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Pro Advice: Curl Stylist Lashawn Drops Knowledge

Pro Advice: Curl Stylist Lashawn Drops Knowledge

Whether a veteran or newbie to the natural hair game, we've all got questions about the do's and don'ts of maintaining healthy curls. To provide some professional feedback, we've got a treat for you from a licensed Curl Stylist, ready to share some tips!

  

 

 

My name is Lashawn (ShawnCutMaster). I’m a Curl Stylist from Philadelphia. I’ve been a hairstylist for 19 years. For the last 12 years, I’ve worked exclusively with textured hair after seeing a void of Curl Stylists in my area. There aren’t many salons that focus exclusively on curls and/or how to care for them so along with my business partner, we opened Curls, Kinks and Coils Curl Studio to cater to women with textured hair. Although tight curls are my specialty, I service all textures of curly hair. I have made it my mission as a stylist to make sure my guests receive the best salon experience, superior products, and the most up to date education I can provide for them. I wholeheartedly believe that, “Curly hair is not just a hairstyle but a lifestyle!”

 

 

In my years as a Curl Stylist, the biggest concern from clients seems to be, “How do I get and maintain curl definition,” particularly with tight curlies. The truth is, curl definition starts at the shampoo bowl. Before I ask, “What styling products are you using,” I find out what my guests are cleansing and conditioning with. Often times I find they pre-poo with oil, “detox” with bentonite clay, and/or use harsh sulfate-laced shampoos, just to name a few. Once I get to the styling products, it’s even worse! Truth is, curls need water! They need lots of it, and require it very often in order to stay hydrated - much like our human bodies. Oil and filmy products leave buildup on the hair, causing curls to become dehydrated, dry, and frizzy. When hair is properly hydrated and free of buildup, curls will begin to elongate and naturally clump together. At that point, using water-soluble styling products helps curls to stay defined.

 

 

 

I recommend clients refrain from using oil on their hair and scalp (on a regular basis) in order to maintain optimal curl definition at home. I know this is a hard pill to swallow because oiling our hair has been used to combat dryness for generations; however, many misuse it to tackle hair that's actually dehydrated, rather than dry. Oil coats the hair, acting as a barrier that repels water away, which makes it difficult for products to penetrate the hair (ex. like a daily moisturizer). If you're not sure what products work best or when to use oil in your routine, consult a Curl Stylist for guidance.

 

 

If you are new to Wash 'n Gos, I suggest finding a Curl Stylist in your area to help you along your journey. Your stylist will prescribe a cleansing and styling regimen exclusively for your curl texture. The curly hair journey can be challenging in the beginning but I promise it’s totally worth it! 

 

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Got questions? Leave them in the comments below!

 

See you next time!

 

 

November 13, 2019 — EDEN BodyWorks
Happy Birthday, EDEN!

Happy Birthday, EDEN!

Here's a story about a girl named Jasmine...

Who knew there was much more to life than damaged hair. After experiencing chemical damage, she researched ingredients and started mixing oils right in her mother's kitchen. Those were the beginnings to her FIRST product - JojOba Monoi Hair Oil. Fifteen years later, she's merged her love for beauty with tech and is still creating products with natural ingredients to help address your moisture, dryness, breakage, fullness concerns and more!

August 07, 2019 — EDEN BodyWorks
So Long NYFW, Hello Inclusivity!

So Long NYFW, Hello Inclusivity!

New York Fashion Week 2018 has come to an end... and we’re sad about it.
September 19, 2018 — EDEN BodyWorks
Building a Confident Girl with Tamara South

Building a Confident Girl with Tamara South

Being a girl in this world can be difficult. There is so much influence telling you that you don’t look right the way you are. While confidence-building begins at home, the world around us has influence on the way we think about ourselves. I can attest to feeling like a fish out of water. I wanted to stand out but the risk of being made fun of by my peers led me to opt for blending in with the crowd instead.

I had a low self-esteem not because of what was going on at home, but because of my peers. With a 4c hair type, wearing it out was not the “in-thing”. I wore a perm which helped stripped me of my identity. It actually wasn’t until I stopped getting perms that my confidence started to come back.

Growing up, I dreaded wash days. My hair was full of tangles and my grandmother would use a brush to get through my wet 4c hair( a natural hair disaster). Fast forwarding to the present, I’m so grateful for the natural hair community of women who have taught me how to love and not just live with my natural hair.

 

 

When I look at my daughter I see a girl full of confidence and potential and I want her to keep that confidence as she grows up. I believe it starts with how she feels about herself. I felt I had to mask my hair when I was younger, but I want my daughter to know she doesn’t have to.

There were few companies when I was growing up that were for young naturals, but companies like EDEN BodyWorks has been helping to make kids feel confident about their hair. They help them discover that their hair can be soft, manageable and tangle-free when given the right tools and nutrients. What I love about #EDENKids is that the products are free of petroleum, sodium sulfate and mineral oils. I also love that my daughter now looks at her hair and says, "I AM BEAUTIFUL."

