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Please take a moment to help The Damn Salon.

In Uncategorized on June 30, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Hello Gorgeous Damn Girls.  We need your support. The Damn Salon has applied for the small business grant from Chase bank. To qualify we need at least 250 votes by midnight tonight. Please take 30 seconds to vote. We really appreciate your support. It only takes less than 30 seconds, SERIOUSLY!!!!
1. Go to http://www.missionsmallbusiness.com/
2. Log in through your Facebook
3. Enter the company name: The Damn Salon
4. Click “Search” then “Vote” and share with your friends! Please let me know when you have voted!

Thanks you in advance!!

Davadivine.

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The Hauttest Natural Hair On The Planet. Period.

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2012 at 10:52 pm

The Damn Salon, innovator of the City Twists, Urban Twists, and Micro City Twists, will be embarking on a Tri-City Tour June 23-30.  We will be in Washington DC June 23-25.  Philadelphia June 27. New York City  June 29-30.

Each of our signature styles are custom contoured, and custom layered to each client’s unique face and bone structure.  The Damn Salon Signature Styles are maintenance free and last for up to 12 weeks.  Our hair styles can be washed daily!  We use an amazing blended hair that is exclusive to our salon.    Our specialized technique, along with our amazing hair will give you the hauttest, most unique protective natural hair style you have ever experienced.

Clients of The Damn Salon are each served a gourmet meal with wine.  The environment is classy, sexy and truly one of a kind.  We have storefront locations in Atlanta, GA and Charlotte, NC.  Our touring division, A Taste of Damn, travels the country regularly offering our signature styles to select cities.

If you are in Washington DC, Philadelphia, PA or NYC, don’t miss your opportunity to be DAMNed!  Call 202.695.2554 TODAY to schedule your appointment.  If you would like to bring a Taste of Damn to your city, please email dava@thedamnsalon.com.

Stay Sexy!
DavaDivine

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What The Hell?

In Uncategorized on June 13, 2012 at 2:28 pm

DavaDivine here with another What the Hell Wednesday post.

What in The Hell is wrong with people?    Was she paid to be a walking billboard?  Does she really like Dorito’s that much?  Does she have any REAL friends?

I’m done here.

Please send your What The Hell Wednesday submissions to dava@thedamnsalon.com.

 

 

 

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DavaDivine.

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Join Us For The Juneteenth Wholistic Health and Natural Hair Expo June 16-17. Atlanta.

In Uncategorized on June 8, 2012 at 11:34 am

The Damn Salon is seeking models, volunteers and professional sales staff for this event. If you are interested in modeling or volunteering please email ephinae@thedamnsalon.com. Sales professionals should email dava@thedamnsalon.com.

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DavaDivine

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What The Hell….Are Lace-front Wigs Doing To Your Hairline?

In Uncategorized on June 6, 2012 at 1:51 pm

SMDH…..What The Hell would ever possesses someone to glue a wig to their forehead?

Every day a woman visits or calls The Damn Salon distraught, disgruntled, and disgusted by their damaged and disappearing hairline. Its crazy. But what’s even crazier is the fact that we sometimes have trouble uncovering and then convincing these poor souls that lace-front wigs are to blame.  So, I’m here to set the record straight for once and for all ladies.

Lace fronts are ugly, damaging and ugly.  They do not look natural.  They do look ridiculous.  Even worse than that, they cause severe and often irreparable damage to your hairline.  Just one episode of wearing a lace-front will leave tell-tale signs of damage around your hairline!   Any more than once, you’re playing Russian Roulette with irreversible tension/traction alopecia.  

Lace-front wigs are not a new ingenious invention, ladies.  They have been around for years.  But please understand that lace-fronts were originally designed for performers.  They are stage wigs.  They are meant to be worn only a few hours at a time.  Drag queens, models and performers of every persuasion have been wearing lace-front wigs for years.   The tape/glue helps the hairpiece stay in place in spite of sweat, dancing and wardrobe changes.  Truth be told, from 20 rows back, a lace-front wig on stage just might look natural.

So how does this translate to everyday life?  It doesn’t.  Gluing a wig to the  most vulnerable area of your hair is just not smart.  Couple that glue with the tension that takes place when you frown, laugh or smile and the scrubbing effect that happens while you’re sleeping and you have a recipe for disaster.  Wearing a lace-front wig as a protective style is like applying Nair to your hair as a conditioner.  It won’t work!

If you must wear a wig ladies, DO NOT glue it on.  Always wear a wig cap.  Make sure your hair is well moisturized.  Protect your ends by dividing the hair and making  twists or braids and tucking the ends under.  Allow your scalp to breathe.  Only wear your wig when absolutely necessary.  Lastly, keep your edges moisturized with a light oil or growth serum.

If you do suffer from hair-loss related to tension or traction alopecia,  you still have options.  The Damn Salon has developed techniques that will camouflage the damage.  Call 404.832.0801 today to schedule your consultation.

Stay Sexy!

Dava Divine.

