Build A Child’s Self-Confidence In The Salon


I’ve been in the salon now for a little over 2 weeks and it’s got me nostalgic about when I was a child in the salon. I remember feeling like my hair was not as neat as it could be (I didn’t understand that stylists are used to seeing that). And I thought they (the salon folks) would talk bad about me because of it. My perception was that I walked in the salon with a tornado hairstyle and walked out looking 100 times better. Children are so delicate and their perception is important to consider when building clientele for life. My daughters have not experienced the salon because I do their hair. I wonder if they’re missing anything…I think as I groom them to care for their hair, they will have the confidence that I didn’t have to walk into a salon and get their hair done. I truly believe my salon experience as a child shaped the fact that I wanted to own/open my own salon. I want every child to know and feel they are beautiful! When I did my youngest daughter’s friends hair, they had a blast! And they want to come back to the salon

I want every child to know that it doesn’t matter how you come into my salon-this is a no-judgement zone-It matters how you feel when you walk out.
What are your feelings on your salon experiences? Please let me know what you think! ❤ Ally

 

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20540 Stevens Creek Blvd  Studio 15  Cupertino, CA 95014 717-875-9891

Ally of Mixolo’G™ has been licensed since 2010 and loves to transform hair into the personalized style of the customer. She is active on social media and plugged into the latest hair trends from sites like Modern Salon, Sam Villa of Redken, and Black Girl with Long Hair. Continuing education is vital to delivering for the customer and she brings this knowledge to the forefront of her business.

All hair types and textures are welcome, especially curly and kinky hair. The salon has a hooded dryer for roller and rod sets and deep conditioning. Come in for your weekly shampoo set here! A range of chemical services are available from Pravana color to Mizani Relaxer. Come in regularly for precision and clipper cuts. Specializing in healthy natural hair care maintenance with Jane Carter Solution and Qhemet Biologics products. Please check out the blog website for your natural hair care needs.

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Protective Styling Season


Everyone needs a break from their hair. Protective style options are a great way to take a break. However, if your goal is to grow long natural hair, I suggest transitioning out of added hair and have your own hair put into a protective style once it reaches a medium length. As the hair grows, the protective style braids, twists, etc should become bigger. Less parting equals less stress points on the hair. Less weight in the hair equals less stress on the hair.

 When I went to Lake Tahoe for a few days with my kids, I twisted my hair up because I did not want to deal with it on the road.
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When I took the twists down, I had a nice wavy twistout that was elegant looking. Once I washed my hair, it was more dry than normal from the blowout. But the recovery, shedding and hair loss were close to normal, and what I would expect for the twist style. I have never had hair added since I have been natural. It is my preference not to add the hair. For me, it would be too tempting to leave the style in for too long and risk my already thirsty high porosity hair falling out. So many protective styles can be achieved on the hair we have. I plan on experimenting with some throughout the fall/winter months, and of course, I will share the results!

Please let me know what you think! ❤ Ally

 

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Everything I Wanted To Say To Wendy Williams


Wendy Williams was the keynote speaker at the Ultimate Women’s Expo held in the San Mateo Expo Center last Saturday. I had only heard about the event the day before, and I couldn’t miss her appearance at the $5 price of admission.

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Wendy Williams On Stage Giving Us Life

Wendy showed up and showed out! She appeared flawless onstage with every hair laid in place, and her skin glowing under the lights. She talked about life, love, and everything in-between, giving real-world lessons and advice tailored to the women in the audience. Some of her main points included:

1. Have a plan A, B, and C in life.

2. Don’t depend on a man for your well-being. Be able to stand up on your own and for yourself.

3. Don’t give up on love. Even for the over 35 set (me included) love can still be found.

After her talk, she held a question and answer session with the audience. The questions ranged from issues with getting a man to put a ring on it to grandmother discipline of the grandchildren she is caring for. Wendy’s advice was so on-point for the people struggling with the questions they already know the answer to.

Wendy was also signing copies of her latest book, “Hold Me In Contempt” immediately following the show. I took my daughter to the restroom and snack bar, and figured if there were any books left, I would try to get a signed copy. Of course, Wendy and Barnes and Noble had plenty of copies for sale so I bought one and stood in line.

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 Wendy Williams Signing Her Book Hold Me In Contempt

I started thinking about all the years I had been listening to Wendy Williams, being born and raised in North Jersey, and what in the world would I say when it was my turn to get my book signed.

I wanted to ask, how is Uncle Red doing? (DJ Red Alert) Of all the radio shows that Wendy did, I always thought they had the best vibe on the air.

I wanted to tell her, I just got my braces off my teeth at 38 years old! Sounds ridiculous, but if you have been listening to Wendy all these years, she prioritizes good teeth, skin, hair, and appearance in general. Wendy knows how important keeping yourself together really is in the real world, and I wanted to thank her for reinforcing that message in my life.

