Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Hairdressers Have Healing Hands

Your hands are the greatest weapon from Gods creative intelligence. Along with all the unique characteristics, physical and spiritual features you were born with. According Psalms 139:15 (Amplified Bible) we are intricately made-as if embroidered with various colors.

Hairdressers must renew their cosmetology knowledge/training to keep their handwork perfected. Just as we must renew our mind with the word of God (Romans 12:2).

We are leaders in a profession that affects peoples lives in ways scientists can’t even understand.
Hairdressers have become counselors, confidants, friends, family, and prayer partners to so many of their clients.

Doing Hair allows us to do “Good Works” and “Sow Seeds” into peoples lives through their crown. We have the opportunity to smile, show the love of Christ, motivate, inspire, share testimonies, and cancel any negative thought that raises it head against the word of God.

Hairdressers do not let your healing hands hinder you nor the word of God from spreading to one head at a time.

Monday, October 18, 2010


Our hair has significance, according to Mathew 5:36(Amplified Bible) which says “Do not swear by your head for you are not able to make a singe hair white or black,” and Mathew 10:30(Amplified Bible) “But even the very hairs of your head are numbered.” With one strand of hair, scientists can take your DNA and tell your life story. They can recognize your blood type, your genetic make-up, or calculate your propensity to certain diseases.

God has put strength and resilience in our inner scalps and hair textures as he did with Samson, Judges 16:17. This year Paul Mitchell helped the world to recognize this when he and many others demonstrated the strength in hair when they used hair rolled into masses to absorb the oil in the oceans, lakes and beaches for the BP(British Petroleum) oil catastrophe.

So many hairdressers and stylists take hair for granted. Over time they tend to lose esteem for really preserving and maintaining the health of their clients hair. While fashion models can’t step onto the runway without a hairstylist creating a “show stopping” design in their hair; there are masses of women who hate their hairdressers for the destruction that their hands have caused to their hair and scalps-causing people to “stop” and pity them.

God did not make any mistakes with your beauty or worth when he created your hair in all his infinite creative diverseness. Luke 12:7(Amplified Bible) says “But even the very hairs of your head are numbered. Do not be struck with fear or seized with alarm; you are of greater worth than many flocks of sparrows.
Hair is like an antenna whether we have too much of it or very little. Job(Amplified Bible) 4:14 says “Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of flesh stood up!” And we know God intended it to be that way. Even when some people tell lies, they have to scratch their head because it begins to itch in dismay.

Hair has life not just because of blood and nerve innervations, but because it has the ability to bring happiness, smiles, laughter, sadness, depression, awe and love to every human being. Song of Solomon 4:1(Amplified Bible) says “How fair you are, my love, how very fair! Your eyes behind your veil remind me of those of a dove; your hair makes me think of the black, wavy fleece of a flock of the Arabian goats which one sees trailing down Mount Gilead beyond the Jordan on the frontiers of the desert.”

Lets learn to respect the hair God gave us even if we want to style or accentuate it with hair extensions, braids, dreadlocks, or hair color. Don’t take care of the hair you have purchased with more love and neglect you own natural hair. Give your natural hair food and water both internally and externally. Use moisturizers, oils, and cleanliness. Your body is the temple of the most high God and that does include your hair!

Remember that your hair does have antennas so brush and comb it with love. Do not consistently covet, compare or criticize how you wish your hair was like other peoples hair. Have appreciation for the fact that People who are not bald by choice wish they just had hair period!

“He Leadeth Me Beside Still Waters…” What Did David Denote?

Psalms 23 describes the trust that David had in the lord as his Sheppard and protector. In verse 1 of this Psalm he says the “the lord is my Sheppard- I shall not want.” David begins the verse 2 with “he maketh me to lie down in green pastures…” My focus of this Psalm lies in the latter part of verse 2.

Most people like me just read this verse casually-understanding it as old English translations. Or we hear it being read at funerals. We know that David loves God and acknowledges his power and protection through out this Psalm; but something happened to me one day in service that caused this verse to jump out at me for the first this time.

