Marula Oil Conditioning treatment

The seasons changes are near and so should hair routines! Heat inside homes and office buildings can cause hair to become very dry. So this Fall/Winter season I have added Paul Mitchell’s new MarulaOil deep conditioning treatment to my service list! This is hair care that harnesses the power of RARE, NATURAL MARULA OIL. Wild-harvested in Africa, the oil is COLD-PRESSED to preserve its superior quality and nutrients. This oil is the purest and highest quality possible, with 50% MORE PROTECTIVE ANTIOXIDANTS THAN ARGAN OIL. A high concentration of nutrients and oleic acids help hydrate, repair and moisturize hair at the deepest levels. After just one treatment you will have 80% REDUCED SPLIT ENDS, 80% IMPROVED CONDITION OF HAIR, and 80% MORE SHINE! MarulaOil uses TIME-RELEASE TECHNOLOGY to nourish and hydrate hair throughout the day. Whereas other oils would simply rinse away, MARULASPHERES bond to hair like a magnet and deliver fresh bursts of marula oil every time you touch, style or brush your hair (PaulMitchell). This treatment is by far one of my newest favorites! I will gladly add this service to your next visit or you may go online to vagaro.com/HairByLaTasha to book it for next appointment! Just choose the MarulaOil Treatment option!


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Journey Back to Natural : Transition or Big Chop

The journey back to natural has many different paths. For some it is a willing journey to explore a new sense of self. For others it is a means to better health because of forseen and unforeseen illnesses.  For myself, in 2005, I chose to do a big chop for a combination of the two. Also, at the time my hair was already short and I didn’t have far to go! The natural hair care product market then was nothing like what it is today. I literally only had a few essential oils and Jerhi curl products to maintain my baby fro. Fast forward 10 years and the natural hair care market is booming with no signs of slowing down!  There are many products to choose from now depending on how you want to wear your tresses.

Am I bold or more reserved? Am I  open to a new look while I transition? Extensions, braids, twist sets, rod sets? Is this natural path even for me? These are questions you must ask yourself before making the commitment.

Doing a big chop is an instant life changing decision! You instantly know what your natural curl pattern is and you are free to experiment with it. Comb coils, two-strand twist, flat twist or bantu knots will be a few new styling options for you. A curl enhancing mousse, defining cream gel or a curl enhancing cream will help moisturize and keep your style tame throughout the day. When you are used to seeing yourself differently there are subtle ways to ease you into your new look. I added color to my hair to help me adjust to my new look. Color is a quick and simple way to accessorize your natural curls!

Transitioning back to natural takes time, patience, and maintenance. Transitioning requires trimming off relaxed ends every 8-10 weeks and keeps your hair at a length that’s comfortable for you. However, the new hair and relaxed hair won’t quite get along and will need lots of TLC. The section where the new hair and relaxed hair meets is very fragile and is extremely prone to breakage. Without proper care your hair can potentially do its own big chop! I recommend trying out new, protective styles such as extensions, braids or twist/rod sets during this time. My absolute favorite way to transition without worry is using the STS Express System (Max Smooth or Gentle Smooth) by Design Essentials. It is essential to your new hair journey ensuring every strand is receiving the best attention. This treatment (which lasts 12 weeks) keeps hair strong and manageable.

Doing a big chop or transitioning back to natural is solely up to you! Whichever you choose, know that you have options! Questions or comments? Please ask and share!

“All great styles begin with healthy hair.”

5 Things You Need to Stop Doing to Your Hair Now!

We all have a few bad habits we can drop. When it comes to daily hair care, new healthy habits must start! Here are a few things you need to stop doing and start doing to get you on your healthy hair path!


1. Heat styling daily. Restyling your hair with hot tools daily drys ends out causing it to break. It may not be noticeable at first but over time you will lose length.

