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Celebrity Hairstylist And Makeup Artist Dariel Pulliam passes away

Dariel Pulliam

Dariel Pulliam, a celebrity hairstylist who appeared on VH1′s “What Chilli Wants 2,” and worked with singer Keyshia Cole as well as a lot of other folks in the industry, has passed away from an undisclosed illness.

Our prays go out to his family and friends.


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So I don't know about you guys, but learning things is like exciting for me, the older I get the more

I want to know. To all the Licensed Stylist, please contact your local Salon Centric and check to see

if they have classes that they offer...




So you know you have a problem when your cabinet looks like this....


I guess I have always had problems with finishing things in life, like finishing cosmetology, starting

projects and stopping them. When it comes to products, I have to try it especially if I'm watching my

favorite you tubers.. These women are looking great with their natural hair and of course I can just vision

in my head what my hair could look like. After spending very important research hours on you tube and talking

to some of my natural hair friends, I'm off to the local beauty supply store.  The visit to the Beauty Supply store goes a

little something like this...I pull out my cell to view my research notes and I then I begin my search on what ever the product

maybe....I'm usually in there about 20 minutes or longer, with all that been said. I will like to make a vow, that I will

not purchase anymore natural hair products until I run out.....Eventhough I could reallly use some cantu shea butter! lol



Here is what I'm working with:

Jamacian Castor Oil

Aragon Oil

Pure Shea butter

Giovanni leave in conditioner weightless

Giovanni Deep moisture conditioner




Still Not at Home in America

"What are you doing here?" is a question this country keeps asking black people every day.

  • | Posted: July 17, 2013 at 12:19 AM

A man wears a single bullet around his neck over his Trayvon T-shirt at a rally in Los Angeles. (Frederic J. Brown/Getty Images)

(The Root) -- No one is more American than I am. Our country's history is inscribed on my genes.

Some of my ancestors came here on slave ships. One arrived on The Mayflower. Others fought in the Revolution and the great Civil War.

But because I am 67 -- old enough to have personally experienced legally segregated public schools, water fountains and restrooms and

white-only public accommodations; old enough to have been shocked into terrified silence by photos of Emmett Till's brutalized body after it was

dragged from a muddy river in Mississippi; old enough to have written more stories than I can remember about black men and women

who seemed to have lost their lives for no reason other than being black -- I have deeply ambivalent feelings about this nation.

W.E.B. Du Bois called those warring emotions "twoness" and "double consciousness." I call them not feeling at home.

There was a time, in the heady wake of Barack Obama's first successful run for the presidency, when I let myself hope that America would

finally let that happen. I thought America might finally stop asking the question it has posed to black people since the days of the slave-hunting

"paddy rollers": What are you doing here? I thought it might finally say we belong.

I was so wrong. What are you doing here? is still the question America asks black people like me, all these years after the emancipation,

all these years after Brown v. Board, all these years after the passage of civil rights laws, whenever one of us shows up in a place that

some white person regards as inappropriate. It's the question that underlies so much of the opposition to Obama's presidency -- not merely his policies,

but the man himself -- and the vile comments about his wife and their children.

It's the question that manifested itself when a white cop arrested Henry Louis Gates Jr., the editor-in-chief of The Root, for being black in his own house

in Cambridge, Mass. It's the question implicit in New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's recent plaint that his city's notorious stop-and-frisk policy

disproportionately targets too many white people and not enough blacks and Latinos.

And What are you doing here? was the question with which a gun-toting vigilante named George Zimmerman justified his surveillance of a 17-year-old boy

in a hooded sweatshirt whose only crime was arousing Zimmerman's suspicions. Strip away all the nuances of Florida's deeply flawed self-defense laws

and the forever-unknowable details about the confrontation that developed that night, and it comes down to this:  A self-appointed security man with no more

legal authority to stop and question a fellow citizen than the man in the moon felt powerful enough to put that question to Trayvon Martin. Whether Zimmerman

knew it or not, he had 350 years of history backing him up,

For young black men, America is a country fraught with danger, from other black young men like themselves, from the police and police wannabes, from an

out-of-whack system of public policy that criminalizes them more efficiently than it educates them. It's a place where they are constantly looking over their

shoulders, watching for threats that can come from any direction.

It's a place where they never feel safe enough to completely relax and let down their guard because there is always the risk that someone will ask

What are you doing here? and not be satisfied with the answer. We've been in this country since the beginning, and yet we're still strangers here

, seeking sanctuary. We're in America, but we're still not of it. We're still trying to be at home.

Jack White, a former columnist for Time magazine, is a freelance writer in Richmond, Va., and a contributing editor at The Root.



Best Practices After Graduating Cosmetology School

By Lauren Salapatek | 02/18/2013 10:51:00 AM


click image to zoom You can plan for success, but sometimes failure happens, says Patrick McIvor, artistic & techniCulture director for Goldwell and KMS California. Even though we rise and we fall, when we hit a speed bump in the journey to success it doesn’t mean you should give up. Remember your short-term and long-term goals as you enter the wide world of beauty. Where do you want to be in five years? 10 years? Remember that success doesn’t happen overnight and doesn’t get handed to you—it’s earned. Here, McIvor shares with FIRST CHAIR his six best practices you should be doing after you graduate from cosmetology school.

Find a Mentor: Learn from the best. You cannot repay great experiences and knowledge learned.

Create a Professional Online Presence: Utilize Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube and Twitter. It’s free advertising!

Put your work on the right people: It gets talent noticed and noticed talent gets famous.

Learn how to shoot a photo, video and write blogs: If you can't capture your work and ideas, no one is going to see them.

Don’t worry if you’re not doing it right. Just worry if you’re complaining about not doing it: If you want to do something, do it—a photo shoot, fashion show, expansion, renovation or attract more guests. Don't sit in the backroom complaining about it, GO DO IT.

Try everything once, figure out what you love, and then be the BEST at that: When I was in beauty school, I was so bad at color that I was not allowed to foil. I actually have a trophy for styling hair, so I am so glad I tried everything and fell in love with color.