So today is Tuesday so that means #hairtiptuesdaybyAG! With the hope of not rambling week after week I take notes and do research often and I plan these blog post monthly. (INSERTS CLAPS HERE) This week my topic is PROTECTIVE STYLES…but it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t ask you what exactly are you protecting.

So some of the top 7 protective styles are:

  1. Twist with Extensions
  2. Faux Locs
  3. Cornrows
  4. Box Braids
  5. Crochet
  6. Wigs
  7. Sew In

I know. I know. You love to give your hair a break. Well I do to but I am very strategic about my “protective styles”. I typically wear braids from November- January. Mainly because this is a busy time of year for me due to the holidays, clients who wait to wear their hair when it gets cooler, fall color is also really popular around this time. I’m one of those stylist who know that my image is a big part of my branding so I can’t risk looking crazy. I shampoo my hair weekly or bi weekly PERIOD. Scalp Stimulation is very important for growth and I always ask my clients why would you get these protective styles and still not take care of your hair. It’s no point if you going to set your self back. On top of shampooing I use castor oil daily on my braid styles. I use it on my scalp and the actual braids because I don’t want my ends to dramatically split and I end up having to get a hair cut after I take them out. The same with sew ins, I suggest shampooing regularly and using leave in conditioner (in a spray bottle) on your braids underneath your weave. I have never worn a wig but I suggest the same: cleanse and condition your scalp. Follow up with a good leave in and some type of oil barrier around your hairline so that the rubbing of the net doesn’t break your hair.

Protective Style Pre Game:

  1. Shampoo
  2. Condition (Strengthening or Moisturizing)
  3. Healthy Trim
  4. Fluffy Blow Dry (texture is important, it keeps the braider from braiding to tight)

If you considering a protective style:



Blonde: 1. Fair 2. Fair-haired and light-skinned 3. Light colored 4. Bleach

Ambition: A strong desire to do or to achieve something, typically requiring determination and hard work


So ambition is one of those words I just knew what it meant but I have never looked it up. I really like that use of the word paired with Blonde. Reason being is because blonde hair is something that is highly requested amongst my clientele. If I had to toot my own horn I will say I do give a good blonde but sheesh, its hard work!

I am actually traveling today and one of my favorite places to people watch is the airport. People are everywhere you turn but today more than ever I have seen so many ladies with blonde hair and it begin to spark my interest about the different shades of blonde and how they are interpreted. I decided to search different names of blonde and I came across that listed 42 shades of blonde.

  1. Icy White Blonde
  2. Silver Blonde
  3. Opalescent Blonde
  4. Champagne Blonde
  5. Cream Soda Blonde
  6. White Blonde
  7. Creamy Blonde
  8. Golden Platinum Blonde
  9. Buttermilk Blonde
  10. Buttermilk Blonde
  11. Yellowish Platinum Blonde
  12. Golden Bright Blonde
  13. Ashy Blonde
  14. Muted Strawberry Blonde
  15. Light Copper Blonde
  16. Fiery Blonde
  17. Caramel Blonde
  18. Blonde Brownish Blonde
  19. Black Blonde
  20. Light Brown Blonde
  21. Dark Ashy Blonde
  22. Brunette Blonde
  23. Rooty Blonde
  24. Sandy Blonde
  25. Baby Blonde
  26. Chestnut Blonde
  27. Icy Highlights Blonde
  28. Beach Blonde
  29. Neutral Blonde
  30. Brushed on Bright Blonde
  31. Frosted Tips Blonde
  32. Golden Dirty Blonde
  33. Light Strawberry Blonde
  34. Rose Gold Blonde
  35. Blorange Blonde
  36. Gingery Blonde
  37. Fair Amber Blonde
  38. Chocolate Blonde
  39. Café Au Lait Blone
  40. Honey Eyed Blonde
  41. Golden Blonde
  42. LOL clearly I missed one in my notes but you get the point.

