the talking dead!

Im not the most gregarious stylist on the planet but I am always down for some good Judy gab…translation, gossipy conversation. If your a new client, theres always the requisite; ‘where are you from?’, ‘how did you find out about the salon?’ or ‘what area do you live, work or play?’…basic ice breakers and conversation starters. Most people respond accordingly, and the rest takes care of itself.

And then theres that other group of customers (of the lemon sucking variety). Dead faced! monosyllabic, no inflection, no expression….almost like to every question they want to answer you with the middle finger.

Listen, I’m okay with just quietly providing you with a nice press or haircut with out engaging in meaningless dialogue; but who does that in a beauty shop? Its a hair salon for fucks sake, if nothing else you should enjoy your experience, laugh or learn something! If nothing else, you must take with you erroneous gossip to spread about the masses…THATS MY JOB!

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Black Girls Rock! Viola Davis & Uzo Aduba Make History With Their Lead Role Wins At The SAG Awards

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I was hoping she would be recognized for her tremendous talent, they got this one right!

Originally posted on Bossip:

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Viola Davis And Uzo Aduba Win SAG Awards

Viola Davis and Uzo Aduba made history Sunday when the two talented actresses nabbed SAG Awards for their lead roles respectively in “How To Get Away With Murder” and “Orange Is The New Black.”

The wins marked the first time both winning lead actresses were black.

Variety.com reports:

Viola Davis won the outstanding lead drama actress prize at Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards for her role in “How to Get Away With Murder.” Davis is just the third actress of color to nab the title.

Sandra Oh of “Grey’s Anatomy” won the award in 2005, followed by Chandra Wilson in 2006, who won for the same show. Those two victories — along with Davis’ — were all for series produced by Shonda Rhimes.

The award for outstanding comedy actress also went to an African-American performer — Uzo Aduba won her first-ever SAG…

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Staff your brand!

As most salon owners understand, staffing a salon is the most critical step in a series of steps towards the establishment, maintenance and longevity of your salon brand.

First off, you must understand what YOUR brand IS or what you would like it to be…God Willing.

Defining your brand will speak to the culture of your salon, this is where it gets tricky! Because Unfortunately, most people see culture as diversity and diversity as color…they would be wrong on both accounts. Diversity is simply difference, in relation to a salon you could have two stylist of the same race with differing social norms and values….think Ben Carson and Al Sharpton! How fun would your salon be?

In staffing your salon the focus should be on the client experience and productivity. How productive would your salon be if your stylist were debating politics and social programs all day instead of working together to achieve optimum client satisfaction. Your branding would take a hit if a client was inadvertently hit in the face by a rouge stylist who didn’t appreciate his fellow stylists opinion on gay marriage….yes, these things happen and should be avoided at all cost. Define your brand!

In defining your brand you begin to develop a culture that agrees with your brand and fosters a cohesive working environment for your stylist who will than pay it forward to your clients. Believe me, unhappy stylist can make your life miserable and destroy the morale of any salon. The social values and norms that you project will set the tone for your entire staff. Define your brand!

Staffing your salon should reflect your vision for your salon, your brand is only authentic when it reflects your values as the salon owner and management team. One size does NOT fit all, niche branding dictates custom staffing. Define your brand!

Staff your brand using Salonography’s custom staffing model.

Define your brand!

Staff your brand!

The first Black Barbie look didn't start with Ms. Minaj

Barbie isn’t real…..Black or otherwise!

Imagine a time before weave, eyelash extensions, lip injections, Botox & fillers, breast and /or butt implants….or both! a time when real women of a size twice as large as the ‘new women’ was coveted as pin-up quality.

What happened??

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I mean, I’m an agent of the beauty industry and completely missed the ball on how far us girls would take it. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy the occasional sew-in weave……okay,  more than the occasional its pretty much my hair lifestyle.  However, I am always careful not to appear to wiggy, not to also have over-the-top make up or bedazzled nails, and lashes unless I was going to an event or special occasion.

