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5 of The Biggest Hair Myths

Posted by HenJa' on July 5, 2012 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

1. Frequent trims make your hair grow faster

Cutting the ends of your hair doesn't affect the follicles in your scalp, which determines how fast and how much your hair grows. Hair grows an average of a quarter-inch every month - whether or not you cut it. Regular trims have the tendency to make your hair appear a little longer. Getting rid of split ends reduces hair breakage, and breakage is what makes hair look thinner at the ends, and shorter. Every 8 to 12 weeks, ask your stylist to take off the minimum necessary to eliminate split ends.


2. If you always use the same shampoo, eventually it will stop working

You don't need to practice shampoo rotation to keep your hair clean. But, if you've recently started coloring your hair or increased your use of hot tools, it might be a good idea to switch to a more moisturizing shampoo. (visit the SHOP tab to purchase great priducts that leave your hair smelling, looking, and feeling, good)


3. A cold water rinse makes your hair shinier

Hairstylist use cool water to close your cuticles so that its flat, not ruffled and dull looking. Use conditioners and stylist products that contain silicones and oils to smooth the cuticle. And limit damage to your hair from straightening treatments, hot tools, and frequent dyeing.


4. For healthy hair, brush 100 strokes a day

You've probably heard that brushing your hair will help distribute the natural oils from your scalp to add shine to your hair. Brushing causes friction to your hair, leading to cuticle damage and breakage, which makes hair lusterless and frizzy. Brush your hair as minimal as possible and use the right tools - a wide toothed comb or paddle brush.


5. If you shampoo less often, your scalp will gradually produce less oil

No matter how frequently you shampoo, your scalp produces the same amount of oil. Cutting back on shampooing will have no effect on your sebaceous glands; genetics and hormones determine the amount of oil they produce. But, lack of shampooing for long periods of time will cause dirt and oil to accumulate on your scalp and hair follicles, and could cause inflammation and irritation that might stunt hair growth.

Hair Tricks that Make You Look 7 Years Younger

Posted by HenJa' on June 15, 2012 at 2:20 AM Comments comments (0)


1. Adding bangs can disguise forehead wrinkles. They also make your hair appear fuller, which helps deflect from thinning.

2. Shape up your cut. The difference between a haircut that’s aging and one that’s age-defying comes down to layers. Without them, hair does not move — and nothing makes you seem older than stiff hair.

3. Embrace your texture. A cut that is shoulder-length or shorter is the most youthful.

4. Youth-ify your ponytail. Slicked-back styles put every pore and fine line on full display. Instead of using a brush, take your fingers to rake your hair back into a ponytail or bun, which creates soft ripples and a slightly fuzzy finish that’s relaxed and sexy

5.Get your shine on. Glossy hair is a symbol of youth and vitality. Pick up a bottle of Moroccanoil Treatment or Glimmer Shine to help achieve this goal.

6.Stay to one side. A center part can make you look severe. Shift your part to the side and make it slightly zigzaggy, which creates an effortless look that hides grays and roots.

 


 


Weave 101 - The Truth Behind It All

Posted by HenJa' on June 9, 2012 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (42)

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Weave 101 - The TRUTH Behind It All

 

I'm finding that a lot of people are misinformed on what is good weave and what is bad weave. You have Yaki Hair, "Human" Hair, Synthetic Hair, "Virgin" Remy, and Virgin Indian, Peruvian, Brazilian, Malaysian and SO much more from other countries. 

 

The first 4 hairs that I named are BAD Weave. Yaki hair comes from the Yak animal (sheep, horse, etc), "human" hair is a blend of animal hairs and "human" hair, synthetic hair is a form of plastic blended with hair, and "virgin" Remy is everything BUT virgin! None of these hairs come for a real person that is a hair donor.

