Friday, November 21

Salon Review: Huetiful Salon - Atlanta

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting the Huetiful Salon here in Atlanta and I HAD to come to you guys and share my experience!

As you all know, I have officially decided to transition to natural and I am currently 10.5 months post relaxer(!!) and I have been noticing an increase in tangling. Since I haven't had a trim since my last relaxer, I decided that it was time to get my hair straightened and trimmed. Internet research brought me to the Huetiful Salon here in Atlanta! On to the review!!

Date of Service: November 15th, 2014

Staff (who I interacted with): Audree

According to them: The Huetiful Salon is exclusively focused on providing healthy hair treatments for women with natural or processed hair, wavy, curly, or kinky-curly type and textures. Our treatments are borne from the products that have made Huetiful a globally recognized hair care brand in less than three years. Using research and client insights that have come from the input of thousands of customers, Huetiful's techniques, products and services are both innovative and effective.

My Expectations: I must say, my expectations were pretty high! After stalking their website and Facebook page for an entire day, I was hyped! However, I knew I wanted my hair straightened, so I was a bit hesitant because there weren't many photos of their work with 4C hair on their Facebook page!

Initial Impressions: The location of the salon was not that far from where I live (and most often "play"). Very convenient, especially if you live in-town. The salon-space itself was a little bit hard to find (it was kind of tucked away in a little strip-mall-ish area... [real descriptive, I know...]) but there was plenty of parking once I found it. What I liked most was the fact that it was not located in a traditional salon (think chairs lined up, shampoo room, styling area, etc.). There was a private suite where my stylist, Audree, was all set up with everything that we'd need (including her shampoo bowl!).

The first thing she did was take a look at my hair. I had pre-detangled (a MUST in my opinion when visiting hair salons!!) so my hair was full of coconut oil. I'd also worn a twist-out the week before so my new growth was pretty stretched out. She shampooed my hair and shared a lot of (accurate!) information that I think would be helpful to a hair-newbie (you know, the usual... 'detangle from tips to roots' and 'find a consistent regimen that works for you'). After shampooing twice (once with a clarifying 'poo, once with a sulfate-free poo) she applied Huetiful's Strengthening Hair Masque and sat me under the steamer for 20 minutes. She rinsed my hair and followed that up with their signature hair conditioner. After rinsing again, she applied their liquid leave-in and heat protectant and then blew my hair out. And OH MY GOODNESS did she get it straight with MINIMAL heat! I was floored at how straight my hair got with just a blow dry! Then she flat ironed (1 pass on NG-only and then another pass on the full length) and trimmed 1-2 inches from my ends. I asked her to put some curls in it, which she did with one more pass from the flat iron and I was good to go. I was in and out in under 2 hours! And, boy, was I loving my hair!

Outcome: The final outcome EXCEEDED all of my expectations, guys!
My hair right before going to Huetiful and the final product
Still holding up 5 days later!
My hair was straight, it had body, I did NOT think my natural hair could look like that (and to be fully honest, I was super sad about it and have been really missing my relaxed hair, but more on that later!). Let me just say that this experience COMPLETELY cemented my decision to continue on with my transition. I just LOVE the versatility (so far!) of my 1/3-natural hair!


Overall: I would recommend the Huetiful Salon to any and everyone who will listen; specifically the stylist that serviced me, Audree. She is new to Huetiful but was extremely nice and very knowledgeable! She specializes in natural hair (locs too!). If I wasn't so cheap such a DIYer I would even consider making this like a "regular" (standing 2 week appt)! I definitely give this experience two thumbs up and am planning to go again in January to straighten (again...!) for my 1-year-post-relaxer milestone!

Have any of you been to the Huetiful Salon in Atlanta (or Chicago)? Thinking about going? Let's talk about it!


Shika
Questions? Additional comments? Email me at shika@hairiamworld.com


Wednesday, June 11

My transitioning plan

If you read my last post, you've heard that I have decided to grow out my relaxer! However, by design, I didn't share very many details about my plans to transition in that post (that's what this post is for!)