Sometimes things seem to be moving slow in our lives-if at all. It seems like our situations have come to a standstill-at least to the human eye. It doesn’t appear that we are being spiritually attacked because things seem quiet at the moment-yet we don’t know what is lurking beneath the motionlessness of our situation.

Why did David use the adjective “still” to describe the waters? What did he intend for us to understand by “still waters.” He could have used running, flowing, rising, rivers, oceans, etc. I know from my limited experience around water , that in “still waters” we really don’t know what is lurking underneath. Alligators can lay motionless in still waters waiting to attack. Other parasites that are little and invisible to the eye above sea level lay placid as well-perhaps waiting to attack.

So David knew that God was there to protect and guide even when things seem calm, peaceful or appear to be okay. I believe that David wanted to remind us that God is ever so present to depend on even when the obvious is not what it seems. A Sheppard doesn’t just protect his sheep from the clear and present dangers, but the unusual and unseen to the sheep’s eye also.

David also states in the verse that he leads me beside the still waters, not through or around. Webster defines “besides” as being next to or along side of. I believe David knew that we don’t have to go through or around still waters or a still situations in our lives to get eaten up or be destroyed-as if we have gone through a fire.

When we are beside danger, we are close enough to be engulfed by it-albeit not being able to see the full scope of the danger we are near. Also there could be blessings once we get pass the still waters so we have to be lead in an orderly fashion in order to receive those blessings.

The lord God almighty is my Sheppard and I shall not want for anything. If we forgot after reading about Job’s experience, David reminded us in the Psalms. If that was not soul stirring enough, Jesus exuded the power and presence of God-because he always wanted to and followed God’s pilot.
I have heard people say that the verses of the bible can never become redundant-there is always something new to experience. I would have never thought Psalms 23:2 would be that verse for me-it seemed like the shortness of this psalm made it straightforward and easy to understand the depth of David’s declaration.

So if it can happen for me, I know it can happen for you-God revealed his everlasting love for me in a way that was so sublime and quiet. Just like David was dear to God’s heart, Jesus reminds us that God’s heart is waiting for you to pull on those heart strings as well
You just have to OPEN YOUR BIBLE to get it and see it. Our duty is to help others magnify the beauty of God within.

Fast Hair Loss with Fast Fingers

Many salons employ hair extension specialists who can braid, weave or dreadlock hair, to do all these hairstyles which have become an integral part of salon services. However the truth is that the salon hires these specialists to perform braids, dreadlocks, weaves and extensions on clients fast, accurately and with imagination and creativity; but many of their clients are losing hair.

Weaving and braiding has now become a compulsory part of cosmetology training syllabus, for Caucasian and ethnic hairdressers. The manipulation of hair is a very creative skill, a technique.

According to Tangled Hair Techs, “most hairdressing students enjoy weaving and braiding immensely even if they can not do it for long periods of time. That is why the more interesting and fun we can make the Take Down Removal Education Seminars, the better they will learn and remember.”

Hairdressers must not only be proficient in the application of hair extensions, weaving, braiding or dreadlocks; they must also be adept at the safe removal of these hairstyles.
Removal Hair Analysis

Hairdressers are always taught to analyze the hair before applying hair extensions or braids. A head of hair must be healthy to take any additional weight, such as fusion extensions, or to stand up to the pulling and tension of braids. The strength of the hair around the hairline is particularly important.

So in line with this training, before removing a hairstyle, the hairdresser should analyze which type of take down removal method they want to apply to detangle and save their clients hair-while protecting all the new growth at the roots.

Another important factor for examining the hair, is that if the entire head of hair is weak, split and breaking, or if the hairline is weak or breaking, this area should not be pulled at all while removing extensions or braids. And if the client is wearing a sew-in weave-gently unravel the cornrows at the hairline. This will give the new growth hair protection .

Choice of Style & Removal

The popular view in cosmetology is that braids and extensions allow the hairdresser to be enormously creative, and to choose a look that suits the client's image and also fits in with her budget and the needs of her hair.

However, the costs for improper removal and hair loss or damage can outweigh this decision if the hairdresser chooses a great style for the client and is not properly trained on its removal technique.

