How to Make the Job Interviewer Love You! Preparing For Your Job Interviews

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After sending in those awesome resumes that you learned how to make by visiting my first blog post on getting the job interview, it’s time to start preparing for your interviews, regardless if you have an interview scheduled or not. Before they call you for your interview (and they will call, because you are fabulous), I wanted to provide some tips that are often overlooked by most job-hunting assistance websites. These are honest, straight-forward tips to put you in the point-of-view of the interviewer.

When an interviewer calls to set up and interview with you there are a couple of assertive things that you should do so that you are not being set up for failure.

Appointment Time and Date

Refrain from appointment dates on Mondays and Fridays and afternoon appointment times . Why? Because, on Monday, interviewers are groggy and swamped with work that accumulated over the past week. They were probably having a blast on Saturday and Sunday, and probably aren’t thinking coherently (think about how you are on a Monday, BAM). They want the interview to be done– over with—so that they can actually do whatever it is that they do when they are not interviewing you. Also, I don’t recommend setting an appointment on a Friday. On Fridays, we all have that nonchalant “Whateverrr” attitude. On a Friday, the interviewer is not listening to you—they are thinking what they have to do after they leave from interviewing you—like going to the ATM and picking up the kids from school. They just got paid and want to go shopping!

The best appointment days are Tuesdays through Thursdays. The interviewer is most focused on those days. That way they can pay more attention to you so that you can make your awesome impression on the company. 😀

The time chosen for your interview is equally important. I strongly suggest agreeing to a morning interview. Why?  Because of something we call “The Itis!”

Dave Chappelle's diagram of what "The Itis" does to the body. “The Itis (pronounced “eye-tiss“) is something that is rarely talked about in the business world and I am unsure why, because it affects everything that we do after lunchtime. What’s “The Itis?” It’s that feeling you get after eating a meal filled with refined carbs, fried foods, and rich pastries. You feel full, sluggish, lethargic, sleepy. They can’t think well enough to actually take you seriously if they have “The Itis” so be wary of accepting an interview time after 12:00 p.m. (Youtube Link: Dave Chappelle actually gave the world a wonderful explanation of “The Itis” on his television show).

After negotiating appointment times, make sure that you ask them for more information about the location of the interview. Here are some of the questions I like to ask so that I can be prepared:

– What color is the building that I should be looking for? Are there any landmarks that can help me find the building quickly?

– What floor should I go to?

– Is there anything I need to know about parking?

– Who should I contact if I have any other questions or if I get lost?

It’s also a good idea go to your interview site the day before to be aware of any construction, delays, parking fees, etc.

Attire and Appearance

Note: This is for interviewees who will be in an office type setting. Dress like you already have the job. Dress as if you were doing the interview.

Macy's Kasper Suit, Notched Collar Three Piece Pencil Skirt Suit

Retail price of this suit is about $280.00-- I paid $7.99 for a brand new, similar suit at Goodwill.

The suit: The business suit is an investment. I do what I can to be sure I have quality business suits for interviewing. I’ve noticed that a lot of clothing stores don’t even have business suits, let alone business casual wear! Because of this, I’ve seen a lot of interviewees come to their interviews wearing just about anything (i.e., low-cut blouses with tight low-rise rayon pants).

If you have the funds, go to your nearest department store and invest in a business suit. Some stores like Burlington Coat Factory will even provide alterations for your suit for a nominal fee! If you don’t have a lot of money to purchase one retail, be of good cheer: I have found the best business suits at thrift stores—sometimes brand new, with the original price tags still on. I recently purchased a brand new business suit at Goodwill with a retail value of $178.00 for only $7.99! After purchasing my bargains, all I have to do is dry clean them and I am in “hiring mode!”

Ladies, please be sure to not have a high skirt—when in doubt, wear slacks. Gentlemen, a three-piece suit is not necessary but a tie is. The internet is awesome because they have websites available such as “How to tie a tie for your job interview.”

The "blazer" trick worked for Marge!

The "blazer" trick worked for Marge!