Apparently, I stand alone in my attempts to NOT look like a drag queen on a daily basis…just on holidays.  And true to form, the boys have taken notice and have begun to parody us on Snapchat and Instagram! Are we NOT entertained…..absolutely, we created this monster and now we need them to pull us back into girl territory and out of Trannyville.

Bless her heart!

Unfortunately, the message hath fallen on death ears and blind eyes;  this ‘new woman’  is standard operating procedure for generation millennial and younger.  Ironically,  millennials are supposed to be Independent, ambitious, headstrong, entreprenurial….and so on.

All great characteristics……handy too, so when they call you up to do a ‘how to take a bath tutorial’, you will be ready for Too Much!your close up. Go ahead, look like a human blow up doll, society delights in freak shows!

Watch what happens next……

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Whitney Red Carpet

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Although I am not feeling YaYa Decosta as Whitney Houston, you can’t deny her flawless appearance at her Red Carpet event in honor of the movie’s release. She’s a descent actress…. but,  Whitney had an essence that YaYa does not embody…at all! The ‘IT’ factor is hard to cast…I get it, but am I the only one that thinks Rhianna looks strikingly similar to a young Whitney??? We’ll just have to wait to see the movie, if she pulls it off…..I will eat my words!!! LITERALLY:):)

 

 

 

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Healthy, Hydrated hair is Good Hair!

The key to keeping you hair soft and supple, shiny and strong are simple.

Keep heat to a minimum, if you must use your high-tech, Ceramic/Tourmaline or Titanium plated flat-iron. It had better be…high-tech, Ceramic /Tourmaline or Titanium planted.

Keep your hair contained at night while you sleep. A silk bonnet, head scarf, Doo-Rag, hell even a top-knot would be better than nothing at all. Hair that is free to lounge on your pillow will succumb to the fibers of your pillow. The fibers can rob your hair of vital nutrients or worse, the friction of tossing and turning can actually pull your hair out…check your case and consider changing it to satin instead of cotton.

Keep your ends trimmed every six to eight weeks or as needed if your a heat miser! A good haircut is an excellent way to start the year and begin a deliberate maintanence schedule that includes regular conditioning treatments and trims along with your regular relaxer or hair color schedule.

Natural hair requires regular trims but on a twelve to sixteen week schedule instead of every six to eight weeks, provided your hair is not subjected to heat from the occasional silky press or twist set.

Color-treated hair requires a root touch-up and/or glossing treatment to refreshen hair color on the ends of your hair. Most glazes and glosses include conditioning treatments such as Argon, Coconut and Macadamia oils. These oils penetrate the hair shaft and add shine and softness to both natural, relaxed and color-treated hair.

High-end, professional products are a great luxury for your hair; but not imparative! Good treatments can be found in your kitchen, on the shelf at a local Marshall’s or at Whole Foods. Just know what your hair needs and which ingredients deliver hair that is shiny, silky, healthy and strong.
Oils,
Fatty Acid Oils such as: Argon, Coconut, Avocado, Jojoba and Grape Seed Oils

Conditioners to try;
Macadamia’s Repair Masque, Shea Moisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus Souffle or Leave-in conditioner, Joico’s Moisture Balm, Moroccan Oil’s Hydrate or Repair

Technology;
Sedu Ceramic Blow Dryer 4000 or 6000
Salon Ceramic Flat Iron
GHD Pure Flat Iron
FHI Platform or Runway
Twin Turbo Blow Dryers (any)

Shampoo;
Taliah Waajid Clean & Natural shampoo

Natural hair styled with a curling wand

Sew- in’s 911

Natural hair that was deep conditioned via Hydration Therapy,  extensions added for length and volume!

Silky Press (Natural Hair) pieces added for length

Silky Press (Natural Hair) pieces added for length

natural hair with added extensions for extra length

natural hair with added extensions for extra length

Sew-In weaves have become so commonplace that people have taken to YouTube and random basements to have them done cheaply and conveniently….unfortunately for those people…..their hair looks like it was done cheap and fast.