Seems overwhelming but it really depends on where you start. The bulk of my clientele starts somewhere between a Level 1 to Level 4 on the color chart and depending on the health of the hair I can usually reach a level 6-8 in on application. Getting to that perfect shade can be tedious but so rewarding. Also just for information everyone different undertones naturally so although you may desire pale blonde your undertone can hinder the chances of reaching it. To wrap this up if you desire to go blonde starting in the browns tones and tiptoeing in the blondes is really safe route. It will prepare you for the maintenance that will come with being a blonde. Investing in color shampoos and conditioners for you hair is important as well. Stay on top of your trims. Use less heat for styling and seek a PROFESSIONAL.




Look at you trying to be cute with your good clothes on. Really it aint that cute when your scalp is dry and you got flakes all on your good black. I won’t mention a lot of products unless it is in exchange for American Currency but there are a few ingredients and techniques that I will refer to that I love in the products that I use in the salon for scalp treatments.

Before I mention those, I do want to bring your attention to product usage. It makes no since to use a dry and itchy scalp shampoo or oil that never reaches your scalp. So many of you are guilty of placing product on your hair before you put it on your scalp.


  • Rosmary-soothing and increases the circulation of the scalp
  • Apple Cider Vinegar- cleansing, anti inflammatory, anti fungal
  • Tea Tree- anti fungal, anti inflammatory
  • Peppermint- soothing, anti fungal

A few TIPS:

  • In the salon I have my scalp stimulating shampoo that I use for dry and itchy scalp in a processing bottle. You can purchase one at the beauty supply store. I like to use my in there because it is a guarantee that the product goes directly on the scalp.
  • Sometimes I place the shampoo in a color bowl and use my color brush to place the scalp treatment directly unto the scalp and use the bristle on the color brush to exfoliate the scalp.
  • Stop scratching up the dandruff with a comb. That can do more damage than good.


This is always an interesting time of year for me in the hair salon. It’s the time of year when I encounter new clients that are looking for change. Besides from hearing about how their old hairstylist didn’t really care about hair care or lying and saying that she “specialized in natural hair”. On top of complaining about different salon experiences some of these ladies have just had enough. Over processed from relaxers, dramatic shedding, color damage, heat damage, breakage from extensions, and a bad break up all lead to these two words BIG CHOP. 

What is the BIG CHOP?

Is an act of cutting off all of your relaxed or damage hair, leaving only your new growth.

When I do consultations with ladies that want the BIG CHOP I usually ask (in no particular order)……

  1. When was your last chemical service?
  2. How often do you visit the salon?
  3. Have you ever worn short hair?
  4. How recent was your break up or emotional traumatic event in your life?
  5. Do you have any insecurities with features on your face?
  6. How is your lifestyle? (Workout, a mom, work in corporate, etc.)
  7. What is your ultimate hair goal? (Health, Length, Density)

I know you thinking….SHE ASK SOME WEIRD QUESTIONS!!!!!

All these things are important when you consider making dramatic changes to your appearance. It can be really deceiving when you have all these inspiration pictures from Pinterest and I tell you oh that’s a rod set that’s not a wash and go and your texture is similar to that AT ALL. Short hair cuts can be very low maintenance for some and for others it takes some work. I will never stop talking about moisture because dry hair doesn’t grow. So lets say you get this lil hair cut and don’t use the proper products for moisture and then your hair starts looking patchy. Guess what if you don’t take care of long hair you won’t take care of short hair.

It’s not magic. You hair won’t just starting flourishing and your curls won’t start popping. SISSSSSSSS you may not have “curls”. Texture Identity is important when making this decision as well. KINKY, COILY, CURLY, AFRO (lol) which one are you. Once that is identified you have to embrace it and get you a regimen that works for your texture NOT the ” beauty guru” on YOUTUBE.

There is no hiding that left eyebrow that is thinner than the right one. Yep no more hiding under that swoop.

Emotional cutting usually leads to 4 weeks of happiness and a year of disappointment until your hair grow back out. I remember one year I had a client that wanted me to color her platinum and cut it really short the day before she buried her husband. My exact words to her was ” I will not let you sit on that front row looking like a stranger”.  It wasn’t a good time for “something different”. Stress and Depression will kick your butt after major things like that happen and it will show up in your hair as BALD SPOT. Short hair shows it all.

The perfect candidate for the BIG CHOP is the lady who is ready to move forward with healthy hair. I ask that my BIG CHOP clients come into the salon for monthly maintenance just so that I am sure that they are using the right products and techniques that will help them reach their hair goal.