It’s Cutting Season!

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I know that most sistas are natural these days,but some still relax their hair. In order to wear some of the hottest short cuts these days,you almost HAVE to relax your hair. But get it done PROFESSIONALLY! 63853_1560461887023_3357670_n

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Image Courtesy Of Strawberry Strands Salon . Stylist Erica Spicer .

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cb5cd76e43e5ee26ee0c348ff5c36cc11. Only relax your hair every 8-12 weeks depending on your hair texture. DO NOT relax your hair every time you see new growth.

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2. Avoid using extreme heat on your hair to style. When possible try to avoid heat all together. Use other methods of achieving curls and style settings like magnetic rollers, wet setting and curlformers. Heat should NOT be used everyday of the week. If you are going to blow dry your hair make sure it’s partially dry and turn the heat to medium. Just remember too much heat is damaging. 033622d29792dd3ca09329be4486d8f8

3. Keep up with your trims! Every three weeks to shape up, Every seven to eight weeks for a FULL CUT when you get your touch up.

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The Afro Puff

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There is nothing cuter than, or more convenient, a nice puff! I wear them all the time. You CAN achieve a cute high puff without the pain and the damage to your natural hair. Ignoring a tight headband all day for the sake of a cute puff can put you at risk for traction alopecia (thin spots on the sides,back,etc.) . 69a45562a5a00ecaf27f03ae65e69c92 Use a long, thin silk or satin scarf . You’re better able to control how tight your hair will be as you tie the scarf to form your puff. 72bd0a67154fb8ad03feee2e27f1ebe7

And, as you may already know, the benefits of using these materials as opposed to cotton accessories is that they won’t suck the moisture from your hair.

Crochet Box Braids vs Traditional Box Braids

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I LOVE braids! They are so convenient and easy ! The part I hate is the process of getting them done. Sitting for hours. I’d always have to get them done on a day off. And usually the braider wasn’t professional at all. They’d over book,smoke cigarettes in your face. Take impromptu breaks. sometimes even have someone else start or finish you. On more than one occasion the braider that was assisting was not as good as the one I booked my appointment with. So I was pissed. When I found out about crochet braids,I HAD to learn how to put them in! And was it cost effective? I have never been a braider. I love to cut and color hair. That is my niche. But with the influx of calls and inquiries about braiding services I had to learn this skill.2X-TANTALIZING-TWIST-BRAID-22-Inch-Janet-Collection-Noir-Synthetic-Crochet-Braid03a64a2d710e73d3c15605b2ef00dc78

Crochet braids are completed by cornrowing your hair, and using a crochet needle to attach synthetic kanekelon hair (i.e. marley hair), pre-braided or twisted box braids and Senegalese twists, or even faux locs to the cornrows. Crochet braids, on the other hand, take an average of 2 hours to install, depending on the type of hair you are using and how voluminous you want your hair to be. You can achieve the same style and look as individual braids in half the time, with less effort and by yourself! Best of all, it takes less time to take down crochet braids than normal braids because all you have to do is cut off the extensions and unravel your cornrows.

BOX-BIG-BRAID-Zury-Synthetic-Crochet-BraidA pack of pre-looped or pre-braided box braids or twists from Freetress, Janet Collection, or Bobbi Boss range from $4.99 – $10.99. Depending on the size of your head and the thickness of your hair, you may use 4 – 7 packs of hair to complete your crochet braids. However, by changing up the braid pattern of your cornrows and creating bigger sections at the back of your hair, you can use less packs of hair and still achieve a full look. Installing long braids or twists may cost up to $150-$200 at the hair salon.  Yet, if you pay someone $30 to cornrow your hair or you do it yourself, and you buy 6 packs of hair worth $6.99 each, you will be spending a total of $71.94 on your hair.

Totally worth it !

What Is Microblading?

Being a cosmetologist,everyone seems to think you know all the tea about, the latest beauty treatment. So after being asked (and inboxed) about,and if I did, microblading I decided to do research.642d36beabdb77b9c3fac2b79d9a3ce3 During the microblading process a special microblading pen is used to draw on individual strokes one by one. Unlike the sometimes Sharpie-like effects of permanent makeup, microblading is more like embroidery. The strokes look just like real hairs! It’s an extremely meticulous process that takes around two hours to complete. Since the results will last for up to three years before beginning to fade.12991929_10154078781163164_241703593_o  microblading-dark-skin-black-woman

Microblading is perfect for those who want to define, cover gaps,fill-in over plucked brows,or add a slight arch. Results are a natural, undetectable fringe. Before the microblading begins, a topical numbing cream is applied to the area to minimize discomfort, followed by a liquid anesthetic.brow26 The smudge-proof solution will cost you anywhere between $700 and $800. Who can perform this service differs from state to state. I have found class registrations online that said they were open to cosmetologist and estheticians. But I also have read that only a tattoo artist can do it. Best thing I can tell you is look for the license. There must be a tattoo artist permit or they must be registered with the department of health.