 

The term VIRGIN means non processed, non - chemicalized (I made that word up lol) , and in its natural state. "VIRGIN REMY" for example, is bought in a PACK with a COLOR (ie 1B, 2, 4, etc) so how can that even be considered VIRGIN? THINK ABOUT IT!  On average a person will spend about $85+ a pack on Remy and throw it away after 2-4 months. IT'S A WASTE OF YOUR MONEY AND YOUR TIME! 

 

I sell virgin hair and the lowest price is $65 for a 12" & 14". This hair can be REUSED for up to a YEAR and sometimes MORE if you take good care of it like its your own. So let's do a little math. On average, a person will buy 2 packs of Remy totaling $170 before taxes. After taxes it'll be around $185. People that spend THAT much money on remy hair, I've noticed will keep their sew-in in for 3-4 months (which is TOTALLY UNEXCEPTABLE!) then throw the hair away and buy new hair. So, if you take $185 x 4 for an entire years worth of weave, the lowest a person will spend is $740, and that's not including the installation. 

 

Now, with TRUE virgin hair, you are able to color the hair whateverrrrrr color you want, creating a better blend between your hair and the virgin hair. The QUALITY is so much better. You can buy wavy hair and wear it wavy or flat iron it, or curl it. Virgin hair is supposed to be JUST LIKE IT'S YOUR HAIR. Like I stated before, the lowest amount is $65 for a 12" & 14" In virgin hair. If I were to buy 2 bundles of hair for a partial sew-in it would only cost me $130. (most the time vendors that sell Virgin hair do not tax b/c it is included in the price). So already the price is $50 cheaper than the "virgin Remy". This hair will last for up to a year and sometimes longer. Meaning, you would NOT HAVE TO PURCHASE ANYYYYYMORE HAIR FOR THE YEAR. As opposed to the $740 spent on Remy per year. That's a $610 difference! 

 

Typically, I shampoo my hair with my virgin hair in once a week. (it doesn't damage the hair or change the state). And I redo my sew-ins every month and a half because my hair grows fast. No one should keep a sew-in in LONGER THAN 2 months. You need to remove the hair and braids to truly cleanse your hair and scalp so that your pores are NOT being clogged. 

 

Virgin hair comes by the bundle, which means it is not in a package like the hair store sells and can not be bought out of a hair store, NO MATTER WHAT A PERSON TELLS YOU. Once again, IT CAN NOT BE BOUGHT OUT OF A HAIR STORE. Each bundle can range from 2-4 oz. Usually 6-8 ounces are needed for a sew-in depending on HOW much of your hair you are leaving out and the length of the weave you are purchasing. The longer the weave, the more bundles you will need to create fullness. 

 

TRUE Virgin hair is an investment. Be kind to your head and purchase the best that you can for it. All in all, you may end up spending more at once on virgin hair then you would in Remy (if you are looking for a longer inch), but in the long run it will save you money.

 

When you purchase a GOOD QUALITY type of hair, you need a person that does a GREAT QUALITY SEW-IN! There's nothing worse than good weave with a terrible sew-in. CHEAP IS NOT ALWAYS BETTER and can be very damaging to your hair under the sew-in if installed incorrectly. 

 

Remember, If it doesn't come in a BUNDLE, you're wasting your money. 

 

If you have more questions about virgin hair please comment on this blog and I will respond to you within a timely manner :). 

 

And if you are interested in purchasing virgin hair, click on the SHOP tab above and purchase from me.


Question - Allison

Posted by HenJa' on June 8, 2012 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Question: What kind of hair dye do you use on virgin Brazilian hair, to darken it to black or achieve a chestnut brown color??? I heard certain dyes may dry the hair out.

 


Answer: I'm a professional so I only use professional lines. But, before I became a professional I used Clairol (can be purchased at Sally's). Be sure to find a liquid color with soy. 

 

Although my true recommendation would be to have a professional color it so that it's done properly & isn't detrimental to the quality of the hair. 

 

There's so much more to the chemistry of achieving a color than just picking one, slapping it on, and receiving the outcome that you see on a swatch or box. 


