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Makeba Says


I am Makeba. I have been a licensed, professional hair stylist in Las Vegas, New Orleans, and Atlanta. This is one of the only career fields that cannot be replaced by automation. What will be the unfortunate demise of this industry are the bootleg hair styles done with the MISEDUCATION of selfish hair stylists that will scare a client from the salon, YouTube videos, and kitchen beauticians.

It is expected for someone who thinks they know what they are doing, to damage their own hair. Worse yet, is a licensed hair stylist that is only concerned with the hairstyle and not the integrity of the client’s hair. You must take the care of your hair into your own hands. Honestly, most of the damage done is done at home with curling irons that are too hot, products that have too much alcohol in them, not drinking enough water and improper diet. All of these things you have control of.  Continue reading “Makeba Says”

Straightening Naturally Curly Hair and Its History

The History of Straightening Naturally Curly Hair

The Pressing Comb

When I stepped behind my first chair in 1994, a pressing comb was what we used in straightening naturally curly hair. The unpredictable heat from the stove could leave the comb too hot, which could singe the hair. A good and responsible stylist would have something to test the heat of the comb on before placing it in the hair.


pressing comb for straightening naturally curly hair with steamy heat coming from hair and comb

Thermal Flat iron

The next tool for straightening naturally curly hair was the flat iron. This was often used after the pressing comb, to further smooth the hair. For years, thermal straightening, was the most consistent way to achieve the desired look of smooth hair.

a thermal iron for straightening naturally curly hair

Using a stove to heat different shapes of metal as a method of straightening naturally curly hair, is unpredictable. For many years, this method of thermal straightening was all we had to get naturally curly hair straight, without applying a relaxer. As a professional stylist who felt they needed every iron size, this took a lot space on my station.

stove and irons for straightening naturally curly hairstove and irons for straightening naturally curly hair








Versatility of Curly to Straight To Curly

In most recent years, women have a desire to have the versatility of switching from wearing their natural curl and wearing their hair straight.

Originally, the goal was to simply have straight hair. Some women did not want to deal with the natural curls on their head, but did not want to get a chemical applied to their hair to straighten it. Times have changed, as they often do. We wanted the option of going back and forth.

Here are a couple of images of myself with curly hair and straightened hair.

makeba and her grandmother geneva

makeba with straight hair









The Ceramic Iron As An Option

Next came the ceramic iron. I was so happy to get rid of all of those irons and that hot stove on my station. This straightening tool is powered by electricity, so the cords can get in the way while I work. This new technology took a number of years of adjustments in heating sources and different plates to be able to satisfy the desire of achieving and maintaining straight hair for women with very curly hair. With the adjustable temperature gauge, these ceramic irons now brought the ability to control how hot this tool should get.

ceramic iron for straightening naturally curly hair
This is an image from the web.

You notice that I said should get. There is always an issue of the best materials to use in any business. Many companies use cheaper materials to create their products. In this cheaply made product comes the increased ability to damage the hair. There are ceramic irons that emit healthy heat, unhealthy heat and different types of heat in between. As a consumer and someone who wants to have healthy hair on their head, you should spend a couple of dollars on good products and tools to take care of your hair.

Below are irons manufactured by companies that I suggest.

Head Damaged Hair

Women began to notice that if they were having their hair thermally straightened  or straightened with a ceramic iron, there were a lot of straight strands once they wet their hair. This was keeping them from being able to have that versatility because their curls were no longer bouncing back.

I found a link to give suggestions for dealing with heat damage.

heat damaged hair

heat damaged hair






Finding the Right Hair Stylist

Ladies, some hair stylist’s goal is to make money and not the health of your hair. Most irons with heat emitting from them will get your hair straight. Is your hair cooking while it is being styled. You know these stylists. They can post up in the most hood salon and in an upscale salon. These stylists use cheaper than cheap products. They use tools that you can buy. Your hair is always sizzling. And you know they are NOT taking care of your hair.

