Hair Therapy Blog
Accepting items for the local homeless shelters ACTS in Dumfries and Hilda Brag in Woodbridge, Virginia. Join me in helping bring smiles to many faces on Memorial Day weekend.
Trying to eat healthy or vegetarian and feel like you are starving or everything taste horrible? These are some snacks that I tried and did not hate. Found these snacks at Wegman's.
Things I made and didn't hate
Spicy Red Peppers, Basmati Rice, Brocolli
The Brunch Tour Update
The most recent brunch took place on April 15th at "In His Hands Massage Therapy" in Laurel, MD. It was intimate pleasure. The ladies I were greeted by the aroma of brunch. The staff for the day were all men and the ladies were all smiles.
After massages we dined with 90's R&B playing in the background. The table was full of laughter. The men kept the drinks filled and the table clear of used dishes. It was an A1 experience from beginning to end.
The next brunch will be a buffet at Liberty Tavern a 1PM. Click here for more details.
Prince Issa Turns 6!!!!!!!!!
Can you believe it? Issa is officially 6!
FOUND SAMPLE SIZES OF ITEMS ON MY "HIT LIST" IN WAL-MART
I have been using the same products for years. The market is flooded with new options. If you missed my Facebook live on the 4 steps to washing you hair at home and how to get through the hair product shelves of Wal-Mart and Target, please check it out.
Video Recap: Steps to washing hair (Cleansing Shampoo, Moisturizing Shampoo, Conditioner (also known as instant conditioner) if you have no time for heat, deep conditioner (when using heat to process for at least 20 min)
Tips: Brand loyalty is not required. Not skipping the steps to washing is most important.
HIT LIST BRANDS: Design Essentials, Mielle, The Doux, The Mane Choice. I heard a lot about them all and I am very curious.
These sample sizes were 2.97 each. I could not find the conditioner in the sample size.
TESTING NEW PRODUCTS ON A BUDGET: THESE ITEMS WERE MARKED DOWN TO 5 DOLLARS on clearance! I went back the next day and they were all gone! my hair was very clean and soft! Mane choice has endless scent options. I mean endless. I was just happy to get my hands on something within the line.
Tip: Detox and Cleansing shampoo is the same thing. The purpose to remove dirt gel etc. Do not be shocked the hair will feel dry while shampooing. I will not feel super soft again until you deep condition your hair.
THE MANE CHOICE & JANE CARTER
What about post wash? Really depends on what you plane to do. I like to use ONE product only after washing my hair. A butter or mouse for twisting, an oil and serum for straightening. I hate using a million products. One this day in the spirit of new things I tried a leave in and curls gel. My cousin was in town and I got to use her products for FREE! i really recommend trying products for free whenever possible.
WOW this leave in is amazing!!! The gel was ok I still prefer creme of nature gel for laying me edges.
PRODUCT RECOMMENDATION FROM BROOKLYN
THE BRUNCH TOUR CONTINUES
Join me April 15th at 1PM
This brunch is unique. It will be held in a spa. Brunch starts with a 30 minute massage followed by plate provided by Chef Jay Wigs and a mimosa. Both men and women are encouraged to attend.
Scrambled spinach cheese eggs
Maple Turkey Bacon
PERFECT HEADTIE NEW COLOR AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER
Videos on how to use the perfect head tie are coming soon. Look art my informal videos on Facebook.
BRUNCH TIME !!!!!!!!!
The first brunch is Saturday March 31st at Noon. The cost is $25 and you must pay in advance to have a guaranteed seat. Click the picture below for more details.
CANDALADA attends 2018 Dr. John Hope Franklin Award and Celebrating Diversity Reception
Thank you to Hair Therapy member Mya Minter for a very special invite. Diverse: Issues in Higher Education is a primary resource for many. The work that they do is a amazing and it was an honor to see this years winners and hear their stories.
#RAE2018 : Media Coverage
Shenandoah University released an article about RAE in the Harry F. Byrd Jr. School of Business Newsletter on March 19th. The article focused on the range of SU students and alumni that participated in the event. The span of graduates range from Class of 06 - Class of 20.
To enjoy the article for yourself click the image below:
HAIR THERAPY MEMBER ARTICLE SHARE:
IS THERE GOOD FALAFEL IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA ?
MEDITERRANEAN CAFE: Alexandria Virginia
Market & bake shop with fresh breads & sweet pastries, groceries & Middle Eastern take-out foods.
This place is the best hands down!!! The sandwich comes with pita chips and hummus. It only cost 5.75. SO far I have not found a place that has better falafel.
