Sunday, 25 November 2012

Events: 2Inspire Network Ladies Day (19 August)

The Ladies Day was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in the Docklands in August.

It was a wonderfully positive day, I met so many relaxed (ie not cutthroat) and positive female businesswomen and that in itself was super uplifting! I was buoyed up for days afterwards! The organisation was excellent and the clientele were just so warm and open - I loved it!

Here's our stall:




 






The entrance to our pamper corner :






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My life, the lessons learned in and through love and loves ones; and my hair affairs.
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Sunday, 18 November 2012

Hair Update

The run up to Christmas is always a super busy one - both for product sales and Sisterlocking sessions.
I've just finished client 18 but I'll wait for her permission before posting anything else on that.

God has been good. Two years ago I started with just 3 clients... and had just 3 for almost 6 months... 18 months from that point and I have an expanding practice with transfers (from overseas/other consultants) as well as new starters (people I have installed myself) and I am grateful for each one of them because they each bring me something different and teach me something new.

How's my hair journey? Well, I've had a few setbacks. Alopecia Universalis is a bit like cancer. It can go into remission and it can flare up again, so right now I am in the middle of a massive flare up and have lost quite a bit of the hair that had grown back before summer: talk about a bummer! Sheesh!


This was my wash n go from September (bald patches cleverly hidden beneath my hair band)



Could get a high ponytail/puff at that point :)



One of the patches hiding underneath the hair band (left in Sep, right in Oct)



How have I dealt with that - well... I have tried to ignore it. I have done everything I can. I exercise and take the vitamins and the supplements and eat the good stuff and avoid the bad stuff and I have tried every natural, homeopathic, herbal and medicinal remedy going. (Yes, I truly have) and for me, it is time to stop. I have 3 children, I need to focus on them and their wellbeing. I can't let this thorn in my side distract me from ensuring that their needs are met on a daily basis. Even with my affliction, I still have clients, clients who love and support me and for whom my hair loss is no big deal. I value these clients because to them - my not having hair has not made a difference to my ability to do THEIR HAIR and their confidence in me buoys me up on those days when I wonder why I am bothering...

I met a lovely lady at the Natural November exhibition, Tieska from You Naturally Be and she hooked me up with an afro kinky afro (lol) This helps me keep my mind off my hair-story. When I take this out I'll decide whether to shave my head again (if there are just too many patches to cover) or whether to chill and see what happens next.



I did stop oiling over summer - but I also had some super super stressful situations pop up during the same period - in fact June to October 31 were pretty horrendous, but what can you do? I'm British, we keep calm and carry on. Every day I put on a brave face, pretend everything is peachy keen and get on with living.

I've got another installation tomorrow morning so I'm gonna go make sure my tools are clean and my babies are in bed, so I can be on point tomorrow. Maybe I should oil my head again too :)

Take care guys... and lemme know if you're still reading!



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These are my words and this is my journey, from 'there to hair'!
My life, the lessons learned in and through love and loves ones; and my hair affairs.
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Twitter: @almocado
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Saturday, 17 November 2012

Events: Uzima (July 2012)

With exhibitions, part of attending is the learning (as well as networking and test trading). With each exhibition I have learned so much that has helped me better my product marketing and grow my business. 

This was my setup at one of my earlier exhibitions (number 2). I was still very naive and green and mostly I was just happy to be there - I quickly learned that my 'competitors' were there to slay (make money not friends) and I have learned from that lol!

Here is a partial view of my setup in the therapy room where I gave holistic massages. The bulk of our takings at this event came from the provision of holistic therapies.

Here's a pic of my daughter who was drafted in to help man the stall while I worked the therapy room, and below this are photos depicting a selection of the products we had on offer that day.

 



WELCOME TO THE TAPESTRY OF ME....
These are my words and this is my journey, from 'there to hair'!
My life, the lessons learned in and through love and loves ones; and my hair affairs.
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Thursday, 15 November 2012

Events: Black History Studies Black Market 21 Oct

Shame on me,

I've been going to all these events and not telling you about it! Bad Bajan Lily!
I'm not going to talk much since it has already passed, but I'd like to share some photos with you and as I remember I will add links to the vendors' business pages as I have met some really lovely talented people!




Unfortunately, I don't have her details but she was selling the most amazing jute tote bags! Iwanted to stock up on like FIVE but common sense only let me buy 1. As soon as I find her card I will put it here because she really was lovely and I LOVE my new tote!

This is a shot of the table I shared with the ever beautiful Sharron Richards of Sheadecadence: like me, she has a range of natural haircare and body products.


Almocado Twist & Twirl (Conditioning Styling Cream) , Seal & Protect (Fortified Hair Butter) and Hair Oils on display. (What was left)

Below is one of the Almocado wash day combos: Brown Sugar Shampoo, Conditioner and Triple L Hair Milk (Leave in Conditioner); along with what was left of the Massage Oils, Face Serums and Toners.


 


One lady brought her two daughters - and they were both Sisterlocked!





Sharron of Shea Decadence and Sister E from the Calabash Hub


Soaps from Shea Decadence packed full of natural goodness.



I loved this artwork... it depicted a school of red fish. Imagine 'finding Nemo' in that!





House of Lulee

The lovely Belinda Raji from BeUnique Hair (turns out her husband is a very old and very dear school friend of mine! Small world!!!)







I'm rubbish I know - next time I'll do better! Love you all


WELCOME TO THE TAPESTRY OF ME....
These are my words and this is my journey, from 'there to hair'!
My life, the lessons learned in and through love and loves ones; and my hair affairs.
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Twitter: @almocado
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Monday, 12 November 2012

Loving her Locks

This is the schoolteacher after a retightening and styling session.
She is such a lovely person!



WELCOME TO THE TAPESTRY OF ME....
These are my words and this is my journey, from 'there to hair'!
My life, the lessons learned in and through love and loves ones; and my hair affairs.
Web: http://www.lovelifelocs.com
Twitter: @almocado
Facebook: Facebook.com/almondavocado

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Sisterlocks with Permed Ends


Here's a copy of a post from my business page. about 2 months ago I had the privilege of starting a client with permed ends. I really enjoyed this installation. "Dree" had such a jovial spirit and had me laughing throughout - what a blast!

You see the open ends in the picture? That's because interlocking methods such as Sisterlocks don't work on smooth hair (like relaxed hair), as we're not using any gels or locking waxes we need to work with the glorious kinky, coily, curly textures atop your head: the kinkier the better!

Dree has 468 locks and has been transitioning for over 9 months. Her hair - including the permed ends- is about 14 inches long. The new growth was about 8 inches.




I love that with Sisterlocks you do not have to cut off your permed ends or Big Chop (BC) before you start your locs. This means that if you love length, you can hold on to it for a little while longer while your new locs are being formed. When they have grown to a length you are happy with you can trim off the relaxed ends.

The Sisterlocks journey is about you - what you are most comfortable with -and if that means transitioning for a little longer then I'm not here to judge you, I'm here to support you and your choices every step of the way. Why not give me a call?

To you established lockers out there - did you start with permed ends? How did you handle the different textures?


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