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Reality Of Beauty



Check out our "Reality of Beauty" section to help you with your at home hair and body maintenance.
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HANDS AND FEET


Nail Details by Maurice

Manicuring was once considered a luxury for a few, now it is in reach of the general public. In fact, every well groomed person resorts to regular manicures.   Manicuring is not limited to women only.   More and more men request the services of a manicurist.   The purpose of a manicure is to improve the appearance of the hands and nails.   If the person is pleased by a professional manicure, he or she is more likely to become a regular client.   Lets not forget about the feet.   Pedicures are a must.   You should receive a pedicure at least once a month and manicures once a week

* * * Tip:
In the cold winter months keep your hands well moisturized to prevent cracking and chaffing.


HAIR, SKIN & FACE


Diana Harper's tips on Weaves

Are you one of those typical women who thinks just because you have artificial tresses (synthetic or human hair) you can wake up in the morning to perfect hair?   Wrong . . . in order to maintain that natural look here are some maintenance techniques you should keep in mind.   The number 1 rule to wearing weave is to keep it as natural looking as possible. Here are a few tips in helping with the maintenance of weaves.

  • At night prep your weave before going to bed
  • Weave Wrap - Wrap the hair afterward (Tie it up with a scarf)
  • Body Weave - (Roll the hair) Use 6 flex rollers
  • Curly Weave - (Braid the hair) Four large braids

    Performing these techniques at night will help keep your
    hair natural looking until your next appointment

Candi talks about Basic Care (Shampoo and Conditioner)

How you care for your hair is your foundation, and it basically dictates the health of your hair and scalp.   Without a good hair and scalp cleansing and conditioning, it is like having a beautifully decorated wall and no floor.   It will only be a matter of time before the wall falls. There are two steps in caring for your hair . . . cleansing and conditioning.   There are three types of product that I recommend: shampoo, conditioner, and leave-in conditioner for your hair type.

The basic need for healthy scalp and hair is cleanliness.   A clean scalp will resist a variety of disorders.   Clean hair will enable your hair treatments to penetrate the hair shaft.   The protein and moisture balance provided by the conditoner will give your hair strength, softness, and a healthy appearance of life and body.   A leave-in conditioner (what I call hair vitamins) will maintain the physical condition of the cuticle or outer layers of your hair.


Wendy on the Kids Corner

“How to take care of your girl’s hair at home”

    1. Make sure you oil her hair every other day to prevent split
    ends and breakage.

    2. Make sure you tie her hair up at night with a satin scarf or satin bonnet
    to prevent her hair from breaking and drying out from cotton pillow cases.

    3. If you can’t make it to the salon try to wash and condition the hair.
    Condition for about 15 minute. (sit with steam cap or double cap it)

    4. Make sure you put leave-in conditioner in after washing and conditioning.
    Make small sections and comb out to prevent hair breaking and coming out.

5. Style as usual

* * * Tips * * *

1. Best to get a professional to relax your girl’s hair, it might look easy but it also is easy to
over process it.

2. Get ends trimmed every 4 to 5 weeks. (Relaxed and natural hair)

3. Make sure she takes vitamins.   Very important to make the hair keep growing and stay healthy.


Toya's Tips For Caring For Natural Hair

Shampoo hair when needed weekly or biweekly.  Hair shold be shampooed with a deep cleanse and moisturizing shampoos.   If possible natural shampoos are best.   Shampoo hair at least 3-4 times, to make sure all residue is out and rinse hair well; water should always be clean.   Following shampoo is conditioning.

Conditioning the hair is a must, the condition of your hair determines the conditioner you use . . . Moisturizing, reconstructor, protein, etc.    Apply plastic cap and sit for 15 minutes. Once a month hot oil is needed (olive oil, Jojoba oil, and almond oil).   When wearing the nautral styles apply oil to scalp once or twice a week or as needed.   A good oil to use is Nature’s Blessing.   “Don’t forget to rinse conditioner then apply a leave-in conditioner. Continue with styling.

Daytime care is good to do each day; take a little time out to massage your scalp with some oil or without.   This simple technique stimulates blood circulation which aids in hair growth. (Hair vitamins also aid in hair growth)

Nighttime care:   Pamper hair and moisturize if neccessary and cover with satin bonnet or scarf every night.

Weekly:   Keeping hair moisturized is good because hair soaks up moisture, so moisturize with oils.

