Saturday, January 30, 2010

Urbanbella Trim - Update

Ok, well today was the day. I got up and showered around 9:00 so I could be ready to leave the house right after 10:00 for my 11:00 appointment. I didn't do anything to my hair since they told me to "come as you are" for my trim. Traffic was jacked up from I85 to the GA400 ramp so I had to take an alternate route which ended up being pretty easy.

With the delay in traffic I ended up getting to Urbanbella right at 11:00. When I got there a gentleman signed me in and I had to fill out a paper - similar to what you would fill out at the doctor's office if you were a new patient. It asked questions like:

  • What do you want to accomplish today? (styling, volume, cut, etc)
  • What concerns do you have about your hair?
  • When was your last haircut/trim?
  • What chemicals are you currently using on your hair?
  • What is your hair regimen?
  • What products do you use on/in your hair?

It took me a minute to fill out the paper. Once finished I looked through a book of styles they had on the table in the waiting area. The book had pictures of styles along with the method of styling Ubanbella would use to achieve the pictured style. By the time I was making my second pass through the book, a stylist (Bernadette) came to get me.

Once I sat in the chair Bernadette asked what exactly I wanted and then she place a small towel around my neck and a smock over me. She asked about the color in my hair, then remembered that I had written on my form that I use henna bi-weekly in my hair. Then she asked if the henna color washes out - which led me to believe that she hadn't dealt with many customers who use it in their hair.

As Bernadette and I were talking, Keneesha walked in to greet the customers and ask another stylist some questions. I was in awe just looking at her. I didn't expect to see her in the salon at all, but she was there mostly cleaning up and finding out what products needed to be reordered. I was trying not to stare and I could help but giggle at myself for being so childish.

After Bernadette and I discussed what I would be having done, we went over to the shampoo bowl. First she washed my hair with Deva Care No-Poo. Then she conditioned my hair with JCS Nutrient Replenish. Then I was given a deep treatment with Curls Hair Tea and was placed under the dryer for 30 minutes. After I was taken from under the dryer I went back to the styling char where Bernadette began to detangle my hair. I was dreading this part because I just knew my head would be sore afterwards. However, Bernadette was taking very good care of my hair. She was heavy-handed, but not in a way that hurt.

Keneesha (the owner of the salon) ended up calling Bernadette away, so Ukali ended up finishing the detangling session. Let me just say, she was sooo gentle that I had to watch the mirror to make sure that she was truly detangling my hair. As my hair was being detangled, the would twirl the detangled section and then pin it up with a clip.

After the detangling was finished, Ukali went through my hair and asked exactly what style I wanted my hair cut into. At that time I told her I was just concerned about removing my split ends. She combed through a section of my hair and then came the news. "I need to cut off about 2 inches", she said. I was fine with that, considering that I hadn't had a cut or real trim since I BC'd on August 22, 2008. So only 2 inches, I was totally fine with that.

Ukali started to cut my hair as I watched her in the mirror. The scissors she had came from her own special case. The scissors were sharp too. Each snip sounded "oh so precise". I watched as she combed and snipped and combed and snipped. I was a little worried because I wondered how my hair would look after the cut, but I knew I needed the ends trimmed.

After she finished trimming my hair she swept up the hair, which really was minimal. I was surprised. I'm sure I wont miss the hair. After Ukali finished the cut/trim, we went back to the shampoo bowl so that she could rinse out the Curls Hair Tea.

As she was finishing my rinse out Keneesha came back into the part of the salon where we were and started putting some things away. Imagine my surprise when she began to finish rinsing my hair!!!!!!!!! OMG! I could not believe it!

She and I chatted as she asked about my hair, the henna, and the other products I use in my hair. She said she would start by adding Kinky Curly Curling Custard to my hair. She really was meticulous about adding the product to my hair. I mean, she has a complete routine in how she did it. She added the KCCC all around and all over my hair. Once she completed that, she said she would then add Miss Jessie's Curly pudding on the top. This process took a minute because she would add product, then add a little water, then more product, then more water, then more product, then smoothed it out. This went on for a while until she had my hair perfectly smoothed out with product.

Once the product application was complete, she place me under they dryer. Keneesha had already told me that the product application would cause my hair to take a while to dry and as thick as my hair is, I knew it would take a while too - especially with that KCCC on my hair. Anyway, I think I was under they dryer for over an hour. I didn't even check the time because I just wanted to enjoy the experience.

The dryer felt sooo good. The heat was just right - not that burning heat I've felt in some other salons. I was just meditating and trying to catch a nap under there. It really was relaxing. While I was under they dryer I was able to see myself in the mirror and a lady behind me who was getting a color job done. I watched her hair go from dark brown to a burgundy almost like mine. LOL

Once I was dry, I was taken back to my seat by Ukali where she got some Miss Jessie's Curly Buttercream and added a little to my hair while she finger combed it out. Yes, I could notice that my hair was shorter, but I also noticed that the ends didn't look as thin and stringy as they had a few days ago. I love the new cut and the way my hair was styled. I do have to say that I am really not a fan of Miss Jessie's, but for the way Keneesha applied the product and styled my hair - well, I love it.