Bulky, too-long, wig looking hair is never sexy nor cute….it should be avoided at all cost.

Your weave should look like you were born with it, or it could have grown from your particular scalp….work with me I AM going somewhere with this.

If  your are not from New Delhi or Punjab than your weave should not be 40 inches long.  If you are of African-American descent than your hair should have some texture and weight so that it blends with your hair even when humidity is high.

If your front, sides and edges are even the slightest bit thin than you should consider a closure piece because trying to cover up a track with three to four times the normal strands in density with three to four strands of hair just won’t work……if you are serious about this thing.

Opt for textured hair like relaxed hair that flat irons straight much like natural hair or Bollywood Indian Remi from http://www.extensions-plus.com or Brazilian body wave or deep wave from #TrueGlory Hair in Georgia.  True Glory has two locations, one near Stonecrest Mall in Lithonia and the other off Cumberland Blvd in Smyrna Georgia.  The Price ranges on the very high-end for Extensions Plus add shipping unless you live in California to the very low-end, affordable range at True Glory.

Whatever you choose, have your hair installed by a professional hairstylist with experience in caring for your natural hair as well as your weave.  Hair care is essential to wearing  weave because it provides the base that secures your installation and has to be in good enough shape that it blends flawlessly with your extensions.  Dry, damaged hair that is shedding or thinning out does not make  a great base for hair extensions.

You’ve been warned!

Update your look with color

The summer has swooshed by in a nanosecond while you were busy living leaving your tresses unprepared for the Fall holiday season. Tis the season for holiday parties, gift shopping, cold weather and possibly….a Winter romance. I mean it seems like yesterday that we were welcoming in the New Year 2014, and here we are Holiday Season…ALREADY!

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Well start your engines because its November 1st and theres no turning back now!!.
Lets start at the top….your hair. A simple fix to prepare for the rush of November thru New Years Day is COLOR. Whether you want to transform from light to dark or dark to light….get festive with rich mahogany or warm caramel’s or add some pumpkin spice to the ends of your Cranberry roots, you can’t go wrong just DO SOMETHING!

Sometimes all it takes is a quick pick me up with a new color glaze, a thirty minute salon service that will add shine and depth to your tired summer ends. As women, the one’s usually in charge of the holiday feast, home & office decor, school festivities and everything in between; we rarely take the time to treat ourselves because were taking care of every one else from the nice secretary at your office that works so hard helping you get things done to the family pet. Honestly FIDO gets more love than we give to ourselves.

Highlights can range from accent, meaning just a few to frame the face or a more multi-faceted approach using multiple colors for maximum blending. The former will require pretty expensive maintenance to keep those roots in step with the look but well worth the coins if you have them…and the time.

If your a mousy or dusty brown, try adding depth with a Chocolate base and hints of Caramel and Cranberry to break up the density and add texture without adding highlights. Its a great look that will have your co-workers wondering…..’did you do something different with your hair’?

All and all, have some fun this fall with a splash of color or just drench it in Chocolate…sounds delicious doesn’t it!!!

The Big Chop!

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Yep, I did it!
This is what too much time and my child’s craft scissors created one night in my bathroom. After removing my weave, after months with no relaxer and the havoc copper highlights reaped on my hair…I went IN. Totally sober, conscious and sane; I grabbed the biggest bunch of hair I could hold and chopped.

Do Not Attempt this at home…I am a licensed professional (sometimes).

Unfortunately, I didn’t have a single salon tool when I lost my mind in my bathroom, but at least the Fiskar’s were new. What I have learned over the years is if you can cut hair you can use anything.

VOILA!

Bye Bye Weave…this week anyway!!
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Stay tuned.

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Tattoo’s and Hairstylist

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!

 

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creativity abounds

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!

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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!!!

 

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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!  Unknown-1

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!
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What would my mother say if I donned a chest piece with a lipstick palate and dueling blow dryers….she’d probably think #Ibeendrinkin’

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Maybe I’ll take my mom with me when I finally decided to do it….who knows