Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Starting A Business: Get It Done, No Excuses!

That's what stands in our way of success. Worrying about finances, other's opinion, our self-perception, and the list goes on & on.

I'm in the hair business & at one time I worked as an admissions rep at a cosmetology school. I can't count how many times I had ladies call & tell me they were interested & always had a passion for hair, but just didn't know how to go about it. Or, maybe they were stuck between 2 career options, or maybe they needed to check with their husband...EXCUSES!!

If you have a passion to do something, whatever the field, I'm telling you to go for it. Don't let anyone or anything stand in your way. I have kids & I have a husband, but I was a single mom for quite some time & I had to make it work. Going to cosmetology school, doing hair in the evenings. Eventually, working in a salon during the day, going to get the kids, spending time with them, having them a sitter just to go out to client's homes to do hair again. I wasn't charging a lot at all. I was trying to get my feet wet, prove myself, get my skills up & build a business.

I want to challenge all of you reading this post to be motivated & inspired to go after those dreams that are just burning away inside. Don't allow those flames to die out. Keep fanning those flames with each day that you are blessed to see; whether that means handing out business cards &/or flyers, going to networking events, calling people to introduce your business, going to businesses to invite others to your business or event, creating your logo, orchestrating your photo shoot, finding a team of people to work with....whatever pertains to your business, I want to challenge you to email that to me DAILY!!!

If no one else is encouraging you to pursue your dreams, I want to encourage you to do so starting Today, not tomorrow, next week, next month or next year.
Not after your finances are better, the baby starts school, etc.

I look forward to celebrating all of the small (yet so significant) accomplishments. Even if you have some setbacks, don't allow them to discourage you for long & Definitely don't allow them (or others) to make you lose site of your goals. Life happens, but we have to make the most of life. We only get one!
Let's start today making the most of God's blessings. Write It, Plan It, Execute It.

Today's Assignment:
*Send me your dream(s) (Email: Tasha.dvastyles@gmail.com) & comment on this post
*What did you do today to help accomplish it/them/
*What are your goals for the remainder of the week to help reach your goal(s)?

I can't wait to see all of the wonderful ideas you all have. I bet they are more attainable than you think. You just have to get the ball rolling, build up momentum & next thing you know you've reached your destination. "Get It Done; No Excuses!"


Friday, September 23, 2016

Hair Growth

From time-to-time I see ladies who are experiencing thinning at the crown of their heads. This can be attributed to several different reasons such as heredity, stress, excessive tension, medication, medical procedures, nutrition & lack of maintenance.

We, as ladies, tend to allow issues to progress with our bodies & with our hair before we take action. Unfortunately, we oftentimes assume that our hairstylists are miracle workers the 1 day we decide that enough is enough & go to a professional.  Think of your beauty specialist, beautician, hair designer or hair stylist as you would your doctor.  We are licensed cosmetologist trained in hair, skin & nails. Most of us concentrate on hair care; therefore, we should take better heed to the "prescriptions" our professionals are "prescribing" for the health of our scalp & tresses.

Some "prescriptions" your beauty professional may suggest are moisturizers, drinking more water, vitamins, trimming ends, routine shampooing & conditioning, professional shampoo/conditioner, deep conditioners, treatments, less heat at home, protective styles or a break from protective styles to name a few.

So, let's make sure we are taking the health of our scalp & hair seriously, since our scalp (& subsequently our mane's) are apart of our personal hygiene & health. And, while on the subject of hygiene, it's not a good idea to leave protective styles such as sew-ins, quick weaves, braids & crochet braids in for extended amounts of time. Also, keep in mind, that protective styles need to be shampooed on a regular basis & oftentimes I use an antiseptic on the scalp to begin the cleansing process.

Lastly, YouTube is not the end all be all on hair care. Now, there are some very good tutorials online, but let's make sure we are checking with a professional before we are following some of the advice we view. This is especially a good idea since a lot of the videos I've come across online are uploaded by non-professionals. Some of the protective styles are fine, but I'm more concerned with non-professionals "teaching" others to use chemicals in their hair. I do think social media sites can offer great tips to make one's hair routine easier, but let's make sure we are going the proper route & visiting a professional salon. This could make the difference between a head full of beautiful hair & contemplating cutting it all off & starting over.

