Workplace Politics

Is there competition in every workplace? Yes, don’t even think about quitting your job to avoid it in the next because in workplace politics the potential is always there, and its’ benefits can tempt just about anyone. Competition will reveal itself in many forms and for many reasons, but mainly they are personal and not usually a credit to a particular clique – to be more specific everyone has a selfish agenda and they use catalysts like a group if the group is privileged, sometime to reach their goal. This is just my opinion though, but I have been in two contrasted demographic areas and noticed the same things happening just painted different colors. You never know who is going to be who and do what. People change. One thing is for certain, all the roles that are played are needed – for different reasons. We all need each other, whether you decide that your connection will be a friendship or in an associate group. All are deserving of respect if you are coming together to make a business work. Professional respect is usually only when you have a business transaction to make . It can be tricky: people can be manipulative, you may not feel up to fighting a battle, the person may be influenced by someone else, and people change. So what do you do when you are new to a workplace? I say understand that everyone is playing a role, without judgement it’s best to figure out those roles before you entertain personal relationships with coworkers. But then again, sometime you just know who you will connect with, another thing is that you don’t want to appear stand offish. Like my mother always told me, “Trust God, not man”, this is what I will always do, because He always makes a way.

Men’s Haircut Definitions

As a barber, I hear so many clients attempt to describe a haircut but get the terms all wrong. Here is a brief description of some of the main terms used to express the type of clipper cut services you are looking for:

Caesar – (textured, tightly waved hair) hair is cut down on average to 1/8″ to 1/4″ to achieve appropriate wave length, hair is measured evenly all over and is finished with a lining or taper.

(Straight hair) -A modern day Caesar cuts begin with a fade and about 2-3 inches from the crown to the fringe which is cropped and slightly spiked.

Fade – A graduation of hair that start short at the hairline and increases in length as it is taken upwards.

Bald Fade (skin fade) begins bald and increases in hair length. You can get this fade done low, medium or high.

Low Fade – A fade that begins to transition at the occipital bone. This is most popular for wavy to tightly curled textures.

Mid Fade – a fade that begins transitioning about 1/2″-1″ above the apex of the ear.

High Fade – (eg.high top fade) A fade that begins transitioning about 1″- 1 1/2″ under the parietal ridge.

Burst Fade- a fade beginning with a round, circular fade around the temples and spreads into a Mohawk cut or South of France Cut.

Buzz Cut – (straight to wavy hair, called an all even for wavy-curly hair) a cut that is evenly cut through the entire head.

Razor – (feathered tip metal blade) a refining technique used to trim fine hairs for a completed look – used around the hairline and on the neck. Razor cutting is also used for longer textures in cuts to give a smoother, more natural finish.

Neck Shave – A finishing technique done with a razor blade to clean up hairs along the neckline.

Clean Up – done in between haircuts and includes a lining and neck shave.

Taper – a technique that is used around the temples and back of the hairline up to 1″ to create a small fade.

Gentleman’s Cut – (straight hair) a haircut with even, short sides done with scissors or clippers that progresses into longer hair from the crown to the fringe area.

Women’s Fade – a fade with a strong emphasis on a slight gradation (not a bald look), and soft lining.

Mohawk – an inverted haircut that usually begins with a low fade and leaves a vertical pattern that is noticeably longer in the middle.

South of France – a Mohawk with a wider neckline and circular taper.

Lining – a finishing technique that is done with trimmers to remove excess hair from the hairline and groom sideburns.

Enhancements – products used to darken thinner areas or create fullness. Hair fillers and color sprays are examples of enhancements.

Men’s Hair Unit – (also called cranial Hair prosthesis, toupee or man weave) a temporary hair piece that is used for men/women with pattern baldness and other hair loss issues to achieve a look that is cut low.


I think the way to getting the best results out of a hair growth regime is consistency. This is the quickest route there: THREE MONTHS OF CONSISTENCY. This should stick in your mind, even over the specific products used because it takes three months to REALLY see the fullness that is desired. Humans have on average 90,000 to 160,000 hairs on or head. The system of hair growth remains the same, but the last phase or terminal phase (shedding) can be going on at any time. The time period of the terminal phase is unpredictable. A hair program should have a routine that includes activating the follicle, and should awaken the dormant cells in the scalp that have become calloused. Scalp scrub by ORS is a good product to use inside this 3 month hair growth program.

After the activation phases you need something that will help retain hair growth and strengthen hair. The hair that initially comes out the scalp in thinning areas is baby hair or vellus hair. Over time as the follicle is getting proper blood supply hair gets stronger and thicker.

The stronger the hair grows in, the longer the retention phase. This is the stage that is the longest, so it determines the length of you hair. The longer you can keep your hair from becoming brittle while going through its natural shedding process, the better your results.

A lot of my clients use an oil to help strengthen their hairline. This is an organic oil that you can poured at Natural Hair Wonder Oil is an oil that helps to improve the pH of your scalp while feeding it with nutrients at the same time.

It’s best to take picture of the before and after results, and some pictures in between to be able to see the three month progress. The steps are very simple, the thing to remember is that it takes three months.

New treatment for Male Pattern Baldness!

