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“Good Hair” Documentary by Chris Rock

Good Hair

Good Hair-Bad Hair – a cultural phenomenon

Here is a heads up to Chris Rock fans and fans of ‘good hair!” Chris took on the project this past year of making, what would seem to be an unlikely subject for him, a movie/documentary called “Good Hair.”  The subject interested him after his daughter, Lola, asked him the question, “How come I don’t have good hair Daddy?”

“Good Hair
by Chris Rock”
“Good Hair” in the African-American culture is now normally considered to be smooth, straight and often times long.  Role models and celebrities like Michelle Obama, Tyra Banks, Oprah and Beyonce to name just a few, reflect that idea.   And “bad hair” is normally considered to be kinky, nappy, thin, fragile and curly. Unfortunately that myth seems to have passed down since the time of slavery. But, the labeling or categorizing of one type of hair as good and another as bad can result in self-esteem issues. Chris Rock addresses the issues of hair, self-esteem and more in this documentary and does it with his own flair and humor!

The quest for ‘good hair’ runs deep for many of us and the billion dollar hair industry is here to prove it.  Chris says he was ‘astonished’ to learn how many people will spend 20% of their income on hair relaxers and weaves in order to have the ‘good hair.’ (Chris includes a reference to Prince and his possible expenditures on his hair in his trailer .  . . so it’s not just ladies he’s talking about.)

Wednesday September 30th Oprah will be talking to Chris Rock about his new documentary “Good Hair.” The film “Good Hair” will be out on October 9th, so check it out . . . it looks like a good one.



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Cosmetology School Sues Student

Beauty School Instructor with student and client

Cosmetology School Sues Student for Activity on FaceBook

Do you know the fine-line between your 1st Amendment rights and libelous, slanderous behavior on the Internet? Apparently, administrators at The Salon Professional Academy in Elgin, Ill. feel they have a case. They are suing a student for $50,000 for the unauthorized use of the schools logo and emotional damage caused by defamatory comments posted on this students FaceBook page.

Nicholas Blacconiere, created the FaceBook page, TSPA Robinhood, mocking teacher and classes and offered fellow students a place to vent. Is this really an issue for the courts or couldn’t better teacher/student communications rectify matters? Evidently, similar type lawsuits are popping up on this type of thing all across the country.
“Cosmetology School Shoots Own Foot”
According to the Chicago Tribune News, “As social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace continue to consume young people’s free time, the lawsuit could set a precedent in how students are held accountable for insults posted on the Web. Those who study Internet trends say lawsuits involving so-called electronic harassmentor suck sites — pages created to mock a person or place — are on the rise. But because such technological lawsuits are a new concept, courts are just now developing guidelines for how to handle them. So far, electronic harassment cases involving schools versus students have brought mixed results.”

What is your take? The opinions are rolling in everywhere on who’s right, who’s wrong and whose got a leg to stand on.

A salon owner writes in, “Boo-hoo!Would you hire this student to work for you?”And on the other side another comments,” When the school charges students $15,000 for their education, they should be above lawsuits — can’t they just ask him to take it down? Lawsuits like this have the potential to absolutely decimate a person’s finances through expensive lawyer fees that come before any settlement is reached. However, people can take out settlement loans to help keep them afloat financially during tough times like this.

My personal take is the Cosmetology School is out of their minds for bringing so much negative attention to themselves for what appears to be some hurt feelings. Had they ignored the issue the FaceBook entries would have been seen by a handful of people, most of whom are wise enough to spot a righteous indignation rant. Instead it is being reported all across the country, because of their vindictiveness the FaceBook site will be seen by thousands. Seems to me the student has accomplished his goals beyond his wildest imagination.


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Why I Love it When a Client Brings Me Hairstyle Pictures

Hairstyle Pictures

.Hairstyle Pictures are a Fabulous Tool for Both the Client and hairdresser

“Take Hairstyle Pictures With You to Hair Salon”


Clients that bring in hairstyle pictures to a salon appointment are different then clients who do not. The client who brings in hairstyle pictures wants a specific look and knows that the picture will help to make her vision my vision.


Hairstyle Pictures


Find hairstyle pictures in magazines or online sources. Hairstyle pictures can be taken from a variety of sources like magazines, websites (like and ads. The pictures should show a close up of the hairstyle you like and should be clear. Before your next appointment, flip through a few hairstyle picture magazines or even the latest People magazine to find ideas you like.


It is a good idea to look for hairstyle pictures several days to several hours before your hair salon appointment. If you wait until you are at the hair salon to thumb through magazines looking for a hairstyle you like, you may not leave yourself enough time to find the hairstyle you really want. Also, if you find several hairstyle pictures you like  you can bring all of them in to your hairdresser to explain what you like from each hairstyle so that your hairdresser can accommodate it.


Hairstyle Pictures

.So why do I like when my clients bring me hairstyle pictures? Well, for starters, it cuts my consultation time down, leaving more time for the actual haircut, hair coloring and styling. Hairstyle pictures help the client to explain what it is they want. For example, if a client asks for more ‘body’ in her hair it could mean a variety of things. To me more body means she wants texture or wave and I would suggest a perm perhaps. But to another hairdresser, more body might mean simply more volume at the top, and that hairdresser would cut shorter layers into the hair to achieve more ‘body’. See how something so simple can be misinterpreted? That is where hairstyle pictures come in.


Hairstyle pictures are a visual tool to help both the client and dresser see the same end result.

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