The Texas International Hair Show Presents The Natural Life!

Natural hair is a lifestyle -yes a lifestyle. Whether you’re a product junkie, YouTube guru or an “I’ll make an appoint” type of girl, natural hair takes time and attention to maintain its health and be vibrant. An added accessory to any look, natural hair is versatile, charismatic and timeless.

The 2018 Texas International Hair and Trade Show’s Natural Life department has searched far and wide to bring you trend-setting, innovative, and the most sought after professionals in the world of natural hair. Natural hair educators, stylists, exhibitors, wearers and spectators are welcomed to be part of our hair world.

 

2018 Natural Life Celebrity Guest Stylist

You’ve seen her innovative, game changing styling on Beyonce, Zoe Kravitz and Brandy! Susy The Purple Unicorn, aka AfricanCreature, owner of “HairBySusy” and creator of the Lemonade braids and the Zoe braids.

 

2018 Natural Life Classes

Sunday June 24, 2018

11:00 to 12:15 The tricks and truths about dreadlocks Syreeta Baker

12:30 to  1:45 Locs Jese Webb

Monday June 25, 2018

11:00 to 12:15 Braid Elevated Ms. Nelly

2:00  to 3:15           Revolutionizing the Natural Experience           Cyrita Jackson

3:00  to 4:45         The Business of Loc Extensions                      Paulette Anderson

 

2018 Natural Life Showcase and Competitions

The Natural Life Showcase and Competitions offer a grand prize of $500. 2nd and 3rd place winners are awarded trophies.

Showcase

  • Crochet Styling

Competitions

  • Loc Styling
  • Braid It Up
  • The Silky Sensation
  • Largest Afro

 

Showcase and Competition details, and entry forms can be found at www.texashairshows.com/natural-life-competitions-and-showcase/

Email: naturalhair@texashairshows.com

or call: 469-969-3575 or 916-750-5290

with questions or concerns.

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TONI&GUY Style Menu Simplifies Your Holiday Glam

TONI&GUY introduces Style Menu just in time for the 2017 Holiday! This style option trio is guaranteed to simplify your style needs this holiday party season, and at only $45 it’s a deal you can’t pass up.

I attended a Style Menu pre-view blogger event at the Hillcrest location in Dallas, TX. Style Menu options are now available at TONI&GUY locations! The event was held on a Thursday evening, offering Style Menu services and mini-makeovers. We showed up ready to work and get our blog on, but clearly the day was close to its end. But DJ So4kis made the party rock as we enjoyed an assortment of delectables and champagne while waiting to be serviced. We walked in day-long tired and walked out refreshed and ready to paint the town -even on a week night!

Style Menu

Style Menu offers Socialite Sleek, Boho Chic and Bombshell Blowout as styling options.

T&G National Creative Technical Director, Samantha Finley introducing Style Menu

Socialite Sleek

Polished, Smooth finish, Contemporary Edge

Boho Chic

Bohemian sophistication with a relaxed attitude

Bombshell Blowout

Sexy undone volume and body

Style Menu’s Diversity

I kind of shot myself in the foot in this for this event. I showed up with a full beat and I have locs. In my experience, when stylists aren’t familiar with Afro hair, in combination with locs, things get a little awkward. I was disheartened that no service was offered to me for hair. The stylist weren’t prepared for locs that night, but they rocked two other afro textured frocks. The salon provided wash, blow dry and flat ironing services for relaxed and loose natural hair. Both ladies were pleased with their results.

Visit your nearest TONI&GUY location to experience Style Menu this holiday!

Hair Extravaganza at The Texas Intern’l Hair & Trade Show

I attended my first Texas Hair Shows’ International Hair Show, the Texas International Hair and Trade Show, this year. And I have to admit that I must have been living under a rock for the last sixteen years, because the show was amazing! I’ve attended hair expos in the past, so I had a general idea of what to expect as far as the set up, vendor booths, and class breakouts. But I had absolutely no clue what to expect nor what I was in store for during the America’s Next Top Stylist Competition/Hair Battle and other competitions!

