Salon Week # 1: You get what you pay for.

Dear Sweeties,

I want to welcome you all to a new Salon Journey for Sweet Serenity LLC. The salon is celebrating 10 years of  hair loss helping, hairpiece and real hair fixing,  and emotionally support giving experiences. This year will be the start of a weekly salon lesson blog series.

Let’s begin with ” You get what you pay for”. This message applies to all aspects of life but more importantly to hairpieces/ hair services in conjunction with Sweet Serenity LLC. The basic formula to want to pay for products and services that are worth it. No negotiations are allowed for quality.

I have personally experienced purchasing discounted wigs, wefts and services then received lower quality product and salon treatment. Each of my current clients have at least one tragic tale of mediocre services and subpar prepackaged hair used in previous salon experience before joining the hair program at Sweet Serenity LLC.

My professional suggestion is to pay for quality.  You will receive higher quality products, better benefits and a luxurious experience with having that attitude. Luxury hairpieces of any kind works best with opulent base material and luxurious human donor hair. I know that the price  can be on the higher end of your budget but if you find a great hair company with competent and compassionate suppliers, you may luck out with a great non discounted deal.

Once you find that Great hair company, pay consistently and do not negotiate for a higher quality experience that you want and need. Have a great hair day!

Winsom Henriques, President

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Published in: on 12/28/2014 at 1:27 PM  Leave a Comment  

Trim…It’s Important!

Everyone wants thick, beautiful and well performing hair. The best way to achieve this goal is to have routine trims. This concept of trimming does scare many people, that is understandable.

Many people usually ask ” Why would I cut my hair if I want it to grow?” You will stop asking that question once you learn the importance and benefits of trimming.

Trichotillomania Explanation:

To gain and maintain length of your hair, you must pay attention to the hair ends.Your hair strands are very similar to a plant, there are 3 majors parts to the hair which is the root, stem and end. The root or hair bulb is the start of life for any hair follicle. Next is the stem of the hair follicle which is part of the hair that is seen petruding out from the scalp. Lastly, the end, where the hair follicle ends and is  the most fragile part of the hair follicle.

Hair ends are constantly being attacked by the environment ( hot, moist or cold ,dry air), combs and other hair utensils ( blow dryers, curling irons, and flat irons etc.). Like most fragile things, it will crack or break under the pressure. This is known as split ends. The only remedy to cure split ends are to trim them. The splitting of hair ends is what stops the lengthening process of hair follicles.

The hair follicle never stops growing. As new growth occurs, the split end will continue to split up the stem of the hair follicle causing the end to break. If the end of the hair keeps breaking off that the hair follicle will not be able to maintain its length and or become longer.

There are preventative actions that can prolong or control the splitting process. Moisturizing your hair twice daily will help keep hair flexible and supple to combat against any attack. You can also try not to use too many hair apparatuses on your hair daily.

As stated above, trimming is the only cure for split ends. Having atleast one trim per season would be great. The best regimen is to have trim every 6 to 8 weeks depending on how fast your hair grows. Keeping the ends of your hair maintained will ensure healthier , thicker and longer hair growth. This also helps with a speedier growth cycle.

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Published in: on 11/14/2011 at 11:01 PM  Leave a Comment  

Dread Extensions for Dread Repair!

The Dread Lock hair style is a historical representation of how hair can be simple , strong and unique. Dreads are unquestionably beautiful but no one with them predicts a future with hair loss. This can certainly be the future for any dread locks wearer. Why you ask?

Trichological Explanation:

A dread lock is created when stray, frayed or roughened hair are coiled around each other with the use of several different techniques ( palm rolling, latch hook and two strand twist transitioning).

Each time the root of the dread lock is twisted each hanging tendril becomes heavier. On some dread heads the weight can weaken the roots. That can cause the hair to thin from the scalp. Leaving the scalp with widening scalp partings and bald spots.

The shaft can be experience damage from poor hair care maintenance. it can be lumpy and disfigured because of density change up the shaft of the hair. It can also have breakage points within the dread and weak or split ends causing slow and abnormal growth pattern.

Fortunately, there are several solution to fix a damaged and/or distorted dread lock.

My first Suggestion is to always follow a regimented sequence of hair care. Making sure you are getting routine trims every 6 to 8 weeks. Try to avoid trimming up along the sides of the shaft. Wash with shampoo and deep condition only once a month. Cleanse scalp with apple cider vinegar or witch hazel or pure aloe gel from the leave to control smells, sebum and salt secretion. Moisturize daily. Do an oil treatment every two weeks.

You may also suggest to your stylist to Join two or three of the dreads together in the most sensitive areas on the head ( hairline and top crown). This joining technique can strengthen the foundation of the dread lock but the stem will increase in width. This might be unflattering if you would like to have a small to medium size dread.

The best solution is using a dread extension. This will help to seal around your already formed dread and make it one smooth shape. Human extension hair can also be used to to wrap the root and strengthen the foundation gently without creating a larger width dread lock. It can also help with finishing ends or increasing length.

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Published in: on 11/11/2011 at 11:09 AM  Comments (2)  

Trick your Trich Series: Volume 3

The third hobby that can be useful is Flower Arranging.

Learn the art of of arranging both fresh and artificial flowers for special events or even to decorate your own home. Using artificial flowers are the most cost effective way to start this expressive hobby.

You can learn to make corsages, center pieces,  even hair and clothing accessories. this is a fun and skill to have and takes a lot of dedication and patience. This hobby  guarantees a distraction from your hair pulling. The flowers, colors  and designs  will relax you in so many ways.