Look for a stylist that uses professional products and professional tools. Are they highly recommended? Do they have a social media presence where you can see their work? This may mean sitting in the chair of a few stylists.

Truthfully, most of the damage is done at home and not in the salon. When purchasing an iron, you will need to spend a little money on it. Any constant use of heat, will damage the healthiest head of hair. So keep the heat to a minimum and turn it down, not up first.

Treat your hair like it is the only head of hair you have….. IT IS


Hair Loss Often Caused By Stressing Your Scalp

Taking Our Hair For Granted

A protein filament that grows from follicles found in the dermis is better known as hair. When not taking care of properly, we can have hair loss. Hair comes in many different colors, textures, densities and lengths. Hair’s main purpose is to insulate, protect, and be a buffer of friction.

For so many years, humans have used hair as a form of individuality and expression. We cut it to look more stylish and trendy. We color it to be fashionable or to simply cover our grays for a more youthful look. As we are using our hair as a reflection of our identity, we often put it in stressful situations that cause hair loss.

Hair Loss Is Preventable

As a licensed and professional hair stylist for 23 years, I have sensible conversations with people about causing unnecessary stress to their follicles and hair. People treat their hair like rope or a vine that Tarzan swings from. Our hair is fragile and will shatter and break, just like a spider’s web when a baseball is thrown threw it.

So, why do we put our precious hair through such turmoil? It is possible to damage the follicle in such a way that it will die and close up the hair production shop. Is fashion and vanity worth the consequence of losing hair? Doctors have a term for it, friction alopecia.

Listen to you body. If you see signs of damage and stress. Do something different to your hair.

STOP taking your hair for granted.

STOP wearing tight braids. Too Much Stress. Hair Loss Follows

     very tight box braids
Detailed Tight Braids

Hair Loss Often Occurs When Wigs Are Worn

STOP wearing these lace and regular wigs. The wigs rub the hairline and decrease the scalps ability to breath. Improper removal of the adhesive causes a lot of damage, especially if the wig was not installed properly.

Beautiful lace wig


Burning your hair also causes hair loss.

STOP curling and/or using a ceramic iron on your hair every day.
Invest in a better quality curling or ceramic iron. The trick to not burning your hair, is to start straightening or curling your hair at a lower setting vs the highest. Start low and increase the heat setting if your hair is not curling or straightening at that lower setting. There are a couple of ceramic irons that I would suggest. I prefer FHI Heat or H2Pro:

Here is a link to purchase either or

FHI Heat

 and H2Pro

Fortunately, this does not damage the follicle. A good hair cut, deep conditioning treatments, consistently having your ends trimmed and throwing that curler/straightener away will have your hair looking and feeling healthy again.

Burned Hair

Curling iron

STOP purchasing cheap curling and ceramic irons.

Unhealthy heat burns hair as it curls and straightens.

Listen to your body.

If you see signs of damage and stress.

Do something different to help your hairs do scalp.


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Lace Wigs and Frontals

I Foresee a Nation of Balder Women

Yes, Yes….It was NOT hard, I found some images of terrible, bad and not cute lace wigs and frontals. The ugliest and most damaging installs are done by everyday people who see the celebs rocking them. They want to wear the clothes and wear the hair. The thing is ladies, the celebs have their wigs applied with more care than you do at home.

The outcome will be and is a land full of ladies with baldness around their hairline.

Lace Wigs in the World

Wigs have been worn since the days of Ancient Egypt. They have always been worn as a form of fashion and style. Often to show nobility and wealth. Now everyone and their mommy can order a lace wig and adhesive online or purchase one in any local beauty supply store.

What is happening is women are tearing their hair out wherever the adhesive was placed. Some people try to avoid touching the least amount of their hair as possible by attaching the wig down further on the forehead.

bad lace wig installed low on the forehead     bad lace wig installed low on the forehead bad lace wig installed low on the forehead   Continue reading “Lace Wigs and Frontals”