favorite finds

From classes, to live demos,  to vendors, if you have any interest in the beauty industry there was something there to benefit you. The exhibition hall hosted a variety of vendors, a main stage, and Barber’s Island; a stage set exclusively for barbers to showcase their work live on stage! The vendors ranged from hair & body product manufacturers to jewelry and fashion. Mocca Cosmetics and Pretty Girl Pillow were in the house. I also spotted all natural, organic and handmade products from Like Second Nature and Unique & Natural!

let’s get it started

As the vendors shut down for the night, the crowd shifted to the ballroom of the convention center and the mood changed drastically. The lights were low, the music was bumping, and the stage was set center to two large projection screens. K104’s Dede McGuire of DeDe in the Morning and actor/model, heartthrob, Christian Keyes opened the show and introduced the opening act, Dooney da Barber.

The performance was followed by the presentation of the Ultimate Groomer Award. Diana Fowlks crowned, or better you could say cloaked, Marcus (Tipp) Mitchell  with an Ultimate Groomer bomber jacket! Up next were the Souljahs Steppers. These young men killed their performance, and had a cheering squad like no other!

Our hosts for the evening were the beautiful Michelle Barber, and Glynn Jackson. Glynn kept me in stitches with quick-witted, comical antics throughout the night. The battle was a fist-pumping, edge of your seat, you betta work, yaaasssss type of production. The pressure was on, as the contestants were first critiqued by Tracy Jones, Anita Hawkins, and KC Fox. Then judged by a host of industry giants: Zerlene Rogers, Keya Neal, Dave Raye, Hair Majesty, and Texas T.

I’ve seen hair battles on TV before, but being in the room and feeling the energy of this show was amazing. I loved every minute of it!

There were twelve creative and innovative competitors with industry experience ranging from five to twenty-plus years, all competing for a Grand Prize of five thousand dollars! Each stylist showcased their skills through themed performances ranging from African Safari’s to The Great Gatsby. I had a great time the entire time, and as the millennials would say, “It was LIT AF!”

This year’s Grand Prize winner was Toni Ancher from Spoil ‘Em Rotten salon in Waco, Texas. Toni’s Toy Story Hair Tale brought down the house! It was colorful, had insane energy, and she showed off her skills from natural to fantasy hairstyles.  Toni left us in awe -she shut it down!

Loc Love

Sunday night’s festivities were fun, fully of energy and long, but I couldn’t miss Monday’s Loc Competition and I didn’t.  All five contestants had dope loc-styles. I’m always delighted to see locs on a platform showcasing their versatility and beauty.

Beautiful Braids

And while everyone isn’t quite ready for the commitment required for locs, we can all get down with braids and corn rows! The braid competition was fit for a queen, the styles were majestic mixed with some ‘around the way’ vibes.

I also had the opportunity to see the Fantasy Hair Competition and the Cosmetology School Competition. Another display of talent and innovation that left me wowed.

All I can say is that I’m kicking myself for all the other shows that I missed. This may have been my first time attending the Texas International Hair Show, but it will not be my last! Follow Texas Hair Shows on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with what’s happening next!

Pretty Girl Pillow

Pretty Girl Pillow, curated and founded by Ashley Turner in April 2017. Yes, girl April! Yes, girl it’s only June, but, when God puts a fabulous, innovative new product on your heart you do what He says, and get it on the market!

it was all a dream

Pretty Girl Pillow is literally a dream come true for its founder and curator, Ashley Turner. The inspiration came in a dream. Like most of us, Ashley has grown tired of spending so much money on maintenance just to end up having time, money, and efforts wasted by the next day from sleeping on traditional pillows.

out with the old

Traditional pillows smash, cause breakage, and absorb oils from the hair. They damage eyelash extensions, decrease extensions or tabs. Pretty Girl Pillow is a custom shaped satin covered cushion that preserves your pretty while you sleep. Get a full night’s sleep without compromising your hair, eyelash extensions, or comfort level.

in with the new

The PGP has a satin cover which is designed to accommodate your neck and shoulder areas. The pillow’s design props you up so you’re not resting on the bed allowing you to get a full night’s rest. PGP is a custom, handmade, U-shaped pillow. It has a removable cover, and washable assembly (wash on cold, dry on low).

It is a little bigger than a travel pillow, but still small enough to travel with, and comes with a tote for storage. You can sleep on either side of it, and it’s made to accommodate side and back sleepers. It can also be manipulated to your desires.

