Monthly Archives: October 2009

>Your Hair Guide to Gorgeous Hair


I was just reading my new issue of Sophisticate’s Black Hair for November and I ran across some very good tips when it comes to styling your hair. This information is great for those of us who are on a budget and do our hair at home. It covers flat ironing, how to build volume, how to maintain colored treated hair, how to keep moisture in the hair, how to get shiny hair, how to wear your hair weaves, the three must have tools you need for your hair, and hints for blow drying the hair. Check it out!
5 Rules for Flat Ironing Hair
1. Keep the hair moisturized. Be sure to use a deep conditioning treatment with protein and moisturizers to keep the hair healthy
2. Use a heat protectant spray. This will act as a barrier between the hot flat iron and your fragile strands.
3. Wait for your hair to dry. Never operate a flat iron on wet or damp hair…unless it is designed for that purpose.
4. Work slowly and in small sections. Take your time to smooth any bumps or curves.
5. Wrap it up at night. Keep your hair sleek and smooth without having to flat iron it daily by wrapping stands with a silk or satin scarf.
4 ways to Build Volume
1. Hairspray. Misting the root area of the hair helps to stabilize the strands for extra lift and control.
2. Hot rollers. Setting tresses on hot rollers (or Velcro rollers) creates texture and lots of body
3. Mousse. Find a volumizing formula of mousse to apply throughout the main for an uplifting textural boost.
4. Teasing. Whether you want a volumized upsweep or a full and loose mane, a little bit of backcombing goes a long way.
3 Tips for your Coif Color
1. Cleanse Hair with a moisturizing shampoo. It’s essential to hydrate strands, since a colored mane can become dry and brittle.
2. Condition hair regularly, using a double penetrating process. This means applying a deep conditioner, then allowing it to sit on the hair for 10 minutes under a hooded dryer with a plastic cap on. This will allow the conditioner to thoroughly penetrate the strands.
3. Get Roots Retouched as needed, or at least once every six weeks. A semi-permanent hair color glaze is another good option to help keep your color looking vibrant.
5 Hints for Mane Moisture
1. Rinse-through Conditioner: After cleaning follow up with a crème rinse conditioner to help moisturize.
2. Leave-In Conditioner: Opt for a moisture rich leave-in formula to help prevent dryness and smooth tangles.
3. Deep Conditioner: This highly moisturizing product works best when left on the mane covered with a shower cap and warmed through body heat or a hooded dryer.
4. Hot Oil Treatments: Apply once a month to help open the hair cuticle and hydrate where it’s needed most.
5. Protein Treatments: For breakage or shedding, use a protein treatment about twice a month. Follow with a moisturizer.
6 Tricks for shiny hair
1. Hydrate. Be sure to moisturize with conditioner after cleansing
2. Rinse your hair with cool water to close the cuticle to lock in moisture
3. Take Care…Damaged hair won’t glow, so try not to over process or heat style strands too often.
4. Get Glossy. Opt for a clear, cellophane color gloss at the salon to achieve a lustrous finish.
5. Opt for Steam. Try the cutting-edge steam treatment, where a pro adds moisture to the mane using water and steam.
6. Go Ceramic when styling strands, opt for curling and flat irons with ceramic-coated plates which help hold in moisture.*
* When the coating starts to wear off of the ceramic plates it’s time to replace it. The bare plates are not good for the hair.
3 Must Have Tools to Own
1. Wide-Tooth Comb: After showering, use a wide-tooth comb to through damp hair to aid in detangling and separating curls. It also comes in hand while styling.
2. Small flat iron: Achieve both straight and curved textures with a small flat iron. Its size makes it easy to maneuver, too.
3. Boar Bristle Brush: To smooth edges and help control flyaways, wield a boar bristle brush. The natural bristles are gentle on tresses, causing less breakage and tangling than other brushes.
4 Tips to Weave-Wearing
1. Find a Good Weave Expert. It’s crucial to locate the best person possible for applying your extensions to ensure the best service possible.
2. Choose a texture that best matches your own hair for the most natural looking results.
3. Don’t forget about your natural tresses. Be sure to show them some TLC by oiling the scalp and massaging the product in to stimulate the scalp.
4. Schedule your appointment. After about two months of wear, it’s important to revisit your weaving expert to have the extensions removed and hair re-braided to include new growth.
3 Hints for Blow Drying
1. Prep Tresses. Be sure hair is properly shampooed and conditioned with moisturizing formulas prior to any heat-styling, including blow drying.
2. Protect Strands. Coat your hair with a leave in conditioner or heat protectant mist to help create a smooth texture while guarding against heat damage.
3. Work in Sections. Start at the nape working upward in small sections to ensure all tresses are dried thoroughly. It’s helpful to us a paddle brush to aid in separating strands as you go.

