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What The Hell?….No Ma’am Sir!

In Uncategorized on May 30, 2012 at 1:30 pm

No Ma’am Sir! What the hell is wrong with people?

Davadivine here to lend a little What The Hell hilarity to your Wednesday.  Photos like this remind me that every bad natural hair day I have endured over the past 18 years has been well worth it.  My heart aches when I think about the poor young woman in India who sold her beautiful locks only for them to be tortured and turned into this monstrosity.   What color is that?  Are those waterfall spritz curls?  Whats going on in the back?  I mean is this a razor cut or what?  Since this is a police photo, we could assume that the model was arrested mid style and didn’t have the opportunity to finish, but I still can’t figure out where the style was headed.  Help me out you guys…..

If you would like to share a photo for a future What The Hell Wednesday post, please email dava@thedamnsalon.com.

Stay Sexy!

Davadivine.

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The Natural Hair Journey Can Get A Bit Kinky.

In Uncategorized on May 29, 2012 at 11:43 am

Beautiful Guest Blogger Jess of http://www.hairgetskinky.com

Hey, you. Fly Natural Hair Diva.  Yes, you. Come here.

Recently, I’ve been hearing fleeting comments about some natural-haired ladies not feeling confident . I just wanted to check in with you and make sure that you weren’t second guessing YOURself. I’m not going to sell you a dream in a handbasket and promise that this natural hair thing is an easy transition for everybody. Some ladies hit more rough patches than others. I know women who were instantly in love with their curls and coils and then there were those who had to grow into their new look.

One misconception about women who have been natural for a while is…they have always been confident about their hair. Not all of us can say that’s true. It’s learned behavior. Just like you learn how to find products that work for your hair or how to detangle properly, many kinky gals had to learn how to love and feel confident about their natural hair.

So…You’ve got your regimen down. You know how to make a few cute hairstyles happen.  Now, a short lesson on how to feel like the fierce goddess that you are.

1. Remember: Your hair. Your decision.

Unless someone is helping you get a piece of lint out of your hair or letting you know a piece of hair is sticking up, their feedback is not needed. If someone says something negative about your hair, say you appreciate them sharing their opinion and keep it moving. Do not allow other people to shape how you feel about yourself.

2. Focus on you.

Yes. I know you noticed that lovely diva over there, but you can’t let her fierceness shrink your confidence. If anything, pull from her energy. Mimic her aura and make it your own. Stop comparing yourself to others. Embrace YOUR hair. It’s yours. Love it.

3. Fake it ‘till you make it.

Feeling a little self-conscious? That’s normal. Shake it off and strut it out! Soon flaunting what ya got won’t take a conscious effort—it’ll be a habit!

 4. Spice it up!

Sometimes you need a little remix in your daily routine. Tired of the same ol’ same ol’ thing? A hot new ‘do is always good for a girl’s self-confidence (and I’m sure the lovely ladies of The Damn Salon can make that happen for you *wink*).

 5. Compliment yourself.

I saw you check your reflection in that store front window. Mhm. It’s ok to just stop and look at yourself sometimes and say, “Damn, I look good!” Why? Because you do. Duh. Don’t wait for others to validate you.

Alright. I see you glowing with a little more confidence now than when I first approached you. I’m glad this little pep talk is hitting home. You’re beautiful, love. You’re hot. You’re sexy. You’re fierce. Don’t you forget it.

I know you need to get back to what you were doing, though, but I’m glad we had this chat before you ran off.

XoXo!

Jess.

HairGetsKinky.com

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Curl Concotions: The New Creamy Crack?

In Uncategorized on May 24, 2012 at 6:00 pm

We hate to beat a dead horse, but this one just doesn’t want to die!  The quest for curls is alive and well despite our most fervent dismissal.  You can hardly visit a natural hair group or forum without  tripping over the hairy pink elephant in the room.  Between curl typing charts, curl defining creams, and curl creating regimens women with natural hair are running around like chics with their curls cut off.     As with most things, The Damn Salon has an opinion about this and It is a simple one…Curls do not come in a jar.

