Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Moving along from Trainee to Certification

Hey Blog Fam!

God is so good! This year has been really busy for me. First off my job decided that I have enough time and talent to help out on two very high profile teams. One of the teams has now sent me to implement the process around the country so our first stop is Southern California. LA to be exact. I am gone from Sunday night to Thursday night. Now I am receiving emails from another project team asking for my help. Dang! They must think I have my cape blowing in the wind or something.

With the corporate job doing it's thing now my Sisterlock business has exploaded. I completed a full installation this month and now I have 3 full installations in March and one scheduled for April (her daughter will follow in June). One of my clients (Elaine) has been so good and has given my card out during her second job. So many people have complimented her hair and now I have two full installations through her. In a minute Elaine will have a free retightening coming her way. I love my clients they are so good to me. With my short hair promotions that I am offering I am completing full installations on Fridays or Saturdays so starting March 7th I am busy every weekend. The hubby doesn't mind too much because after this month I can submit my paperwork for certification. Hmmm Katrina Sisterlock Consultant sounds so very nice. Now if I can only find time to do my own hair. :)

With the added business comes the improved speed. My time spent retightening a client has improved to 2.5 hours to 4.5 hours tops. My longest time retightening is 4.5 hours and that is my client who has over 600 locks easily. Once I put on my Ipod it is all about FOCUS. Sometimes I don't get a chance to listen to my music because I am chatting with my clients. We have some of the best conversations and the bonding between sisters is welcomed. The one thing that I perfected is my gentle technique. This is something my mentor always stressed. A client should never feel discomfort or large amounts of tugging of the hair. Each of my new clients all said the same thing when I put in their test locks. Are you done already? I didn't even feel that. Or I thought you were still parting. I am proud of that. I want for each of my clients to have a stress free relaxed time in my chair.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Natural Hair Relaxers

Hey Blog Fam!

I am amazed at times when I receive phone calls from women asking various questions concerning hair care. I don't even charge a fee for my knowledge that I readily offer to callers, even when I get those occasional callers who are over-zealous. One call just took me back and it went a little like this.

Caller: Hello Do you carry ____ _____ Natural Hair Relaxer by _____ ____?
Me: Um I am sorry we do not carry ANY chemicals that may permanently alter your hair.

Well, in my 9 years of being natural I have seen and heard of many companies boasting their claims of natural products that offer hair relaxing capabilities. Judging from a couple of my previous clients who have tried those so called natural hair relaxers I will say there is no such thing as a natural product that permanently straightens your hair. Sorry ladies! I have also researched the internet and let me tell you, there are pages upon pages of so called natural products that straighten the hair. I even saw one that came close but it requires you keep this paste in your hair for 3 hours or more without heat. With the heat it is about 90 minutes. What!?!? That in my mind doesn't register as natural. I also read the ingredients and it was very vague. Something didn't sit right in my gut about the product. They also have rave reviews and not one person who was the least bit unsatisfied. My mother always told me if something appears to be too good to be true it probably is.