WARNING: It is market so the atmosphere is not that sexy looking. I suggest carry out only.
Address: 352 S Pickett St, Alexandria, VA 22304
PETRA : MANASSAS, VA
Petra Grill in Woodbridge, VA serves authentic Lebanese food, freshly prepared, at both of its locations in Woodbridge and Manassas, Virginia.
Falafel is ok, Fries are so good, Salad is amazing, hummus and bread good.
Sandwich comes alone.
SANTORINI GRILL : WINCHESTER
Santorini Grill is an authentic family run Greek restaurant located in Berryville VA.
Falafel slightly spicy, comes with raw onion taste good.
Sandwich comes alone.
PRINCE ISSA ATTENDS THE MAKER FAIRE
Thanks to Hair Therapy member Dr.Groff Issa had a special visit to the Maker Faire that took place in Fairfax, VA on the George Mason University Campus. This event was for children that have an interest in science and making things.
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SLVixxen's 3rd Annual Make-Up Class is February 3rd !!!!!!!!
Click play to watch SLVixxen's Facebook live post about her upcoming make-up class.
THE HISTORY OF THE SLVIXXEN MAKE-UP CLASS
The first class was held in 2016 in Woodbridge, Virginia. Many of the ladies went out after class to show off their new make-up skills.
Last year the class was held August 2017. Despite the pressure of back to school season, this class was truly a treat for all that attended. Offering detailed one on one assistance with, foundation application, blending techniques and information about the best make up dupes on the market.
In December 2017, there was an attempt to hold a second class titled, "The Holiday Glam Session". However, it was cancelled due to inclement whether.
Moving forward SLVixxen will keep the tradition of offering one group class a year in February. The annual February class will show you how to look fabulous during the commercial weekend of love.
Register for this informative and life changing class today. I promise you will love it! It is a great way to meet other Hair Therapy members and also serves as a perfect platform for a mother and daughter or sibling bonding.
#RAE2018 Exhibit February 10th IN WASHINGTON DC
The "Rappers and Entrepreneurs" exhibit is for, young professionals and most importantly, male African American community business leaders from throughout our area.
In honor of Black history month and to reinforce positive energy within the community, come out and celebrate "The Minority Report". A documentary of Black Men who figured it out.
Click HERE for additional details.
PERFECT HEAD TIE RELEASED IN TEAL IN OBSERVATION OF OVARIAN CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
January 22, 2018, The Perfect Head Tie was released in teal. This year Hair Therapy will be acknowledging the pandemic of cancer. Releasing colors throughout the year in synchronization with the months being observed. Please follow the calendar to see when the color you are looking for will become available.
To purchase The Perfect Head Tie click HERE
LOCAL NAIL TECH FINDS
13340 Minnieville Rd, Woodbridge, VA 22192
Nail Tech: Michelle
She did a great job. The pedicure lasted for FOUR weeks! Nails neat and perfect.
LAYERED CAKE LLC
9F Catoctin Circle SW
Leesburg, VA 20175
I like the icing because it's not so sweet that your head will fall off. The cupcake tasted like a slice of a wedding cake cut off and molded into a cupcake. If you are a person that likes sponge cake, then this is the perfect cake for you! IT'S DRY!
CANDALADA HOSTING AN EXHIBIT FEB 3RD in DC : Honoring Black Men Who Found Success Through ENTREPRENEURSHIP and MUSIC
Event Details / Description:
"The Rappers and Entrepreneurs" exhibit and mini film event for students, young professionals, and, most importantly, male African American community business leaders from throughout our area. This event will feature a short documentary “The Minority Report” inspired by and told by 3 entrepreneurs and a musician.
The installations displayed against exposed brick will showcase portraits of 4 men servicing the fitness, vending, barbering and music industry. In the short documentary participants speak on issues they faced and best business practices they used to overcome those obstacles.
NEW NAIL EXPERIENCE AT BEAUTY NEST
Nail Tech: Tanaria
This place is clean and cute. One of the unique things I saw was a cotton candy machine that staff was distributing to both children and adults. A heated neck pillow was placed on my neck during the manicure. My nails were in excellent condition when I left. A basic manicure was 26 not including gel.
How castile soap saved my face
My face has been a mess for the past two years. I have been trying several different face washes. They work the first two weeks and then I go back to having breakouts with scaring.
One Thanksgiving break I left my face wash home and used my aunt's eucalyptus soap. To my dismay my skin was clear all weekend, but really dry because I did not dilute the soap. I also started using the soap to clean my make- up brushes.
