Wednesday, July 20, 2011

My Dog, Keeba

Hello all! As some of you know, I recently moved from upstate New York to South Florida. Well, I left my dog, Keeba back up north with my family and I am really missing him! I plan on going back to move him to Florida with me but it probably won't be for another few months :-( Today, my brother emailed me a few pictures of Keeba and I was so excited to see him that I just had to share with you all. Here he is :-) His breed is Keeshond. In case you haven't heard of them, you should Google Keeshond and check these dogs out. They're really beautiful. Keeba was just groomed in these pics and doesn't have all of his fur left, so you may want to see just how much fur is on him when he hasn't had a hair cut. Also, my brother didn't send me any good pics of his face. So yeah, I hope you like the pics of my cutie!



Saturday, July 16, 2011

Stylists Sneaking Relaxers into Conditioners?!!

I recently came across a blog post by Strawberricurls that had me so shocked that I just had to let you all know. There have been several instances of stylists adding relaxers to deep conditioning treatments without the client knowing! I mean, this is so crazy. I am just shaking my head right now 'cause yeah, I've heard of jealous stylists who will cut off too much hair when all the client wanted was a trim... But I never imagined this! So please read this article, ladies, and share it with your friends. This is so evil to do to someone and I never thought a "professional" stylist would do something so crazy. Here is the article, quoted from Strawberricurls post:

I posted my previous blog post, Stylists are perming your hair, and you don’t even know it! , on my Facebook fan page for StrawberriCurls. One of my readers commented by saying the very thing that I was warning my readers about, had already happened to her and she agreed to share her story with us:

Late April of 2007 I was in IL house hunting. I was at this time

natural, as in I didn’t have a relaxer, but I was in no way as knowledgeable about my hair as I am now.I had an appointment at a local Egyptian salon that was before a meeting I had for my new job. They had told me that I would absolutely be able to be seen on time.. but after an hour of waiting, I had to leave or be late for my work appointment.

I still had some time and a friend I knew in the area recommended an AA salon nearby. The person assured me I could be seen right away and that my hair not being relaxed wouldn’t be a problem. My hair was straighter than my regular texture because I used to straighten my hair all the time and I had a week old blow dry/flat iron when I went into the salon. Once washed, the shampoo girl and my stylist for the day went away from me and started whispering.. I supposed I should’ve worried but I’m not the paranoid type. After the whisper session, the stylist came over and asked what I wanted done… just a wash and blow dry is what I told her. This should involve them washing my hair, conditioning it, blow drying it and then flat ironing it. I had it done hundred of times before without an issue. She said okay and offered to do a deep condition treatment for me as it would help protect my hair.. her words.

I agreed as long as it didn’t take too long and she promised it wouldn’t. To the back of the salon she goes to mix up a deep condition treatment.. I didn’t find this abnormal. I often mix things together to use as a DT myself. She started to apply to my hair and it smelled weird, I asked her about it and she said it’s one of the ingredients for Ph balance.

Ummm.. okay.

About ten minutes in it started to burn which I found weird but she assured me it was just “tingling” and it was good for my scalp… another 3 minutes and I told her to rinse me because I was having some sort of allergic reaction or something (I have pretty sensitive skin so this was possible). She rinsed me out and moved me to the chair. My hair was noticeably straighter as my hair wet without product is very curly and big and poofy, lol. This time my curls hang straight-ish which wasn’t normal. She assured me that it was temporary from the heavy conditioner..

“Okay…” I said

She did my hair as normal and 2 days

later the breakage started. Panicked, I went to wash my hair and again the curls just weren’t there… I had major heat damage. After several deep treatments, co-washes, etc.. my hair never returned to its normal state and continued to break off. I returned back to Michigan (where I was staying) and had my hair braided hoping that would help.

When I finally moved to Illinois (about 3 weeks later) I was ready to take my braids out, upon doing so my hair was just coming out in huge chunks even though I was being gentle. I went back to the salon and pitched a fit demanding to talk to someone in charge. (Yeah, it may seem a bit crazy for hair.. but we know how important hair is to us, right?) When I finally spoke to the manager, she also feigned ignorance. I threatened police action, threatened to sue and eventually someone gave up the information I needed.

She told me that with “nappy” hair, they sometimes add a

bit of relaxer to a deep conditioner and apply it. It’s the “kiddie perm” she tells me and most people don’t experience negative results. But it works well because people are happy that their hair is straighter so they continue to come back.

None of these people have healthy hair but that doesn’t matter to the stylists. They liked the ease of dealing with the straightened hair and the return client base who are excited about their “naturally straightened” hair. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much I could do.



Sunday, July 10, 2011

Keratin Treatment





So I got a keratin treatment for the 1st time last week and I wanted to share with you all. I already posted the vid, showing it off on YouTube but didn't post pics here yet. Here's the vid and the pics I took that day :-)



Sunday, July 3, 2011

Rediscovery of Soft Hair w/ Zipporah Beauty

So I just received some Zipporah Beauty products from the owner, Nakeisha. Love her! :-) Well, I had to write a blog because O-M-G I am loving my hair right now! Two of the products she sent me I had already used before and liked a lot but now I am in love... And after one use lol. When it comes to my hair, I'm an instant gratification person. Especially when it comes to moisturizers. The products in particular, that I'm raving about right now are the Vanilla Mint moisturizing hair serum and the Green Tea hair and body butter. Together, they are the moisture booster combo.
So today I was going about my business and I happened to reach up and touch my hair. Then I realized that it was just sooo dry and tangled. By the way, I've been getting single strand knots lately :-( Boo! After feeling my hair, I immediately went into my bathroom, straight to my Zipporah Beauty products. First, I grabbed the Vanilla Mint moisturizing hair serum and sectioned my hair into four parts. I added a little of the product to each part, and my hair was so soft and instantly detangled. Then I went for the Green Tea hair and body butter to seal in that moisture. My hair hasn't felt this SOFT in over a month.
The other product that Nakeisha sent me is the Moisturizing Hair treatment. I haven't used it yet but it looks and smells yummy just like everything she makes :-) I'll do a review on that product after I use it. Either here on my blog or on my YouTube channel ( http://www.youtube.com/user/redraf04?feature=mhee )
Here's the link to the Zipporah Beauty website: http://stores.zipporahbeauty.com/StoreFront.bok