So, let's start with my current stats:

Right now, I am about five months (approx. 22 weeks) post relaxer. A few weeks ago I had some box braids installed (which are a nightmare, but more about that later) which I plan to wear for another two weeks.
The box braids that I have installed right now
Transitioning roadmap:

Just because I like to have all my i's dotted and my t's crossed, I've written out a transitioning plan/roadmap to help keep me focused.

I plan to transition for as close to two years as I can get (however if I make it to next summer and just can't wait anymore, I won't feel too bad for chopping hehe!) I say two years because I want to still have the option of enjoying my hair periodically and if I'm honest, I know that I will not enjoy a TWA. So long-term transition it is! :)

With that in mind, I plan on wearing long-term protective styles for most of my transition (because what's the point of not BCing if your relaxed hair is hanging on by a thread!). See my (very rough) detailed plan to take me to 1 year post-relaxer below:

  • Week 23 & 24: Continue wearing box braids
  • Week 25 & 26: Remove box braids and wear various short-term, low-manuipulation styles (e.g. braid & curls, BKOs, curl formers sets)
  • Week 27-34: Wear (self-installed) Senegalese twists, refreshing as-needed
  • Week 35-42: Wear sew-in
  • Week 42-45: Remove sew-in and straighten for trim/assessment of relaxed ends
  • Week 46-53: Wear long term protective style


Seems easy enough, right?? **slightly sarcastic voice**

In all honesty, I know that just like with everything else so far in my hair journey, my plans are subject to change based on my hair's plans.

Are any of you transitioning? Have you laid out a transitioning plan to guide you on your new journey? I'd love to hear about it!

Shika
Questions? Additional comments? Email me at shika@hairiamworld.com

Monday, June 9

Big Announcement!

Whoa, it's been a long time!

So many times in the last year and a half I've "decided" to start blogging again, and for some reason or another decided not to.  But dare I say, I am back. I won't spend too much time making excuses for myself :) but I genuinely thank anyone who has kept me on their radar over the past 18 months!

So.... what's this big announcement that I'm holding on to?

Well...

I've decided to grow out my relaxer and have a go at learning my "natural" hair! Yes, Shika who said she was soooo happily relaxed! Yes... Shika who bemoaned relaxed hair bloggers who reached their goals and then abruptly went natural...

I still love relaxed hair (I mean, let's be honest, I love healthy, beautiful hair of ALL persuasions!) And a lot of different factors brought me to this decision (a post to come about the reasons that I decided to transition), none of which were related to the health of my hair.

Now that I've officially made this decision, I'm super excited and re-energized about my personal hair journey (and of course sharing my experiences as a [hopefully!] long-term transitioning 4b/4c [I think!] chick!) and I really hope that you'll come with me on this journey!!


Shika
Questions? Additional comments? Email me at shika@hairiamworld.com

Monday, January 28

Dandruff Remedy (guess I'm on the tea rinse wagon!)


So as many long-time HIA readers know, I have some serious bouts with dandruff/itchy-flakey scalp. After reading several posts on tea rinses in the past couple of weeks (like herehere and here) and how it helps with hair shedding, I decided to do a bit more googling research on my own. I found out that not only does tea-rinsing help with shedding, but green tea-rinsing has been found to help soothe the scalp irritation that comes along with conditions like heavy dandruff and psoriasis and maybe even naturally treat them (source). Once I read that, let me tell you, I was all in.

And my fellow reforming PJs will be happy to know that I happily get the best of both worlds: I got to join a random bandwagon (tisk tisk!) but I didn't have to buy a new product because I already had everything I need around the house!

So on my mid-week co-wash last week, I added one more step and did a green tea-rinse before deep conditioning. I added a little flair to it and put a few drops of tea tree essential oil to my brew. I made about a cup of tea and used a spray bottle to apply it it my scalp and hair (because green tea is also said to strengthen and condition the hair).

We'll see how it goes!

Do any of you guys swear by tea rinses? Or tried it and hated it? Weigh in!

Until next time,

Shika
Questions? Additional comments? Email me at shika@hairiamworld.com

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