Please Understand Us While We Work
We get it all the time. And we are just doing our job. We are working and going to school when we get to The United States of America. When we communicate with those we work with many are unable to speak English well . When we laugh and talk many times one of us can’t speak anything English except words that are directly dealing with the job we may be working.
It is quite a revelation to one’s thoughts to find there is just a lack of true understanding when people arrive in the United States from elsewhere . Readers we are talking about people that lived thousands of mile away on the other side of the world. These people (African) have already learned 2-3 different languages by the time they are 8. Now many of them arrive in America with only a mind to make a living and to learn what American culture is about. We want to taste this milk and honey. We have read about it and we have seen it on television.
To tell you the truth I now see that America is a place of many cultures and languages. There are grocery stores that maybe 88% of its customers are foreign. They just will not shop at the grocery stores every American shops in. They have certain tastes that only these certain stores provide. Also many Americans just do not know anything about some of the shopping places foreigners frequent. There are many things that we must think about. We have a certain gift that we have that makes us unique on what we do. Many people can do it if they were to practice constantly. But we are practicing and living this thing so today we service you in what we know to do. Just as many Asian people do nails, there are few cultures that do nails for a living in the United States.
Many times we tend to find fault in anything that we might think of we might do better than someone else. If we are into a business affiliated with people that do things similar for another company or people we know or we do ourselves, we always have advice or some type of burning sensation inside of us that brings forth fault in others. Or just a strong urge that makes us have a very strong opinion about what someone else is doing.
For some reason people always talk about foreigners are over here taking over. These sayings have a certain weight on one’s heart with a certain urge that plain Ole wants to stop anyone that was not born in America to not be able to grow. We listen to news and many conversations that sway a person’s thinking to the point that hate is in the heart.
Can we work the way we work and do a great job is all I ask. I want to let God judge the world. I want to work and help people get to where they need to be and survive. Yes I believe learning English is a must especially to those of us planning to make a life here in this Great country the United States of America. Something we would like to do is not annoy anyone when we speak a language given to us by our ancestors. We are working late many times and we are very tired many times. As we get tired as we need energy to move and we try to keep ourselves busy by talking and having fun.
When we have fun we are not being loud as we can. Nor do we bend over to get close to a customers ear so that we may perceive to be super loud. We have a culture that we do things different from other cultures. There are no two cultures the same on earth. I want to be allowed to live freely without breaking the law. We are working very hard to get your hair the way you want it. We are cleaning to make you feel relaxed and not afraid to sit back in chairs. And we play spiritual music to keep peace on the atmosphere. Once we all learn English we will then be able to hold a conversation with all customers. No person on earth can be a robot nor can people come in for a service and make an environment not healthy. We are here to do what you need but we must communicate with each other because we feed off of each other for energy. We also know that sitting for more than 4 hours can be irritation in itself. But do know that time is a part of your blossoming beauty my lovely ladies.
Understanding us as we understand you should not be not so fun. Maybe we all should try to allow people to live and as long as we are not hurting anyone or invading anyone’s space life can be fun and understood while we work. Thank you all for listening and reading. We ask that you all please support us because we love what we do. Do not nail us to the cross because we have an answer that does not live up to your standards. Let us not have such a short fuse. We come in peace my sisters.
It is time to just live with everybody in harmony. It is very sad that there are those certain someones out to destroy others for no reason. Ladies we are welcoming you with open arms, so ask questions and think of more things to ask. We only want you to feel comfortable with us. We need your business. We are here to give you a service to remember. Thanks .
If you love your hair when you leave African Diamond Braids let it be. Just let your hair be free from others and those who cannot do the job performed on your hair. If it were possible for those who are willing to turn you against the person doing the job on your hair to do the job themselves the client would have gone to them in the first place. Believe me whatever job is done at our shop is good and no need to go and allow a none braider to do anything to your professional braiding style. Why do we say this? Well we know that we have people that want to be in charge of your every movement when it comes to your hair. We also know if you go to your stylist we know they want your business and they are not particularly fond of another person doing your. They become defensive and work their way into your mind as they have an obligation as a competitive business to try and win you over (back into their good graces). We are also aware as this nature is the same when going to another braider or another African Braiding Shop. Once we find a COMPETITOR from another business they will find their way into your mind. You will feel very bad and also as if your braiding style just was not worth the money. Mind games are so very easy to find in this braiding world because the business is growing and there are those who feel as though the job wasn’t worth it because they know a friend who has a cousin that does hair and they only paid $100 to get their head braided. I will say this to you all that even braids are what we do and braids that are the same size and we make your head full of braids as if the braids grew from your head the same as the finished twists or braids on your head.
