Going to start this one off by saying this is not being written to downplay anyone’s artistry. Simply to offer an understanding of why a licensed artist is your best option.The reason artists are granted licenses is because they did two things. First they completed their education which entails all aspects of the beauty industry. It is no so glitzy to learn about diseases of the scalp, fungus on the toes or skin irregularities but none the less a necessity! Secondly the artist must apply for a state license and pass their state board test. This test entails a practical & written portion and lasts approximately 8 hours. If both parts are successfully completed a license is granted & required to be kept current for the duration of the technicians career. Maintaining a license means being held accountable for all procedures performed not only to clients but to the state. If an artist does not adhere to all health, safety, and sanitation regulations their liscensed can be suspended or revoked.
What does this matter to you? Everything!! Sanitation is key in preventing the spread of diseases. How do you feel about someone using a dirty brush on your hair? Toe separators from someone else’s feet? A lipstick that has touched a strangers lips? Maybe a foundation brush used on skin with open lesions? Disgusting, I know. An unlicensed artist has no social or state responsibility. They have no risk or care if they cause harm because they only report to themselves. Would you let a “doctor” who taught themselves how to perform surgery by watching Grey’s Anatomy & reading Wikipedia put you under the knife? Then why let an un-licensed artist play with your health .
Unite Go365 is seriously your next favorite hairspray.It has a three in one quality of going from light to firm hold with just the twist of a nozzle. The hairspray has three options light, medium, and heavy hold, they all work great. Go365 is practical for everyday use and a night out or special event. When used on the light setting it does a fantastic job taming minor frizz around the hairline, the firm setting can hold an up-do in place all night & medium hold is fantastic for men’s styling. Go365 is 100% vegan, paraben free, sodium chloride free & gluten-free and smells delicious! It does not leave any type of build up and is safe for all hair types including those with keratin/brazilian treated, chemically retexturized, colored, thick wavy, fine, etc. Simply move nozzle to desired setting, aim and spray about 8-12 inches away from hair. Professionally speaking its awesome to be able to have one go to spray instead of 3, helps de-clutter the styling station and is a necessity for on-location special events like weddings
Here are a few shots from African Fashion Week Los Angeles 2012. This was the debut of African Fashion Week in LA!! African fashion week has been in multipule cities such as New York, London and South Africa The inspiration for the models was a straight, sleek, shiny low slung ponytail.
Clip-in extensions are as amazing as they are easy to work with. They offer versatility without the commitment of other types of extensions such as sew-in tracks or bonded hair extensions, because you simply clip them in when you want a change for the day or night.
Tips on caring for your clip-in extensions
Here are a few tips to help you keep your clip-ins in optimal shape for better, easier styling and to increase the longevity of their life.
- Have them trimmed. The first step is to go to a hairdresser who is experienced with hair extensions and ask for a trim to blend the new hair in with your existing hair, it makes a world of difference!!
- Shampoo and condition the extensions every 5-10 wears depending on the amount of hair product usage and how quickly your natural oils are absorbed into the extensions. Before shampooing the extensions comb out all knots. Bunch all the extensions together and hold the top of the tracks (where the clips are for optimal control) While washing the extensions let the water run down the strands and constantly comb through with your fingers to avoid knots and tangles later. Rinse using cool water.
- Blot hair extensions, with a towel (don’t rub) and apply a light serum or detangler.
- Air-dry before combing!! Allowing your hair extensions to air-dry will save the hair from breakage. When hair is wet it stretches and will break much easier when combed
- Hang hair extensions from a drawer or similar object. This is my favorite tip, to help ease in styling extensions. It will give you both hands to work with which improves speed, versus trying to hold the extensions and style all at once.
- Easy on styling products. When curling or flat-ironing your extensions, you can use a working spray. Using heavy hold hairspray will make it extremely hard to comb through the extensions later, but if it’s a special occasion then by all means go for the gusto!
- Style ahead of time. It ‘s important to style clip-in hair extensions before putting them in your hair, as clipping them in first and then styling them will increase the probability of error. They can slip out as you pull and style your hair, loosening the initial grip of the clip-ins.
- Leave enough room. Make sure to leave out at least a half inch all the way around your hairline before clipping in extensions. Hair extensions are beautiful but you don’t want clips showing!
Take your time sectioning & clipping in your extensions and enjoy your new do!
False eyelashes are not just for special events anymore, they seem to be working their way into more & more everyday make-up routines. They add fullness, shape and definition to the eye area. Start by measuring the lash on you eyelid and trim any excess length. Some lashes are self adhesive, although most you have to add glue. Personally speaking even when dealing with self adhesive lashes I still add glue for added security & recommend using black glue, clear glue always seems to dry to a white color. Lash glue usually comes in tubes in which case you squeeze an even layer across the base of the lash. Others come in containers, you can dip a toothpick in there & line lash or make a tiny puddle & drag lash base through. Be warned!! Lash glue stains so if you drop it on any surface or clothing address that immediately. Let glue dry about 20 seconds until it gets some tackiness to it instead of just a wet feel. Begin applying from inner to outer eye along lash line NOT eyelid. Keep your eye closed and allow to dry completely (about 1-2 minutes) before opening your eye, this is crucial in securing the lash. Finish up with some eyeliner, possible some mascara and bat those lashes!!