Color It up For The Summer

Posted by HenJa' on May 29, 2012 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Summer time is officially almost here, and I know if I'm seeing LOTS of blondes and reds around Atlanta, they've got to be everywhere.

 

When going blonde, be sure to have a professional do it. Not every hair stylist is a "professional". Anyone can go to school, and pass a test for a license; it doesn't mean they passionately love their craft and try to perfect it. So randomly picking a person and going to them for the first time for a color is not your best bet when it comes to blonde.

 

I can tell you from first hand experience that I have learned from my cosmetologist mentor that blonde can be achieved WITHOUT BLEACH! I've used it on 3 of my clients so far, two wanted highlights and another wanted her weave more of a honey blonde color.

 

The method is a simple professional color and it can not be purchased by a person without a license and should not be performed by a person without a license.

 

If you were to go to a stylist today and ask for blonde without bleach, about 95% of them would tell you that it is not possible. Consider my knowledge of coloring hair RARE :). I'm all about healthy hair and having fun while maintaining that state. And it's so easy to have blonde hair, and have it be healthy and not fall out.

 

Sorry, but I will not share the exact line that I use (that's like giving away a secret to my most willing powers lol). So come see me in Atlanta for an amazing hair experience :).

 

Also, if you have virgin hair that you would like to have colored blonde, send me an email for pricing --> [email protected]

Transitioning or Stretching

Posted by HenJa' on April 12, 2012 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Recently had someone ask me of styles they could wear to stretch out their relaxer.


You have some people that are addicted to creamy crack (relaxers), those that want to transition (natural), and those that are relaxed and want to stretch out the length in between each retouch. The 6-8 weeks is a time frame that is given for retouches, it can be longer if you take care of your hair.

Here are a few styles that you can use to help with either process.

Twists

Twists are great styles that can be used for both natural and relaxed hair. If done properly, it can serve as one of many protective style. There are far more people out there that braid hair incorrectly than there are that do it correctly. Note: when doing flat twist, proceed on damp hair


Braid Outs

Braids are an easy way to stretch out the time length of a relaxer or for a transition. When finding a braider, don't just hire anyone. Be sure they do not braid too tightly so that your edges are protected.


Bantu Knots

These are usually used for natural hair, but do well on relaxed hair as well. You can choose to wear the knots or let them down creating a curl pattern of your choice. (Pattern determined by size of knot). To hold knots into place, you can wrap the hair around the knot, use bobby pins or elastic bands.


Buns

Buns are the easiest fix. Be sure to use an elastic bow and not to pull the hair too tightly, as this can cause breakage. You can choose to have a messy bun, chignon, or a clean bun. If you find that your hair is not tacked down enough to your expectations, use a headband or scarf to jazz up the style.



Wet Set

Rods or roller sets can get the job done. Rods will do better because you will be able to create a curl pattern of any size, even one similar to your new grow/natural hair.


(All photos found on google.com)

How To Match Your Hair Color & Clothing!

Posted by HenJa' on April 11, 2012 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Not only does your hair accent an astonishing outfit you just put together, but the color of your hair can make it POP even more. Many don't know the complimentary colors on the color wheel. They are as follows: Orange/Blue, Red/Green, and Yellow/Indigo(purple). Although the complimentary wheel can only apply to about one hair color, it is useful to know when wearing that perfect outfit.


Red Heads

Being the green is the complimentary color for red, red heads should look towards wearing more greens. the lighter the shade of your hair, the lighter the green clothing should be. Be weary of wearing red shirts with red hair, a clash may come about! If you are so inclined to wear red with red hair, wear the red as far away from your hair as possible.

Other colors that compliment red hair: Natural and earth tones such as beiges, browns, camel, dark and olive greens, orange reds and gold.