Wear a blazer. The blazer invokes authority… walk in it by always having your blazer on. This is a trick that I learned from the real estate industry and a guest speaker at a management honors fraternity meeting.  (Side note, notice that a lot of guys are wearing blazers with their tee-shirts and jeans at clubs, outings, music videos? They’re trying to boost themselves and look “authoritative.” lol).

Ladies: I totally recommend wearing makeup if you already wear it! I have read so many business news articles reporting that women that wear make-up end up making more money than the ladies that do not. I do not recommend the over-the-top items like shimmer lip gloss or full-false eyelashes. If you have long hair, put it in a ponytail or half-ponytail because you don’t want your hair to distract. Pantyhose or airbrush hose is a must, especially if you are wearing a skirt. Nails should not be long, and not be in outrageous colors or designs. I recommend wear closed toe heels/pumps for your footwear.

Always shine your shoes the night before, being sure that the heels are not worn and not in need of repair.

Everybody: wear no pierced jewelry other than ones in the ear, ladies (sorry, Gentlemen, no earrings please). Discreetly cover your tattoos. It is requested that perfume not be worn to the interview. We interviewers have sensitive noses. Chances are, we are going to be in a small room with you, closed off, and we need all the fresh air we can get because we’re nervous (see below). Don’t forget to use dental floss before going to the interview. It makes such a difference for your breath when you floss daily. If you smoke, try not to smoke before your interview.

Clean your car before your interview. This is especially important for someone interviewing for a position that requires travel. Put yourselves in the interviewer’s shoes again: “Why would I want to hire someone for a traveling job if they don’t have their personal items and lives in order in their own vehicle?” Get your car washed, clean it out, and put in a new air freshener the day before your interview. Little things like this boost up your confidence and have you walking to the interviewer’s door with the assertive demeanor guaranteed to get you the position.

Make the Interviewer’s Job Easier!

"The Scream" by Edward Munch

Interviewers are terrified at the thought of interviewing!

Interviewers are afraid of you! They’re scared—they don’t know what to expect. They don’t know what the acronym of their company name stands for. They don’t know who’s getting the next promotion. Interviewers are nervous too! So do your interviewer a favor by coming to the interview prepared. Search for website titles “Questions to ask during a job interview” and be sure to do your homework about the company, including a search for recent news articles about the company. Then tie all that in to how you can make the company even better (that’s what you’re going to be there for, right? 😉  ) You’ll be so comfortable and assertive that your interviewer will remember you. You just won’t be another resume on the desk. Congratulations, you’ve made your interviewer’s job easier by giving them what they want.

What to bring with you to the interview so that you can make your scared interviewer feel at ease:

MEAD CAMBRIDGE CITY TRIFOLD PADFOLIO, BLACK

Retail value this portfolio is $18.99. I purchased a similar portfolio for about $7.00 at my nearest Big Lots!

– Professional-looking portfolio to carry your documents 

– Pen & paper to take notes during the interview

– Hard copies of previous successes (certificates, transcripts, statistics of goals accomplished, etc)

– A list of references

Southworth Business Paper

Ask your local printing service to use "Resume Paper" or "Business Paper" to print out your resumes so that it can stand out from other resumes on your interviewer's desk.

– …and a few copies of your resume printed on heavy resume paper. Be sure to have one for yourself and least three additional copies (sometimes during the interview, they fail to mention that a panel will meet with you). This is how you can have your resume stand out from everyone else. Most of the time we interviewers see a dot matrix or non-formatted copy of your resume because it usually screened online first. Printing out your resume in a readable format, on heavier paper helps us know that you are taking the interview seriously! This is especially important for  federal job interviews. Make sure your resume has been proofread and revised to meet the objectives of the job.

Last, be sure to get a good night’s sleep before your interview. We can tell if you didn’t by looking at your bloodshot eyes, lol. Again, be confident, be assertive, and know pretend that you have the job before you have the job. You got this! God bless!