Albeit a client has a problem with hair loss on her hairline and very fine extensions are attached to the front areas while the rest of the hair is braided with cornrows for a weave to be attached; those fine extensions could break still the hairline.
On the other hand just because a client with strong, healthy hair can wear all types of hairpieces as long as she dares, because her natural hair will handle the extra weight does not mean her hair is impervious to hair loss from improper braid/extension removal.
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Every clients hairstyle has to be removed someday, and hopefully it will be by the same salon that created the hairstyle.
On the word of Tangled Hair Techs “there may be price variations for different types of hair, but when it comes to braid, extension or dreadlock removal there is no expensive or cheap way to do it. Just the safe and correct way. And that’s what the love of hairdressing really is.”
Professional Attachment Methods Equal Professional Results

Even though most women have some knowledge of braiding and it is wise to choose the attachment method that suits your client's needs and budget. Being a professional in the salon is not just about the speed, accuracy, artistic creative eye or precision-its about knowledge and understanding.

There are many different methods of attaching individual extensions. Some use glue, some use a heat-activated fusion bond, others use tiny metal clips, and others require the extension to be attached to the real hair with a miniature cornrow or braid. Consequently whatever attachment method used, the salon and the staff should be proficient in doing it, and removing it.

This is why constant practice is important, and the salon should have ongoing training to keep the stylists skills sharp. Also every stylist should attend occasional refresher courses to sharpen their skills, to update themselves on new techniques, and to learn different creative ways of incorporating braids, dreadlocks and extensions into a hairstyle.

Common Braid/ Extension Removal Errors
Common mistakes made by so many professional hairdressers are:
Chemically Relaxing tangled with knots or matted hair
Chemically Coloring or Relaxing the hair without completely removing glue (bonding or fusion)
Shampooing very tangled/matted hair
Rushing and pulling while removing braids/extensions around hairline
Using oil sheen and conditione
r to remove bonding glue
Choosing the wrong removal technique for the client's hair needs
Diluting the Take Down Remover

Good Maintenance
Despite the fact that ongoing care and maintenance of extensions, braids and weaves is crucial-proper removal techniques prevails over them all.

When a client sits down in the hairdressers styling chair, they are giving that stylist the authority to enhance their God given natural beauty-not to destroy it.

So a stylist must respect that clients crown by doing a hairstyle they can apply safely and remove safely.
A caring hairstylist will educate their client exactly how to look after her braids, hair extensions, dreadlocks or weave. How to prevent itchy scalp, how to wash without damaging or loosening the style, what products to use, how to shampoo and rinse, how to dry.

Also what degree of heat can the hair stand up to if it is artificial, how to condition the hair and scalp, or how to brush the extensions. And last but not least, why the proper take down removal technique of any hairstyle is crucial to save their natural hair.

Hair extensions, braids and weaves should not be left in the hair for long periods of time. But a well trained stylist on proper take down removal techniques can still save and protect the clients hair. And clients will not mind paying for a service that will save their hair.

Finally, hairdressers must educate the client on maintenance while they are sitting in the styling chair, because the more likely the client will be to come back again. The client is pleased with their look and feels confident that you truly care for their hair.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

The True Calling of Believers Can Not Be Boxed In

The calling for a believer of God is different for everyone. The blessings and suffering that believers endure or receive vary as well. But all should never be ashamed of the calling. The calling of believers is to magnify God at all times.

This is not done by our strength, or by acting holy- but by making time daily to read at least one verse in the Bible. And then asking God to magnify and manifest his power through our situations and weaknesses daily. Jesus did it consistently.

The calling of a believer can not be boxed in because it is a call into the supernatural realm of the possibilities of God. Faith can’t be contained, power can’t be packed, and the love of God can not be put in a sachet. The call of the believer is to destroy the chains of life situations- and to exude God’s supernatural breakthroughs and freedom-by FAITH.

