul Mitchell Super Strengthner in-process treatment is an important part of maintaining the integrity of the hair when achieving highlift colors. Any color process that takes a customer more than three color levels above their natural God given haircolor is considered "high-lift."
Clarifying shampoo is also important to make sure that all the lightener is washed out. Hairstylists need to judge by the feel of the hair as to how much conditioning needs to be done. I used the Pureology Colour Fanatic spray throughout the hair before applying lightener. It did not seem to interfere with the lightening process so I may have found another good use for the beautifier spray.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Based on CNN and USAToday recent articles, there is a petition to have the recently updated military hairstyling restrictions lifted. Our military women need your support.
The words "neat and uniform" hairstyling can be associated with a "White Supremacy" mentality. Some hair types, ethnicity groups, curl patterns are NOT naturally uniform. Should the military force soldiers to use hair chemicals? Are wigs more acceptable than one's natural hair?
This picture of the judges in uniform wigs came from the online Wall Street Journal.
Surely, if micro-braids are acceptable, then dreadlocks should be acceptable. The only way to get uniformity is to require wigs.
I would love to be a part of any future military focus groups regarding hair styling.
Hopefully, you will not be yawning for too long. LOL! Kreyola from Kreyolajourneys.com tagged "boring" me. I have researched the history behind such tagging, and I found that the 21 questions can vary so I am going to play this by ear.
I think the purpose of tagging is to learn more about your author/blogger (moi/me) other than what is listed in the profile. So here's my 21 questions and answers! Enjoy!
1. Are you named after someone?
Nope, my parents never mentioned anyone else. They are pretty independent.
2. When was the last time you cried?
Last week while viewing the Christian based movie "God's Not Dead." Disclaimer: I cry in a lot of movies which is why I prefer attending the movie theaters alone.
3. Do you have children? No. Never been pregnant either. However, I have a niece, nephew, and great-grand nephew.
4. If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?
Definitely. I often dine alone, and when the hostess asks "Will it just be one?" I often say "Yes, I am good company." Smile. I have a low tolerance to alcoholic beverages so I do not drink much liquor and definitely no beer. I do not smoke hookah or anything else, and I have two left feet when it comes to dancing. So I am the official party pooper, but I love me some ME. LOL! By the way, I do like Moscato d`Asti with alcohol level 9% or less. 5% is better. I like sweet wines or sweet mixed drinks only. Are you yawning yet? LOL! Oh, by the way, I do not have any body piercings, not even my ears. I wear clip earrings. No tattoos either! I had permanent eyebrow makeup done once, but I think it has faded away. No plans to sit through that "pain session" again. I also have a nickel allergy so I wear minimal jewelry unless it is pure gold or pure silver. I love speaking about current events so I am a conversationist.
5. Do you have a guilty pleasure?
The corner piece of every birthday cake! I want maximum amount of frosting. Smile.
6. Do you like your handwriting? Overall, yes, I have the ability to handwrite in different ways. So I can always change it up. It depends on if I am writing quickly or taking my time.
7. What's your favorite cereal? I do not crave cereals; however, I will grab a Quaker Raisin and Spice instant Oatmeal in a crunch.
8. What's the first thing that you notice about people? I notice their body language, facial expression, and eyes. I look for their purpose in being in my presence. If I am forced to interact, then I look to see if they are looking at my shoes, my purse, my hair, my car or if they are genuinely interested in my conversation. I adapt my conversation according to the situation because I meet all types of people from all social statuses. We all bleed red blood, and I serve only one God.
9. What is your eye color?
Brown, and sometimes light brown if I am in the sun a lot.
10. Scary movies or happy endings? Anything but a scary movie. lol!
11. Favorite TV show? None. I like the Voice and Scandal, but I am not addicted to television.
12. Summer or Winter? Now, that I have a phenomenal electric blanket, Winter is NO problem as long as I have electricity to power the electric blanket. LOL!
13. Hugs or Kisses? Hugs are less messy. Smile.
14. Where is the farthest destination that you have been from home? Nassau, Paradise Island Bahamas and Cozumel, Mexico. Both trips were cruises, Carnival and Royal Caribbean.
15. Do you have any special talents? I do not think I have any special talents so no, America's Got Talent auditions for me.
16. Where were you born? In the equestrian town of Aiken, South Carolina. (Refrigerator Perry and James Brown territory)
17. What are your hobbies? Writing, watching movies, coin collecting and shopping. I do want to learn to swim next!
18. Do you have any pets? NO extra mouths to feed. Smile.
19. Favorite Bath and Body Works fragrance? Pink Chiffon
20. Do you have any siblings? Yes, Two younger sisters!
21. What are some other career goals? Learn Adobe Photoshop, Digital video editing, Spanish language, and refresh on my French!
So now, It's official - I am so boring. LOL! But it's all good! Hopefully, you are still awake. LOL!
I now tag Bertice of bertice-berry.blogspot.com
Monday, April 7, 2014
I had to toss this shampoo. I will not buy a gallon size again. I still use a lot of Paul Mitchell and Pureology in my salon. Apparently, I am not using enough of the KeraCare line to finish the product before it expires. I could not find a legible batch code on the jug either.
So look for expiration dates and be aware of the consistency of the product for freshness.
The Pureology Colour Fanatic Multi-tasking Hair Beautifier Leave-in Spray has been bittersweet for me. Initially, I loved it, and then after my extended use with various clientele, I found the spray could cause some dryness on relaxed hair.
So What I liked about the Colour Fanatic Spray is
- It smelled like a sweet perfume which reminds one of something "expensive."
- It detangles relaxed hair very well.
- I can feel the strength in my clients' hair after completing their blow-dry service.
So What I DO NOT like about the Colour Fanatic Spray is
- It has sodium hydroxide listed in the ingredients list mid-way through. Sodium hydroxide is lye, and long-term, all hair products with this ingredient can have diminishing returns over the long haul.
- The strength that it leaves in my client's hair can also be drying to the hair. If you have an oily scalp naturally or you keep your hair moisturized, then this potential drying effect may not be a huge deal breaker. However, if you are a mininimalist, then this multi-tasking spray may be more than you bargained for.
For the right person and the right service, it is a great spray. I can see using this spray for the following services:
- Pre-protection on the hair ends before relaxing the new growth if the hair is already tangled from a curly style.
- Used as a cutting lotion for over-porous hair.
- Used as a leave-in conditioner along with a soft setting agent to wet set the hair.
I will continue to evaluate this Pureology Colour Fanatic Spray for different purposes. I think that I will finish up the bottle, but unless I nail a definite reason to keep it in my rotation. I will not be purchasing it again.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
On a separate note, vending machines are now selling everything from hair extensions (not pictured) to natural hair products (pictured). Wow!
And finally, I saw Carol's Daughter hair products as well as Brazilian Blowout hair products sold in Target stores.
I found all of this to be interesting and worth mentioning.
My year of finger twisting was great because it allowed me to learn my hair. My locs naturally did not want to stay twisted so every time that I washed them they were becoming looser at the roots. Of course, some of my locks did fine with finger twisting, but for the majority of my locks, hand locking myself or having someone else interlock them seemed as if it was becoming the best solution.