Phil 4:6-7 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Aceey’s Vegetarian Arroz con Gandules Recipe (Rice with Pigeon Peas)

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Aceey's Veggie Arroz con Gandules

I absolutely adore Puerto Rico! It’s gorgeous, it’s fabulous, and it’s lovely! If you are a cook or a chef, you’d have an amazing time in Puerto Rico. While I was there, I found out how profound the African Slave Trade attributed to many of their national dishes. Puerto Rican cuisine, however, is not spicy 😦 so I have to add cayenne pepper to all my Puerto Rican meals I make at home.

Soraya has an awesome recipe online for the healthy carne version of this dish. There are also many other authentic recipes (with puerco, pork) online. I keep my meat consumption to a bare minimum nowadays so here is my veggie version of Arroz con Gandules.

Aceey's Arroz con Gandules Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rice
  • 1/2 cup pigeon peas (dried beans that are cooked or frozen, do not use canned)
  • 2 tbs of canola oil
  • 1/4 onion, diced
  • 1/4 green pepper, diced
  • 8 sprigs of cilantro
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp Goya Sofrito
  • 1 tbsp Goya Recaito
  • 1 teaspoon of Liquid Smoke Concentrate
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 Goya Sazon de Jambon (or you can use a vegetarian meat-flavored bouillion mix/cube)
  • 1/8 tsp Adobo seasoning
  • 1/8 tsp curry powder
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp oregano
  • 1/8 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Achoite seasoning
  • 1 tbsp capers
  • 8-10 spanish olives with pimento
  • 1 1/3 cups water for cooking rice

Tools:

  • Large pot with tight fitting lid (look up “Dutch oven” or “caldera”)
  • Aluminum Foil to cover pot before putting on lid

Method:

1. Sautee onion + bell pepper with oil in dutch oven pot until translucent
Aceey's Arroz Con Gandules

2. Add garlic. Then add all seasonings (except cilantro), capers and olives. Continue to sauté all.
Aceey's Arroz Con Gandules

3. Stir in pigeon peas, add rice. Pour water over mixture.Add cilantro sprigs then bring to a boil for 5 minutes.
Aceey's Arroz Con Gandules

4. Cover pot with foil and then with the lid. Cook under low heat for about 20 minutes.
Aceey's Arroz Con Gandules

5. Remove from heat. Stir rice into a dome formation. Cover again and let rest/steam for 20 minutes.

Aceey's Arroz con Gandules Served

No time for garnishing, I was hungry! Yummy in the tummy!

I served my rice with greens, tostones, and a raw pina colada (I’ll post the recipe for the raw pina colada soon).

Dreaming Into a Reality – At-Home Hair Salon

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Blond Ambition Hair Salon

A couple of nights ago, I had a dream that my spare bedroom that I use as a study became a hair salon room. I figure that I already style my hair in that room anyway so why not make it the official room? 🙂 My dreams always turn into passion which turns into reality, thanks be to God!

Hair By Anastasia Salon

At the moment I am not a cosmetologist but I previously worked in that field, not only fulfilling the dream of being the first retail seller of Dominican hair care products in three different states, but also maintaining a reputation as a reputable seller online while interviewing people in that industry (Research and Development, Marketing Managers, etc).

I have been interested in the science of hair care (particularly black hair care) since 2002 (Wow, it’s been almost 10 years since I been at this!). [I’m] Not interested in doing hair other than my own but wouldn’t it be fun to have free classes to teach cosmetologists and clients alike about how to take care of their hair between salon visits in the spare room and in the living room (and serve raw brownies 😉 ?)

Barrie's Hair Salon

The first step will be to move my computer desk out of the room. I am thinking about making my dining room my computer room, or partition the living room to be a living room/dining room. The room is 11’x11’ with a large window and lots of wall space. Here are some of the items that are going to make up my at-home  salon:

SALON HOODED DRYER – I already have this hair dryer at home. I love her so much that everyone knows I call her “my daughter.” Her name is Bianca D’amaris Dominicana, lol. A good-quality salon dryer is well worth the investment because it will take less time to dry your hair under it. My thick, armpit-length hair only takes 45 minutes to dry under my hair dryer and I can use even the biggest rollers (3 in. diameter). I just have to get her fixed. 😦

SALON CHAIR – I am debating on getting a salon chair. I don’t have a problem using the plastic chair that I already have but I do want the room to look professional.