I know there have been a lot of ladies that don't really care for MJ's and says it ends up drying their hair out, but I felt safe since the KCCC was added to my hair first. I don't think it would be too bad to use it every once in a while with the KCCC added first. I like the way my hair looks with the combination. Keneesha explained that the Curly Pudding would give my hair a more "finished" look over top of the KCCC and I knew exactly what she was saying. She was exactly right.

Once my finger styling was completed I went to the front where Keneesha checked me out and gave me a "Customized Take Home Prescription". Basically it was just a re-cap of what they had done at the salon and what products were used. It also told me how to maintain the style at home and what to do if I wanted to refresh the style for 2nd or 3rd day hair.

When it was all said and done and I was checking out of the salon, it was 3:21 and I had been there for 4 1/2 hours!!!! That is a pretty long time. I knew it would take a while because I have a lot of thick hair and my hair takes a long time to dry, but I didn't think it would take this long.

Would I do it again? YOU BET!!!! I am totally and completely satisfied with my experience at Urbanbella.

I'm posting a few pics, but encourage you to visit my fotki for more pics.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Urbanbella Trim

Ok, so I called Urbanbella around lunch time today and they had an opening for a trim on tomorrow morning at 11:00am!!! Of course I booked the appointment. I had to. That was right on time because anyone who knows me knows that I do not like to wait - for anything! I paid my $50 deposit (which goes towards my service) and am booked and ready. I just hope that the weather doesn't get too bad and I have to reschedule.

They are going to shampoo and condition my hair then trim - that costs $60. But, since i haven't been to a salon in 2 years I decided to pay an extra $20 for them to use some product and fingerstyle me on out. So it will be $80 total, which isn't bad. I wouldn't do this every month or even every 3 months, but once a year? Yeah, I would splurge and do it once a year.

The stylist who booked my appointment said that my actual stylist may recommend additional services like deep conditioning or hydrating, but those would be optional. I'm wondering what - if anything - they will recommend? I'm not spending more than the $80 for the service I agreed to - that's it - nothing more! At least for a little while I will be pampered and I can let someone else take on the responsibility of making my hair look good.

I'll make sure to come back tomorrow night with an update and pics from my Urbanbella trim.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

To Blow Out or not to Blow Out

Ok, so I have been on the hair blogs and feening to blow my hair out. I mean, it's been over a year since I have had my hair straight And I kind of miss it. I have been asking questions and researching to see what types of precautions I need to take to make sure that I don't damage my hair with the heat of the blow dryer. I know I don't want to go through another "grow-out" process just because I wanted to try to blow my hair out.

Anywho, I went and bought some Redken Smooth Down Heat Glide to protect my hair from the heat. It came highly recommended by the ladies over on the 4a board at The Redken was about $16 for a bottle and a little really goes a long way. I'm sure I will have that bottle for a long time because I will not be putting heat on my hair but maybe twice a year.

So, the first thing I did was shampoo my hair with Kinky Curly Come Clean. Right now that's my holy grail shampoo. I love the smell of it, and it gets my hair really clean. I only have to use it every other month unless my hair has a lot of product buildup. After I shampooed, I conditioned with Suave Coconut - another holy grail. While the conditioner was in my hair I made sure to do a thorough detangle. Then I rinsed out the conditioner, towel blotted my hair dry and added the Redken.

After the Redken was applied all over my hair, I went on to blow it out. I used the Denman to sort of stretch my hair while drying it. I used my hair dryer on medium heat and made sure to keep the nozzle away from my hair as much as I could. Back in the old days I would have used the dryer attachment and everything to try and get my hair to the coveted "bone str8" look. Well, after about an hour of blow drying, I decided to give up. My arms were getting tired and so was I. I liked the freedom of my wash-n-go's and this was NOT what was up. When I stopped, my hair looked like this:

Let me just say, when I thought of blowing my hair out, this was not what I had in mind! LOL I truly thought I would get my hair nearly straight like some of the ladies on the hair board did. I should have know better. My hair rebels! It was probably laughing at me the entire time I was attempting to blow my hair out.

I guess if I really want it blown out I would have to go to a professional. I'm thinking I need my ends trimmed and I wouldn't dare try that on my own. I have notice a few split ends here and there and I don't want it to get worse. I'm thinking if I let anyone straighten and trim my ends I would have to go to Urbanbella to let them do it. I don't know if I would even trust anyone else with my hair. Ahhhh, ok, so I took just a few minutes to call Urbanbella to see if they had to straighten my hair to trim the ends and they do not. Not sure how accurately they could trim it without straightening it, but hey, they are in business for a reason. I think I will call in the morning to make an appointment with them. I think I can treat myself to a professional cut/trim once a year.

Oh well, I'll keep you all posted as to when I get my trim and how it goes. I'll have updates with the whole experience.

Ciao ladies!