I look forward to your thoughts & comments on this post & remember you can always email me at www.tasha.dvastyles@gmail.com.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Hydration II

Ladies & Gents (& youth), the season is changing & our hair (all textures) can easily become dehydrated, dry & brittle which can cause breakage...mild breakage for some yet more severe for others, unfortunately.

To combat dryness you can refer to 1 of my previous blog posts on Hydration here on Hair Talk by D'va Styles. But, 1 of the main things I hear from clients, other than not drinking enough water, is not moisturizing their tresses.

Now, this is more of a "textured' hair issue more so than  a fine hair problem unless you are experiencing thinning. People constantly tell me during a consultation that they are using oil sheen or a serum on their hair & for some odd reason feel that either of these are suitable {hydration} products for the hair. This is not so. Oil sheen & serums are meant for shine Only. They do not penetrate the hair shaft. I encourage clients to apply their hair moisturizer before bed so the hair has an opportunity to absorb the great properties (ingredients) it has to offer. Then to "seal the deal", tie your hair with a satin or silk scarf or bonnet at night. This will also protect your style or help create a style for the next day, especially if you wrap the hair around your head & train the hair to fall a certain way. You can also do pin curls & take them down in the a.m. for volume, a feathered look or curls if you wear your natural or relaxed hair straight.

I hope this encourages more women to properly hydrate their hair with the proper product. As I don't buy my staple products from a beauty supply store, I am unable to recommend tried & true products to achieve this goal. However, I do retail quality products such as my 100% Natural D'va Styles Hair & Skin Natural Oils & Butter that can be shipped to you if interested along with other brands that will help you retain more hair.
 Simply email me at tasha.dvastyles@gmail.com.

~D'va Styles

Friday, November 21, 2014

Can Stress Be Causing Hair Loss??

The answer is YES!!!

Think about it, when you're stressed are you taking care of you as well as you should? In most cases no.  You're not eating well, drinking enough water, taking supplements, sleeping or exercising like you should, because you're too worried about a health issue, family, kids, business, work, finances, a relationship, etc.

These issues, and the fact that everything we ingest, or don't ingest, is realized via our hair, skin (which includes our scalp) & nails, contribute to the wellness, shine, growth rate, length & overall health & look of one's hair. 

So, please be sure to take care of yourself while you're taking care of others to ensure your self-esteem & appearance stay to your liking. Don't let yourself go trying to be superwoman in other areas. It saddens me when women set in my chair and are down about their hair, skin or weight. Let's focus a little more energy on ourselves to avoid having to crash diet, get burnt out exercising or taking unhealthy weight loss pills. When grocery shopping, concentrate on more fruits, veggies, nuts and protein rather than the ice cream, cookies & cake. Pinterest, & the internet in general, are full of delicious recipes you & your family will enjoy.
I guarantee when you change your eating, drinking and resting habits you'll see a vast difference in not only your hair, but your skin, body & energy level. And the awesome thing is all of this will inevitably increase your self-esteem & overall happiness.

So, smile & step into the new you!
Worrying isn't going to change your situation, action will!!

I'm an professional cosmetologist  & owner of D'va Styles Beauty Bar @Salon 360 in Charlotte, NC.

Please send me your hair, health & wellness & beauty questions to tasha.dvastyles@gmail.com.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Healthy Hair & Scalp Regimen

So, we discussed the necessity of healthy hair & a healthy scalp yesterday, now let's cover How to go about the cleansing process.
Definitely invest in a good shampoo and conditioner. This can vary person to person, so there's no quick pick that fits for every individual. You'll want to shampoo at least once a week, as stated yesterday. If you're hair is oilier than most, shampoo at least 2 times per week.
Then, if you're natural or relaxed invest in a great natural oil. If hair is super dry, then use a little on the scalp. A bottle with an applicator tip works best to gradually apply oil. Just a bit is needed in palm of hand depending on length and texture.
And, let me talk to my sew-in & braid ladies....I know you want to preserve your style, but please make sure you are cleansing or having a professional cleanse your scalp at least biweekly. A great product to use to properly cleanse the scalp, is a mild astringent such as Sea Breeze, and then begin shampoo process.
I'm a professional cosmetologist at D'va Styles Beauty Bar @ Salon 360 in Charlotte, NC
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