I wanted to tell her about the time when I called into the radio station (either KISS FM or WBLS) and was on the air with her. She asked me was my favorite color lipstick was, and I said brown :). I was so young at the time!

I wanted to thank her for keeping it real with these celebrities (Hi’ You Doin’?)  I really love her talk show because when she dishes the dirt, her eyes tell what is really going on!

One last question I wanted to ask her is, what do you think of the current state of radio in the r&b/hip-hop genre? What is your view on the Clear Channel consolidation and the shift to syndication of radio shows? What about your colleagues who have been displaced by this?

So many years of history listening to Wendy on the radio from the late 80’s/early 90’s until today, and only 5 seconds to say something!!!

 

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My Picture With Wendy Williams

“Thank you for getting me through all the good years Wendy!” is what I ended up saying. And she said, “Thank you!” in her trademark voice. She is a lovely and totally keeping it real woman.

My Accidental Discovery of Babassu Oil For My Face


I am almost 40 years old and I still battle adult acne. I am always careful when it comes to using oil on my face. My skin is extremely prone to breakouts, especially in the summertime when I get hot and sweaty. I have been using aloe vera gel as a light primer for my makeup and it works well, but my skin needed some softening and exfoliation. I looked at all of the oils I have been buying lately for my recipes and figured one of these has to work on my skin. I chose babassu oil because it is so similar to coconut oil, but it is not as greasy and pore-clogging. I applied the oil to my face while it was still damp, and just used a light coating. I let it sit on my skin for about an hour or so, and then washed it off. After two days, my skin is soft, supple, and clear of dead skin. Next time I use the babassu oil, I may add some drops of essential oil to give it a pleasant fragrance, or even come up with a recipe for a lotion to use it in.

I wanted to share this because I know there are others out there who struggle with adult acne and the traditional advice does not work for us. Hope this helps!
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Babassu Oil

How to do a Controlled Shape Trim (Mix’G Trim)


I’ve read various methods for trimming the hair, from the “fairy knot search and destroy” to the infamous Deva Cut. The goal of those types of trims is to remove the oldest hair that may be prone to damage or splitting. The end result is refreshed hair that probably has multiple random layers.

For a time, as my hair was growing, I would just section my hair into four, put my hair into ponytails with banded ends, and cut the ends off easily. It worked very well, but as it grew, I did not like the shape it was taking.

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Before the Controlled Shape Trim

My hair had the “Sideshow Bob” look in my opinion. The bangs were too long, and the top was too heavy, although my hair was healthy and moisturized. I wanted a more evenly layered shape, so I decided to go back to my cosmetology principles with a twist. I would use angular directional cutting to shape my hair with banding to control it.

Cutting Angles with Direction

If you have ever had your hair layered and watched the cosmetologist cut it, they lifted your hair to some degree and made the cut. They may have even pulled your hair in a certain direction to add or remove weight in an area of your hair. Those general principles are all it takes to create shape in a hair cut. Curly hair has the added challenge of coiling at the ends, making an accurate cut very difficult, so banding is necessary to control the hair.

Banding for Control

It is a challenge to cut curly hair when it is wet. Even hair with a gentle wave can throw off the evenness of a haircut. To shape natural hair, use a no-snag elastic to hold the hair in place for better control when cutting. Be sure to plan your cut first and think of how each section of the hair is to fall on the head, so that every section falls into place once the bands are released.

Step-by-Step Instructions for a Controlled Shape Trim

To achieve my layered look, I took the following steps.

1. After the normal wash routine, apply a small amount of leave-in conditioner and section wet hair into four.

2. Take each section of hair and detangle it by combing it to the crown (top) of the head.

     By pulling the hair to the crown of my head, I was giving direction to the hair to have shorter layers around the              crown of my head and longer layers around the periphery.

3. Pull each section into a ponytail and used a no-snag band to secure the hair at the base of the head as well as the ends of the hair. With four ponytails at the top of the head, the hair is ready to be cut.

4. Take each ponytail and pull it straight up to the ceiling. Cut the ends of the hair past the rubber band about a half-inch, making sure all the lengths of the ponytails are relatively even with each other.

5. When done, release the ponytails, added curl cream, and style.

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After the Controlled Shape Trim

The resulting shape was better suited for my face and was not so heavy in the front. I trim my hair about every 4 months, or after every other color retouch. I plan on keeping this shape for a while and see how it looks as it grows out.

Please let me know if this information was helpful! ❤ Ally

3 Rules to Break When Coloring Natural Hair


I am extremely pleased with the way my color and highlights turned out this time around. But I realized that I didn’t follow three of the most of the cardinal rules of coloring hair. My main interest is in preserving the integrity of the hair and I take every precaution when I use color. The rules that I broke to achieve this look actually benefit the hair!

