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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Finally got my highlights

So I dragged my Mommy with me to the Aveda Institute to get an all over color service and highlights. My aunt was supposed to go as well but she canceled at the last minute. my mom and I were the only African Americans in the entire salon save for 2 cashiers (who just so happened to be rocking their natural hair as well (one a BAA and the other a TWA) I asked were they students and was told they were not. Anyway, Once you check in, they give you a form to sign stating that you realize that the stylists are students and not licensed professionals and that you agree not to sue the school or the salon if your service doesn't go quite as planned. and blah blah blah. the cashiers then take the various appointment sheets and distribute them to various students. i just so happened to get the whitest, white girl in the shop who kept saying my name after every comment or question, while my mom got a punk rocker type...pierced, stretched earlobes, green-dyed hair). She jumped right in on my moms hair and didn't seem intimidated by the texture at all. My stylists looked at me with paper in hand and proceeded to talk to another person there before getting around to actually calling me. I knew she would be the student I was assigned to and had every intention on asking her whether or not she felt comfortable dong my hair as I got the impression that she didn't by the looks I was getting from her and her fellow student. She seemed nice enough when she finally got around to calling my name. she showed me swatches of various colors and I picked two (one for my single color and another for the highlights) I went with the intention of having a brown or light brown base with caramel highlights. I was told that my skin tone would do better with warm tones and not cold ones as in the Ash colors that I was considering (I really was adamant that I did not want any of that red, orangy, brassy color. The instructor comes over and asks me a million and one questions about my hair trying to make sure that I didn't have any previous colors or chemicals which I assured her I did not. She decided that she would do my highlights without using bleach. (due to my bout of seborrheic dermatitis which is just now growing back but has resulted in some short pieces near my crown. The instructor did the majority of my highlights and then my student (with the help of her classmate who didn't have any clients) proceeded to do my base color. I knew that the color wasn't taking and questioned it

Sunday, June 10, 2007

TO Color or Not To Color, That Is The Question?

It's been a long time since I posted about my hair. I've caught the color bug lately and have been itching to color for a while now. I finally made an appointment at the Aveda Salon for a single color and highlights. I have a spot in my head where the hair is broken off. Now I think I posted with my bout of Sebhorreic Dermatitis which left me with several bald patches in my crown area. Now either the part that I am referring to as broken off is either the bald patches which have grown in and have yet to catch up to the rest or the hair is indeed broken. I will have a consultation with the colorist to see what she thinks although I'm almost certain it is the hair growing back. I'm still shampooing with my Neutragena T-gel shampoo and conditioning with the new love of my life, Trader Joes's Nourish Spa. I've been basically doing conditioner washes and cornrowing the front of my hair while sporting the back in a wash and go, Well not quite a wash and go because it takes me entirely too much time to do it. I just wish I had some length and a good cut. give me a shoulder or even a chin length bob, and I'll be good to go!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

By George I Think I've Got It!

My hair has been looking rather good lately. I've mostly been wearing twist outs and coil outs. Oh yeah, I did my first set of finger coils and they turned out fabulous (for someone who didn't know what she was doing.) At, first, I wasn't really feeling them after I unraveled them. they came out a bit frizzy but some Garnier soft curl creme on the ends handled that just lovely. I wore them for 6 days and could've gone longer but y'all know me, I get bored very easily plus it was time for a wash anyway. I was at work and this guy asked me who did my twists? I told him I did and he asked me how much I charged. lol I told him I don't do hair and that that was my first attempt at doing my own finger coils. he liked them, so much so that he had the nerve to come over and pull on one of my coils. Now normally, that is a no no with me but I was feeling so pleased that someone was actually digging the "do" that I gave him a pass and let it slide. He told me that he was interested in getting locks because of his "good hair" (his words not mine) people have been telling him that his hair wouldn't lock up. I told him that white people get dreadlocks successfully so he should have no problem. Anyway, I washed them out last night and am now in twists. My hair is no where near the length I need it to be to feel confident in wearing my twists out in public so a twist-out, it shall be for about another 6 days or so!!!! Pics will be forthcoming. lol (I know, I know I say this all of the time but y'all know I'm lazy. I will post pics though...Promise!

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Another year of hair. Operation grow out.

So here it is another New year and I ended 2006 on a not so good note. I was having scalp issues and noticed extremely severe itching, some bleeding upon scratching and bald spots in various places on my head. I went to the doctors and was initially diagnosed with ringworm(which I knew I did not have because there was no ring and the way the bald spots were formed) Nevertheless, I took the prescribed Griseofulvin for about 2 weeks until I could get an appointment with my regular physician who then diagnosed me with having Seborrheic Dermatitis *frown*. Anyway, he prescribed me Nizoral shampoo and told me to wash my hair everyday until the symptoms subsided and then do what works for me. He assured me that my hair would indeed grow back and I left feeling somewhat better about the situation. While I did wash my hair daily for about 3 days there is no way that I could keep that up in the winter time in this city. I have noticed some growth though. Initially I could only see black dots where the hair had broken off down to nothing but now I can actually see some fuzz there so again, I am thrilled!!! I have been wearing my hair in twistouts which is very hard to keep up being that I have to wash so often but by George, I think I have finally mastered it. My hair turns out soft and it actually moves if I shake my head from side to side when it is completely dry( and yes it is still short !! Okay, Okay, I attribute alot of the softness and movement to the product that I now can't live without but I also take some of the credit too for finally breaking down and shelling out the big bucks to buy it. lol I will post pics shortly. This year I will also try to keep track of my hair growth more meticulously.


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