Now when it comes to hair we do not manufacture hair. We only supply the hair to our customers and we as braiders find it necessary to judge hair and find the best product for our customers. When we visit the chemistry of a human we know that every one is not the same and we have certain things that do not always agree with our bodies. There are certain oils that are questionable to some. To further give clarification, some people are just intolerant to some fruits and vegetables. In this case if you have known allergies let it be known or ask if there is a way to implement a product of your choice into the process at which you receive your services at African Diamond Braids. Again their are things that do not agree with every customer that we serve just as one might go to a doctor and receive medication that does not agree with theit (patient’s) system. We wish the world was perfect without flaws and we wish we had all of the answers to the mystery of one’s body but we are only braiders looking to help our customers to the best of our ability. If you are not satisfied we will do what we can within our power to make your trip to our salon an experience that you will never forget.
We have discovered that life is very short and there is no need to go to bed with a chip on your shoulder. If their is unfurnished business that should be resolved why spend money and never get help if there is a complaint. If I were to go to youtube and watch how one might do Tree Braids I would drive myself crazy thinking that the job should be done a certain way. There are many ways to do a braiding job. If there is a particular way one of our clients at our shop wants their braids styled we will try our best to accommodate. If we are not able we are just not able. If this is the case we ask if you would like something else or we will ask if it is fine that we do it our way. We realize that women love Braids and Twists. And we also realize that many people do not know what they want. We are also aware that people get what they want and do not like. In this case we talk them into the fact that this hair style is done correct it is beautiful. We have seen many women get Tree Braids and Crochet Braids and believe that they had too much hair on their heads and come back the very next day to reduce their hair. In fact we have had woman just say take everything out and just do Box Braids or something else all together. The customer knows the hair is installed correctly and they know it is what they asked for. We also can see that the customer just did not know the end result would make them look so different. People tend to be used to a certain look as they are used to hair hang to or past their shoulders.
We have talked about many things today and would like to thank the readers and those who choose give a Professional Braiding shop a try. If you want to get your hair done for the first time in an African Salon give us a try. Whatever rumors you may have heard try African Diamond Braids “A tried a proven way to an African beautification the Natural Way”.
States Don’t Understand African Hair Braiding. That Hurts These Small-Business Owners.Many cosmetology schools don’t teach hair braiding, and yet most states require African hair braiders to be licensed cosmetologists.
BY SOPHIE QUINTON
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Customers who visit Salamata Sylla’s tiny hair salon in Kent, Wash., will find two chairs, a television, a wash basin, and not much else. Sylla, 30, mostly uses the basin for rinsing combs. Using her hands, she transforms hair into braids, cornrows, and—her specialty—Senegalese twists.
In Washington state, African hair braiders can open a salon with just a business license. At least, that’s what Sylla thought, until inspectors from the Department of Licensing told her she needed a cosmetologist’s license to braid in hair extensions.
Now Sylla is suing the state with help from a libertarian law firm called the Institute for Justice. Since its founding in 1991, IJ has sued on behalf of hair braiders in 10 states and the District of Columbia. Of eight completed cases so far, two were won in court and six led to a change in licensing rules. Both the firm and its clients believe that occupational licensing laws can infringe on a constitutional right to earn a living. In the case of hair-braiding regulations, they also have the troubling effect of targeting mostly minority women and their businesses.
Sylla started braiding hair as a child, in Senegal, and started to braid professionally as a teenager. “Being able to braid hair the way people like it—it’s a passion. It takes a lot of practice and patience,” she says. With her braiding income, Sylla supports herself and her three children.