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My newly highlighted locks

As a cosmetologist, I only use professional color on my hair. The range of options of color are infinite with a good color line and skilled use of lightener. I would advise anyone considering a major color change to have a consultation with a licensed cosmetologist.

Rules to Break!

1. Always Perform a Shampoo Cap or Demi-Permanent  to Prevent a Line of Demarcation

When retouching the regrowth (roots) of the hair with the same level of color that has been previously applied, the rule is to apply color to the regrowth and then either do a shampoo cap or demi-permanent matching color to refresh the previously colored hair. This is to prevent a line of demarcation to show between the freshly colored regrowth and the previously colored hair at the midshaft and ends. That rule can be broken for natural hair! I break this rule for 2 reasons. 1. Overlapping color was causing my hair to become dry and brittle. 2. My hair is high porosity, and it would absorb a lot of expensive product. I tried retouching my regrowth only, and I found that there is no detectable line of demarcation because my hair has a curl pattern that hides it! This is one great way that I save money and save product.

2. Always Thin Weave Hair for a Natural Look

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Image is from a Pinterest site, I do not own this image

Normally, I am not a big fan of stripe highlights or thick weave highlights. Stripe highlights, as shown in the picture above, are created by highlighting alternating partings that are one-quarter to one-half inch thick in the “mohawk” section of the hair. Weave highlights are created by taking one-quarter to one-half inch parting of hair and “weaving” it to break up the harsh stripe line. This can be done in a thick or thin pattern. On straight hair, the rule of thumb is the thinner the weave, the more natural the resulting highlights will look. However with natural hair, I break this rule to get the effect I am looking for. There are 2 reasons why I break this rule. 1. Parting natural hair in a dry state must be done carefully. 2. It is easier to weave, pull apart and control thick weave in natural hair than thin weave in natural hair. The curl pattern of the hair blends the thick weave  and gives the hair a more natural look. This is a great method to get the highlight you want without causing excessive breakage, damage, and tangling.

3. Use Higher Volume Developers to Achieve More Lift in Color

This rule to break is totally a personal rule for my hair that I have arrived at through trial and error. I do not use any developer over 10 Volume in my hair when applying hair color. I have found that at higher volumes, my hair gets extremely dry and damaged. I just know my hair and it’s limitations, and I can live with the trade-off of less color choices to protect the integrity of my hair.With lightener, I was taught that the hair will lift with the lowest volume developer, but it will just take longer to achieve the level desired. In the picture of my hair, I achieved the lightest blonde streaks with lightener and 10 volume developer.

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Hair care is a family affair

I hope you benefit from my rebellious streak and take a chance on hair color!

Please let me know if this information was helpful! ❤ Ally

We Mix: My Wash-n-Band Method with Low Manipulation


I never got into the routine of doing twistouts. I tried two-strand and three-strand twists. I tried them on wet hair, damp hair, and dry hair. I tried everything, but I just couldn’t get into all the manipulation involved, especially on wash days. So I had to stick with a variation of the wash-n-go which I call a wash-n-band. There is no real method to my madness, but I will order the steps I take to achieve the look below.

How to execute a Wash-n-Band

1. Perform your normal wash day routine.

2. After applying leave-in conditioner to wet hair, part hair into four sections and tie a no-snag elastic at the base of the head in each section without causing pulling of the hair or causing discomfort. Tie the ends of the hair loosely with small rubber band at the ends.

3. Apply a generous amount of curl cream (preferably with hold) to midshaft and ends of hair while in the ponytails, and squeeze the product into the hair to distribute the product within the hair but do not squeeze the product out of the hair.

4. When hair is 50% dry, loosen the base elastic as depicted in the picture below and allow hair to dry to 80%. This allows the hair to be stretched but still form a wave pattern to blend with the ends of the hair.

5. When hair is 80% dry, remove the base elastic but leave the end elastics on and allow to almost completely dry.

6. When almost completely dry, remove end elastics and shake hair or manually manipulate to separate. Carefully use a wide-tooth comb to blend the partings. In the bottom picture, I took two pieces of hair from the left side and pulled them through the right side to hide the middle parting.

 

Banding Method

 

To maintain this look past day 1, use your partings as a guide to loosely band the hair at night. The next day, lightly mist any band marks with a water bottle and smooth the hair with hands. Lightly spray ends of hair, apply a small amount of curl cream, and squeeze ends to form a curling pattern.

Control of the Hair

In cosmetology school, the concept of control of the hair was drilled into our heads. With natural hair, it is of even greater importance to have control of the hair at all times to minimize tangling and breakage and to retain length. The wash-n-band helps me to achieve a wash-n-go look without excessive shrinkage that can lead to issues down the road.

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Styled hair after wash-n-band

Please let me know if this information was helpful! ❤ Ally