 

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To keep up with Tamara, follow her on Instagram at @simply_t_nicole  and check out her personal blog simplytnicole.com
See you next week!

 

October 18, 2017 — EDEN BodyWorks
My Personal Independence Day  - by Jasmine Lawrence

My Personal Independence Day - by Jasmine Lawrence

Part 1

Looking back there were two big moments that I remember and would classify as independence days. These were days where I recognized my life is my own and the next steps for my life were completely up to me. These were days full of possibilities, freedom and discovery.
The first was the morning I woke up in my dorm room at Georgia Tech in August of 2009. When I woke up I finally felt the weight of the long journey that it took for me to get there. After 18 years of being a maker and science nerd I was finally in college studying to become an engineer. Waking up at Tech came after dozens of conversations with people about whether or not I should even go to college. I had been featured on major news outlets. I was still getting fan mail from my segment on the Oprah Winfrey Show and EDEN BodyWork’s products were selling well at over 1000 Wal-Mart stores nationwide. There were people who told me I should focus on keeping my business thriving and not get distracted with higher education.
In fall of 2009, EDEN BodyWorks was about to have its 5 year anniversary. It was a major milestone for me because very early on in my entrepreneurial pursuits someone gently mentioned that according to the United States Small Business Association half of businesses fail within the first 5 years. But EDEN BodyWorks hadn’t failed. Due to the passion and persistence of my team EDEN BodyWorks was growing and thriving. I felt like I needed to do “this college thing” for me. I loved being a CEO but I never expected it. I’ve always wanted to be a creator but I never would have guessed it would be in hair care. So waking up at an engineering school was a huge wake up call to see if this was really the right step for my life.
Long story short, balancing school and work was tough. I learned a lot about time management and about what’s important to me in life. I learned to make more time for the people that matter and to be ready to continuously learn. My time a Georgia Tech prepared me immensely for my career, but what it didn’t prepare me for was life outside of that.
Part 2
Living on campus gives you only a small taste of what “the real world” is like. It’s a tiny ecosystem designed to help you learn and grow with community support. My second independence day was the morning I woke up in my first Seattle apartment in May 2013. I wasn’t nervous about starting my new full time job at Microsoft. I was worried about what I
was going to do when the work day was over.
I had gotten familiar with my role as Program Manager and made friends during my internship the summer before. But after unpacking, getting groceries and getting my new Washington State license I felt overwhelmed by the expansive options I had for what to do in my newly discovered free time. I started the decision making process as I usually do by making a list of things that I like to do. I used this list to explore things on my own and as a way to share what I loved with others.
As I reconsider writing this list I’m glad that it wasn’t full of things to accomplish or places to go. It helped me lay a personal foundation for how I like to spend my time. I’ve learned that my careers are how I impact and change the world and that the person I am is also valuable to me. I am confident in the choices that make me who I am. I take responsibility for the decision I makes. I celebrate my freedom to choose and I hope to encourage others to do the same.
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To keep up with Jasmine follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @edensjasmine
July 05, 2017 — EDEN BodyWorks
Tips for the Fly Female Entrepreneur

Tips for the Fly Female Entrepreneur

What better way to kickoff Women's History month than getting a few tips from #FlyFemaleEntrepreneur herself, Renae Bluitt? Ms. Bluitt is a PR consultant as well as the content creator and founder of Crush Media and In Her Shoes, a blog created to empower, enlighten and uplift women committed to realizing their dreams. Today, she's sharing a few tips with us on how to successfully be your own boss.
1. If you don’t truly love your business then you won’t be successful. If you read the stories of famous entrepreneurs and how they built their businesses, you will find that it all comes down to the root of loving what you are doing. Money is definitely important, but it could take a long time to come and if you don’t truly enjoy your work then you won’t be able to convince yourself to keep going. You can only do something that you don’t really love for so long before you give up. By all means, do what you love.
 
2. Brand yourself. No matter what you do, it is important to have a strong personal brand and for the record, your "brand" is much more than a logo. It is collectively, what people say, feel and think about you, your product, service or business, when you're not in the room. As an entrepreneur, branding yourself is your only real security.
3. Nobody is perfect or has the skills to do everything themselves. You need to be totally honest about what it is that you bring to the table and what you need to surround yourself with. If, for example, you are very creative but have no interest in keeping financial books, then you need an accountant to help you. By getting people around you who complement your skills, you will be able to achieve your goals and have a lot more fun along the way!
4. Know when  to disconnect. It's easy to lock yourself in your office and work all day and night, especially when you're doing what you love, but learning to disconnect is just as important as working hard. Your brain needs rest. Disconnecting can give your brain the necessary reset it may need to help solve the problems you're facing that day. This might be the most valuable lesson you learn on the entrepreneurial journey.
To hear more from Renae, be sure to check out her blog inhershoesblog.com/  and Instagram @inhershoesblog. 
See you back here next week!

March 01, 2017 — EDEN BodyWorks