Brunette & Black Hair

Just because your hair is dark, doesn't mean you have to be too. Liven up your appearance and spirit with these colors: cool reds, hot pink, black, pure white, turquoise, royal blue, fuchsia, cool pastel colors, bright yellow, bright red.


Blonde Hair

Being a blonde has its perks; as well as its jokes. But, this is the hair that combines with the perfect combination of colors! You can go dark or be bright. Here are the colors: chocolate brown, camel, gentle earth tones, orange, peaches, navy, bright greens


Reasons Why You SHOULDN'T Cut Your Own Hair At Home

Posted by HenJa' on March 29, 2012 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (0)

I know that a lot of people feel that when they go to the salon and spend all of this money on a haircut, they believe they can actually do it themselves at home. But that's far from true. Even as a professional master cosmetologist, I at first found it hard to cut my own hair; even while knowing the proper steps. (By the way, I know how to cut my own hair now lol) People that cut their hair at home tend to cut more of their hair off frequently since it's done incorrectly and each time they only take a snip off.


There's so much more to a haircut than just CUTTING. You deal with angles, diameter, texture of the hair, and you also need to know exactly HOW MUCH to cut off. People that know nothing about hair (professionally) do not know how to tell exactly how much of their hair NEEDS to be cut off. A lot of times a person cutting their own hair will only cut off a dust of hair when so much more is needed to be cut off. 


What I'm here to help you understand is that although you may THINK you just helped your hair by "cutting" it, you actually just harmed and damaged your hair even more. 


First things first, NEVER USE SCISSORS to cut your hair. Any split ends you have will only become more split. Shears (they cost so much more than the shears the Beauty Supply stores, Wal Mart or anyone else could possibly try to sell you) are what you need to cut your hair. They should be SHARP and not DULL. They will NOT look like your ordinary scissors you see at home.


Secondly, all hair texture is different. Some hair can be cut while wet, some can be cut while dry. The way you wear your hair (natural, curly, or straightened) also plays a role in how you cut your hair.


Thirdly, when it all goes wrong at home, you have to go to the salon and have it cut and corrected; thus losing MORE hair than you would have if you would have let a professional do it.


I highly recommend that you let a professional cut your hair with the PROPER tools off grip. Do your research, there are a lot of people that are scissor happy (It's happened to me before) and there are also a lot of people that have a license to do hair and still do not know what they are doing. Never be afraid to ask questions or ask for pictures of their work. It's YOUR money, you have a right to know. 


These are NO-NO's


Did You Miss Me?!

Posted by HenJa' on March 29, 2012 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Hey Guys!


I've been busy working hard. My license FINALLY came in the mail; so I was super excited about that. Another thing I'm excited about is I'm going to New York for the IBS New York Hair Show on April 21st :D. I'm really looking forward to learning new techniques and bringing them back to Atlanta and some on my blog to help with your at home needs :). I will definitely keep you all posted and share pics throughout that trip.

Sugar Facial

Posted by HenJa' on March 14, 2012 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

It may seem weird, or even like there's more to it; but all you need for a sugar facial is sugar, and water.


I tried this facial yesterday because my skin felt dry. All i did was got 2 tablespoons of water, warmed it up, put in 3 tablespoons of sugar and stirred it. (If it doesnt dissolve completely, put water with sugar into microwave to create a paste) After leaving it on for a few minutes, I took a warm washcloth and put it on my face, left it for a few secs, then wiped it off.


Not only did I feel a difference in my face, but, I also learned that the sugar by itsself can be a lip softener. Just put it on your lips and rub together to eleviate the present dead skin which is causing your lips to appear rough.


Hows that for a $2 or less pamper session? :)

Jeffery Campbell

Posted by HenJa' on March 5, 2012 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (0)

One of my FAVORITE shoe lines is by the one and only Jeffery Campbell. I have long discovered him and first discovered him via Urban Outfitters. Here are some of his stylish shoes that are in as off this season.