SALON CABINET AND DRAWER – I have a white plastic drawer set, however, I’d love a salon cabinet and mirror set. I can put my products in there, have a place to put my CHI flat iron and other accessories. That way, the plastic drawer set can be used for rollers only.

SHELVING- The wall shelves will feature my favorite hair care products. I no longer sell products but displaying them would give my house-guests the opportunity to learn about them. I am in love with Silk Dreams Hair Care Products made by an acquaintance on the  Long Hair Care Forum.

There are many natural hair care products that I love too, such as Aubrey Organics Conditioners and products from the Dominican Republic! I am debating on getting another bookshelf solely for hair products. A nail polish shelf would also be great to hang on the wall.

FRAMED PAINTINGS –  I am currently viewing framed photos online that have hair salon themes, both modern and vintage. I don’t really have a theme or color scheme yet besides the appliances and shelving being black. Here are some photos I’m thinking about purchasing:

I’m not much of a fan of TV so I am unsure if I am going to have a TV set in my salon. A portible Ipod player would be nice, blasting my favorite Milly Quezada and Israel Houghton tracks, lol.

Other Decorations:

  • Curtain
  • Large floor mat
  • Possible ceiling lamp (chandelier type) and tall lamp
  • Additional desk and or small end table
  • Extra comfy chairs or small couch/futon
  • Flowers and vases

How am I going to get this stuff? Easy!

1. Used items from salons that have gone out of business.
2. Craigslist.org.
3. Word of mouth.
4. Ebay.com

So the dream is there—the passion is there. Now all I need to do is set goals to make it a reality. What’s your dream? The bible says that we should write the vision and make it plain. Many business corporations do well because they not only have a vision, but they understand it and believe in it too. What are you believing in the Lord for? Write it down, pray, and watch it manifest! God bless!

Ode to McKenzie’s Bakery and My Tribute: Aceey’s Big Stuff Turtles!

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McKenzie's Bakery Sign

When I was younger, I lived four blocks away from one of the best bakeries in the world, McKenzie’s! I miss them so much—often imitated but never duplicated! They were all over the New Orleans area and they had the best desserts!


Above is a clip of a documentary which featured McKenzie’s Bakery! Delish!

 They had everything… and more!

fresh donuts – my favorite was the Bavarian crème filled donuts with powdered sugar on top.

mini pineapple upside down cakes.

buttermilk drops – fried round donuts made with buttermilk and glazed with sugar syrup.

wine/rum cakes with rum syrup, whipped cream, and a cherry on top! Yum!

-One McKenzie’s bakery sold chicken… in a box! YES!

Chicken in a Box in the 7th Ward

Chicken in a Box off Foy Street - New Orleans

blackout cake – chocolate cake with frosting made with chocolate pudding, covered in chocolate cake crumbs.

-and my favorite… Mckenzie’s Turtles!

Thinking of McKenzie’s brings back so many fond memories, with my favorite being spending quality time with my mother. When I was a little girl, she would take me to McKenzie’s and buy a mini wine cake, beautifully decorated and enclosed in a sugary, rum syrup in a white gift box. We would then walk a couple of blocks down to the Mississippi river, sit on the grass and indulge. She didn’t know that she made me feel so rich! I’m salivating at the thought of all that butter I had as a kid!

Emeril's tribute to McKenzie's Turtles

Emeril's tribute to McKenzie's Turtles

Turtles were little shortbread cookies with ground pecans baked in, with a dollop of chocolate frosting in the shape of a Hershey’s Kiss. They look a little like turtles, especially if pastry chefs put three pecan halves at the bottom of each shortbread cookie before baking (two pecans halves for the “feet” and one pecan half for the “head.”) As a kid, being greedy, I would buy four turtles, being able to eat only two at a time because of the extreme amount of butter in the treats.  Eating them was a ritualistic science: I first licked all the chocolate off, then threw the whole cookie in, melting it in my mouth (IT WAS THAT SERIOUS!). Needless to say, I was never the smallest kid in school due to my daily addiction to McKenzie’s bakery (I was 4’11” and 185 lbs thanks to my daily fix of McKenzie’s).

