Sunday, February 27, 2011

Did you know?

Hair grows approximately one-half inch per month. Hair growth occurs fastest between the ages of 15 and 30 and grows faster on women than men

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Edge Stick

Hot comb gone DIGITAL!  I remember my mom heating up the hot comb on the stove to straighten my unrelaxed natural hair because I was too young for a perm.  This was the mental picture that came to mind when I first heard about Edge Stick.

The EdgeStick is a professional heated hair styling tool suitable for all hair types and textures and safe for chemically and/or color-treated hair.  It is a double-comb design with ceramic-coated barrel. The comb protects the skins while catching the smallest hair at the hairline.  This tool allows you to get close to the hair root even touching the scalp – without the danger of burning your skin.

The EdgeStick is available in two models:
Consumer (200°F - 400°F, available in BLACK) $69.99
Professional (200°F - 450°F, available in BLACK) $79.99

Order your EdgeStick TODAY! For a limited time, the shipping is FREE within the United States.  Shipped only within the United States and Canada.

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Friendly Reminder: Basic Healthy Hair Tips

We all have different hair textures, you should find a regimen that works best for you.  If you follow these basic tips it will help promote growth and keep your hair from breakness and looking dull.

ü Make sure you shampoo or cleanse your hair (weekly or bi-weekly) to keep build up of products weighing your hair down and making it dull and lifeless

ü Condition weekly especially after shampooing

ü Use a hot oil treatment once a week or bi-weekly to moisturize and give more strength and body to your hair, also to help repair damaged and weak hair

ü Keep heat off your hair as long as possible. Wear protective styles such as braids, buns, and wigs to keep from using styling tools such as curling irons, flat irons, and blow dryers

ü If you see split ends, cut them so they do not run up the hair shaft and create serious breakage

ü Keep the ends of your hair moisturized and sealed with natural oils

ü Drink lots of water and eat a proper diet

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

5 Ways to Stop Hair Breakage Now

Do you shred every time you come your hair?  Are your ends scanty? There are several controllable reason for hair breakage.  Here are a few tips

1. Trim Your Ends
To some women, trimming equals cutting, which may as well equal "No, Thank You." Done right, a trim only removes dead ends, not whole chunks of hair. When you trim proactively, you reduce the chances that your ends become so dry and brittle that a cut becomes necessary. Women who suffer from split ends have to cut them away before they break off on their own. When split ends get out of control, they travel up the hair shaft, making a serious cut more likely. Instead, why not trim the bottom 1/4 to 1/2 inch of hair every two to three months? Trims are more even and less traumatic than cuts that have to be done.

2. Don't Brush Hair While Wet
Just say "no" to brushing your hair when it's soaking wet. Black hair is already fragile -- when wet, it's in its weakest state. It's fine to comb through your hair while wet; in fact, the ideal state to comb is when it's saturated with conditioner. But brushing black hair stretches it sometimes to the point-of-no-return. A loud "snap" is the last thing you want to hear while styling your hair.

What about women who want to straighten their hair before flat ironing? Aren't round brushes made for this? Brushes are okay once your hair is at least halfway dry, but dryer is better. Instead of a round bristle brush, use a paddle brush to smooth hair, but again, wait until your hair is at least 50% dry before tackling with a brush and blow dryer.

3. Get Some Protein ASAP
Depending on the level of your breakage, a weekly protein strengthening treatment may be perfect, or you may need emergency measures if your hair is breaking at an alarming rate. Usually, chemical damage is behind real breakage emergencies. An intense product like ApHogee Two-Step Protein Treatment can stop a lot of breakage in its tracks, but your hair may still be far from healthy.
It's important not to overdo the protein because too much can be drying. Alternate mild protein treatments with deep conditioners to keep your hair healthy and prevent breakage down the line.

4. Let Your Stylist Apply Chemicals
Overlapping chemicals is a huge contributor to hair breakage. It can be tempting to apply permanent color and relaxers yourself, especially if you're trying to save money. It may get pricey to have a stylist perform these services, but when it comes to chemical treatments, it's worth it to have a professional do it. Save up for relaxer touch-ups and color, but you can do most of your daily hair maintenance yourself. If you follow the recommended chemical service schedule, you should only have a touch-up a minimum of every eight weeks, so it's not like this is a weekly service.

