It is true, Hairstylist are a creative bunch…myself included, after all we are right-siders! Right side of the brain that is: Art, Music, Creativity, Contextual, Social, Abstract, Imaginative, Intuitive, Expressive…….all natural functions!
Yet, after twenty-five years in the business, I haven’t a single tattoo! Why??, as much as I appreciate the beauty and skill that goes into these 3D art installations, my left side just won’t let me….not yet anyway!
I have been told I live a balanced life brain-wise; equal parts logical, analytical, and literal in harmony with my expressive imagination and artistic ability. How else would I have survived business school and years of salon management. My background is also equal parts ‘Military’ (my father) and ‘Religious’ (my mother) so my issue was mostly born out of fear!
My generation, forty something, usually had to sneak and get a tattoo and then hide it until you were grown or moved out of our parents house. This generation tattoos tear drops and music symbols on their face….times have changed. FOR SURE!
More and more I am noticing sleeves, back pieces, neck pieces etc. at beauty industry events, most recently at a #NickArrojoExpo event here in Atlanta. Most of the stylist in the room and on stage were covered in artwork; some good and some…….questionable but I’m sure meaningful!!!
I saw lots of shears or scissors, shears through hearts, flowers, skulls you name it. I was so fascinated I stopped looking at the hair and panned down to see what inspired these stylist so much that they had to see it every day ON THEIR BODIES!
What stood out the most; hairstylist are proud to be hairstylist and want to show the world…blow dryers, combs, and cosmetics take center stage. Quotes run a close second with affirmations of ‘Peace’ , ‘Love’ and ‘Harmony’…none of which you find in hair salons btw!
What would my mother say if I donned a chest piece with a lipstick palate and dueling blow dryers….she’d probably think #Ibeendrinkin’
Maybe I’ll take my mom with me when I finally decided to do it….who knows
Proof you’ve made it is when you are perched front-row and center for Paris’ Couture Fashion week and hanging out with Iconic designer Valentino for kicks and giggles.
More proof….Your wearing an outfit from your bestie and Balmain designer, Olivier Rousteing, that was inspired by you and modeled by your baby sister (Kendall Jenner) in his Paris runway presentation.
Although I am not the biggest fan of Jennifer Hudson’s music mostly because I don’t think she’s found her voice…figuratively speaking. I am a huge fan of the dedication and commitment it took to whip that body into shape and an even greater fan of that banging haircut! No matter my opinion of the music…her voice is remarkable, I just hope the right songwriter and producer appear quickly to transform her essence into music!
But until then, behold!
Not this time Zendaya, this is what happens when you get an #BETAwards invite and take it literally! Her stylist is NOT her friend but her #MUA loves her! At second glance her braids are cute just not under THIS hat with THIS outfit! To be fair #FAB Hair & Make Up; #FAIL on the outfit!
Lover her or hate her, Kenya Moore shines in coral!
Terri Seymore, again, fishtail braids and red carpets just don’t match but then, neither does her appearance at this event…
Tamara Mowry-Housley looks radiant, I love this look on her; the color, shine, soft-flowing weave #FAB
Does Charlie Baltimore have an album coming out???
Michelle, looking very thin in teal, I love teal but I don’t love the dress; perhaps cutlets for the bodice…..the hair would have been fine if she were going to the movies……#FAIL!
Gabby, No to the hair! No to the dress! and No to the corny presentation speech! well it was kinda funny just a little awkward considering relationships isn’t her forte…. Perhaps they should have invited #MaryJane…well, maybe not lol Love you girl! #FAIL but your #FAB
Regina Hall, YES GAWD! Everything about her look said ‘Out of the way Bitches’ #FAB #thatshowyouwork #RedCarpetRealness #BobOgraphy #BobLove
LOLO JONES……..although I am a big fan of the fishtail braid, it is NOT award show worthy unless done MUCH MORE dramatically….so #FAIL
The Red carpet came to a screeching halt when Ms. Ashanti rolled up with this thing on her head….I Just…. I Can’t with her! Such a pretty girl, great body, talented artist, so so taste in men but I digress; we have got to do better on this hair! #FAIL
All hail the Pink Princess of Hip Hop and her very fabulous, toned-down style but still turned-up attitude (see acceptance speech… all shade and HilArious) Love her new hair and make up looks. Her BET look was no exception….FAB!
Af first glance I thought this was Beyonce Circa Momma Knowles styling days, on second glance I realize Idk who the hell this is but she’s giving Big, Curly ,Sexy hair and I’m not mad at the hair …..Just the outfit!
Ledisi gave us natural hair fabulous-ness, although I was NOT a fan of her Lionel Richie performance…she tried!
Fab side ponytail and make up for Jeannie Mai …I dug her whole look, a definite top five!
First, a word about grey hair! (grey or gray you choose)
Haircolor is created by the pigment melanin, found in the core of each strand. Melanin is also responsible for the color of the skin and of the eyes. There are two types of pigment; Eumelanin (dark hair) or Phaeomelanin (Light hair). Combined in various combinations, these pigments create all natural hair colors. Just as the lack or loss of these pigments create no color at all, thus grey or white hair.
Melanin is the product of a specialized cell called the melanocyte found in each hair follicle, or the epicenter of hair growth. As hair grows, the melanocyte injects melanin into the hair cells allowing the hair to retain its original color. But as we ripen in age, the amount of melanin injected is reduced and eventually stops and voila; grey hair. No one can explain exactly why the machine stops spitting out pigment it just does and its different for everyone.
According to the February 2005 issue of Science, Ivy leaguers couldn’t even nail it down to one cause. The study, conducted by a consortium of Harvard scientists, narrowed the causes of failure of the melanocyte stem cells to produce essential pigmentation was a function of either age or genetics.
