Lock Loops – Perfect For Rolling Long Locs

Lock Loops - Perfect For Rolling Long Locs

Check out this easy to use foam rolling tool. While it is designed for use on all hair types they are perfect for rolling long locs. I have tried a similar product, the only difference is the notches where missing. I love the tightness of the curl and how long my curls last, but I do not like how the roller can sometimes come out of the hole. These rollers are super easy to sleep in – much more comfortable than those hard perm rods. Ouch! I suspect Lock Loops will be easier to use because the notches prevent the roller from sliding out of the hole. I can’t wait to place and order and confirm what I already think. See for yourself. http://www.lockloops.com

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Generalist or Specialist?

When it comes to a professional to take care of your natural hair or loc tresses, would you rather see a generalist or a natural hair specialist?
** Note: A generalist may work on chemically treated hair also (including braids with extensions) and has general knowledge of natural hair. A natural hair specialist has a broad understanding of and works exclusively with natural hair, including locs.

So far, 80% of those polled said they would rather see a specialist. 6% said they do not mind seeing a generalist, while 3% said it does not matter at all, they just want their hair done. Which would you rather?


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What Ingredients Are In Your Products?

Ingredients: Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamide DEA, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate. What in the world is that??!

When it comes to beauty and hair products it is important to know what ingredients are actually in the product and how they might affect you. The books below offer a great deal of invaluable information about cosmetic ingredients. Purchase them from a bookstore, nookstore, or online retailer. You can also visit your local library to see if they are in circulation and check one or all of them out. Once you get a cosmetic dictionary take a look at the products you use and see what they are made of.  You might be surprised.

A Consumer's Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients, 7th Edition by Ruth Winter: Book Cover Milady's Skin Care and Cosmetic Ingredients Dictionary by Natalia Michalun: Book Cover Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me by Paula Begoun: Book Cover


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This course is for CURRENT professional hair braiders and natural hair specialists who need to obtain their NC State Board license before June 30, 2011. The course will prepare participants for the practical and written examinations. Click the flyer above for details!

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Important Red Flags To Look Out For When Selecting A Natural Hair or Hair Braiding Salon

RED FLAGS In Natural Hair or Hair Braiding Salons

With contamination exposure, disregard for sanitation practices, potential for and obvious hair loss, and a plethora of other unknown dangers at an all-time high, consumers of natural hair care and hair-braiding services must be aware of the many blatant “red flags”.

  1. Red Flag 1: Natural hair stylist or loctician who does not have natural hair.
  2. Red Flag 2: Natural hair stylist or loctician who works on chemically treated hair.
  3. Red Flag 3: Natural hair stylist or loctician who is not informed about product usage and refers you to Beauty World or a similar supply store for products.
  4. Red Flag 4: Natural hair stylist or loctician who insists that, “Your hair will hold better if I use the latch hook”.
  5. Red Flag 5: Hair braider who poses as a Natural hair stylist or loctician. There is a major difference between these services. Refer to #’s 1-3.
  6. Red Flag 6: Natural hair stylist or loctician who does not know or care that Jamaican Mango Lime, Loc Butter, Beeswax, Loc Gel, and all the others will surely build up in your locs. Ladies and gentlemen, YOU DO NOT NEED PRODUCTS TO TWIST IN YOUR LOCS IN ORDER FOR THEM TO LOC.
  7. Red Flag 7: Natural hair stylist or loctician who does not recognize the damaging effects of using the latch hook on traditional locs. Hear me clearly, THE LATCH HOOK AND HAND INTERLOCKING METHODS OF RETIGHTENING LOCS THINS OUT YOUR ROOT BEDS AND CREATES WEAK SPOT WITHIN YOUR LOCS!
  8. Red Flag 8: Natural hair stylist or loctician who uses products that are definitely OFF LIMITS for natural hair wearers: oil sheen, thick grease, alcohol-based gels and other products, baby shampoo, products geared toward relaxed hair (yes, even the salon-grade products), and texturizers.
  9. Red Flag 9: (A) Natural hair stylist or loctician who claims they can loosen up your hair texture by giving you a texturizer. Ladies listen, a texturizer is about the same as getting a relaxer, it is just not left on as long. Once it grows out, you will need a big chop again because of your straight ends. (B) Natural hair stylist who insists that your hair will return to a natural state if you get it pressed. More than likely, when you wash your hair you will be left with some straight ends. Natural hair styles do not hold well or look the same with straight ends.
  10. Red Flag 10: Natural hair stylist, loctician, or hair braider whose technique places too much tension on your head, roots, and hair. Tension-stressed roots break.
  11. Red Flag 11: Natural hair stylist, loctician, or hair braider who does not wash your hair before starting the service. Some will allow you to wash it at home. Question: how can they ensure your hair has been properly cleaned or that the right products have been used for your particular hair and scalp needs?
  12. Red Flag 12: Natural hair stylist, loctician, or hair braider who does not use gloves when shampooing. Gloves are necessary to prevent germs being passed from the fingernails to your scalp and vice versa.
  13. Red Flag 13: (A) Natural hair stylist, loctician, or hair braider who does not properly clean the shampoo bowl between clients. Look at the bowl and especially at the neck area, ughhh. (B) A stylist who does not use a neck strip first before placing the cape around your neck. A fresh neck strip should be used on each client before draping the client.
  14. Red Flag 14: Hair and other debris on the floor at or around the styling area. Excess hair should be swept up between clients.
  15. Red Flag 15: Dirty combs, brushes, and other tools. These tools must only be used once per client before disinfecting and sanitizing.
  16. Red Flag 16: Natural hair stylist, loctician, or hair braider who uses the same hair clips on each client without ever or hardly ever disinfecting and sanitizing them. Clips should be used once per client then placed to the side to be disinfected and sanitized before their next use.
  17. Red Flag 17: Natural hair stylist, loctician, or hair braider who believes that one shampoo brand is a dominate solution for all hair and scalp issues. Some scalp issues require an anti-dandruff shampoo, while others require prescription strength.
  18. Red Flag 18: Natural hair stylist, loctician, or hair braider who has not had any formal natural hair care training. If they had #’s 1-17 may not be dominate issues.
  19. Red Flag 19: Natural hair stylist, loctician, or hair braider who is unwilling or lacks desire to learn new skills and techniques. Continuing education is imperative.
  20. Red Flag 20: Natural hair stylist, loctician, or hair braider who overbooks clients. This is a guarantee that the service (mediocre or worse) is only for the dollar bill.