5. Ease Up on Heat
High heat = damage = breakage. Frequent heat = damage = breakage. See a pattern here? While curling irons, flat irons and blow dryers make our lives easier, allowing us to wear just about any style we can think up, these tools can also cause irrevocable damage when used too often or incorrectly. Constantly "bumping" your ends with an iron will weaken, thin and break them over time. Using heat that's way too hot even once can break your hair.
Use other methods of styling, such as wet setting on magnetic rollers or Curlformers. Wet wrap the hair for a sleek look, or wet set with braids and twists for cool waves. Save the heat tools for special occasions, and definitely no more than once a week.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Who invented weave?

In 1949, Christina Jenkins was employed by a wig manufacturer and she realized the most common complaint was that the wigs would fall off of the clients head. She started researching the problem in hopes of finding a solution that would allow for the permanent attachment of commercial hair to the client's head and an alternative to add style without damaging your hair with chemicals or heat.

She came up with a revolutionary process that would weave commercial hair to human hair. She called the process "Hairweeve" and obtained a patent for it in 1951. Hairweev is the process of permanently attaching commercial hair onto existing hair by forming a natural weft for the purpose of adding hair (thickness, length, baldness and medical reasons) Christina's technique created an interest from the public from potential clients to potential cosmetologists to potential businesses. She was paid to travel worldwide to teach her weaving technique.

Her technique was said to be a very lengthy process, first the hair was sewn on a netting, cornrows were braided on to your hair and then the netting was sewn attached to the hair.

Mrs. Jenkins opened up a Hairweev Academy for training licensed cosmetologists. Trainees came from all over the country and left armed the new technique and with a franchising program. Many of the students did not fulfill their financial obligations to the Academy for their franchises and their default left Mrs. Jenkins without control of her invention. Several court cases were filed, but by this time, Ms. Jenkins did not have the financial ability to successfully coming running the business.

Today, the hair extension industry is a billion dollar industry over the year many different methods have bee n created such as -
  • Needle and thread technique (sewn in tracks)
  • Bonding
  • Fusion
  • Lace wig units
  • Braiding + much more

The profits that arise are a result of Christina's ingenious invention. Her invention is in the same league as Madame C.J. Walker, changing the hair industry.

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Feature of the day - Chantal

Unlike most people who do the "big chop" and go natural, Chantal's hair was healthy, thick, average length and absolutely gorgeous before she loc'd up from hair.

Natural twists
NAME: Chantal


WHY YOU TRANSITIONED: I always wanted to go natural but was afraid that I would be unable to maintain it. I kept seeing more and more women with natural hair, especially locs and started researching it in late 2009. I felt a strong conviction to return to my roots and wear my hair as God had intended me to...natural. I finally took the plunge on February 2010 and loc’d my hair. It was the best decision I ever made.

HAIR PRODUCTS YOU USE: I use the Organic Root Simulator brand which is great for my locs. I use the Lock & Twist gel to twist my roots, the Shea Butter Moisturizing lotion to keep my locs soft, the Anti-Itch Scalp Oil to control itchiness, and Creamy Aloe Shampoo to wash and keep my locs fresh and clean.

I was a perm queen. Was straightening my hair since I was 9!

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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Black History Month: Top Black Hair Moments

1867 - Frances Harper
While touring with the American Anti-Slavery Society, free Black 
author Frances Harper wore cornrows instead of mimicking 
white styles—a dramatic political statement at the time

1914 - Madame CJ Walker
Madame CJ Walker launched a revolutionary black haircare 
line which included the “Wonderful Hair Grower” the first hair relaxer. 
The straightener forever changed black hairstyling

1927 - Josephine Baker
Legendary entertainer Josephine Baker’s flapper-chic spit 
curls set the black hair standard during the roaring twenties

1961 - The Supremes
Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, and Florence Ballard helped make 
mile-high bouffant wigs the fancy hair choice of teens of all races, all over the world

1964 - Cicely Tyson
Oscar-nominated actress Cicely Tyson was the 
first Black woman to wear cornrows on TV!

1975 - Chaka Khan
In the mid-Seventies, Chaka Kahn was known for 
sporting the world’s most luscious, 
gigantic, sensuously soft afro

1981 - Patrice Rushen
With her micro-braids, multi-colored beads and 
hair accessory flourishes like chopsticks and feathers, 
singer Patrice Rushen was one of the era’s 
top tress trend-setters

Erykah Badu
Erykah showed up at the 2001 Grammys and made headlines 
with her gorgeous shaved head and tribal-chic yellow makeup. 
One of her most striking looks!
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Vintage Print: Noxema's Black Beauty

Year: 1969

Brand: Noxema

Headline: “If the girls with the most beautiful skin in the world was with noxema. . .why shouldn’t you?”

