Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Rapunzel....who does your hair?

As a young girl I had mixed feelings about my hair but one thing was certain...I hated how my mother styled it! lol Being a natural problem solver, I took on the responsibility of my hair care at 9.

Fast forward many years and 2 kids (girls) later, I've found products and methods that have aided in both me and my daughters hair growth. Check out this video showcasing the below products and methods to achieve these looks HERE

Important things to note:
* Hair reduction
*Curl pattern
*Hair texture

Important things to consider:
*Protective styles
*Hair breakage due to brushing/combing straightening
*Hair damage by over blow drying
*Product usage damaging hair

Things to help:
*Saturate hair with generic conditioner and detangle
*Shampoo in sections
*Braid hair and let air dry
*Be patient
*Be consistent

Some Great Products
*Dudley's The Shampoo, moisturizing shampoo and conditioner
*Dudley's creme press
*Dudley's setting lotion
*Generic conditioner
*Redkin Anti snap
*Design Essentials natural care line

When straightening my hair and my girls I only pass once with the flat iron. This helped to avoid scorching of the hair and split ends. One slow controlled pass should get most hair types pretty straight.

Do you have any hair tricks or products you'd like to share? We'd love to hear them!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

An Experience to Remember!!! Petra Alexandra Inc.

Brows Brows Brows!!! That was the focus for my 2011 visit to New York City. And what better place to go than Petra Alexandra Inc? I'm sure many of you are just as curious as I was to see "what is going on over there exactly?" I must admit I had been on a bit of a hiatus from taking makeup classes. I didn't feel that I was getting the results in information that would reward me with what I truly wanted.....being a great artist. There are plenty of ok or simply good artist getting all kinds of work but what I want most is to be great at what I do, doing it where I can. When I came across Petra Alexandra Inc, I immediately thought "I've found a gem" and had to see for myself.

This post will be very long and detailed as I want you to get a feel of my Experience. You may skip to the end after the astrics *** for photos.

I arrived at her home studio feeling anxious, nervous and relived as I had one of the most bizarre cab rides ever which resulted in the cabby getting a ticket. (Long story short won't go there) Many questions raced
through my mind as I pressed the bell. How would I be received?, Is she as stern as her facebook
page would suggest?, and would we get along?
After the door opened, I was greeted by a smiling face not that of Ms. Evelyn but of the model for the day Cassie. She would show me up the stairs through the narrow hallway adorned with the most amazing photos. It was full of magazine clippings and personal photos of Ms. Evelyn's work. I was quite impressed with the arrangement.

I changed my shoes to socks and
could hear a voice coming from the rear of the space saying "My dear I have slippers for you should you need them and be sure to wash your hands." I placed my bags in the back room and
complied. I was soon after greeted with a hug and a smile from Ms. Evelyn. She was wearing a lovely black floor length tunic that looked quite fashionable and comfortable with bangles for days. We then entered the front room that has the most interesting decoration. Everything looks as if it has been hand picked around the world to be placed in it's particular spot. The walls had scripture hand written in different areas and it was difficult not to get some knowledge any way you turned.

************ON TO MY ACTUAL CLASS**************
You will have to excuse me as I become a little less descriptive.
You see while attending Petra Alexandra you must come with an open mind, wide eyes and
sealed lips.
I honestly don't recall how long we sat and reviewed great brows and not so great brows but after the session I felt confident identifying problem areas and where to correct. This was
BEFORE I even touched the model. We would next get hands on with the first model of the day. She used very interesting tools to sculpt the brows and execute brow replacement. (that's all I'll say about that) Under the instruction of Ms. Evelyn check out one of the finished looks.-------->Brows are no longer simple as 1-2-3. Precision and detail are a must! I learned how to tweeze, thread, bleach and replace a brow properly and how could I

forget.......execute a wet brow!

We finished up on individual eyelash placement. Ms. Evelyn had to remind me to "Just do it". Sometimes I get lost in thought and over think things but hey it's a character flaw I'm working on. lol The entire day was breezing by (and some of the evening) when I realized the stern Ms. Evelyn from facebook was no where to be found all day. She was quite entertaining and a pleasure to be around!

During my Lesson I had 2 special vistors, Hadiiyah Barbel and Janell Hickman. They both gave wonderful inside information on how the industry works and how you should be presenting yourself while on set.

After my class was all over she invited me back to meet another one of her students Shalonda Wooten. Here is a collage of photos I took while she completed one of her classes.
I had the best time while at her school and plan to finish the rest of her course. I learned so much and can't wait to get back!

Was this post helpful for those of you who have never been to Petra Alexandra for classes? Did you get a good sneak peak in? What did you think?

You can visit her website at or her style seat to check her availability and updates on additional classes.