After a few months I started to explore other herbs ( colors, scents) because the Eucalypts was too strong. My skin was dry and itchy. I tried citrus (yellow bottle) and it was too weak, the bumps were coming back. Then I tried tea tree (orange bottle) and it seemed to be a better fit. When I ran out of the tea tree castile , I decided to try the tea tree sugar soap and it was perfect! As I suspected it is made a differently than the castile soaps and the ingredients do not leave my skin dry.
Organic Sucrose*, Organic White Grape Juice, Organic Coconut Oil*, Organic Palm Kernel Oil*, Potassium Hydroxide**, Organic Olive Oil*, Organic Tea Tree Oil, Organic Shikakai Powder, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Citric Acid, Tocopherol
*CERTIFIED FAIR TRADE INGREDIENTS
**None remains after saponifying oils into soap & glycerin.
Every once in a while I use fine Himlayan salt and water as a scrub.
Question: How do you find this product and not pay an arm and a leg?
Answer: Do not buy it a Target! Try Wegman's
To see everything Bronner's has to offer visit their website.
I currently use the Tea Tree sugar soap for my face and body. Followed by Neutrogena Naturals brightening Moisturizer for my face. This moisturizer has lemon in it which works well with tea tree. Also leaves my face matter and ready for make up. I use Nivea Essentially enriched lotion for my body. Best combination lotion for dry skin ever!
DEVA CUP, TAMPONS and Organic Sanitary Napkins
As a teen used always pads and as an adult I opted to use o.b. ob tampons are small require no applicator and and absorb for long periods of time. It was not until 5 years ago that a friend mentioned something called a Deva Cup to me. I did not take the extra step of reading up about them like I intended back then.
Organic everything has swept the nation. After so many years of being uninformed I wanted to get informed and make a change. On my quest for organic cotton tap on and pads I spotted Deva Cup on the shelf! I was nervous and certainly had no plans to spend 30 dollars but I am interested in visiting the option in the near future.
SWEET SPOTS TO EAT IN NORTHERN VA
Nikky and I both had the veggie scramble. I had the dish with no egg. It was great. This place is known for the raspberry lemonade according to the reviews I read. I had some and I was not disappointed.
The cinnamon roll was a special item that day. The french toast was delightful. We sat by the fireplace. This place was cozy and the service was good. People were sitting on the patio in DEC! There were fire pits on the patio however, I still think it was too cold to sit outside.
CANDALADA IN NYC
NYC CHEAP EATS
Pizza Bar is located within Macy's.
For NikkRich Bday I tried Confections bakery for the first time. My cup cake was very good. The butter cream icing was delightful but it was piled high and too much for me. I purchased a strawberry cupcake for myself (my favorite) and mint chocolate chip for NikkRich. She loves mint and it happened to be the featured flavor.
If you ask for gift wrap for a dollar more they will put your cupcake in a single serving container and place a bow on it.
This place is just as good as Sprinkles. Check out my trip to Sprinkles Cup Cake ATM in Atlanta from July by clicking here.
THE PERFECT HEAD TIE
Since the soft launch of the Perfect Head Tie in August 2017. I have discovered tips to make the scarf more effective.
I use the product everyday primarily because it is winter. In the cold months I like to keep my head covered until I arrive inside of my destination.
Using the scarf with the shiny shade facing the world absorbs water. Using the scarf with the shiny side facing you preserves shine. For example: To lay edges on the way to work with gel on dry hair make sure the shiny side is facing you. Video demonstrations will be on the way soon!
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Rappers and Entrepreneurs Exhibit
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
12490 9th NW Rear Entrance
Hosted by: Candalada and NikkRich
Description: Beyond Studio will welcome 60 attendees for this year’s Rappers and Entrepreneurs Exhibit. This events brings together not only the region’s student community but also the African American male entrepreneurs of D.C., Maryland and Virginia. The installations will showcase portraits of 4 entrepreneurs servicing the fitness, vending, barbering and music industry. In addition, we will offer attendees the opportunity to screen the short documentary "Minority Report" based on issues faced by these men and best business practices they used to overcome them and obtain success.
CANDALADA IN MIAMI
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SCAD FASHION MUSEUM
Update: Candalada as Professor Hopkinson at Shenandoah University
Hair Therapy client Kristy Fisher, the young professional NikkRich and the honorable Dean Davis, shared their stories about entrprenership to my class this semester. Thank You!!!