2. Putting off trims.  Split ends can quickly turn into split mid-shaft! You will need to have more trimmed off. I recommend trimming or ‘dusting’ end every 8-10 weeks depending on your daily hair care routine.

 3. Skipping protein treatments. Healthy hair is balanced with moisture and protein. These treatments replace protein that is lost over time leaving hair strong and balanced. When your hair feels ‘mushy’ and doesn’t hold styles then it is time to get your treatment.

  4. Going to bed without tying your hair down. Wrapping, rolling, pin curling, twisting or braiding hair before bed is key to maintaining your hair. This will certainly keep you from heat styling in the morning!

         5. Detangling hair too quickly. The detangling process can be time consuming when done with care. Always use a detangling leave-in conditioner. I suggest starting in the thickest part combing from the ends up to the roots securing each section once detangled. Take your time! Your hair will thank you!

“All great hairstyles begin with healthy hair.”


How often should you shampoo your hair?

special-occasion2All great hairstyles begin with clean hair!

The number of times you clean your hair depends on your lifestyle and/or if you have a diagnosed scalp disorder. In general it is okay to shampoo your hair every 3-14 days. Assessing your scalp, hair texture, and if your hair has been chemically treated in conjunction with your daily activity will help you determine how often you should shampoo. Choosing the right shampoo is as important as how often you should clean your hair.

For fine hair choose a shampoo that will thicken your hair strands. Ingredients to look for: Hydrolyzed oatmeal protein, Hydrolyzed wheat protein, Hydrolyzed vegetable protein. These ingredients will penetrate into the hair shaft easily and plump up your strands leaving your hair full of body!

For dry hair, choose a shampoo that will impart moisture. Ingredients to look for: Shea butter, Nettles, Rosemary, Jojoba, Almond oil, Vitamin E, Abyssinian oil. For severely dry hair it is advisable to to a deep oil treatment before you shampoo or a deep moisture treatment after you shampoo.

For thick, coarse hair, choose a shampoo that will help to soften and detangle your hair. Ingredients to look for: Rose hip, Seaweed, Grapeseed oil, Camellia oil, Almond oil, Avacado oil. These ingredients help to in part and seal in moisture. They are also great for detangling hair!

For brittle hair, choose a shampoo that will help heal the hair. Ingredients to look for:  Baobab plant extract, Quinoa extract, Bamboo extract, Sugar cane, Sage. When healing brittle, damaged hair it is important to use a shampoo that will impart strength into your hair!

For dry, itchy scalp choose a shampoo that will help soothe and eliminate flakes from the scalp. Ingredients to look for: Zinc ommadine, Salicylic acid, Menthol, Chamomile, Peppermint oil. For a very irritated scalp, put the shampoo directly on the scalp, cover with plastic cap, and let it sit for 10-15 minutes!

For any hair type, a clarifying shampoo is great for removing excess dirt and oil. Ingredients to look for: Baking soda, Vitamin C, Hydrolyzed oatmeal protein, Aloe, Chamomile. Deep cleansing shampoos are a great first choice to ensure that your 2nd and 3rd shampoo and conditioner will penetrate the hair shaft properly!

If you have a scalp condition, such as psoriasis, your physician or dermatologist may prescribe you a shampoo that will gently exfoliate the scalp. These shampoos are generally used 5-7 days a week for the best results. If you are unable to shampoo as frequently, ask for a topical cream to help manage your scalp disorder.

If you sweat heavily due to exercise the sweat can leave behind salt deposits causing the scalp to be very dry and at times flaky. Always use a clarifying shampoo to remove the salt build up. I find cleaning my own hair 1-3 times a week to be the most suitable way to maintain a healthy head of hair while in a steady workout routine. For days that you don’t do a traditional shampoo try using a dry shampoo to hold you over until your next shampoo. Dry shampooing will remove a small amount of dirt and excess oils leaving the hair fresh and shiny!