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Published in: on 01/14/2010 at 2:43 PM  Leave a Comment  

Trick your Trichseries: Volume 2

The Second hobby is Cake Decorating:

Cooking or baking is already a great hobby  for any person with Trichotillomania to do. It helps you to relieve stress while enriching your knowledge of food and food preparation. Your hands are used to build a relationship with food and your hands will associate its use for cooking as a calming  instead hair pulling.

To take you cooking or baking hobby a step further, you might want to try Cake Decoration. You will be able to surprise friends, spouses, family or even start a new home-based business. Creating your own fabulous cakes, cookies, cupcakes and brownies for any occasion will fulfill  in so many ways. Especially , eating the sweet treats which is the best benefit. Just a warning, eat all sweet treats in moderation.

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Published in: on 01/13/2010 at 8:36 AM  Leave a Comment  

Trick your Trich series: Volume 1

Trichotillomania may be episodic or continuous. Its intensity can fluctuate. Weeks, months,  and even years may pass and you may be nearly or completely free of hair pulling, only to have a sudden and unexplicable recurrence with either a high or low severity rate of damage to the  hair and scalp.

The best way to control your hair pulling habit is to find a hobby that you like that you will also need to use your hands. This series will highlight some of the more uncommon hobbies that you might have not thought about trying. all of the class highlighted in this series were chosen:

1) Stimulate your mind

2) Help you hands to focus on another target so you may release stress without pulling your hair.

The first Hobby is CANDLE and SOAP MAKING:
Everyone loves candles and bath soaps.You can learn how to make your own fabulous scented candle s and organic bath soaps. This hobby is relaxing and useful. With each candle or soap you make , you can use; give as gifts or create a home-  based business . Search for a class in your are and reap all the benefits.

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Published in: on 01/12/2010 at 9:45 PM  Leave a Comment  

Wefts: Machine vs. Hand tied vs. Skin

There are three major types of hair wefts that are used in hair extension services today in most hair salons.  There is no question that using hair wefts is an easy solution to enhance your natural growing especially if you are suffering from hair loss.  The only question is which kind of weft is best to use? Use the comparison chart below to help you decide which will work best for you:

ALL Machine Hand Tied Skin
Adds length and volume Can be cut to shorten the width Reusable for 1 year Apply to skin only
Unlimited colors, lengths and textures Reusable for 4 to 6 months Cannot be cut Could cause allergy
Thick Base Thin base Abrasive removal
Causes lumps in the hair Lays flat and flexible to the head Blends into scalp depending on the color of base
Excessive Shedding No shedding Expensive
General  Inexpensive Affordable Human Hair only
Human hair or Synthetic hair Human hair only
Published in: on 09/28/2009 at 4:49 AM  Comments (1)  

Quick Weave…Slow Harm

There are many methods that are used to apply a “Quick Weave”. This post is highlighting a unique technique to applying machine wefted hair to a person’s head. This technique includes the use of glue and gel all in the same hair service. the steps to this method are:

1) Relax your hair or wash you hair if it is already natural straight or chemically straightened.

2) After wash, apply leave-in conditioner and wrap the wet hair around your head.

3) Seal the wrap with a thick layer of gel.

4) Sit under the dryer for 20-30 minutes until hair is dry and hard. This is now the prepared base for wefts.

5) Start attaaching wefts to the base with glue row by row until the head is covered.

6) Cut and style as desired.

Pro: You may achieve your desired final result much faster than a sewn in process.

Cons:

1) Gel is drying to the hair because it contains alcohol.

2) Your scalp will not be able to breathe or receive moisture which is vital to healthy hair growth.

3) You will not be able to cleanse your scalp, which can result in clogged pores and dandruff.

4) Your hair will smell terrible because the scalp is unable to sloth off  dead skin cells, salt  and sebum emissions and shed any dead hair strands from the day before.

5) It will not last as long as a sewn in weave. frequent  reattachment of  the wets with the use of glue can cause long term damage to the hair shaft.

6) Machine wefts are bulky and will still cause some apparent lumps in the hair.

In conclusion, your hair will not benefit  from the use of this method.  In order to get  great hair extension results, you must have a healthy base. Any sewn in or strand by strand method would be ideal.

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Published in: on 09/21/2009 at 6:15 PM  Leave a Comment  

Almond Oil towards Afro Control

Using almond oil in a natural, herbal conditioner to help with you afro texture hair. Almond oil seals the  cuticle layer of your curly tendrils. Sealing the cuticle layer encourages shine, creates softness, boost manageability and encourages growth. Below are the recipe and directions of use:

Almond Oil Conditioner

1 cup  rose floral water

1 tbs of jojoba oil

10 drops vitamin e oil

2 tbs of Almond oil

To make:

1)  Gently warm the rose water in the microwave.

2) Add the jojoba oil and almond oil.

3) pour mixture into a blender and add the vitamin E.

4) Blend at high speed for 2 minutes.

To use:

1) Wet hair with warm water.

2) Pour the conditioner onto your hair and scalp, massaging in thoroughly.

3) Leave onfor 10 minutes.

4) Rinse thoroughly with warm water.

5) Shampoo lightly and rinse again with cool water.

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Published in: on 01/18/2009 at 2:03 PM  Comments (9)  

Hair Spray is not so Harmful

All hair sprays contain alcohol and that can be very drying to hair. Subsequently that is its purpose. Hair Spray is used to freeze dry the hair. It closes the pores of the cuticle layers so the hair will not absorb any extra moisture from the environment. Curls will only fall during a humid day because hair strands absorbs the moisture from the environment and swell and become heavy. The  weight of the hair loosens your curls or weighs the hair down.

A great suggestion is to find a product that is contains a lower level of alcohol such as Clairol professional Sheer Mist. This product holds  style all day and protects hair from any weather condition. after using this product, the hair is touchable, flexible and shiny.

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Published in: on 01/05/2009 at 12:11 PM  Leave a Comment