For years my #bestclientever (and I have many) have color treated her hair virtually all shades of red and wine (bordeaux and sangria to be exact). Originally we colored her hair for fun but over the years it became a necessity to cover the inevitable grey hairs that sprout like unwelcome relatives .
A loyal client since 1996, we started with a short brown pixie cut and over the next decade, we breezed through the Halle Berry catalogue of mid-length choppy, spiky layer cuts. As we usher in the second decade of styles she’s decided to go shorter and allow the color to fade away….much to my dismay. No matter how much I love her short spiky haircut, I’ve been dying to dye it (no pun intended).
What do you do when clients let their grey flag fly and all you want to do is lower it to half-staff?
The answer: build a bridge and get over it!
If you can’t color it away, Enhance it! How you might ask?
Keep it Grey or White: Promote services utilizing clarifying treatments or products that remove build-up that cause greying hair to look dull and lifeless. Retail grey brightening shampoos for at home maintenance as well as a peace offering so they know your on board with this nonsense lol. Grey enhancers will usually be violet or blue and brighten the hair by balancing and /or neutralizing any yellow to brassy orange tones that appear as a byproduct of chemical relaxing, medications or environmental pollutants.
Keep it Healthy: Grey hair is not your friend in its virgin state, it can often appear coarse, wiry, brittle and dry.. mostly due to the loss of both shine reflecting pigments and moisture…..So,
Provide services that infuse moisture back into the hair shaft. Great options being; hydration therapy via steam machines, hair treatments, masques… Macadamia brand Hair Repair Masque and Pravana’s Masque are a couple of my fave’s.
Keep it Shiny: Nothing says healthy hair better than shiny hair!! Provide services like a clear, demi-permanent color with a drop or two of violet or blue pigments to tone color and add shine at once.
Clients will appreciate the extra pampering and love you show to their grey hair.
Instead of mourning the loss of a color client you can encourage client loyalty by finding ways to embrace and celebrate their decision to go grey!
OR is the whole ‘EMBRACING OUR NATURAL HAIR TEXTURE’ a fallacy of the highest order?
IF IT IS NOT than why are we spending entire weekends CO-WASHING, BLOWING, WANDING, COILING, TWISTING, BRAIDING, AND KNOTTING our kinky lock and spending $$ much coin on CURLY, KINKY, COILY PUDDINGS heavy enough to drag Eryka Badu down to the bottom of the Hudson. All in an effort to transform our ‘natural’ curl pattern to into a looser configuration or stretch it into something we deem more attractive. On YouTube all day watching twist outs, braid out, bantu knot (my daughter included) blow drying to then wand it then twist it into a knot to ultimately release it into a bounty of soft flowing curls that will revert back as soon as you walk out the front door. (my daughter again)
We are (Ethnic Women) spending more money per capita than any other demographic in the nation on curly, kinky, natural hair products that quite frankly are the same as smoothing products with shiny new afrocentric packaging? I’m not mad at Miss Jessie’s, Carol’s Daughter or Mixed Chicks brands in particular, hell, I wish I would of thought of it first. I’ve have been doing natural hair for twenty-years, pressing, rodding, straw-setting, as well as relaxing, permanent waving, and coloring. I have had clients with relaxers get a highlight services and ask less questions and less concern than a natural client getting straightened.
What kind of flat iron is that?, are there sulfates in the shampoo?, whats my texture 6D?, should I co-wash?, should I pre-wash?, can you pre-wash?what are you putting in my hair?, what temperature is your blow-dryer?, is your flat iron ceramic or titanium btw, whats the difference? O_O
For all of our efforts avoiding being played by mainstream corporations profiting from the marketing and promoting of Eurocentric ideas of beauty and its corresponding products….we have once again taken the bait. You only have to spend an afternoon on YouTube to experience how big this natural hair product push has become. Vlogger’s with a conscience or ethics state up front that the products used in their tutorials were sent to them free prior to giving a thumbs up or down and I can appreciate that!
……IS IT ME? or isn’t natural hair supposed to be maintenance free. I mean all you have to do is wet it down, apply conditioner, rinse, add a creme leave-in with Coconut, Shea or Macadamia nut oil while its wet…. let go and let have OR put a hand full of plaits in it ….right! An entire cottage industry worth billions of dollars is born of hair that needs absolutely no maintenance if indeed it is natural?
What happened to all this self-love, ethnic pride and motherland assimilation, i’m just asking the question because none of the natural clients i’ve come in contact with actually want to wear their hair…..natural. The movement is flawed in that to embrace your natural beauty is just that, and braids with added hair is still fake….locks as well! Am I a jerk for pointing this out or just in a snarky mood, I WILL be forty-five in two months and its not going over well in my head. It maybe that the militance and arrogance that some women project on this topic annoys the fuck out of me especially black women with platinum blonde but ‘natural’ hair…gtfooh!
Just like the Jherri Curl, The Relaxer, and Weaves have been associated with the imposing of the ‘Western’ standard of beauty on ethnic women, I am now inserting ‘Natural Hair’ to the list because the exploitation of it is the most absurd of all!
See again, yes clients can go to whomever they want at any time, but can we handle these things professionally. If I work in a salon with a team I respect, the last thing I would want to do is jeopardize our working relationship. Now i don’t know how often this ‘client’ comes in but i am certain it is NOT everyday….which is how often you see your co-worker.
Furthermore, Kim throwing their dysfunctional relationship in China’s face while she is clearly hurt and annoyed at the audacity of it all…..is not the answer. Why was this even being discussed on the floor in earshot of other guest…oh, because it a reality show (boom)
Another reason why I need Tums to watch these salon reality displays of ratchet behavior!
Nick Arrojo & Club Intrigue come together again and I won’t miss it this time!!!