 

 

Three ways To Rock A Short Natural With Confidence!

Wearing a short natural style takes bravery. Many women opt for braids and wigs until their hair gets a decent length.But after a while of wearing hair extensions and your weave repeatedly, your hair needs a break.

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Maxine Jones rocking a short natural (from the original En Vogue)in the early 90’s.

Growing out your hair can be a long and tiresome process, and it’s easy to get super excited about it right at the beginning, only to realize it sucks later on when your hair isn’t growing as fast as you’d like it to, and your hair won’t style quite the way you had intended either. Jeff Kravitz

*Tip 1: Get your hair professionally cut and shaped up! There is nothing like a nice cut. And people can tell if your hair has been cut. Your ends look crisp and hair looks healthy overall.That alone is something to take pride in.

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*Tip 2: When your hair is freshly shampooed and wet. Play around with styling ideas and techniques. Your hair is much easily played with when it’s wet. You’ll find your locks will easily move, twist, braid and curl into a number of different styles.6.-Short-Natural-Haircut-for-Black-Women

*Tip 3: If your hair is already dry and damaged, or brittle from years of heavy hair extension use, using these heated tools won’t help your hair, it’ll just hurt it. Give your hair a break .Depending on how short you go, you won’t need heated styling tools to get the look you want but if you are tempted to grab the hair straighteners, don’t. Use creams,gelee’s,mousse,etc. when doing twist outs and sets,to gain styling control instead.

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Early Black Business Woman:Annie Minerva Turnbo Malone

Annie Malone was one of the first African American businesswoman, inventor and philanthropist. In the first three decades of the 20th century, she founded and developed cosmetics for African-American women.5453debc138dd-image

Annie was born in 1869 on a farm near Metropolis in Massac County, Illinois. Her parents were slaves. Annie attended public school in Metropolis,Illinois. She took particular interest in chemistry. However, due to frequent illness, Annie was forced to withdraw from classes.While out of school, Annie grew so fascinated with hair and hair care that she often practiced hairdressing on her sister.

51090577_127127197747 With expertise in both chemistry and hair care, Turnbo began to develop her own hair care products. At the time, many women used goose fat, heavy oils, soap, or bacon grease to straighten their curls, which damaged both scalp and hair. By the beginning of the 1900s, Turnbo moved with her older siblings to Lovejoy, now known as Brooklyn, Illinois.While experimenting with hair and different hair care products, she developed and manufactured her own line of non-damaging hair straighteners, special oils, and hair-stimulant products for African-American women. She named her new product “Wonderful Hair Grower” To promote her new product, Turnbo sold the Wonderful Hair Grower in bottles from door-to-door.Her products and sales began to revolutionize hair care methods for all African Americans. One of her selling agents, Sarah Breedlove Davis (who became known as Madam C. J. Walker. 1004 When she set up her own business), operated in Denver, Colorado until a disagreement led Walker to leave the company.

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This development was one of the reasons which led the then Mrs. Pope to copyright her products under the name “Poro” because of what she called fraudulent imitations and to discourage counterfeit versions.

annie-malone-mar_1_15c-page-001 Poro was a combination of the married names of Annie Pope and her sister Laura Rober. Due to the growth in her business, in 1910 Turnbo moved to a larger facility on 3100 Pine Street. In addition to a manufacturing plant, it contained facilities for a beauty college, which she named Poro College.The building included a manufacturing plant, a retail store where Poro products were sold, business offices, a 500-seat auditorium, dining and meeting rooms, a roof garden, dormitory, gymnasium, bakery, and chapel. It served the African-American community as a center for religious and social functions. By the 1920s, Annie Turnbo Malone had become a multi-millionaire. Annie funded many programs and ensured that her employees, all African American, were paid well and given opportunities for advancement. Annie’s business thrived until 1927. She died in 1957,at the age of 87 in Chicago,Illinois.anniemalone-smallimage

Short Haircuts:The Best To Ever Wear Them

I have heard (and read). So many debate on who had THE BEST short hair cut. Everyone seems to have their on opinion. So I compiled my own list, based on various blogs and social media.

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  2. Nia Long          4a608c94444f98d9525edde235268633
  3. Toni Braxton  tonishort
  4. T-Boz              c50c2090-542b-4e9c-8d9c-6e31431c7d52
  5. Anita Baker  anita-baker-2013-1