The New 'Texture Release' System By Avlon

Avlon Industries (makers of Keracare, Avlon and As I am hair ) recently launched their Texture Release application system in the market. This system is an amino acid based strengthening system which is thermally activated - much like a few others that are already on the market and which I've blogged about, here and here.

On the Avlon page, it says the Texture Release System:

'Is heat activated with amino acids and conditioning agents which goes deep into the hair's fibers to enable styling versatility. This allows the client to have optional textural change with increased combing manageability.This system was formulated for excessively curly hair that needs moisture and conditioners with special attention to the scalp'

You can read more here.

The main difference between this and most of the others ones that I've seen and used is that this system has a deep conditioning step which is missing from other brand's systems. This I really like because it is always advisable to get a deep condition before major heat is applied to your hair as this helps to reinforce the strands.

One Crochet Install, Three looks!

So I've been rocking my latest style for a little over 3 weeks now and I got to wear it in different ways. For the most part, I wore it (semi) wild and free; once I got a little tired of that, I decided to curl it for a different look.

The first day I had it installed, it was BIG as in it was HUGE lollll. It was just under 2 packs of hair but still looked quite fierce.

Yea it was crazy hair loll

Half wild and half blow dried

 Once I got home that night I got my blowdryer and proceeded to tame the mane. After I'd done that, it lost a lot of its volume and I thought it was a little flat so a couple of days later, I added about another pack of hair to fill it out, then I used my blow dryer again on the newly installed portions to even it out and loved the look!

Rubbing Minds, Sharing Ideas At A Focus Group By Philips Nigeria.

Dupe Talabi of TasalHQ and I

I have to say a huge thank you to Natural Nigerian for extending an invitation to me for this brain storming session.

  So I got to be a part of a focus group organized by Resource Villa International for Phillips Nigeria. Basically Philips is looking to create tools that are tailored to suit the unique hair textures of African women and in doing so; decided to speak to experts in the hair care industry ( see me oh! rubbing shoulders with people that have been in the industry for years and years)

They had about 20 hair stylists whose expertise ranged from natural hair (including locs) to relaxed hair to braiding and weave fixing. Each concept for a potential tool was shared and each person got to :
- speak about how they thought it would work in the market based on their experience with their own clients;
- give suggestions about changes that could be made to make the design and functionality of the tool even better
- speak about whether each tool concept met a manageability need for the hair of the African woman

Flat Twists - Oh How I Love Thee!

So this customer came in yesterday for a flat twist updo I'd created on someone she saw. Was going for about 8 flat twists initially but her edges wouldn't allow it and the style would have come undone much quicker so I added 3 more flat twists for this do.

To add to the beauty of the style, her growing out color made the style pop that much more.  Loves it!

We're Hiring!! Salon Manager Needed!

KL's is growing and a manager is needed so I don't get pulled in 300 hundred different directions! 

 Are you patient? Upbeat? great with people? Have amazing organizational skills? Passionate about hair and are able to communicate effectively in written and verbal english? Then you might just be the person we're looking for!

Previous experience managing a small but busy salon is preferred  - please send C.V's to

Please share this with as many people as you can that you think may be interested. Thank you!

The Post Wedding Photo Shoot Seems To Be The Way To Go!!!

Remember how I'd said a couple of posts ago how one of my brides decided to have a post wedding photo shoot as most of the pictures from the actual day were not the best? Well she did and I have to say the pictures are lovely! I even had time to take pictures from different angles without being harrassed about time, didn't have to style from crazy angles because the makeup artiste has the bride on her high chair, and actually got to enjoy what I was doing!

Of Blonde Ambitions and Dramatic Births

Sooooooooooooo!!!!! Tuesday August the 11th is a day I shall never ever forget as long as I live!! One of the stylists in the salon who is pregnant, resumed as usual in the morning, finished up my hair (she'd done it the thursday before but I wanted it a little bigger) and then proceeded to attend to another customer. I noticed she'd been in and out of the toilet a few times and I even saw her carrying a bucket one time as the WC hadn't filled up quickly enough for her to flush the next time she used it.

She came to me and said she wasn't feeling well and needed to leave so I said not a problem. At this time, we were running low on kinky extensions and I quickly left to buy in the next street - spent about 10 minutes and drove back to the salon.

My Lovely Brides!

I absolutely love being a part of the 'Big Day' for ladies. It is such a special day - when you make one of the biggest decisions of your life and begin a new phase in the attainment of your destiny. It's truly honoring when I get chosen to be a part of that day and I don't take it lightly.

I've had a number of gorgeous brides over the last couple of months actually - unfortunately for me, quite a number were those where you have the traditional engagement and wedding  on the same day and you know what that usually means: manic rush at the end. That usually means I barely have enough time to finish the hair let alone take my time in getting some decent pictures.

Having said that, I present to you pictures of my gorgeous brides from May, June and July!

First up is the lovely, sweet, Fola - her style was very simple with minimal fuss particularly as she had a statement headpiece so we didn't want too  many things going on. As with a lot of weddings these days, traditional and church were on the same day (so you know exactly what that means lol)