Mostly all of these shoes are currently on the UrbanOutfitters website under Shoes>>Jeffery Campbell

Ways To Know Your Hair Is Damaged

Posted by HenJa' on March 5, 2012 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (2)

So after working in the salon this week, I noticed a new client had really damaged hair. She hadn’t been to a salon in over a year, which means she hasn’t had her hair trimmed or cut PROPERLY. Cutting or trimming your hair at home with scissors is the IMPROPER way to handle your split and dead ends. You will creat more of a problem than actually handling the problem.

 

What I wanted to do to help you all out (especially those who do not go to a salon to receive the proper treatment) is to explain to you the ways to recognize your hair is damaged.

 

1. Excessive breakage

2. Hard to comb through

3. Tangled at the ends

4. Frizzy

5. Rough Texture

6. Overly Porous

7. Dry and Brittle

8. Becomes spongy and matted when wet

9. Color fades or absorbs too rapidly (Please stop all color chemicals)


 

 

And here are ways to handle and prevent damaged hair

 

1. Cut all damaged hair from head

2. Deep condition weekly

3. Hydrate your hair (via hydrating mask or hydrator steamer)

4. Use less heat

5. Let hair air dry sometimes

6. Use natural oils to moisturize hair

7. Use leave-in conditioners particularly on the ends of hair after each shampoo

 

I highly recommend that you go to a professional to treat your hair and learn the proper steps to gradually being able to maintain your hair on your own.

Six Stylish Wedge Sneakers That Are a Step Above the Basic Athletic Footwear

Posted by HenJa' on February 29, 2012 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)
Not your ordinary wedge sneakers! FAR from those fake Jordan heels. These are actually stylish and allow you to be cute yet sporty :) 


Designs by Stephene Bowie



Ash by Gin Smog



Marc by Marc Jacobs



Nine West Perri Wedge 

ASH by Madonna

Cool Cat by Gianni Bini


Referral System

Posted by HenJa' on February 29, 2012 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

We ALL love DISCOUNTED and FREE things, now don't we? What I have going on now and continuously is a referal system.


If you refer 3 clients to me you will receive 50% off of a Wash/set or Wash/style, Manicure, or Deep conditioner (hydrate with a hydrating mask). If you refer 5 clients to me (without using your 3 client referal discount) you will receive either of the listed above for FREE.


Help me and I'll be sure to help you :). Have a happy hair day!

Creamy Crack [Update]

Posted by HenJa' on February 28, 2012 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)

I discovered this creamy crack a while ago; and NO it isnt a relaxer!


It's actually a hydrating mask derived from Moroccan Argan Trees, it smells wonderful and leaves the hair so silky, shiny and looking full of life. It's great for people who are suffering from breakage and dry hair. I've used it every week since discovering it, I've also used it on my female AND male clients; they too seem to love it.


What this mask actually does is hydrates and restores hair's natural moisture balance. It helps restructure the hair's protective film to shield it from damage and helps repair dry, damaged hair leaving it smooth, shiny and manageable with renewed elasticity.


And the best thing about it; NO HEAT IS NEEDED!

The reviews I've received from this product have all been good ones! I use this on my hair when I sit under the hydrater (steamer), it's great.


Order your bottle today from here

Customized Clip-Ins

Posted by HenJa' on February 28, 2012 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Hey Ladies :D. 

I'm advertising HARD on my customized clip-ins (handmade by me). Many ladies don't like sew-ins, dont want their hair to look fake, or just plain out don't want to spend the money on a sew-in. Have no fear!! HenJa's cutomized clip-ins are here!!


With each order of clip-ins you will receive 5 double weft rows of VIRGIN INDIAN hair (more than enough to fill a complete head). Now these virgin clip-ins do not come in a specific color; as they are listed as virgin. If you would like to receive a specific color, add in the comment box when paying the specific color you would like (I only accept PayPal. It is the safeiest way for both you and I, and it automatically givces you proof for your records that you purchased your clipins through HenJa Designs)


*Prices upon request*


BEFORE AFTER


Heres a photo of before my clip-ins, and 5 mins after my clip-ins. 

