More Locs!

General Loc Maintenance

Wearing locs is great, and one of the best things about wearing them is low maintenance! When I say low maintenance, I mean almost no maintenance. I get my roots interlocked (retightened) every six weeks, and try to wash my hair every ten to fifteen days. I may miss a wash day here and there, but I ensure to have my retightening done on a regular basis. Another low maintenance perk is product usage.  Locs can be maintained with shampoo, water and oil  90% of the time.

Mature, Color Treated Loc Maintenance

I suffered a devastating experience with breakage (due to low iron) in 2015 when I colored my hair just before discovering I was pregnant with my second child. I haven’t given up on color, but I have started to include products to help strengthen and maintain moisture in my locs.

So far, all of the products that I’ve used have been for loose natural hair. Both of my daughters have loose natural hair, so their haircare products are easily acessible. And while locs are a form of natural hair, they aren’t loose strands of hair, and mine are colored treated, so there are some products that can work for me and others that simply won’t.

Even though I’ve branched out and added some additional products to my routine, my scalp still felt dry and itchy, and my locs still looked dry and frizzy.

More Life with More Locs

I finally got my hand on a brand that I’ve had my eye on for a while, MORE LOCS! The first things that I immediately noticed about my hair was the SHINE! After using the product for about a week -OMG! Like, for real!

More Loc debuted earlier this year (2017), the line features over ten products made to give your locs More moisture, More shine, More growth! Because one of my biggest scalp and hair issues is dryness, I selected two items to help me with that.

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The Scalp Nourish oil feels like heaven on my scalp! I like that it’s not as thick and heavy as some other oils that I’ve used in the past. It’s easy to distribute, it absorbs into my scalp and locs, and it smells like tropical heaven!

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I use the White Tea Moisture Mist daily. It adds moisture to my locs that I can see, and feel when I touch my hair. My locs feel less brittle and the added moisture brought more life into the color of my locs.

The products didn’t just sit on top of my hair nor did it absorb into non-existence like I’d never used it. My scalp and locs feel nourished and moisturized. Not only does my hair and scalp look better, the added moisture has also helped eliminate some of the frizziness I was experiencing with my locs.

More Locs offers products ranging from cleansers to oils and serums. Find out more about More Locs on Instagram at  @More_locs.  Next on my list of things to try from More Locs is the Herbal Cleanse (shampoo) and Loc Silk (conditioner). Have you experienced More Locs? Tell me your favorite product within the line and why you love it!

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Meet Me at The Show -The Texas International Hair & Trade Show!

There is a buzz around town, and it’s all about The Texas International Hair & Trade Show! All stylists and beauty industry lovers are welcomed! 2017 marks its 17th annual production. The show is Sunday and Monday, June 25 – 26, with a kick-off party Saturday, June 24th, that you do not want to miss!

Party of the year!

The TEXAS INTERNATIONAL HAIR SHOW Kickoff Party is going down at Akoi Lounge 13465 Inwood Rd (directly across from the Galleria Mall). A-list stylists, barbers, makeup artistS, fashion designers, models, socialites, and bloggers will be in the building for this birthday bash, meet and greet, kick-off party!

Birthday bash?  Yass! Miss “Success Anyone?” herself, Cratina Webb (Girl Talk Salon and Spa’s CEO, and Texas Hair Show director) is the birthday girl, so you know it’s going to be a  Gemini/Cancer TAKE OVER!

After the show is the…You know the rest, but after this party, ‘gon-on to the house and rest up, because Sunday and Monday are both full of events, competitions, and the latest and greatest in International Hair!

The show

Celebrity guests include: Christian Keyes, K104’s Dede in the Morning Show team, Big Bad D, Tracy Jones, Zerlene Rogers and more…..

  • Education! Color classes, natural hair classes, barber classes, nail classes, and business classes! Learn how to start and or grow your business.
  • Live demos from the most sought after, influential stylists in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex.
  • Vendors! Get in on the cool fashion finds your stylist rocks.
  • THE HAIR BATTLE! It’s live and the absolute most  exciting part of the show!

