Its happens to alot of kids here in New Zealand..
As for me, I have only had this experience once in my life with my sister here in nz. This is not something I grew up with living in the caribbean and america. So the day I saw this in my sisters hair, trust me it was very foreign to me. Hours of research later, I came up with a bomb plan.
Remember my sisters hair is an afro textured and curly, so if its harder to manage. So this made it super easy and stress free.
This is how I managed to eliminate this gross bug in one day:
1. Section the hair and apply the mayo all throughout. This will drown the nits.
2. Place the plastic bag on the head and tie down. This will suffocate them.
3. Leave on for an hour or 2 or 3.
4. Wash the hair out with any normal shampoo and conditioner. You can opt to buy tea tree shampoo if your particular or any other type specifically for lice.
5. Because she has afro texture hair. I sprayed on a heat protectant which has natural oils etc, combed and heat stretched her hair with a blow dryer. For straighter hair types you can start the blow drying process now.
6. I did this close to the outside or back door, so I could disinfect and sweep any possible nits outside.
7. Once the hair is completely dried. Then you can straighten small sections, from the roots to the tips. This will fry and burn any remaining eggs.
8. All the nits would of drowned or suffocated and be wash away by now. So applying heat to the roots to tips will further eliminate any potential break outs from happening.
Hopefully this helps you guys manage this annoying situation. It should make it super easy to get rid of nits.
Take care :)
Lets talk..what actually happens when you remove your braids..first things first..please know where your own natural hair ends, so you know where to cut the braids. You dont want to cut your natural hair along with the synthetic braids. Once this is done and you have cut your braids, then read on.
For faster removal, please pull apart two of the 3 leg. This will unravel the braids like a rope. Continue to do this almost all the way up. Eventually you can pull down on the braid and it will slip right off. Once all of your braids are removed, depending on your experience and how fast you are. Then we are ready for the next part.
You will get alot of buildup at the base of the braids like the picture suggests. It will be dandruff and dead hair and dust. This will need to be combed out before you shampoo your hair. Please remember that because you havent brushed or combed your hair for however long. It may look like alot of your hair has been lost, when you comb your hair out. Naturally our hair sheds everyday, its completely natural. Unless you got braided by the worlds tightest braider, which made more of your hair shed than normal. Then you shouldn't worry.
You can apply some conditioner to the roots, and gently comb out the muck from each section, before you do the next part.
Once your entire head has been combed out from the roots and all the shedded hair etc is removed. A lovely deep condition would be great, then a shampoo and conditioner. Depending on your hair texture you can opt for a leave-in conditioner with some oil or a light water based leave in serum or conditioner. Then you go back to your normal routine.
Take care :)
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Happy New Year to all the braiders of New Zealand!
Its that time again..that time to put your braiding eyes on and talk about something I see out there, that people aren't mentioning.
Can you see what's going on in the picture to the far left?
This is something that isn't spoken about much at all. Its something in the beginning of my braiding career I did at one point. I didn't like it so I fixed it.
Now to the untrained eye, everything looks great about the clients braids. Its neat, the sizing of each braid aint too bad, the sections are sharp. But like I have mentioned, with your braiding eyes on, you should be able to see there is a hump to the beginning of the braid.
You must be asking "yes and whats your point?". Well what would happen over time..especially while you sleep at night. That hump will become more and more pronounced. It will never flatten out, because it was braided in a certain pattern, its set in, locked and loaded. You would have to undo the braid and do it again to fix the defect. It will always have that hump look and will show up in pictures and to me, won't be pleasing to the eye and would look funny.
My example to the right is how your braids should lay down straight against the scalp. No humps, curves or deviations.
How do you fix it?
You fix it by changing the technique in which you use to install the braid. You have to completely change the way you install. While learning how to braid, I changed my technique over 6 times. Until I got the look I always wanted.
So its up to you as a braider to either continue on with things or change it up.
Braiding is an art and it takes a good eye to see where you can improve and how you can make that happen. If you want to be the best you can be, then this blog will teach you to see braids from a different point of view. Once you sharpen your braiding eyes, you will see braids in a whole new light. It will push you to get better and help you focusing on giving your clients your best
Thank you for reading :)
Braids Pricing formula
If you are a new braider and can't figure out how to even give a price for your service. You have come to the right place
I have invented a light formula you can start with to help you with pricing styles. This will be based on the average length of time for small, medium and large box braids. You can then with the help of this formula. lower or make the prices a bit higher to reflect the region in which you live. For example the price of braids in bluff would be different to the price of braids in Auckland city.