Kinky hair IS curly. If you have ever examined a “nap” closely then you probably have already arrived at this conclusion. So, why are black women spending millions of dollars annually on puddings, creams, gels, sprays, and other concoctions that promise what they already have? It is absolutely possible to find products that will tame frizz, or define YOUR natural EXISTING curl pattern. But you will not find springy spirals in a jar, if you never had them to begin with, my dear.

Don’t fight nature, embrace it. Haute hair, begins with healthy hair. So, moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!  Trim every 3 months.  Choose protective styles whenever possible. Avoid heat like the plague. Once you have mastered these principles, explore styling options that work with your natural curl pattern.  If your hair is very kinky, roll with it…literally. Styles like finger twists and comb twists will produce awesome lasting texture with ease. These styles also tend to look better as they age.  Gently separate the twist after a few days for greater volume and variety.

If you have a looser curl pattern the tried and true two strand twist will elongate and unify your curls. The springy corkscrews can be worn for up to two weeks, depending on their size.  Larger twists will show their age a little faster. Use a light oil, like The Damn Salon’s Peppermint and Tea Tree Hair Oil, when doing your twist out. You should enjoy natural spirals that age beautifully.  If you have wavy hair, try Bantu knots.  The knots alone are Avante Garde and exotic. When twisted out they will provide you with big bold waves.  Think old Hollywood Glam.

Natural hair is as beautiful as the women who wear it.  Know Yourself.  Love Yourself.  Be Yourself.

Stay Sexy,

DavaDivine.

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What the Hell??

In Uncategorized on May 23, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Davadivine here with another What The Hell Wednesday photo for your viewing pleasure.  This young lady’s hair color defies the laws of nature.  And so does her hairline.  The hair texture is also a bit iffy.  Reminds me of that plastic doll hair from back in the day.  You remember, the off brand barbie doll that came with the clear plastic band around the head  to protect the curls.  And then once you tried to comb or brush through it, it became a tangled ball of trouble.  Maybe that was her inspiration?….

This photo is courtesy of A Damn Girl who would like to remain anonymous.  “Damn Girl Doe”,  a fabulous thank you gift is on it’s way to you.    We welcome submissions, please send yours to dava@thedamnsalon.com.

Stay Sexy,

Davadivine.

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Keep Those Koils Hydrated This Summer!

In Uncategorized on May 22, 2012 at 3:59 pm

African Hair is the MOST fragile of all hair types because of our lovely curls.  Therefore it must be handled with the utmost care! Our  hair is very dry, porous and brittle, mainly because the natural oils have a hard time reaching the ends. The more curls the more fragile and the only thing that can combat dry hair is moisture! Moisture also stops the hair from breaking. Our hair thrives on moisture; our Koils will only flourish when they are well moisturized. African hair produces more sebum than other hair types. Sebum is the oil that hair produces naturally to protect and lubricate it. Almost anything can disturb the moisture balance of your Koils and draw all the moisture out. Extreme weather conditions, Synthetic products, and heat can upset the balance of the hair and make hair very dry, which will lead to breakage!

This Summer, you can keep your natural hair healthy by drinking plenty of water.  Hydrate your hair from the inside out!  For Natural Beauties….a spray bottle is a MUST have!  It is always beneficial to add water to your hair before styling. Water keeps your hair flexible for styling and prevents breakage. You can create a simple hydrating mist with purified/distilled water,  and a carrier oil of your choice.  Aloe vera juice or gel, glycerin or honey are powerful humectants that can also be added to your hydrating mist.

Try the following recipe for a simple, but powerful hydrating spritz.