If you have any questions contact [email protected]

Oscars 2012

Posted by HenJa' on February 27, 2012 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Ok so, I looked at the Oscars red carpet last night ............. I didn't really see much that I absolutely LOVED, but I did see a few :); and of course there are always individuals that go unseen. So here's what we have.

This was my abosolute FAVORITE of the night. Pastel colors are back this spring. This earth tone color flows perfectly with Maria  Menounos' skin complexion. The long and flowiness of the dress at that extra bang. Her hair is pinned up into a bun; thus giving the dress all of the attention and causing it to be the focal point. (Green dresses on the red carpet will ALWAYS pop being that the two colors compliment one another.)

My second favorite was a yellow and black dress worn by Nancy O'Dell. I liked this dress because it was bright and different than any other dress on the red carpet; it included prints and small pleats! The prints remind me of an Indian ensemble giving just enough and not too much. Once again, the hair is pulled back into a bun with a little volume in the front of the hair to add an illusion.


Penelope Cruz wins the best hair style; in my opinion. She rocked a wavey chignon bob like no OTHER. Neatly tucked adding a vintage hollywood look.

Sew-In Photos

Posted by HenJa' on February 25, 2012 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Here are photos of BEFORE my sew-in and AFTER. For the full Sew-In blog click here


Before (June 2011)

After (January 2012)


I highly recommend anyone that is looking to grow their hair out to try a sew-in out.

Visit my HD Hair page for Hair Installation prices

Natural Style Response

Posted by HenJa' on February 25, 2012 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (2)

Hey ladies :). I've been MIA once again because I was studying to get my license in cosmetology, and I passed :). 


So anyways, I just got invited to this wonderful group on Facebook for natural haired women, and one particular person asked for a few natural styles. This invididual has dreadlocks so I'll post a few ideas that could be put into consideration for spunking up dreads :).


Dread lock wavy bob

This is a really cute and simple way to give your dreads that edgy look. I reccommend all haircuts be done by a professional with the correct shears.


Spiral Dreads

If you aren't looked to cut your hair into a style, you can always rod your hair up or twist into knots for a short style effect

Dread Up-Do

There are manyyyyyyyy different updos that you can do with your dread locks. From styles like this to a mohawk to a personalized self- inspired up-do/

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I have found that throwing braids or two strand twists to any kind of hair is a easy way to spruce up any style :)


For others that are natural without dreads and are looking for different hairstyles other than the natural wet and go, here are a few:

Big Twists

This is simple. All you need to do is put about 4-8 twists (depending on the density of your hair)  in your hair while wet, let it either air dry or sit under the dryer and you will have a larger curl/wave effect.

If you don't like your hair as large, gently pin back one side for the one sided effect.


Two Strand Twist

This gives you a "dread" effect without the locks.

Perm Rods

These rods come in many sizes. You can go for a very tight curl (blue) or a medium sized curl (pink). This hairstyle will typically last you for 2 weeks if done at a salon properly.

Cornrow Let out

This is me :D. This picture is over a year old. I went through an epidemic where I wanted curly hair. So, what I did was cornrowed my hair with 4 braids, sat under the dryer and wah-la! My hair is UBERLY thick and this is the outcome with 4 braids. Everyone's hair is different, so just play around and find out what works for you :)


If you have any more questions, please comment and ask or email [email protected]

Spring 2012 Nail Color Must Haves

Posted by HenJa' on February 20, 2012 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Pearlized Purple
Creamy Neutral w/ slight yellowish tint
Stark White (closer to a light grey)
Dewy Green (soft minty)
Pink Glitter
Black Glitter
Orange
OPI Kardashian Kolor
Greyish Purple
Limelight
Signature Red by Nicole
Pretty Pink
Grey Polish with small glitter
Pollen

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