This WILL be the greatest show in TIHTS history!

YOU ARE WELCOMED!

Cleary, the show’s main focus is bringing the latest, most innovated products and techniques to professionals (and y’all already have those tickets purchased, I’m sure). However, the general public is welcomed as well! Now, we aren’t privy to everything, but we are welcomed to enjoy,  all  show events and competitions. So, if you have hair, had hair, love hair and the industry in general, GET YOUR TICKET TODAY! Pull your best and most comfy outfit out, whip your hair, and beat your face, cause we are in that thang y’all!

contact info

Tickets are available through EventBrite. Find out more about TIHTS via Facebook (FB Texas Hair Show Media Group), InstagramTwitter, email INFO@TEXASHAIRSHOWS.COM or TEXASHAIRSHOWS.COM, or by phone at 903-926-7211 or 972-322-6996!

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Enjoy a peek of what’s in store from last year’s shows!

 

Getting Out of the Box

This post was really difficult for me to share. I sat on it for almost a week. It’s amazing how comfortable we allow ourselves to become within labels. The biggest challenge in this, for me, is leveling up once I lose the label.

A Week of Realizations

On Monday of last week the workout was weighted squats, then we did thrusters (from a squat) and kettle bell high pulls. For some reason reading the workout on the board was a lot for me to digest. But it ended up not being too strenuous, and I worked up a sweat pretty quickly once I got going.

The weather was a nice, and the gym had a community atmosphere. It’s nice to see whole families, and children around, happy and thriving, on a nice day after a good workout.

We did a partner workout on Wednesday. I’m still al little intimidated with partner workouts, cause I never want to fall short for my partner.  We did deadlifts, work on the rower, and kettle bell swings.

I’ve discovered that rowing has replaced running as the one movement/exercise I absolutely hate. Don’t tell my trainer I’m saying this, but I’d much rather run than row these days.  Ultimately, the workout was good. I worked up a good sweat, and it was nice to be able to rest between movements. He programmed the workout so one person would be resting while the other did the movements. I was happy that I didn’t fall behind and was able to keep pace with my partner.

Losing the Label

My clothes fit loose now, and I’m starting to get complements on my weight loss. I purchased some new workout clothes and  was talking with one of my gym-mates about feeling insecure in the outfit I’d just bought. I made the statement, “You know big girls can’t wear everything.”

She replied to me, “No, you’re ok. It looks just fine…and, you’re not a big girl.” I brushed off the comment, finished my workout and didn’t think much about it. Then, the following day when I dropped my children off at daycare the Director made a statement about me not needing to lose anymore weight. Seriously, what are they seeing that I’m not?

As with most things, I took this opportunity to do some self reflection and self evaluation. I can’t really say that I’ve lost a significant amount of weight, because I haven’t weighed myself in a very long time. But my clothes have become too big and I see the change in the mirror.

I’m not a “big girl” anymore, am I?

I mean, the outfit that I was feeling self conscious about wearing was an outfit that I got from the Juniors section. I can actually fit Nike athletic gear off the rack, and I can pass the towel test.  You know, when you’re able to wrap a regular sized towel around your whole body!

But, in my mind, I represent for the Big girls! That’s how it’s always been and that’s how it’s gonna be. Right?

I realize that holding on to the “big girl” label is self-sabatoging and something I need to work on. Luckily for me, I have belly fat,  inner thigh fat, and some pretty unhealthy eating habits get rid of  before I can be fully comfortable losing my “big girl” label.

What’s the biggest hurdle you face with your body transformation in comparison to the body your psyche says you have?

The Experience – Studio 21 Salon!

