My first day of beauty school was December 2003 and I graduated March 2005. My classmates and I were one of the first groups of students that had Natural Hair as a module. We were given a textured mannequin and were taught how to press hair using the straightening comb, braid, and add weave on this mannequin. At the time relaxer free hair wasn’t as popular. There was literally just that handful of clients that had never had one and relied totally on the hot comb and the professional.

Now fast foward to 2017……

I am have been doing relaxer free hair for 9 years but these last 3 years I have been introduced to a new wave of clientele. They are full of concoctions hunny. They mixing air, avocados, eggs, peppermints, and laffy taffy.


Recently I had a new client come in and during our consultation I learned that she begin growing out her relaxer about six months ago. Her main goal was to strengthen the integrity of her hair because she loves hair color but with a relaxer her hair was breaking. SO to sum it all up she rather have color than relaxer. My follow up question was: What have been using on your hair during your transition? She had lots to say! My last and final question was: WHY SO MANY?  She was mixing her whole spice cabinet on her hair, waiting and watching for a miracle in the mirror.

Castor Oil, Argan Oil, Olive Oil, Peppermint Oil, Avocado Oil, and Coconut Oil(check previous post about this)

In my research I have found that majority of them have the same three promises: MOISTURE! REPAIR! STRENGTH!

Soooooo why use all 100 of them together. SIS pick one and save your money.

Castor Oil: Moisture +Growth Stimulation

Argan Oil: Moisture Tames Frizz +Fly Aways+ Vitamin A and E

Avocado Oil: Healthier to eat. Works best from the inside out.

Peppermint: anti microbial + anti inflammatory (reduce fungus that causes dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis

Olive Oil: Moisture + anti microbial  + anti inflammatory

One of the stylist in my salon had a client that had been using straight peppermint oil on her hair becauseeeeeeeee she enjoyed the tingly feeling but later realized she had burned a whole patch of her hair out. Castor Oil is #1 recommended because dry hair doesn’t progress. I typically recommend my clients to use it especially while wearing braids and “protective styles”. I also have my textured clients to add it into their budget friendly shampoos (shade lol). I use Argan Oil in the salon often I had 1 to 2 drops to my conditioner for my color clients especially.


Whew: I’m glad to have that off my chest. If you have any questions please leave them in the comments and share this good info with your family and friends.




How often do you visit the salon?

  1. Once a week
  2. Twice a week
  3. Once a month
  4. Quarterly

Do you own at home maintenance products?

  1. Silk drops
  2. Color Shampoo and Conditioner

What is your nighttime regimen?

  1. Pin Curls w/scarf or bonnet
  2. Wrap w/scarf or bonnet
  3. Just go to sleep on cotton pillow case
  4. Just go to sleep on satin pillow case

How often do you get your ends trimmed?

  1. Never
  2. When my stylist recommends it
  3. 6-8 on the dot
  4. Only when you have hair emergencies

After asking yourself all those questions, do you think you are a candidate for hair color? Of course every lady that gets bored with her look thinks in that moment that she is the perfect candidate. I know that for a fact!!!! I recently did a post on Facebook looking to give someone a hair make over and they had the option of color, cut, or both. Don’t you know almost everyone wanted color. Which is what I expected but what got me was the explanation that came with why they wanted it. Some wanted it because it was free, some wanted because they follow my work on social media and loved it, some were moms that just wanted a pick me up, and some just wanted it because of the seasons changing. So the researcher that I am went through some of their Facebook pictures to see if I could get a since of lifestyle, and any recent of their current hairstyles and I noticed that most of the ladies didn’t have regular salon visits. Life takes turns along with ups and downs that keep some women from visiting the salon often BUT color is a no no for someone that sits in my chair that doesn’t have the time for maintenance. I require at least 6 appointments before I even consider color for new clients. Color is a big money maker in the beauty industry but my name and brand is just as important as my tax bracket.

Fall is here today is day one! You will be tempted but be real with your self and do a honest self evaluation about your commitment to healthy hair and then consider color and beware of stylist that will color your hair on the first appointment it rarely goes right for the client or stylist.




I personally think that salon etiquette has gone out of style. Mainly because it’s only a hand full of people that still even respect the salon. A lot of kitchenticians, built out basement salons, and salon suites going on in the industry right now. So once people start back coming to a structured salon, etiquette is the last thing on their mind.


  1. It’s really rude to sit in another stylist station. That person pays a weekly fee to run their business from that space. So they are responsible for anything that goes on there. Example: You sit done and have a pen in your pocket and then the fabric in the chair is punctured. Well when the owner sees that they are going to take it up with the stylist is assigned to that chair.
  2. Ma’am you cannot bring your WEN products in and ask the stylist to use them and be offended when they say no. If your stylist offers a signature service they can not guarantee the same results with unfamiliar products. Plus, a shampoo and conditioner all in one is strange anyway.
  3. Turn your ringer off on your devices.
  4. Minimum conversation should happen at the shampoo bowl. It is the one area in the salon that is designated for relaxation. SHHHHHH
  5. Send a text or call if you will be running behind. Although there is a grace period. Don’t assume.
  6. Book in advance. If you know your birthday, graduation dinner, and cousin wedding coming up. The stylist shouldn’t have be panicked to fit you in and you knew about those dates in advance.
  7. Respect the stylist. We go through hours of training, continuing education is a requirement, and most of us love what we do. We miss out of important functions sometimes just to make sure you look nice at your “important function”.
  8. Charge your phone before coming to the salon. We are using all our plugs and can’t give up an outlet for your phone.
  9. Please wait in the waiting area don’t just start roaming around. Where are you going?
  10. Be specific! When booking your appointment there is only a certain amount of time allotted for that service. So if you book for a twist set and get to the salon and change your mind and now you want a sew in. C’MON ma’am! There is no way that stylist can accommodate you.

So imagine this you wake up one morning put your best clothes on, your favorite pair of shoes, accessories, and on the way out the door you grab your purse. Then you remember while you were looking in the mirror you hair color that you paid 100+ dollars for is not so fabulous anymore. It has begun to fade and you see a few more strands on your clothes lately. So now your image and confidence that you had when you left the house this morning has changed. Isn’t it crazy how that one little thing can just put a damper on your day. Well if you are anything like me if my hair not right I really don’t feel that cute.

Well don’t blame your colorist if you don’t have proper understanding on how to maintain your hair color at home. Here are some things that I share with my clients:

  1. Purchase a filter. They sell them for the showerhead and sink faucets.
  2. Use shampoo that is not harsh on your hair. Color Shampoo is available for blonde hair, red, and brown.
  3. It protects the strand but also know that too much protein will break your hair
  4. Ask your stylist about a color gloss. It will enhance and refresh the color that you already have.
  5. Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate! Dry hair is just not able to progress and will break .