Monthly treatments are a must as well as some steam treatments. The steam treatments allow the water and conditioners to penetrate into the hair shaft.   First shampoo hair then rinse hair well, apply favorite conditioner, then wrap hair in a hot towel with plastic cap and sit in a steamy bathroom for about 20 to 30 minutes and don’t forget regular trims every six to eight weeks.

Quote From Toya Knowles:
"Remember what you put in your body is what comes out in your skin and scalp."

So please do the following

1. Drink 64 oz of water a day.   The rule is take to your body weight and divide by 2 and that’s how many oz of water you drink.   (ex. 140 pound/2=70 0z of water

2. Add fruits & vegetable to diet - make sure you eat the right combinations of food together.

3. Excercise, excercise, excercise, if only for 20 minutes a day.   Get a personal trainer or get videos to work out at home, whatever works for you.

4. Take your daily vitamins


Leona's 5 easy steps to Healthy Hair
  1. Sleep in a satin bonnet or on a satin pillow case.
  2. Shampoo your hair once a week or at least every two weeks with a deep cleansing shampoo and a conditioning shampoo.
  3. Make sure you have a trim every 6 to 8 weeks.
  4. Get your relaxer when needed which is determined by how fast or slow your hair grows, 6 to 8 weeks is the norm.
  5. Keep heat off your hair as much as possible.

Keep these rules and you will most definitely have a head full of beautiful luxurious hair.


Brandy talks about Weave Removal

We’ve all been guilty one time or another of improperly removing our weave.   Spraying oil sheen and pulling (though it does eventually work) is not the most healthy method for your own hair!   The most effective way to remove hair weave is a glue remover. You can usually find it near the hair glues in beauty supplies.   There’s nothing to it you just apply the solution to the track and give it time to dissolve the glue.   After removing the hair get rid of any left over glue by shampooing and combing through the hair while the hair is sudsy

* * * * * * * * * NOTE:  Don’t use glue remover before chemical services * * * * * * * * *


HOT NEW SERVICE! LASH EXTENSIONS by Chanita

Ever wonder how stars like Beyonce, Oprah, Mary J. Blige, Naomi Campbell, and others have long lush lashes that seem to be flawless . . . the new lash extension craze that started in Asia has swept through Europe and now is taking the USA by storm.
Take your own lashes from simple to simply sensational.

The procedure:

Each individual lash dipped in a bonding agent and applied to one of your own individual lashes. On average, each eye will require between 25-60 lashes depending on the desired look.   The entire procedure takes about 60-90 minutes and is very relaxing.   You emerge with an uplifted look to your eyes.

After care:

To get the most wear out of your lashes, you will need to follow simple instructions:

• No water should contact lashes for 12 hours
• No steaming, swimming, or washing your face with hot water for 48 hours
• Emollients, creams, or oil are the eye lash extensions worst enemy
• Do not use mascara or mascara remover.   You do not need it and it shortens the life of the extensions
• Do not use an eyelash curler.   It will break the eyelashes and/or crease them
• Do not rub your lashes when washing your face.   Pat dry after cleansing
• Do not pull on eyelashes.   The bond on the extensions is so strong that it will pull your own lashes along with the new ones


Monique tells us about Winter Breakage

To overcome hairline breakage, you need a recovery plan.   Here are a tip that you can use:

1) Breakage at the nape

Cause:  Wool collars, hats, or scarves

Solution #1:  Cover your collars with silk or satin scarves and line all hats
Solution #2:  Always keep the hair moisturized


Healthy Hair News you can use by Khalilah

Hair maintenance tips for after you leave the salon.

We suggest that you, as a client, need to help us take care of your hair.  So that we may achieve your goals as far as the hair you wish you had.  It is very important for you to maintain a healthy head of hair in between visits to the salon.

Here are a couple of suggestions for you.  We all know that it is essential to get a good night's sleep, but you also want to maintain your hairstyle.  Purchase a satin or silk pillow case (cotton tends to dry and pull the hair out).  If you have a set (rollers, rods, crimps, spirals, etc.), purchase a satin or silk bonnet.  If you wear a wrap, you should wrap your hair every night and tie a satin or silk scarf on your head.  (Remember, cotton can be dry and damaging).  If you have volume at the top of your head, place rollers in your hair at the top, then proceed to wrap the rest of your hair around your head.

Please apply a hair dress or some type of moisturizer to your hair daily.  A dime-size in the palm of your hand should suffice.  Drink plenty of water!!!  Take vitamins daily, preferably A & E, and eat an adequate amount of fruits, vegetables and grains.


