Hair in Style

Saturday, February 04, 2012

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"Your hair tells a story," stated The Salon director Althea Gooden-Lawla while analysing the hair of her first client Samantha. The trichologist and educator makes it her duty to analyse the hair and scalp of each client before she decides how to proceed in treating and styling the individual. Under the Dryer team popped into The Salon for a visit where bartenders from J Wray and Nephew were busy making Absolut Raspberry Rose cocktails.

CLIENTS: Ruth Jones, Samantha Lawla, Katherine McDonnough, Sharon Usim, Tamara Riley-Dunn, Tennika Watson, and Aldeen Chang-Sang.

Sensational Style

Tamara Riley-Dunn, attorney-at-law

"I've always had a problem with the way persons styled my hair. I would find myself constantly adjusting it to my liking. With The Salon, I no longer have this problem because I am always satisfied," said Tamara as she got her hair styled. The busy attorney popped in for an early visit at the salon before heading out to start her busy day at the office.


• Taper the back of the hair.

• Do forward and backward diagonal parts to cut the hair.

• At the top of the hair, do notching to prevent the front of the hair from looking heavy.

• Use shears to trim the back of the hair to create a neater finish.

• Apply a protective cream in the hair to prevent heat damage.

• Use a ceramic flat iron to apply curls to the longer strands of hair to the front.

• Curl the back of the hair with a curling iron.

• Use a wide-tooth comb to style the hair.

Tamara's take:

"I love it!"

Bold Colour

Tennika Watson, chemist and sourcing officer

Althea describes Tennika's haircare over the years as a true success story. Tennika had been struggling with a haircare regime that would allow her hair to have more body and length. "Though I have been coming here for a few years, my hair has truly transformed. My experience at The Salon has been excellent!" Tennika boasted. She recently received a bold new hair colour and decided to visit The Salon for her regular hair treatment and styling.


• Use a shampoo and conditioner designed for colour-treated hair.

• Apply mousse and a leave-in conditioner to seal the cuticles of the hair.

• Blow-dry the hair and then apply a cream conditioner to the hair.

• Use a ceramic flat iron to style the hair.


Tennika recently coloured her hair. In order to achieve and maintain a colour of this nature, you must first use your basic knowledge of foil applications. It is easy to combine the foil technique to produce a variety of colour results. When you are being creative with colour, the haircut is your canvas, so you should use expertise to bring it alive. When using a multi-coloured or multitoned application, it is essential that you shampoo and rinse the hair thoroughly and quickly to ensure that the colours don't mix.

Tennika's take:

"I don't even know where to begin when describing how much I love my hair. I think it is so gorgeous! I just love my hair and love my hair colour."

Adorable Twists

Samantha Lawla, student

Samantha is the youngest of Althea's children. Though only seven, she always knows exactly how she wants her hair styled. Samantha opted for twostrand twists with cornrows to the front of the hair.

• Cleanse the hair with a hydrating shampoo.

• Blow-dry the hair until it is completely dry.

• Segment the hair and twist each segment.

• Apply cornrows to the front of the hair.

• Mist the hair with a glosser.


This style should last for up to two weeks if it is moisturised properly. Keep in mind that natural hair requires delicate and precise care. Stay clear of shampoos or conditioners without sulphate and silicones.

Samantha's take:

"I love it!"

Locked and Curled

Katherine McDonnough, managing director

Katherine has made Althea her personal stylist for over 20 years. "The person who did my hair prior to Althea recommended that I try Althea while she was away on vacation. Even when my stylist got back, I remained with Althea," explained Katherine. She made the bold decision to get sister locks three years ago and has not considered any other styles since.


• Cleanse the hair with hydrating shampoo to remove excess oil from the hair.

• Rinse product from the hair then apply mousse.

• Roll hair on flexible hair benders.

• Sit under the dryer and allow the hair to dry completely.

• Use bobby pins to create a partial updo.


Age can adversely affect your locks. The older you get, the more fragile your hair tends to become. Length can also become problematic over time because locks have the tendency to break and this contributes to hair loss at the roots. You should therefore check your locks frequently for damage. The most prominent signs of hair damage are thinning at the roots or if the length of each lock varies too much. Be sure to consult your trichologist or loctician for personalised haircare solutions.

Katherine's take:

"I like it! I am always satisfied."

Cascading Curls

Ruth Jones, business manager

Ruth has been a client of The Salon for eight years. "I'm always confident that the staff is knowledgeable about haircare and that I’ll be happy with the results." Today, she has opted for a curly ’do.


• Analyse the hair and scalp carefully before any treatment or styling is done — Ruth's hair was dry and as such a hydrating shampoo was used to replenish the hair.

• Rinse the product thoroughly from the hair to reduce build-up and to prevent the hair from becoming dry or limp.

• Place a steam cap on the hair and sit under the steamer.

• Remove the cap from the head to allow the hair to cool for a while.

• Sit under the dryer to remove excess water.

• Use a blow-dryer to completely dry the hair.

• Part hair in small segments and curl each segment of the hair using a curling iron. Once curled, pin the hair in place temporarily.

• Remove the pins and allow the curls to fall naturally.

• Contour the curls using your fingers.

• Apply a small portion of crème conditioner to the hair for a sleek finish.


• With the help of rollers, curling iron, bobby pins and even rods, you can achieve anything from a slight bend of the hair to a riot of saucy curls.

• Before using hot rollers or curling irons, apply protective moisture cream to shield each strand from heat damage and boost sheen.

• Most textures don't require a high temperature to get the desired effect from the curling iron. You therefore do not need to go higher than the medium setting on your temperature gauge on the device.

• Use products designed for your specific hair needs.

Ruth's take:

"It is exactly how I wanted it to look. It is simply fabulous!"

Beautiful Bob

Sharon Usim, attorney-at-law

Sharon finds her time at the salon to be one of the most relaxing periods of the week. Every now and then she attempts to change her look by applying braids. However, she is very pleased with the bob she received two months ago and has decided to keep the lock for the time being.


• Use a no-lye relaxer to process the hair.

• Apply a stabiliser, shampoo and conditioner to neutralise and moisturise the hair.

• Use a blow-dryer to dry the hair.

• Use a flat iron to curl the hair but be sure to use a protective serum to prevent possible damage.

• Use a wide-tooth comb to style the hair.

Sharon's take:

"It’s fab and I love it. I always love how my hair looks when I leave the salon." Hair’s the Deal Aldeen Chang-Sang
When Aldeen decided to take a trip to East Africa, one of her concerns was how it would affect her haircare. She then consulted with Althea who not only gave her advice but also supplied her with specific products that would help her survive while away for such a long period. All went well but she’s happy to be back at The Salon.


• Use a volumising shampoo to cleanse the hair and give additional body.

• Rinse product from the hair then apply mousse.

• Roller-set the hair and sit under the dryer until the hair is completely dry.

• Use a heat-protective serum on the hair.

• Style the hair by flat-ironing it to create waves.

• If additional gloss is needed, mist the hair with an oil sheen of your choice.

Aldeen's take:

"I feel really good about my hair."

The Salon 94 1 /2 Old Hope Road Kingston 5 Telephone: 978-1716






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