Some people are ashamed to tell the world that God has blessed them or ashamed to publicly call upon God in the midst of strife or stress. I heard a Christian pastor say that Christian faith and Christian practice must befriend each other. Well that is what I believe the true calling of God entails. Openly practicing the faith of God to lead others to a relationship with our loving heavenly creator.

At times our faith can become weak, but according to Romans 16:25(Amplified Bible) “Now to Him Who is able to strengthen you in the faith which is in accordance with my Gospel and the preaching of concerning Jesus Christ the messiah…” No need to worry God will strength your faith to stand on his word and promises.

Lawyers practice law and Medical Doctors practice medicine- why, because it is an ongoing journey in which they get better and stronger in training. When an Attorney or Doctor needs assistance with a challenging case, they seek wisdom and guidance from more experienced colleagues.

Jesus of Nazareth obeyed the call of God. He was anointed “…..with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.” (Acts 10-38. KJV). Jesus accepted all the responsibities and consequences that follow the calling of God-and he was never ashamed of his assignment for God.

Apostles Peter and Paul remind us of this fact as believers in God. Peter states “Yet if any man suffer as a Christian let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.” (1st Peter 4-16. KJV). Paul states “ But in all things approving ourselves a s the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,….in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labour, in watching, in fastings, .. by pureness, by knowledge, by long suffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, … by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,…by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true; …as unknown, and yet well known; as dying and, behold, we live as chastened, and not killed;…as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing, as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.” (2nd Corinthians 6:4-10. KJV)

Many followers of the Gospels given to Jesus Christ, give themselves Christian titles, or congregate to specific religious sects that feel comfortable- or that securely box them into a category for societal satisfaction. However once an individual begins to establish a strong relationship with God, those titles and religus categories don’t seem to matter anymore. Our heavenly creator’s thoughts and ways can not be contained-so once we begin to grow in God, our actions as believers can no longer be boxed in either.

Finally, extended-unbreakable love is the chief foundation of the true calling of the believer of God. Proper means and motive is needed for consistency and continuance. Love is the law in the kingdom of God.

Hair Loss, Pain, And Hair Thinning Are Abnormal When Removing Braids, Hair Extensions, Or Weaves

The cost for looking good can vary depending on each women’s tastes and status; however as of recent thin hair and loss of natural hair has become the price many women are paying to “look good”.

So many women are settling for pain, thin hair and even bald spots when removing bonding glue or braids. It is unacceptable. It is unhealthy to loose hair when removing these hair styles, but so many women feel it is a sacrifice they must pay.

When a women wears any type of hairstyle for 4 weeks or more the hair can become dry, and filled with build up of dust, sweat, and oils. The natural hair can even begin to get matted like a dreadlock. And when the natural hair is mixed with hair attachments there is a tendency for the hair to tangle in with the add-on hair as it gets older.

With this knowledge, women must use caution when having these hair styles removed-that way they won’t have to settle for pain, hair loss or thin hair. Stylists are not taking the time to care for their clients hair by being trained in proper removal of hairstyles. They just experiment with different products which can cause adverse reactions to the scalp.

Alopecia, scalp discolorations, white spots and persistent flaking of the scalp (dandruff) are all byproducts that have been on the increase due to improper removal methods. Improper removal of the adhesive for Lace Frontal wigs and extensions are causing some women to lose their whole frontal hairline. It is unacceptable.

The natural hair of a women is her crown and glory, and should be cared for and maintained no matter what hairstyle she is adorning. Hair is a women’s God given natural beauty and when we do not take the time to care for our hair, or demand that our stylist respects our hair; it is a manifestation of lack of self worth and love of self.

It is so disheartening that nowadays the crown and glory of a women is based on which type of hair extension she is wearing, I.e. Spanish Wavy, Brazilian Silky or Asian Yaki.

There are many products on the market that are specifically created for removing any type of braid style, weave, hair extension or even dreadlocks. It is up to every women to ask and do the research. Hairdressers are talented and they need to sincerely value this talent by properly applying and removing add-on hair or hair attachments. If a stylist does not know the proper method of removing any particular hairstyle, do not put it in your clients hair!

It is never too late to save your hair, start loving your natural hair today.