Lets also remember when you are starting off you will be doing so on your own. Once you get off and running and need the help, you need to take into account that you will have to pay your assistant. Whether this assistant is your auntie, cousin or own mother, people need to get paid for their time and effort. New Zeelands minimum wage is $20 per hour. You will need them for minimum 3 hours. You can in the beginning deduct their stipend from your service cost. But eventually you will have to be comfortable with increasing your costs a bit, so you can get paid what your skills are worth.
Please note that if you decide to do knotless braids. They take longer to do. they have a longer hair prep time and require good practice to achieve a great finished look. So you also need to reflect the extra time taken to do them in your prices. By adding more on the price. Once you do a fullhead of knotless braids, you will know how much extra to charge.
1. Beginners- $25 per hour
basic braiding skills, will need more time to develop their skills. Their technique would be either above of below average. Lets hope for above average
2. Intermediate- $35 per hour
Good braiding skills, have developed their technique at a reasonably good level. More knowledge of braiding. Less mistakes
3.Advanced- $45 per hour
Great braiding skills. Have mastered the art of braiding all textures. Can teach beginners and intermediates a thing or two.
Small- 8 hours (average)
Medium- 6 hours (average)
Large- 3 hours (average)
1.Beginners- normal box braids (lower back)
2.Scared Beginners- those who are fearful of charging money ($40 off lower back)
3.Intermediate- normal box braids (lower back)
4.Advanced- normal box braids (lower back)
(Lower back) braids are the most popular and highly requested. If you are going to do bum and thigh length braids. Your prices must reflect the extra time and work it takes to do this service. You should have prices for different lengths.
Clients must always purchase their hair. This is their cost not yours. Your prices are for your services. unless you charge them with braiding hair costs included in your service price.
With advanced braiders, you have the experience and clout necessary to charge a bit more than what the formula says. Intermediate to advanced braiders can then train an assistant to help take the edge off the long braiding sessions. If you become a celebrity hair braider, then you know the deal. All you do is instead of doing a standard $45 for advanced braider fee per hour. you can do $55, $65, $75. If any of you beauties ever get to that stage. Good for you :)
When it comes to dutch braids for example. If you take your time to make sure it comes out right. They can take an hour. As a beginner you can stick to your $25 per hour or you can add an extra $10. To make it worthwhile.
When it comes to charging for feed in cornrows (with added synthetic hair) or just natural cornrows. You charge per row. For example standard industry rates are $10-$15 per row. After a certain amount fo rows you can lower the price per row. Or give a standard price for certain amounts of rows based off of your formula. You can have fun tweaking and working with what feels right for you, your location, your skill level and your self worth.
Please leave comments below to encourage others to ask questions and have a conversation.
All the best beauties!
The kiss of death..
I went through it and currently am still healing from it. I will help you with avoiding these issues.
Once upon a time, when I didn't massage my hands and soak them warm water. I felt nothing in my hands after hours upon hours of braiding. I would say for for almost 4 years, my hands would hardly feel tired, ache or even develop a finger cramp. I felt like a beast, never had to have a hand massage, why bother I was doing fine.
Then one day I noticed I started having finger cramps and some soreness after braiding. My right index finger started feeling stiff and I would wake up and feel like my hand muscles were tight. Then in early 2019, my joints starting aching, I was having trouble opening bottles, my thumb was sore. It all started going down hill. After a hand clinic session thinking I had arthritis and that I would have bent ugly fingers because of braiding. I was told I still had pretty good hand strength, but I had over used my hand muscles to a point where they just needed a break. My joints were inflamed and tired of the long hours of braiding.
Here are some steps to help you have longevity in the braiding game.
1. Always get a hand massage at least every 2 weeks for 30mins with oil. Make sure if you do go to a mall massage business. That they are not too rough with your hands and that they do not apply strong pressure. I learned this the hard way. Take magnesium before you go get your massage to help relax your body. even soak your hands in warmest water you can handle before this.
2. When you do soak your hands in the warmest water your can handle, make sure to add in some epsom salt. You do this after each braiding session or at least the next day if your too tired from a session.
3. You can use coconut oil and eucalyptus oil to not only massage your hands but also your forearms.
4. Learn some hand stretches exercises that are simple and quick. Do this before your session to help warm up your muscles for the work that will be done. And do this after your hands are soaked to.
5. Supplement with Magnesium, minerals and collagen to keep your bones and muscles keep strong and help them recover quicker.
6. You can even use anti-flam cream after your braiding session, if you do not have the time to soak.
->I always braided every other day, so that I had the next day to recover.