>Hair Colors to Buy and Try


I wanted to discuss hair color again. I said that I would take a break form it because it was just so much that I wanted to discuss. I wanted to talk about Dark and Lovely’s fade resistant permanenant hair color. It is a fade resistant rich conditioning hair color and its a creme hair color so it doesn’t drip or run everywhere. It’s low in ammonia and it’s specially designed to color and condition the hair in one application. It keeps the hair soft  by using an exclusive moisture seal technology with double conditioning power. This hair color is so unique it conditions while it colors and even after, this hair color is designed for Relaxed and Natural Hair types. It protects from color damage. The key ingredients are sunflower oil, aloe vera, and vitamin E.
This hair color is available in 20 shades.
  • Jet Black
  • Natural Black
  • Brown Sable
  • Rich Auburn
  • Red Hot Rythm
  • Honey Blonde
  • Golden Bronze
  • Chessnut Blonde
  • Midnight Blue
  • Light Golden Blonde
  • Deep Copper
  • Brown Sugar
  • Warm Mocha
  • Brown Cinnamon
  • Ruch wine
  • Burgundy Blush
  • Vivacious Red
  • Soft Amber
  • Luminous Blonde
They also have the Reviving Colors Semi-Permanent Color which is just as good.
I also love the Semi-Permanent Hair Colors by Clairol Professional. I absolutely love love LOVE the Beautiful Collection it has a great smell and comes in a ready to use application bottle. You can used it after a Relaxer and it comes in 15 different shades. It give a rich color, vibrant shine, great gray coverage, and offers great natural enhancement. It replenishes moisture with Aloe vera, jojoba oil, and vitamin E.
The New Look
The Older Look

>Hair Do’s and Don’ts


I know it’s been a long time since I’ve blogged. I’ve had a lot going on. I just wanted to share with you some hair do’s and dont’s that I ran across in my Hype Hair magazine.

Hair Do’s
  1. Vist a professional for an opinion about your hair health
  2. Use products that are for your hair type
  3. Sleep with a Satin bonnet or scarf to keep your hair from drying out
  4. Condition the hair regualrly to keep the scalp and hair moisturized
  5. Get Rid of Split ends!!! (Trim your hair on a regular basis preferrably after a relaxer retouch when everything is straight and the fresh)
Hair Don’ts
  1. Use elastic Rubber bands for pony tails. This is very damaging
  2. Use heat styling tools without a heat-protectant product
  3. Excessively comb or brush the hair, this can cause breakage
  4. Don’t use alcohol-based products this will dry the hair out.
  5. Leave Weaves and extensions in the hair for more than 2-3 months at a time.