Would you like to add to this comprehensive list? Please leave your comment below. I am certain that others have experienced similar or worse red flags.

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SMH, No One On The Board Is Listening.!*?

Hello Again,

In reviewing the natural hair practical examination I see that the bonded method has been omitted. I do not see however, where any testing of Afro maintenance and styles or loc styles, proper sizing and maintenance have been added. Again, this is not about modifying House Bill 291.

What has been the discussion amongst the committee? Does the Board feel that these areas are not relevant to natural hair care? If so, that is a grave mistake and a conscience oversight by the Board. It is obvious that the Board’s reliance on other sources of information yields a misunderstanding of the actual core components (concerning natural hair care) verses the assumed core components of natural hair care. It is quite possible that the NIC also assumes, like the NC Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners, that natural hair care only consists of extensions (of any and all kinds); a grave oversight for both parties indeed. Natural hair care encompasses a gamut of styles and techniques and those core techniques need to be tested upon, as many African Americans are returning to their natural roots, without the use of chemicals, excessive heat, or abrasive extensions. As I stated earlier, many are looking for green hair alternatives (natural hair care) without the use of chemicals, heat, or extensions, please understand that.
I find it amazing, yet tragic, that no one with a natural hair background or a desire to learn more about natural hair sits on a board or acts in an official (appointed) advisory capacity to assist or consult with the Board in sanctioning, understanding, or governing natural hair care. This is an important issue that I will discuss with the Representatives and sponsors of House Bill 291 and really get involved in the political process from this point forward. It is imperative that someone understands the relevance, supports, and speaks up for natural hair practitioners in NC. Again, we are asked to comply, but we do not have a voice, a union, or any support. Rules are made on our behalf without our input. Just seeing the influx of clients, both young and old, coming to my salon with broken hair, weak locs, thin Afro hair, damaged edges and hairlines, and concerned with their 4-year old’s virgin hair, I can tell you that proper Afro/loc evolution, maintenance, and care are a high priority among loc/Afro wearers. There is a gamut of natural hair care and loc discussion that has not been included in the practical testing material. I can only assume that it will be up to those who are really concerned with the proper starting of and maintenance of loc/Afro hair to pass on the good word and education. We cannot assume that the Board has the same concern or intention.




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The Masses Love Natural Roots by Jey™, but There Is Only One Original!

Natural Roots by Jey has skyrocketed to the top in more ways than one. Consequently, it seems that everyone LOVES the two words together “Natural and Roots”. When I first started my business I did the proper research to ensure that no one else was using the name. That was in 2005. Apparently, the phrase “Natural Roots” as resonated among a lot of hair stylists nationwide. Since 2005 I have seen the words “Natural Roots” interchangeably used among several natural hair salons. Wow! I should be flattered, but I am not.

When I created the name, I thought about words that would specifically define my purpose for the business. I came up with Natural Roots by Jey. Natural, because it means to be produced by nature, rather than being artificial or created by people; and Roots because it means the fundamental cause, basis, or essence of something or the source from which something derives. Thoughtful, careful planning and insight birthed Natural Roots by Jey.

During my journey I have had a couple of local stylist infringe on my trademark by essentially copying my name and my tagline and interchangeably using them as their own. But what is more mind blowing is that there are a number of salons in other states using “Natural Roots” in their salon name also. Wow! I knew that I was creating something great for my own legacy, but I never anticipated that others would jump on the bandwagon and assume the SAME name.

One local salon wanted to call itself “Roots Natural”, while another local stylist really liked my tagline, enough so that she tagged her service as, “The Triangle’s premier natural hair salon”. To make matters worse, I knew each salon owner/stylist, one prior to and one during Natural Roots by Jey’s evolution, and they were well aware of my business. Wow, again, I should be flattered, but I’m shaking my head at the lack of business etiquette and research when it comes to some African-American owned businesses. There seems to be an echoed thought, “if it sounds good and works for me, then I should have it too”.

If business owners would take the time out to do the proper research and take some basic business courses, it would eliminate duplication of business names, taglines, and other mishaps.

To make matters worse, now there are other natural hair salons popping up in other states with the same or a portion of the title. Apparently the masses love “Natural Roots” and they recognize its significance.

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