Another tip before a braiding session. Is to use heat on your hands by putting your hands under the hottest tap water you can handle without it being uncomfortable. Do that for at least a minute or 2 and you will find you speed will be there from the get go.
But remember, everybody's body is different. So people can braid for 20 years and have very minimal aches and pains. Some people have an end date and can only braid for a period of time until its best to either stop or limit how much they braid. Im currently in that position right now.
As a braider you will know when your time is up and whether you can go on for a longer period of time. I want to make sure you are informed about what braiding is and how it can affect your body. There are many articles out there for Hairdressers but nothing for braiders.
Treat your body with care and love and it will work for you and not against you. Massage therapists, physios etc have their own team of people behind them that they work with to keep their bodys in top form. Your body wasn't made to do repetitive movements for such long periods of time. you are more prone to arthritis and muscular issues when you are in the hair industry. So best to be fighting fit while doing it
Hopefully this blog helps you
Take care :)
Ladies and gentleman..
If you want to have longevity in the braiding game. Please correct your posture and stance whilst braiding.
if you continue hunching over every time you do braiding for those long hours your doing braids. You will literally give your own self, back and shoulder problems.
Braiding professionally, meaning your doing this and charging for your service on a more than occasional basis. You take pride in your work and strive to stay ahead of the game by reading my articles :) and watching for trends. Braiders who do their aunties braids once a month should should still keep reading.
If your sitting while braiding, make sure the chair you and your client is sitting on had great cushioning, is sturdy and is in the correct height placement so your level with your clients head. Make sure to sit with your back straight, use a pillow behind your back to help and always keep mindful of when your shoulders begin to curve down. Widen your legs, so your pelvis is supported. Plant your feet down on the floor and get to work. Adjust yourself from time to time. But as long as you can keep that stance, you will be better off.
Now with standing, its even more important. Because the weight of your body will affect your knees and feet also. So proper posture is golden. Stand with your legs a bit wider apart than your hips, shoulders back, hands should stay in line with your belly button. Meaning if the braids are supper long, you step back so the braids are always level with your belly button and you never hunch over. You should never bend your back and be parallel with the floor, you throw your bodys alignment off and add pressure to your front toes and your knees, So now your body is working harder not smarter.
Make sure to buy a thick mat at Bunnings or mitre 10, made out of rubber or material that is firm but with some give. Wear comfortable shoes, put insoles in your sneakers if you have to. Make sure you care for your bodys posture. You only have one body and believe me when I tell you, its not if your going to start having aches and pains, its when.
Can you spot the difference???
When you braid, every single braid you do should look the same in size, length and tension. When you practice braiding, sizing each braid and learning to do so is highly important.
I always say to trim the braids. I do this because I know the difference. You are supposed to trim the spiky bits off the braids after you've completed the clients style. A-lot of braiders don't do this because it adds extra time to the booking and they are tired at the end or just can't be bothered. But as the picture above shows with the red braids. Your braids will look so much better if you do it, plus they will age better. You have to fight the tiredness and just do it. Its like waxing one leg and not finishing the other.
If you want to go the extra mile, then snip off the very ends of the braids, don't leave them looking scraggly. The picture on the right will help you see that difference. If you want to be the best you can be at braiding, you go the extra mile while the others don't. This will propel you straight ahead and your clientele will appreciate this and keep coming back. This is from experience :)
This screenshot was taken from my instagram stories. Its something a-lot of people don't realise until that faithfull day. "Wait a minute, why did this girls braids take soo long and I just did someones else braids, same size and length and it took away less time". Its because the persons head you did was very big. Just like different feet sizes, there are different head sizes in adults. My own mother can wear children sized crochet hats, while I can't because I have an average sized head. But I do have very small ears, tiny wrists and ankles.
When it comes to head size, you will never know until they sit down infront of you. You will realise that they need an extra row and also an extra braid on either size. If their hair is thick, well sis good luck!. Means more time and more thought into making sure you dont use too much braiding hair on their head, which will make their braids very heavy. Braiding is an art and skill, its very particular and bespoke for every individuals head size, hair texture etc etc.
Now! the only way to know if their head size is bigger or not, is to get them to take a measuring tape and tell you the circumference of their head before they come into your booking. That is the only way to know. Its also up to you if you want to charge extra for this. I never charged extra, I just bucked down, cried inside and did my job. That was my choice. But you can choose to charge an extra $30-$50 to your job depending on the size of the braids and length etc. Totally up to you!.
f you have really good skills, then that helps because people will know the braids will come out bomb, so they wouldn't mind (if they know beforehand) parting with a bit more $$.
Take care :)