>The Shaved Head Phenomenon


I wanted to talk about the trend that has hit Hollywood and has become very frequent and has now been taken to another level. I know everyone has been buzzing about Solange and her new hair cut. I personally don’t think it’s god awful but I love her with hair. Just my opinion but at the end of the day, whatever makes her feel happy is what matters the most. Not a lot of people can shave their heads and actually look like something and that’s the truth. I think that Amber Rose however can rock a shaved head all day and look hawte!!! I love her style and her swag.
Solange with a Shaved Head
Solange with hair ♥ 
Amber Rose with her Shaved head ♥♥♥ Swag on a hundred thousand Trillion!!
Amber Rose with hair

Today if they aren’t bold enough to shave it all off they are just shaving off half of the head. Again I feel if that’s what they want to do then that’s fine. Some rock it better than others, and in my opinion Cassie should have just left it alone. Rhianna, Keyshia Cole, and Mrs. La La have so far rocked it the best not completely shaving off the entire side of their head which looks a lot better than bare scalp. Just my opinion. I love Cassie but I think she looks better with all of her hair on her head. Or may a short funky chic hair cut.
Cassie with Hair and her newly shaved head
Cassie again rocking the designs!
Ms. La La ♥
♥♥♥  Rhianna ♥♥♥
She rocks this hard!
♥This is funky I love this one too!♥
Ms. Cole! Looking Fab! Love the color Cordinating stars!

I have to talk about this because I just have too, I love Kanye West Great artist and he has a unique way of expressing himself and I love that too. He’s a little outspoken and that’s okay no problem with that, but when I saw his haircut at the VMAs I got a little sea sick. Now when it comes to a nice hair cut on a man I love it, especially if it’s freshly done and it’s nice. Ever since I was a little girl I remember when guys would walk around with a design shaved into their hair cut and it was something different and it was something that was fashionable. I personally don’t think it completely died out but it kind of faded out. Guys started to just do the side lines in the fade but that was pretty much it. Now my thought is when is it just too much? There’s nothing wrong with being different but I don’t want to look at your hair cut and get dizzy or sea sick. At the end of the day it’s all about how you feel and how you flaunt it.
Kanye with the waves
Now I love this..It’s not too much ♥
Gucci Mane with the geometric design
Chris Breezy lookin fresh even on a bad day ♥ u Chris Brown!

In the words of India Arie: “We are not our hair we are the soul that’s within”  ♥♥♥♥♥

>Good Hair Vs. Bad Hair


This has been the topic of discussion for a few months now, What is good hair? What is bad hair? I just recently viewed the Tyra show on Youtube where she discussed what’s really good hair and what’s really bad hair in the African American Community. I was a little bothered by some of the things that were said and some of the views on the topic. I have relaxed hair and I love it. I even can appreciate those who don’t have relaxed hair. To me hair is hair and it’s no such thing as good hair and bad hair. At the end of the day you should be confident with your hair rather you are rocking a natural, a relaxed style, a wig, or hair extensions. This Friday Chris Rock comes out with his new movie documentary that he has been working on for two years and I am excited about it because I love Chris Rock as a comedian and I love the fact that he has decided to address this issue concerning black hair and black hair care. The video will be in select movie theaters this weekend October 9, 2009 and in theaters everywhere on October 23, 2009. Check out the clip below.

I will be blogging about my thoughts on the movie after I have viewed it. Thanks for reading! Tell a Friend! ~♥ Miss Nic ♥~

>Design Essentials: For All Hair Types!!!


I love this product line. I wanted to share with you some videos I found on their website and on youtube! You can buy an at home care system for your hair type online at their website!
For General Information CHECK THIS OUT!!!
For Hair Breakage
They have specialized product packages for different hair solutions for hair problems amongst other things such as:
Cleasing,condition, style, Finish, Relaxers, protectants, treatment, color and permanent waves.
Packages are available for dandruff, dry hair, long hair, summer heat protection, damaged hair, regualr maintenance, natural hair, color treated hair, oily hair types, and thermal protection for heat stylers.
All packages are affordable!