A ton of variations of the Turtle cookie has been presented both online and in many bakeries all over the world. And I made my own… which I have amorously named the “Bruce Banner Turtles!”

Aceey's Big Stuff Turtle Cookies

Aceey's Ode to McKenzie's, "Big Stuff Turtle Cookies"

Why did I name them “Bruce Banner Turtles?”

-The cookies are HUGE! Each one is the size of the palm of my hand. Usually turtles are about 1 ½ inches in diameter butI got tired of carrying so many around, I decided to make them larger than life.

-Bruce Banner’s alter ego is green. Sea turtles are green, lol! And I am corny. 🙂

“The Incredible Hulk Turtles” sound silly… yeah, I know “Bruce Banner Turtles” sound silly, too. Ok Ok, I’ll call them “Aceey’s Big Stuff Turtles” then, hahahha! 😀

Did I mention that my cookies were gluten free and organic? You know me, I love mixing the healthy with the sweet!

How did I do it? Sorry pookies, I didn’t measure for this recipe but here is a list of the ingredients:

Shortbread:

  • all purpose flour
  • a ton of butter
  • vanilla extract
  • pinch salt
  • ton of sugar
  • ground pecans

Frosting:

  • cocoa powder
  • vanilla extract
  • tapioca starch
  • a ton of powdered sugar
  • milk
  • Extra pecans for garnish

I formed the dough into large cookies and baked. Then I used a plastic sandwich bag as a piping bag to make the dollops on each cookie. I wanted to add my own fattening, personal touch to the cookie so I added pecan halves on the top instead of the bottom of each cookie.

These cookies were so good that I made a vow to never ever make them in the house again due to the fear of eating them all… no self control! lol

If you are fromNew Orleans, I wonder what was your favorite McKenzie’s moment. I’ve got too many to count. Take care! 🙂

Aceey's Big Stuff Turtle Cookies

P.S.: Still need help with this blog.

What Your Cosmetologist Didn’t Learn in School About Your Relaxed Hair Part 1

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Aceey's Relaxed Hair

Aceey's Relaxed Hair - Yes, I was due for a color treatment too, lol.

The Relaxer Touch-Up Edition Part 1-
There is so much that I have to teach cosmetologists and students about taking care of chemically relaxed hair when I go to beauty schools. Cosmetologists are only really trained to cut, perm/relax and color hair. “We’re not in the business of helping people grow hair,” said one cosmetologist. Whether you are in school, a cosmetologist with years of experience, or just want some tips on growing healthier relaxed hair, I made this blog post just for you!

1. Tools of the trade are very important!
Here are some tools and products that I don’t see to many cosmetolgists use when relaxing:

  • Additional oil to add to the relaxer.
  • Conditioner to be applied to the previously relaxed hair. Relaxer Base (to protect scalp, hairline and ears).
  • Plastic Clips (for sectioned hair).
  • Neck wraps and plastic capes for client and for the  shampoo bowl.
Shampoo Funnel

The shampoo funnel is perfect for protecting your clients hair, especially if they are disabled and unable to lean back into the shower bowl. I recommend it for all clients!

2. What the client and cosmetologist should do before and during the chemical relaxing process.
Protecting the previously relaxed hair- Most cosmetologists will not add oil to your relaxer, nor will they usually protect your previously relaxed hair with conditioner or oil.

If you are not relaxing your own hair, it will be your responsibility to base your own scalp the night before your relaxer and applying an oil or conditioner to your previously relaxed hair to prevent overlapping.

Do not part your hair with a sharp tipped edge (i.e., rattail comb) as this may irritate scalp and cause burning. Avoid caffeine before your relaxer process (may cause scalp irritation). I recommend not washing the hair at least 72 hours before a chemical process.