Eight months ago I attended a makeup class at what I like to call a “hidden gem” of a salon.   When I arrived at the location I was a little confused, because the name of the establishment and what I’d looked up online listed a hair salon. But when I got there and walked through the doors, a beauty baby grand piano greeted me in the foyer, and  a textured wooden wall served as the backdrop. It felt classy and rich. I walked through to a waiting area, the decor had changed. Black walls, crisp, clean white walls. Still rich, but the vibe was more street- around the way. A little past there was a transitional type space. The walls were still black, but there was also a rippled tin wall, and it took all of about 5 minutes before I realize that there was a mural painted on a wall in a street art fashion. My final destination was clearly a photography studio. One side of the room was white. The other side had a stage, and another wooden textured wall accented with elegant mirror art. “I’m here for a makeup class, but I need to find out more about this place!” 

Studio 21 Salon is a salon like no other- that I have experienced.

Located in Grand Prairie, TX, the 4,500 square-foot facility is equipped with a full service salon: 4 stylists, a loctician, braider, threader. The salon also houses a full service makeup studio, professional makeup artists, photography and videography studio, and media team.

The inspiration  and concept of Salon21 was curated by the owners, brother and sister, Jerrod Collins and Amiya Cleveland.

“Part of the inspiration was filling a gap that was there, and loving photo shoots! My brother, Jerrod is an amazing designer. He put everything together. It looked really nice and brought class to the table.” Amiya explains, “You can go from a ‘walk-in’ to having a photo shoot. But, you know that. You’re a model.”  

I don’t consider myself a model, but I have thoroughly enjoyed “the experience” of hair, makeup, and a photoshoot at the salon.  Since attending the makeup class in August of 2016,  Studio 21 has become my go-to! I frequent the salon as a walk-in for wax and threading services. I also love that Studio 21 offers a full list of natural hair care services, loc maintenance and styling. I’ve had my locs styled, and my daughter has  her natural hair treated and styled as well. 

The lights, studio chairs, and ambiance of the makeup studio make me feel like a star.

I just sit back and let the magic happen.  Amiya ‘The Face Beata’ slays and is always on point!  She’s done my makeup for events ranging from formals to concerts. Amiya did my makeup, and Studio 21 media did THIS photo shoot. She also did my makeup, and my hair was styled by Jerrod in the Rouge issue of Honey Be Natural magazine.

Graduation season is vastly approaching and prom season is now.  This can be a stressful time for students and parents scheduling hair appointments, makeup appointments, buying a dress, tux or outfits. You want to have photos to commemorate all of it. Studio 21 gives you the option to come get your hair and makeup done, then have a photo shoot all in one stop! “We have lots of options, so people can come in, get taken care of. You can even get dressed here and leave for prom from here! ” -Amiya Cleveland

 

Glow up, Girl!

If you’ve read my O to 100 post, then you know that I’ve been obsessed with makeup for about four years. Seeing it written is kind of shocking to me. Doesn’t seem like it’s been that long in real life. But life has happened and I have no complaints about that. I’m finally getting into a groove and practicing  recurrently.

I am generally a brand loyal person. Makeup is the one thing I am not at all brand loyal with.  Trying out different products in makeup is the only way to find out what works best. My skills are continually improving, your girl is glowing up! I’m not a professional yet, but watch out world. I’m starting to branch out a little!

I ran across these pictures from a makeup party I attended 4 years ago. This picture tickles me today, because I remember being so proud of my finished product. I also thought I was the teachers pet, having  the most product knowledge in the group.  Bless my heart.

If we fast forward to today, there have been improvements even since the 0 to 100 post was made in September of last year. I’m proud to say that I feel like I’ve mastered the art of highlighting and contouring my face.  However, I am in the process of finding the perfect hydrating foundation (for my normal to dry skin) in an affordable long-wear (12+ hour) formula.

As with everyone, I have good brow days and bad brow days. More good than bad, so I won’t complain! My struggle area was and still is eyes. My lids are oily and hooded, so finding shadow pigments that don’t crease and transfer is one issue, another is my ability to place the pigments on my lids in a way that best displays the colors and helps to make my eyes looks more open. I also need to work on winging my liner.

Be sure to subscribe! April will be the kick off of my ‘Practice Makes Perfect’ series. First up, and liner (wings)!

 

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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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!