The run-in with inspectors left her frightened and frustrated. To get a cosmetology licenses in Washington, you need to complete 1,600 hours of education at a community college or a trade school, and then pass a test. Cosmetology courses cover everything from waxing to pedicuring, but they don’t always teach hair braiding.
Sylla knew that in 2004, another Seattle-area braider had successfully sued the state over licensing requirements. She researched the case online, found the braider had been represented by IJ, and contacted the firm. She says she wants Washington’s laws on what hair braiders can and can’t do to be clear, and to reflect what actually happens inside stores like hers.
IJ may be the only public-interest law firm of its kind. Launched with seed money from billionaire Charles Koch and funded by private donors, the organization represents clients suing in favor of school choice and against government seizure of private property, as well as challenging a wide range of regulations that can make it tough to start a business.
Current and former clients include Chicago food-truck owners protesting city vending laws, Louisianans who want to sell flowers without taking a flower-arranging exam, and Arizonans who want to start animal massage businesses without becoming veterinarians. Some clients request representation, like Sylla; sometimes IJ hears of a regulation and looks for an entrepreneur who wants to challenge it.
The argument IJ lawyers usually encounter is that occupational licenses are needed to protect public health and safety, says Dick Carpenter, the institute’s director of strategic research. But governments generally create licenses in response to lobbying from industry groups. “The license is the fence around their occupation,” he says, something big business creates to keep competitors out.
Hair-braiding regulations show how arbitrary the occupational licensing process can be. Braiders cannot work without a license in 39 states, with education requirements ranging from six hours in South Carolina to 2,100 in Iowa, according to IJ’s findings. Twenty-four states require braiders to become licensed as cosmetologists or hairstylists.
In IJ’s view, hair braiding poses no threat to public health and safety. Some braiders don’t even use combs, let alone dangerous chemicals. They argue that consumers should be able to choose stylists on the free market without government interference.
The braiders IJ represents agree that their lawsuits are about economic liberty. “I say that braiding freedom is the new civil-rights movement. But that’s not really hitting the hammer on the nail, says Isis Brantley, 56, a Dallas natural-hair-care guru. “Braiding freedom is to gain economic justice, economic liberation.”
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Entrepreneurs like Brantley feel they’re part of a cultural struggle, too. Brantley has worn her own hair in a voluminous Afro for about 20 years, to show everyone that black hair is beautiful hair. Brantley calls African hair “the most profound hair in the world.” It has a unique texture that, in America, has long been misunderstood or outright rejected by the dominant culture. Traditional braids and dreadlocks are still considered unprofessional and even banned in many settings—including, until recently, the U.S. military.
By teaching others how to style African hair traditionally, Brantley wants to both give them a livelihood and to spread respect for kinky and curly hair. With IJ’s help, she’s suing Texas over a requirement that practitioners must be state-licensed barber instructors (not necessarily hair braiders) in order to teach the 35-hour course required for a hair-braiding license. She wants to open her own natural-hair-care school.
IJ’s hair-braider clients include Obama voters, Romney voters, and independents. They may not consider themselves activists, but they all want to take action against regulations they deem unfair. They want to get creative with customers’ hair without inspectors challenging them. “I want to be able to work in peace, you know. I’m not asking for too much,” Sylla says.
African Hair Braiding in this day and age is clearly fashion. The beauty of a woman’s crown with braids and twists bring such a rush to my heart. Every Twist and every Braid that I see on a young lady or woman brings a warmth to my heart. The beauty of a braid to my eyes brings happiness to me. When we work on a client in our shop we feel special because we know that heritage is upon their heads. It is something that cannot be explained when a customer comes into our shop. We welcome you with open arms. We want only the best for you and we want you to repeat as a client. So we care for you to bring about a feeling that you may like coming back. A beautiful set of Senegalese Twist can do wonderous things for you. Once you get work done to your head a new look that is all about beauty comes to your face and to your heart. The heart and soul of a client that patronizes this shop has many benefits. Self esteem immediately becomes a strong point in our clients aura. Once you are able to love the beauty you have by loving who you are down deep on the inside. When you find that new you we know that you will help us find new people just like you to help with the love of oneself. The learning of your true self can be found inside you and inside of you. We ask you to share what we are about with your friends and family . We want to be your hairstylists. We want best friends with your hair. We want you to get African Hair Braiding styles with and feel like you want to come back again and again. Thanks for spending time with us.