If you are heat styling your hair choose a product line that offers heat protection. My favorite is by ColorProof! The shampoos, conditioners, leave-in conditioners and dry shampoo contain a great heat protecting ingredient called HelioPlex. It literally wraps around each hair shaft creating a barrier between your hair against the heat.

If you have any questions or need assistance on choosing a shampoo that is best for you please don’t hesitate to ask!

How to care for your hair between appointments

As a stylist that specializes in hair care I also consider myself to be a teammate to all of my guests. Team work makes the dream work! Because I only have the pleasure of styling my guests 1-4 times each month it is important to know how to care for the hair between appointments. Here are a few things to consider to help you maintain your hair until your next visit. To get started, use a dime to nickel sized amount of a moisturizing serum or a light hair lotion. Apply to the ends and work your way up to the roots. Remember, your ends are older and require more TLC  than your roots. You will also need regular and large sized bobby pins, satin hair bonnet and/or head scarf or just a satin pillowcase.


Curl Maintenance: Curls can be very easy to maintain with or without using rollers. To keep curls bouncy and full use the pin-curl method. Simply roll each curl in the direction it is flowing and use a bobby pin (closed pin) to secure. For long and/or thick hair use a larger 3in bobby pin. Depending on how many curls you want to have in the morning is up to you! I suggest 5-12 pin-curls for an entire head. Last, cover your head with a satin bonnet, a satin head scarf or simply go to sleep on a satin pillowcase.

Another option is rolling the hair on rollers. My favorite rollers are flexirods or satin covered sponge rollers! They are easy to use and very comfy to sleep on. You want to use a roller that has the most similar width of your curls. When rolling, use horizontal partings for a feathered look (think Farrah Faucet) or use a vertical parting for a Hollywood look (think Beyonce). Again, depending on how fabulous you want your curls to look in the morning depends on how many rollers you use. Lastly cover your head with a satin scarf, a satin bonnet or simply go to sleep on a satin pillowcase.

The last option is to bantu knot the hair. Part the hair in 1-3 inch sections twisting each section into a cylinder shape  then wrap in the same direction creating a ball. Secure with a bobby pin. I suggest 7-12 bantu knots for an entire head.

Wave Maintenance: This maintenance technique is so easy a 5 year old can do it! To maintain your waves use the 2 strand flat twist method. Simply part the hair in 2-6 sections and 2 strand twist the hair flat to the scalp following the direction of the wave. If your waves are cascading go the opposite direction on every other wave. Use a bobby pin to secure the end to the scalp. Cover your head with a satin bonnet, a satin head scarf or simply go to sleep on a satin pillowcase.

Another option is to put hair up into a bun on top of your head. I suggest bending over for this one! While bent, brush hair to the top of your head no further than between your ears. Twist hair into a cylinder then wrap hair in the same direction creating a ball and secure with a large bobby pin.


Straight Look Maintenance: To keep hair smooth and straight simply wrap your hair around your head. Or brush hair down behind your ears securing with a satin scarf tied underneath the hair at the nape.  Oh the anguish that comes with wrapping hair! Cone on top or no cone? Which way do I wrap my hair? How do I keep from having to use my flat iron in the morning? Why is my temple hair thinning on one side? Huge questions with simple answers! 1 No cone- Brushing in an upward motion to the ceiling causes a cone shape leaving hair hanging out in the top. When wrapping hair focus on brushing around the head slightly towards the floor securing with large bobby pins as you go. Lightly tie your satin scarf on top or use a satin bonnet. Then you have the option to reach inside and pull out the pins. 2 Wrap your hair in the same direction that your bang flows to. 3 Patience and wrapping technique is key to avoid flat iron styling in the morning. This may take time but you will get it! Daily heat styling can be very damaging to the hair causing breakage. 4 Your hair on your temples is the most fragile hair on your scalp. To avoid having temple hair loss be sure to moisturize the well before wrapping and also consider changing the direction in which you wrap your hair regularly.