The PRP treatment has been around since the 1980’s, however this treatment was used for joint healing, tendonitis and ligament issues just to name a few. Because PRP is used primarily for healing muscular tissue it has gone beyond these fields and moved it’s way under the aesthetic umbrella. In other words, scientists and others in the medicine field have discovered that injecting your blood back into your systems can add gorgeous points to your scale as well!

PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma, and it is the ingredient in the blood that causes the hair cells to thicken and create fuller hair. The process starts by a surgeon drawing about 60-100 cc’s of blood and then injecting it into the thinner areas of the scalp. The scalp is numbed with an agent such as lidocaine before this takes place. Actor, Kim Kardashian claimed she would never get this again, main reason being because she wasn’t allowed to receive the numbing medication due to her being pregnant at the time. The fact that it has made it all the way to the Kardashian family just shows that it’s climbing the ladder to be the next reconstructive trend. Not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration, most insurance companies look at the treatment as experimental. Before the blood is injected into the scalp it has to be processed through a centrifuge. This process is to separate the blood from the plasma, then the plasma is separated to derive the PRP, after that it is concentrated. This plasma hosts special proteins to help the blood clot and support cell growth. Some surgeons combine techniques with others to promote long term growth, because you have to keep getting the PRP treatments as long as patients want to keep the desired look.

People are being drawn to this method because it appears to be safer than hair transplants. Also, it’s your own blood that would be used so no worries about transfusion from another person. Side effects of this procedure would probably be nerve injury, temporary damaged tissue or pain at the injection site.

It is recommended that you consider this type of treatment as soon as you notice thinning, people who have about 30% of thinning or less achieve the best results. Even though there are many treatments out there, this treatment promises to be one of the more safer procedures. There is more research yet to be done, however it doesn’t stop celebrities, even Tiger Woods from trying it!

Dyamond’s 2nd Visit

This is Dyamond’s second visit since initiating her loc extensions. It has been a month. They have come along really well! The dark undercut transitioning into the blonde really distinguishes the look. Only the front was retightened with the interlock method. I cut and tapered the sides and back.

Loc Start: Small Locs vs Large Locs

Smaller locs are more pliable. If you have thinner hair smaller locs would most likely be the best route. Smaller locs can be easier to style depending on stylist preference. Smaller parts means that you can section the hair in smaller sections to achieve a greater variety of style. It is also easier to interlock smaller locks. Smaller locs are easier to set on rollers as well. Larger locs = fuller locs. They take less time to start as well as retighten. Styles can vary with larger locs as well and they longer they get the fuller the style looks. Most lock jewelry is created for medium-large locs. Loc petals look fuller with larger locs.

It is important to determine the size of the lock you want because this is a permanent style. If you want your locks smaller, and they have already locked – there is a way to do this. If you want your locks larger and they are locked there is a way to accomplish this as well. Both of these techniques take a longer time period so it’s best to decide what size you want early on.

What do dreadlocks/locs symbolize?

Imagine a woman, Amy, who has had to relax her hair since she was three years old. While she is playing in her room, she can hear her mother’s echo in the next room, talking to her girlfriends about how she just doesn’t know what to do with her daughters hair. The little girl takes a look in the mirror, her hair is straight from the relaxer, the comb flows through it like melting butter. Then there are the ends, short…barely touching her chin, and stringy. She had curls in it just an hour ago, but her hair was so damaged the curls lost their shape. As she becomes an adult she goes to different hair stylists with different results when she looked in their mirror but right back to the same damaged hair by the time she came home. Fifteen years go by of her relaxing her hair, but this time she has cut it short and accepted ongoing stigma. After all, her peers are doing the same thing. Not only that, it’s the ONLY thing her peers are doing. Anything else would be like wearing a swimsuit on Christmas in Alaska.

Then take into account a young man named Charles who was told his whole life what to do and how to be. He and his three brothers received buzz cuts until they were grown, followed in the footsteps of their father, each unaware that they could create their own destiny. Whenever they stepped into individuality, their parents stepped in to grasp their vision back to uniformity. For these siblings, life was about societal and monetary achievements and one never came without the other. Art, spirituality, inner consciousness – these words seemed to be as unrealistic as cartoons in their households.

What do these two have in common? A life that was strongly dominated until the point that they were unconsciously blinded by influence. Like it or not, this is how most of society is – we are controlled down to our choice of appearance – even it is clean and manicured. Long hair for men is interpreted as a “hippie” look, artistically overindulgent or rebellious. Stereotypes about locks are no better – ranging from suspicions such as idle, aimless personalities, over-identifying with a specific culture, and the list goes on.

So why would these two choose a hairstyle like dreadlocks? After all, there is no doubt that they stand out from everyone else. Both Amy and Charles never knew what the natural characteristics of their hair was because like many things about them, it was hidden to blend in. One thing that locs represent and this holds high priority: to be able to embrace being unique. Being unique is nothing without the knowledge of how to be independent within being different. To know that you can achieve this simply by changing the look of your hair is astounding. We are most influenced by what we see, and what we see we categorize based on what society teaches us. It is amazing to see cultured, intelligent people who dress different, look different and act differently, not accordingly. It toggles the suggestive part of the brain and forces you to take a closer look. If I could choose one word that dreadlocks symbolize, I would say freedom.