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The type of black woman who would wear red (hair color) has confidence and style.”
The long hidden controversy among African-Americans publicly exploded in November when seventeen-year-old Michelle Barskile in North Carolina was turned down for her sorority’s debutante ball. Several weeks later Ruth Sherman, a white elementary school teacher in New York, fled her school after heavy fire from some black parents. The issue for both women was hair. Barskile’s offense was that she wore her hair in a dreadlocks style that her sorority chapter deemed unacceptable. Sherman’s offense was that she read passages from the book Nappy Hair to her mostly black and Latino students. The parents claimed this demeaned blacks.
The two women discovered that few things generate more anger and passion among black women than their hair. Some black critics say that black women are in a frenzied search to shed the ancient racist shame and stigma of “nappy hair” =”bad hair” by aping white beauty standards. Others say that, like many non-black women, black women are hopeless captives of America’s fashion and beauty industry, which is geared to making them more attractive and pleasing to men. Many black women counter this by saying that they are merely seeking their own identify or “to look better.”
“Get gorgeous! Steal the spotlight with this glamorous upswept design.”
They are all right. But the great hair obsession among many black women is deep. So deep that the spotlight is on black women no matter what happens. The beauty care industry has skillfully fed that compulsion with fantasies of physical glitter and social glamour. They are the spotlight and turned them into mammoth profits. Hair care product manufacturers have sold many black women on the notion that their hair is the path to self-esteem, success, and sexual allure. A century ago the legendary Madame CJ Walker built a multi-million dollar empire on the premise that black women want to look like white women and that “good hair” is the key to independence and prosperity.
“Elegance, spiced with Southern flavor begins with a mane awash in a light golden blond shade.”
The dozen or more black magazines devoted exclusively to hair dwarf that of the number of general interest black publications. The hair magazines are so wildly popular that many librarians are forced to put them under lock and key to prevent them from being pilfered by patrons. The five giant hair product manufacturers, Proctor & Gamble, Helene Curtis, Alberto-Culver, Bristol Meyers, and Johnson & Johnson dominate the hair care industry and are household names among black women.
Here a some products that black can use and even caucasion people. these products are made by companies that try very hard to bring natural standards to many;
1. As I Am
2. Jamaican Mango & Lime
3. one ‘n only
5. Sunny Ilse
We sell these products at our our styling salon in Virginia Beach, Virginia. We use these products on your hair as we prepare your hair for the next event you plan to attend.
“A perfect evening entrance begins with a flawless hair design.”
The Afro or natural hair look of the 1960’s and the braid craze of the 1990’s are touted as examples of black women rejecting white beauty standards. The Afro style was short lived, but never completely gone. The Afro was seen as a revolutionary example of black power and conscience. Many groups stood up for blacks during the time Martin Luther King and Malcolm X marched in the 1960’s, these groups wore Afro styled hair and clinched their fists as a symbol of Black Power .As a culture” Black people tend to use what they believe” in and” their situation they are in” (way of life) as all intertwined into fashion. Today’s braided look is closely tied to black pride and a celebration of the ground that was laid by our forefathers in a great struggle. Understanding this and all we have been through the fashion lifestyle is always going to be a staple of black women in their own right.
Even many black women who sport the bald look are fixated on matching the proper clothes, make-up and ear rings with the style. Most soon tire of these hair fads and retreat back to the straightening comb, fashion braids/extensions or a perm. A bald head is not something that is a must for any women to go out and compete. All that I can say is a felling of who a black woman is comes from her heart and no longer from what the television says.
We have heard many stories in the past where blacks needed to conform to what society was doing and those things that seem to matter in the corporate world. Yes we know about the rules and what we have to do in order to survive in an professional environment. But this great hair obsession is driven by the great ancestors from our past thousands of years ago. We see that the line is being drawn in so many areas of life where a persons hair has nothing to do with their mind . Therefore there are people paving the way for people of different ethnicities to have their roots and their religion be seperate from work. Judging a person because of the style of their hair is wrong. It is almost asking a person to sell their soul in order to feed their family in some of these jobs. fashion and hairstyles are the most popular and perverse expressions of those values.