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Gym Curls: Working Out and Natural Hair Maintenance

In Uncategorized on June 5, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Summer time is fast approaching and you feel it’s time to take control of your life and get in shape. You want to be able to rock a two-piece teeny-weeny bikini without feeling, or looking like “Precious”. You’ve got the running shoes, the fly matching Nike gear, and a playlist that will make any athlete want to work up a sweat. Well, what’s holding you up? Oh, you just two strand twisted your hair last night and you don’t want your roots to be puffy….

There have been several articles written about the African American society and how we will forgo working out because we don’t want to mess up our beautiful tresses. Even as naturalistas we spend a lot of time and money on making sure our hair looks good so why in the world would we want to go to the gym and sweat out a good natural hairstye?

Working out is one of the main reasons why I went Natural, well that and the fact that as a PhD students my income is very limited. There are several ways that we can take care of our hair and still get in a super charged workout 3-4x’s a week.

Workout Friendly Styles

Afro’s can be a lot to deal with when working out. The easiest thing to do would be to pull your hair back in a puff. Since I really don’t like a lot of stress on my hair I stick with plaiting my hair down in sections and putting a hat on. This particular practice works great for me because, the hat makes me look more sporty and serious about my workout, it also allows me to wear a not so flattering protective style out in public. Once your work is done, remove the hat and either leave the braids in or style as usual. I find that after a workout my braids yield an awesome braid out. You can also go old school and wrap a scarf around your head. I find that scarves work best during lower impact workouts

Remove excess moisture from your scalp

If you’re like me you’re more prone to sweat from your scalp and you’ll find this to be the case more so when you’re wearing an afro. Removing excess moisture from your scalp after a workout will not only prolongs the life of your hairstyle, but it will also help stop the build up of salt and dirt. Using a curl cloth, I typically part my hair in sections, and go through blotting off the excess moisture.

Co Washing 

If you’ve just installed your braids or twist and you’re worried about the build up of salt and sweat on your scalp due to multiple workout
sessions co-washing is a great way to make sure your hair is fresh. When co-washing you to use a conditioner and  rub it on your scalp and onto you hair. While it won’t make your hair squeaky clean it will help to clear the build up of dirt oil and grease.  Peppermint and Tea Tree Conditioner from The Damn Salon would work well for this.

Rock a fitness head band

If you sport a TWA and are limited with the amount styles rock a fashionable fitness headband. Headbands are great because they catch the excess moisture and keep it out of your face.  They also look cute!

I hope these tips helped you get over that hump and head into the gym to sculpt that amazing body we all know is just waiting to be unleashed. Besides just think as a Naturalista you have the upper hand in the gym. The more you sweat the curlier and cuter your hair gets, no need worry about your edges not matching the rest of your hair. Just like your workout, it’s all you baby just own it!!

See You in the Gym!

-Melody, cosemtically-challenged.com

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Fit, Fly and Cosmetically Challenged…

In Uncategorized on June 1, 2012 at 9:52 am

In April I had the great opportunity to have my hair done by The Damn Salon. If you’ve never heard of the Damn Salon you’re truly missing out. The Damn Salon is an upscale hair braiding salon that provides a different twist on braided natural hair styles. If you go to their website they say they are a private natural hair salon that is invitation only. While that may have been true in the past, servicing is now open to the general public so anybody can come and take advantage of this wonderful experience.

The Damn Salon’s motto is ” Who said Natural Hair had to Be Boring?”, their goal is to provide an upscale braiding experience and deliver funky styles that will not only turn heads, but also make a declaration that natural hair isn’t just afro’s and kinky twist, it’s a fashion statement, a way a life for the unique individual to be fierce, and give attitude in a way that brings out their personality.  The Damn Salon has shops in Atlanta and Charlotte with talk of opening a Salon in DC.

I was able to get my hair done by The Damn Salon touring division. Every 3 months the Damn Salon travels down the east coast stopping  in New York,Philadelphia and DC. After seeing these ladies at the Natural Girls Rock event in Atlanta, I toyed with the idea of having my hair damned. I live a very active life style and I was tired of having to do something with my hair all of the time. I figured getting my hair “damned” would allow me the opportunity to rock a new style and allow my hair a chance to rest.

 On April 2nd, the day of my appointment I met the “damned” ladies at their temporary Philadelphia site and from the moment I walked in the door I had one of the best hair braiding experiences ever. I was given a consultation by Dava, whom I’d met in January and I she walked me through each style, helping me to pick out what I wanted. While I loved the Urban Twist I had already fallen in love with a picture of Micro City Twist I saw a young lady wearing previously so I decided to go with that. After my consult I was greeted by Mushiya, founder of The Damn Salon who helped me complete my styling decision.

My entire process took about 10hrs, this is only because I had Micro City Twist done. Ladies who were receiving Urban twist were in and out in 2hrs or less! While there we were treated to great conversation, amazing food, wine and lots of laugh. by the end of the day I felt I’d accomplished more then getting my hair braided.  I’d also made some great friends!

It was an amazing experience and my hair turned out wonderfully. If you are considering getting your hair “Damned” and have questions about my experience feel free to ask!

Melody,

Melody is a fitness aficionado,  PhD student, make-up artist and blogger for Cosmetically-Challenged.com.  She was neither solicited, paid or discounted for this review.

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