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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Atlanta Natural Hair Show 2009

I have been delinquent in blogging, forgive me. I have been so busy. Where's the time? I will be doing one post a day for the rest of May, stay tuned.



ok, The hair show was phenomenal. It was the first time I participated as a vendor. I sold my jewelry and hair ties/lock clips galore. I saw many bloggers and familiar faces including



and my dear blogger friend: Kinky Rhonnie of Kinky Rhonnie's Spot

I just want to take that shirt. If you're reading this, tell me where you got it from. Or if anyone knows, please reply.



I went 3 months without a retightening. Can you believe it? Well, as fate would have it, Julia ended up retightening my hair at the show. I had 2-3 inches of new growth, and I certainly hated waiting at the moment. Doesn't my expression tell it all?


Julia is a renaissance woman! In addition to being a fabulous consultant and mom, she is a fitness competitor and model. Many have asked me who she is and how to get in contact with her. And is she certified? Well heck yeah! Here is her e-mail and phone, and please tell her where you received her info.

404-718-9371 or jstewartstackhaus@yahoo.com


I want to take a moment to highlight my very first consultant Jacqueline. I love her! I wish she would have moved here just for my retightenings. I know it's selfish, but it's true. She is such a perfectionist.


She opted to have her hair cut and styled here at the hair show as well. Please visit her website and fotki page.

http://www.hairstoyounaturally.com/
http://public.fotki.com/Jlmashby/my_sisterlocks_journeys/

If you are in the northeast or willing to travel to Boston, she is an awesome consultant especially if you want micros. Can you believe she wanted me to take down some locks so she could move my center part a few centimeters over? I am so not joking. But that just goes to show the amount of effort she puts into locking.

She got a cut and style here while at the show:





Here is a slideshow for the rest of the show. Enjoy:

Friday, April 10, 2009

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Magnificient Martine

Look who showed up at my door! None other than marvelous Martine Bernard, expert and famous Sisterlock Consultant and Stylist! For anyone who hasn't met Martine, you would be taken by her voice, her beauty, her grace, her style, her open mind, and her smile. I love her company! She is fun, smart, tres chic, and professional. I could go on and on but I won't. She allowed me to do this very special natural hair interview.

For those of you who don't know, Martine's hair loss story initially appeared on Brunsli's blog. She was so grateful to Brunsli and to the community for the outpouring of love and kindness. She is still developing how she feels about her long to short hair transition. While we were conversing, I told her that her face, hair and entire being were so beautiful. To me, she looks even younger if that were possible. Just look.

NOW
Who would not want to have this perfect skin and beautiful smile? Her hair is still beautiful and is a nice accompaniment to her beautiful face.


THEN


Wow! Doesn't she look younger and revitalized?!

During our time together, I asked her about her cut. How did she feel once she cut it? Who cut it?

Martine said that a dear friend cut her hair. And she sobbed once she looked in the mirror.

She noted that her hair was dark, very short, and didn't cover her back (where she has a tiny, barely noticeable birthmark). Those were her first thoughts as she was sobbing. Then, she was angry. She missed her hair and felt she had to cut it rather than repair her locks. Why you might ask. I did.

Martine said, "You can glue a dinner plate back together and make it work, but the plate will never be the same again. My hair cut is my new dinner plate."

She went on to say that she was hurt that we have to go through these hair issues compared to our straighter hair sisters. However, she has grown in her processing emotionally and mentally.

She said, using an analogy,

"I thought I was this regular cake, ordinary but good, and the Sisterlocks were this incredible icing that made me Great. But now I realize that I am this outstanding cake."
I told her that the icing (her hair) was great now too. I asked her about this gorgeous color and her maintenance.

She just picks her hair out with a pick or her fingers and just goes. She loves feeling her scalp and running her fingers through her hair after almost 10 years. Her color is a red with an orange base and fits her perfectly. Don't you think?

I asked her what she wanted you to know about her experience.

She said, "I never thought my hair could fall out from tension alopecia. It was always strong. I learned that regardless of your hair type too tight braiding may cause any hair to fall out." She emphasized that braiding wasn't the culprit, but that over styling in tight styles and tight braiding will take a toll on even the strongest hair.

Martine is loving the freedom and plans to play with her hair before starting her next set of Sisterlocks. She was covering her loss of hair with scarves and headbands. She loves that she's progressed from feeling she needs to cover her hair because of her previous hair loss. I feel although she has cut her hair, she has gained a new outlook on locks, hair, and herself.

She is making a conscious effort to hold her head up high and remind herself that she is beautiful inside and out regardless of her hair. Anyone of us would struggle if we felt we had to cut our hair, but even more so, after having waist length beautiful hair. .Many of her clients have started to cry or become overwhelmed when seeing Martine's short look. Can you imagine the emotional toll that would take on you? But Martine has gone through this whole experience with style and grace, much stronger with each day.

The comments on Brunsli's initial post and Reflecting with Martine made a huge impact on Martine. She profusely thanks everyone for their support especially Brunsli for doing such a good job with her expose'! She told me she read many of the comments over again to brighten her day when she first cut her hair. She is still transitioning as anyone would but especially as she is well-know for her previously blazing red locks. Let's all continue to support Martine as she goes on positively in her new experience.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Hair Show This Weekend



Hello All! I hope to see you at this hair show. It is a great place to meet consultants, see styles, try products, and purchase goods. I had so much fun last year .


I will be a vendor this year! YAY! So, I want to encourage you, if you are interested, to purchase hair ties before the show. I will not have some of them for sale again. Many of you have e-mailed me about unique items long after they have been sold. I have been consciously trying not to source items from retail stores as of late. If you see an item that looks one of a kind, it probably is. My aim is to focus on natural, local materials to make hair accessories. I have so much new stock that I am revamping my site. Please stay tuned.


I hope to see you all there this weekend. The tickets are $15 each for Saturday or Sunday. Here is the address:
AmericasMart Atlanta Building Two, 240 Peachtree Street N.W.Atlanta, Georgia