Let us not be afraid to be free and live beautiful. Walk into any room with authority and share in the value of your strength. your style, your hair, and your mind are all a part of you . Celebrate being you with a value on it. You are a winner and you are pretty.
When we think of braids. At least when I think of braids I think of memories when I was a child. I used to watch my sisters getting large single braids for years. As the time went by and we all covered our hair nightly we began to see results of our mothers care. Long thick natural hair full of life. As many styles came about through the years many of us have ventured into things with our hair that our parents would hardly approve of.
I went through so many things with my hair cutting, coloring, and relaxing. The thing that I thought I would never have to go through was hiding my hair. Wearing wigs was something that I said I would never do during my life. But my wig wearing is only for purpose of styling changes on a daily basis. As I still have to Braid my hair for protection and the safety of my locks.
As the times have changed I did realize that Natural is about who I am. It is very important to learn who i am and love myself. My heart longs for self improvement and I wonder to myself how did I begin to unravel what I was taught as a child and put my body through so much with the so called style, to the point where I damaged my skin and my and my crown of hair that was so dear to me. As I begin to clean myself up and free myself of chemicals freedom and great health follows.
At this time I would like to say that Braids are wonderful and exciting and beautiful. It takes maintenance to have any style of hair on your head whether it be natural or not. Also I am obligated to clean my hair and maintain moisture and security of my whole crown as I lay upon my jewel of a crown nightly. For this I say to my tender head and my hair that flows in one direction. That I have learned from those who speaks to me of things that are not true to the fact of a braider. It is said and hurtful to tradition that I would blame a person for my lack of responsibility for my own hair (blaming someone for loss of my own hair).
Now let my wonder to myself why I might be mad at a braider because my hair is not lasting when I request that my hair be styled a certain way. Well first off I know that there are daily styles, weekly styles, and bi-monthly styles. So when I tell a braider that i want my hair really big iI know that I must not expect the hair to last two months or even six weeks. I also know that receiving braids or twists without adding hair to the braid or twist it is good for two weeks maybe three. My job in this part of receiving a service to my hair is understanding that i am a consumer and I am responsible for what I purchase. So I research and find out what I need to do as the manager of what belongs to me.
I need to take time for myself. I need to love myself. I need to be a lover of my hair just as i love my nails. I is a sexy feeling to have health in all ares of my life. Beauty reigns from my crown jewel and it catches the eye of my husband and he is satisfied. As I strengthen my crown with what i need to feed my hair naturally for cleanliness and moisture I shall shine. I need plenty of water and vegetation in my life because my foundation depends on all that I have to balance the power of life . If I can get my hair to shine then I shine. My roots are from my ancestors and I am happy to have the memory of my mother including my family where I can see what all the love was about. My mother had the true love of God in her hands also in her heart. This is why I tell you today that protection, natural hair ,box braids, senegalese twists, tree braids are all in the family of motherly love. I am convinced without a shadow of a doubt that Braids are for love of self. Yes I enjoy an Afro. With this style of hair it allows the hair to catch filth to often so I recommend that the hair be washed immediately once arriving home.
Woman are very important to life. With this I say to you all,” next time”. I shall point out to you all next why women should learn how to shine and not with jewelry. Please do not let me stop you from shopping my sisters.
People of Newport News If you are looking for a stylist from the African Hair Braiding community Seek out a specialist that enjoys hair and loves customers. Chesapeake I challenge clients to come and see us. Portsmouth we know how you have traveled for years to get your hair braided and twisted.
Corn-Rows: Otherwise known as cane-rows are worn by men, women and children. These are narrow rows of visible braids which are very close to the scalp.
Micro-Braids: These are tiny, single braids usually braided half-way and leaving the rest of the hair. It can be done with either natural or synthetic hair.
Kinky-Twists: They are tightly twisted or curled braids. They are rope like and two strand based braids, looking like dreadlocks.