THE REST OF YOUR BODY


Good Health is a basic element for living.  Without it, one cannot work efficiently or enjoy the pleasures of life.

There are six (6) essential guidelines to help you maintain a healthy mind, and body.

1.     REST ~~~ Adequate sleep is essential for heealthiness.

2.     EXERCISE ~~~ Ensures the proper functioning of organs, (heart, lungs, etc) strengthens muscles and bones and improves circulation. 

3.     RELAXATION ~~~ Is an important change of pace from your day-to-day routine.  (Try prayer, meditation, the movies, the museum, reading, or writing)

4.     NUTRITION ~~~ What you eat affects your health, hair, appearance, personality, and performance on your job.  Try to avoid sugar, salt, caffeine, and fatty, fried or fast foods.

5.    PERSONAL HYGIENE ~~~ Personal hygiene is the daily maintenance of cleanliness and healthfulness.

6.     PERSONAL GROOMING ~~~ Is an extension of personal hygiene.  (Hair, nails, feet, diet, lifestyle, etc.


ETC, ETC, ETC!


Desiree C. on a Successful Business

Some say there is one rule in having a successful business and that is location . . . location 
. . . location
.   Desi’s Full Service Salon has that and more.   It is located three blocks east of Western Avenue on the corner of 95th & Hamilton in the historical Beverly community.  

Desi’s family friendly atmosphere provides an extensive menu of services, hosting manicurists that provide an array of pampering delights, like aromotherapy pedicures and rejuvenating hand treatments.   There is a melting pot of stylists of all ages and backgrounds, professionally trained to make hair care a priority and to service all ages, genders, and professional backgrounds with the most up to the minute trends in weaving and cutting as well as the “classic” looks .    I’m telling you this place has everything including an in-house Fashion "Boutique".

The salon's contemporary architectural design is the perfect backdrop for a palette of beige, mocha, azure & rose with soft piped-in sounds of R&B.   When you enter the salon you are welcomed by the receptionist who will announce your arrival.   You can choose to browse in the Boutique located in the back of the salon on the west side or just sit and wait in the beautifully decorated seating area.

Desi’s Full Service Salon has many amenities including cable TVs located throughout the salon, snack machines, fresh coffee, and a down to earth atmosphere.

Join us in our location for a very pleasant experience of pampering yourself.


FACE AND BODY BEAUTIFUL

"Khalilah's Healthy Hair News you can use" - by Khalilah Perkins


Hair maintenance tips for after you leave the salon.
We suggest that you, as a client, need to help us take care of your hair. So that we may achieve your goals as far as the hair you wish you had. It is very important for you to maintain a healthy head of hair in between visits to the salon.

Here are a couple of suggestions for you. We all know that it is essential to get a good night's sleep, but you also want to maintain your hairstyle. Purchase a satin or silk pillow case (cotton tends to dry and pull the hair out). If you have a set (rollers, rods, crimps, spirals, etc.), purchase a satin or silk bonnet. If you wear a wrap, you should wrap your hair every night and tie a satin or silk scarf on your head. (Remember, cotton can be dry and damaging). If you have volume at the top of your head, place rollers in your hair at the top, then proceed to wrap the rest of your hair around your head.

Please apply a hair dress or some type of moisturizer to your hair daily. A dime-size in the palm of your hand should suffice. Drink plenty of water!!! Take vitamins daily, preferably A & E, and eat an adequate amount of fruits, vegetables and grains.


The Techs Techniques
( Nail Tips - by Nikki, Mickey, Cint & Khrissy )

Homecare maintenance for softer feet - use vaseline, then put a sandwich over your feet and cover that with a pair of socks. This same tip goes for your hands

To soak off acrylic, dampen a cotton ball with pure acetone, wrap finger with aluminum foil, leave on 1 hour.

For lasting polish and designs on artificial nails, polish with clear once a week.

To prevent nail fungus, you must receive your 2-week maintenance on a timely basis.

Although you might feel the need to, do not nip your cuticles. Once you start, you will always have to nip them.

For lasting polish on natural nails, clean the nail bed with isoprophyl alcohol before applying polish.

If you have a broken nail that splits the natural nail, do not glue it back together. Get the nail repaired to prevent infection.

For healthy looking nails, use cuticle oil, or vitamin E capsules - massage into fingers morning and night.

Ladies, be conscious and aware of your artificial nails, they chip, crack and break. We cannot guarantee your nails will not break. The longer the nails the more likely they are to break.

Always keep a bottle of nail glue with you!

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