>Quick Weaves 101: The Duby and the Invisible part


I said that I would write a blog about this because it’s something new that I tried myself and I will try it again. I got this idea from the infamous Youtube. I love Youtube and all of the informative tutorials that are posted when it comes to new hair styles and ideas.  The hope is eventually I will get the chance to start my own personal channel so I can start doing tutorials. I wanted to talk about the Duby wrap and the Invisble Part Quick Weave. As some of you already may know a quick weave is basically wefted hair that is either glued on a wig cap which is placed on top of your hair on onto your hair. There are many different ways that this can be done and the industry has made it so that you can even use something other than the bonding glue which is supposed to be safer and easier to remove (Glue Free Quick Weave blog for another day).
There is a new type of hair product out which is called the “Duby” which is what most of us refer to as the “roller wrap.” This product is a weave that is pre-curled and wrapped around a foam cone to preservre the curl of the hair. The hair is already curled so there is no need to curl it once you put it in. Once you start to place the tracks in place the hair will fall into pre cut layers so there’s no need to cut the hair which is just great. You can also change the direction that the hair is placed to create a flipped look as well. I love it! ♥
 There are several hair lines out right now that have their own version of the duby.
Sensationnel’s Premium Now has “The Bump Collection”
-100% human hair
-Double Tracked
-Short to medium lengths
-Wide range of colors
-They have a feathered wrap style which is single tracked
– It comes with a free closure piece that resembles a natural scalp
-It’s wrapped around a foam cone that  preserves the curve of the hair
♥♥♥ Outre  Premium Duby♥♥♥ (used it for an asymetrical bob syle)
-They have the “Duby Kiss”- short hair styles
-Closures are available for each style
-100% human hair
-They also have a Demo DVD video available
-They also have the Velvet Remi Hair for this product available
♥♥♥ Milky way Ole’ ♥♥♥ (used it for my invisible part quick weave)
-Made of 100% Human hair
-Available in lengths from 7″ to 14″
-Available in different colors
***All three of these lines are basically offer the same thing with the exception of different styles and colors.***
The new thing that is out right now is the invisible part quick weave and it’s basically where your natural hair part is showing and none of your hair is out. There are a lot of youtube tutorials available for directions and ideas, and you can use any type of style of hair. Here are the steps that I took when I did my invisible part quick weave.  I used the Milky Way Ole’
1. I washed my hair,conditoned, and dried it
2. I parted my hair the way I wanted it.
3. I Gelled my hair down and placed it into a pony tail, dried it and took the ends of the pony tail and gelled it an upward direction, I let the ends dry.
4. I placed a stocking cap (wig cap) on my hair and started to glue the tracks on the wig cap
5.I continued to glue the hair in “U” shped directions  up to the part leaving about a 1 1/2″ of space between the part (natural part) and the hair that I glueing.
6. I continued to glue until I got to the top of my head (the crown). I left a opening of about a dime size opening for the closure.
7. I cut the cap where the part was visible, so my part was visible
8. I measured hair for the part which was no bigger than about 1/2″ wide.
9. Then I started to glue those pieces on top of the other pieces until I got to the dime sized opening that I left for the closure.
10. I then created my closure which was just a small piece of hair no wider than a 1 1/2″ to 2″ long and I placed glue on the track and rolled it tight together and dried it. I flattened it in the palm of my hand spreading the hair our into a circular fan motion and I used my flat iron and pressed it until is was flat. I placed a little glue on the back and set it to place. That’s it!
It was very cute and I got a lot of compliments and it looked like my natural hair. When I got ready to remove it, I used hair spray at first and then I had to use mositurizing shampoo for the rest because most of it did not readily give in certain places. My hair didn’t break off or come out like I was afraid that it would. One thing that was suggested to me by a friend was that the next time use spritz (Pump it Up) and spritz the first stocking cap dry it and place another cap on top of that and proceed to do the quick weave this is supposed to be easier when it comes to removal. I usually do my quick weaves on a mannequin and remove them. so my hair is free from glue. Check out my Favorite Youtube Tutorials and the links below! Leave a Comment and tell a Friend! ~♥ Miss Nic♥~
This is a great website for those who want to purchase hair that you may not be able to find at your local beauty supply store!