It comes in six colors: Serenity (Teal), Tangy (Coral), Royalty (Purple), Fiyah (Red), Candi (Pink), and Stormy (Black), and retails for $39.99.

Within one month of her visionary dream, Pretty Girl Pillow had been designed and on the assembly line. In less than two months, PGP launched and is now available for purchase -no games played, and no time wasted.

love it

I love the feel of satin against my skin, and the texture and weight of the pillow are heavenly. As a naturalista, loc wearer, the pillow helps to preserve moisture by not stripping and absorbing all the oils from my hair. It also helps in preventing lint from getting stuck in my locs.

I spend a lot of time lounging at home, and use my PGP throughout the day as well. I usually walk in and immediately throw my hair into a ponytail, or throw on my bonnet. Sexy, right? With my PGP I’m able to leave my hair down and uncovered while relaxing. PGP takes snuggling up with a good book up a notch. It’s a great head rest, and allows me to be comfy and cute. I’ve caught my husband lounging with my PGP more times than he’ll want me to disclose.

While we’re on the topic of husbands and significant others, here is a little nugget for those of you who may be curious. Yes, girl you can use it for THAT too! It’s designed to accommodate your neck and shoulder area, won’t smash your hair, and won’t damage your lashes. Got it? No? Then I’ll be blunt. Use it during sex, it’s great (thank Ashley later)!

Another one of my best experiences with PGP happened the night I had my hair rolled on perm-rods. I had over sixty rollers in my hair, and the plan was to wear them overnight. PGP came through! Of course, the bottom row of rollers were a pain, but this was my first experience sleeping in perm-rods that didn’t end with me getting little to no sleep.

I use my PGP every night. So much so, that it also serves as a decorative pillow on my bed when not in use, and my children know that when I say, “Go get my pillow.”  that I want my PGP.

The Launch!

The Pretty Girl Pillow launch party took place on June 3rd 2017 at The Beauty Lab Salon in Arlington Texas. Light hors d’oeuvres were served. Terelyn Freeney kept the cocktails rolling, and we mingled and grooved to the sounds formulated by Dallas DJ’s, DJ Madd Scientist and DJ 50 Grand.

Being in the house for the PGP launch came with perks! Upon entry, guests received tickets that landed grand prizes in the laps of two lucky winners. Angela Bell won a Pretty Girl Pillow, and Zerontrea McCullough won 6 months of credit repair from BK Credit Consultants.

Lady Jade was also in the building, showing support, and mixing and mingling it up with the crowd.

Pretty Girl Pillow will definitely pique your interest when you see it online, but seeing, touching, feeling, and experiencing Pretty Girl Pillow in person is unmatched.

Bonnets were being ditched left and right, and Pretty Girl Pillows were flying off the shelf.

Great product, grand prizes, good music and good company are always a great time. If you missed the launch party, do not fret! Pretty Girl Pillow is available at www.prettygirlpillow.com and you can stay in-the-know with Pretty Girl Pillow on Instagram @prettygirlpillow.

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Third time’s a charm

It’s been a month since the last time I had my locs colored professionally.  I explained in my The Wizard of Locs post about the process I went through, having my locs colored. The first application was too dark, the second too bright. I’m pleased to say that the third time was a charm, I’m finally happy with the color of my hair.

I am not a cosmetologist and even though I’ve worn my hair natural for the past five years, I prefer to have it professionally done. However, I wasn’t willing to spend anymore money having it professionally done in efforts to achieve the color I desired.

I was able to refer to two professionals who confirmed that my hair had been lifted enough and that I just need to find the semi or demi – permanent color I was looking for. (I do strongly recommend having a professional do the bleaching [lifting] process to reduce the chances of severely damaging the hair) The light purple color that had been applied was much brighter than I’d desired and by the second wash it had faded horribly.

I used Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube to seek out not only the color I wanted, but a brand that was well known for not fading as quickly. I ordered the color Violet, by Pravana. Pravana is a professional brand, but there is a version of their ChromaSilk VIVIDS line on the Internet. I purchased mine from Amazon.com.

