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.


*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.



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.


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.

  1. Halle Berry      09f909015f8f0ff3f8a5e98c1b803fa1
  2. Nia Long          4a608c94444f98d9525edde235268633
  3. Toni Braxton  tonishort
  4. T-Boz              c50c2090-542b-4e9c-8d9c-6e31431c7d52
  5. Anita Baker  anita-baker-2013-1

Vintage Hairstyles Remixed

They say what goes around,comes back around again. Just look at clothing trends,and even music. Hair is no exception. Check out these fly, vintage hairstyles. See how they have been remixed through the decades.

Five Ways to Manage Your Bob Haircut

Image courtesy of hairstylist Erica Spicer.
Image courtesy of hairstylist Erica Spicer.

One of the first cuts I mastered in beauty school was a basic bob. It was fairly easy to do. Later, once I became a licensed booth renter. I mastered the layered and slant bob styles. Every year the bob keeps getting remixed and changed up a bit.


Here are five ways to maintain a bob hair cut.trimming-natural-hair3

1. Keep up with your trims. You may need to get the style reshaped every 6-10 weeks. If you start having trouble styling and curling it, its time to get it trimmed again.satinbonnet

2. Cover or wrap your hair nightly and while showering. This will help keep the style fresh and full of body inbetween hair appointments.daf1230e6a7b0273fcf06d4a674b911e

3. Stick to wraps and sets. Limit heat styling. Too much heat on your hair can make it look dry and brittle.beyonce-rocks-short-bob-haircut-at-v-festival-26beyonce-rocks-short-bob-haircut-at-v-festival-23

4. Apply oils sparingly. If you wanna keep that bouncey body, limit the oils.black-woman-shampooing-her-hair

5. Shampoo your hair according to your own needs. Some people work out.  Some people have chronic flaking scalp. Everyone can’t wait every two weeks for a shampoo. A cut looks its best when the hair is freshly washed and clean!

Four Tips for Going Make Up Free Confidently


Make up is a wonderful invention! But eventually,you have to take it off.  And not just when you go to bed. The skin needs a break to breathe sometimes. And its never a good feeling to feel like you HAVE to wear it because your skin is bad! Nobody has perfect skin. So that should not be a reason why you feel that you cannot go make up free.Having healthy is a top priority! That way, when you do apply makeup, you only need a light layer. Here are four tips to keep your skin looking its BEST!

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  1. The first thing you should do when caring for your face is to get into a routine of cleansing it. Twice a day is optimal. Make sure you use products specific to your skin type. Wet your face with lukewarm water and use your fingertips to apply cleanser. Using a washcloth, mesh sponge, or anything other than your fingertips can irritate sensitive or acne prone skin. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry with a soft towel. Using toner or an astringent next is optional.
  2.       Young woman putting on face cream                                                                                  Use a moisturizer specific to your skin type, to keep your skin feeling soft and glowing.bgg2wl-how-much-water
  3. Make sure to drink lots of water. Your body needs plenty of hydration during the day to keep removing wastes and oils from your face. You should probably drink eight glasses of water a day.
  4. mud mask.jpg                                                                                   Indulge in a facial mask specific to your skin types needs. Face masks are the perfect skin care treatment to help you with your skin care concerns. The right face mask can help hydrate skin, remove excess oils and help improve the appearance of your pores. They’re also an excellent way to help pull out impurities.