  • 6 oz of distilled or purified water (please do not use tap water)
  • ¼ cup of aloe vera juice or gel
  • 1 tbsp of your favorite oil (grapeseed, almond, jojoba, evoo (Extra Virgin Olive Oil), Macadamia Nut oil)
  • 1/2 tsp of glycerin
  • 5-10 – drops of essential oil of your choice

Summer sun rays can be pleasurable for your body, but wreak havoc on your hair. Hats, scarves and protective styles should be your friend this Summer!

Guest Blogger:  Pamela Jenkins of Koils By Nature.
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PARTY IN STYLE AND GIVE BACK TO HAITI

In The Damn Salon, Uncategorized on May 19, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Ok Damn Girls… We’re all about being fierce and fabulous, rocking confidence and style, but we’re also about giving back to the community and giving back when we have the ability to.

In conjunction with Carma Foundation, The Damn Salon is working to help raise awareness about the conditions of women and children around the world specifically those living  in destitute conditions in Haiti.

Join us to celebrate the birthday of Carma Foundation’s founder Melky Jean and help raise awareness for for Carma Foundation in their 5th Annual Gemini Give Back Fundraising Party.

Saturday, June 10, 2012 @ 7:30 PM
The Griffin NYC
50 Ganesvoort Street, New York, NY 10014

To purchase tickets go to www.carmafoundation.org donate page, and make a minimum donation of $35.00 early bird special. To receive a free pair of CROC Shoes make a $50.00 donation before June 1, 2012. Limited Tables available for table reservations. For more information contact goodcarmaevent@gmail.com.

 Celebrity guests have/will include:

  • The legendary Patti Labelle
  • Vivica Fox
  • Trina
  • Wyclef Jean
  • Royce Reed
  • Al B Sure
  • Micael Williams
  • Jamie Hector
  • John Starks
  • Kay Foxx
  • Andre Berto
  • & Lots More!

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Damn! That’s What You’re Wearing?….

In Uncategorized on May 18, 2012 at 12:03 pm

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What The Hell?

In Uncategorized on May 16, 2012 at 11:46 am

Now what am I supposed to say about this photo? Is it possible to be impressed, confused and disgusted at the same time? Well I am.

I have no comments, only questions…

Who did this?

Does he/she STILL have a cosmetology license?

How much did this client have to pay to convince a professional cosmetologist to engage in such fuckery?

This look is appropriate for what kind of event?

Many thanks to Karimah Guion of Portland, OR for this royally ratchet photo submission. Karimah will be receiving a special gift for her submission.  If you would like to submit a photo for “What The Hell Wednesday”  please send to dava@thedamnsalon.com.

Stay Sexy!

~Davadivine

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Let Us Make You Moist…

In Uncategorized on May 15, 2012 at 2:44 pm
 

Every natural knows that moisture is the key to stimulating and maintaining healthy natural hair growth.   
Shampooing is actually one of the best ways to impart moisture upon the hair.  After shampooing and conditioning, further moisturize the hair and scalp with The Damn Salon’s Peppermint and Tea Tree hair butter. The hair butter will prevent flaky and dry scalp, while softening the hair and  providing much needed moisture for dry brittle ends.  
 

Next, you want to seal in the moisture with The Damn Salon’s Peppermint and Tea Tree Hair Oil.  The oil produces a natural healthy looking luster without being greasy.   This process of moisturizing and sealing the hair applies to natural hair, hair that is in transition and while wearing extensions.  Purchase the Moisturizing Ensemble to protect your hair from the drying effects of the Summer sun NOW!

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It’s Another Damn Party

In Uncategorized on May 14, 2012 at 3:19 pm


“Whoop Whoop, Party over here!!”  

Game Night Friday May 18th,  7-9pm

  The Damn Salon Atlanta

6780 Roswell Rd. Suite C- 109

Atlanta, GA 30328.

If you know anything about the Damn Salon, you know this night will be filled with nothing but laughter, gourmet food, bottomless wine glasses and plenty of acting sexy, of course.  There will be a raffle for FREE Damn Salon products and services.  Get your raffle tickets NOW!  Call now to RSVP 404.832.0801.

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