I always recommend adding 1 tablespoon of oil to the relaxer cream before applying to the hair (not necessary if you are using Linange Shea Butter Relaxer). This slows down the relaxing process but also helps condition the hair while it is straightening.

Many cosmetologists are trained to comb through the relaxer with a rat-tail comb all the way to the ends of the hair or pass the the new growth. I am strongly against this, as the chemicals in relaxers are strong enough to straighten hair with just using fingertips. A lot of people have fine or thin hair and may not even need that step I just mentioned.

Relaxer timing is very important. I have very resistant hair and it takes me about 23 minutes for my hair to be relaxed straight. Of course, if you are using a relaxer brand for the first time your cosmetologist should perform a strand test on a small section of your hair before applying the chemical to the full head of new growth. The hair should never be relaxed bone straight.

3. Neutralizing Conditioners, Rinsing, and Neutralizing Shampoos Rinsing once with Neutralizing Shampoo after processing the hair is not enough. I highly recommend using a neutralizing conditioner first before applying shampoo. The conditioner lowers the pH of the hair and keeps it soft before adding the harsh shampoo.

Most shampoos and conditioners have high pH. Chemical relaxers are very basic (pH of most relaxers is 10-14). This raises the pH, causing the hair shaft to swell and be very fragile. A neutralizing conditioner lowers the pH of hair, closing the cuticles so that the hair can be soft, supple, and ready to take on washing and styling.

If you don’t have a neutralizing conditioner, using a reconstructor is highly recommended before applying the neutralizing shampoo. This builds back the protein lost from straightening from using a relaxer. This process also closes the cuticle, creating softer, stronger hair.

After using the neutralizing shampoo, always deep condition with a conditioner that has a good balance of protein and moisture. I see a lot of cosmetologists skimp on this step or charge more for deep conditioning. I’m one of those people that want a deep conditioner with every shampoo and set and think that it should be included in the price, lol.

4. The Leave-in Conditioner One stylist tried to set my hair on rollers without even using a leave-in conditioner! This is an important step to not miss, especially since most people heat style their hair after having a chemical process. Make sure your stylist is using a moisturizing leave-in conditioner on your hair. Note to the clients: I highly recommend washing your own hair with neutralizing shampoo or neutralizing conditioner the day after a cosmetologist gives you a relaxer. This minimizes the chances of chemical damage.

A Note About Chemical Burns: a relaxer should not burn your scalp at all, or be on your scalp! If you are victim of a chemical burn after a relaxer process, be sure to not pick at the scab. Apply a local anti-biotic such as Neosporin to the scalp daily. Another recommendation is to apply petroleum jelly mixed with one drop of tea tree oil on the burn daily, or Camphor Phenique. Not taking care of the scalp after a relaxing process may cause permanent scarring and possible bald spots. Here’s my complete relaxing regimen:

Aceey relaxes every three months.

Running my fingers through my hair.

Aceey’s Relaxing Day Regimen – Every Three Months

1. The night before, I base scalp with grease or oil.

2. Relaxing day: Section hair in four parts and cover ears, hairline, and nape with a petroleum base.

3. Coat previously relaxed hair with conditioner, being sure to not apply to the new growth. My favorite conditioner for this step is La Bomba Conditioner but any thick conditioner will do. (This step can also be done with your favorite oil: Coconut, Olive, Grapeseed)

4. Apply Linange Shea Butter Relaxer to the new growth only, smoothing each section with fingertips. I do not comb through the relaxer through the new growth.

Linange Shea Butter Relaxer

Linange Shea Butter Relaxer is the only relaxer that gets my hair straight. It is well worth the investment!

Linange is my favorite brand of relaxer and I highly recommend it, especially for people that have resistant hair. If I don’t have this brand, I use Vitale Super or Revlon Realistic Super and mix 1 tablespoon of oil in the relaxer before applying to hair. This weakens the relaxer so that my hair gets straight but is left with volume (I hate flat hair). My hair does not like any lye relaxers.

