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Hair: Relaxing Your Hair After Using Clairol Textures & Tones

August 24, 2014

I am happy that the post I did on Clairol Textures & Tones is still being read to this day.  It is one of my favorite hair dye products on the market.  If I were to dye my hair now, that’s the product I’d use specifically because it is designed for women of color.  How sweet is that?

I am often asked via online and through emails if you can relax your hair after using this product.  This post is actually a response to one of my readers who asked this same question.  I am reposting my response because I want to spread the word that you can relax your hair after you dye your hair using the Clairol Texture & Tones.  In fact, I believe it was designed for that particular purpose.   However, contrary to popular belief, it is highly recommended that you wait at least two full weeks and one shampoo and conditioner. If you wanted to wait three to four weeks, that would be OK, too. What does this mean? It means you wait the ideal number of weeks and after you have washed and conditioned your hair at least once.

Ladies, if this is your first time relaxing your hair at home, I can understand why it would seem like a scary process going into it.  You don’t know what to expect.  There are harsh chemicals involved and it can go wrong in so many ways (i.e., failing to do a strand test and discovering you have sensitive skin, leaving the relaxer on too long and burning your scalp, not applying enough relaxer, not leaving it in long enough, etc.).  It’s like following a complex cooking recipe where you have to follow the instruction precisely as they are written.   Therefore, you will want to arm yourself with some really good products that will serve as tools to keep your hair strong and healthy, as well as a really good flat iron for good end results, and scissors designed for trimming hair only — salon style.

Hair7-22-14I have been wearing relaxers since I was a teenager and I have had my share of damaged hair, so I will be coming to you speaking from experience.  It takes work and time to keep up a relaxer, especially if your hair is dyed, too, the work seems doubled, and developing a good hair care regimen that you keep up with on a regular and dedicated basis is important, so think hard about this going in.  Do you want to add the extra step?  Let me tell you that your hair will love you back if you practice good hair care on the regular.

First of all, you have to ask yourself is your skin too sensitive for relaxing? OK, you’ve dyed your hair…no skin irritation there, but what about with a relaxer? This being your first relaxer (if this is your first relaxer), you will have to do a strand test. Which takes me to my next point. There are different relaxer products on the market. Some are better than others, and there are those that shouldn’t even be on the market based on the horror stories I’ve heard, and what I experienced.  I recommend a no lye relaxer.

qp-elasta-new-lookMy relaxer product of choice is Elasta QP Creme Relaxer – Regular/Normal (with no lye). Comes in a simple black and white jar with a green design — just for color and update of the jar…nothing fancy there — I have been using this product for over 20 years and refuse to use anything else.

Elasta QP has a before and after product renamed to the Elasta QP Before and After Protein Complex. This is good for pre and post relaxer. I use it on my hair religiously when I am relaxing my hair at home.  I spray it on, blow dry it into my hair, wait about five to ten minutes, then I apply a protective oil around the edges of my scalp and ears (vaseline works just fine), then apply my Elasta QP Creme Relaxer, done within the time allowed for my hair (work as quickly as possible to avoid burns to your scalp and damage to your hair).

Elast QP’s product line has expanded over the years, therefore, there are lots to choose from, especially their shampoo and conditioner for relaxed hair.  Unfortunately, it’s hard to find all of the products in one place, so getting them online is probably how you’ll get the best ones you’re looking for.

When you relax your hair it is recommended to use a neutralizing shampoo and moisturizing conditioner, and if you can find it, use the Elasta QP Before and After Protein Complex before you condition your hair…leave it in for about five or ten minutes, rinse, then apply conditioner and leave it in 10 – 15 minutes.  NOTE:  You can use a comb to comb through if you like.

Because I tend to wash my hair in the shower, I leave the conditioner in for about 15 minutes, and rinse it out after I am done with my shower.  If you have a leave in conditioner that you like, you can use that, too.  Nothing wrong with a double conditioner as long as you’re not over doing it.  But you want to protect your hair at all times, of course.  Relaxing your own hair is serious business.

300Be sure that after you press out or flat iron your hair out (I recommend flat ironing) using a good heat serum, and a light oil to keep your scalp from being dry.  Pure coconut oil is a good and light oil that I tend to prefer when it comes to my ends, and Palmer’s Gro Therapy Olive Oil Formula is another good one, especially for the scalp and on the ends.

ALWAYS…ALWAYS get a good trim (and not a botched trim) after a relaxer. That can affect how your hair looks. (I don’t know, but I think my hair has a mind of its own and knows when something’s not right because I can’t get it to do anything if I wait too long to retouch my relaxer and if I don’t get a trim). This will keep your ends from splitting and your hair from breaking off.  And use a light oil on the ends (the coconut oil or the Palmer’s Gro Therapy I mentioned).  If you don’t get a trim after each relaxer, be prepared your hair is about to let you know exactly what can happen.

