Sunday, May 31, 2009

"Well Kept Secrets"

ic (inter cellular) from Fantasia "Hair Polisher" oil is one of my well kept secrets. I use this product behind my chair at the salon on my clients every day. I love it because it gives the hair a great shine and the moisture your hair needs without weighing down the hair, like most oils do. You can put as much as you like and you will not get the oily build up on you hair that weighs it down. But, what's even better is the reasonable price. There are many products that work similar but not as good that cost much more. I could name a few but, I'm not because this is my personal favorite...LOL Please try this product and give me your feedback, I would love to here from you.

Dreams Do Come True!!!


Marque

Saturday, May 30, 2009

"These are a Few of My Favorite Things"

Jane Carter Solutions is my favorite natural product. I really enjoy "Wrap and Roll" and the multiple ways you can use it. 1. I use it when I want to wear my hair curly, I just put two pumps of it in my hand after shampooing and let dry natural. 2. When I wear my hair straight, I use 3-4 pumps (depends on thickness and length of your hair) and wrap it in a circle and sit under the dryer until it drys and flat iron. 3. In the salon when I do a wet set I use Wrap and Roll as well, it works well, instead of setting lotion. 4. I use it also, in my flat twist styling at the salon and braids styling 3-4 pumps after shampooing and flat twist or braid it locks the braids and flat twist in place giving these styles a long life.

In the salon, when I come across a client that has a dry scalp I use "Scalp Renew", as a salon treatment and I recommend my clients to purchase scalp "Nourishing Serum" for home use. These two product are full of pure essential oils and ingredients like peppermint, lavender, and tea tree to just name a few.

Dreams Do Come True!!!

Marque

Friday, May 22, 2009

Marque's Secret Showcasing Stacey Angela


Stay by Stacey Angela was a huge success last night at Imperial where the designer was Marque's Secret's latest showcased artist. Stacey showed that crochet is not just for grandma making a blanket for her grand-baby but also, for the fashionista. Stacey even made me blush with the crochet top she made for me. I was very surprised by the denim pieces, in which Stacey seemed to be forecasting the rise of denim in haute couture (keep a look out). I've got a funny feeling that we will be seeing a lot from this talented Designer.

Dreams Do Come True!!!

Marque

Thursday, May 21, 2009

"Working with What you Have!"

It's very hard to work with what you have in a society that tells you, what you have is not good, if you are not white. This started at the end of slavery when blacks had to start getting jobs. Because slavery was over, the blacks that assimilated with white society more got better jobs. In the early 1900's black women started to straighten their hair and use make up that was lighter than there skin, in order to get work. With slavery in this country ending and the growth that this country has gone through with the electing of a half white and half black president, there should be a shift in the clamouring, for recognition in this way. Therefore, making it easy to work with what you have, in your natural black beauty.

What I mean by this is, if your hair doesn't grow very long wear a short style and not get a weave. Weave can actually weaken the hair, that you can actually grow. Or, if your hair breaks when you relax it wear your hair in it's natural texture. Work with your own natural beauty!! But, first we as black people have to see the beauty in ourselves and not get our sense of beauty from others. This has to start at several levels and in several areas of life. First it has to start with the children by telling them that they are beautiful the way they are. Second as adults we must use our words wisely and not use the words such as nappy as a bad word. Nappy or straight hair are not good or bad descriptions but just different from each other. Which I believe is part of the excitement of life. The differences in people makes the world a beautiful place and that sentiment is what should be taught.

I have found in working in the hair industry, for over 25 years, when you fight your natural beauty is when you have the most trouble, in looking good. One of the most common mistakes that I see is a black woman or any person of color trying to be blonde. The darker your hair is the more it takes you to be blonde. Which means the lighter you lift your hair the dryer it will become and the more breakage you will cause to your hair. Here is one of the best examples of working with what you have by staying closer to your natural color. I will give more examples of this and advise on what to do, in time.

Now with all this said I am not saying don't relax, color, or play with your hair. I just want people of color to know the reasons behind there decisions and the consequences. And help you make an informed choice with the best results. And above all help you work with what you have. Working with your curly hair for example is easy with all the new products on the market for curly hair. Just as working with with your straight and fine hair, there are also many products on the market to help it look fuller and thicker. I am here to guide you through this process with my experience and expertise with an easy and straight forward hand or mouth...LOL I will show you the way to "working with what you have" and making an informed decision.

Dreams Do Come True!!!

Marque

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Marque's Secret May 21st. At Imperial

The Marque's Secret show on May 21st @ Imperial will feature the designs of Stacey Angela. I hope to see you there the doors will open at 9:30p.m. with 2 for 1 drinks and the showtime is 10:45p.m.

Dreams Do Come True!!

Marque

Remembering my Mother


Jima Deloise Johnson was my mother and I decided to give you a glance at the women who made me who I am today. It was the first Thanksgiving after my mom left my father and my mom set the feast for thanksgiving on the floor of our apartment on a shower curtain. Even though we had no furniture my mother made this one of the most special memories of my childhood, with all the trimmings turkey, stuffing, collard greens, etc. All without mentioning the lack of furniture. It was a celebration of Thanksgiving and independence. My mother had not finished high school at this time and was working part time as a cashier and going full time to school to get her G.E.D. I never heard my mother complain, you see this was my mother's quiet dignity and strong work ethic, that she passed to me without ever saying a word. My mother had not finished school because she had children young and my father had taken care of us. My mother had been a stay at home mom, until now. With the same grace that I watched her prepare this meal my mother got her G.E.D. And, the next Thanksgiving was served on a beautiful new dinning room table that my mother got with her new job after getting her G.E.D... without a word. I Learned from her that it is not what you say but what you do that is important. I remember the grace and dignity in which my mother prepared this meal and the sense of comfort that she made me feel. I carry this comfort with me to this day. Listen to what is not said you can learn a lot.

Happy Mother's Day

Dreams Do Come True!!

Marque

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

RuPaul's Drag Race


Miss Teal Ashton one of my good friends is trying to win a spot on RuPauls Drag Race. Please go to http://rupaulcasting.com/people/tealashton1 and vote for Teal Ashton. Remember you have to become a member to vote. Teal Darling, I love your Alicia Keys video. Like RuPaul say's "You Betta Work"!

Dreams Do Come True!!!

Marque