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Eventhough I had spoken with two professionals and had done my research, I stilled struggled with the thought of applying the color myself. After watching a few more YouTube videos, reading a few more reviews/blogs and reading the instructions in the box, I decided to go for it. There was just one issue…the color needed to be applied to the back portion of my hair. I can’t see that area without a mirror behind and in front of me, and the #1 warning I saw on every review for this product was that it would easily stain anything I came in contact with and would be hard to get out.

I had to turn to my BFF/BFB for assistance. We were both beyond skeptical of my decision. My husband was puzzled and in shock that I would even consider allowing him near my hair for such a task. The color application didn’t require anything more than saturating the hair with the color, there was no mixing involved, and I was confident that he could handle that. I read the directions to him and got everything in place. He soon realized the task was all that detailed and was up for the challenge.

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Once he got started my nerves set in.

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That awkward moment when you realize YOUR HUSBAND IS COLORING YOUR HAIR!!

His enthusiasm was adorable. He was more concerned about the outcome than I would have imagined and quickly became delighted with his “skills”. We wanted to be sure that all the locs were saturated with the color and used a little over half the tube.

I followed the instructions and allowed the color to process at room temperature for 20 minutes, then washed it out. The reviews were right about staining. There was a lot of product in my hair, it took four washes to finally see semi-white suds and clear water while rinsing,and yes my tub is stained.

Despite having to scrub the tub, for what seemed like forever, I think he did a GREAT job!

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I’m pleased with the outcome so far and I’ll check back after three washes.

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The Wizard of Locs

Fall is here,  it’s my most favorite season. One of the first things I do to my hair when fall arrives is darken it.  I usually highlight or go with all over color in the summer. Changing my hair color in the fall is an is an inexpensive way to change my look for the season.

I always go with reds, bright tones for the summer and deeper tones for winter.

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Red/Auburn and Dark Brown

It occurred to me that I haven’t had black hair in quite some time -it’s been at least 4 years. This year I decided to switch things up a bit and tap into my true self a little. I’ve been wanting to go purple for quite some time now. Due to my corporate job, I’d always decided against it. Due to the damage that would result from bleaching, my stylist wasn’t down and told me to give it time and hopefully the crazy urge would pass

I put much thought into the decision. My stylist was right because time has made some purple tones more acceptable in the workplace. I called her up and let her know that THIS YEAR, WE G’ON DO IT. I want PURPLE LOCS FOR FALL!

I know my stylist, I knew that she would not be too keen on bleaching my hair, especially this (dry air) time of year (fall/winter). I scoured social media for the perfect shade of royal. After my color consultation and taking all factors into consideration, including the health of my locs, I settled on black with a splash of purple in the back.

(Some of these pictures are poor quality, I apologize about that.) The back portion of my hair was lifted to a light brown color.

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Then a semi-permanent color, Indigo was applied to that area and black to the rest.

The results…

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I was happy with the black, it was just what I’d hoped it would be. The color was ok, but I expected it to be more visible. However, it was a nice start and good transitional color for work. Two weeks later I had the back lifted again, this time to a gold color.

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Goldie Locs

Then the semi-permanent color Light Purple was applied.

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I’m happy that the color is visible. It’s a little more visible than I’d anticipated, but it’s cute. The black overlays so much of the purple that it doesn’t look as bright as it actually is. I get a lot of compliments and I’m really enjoying it so far.

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TypeCast…

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The number one question that I’m asked about my hair is, “What kind of dreads are those?” After wearing loose natural hair for about three years I had microlocks installed.

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“Oh, microlocks, I thought those were Sisterlocks. So, what’s the difference between microlocks and sister locks?”, is usually the next question.

Sisterlocks is a trademarked hairstyling method. In order for locs to be considered “Sisterlocks” the person installing them has to be certified through the Sisterlock program. Sisterlocks are beautiful, I love the versatility they offer as far as styling options. But, my personal opinion is, they cost too much, and some certified sisterlock consultants are just that -certified, not experienced.
My stylist is not certified to install “Sisterlocks”, but has over 15 years experience with natural hair and locs. I saved hundreds of dollars having her install my locs. To this day, I can honestly say that having my locs installed was the best hair decision I’ve made.

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I LOVE MY LOCS!