Copy: These are the girls of Black Beauty—New York’s newest model agency. They weren’t born models. Every girl learned how to coax every lash, every pore into being its most beautiful. Shouldn’t you share the beauty routine that helps make their skin so flawless?

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Feature of the day - Miss Simon


Name: Miss Simon

Glory Story: I've been wearing weaves consistently since I was 17.  The first time I got a weave, I was 14. I didn't know how to maintain it so I didnt do it again until I was 17

Break from the weave:  The last time I rocked my real hair was summer of 2009. I wanted to try something new and my hair was badly damaged so I got a hair cut. I had a Rihanna/Keri Hilson inspired hair do. Since then I've been wearing weaves only, mainly for convenience.

Products:  I don't really have a stable brand of products I use. I like to test new things.  I like to use Onyx/Black Diamond brand of weave. For the price range, the quality is surprisingly consistent and last longer than your average yaki weave

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Wig Tutorial for Beginners

I always joke around about being a Hair Consultant because I don't know how to "do" hair.  I was wrong.  Truth is, I have never tried. Practice makes perfect, right? Recently Sister A, was brave enough to let me practice making a wig for her. Hope you enjoy my tutorial, remember! Its for beginners :-)

Getting Started
You can purchase everything at your local Beauty Supply Store
Syrafoam head
Adjustible wig cap
Weave (hair extensions)
Thread and needle
Clips to put the hair in place
Outre Premium Duby Closure
Thumb tacks to keep the cap from shifting while you sew

I didn't want to take chances on trying to close the top myself so this came in very handy

Wig caps range from as low as $1.99 to $5.99

I went for the $5.99 option
1. Adjustible straps
2. Durable elasticity
3. Boning by the ears for support
4. Extra reinforcement on the top

The Sew-In
I used the old fashioned thick thread

My technique wasn't too shabby for my first try :-) 

 Start sewing the hair in a circular pattern all the way around until you get to the top

This is where I attached the closure

The End Result

Time to flat iron it OUT!
GHD Professional flat iron (I'll be doing a review on this soon)
Metal tip tail comb
Scissors to clean up the bangs
Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Nourishing Sheen Spray™
& some Kenny G playing in the background :-P

2 packs of 8" (Color #1 & #1b)
I love the blend!


I give myself an A+
Stay tuned for the big reveal! 

The next challenge - -> Making a curly wig & closing it myself!

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

African Culture

Hair styles are ever changing but yet still deep rooted in a shared past.

Royal child with plait.
In Egypt, the Pharaoh’s children wore a distinctive plait on the right side of the head

Himba, Namibia, Africa 1940's

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Esperanza Spalding

Inspired after watching Yo Yo Ma perform on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, jazz prodigy Esperanza Spalding is a young fly bassist and vocalist who looks awesome rocking her kinks!

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Goapele's 'Getting Braided'

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Feature of the day - Shenae Lee

Meet Ms. Lee, the ever so fabulous hair stylist, fashion consultant & makeup artist 

How long have you been a stylist?  I’ve been a stylist for about 13 years

Specialty: I specialize in weaves, including full heads and invisible parts. I also do ponytails, buns, braids, wigs, individual lashes, makeup; I’ll even re-do your wardrobe for the right price! LOL! Anything creative — I’m all over it.

What do you like most about it? The ability to give people what they want. I like looking at a client, envisioning how they would look with a more flattering hairstyle, and then being able to create that look for them. It’s so rewarding at the end when girls send me a picture from the event they went to and they’re so thankful to me for helping them create their look. I kinda feel like a fairy godmother at times

How often do you change your hairstyles? It really does depend on a lot of things; my mood, the outfit I plan on wearing, how many times I plan to be at a party that month, whether I have a hot date with my boo ;-)

Inspiration:  A lot of my inspiration for my hair styles and just style overall comes from celebrities. On a regular basis I get comments from people telling me I resemble numerous gorgeous celebrities…so why not?? *side eye*

Look-alike? What do you think?
Different Looks:  It’s not unusual for me to have a 22 inch white blonde weave like Lady Gaga one day. A 10 inch asymmetrical jet-black bob like my girl Nicki Minaj the next. 12 inches of Kool-Aid red tresses like my lil sis Rihanna or 18 inches of loose curls and layers like the beautiful Kim Kardashian a week later. So to answer that question, I’d just say probably a lot more often than I should or need to. . .

Want Shenae to hook you up? Send an email to

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