5. After hair is processed, I rinse thoroughly and apply  Linage Neutralizing Conditioner to my hair, carefully following the directions that are listed on the bottle. Notice that I didn’t say “shampoo?” 😉 This Conditioner acts like a shampoo in that it lathers slightly but really keeps the pH of my hair down so that my hair cuticles can lay down flat. The conditioning properties of this product are amazing.

Linange Neutralizing Conditioner

This neutralizing conditioner restores the natural acid mantle to hair after professional chemical services.

If I do not have the Linage Neutralizing Conditioner, I apply a reconstructing conditioner to my hair and let sit for 5 minutes before rinsing thoroughly.

6. Apply Neutralizing Shampoo with a color alarm and keep washing and rinsing until the suds are white.
Favorite Neutralizing Shampoos:

  • Elasta QP Stop Action Shampoo
  • Isoplus Neutralzing Shampoo

7. Apply Deep Conditioner that contains protein. Let sit for 10 minutes then rinse.
Favorite deep conditioners:

8. Apply Leave-in Conditioner and style:
Favorite leave-ins:

Usually, the next day, I wash my hair again with neutralizing shampoo and neutralizing conditioner just to be sure I got all the relaxer out, followed by a deep conditioner.

In the future I will be posting about coloring hair, my secret weapons for hair maintenance,  and other tips that are are not taught in Cosmetology School. None of these tips are secrets so please share this information freely. I am on a quest to make sure everyone has healthy hair! Be blessed! 😀

PS: Still new at this blog thing, please excuse any mistakes, lol.

Japanese Friendship Garden – Phoenix, AZ

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If you are in Phoenix, AZ, be sure to visit the Japanese Friendship Garden. I have had the honor of participating in their monthly tea ceremony. Please visit their website at http://www.japanesefriendshipgarden.org/ for location, open hours, tours and the information on how you can participate in an Japanese Tea Ceremony. The pictures I have taken of this beautiful, quiet and serene place do not give it justice. Please click a picture to view the entire gallery.

Aceey’s Hair Regimen

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Remember Jesse from "Full House?" Yep, that's me!

I love my hair! The best part about healthy hair is that even if you cut it, it grows right back to the same lushness and length as before.

My hair has been featured on many hair care websites over the years and I get weave-checked on a daily, even with short hair! I didn’t always have healthy hair, though. It took me 14 months to go from damaged, chin length hair, to gorgeous hair that almost touched my waist. I keep my hair short now (armpit length) but it’s still healthy as ever! This is only a regimen page, looks like a mouthful but it really isn’t, I promise 😀 — I will post hair care tips in another blog post.

Having damaged, short hair was no fun.

My hair regimen, 1x a week:
1. Part hair in 6 sections.

2. Apply pre-shampoo treatment to each section and let sit for an hour before rinsing – I do a pre-treatment because shampoos can be so harsh, plus it provides extra conditioning.
Favorite pre-shampoo treatments:

  • Mayonnaise (you know, the stuff in a jar? Any non-salad dressing brand will do). I apply as if I am applying a relaxer. I consider this my protein treatment.
  • Oil (Grapeseed, Olive, Coconut, Dabur Vatika Coconut Hair Oil)
  • Silk Dreams PRE

3. Apply shampoo to sectioned hair, let sit for a few minutes, then rinse. Repeat if necessary.
Favorite shampoos:

4. Apply deep conditioner to each section of hair. Leave on for 10-20 minutes, then rinse.
Favorite deep conditioners:

4. Apply leave-in conditioner before roller setting. After my hair dries on the rollers, I flat iron the new growth only. I rarely apply direct heat to my ends (maybe 4 times a year, TOPS!).
Favorite leave-ins:

Daily Moisturizing/Sealing:

*Relaxing – Every three months
Linenage Shea Butter Relaxer (this is the only brand of relaxer that straightens my hair).

*Coloring – Every three months with Henna then Indigo powders. I do not use artificial dyes.
Favorite Brands:

  • Nupur
  • Karishma
  • Indigo from Ayurnatural Beauty
  • Jamila
  • Mumtaz

Aww, I miss having long hair.