HairProgress2014Again, practice good hair care to keep your hair from suffering, your hair will love you back.  Don’t stress your hair by using daily heat if you can help it…tie your hair up at night in away so all you have to do is get up the next day and comb and go.

My hair has recovered from the damage and is doing nicely.  I had my hair cut back in 2012 because it was damaged…careless hair care on my part and I paid the price.  Practice good hair care.  I can’t emphasize that enough.  The risks are greater than you can expect when relaxing dyed hair — especially if you’ve never done it before.

Wash your hair every one to two weeks.  Retouch your relaxer every 6 to 8 weeks depending on how fast your hair grows.  I wait 8 to 10 weeks at the most.  Anything beyond the 10 week mark and my hair is not holding a press or a flat iron…signs my relaxer needs to be redone.   Some women I know retouch their relaxer short of six weeks because their hair grows just that fast, so it depends on how fast your hair grows.

If you are still not comfortable with relaxing your own hair at home, I strongly recommend finding yourself a really good hair stylist who is a well known professional in relaxing hair. Someone who has good experience with excellent results and gives excellent trims.  In other words, they take pride in their work. You don’t want to go to someone who has no true experience in relaxing hair. So search very carefully.  And check prices, too.  Sometimes a high priced stylist doesn’t always mean an experienced stylist who can do hair.  Been there, done that, too.

If the whole process has got you thinking twice, if you are located in Los Angeles, I can hook you with my stylist who has been doing my hair for some years now.  I have followed her to three salon locations, that’s how good she is.  Actually, I do my hair  based on how she does my hair.  I do my hair at home usually when I am low on funds :) and I know some of you can relate.

I am always happy to share what I know, have learned, and have experienced, so I hope this information is helpful.  Feel free to email me at with more questions about relaxing hair, if you have stories and/or pictures to share, or if you just want to tell me how it went with relaxing your hair.  I’d love to hear from you.

Events: The 424 Beverly Hills Experience

August 11, 2014

424 Beverly Hills

If you’ve been to Beverly Hills, then you already know it’s well known for its expensive style, taste and way of lifestyle for the rich and famous.  That goes the same for its nightlife.  424 (formerly the Confidential) delivers a prime location for hosting your party of choice in the heart of upscale Beverly Hills.  Under new management, these guys are dedicated to giving you your moneys worth.  Turning the club into the party place you are looking for.

Whether you want to have a Sweet 16 birthday party, a bachelorette party, or whether you have a corporate event you want to host, a cocktail party, a reception, or the favorite all black or all white parties, 424 can deliver it with 5,000 square feet for you to choose how to transform.  It also features a full kitchen and front and back bars.

424 Venue Pics

I attended the California Dreaming fashion show put on by Interpix Fashion Live in 2013 during LA’s Fashion Week.  It was an event I will always remember because the designers were dynamic, the models were amazing, and the even itself was well put together.   The club was packed to capacity, photographers everywhere (including me), and at the end of the show, after the red carpet picture opportunities, the club opened up for a time of dancing well into the late night hours.

This is why you should book your next event at 424.  Working with me and the owners, I can coordinate your special event with you and ensure you have an experience of a lifetime.  And I will be there the time of your event to make sure you and your guests are accommodated.

Summer is winding down and I know some of you may be getting ready for your year end events.  Let 424 be the place where you get turnt up!  Or if you are on a more professional level and have a corporate event you want to book, not to worry, we have you covered.

Contact me at to book your next event or if you have questions and would like more information.

Don’t delay.  424 is in a prime location, the heart of Beverly Hills.  Get on the books for your next event now.

Entertainment: Introducing the Musical Stylings of Belbel

August 9, 2014

Belbel Violets

For the first time, At Studio5 is proud to feature the lyrically poetic soul of today’s rising pop star, Belbel.  Her musical stylings is definitely making a name for herself in the pop genre with her video debuting the single, Violets, that comes jam packed with a powerful message.  She is a clever, talented songwriter as well as a creative genius.

Belbel, born Isabelle Rich, comes from Melbourne, Australia with a strong voice that lets you know she is fierce.  Her single, Violets, displays her strength, life, truth, and emotions, and the journey she is on.  The depthness of the video and the message it is portraying falls in line with her lyrics.  I was completely blown away.

She is poetic in her storytelling and how it relates to her experience growing up and speaks volumes in every word she sings.  The video in its production delivers creativity that presents originality speaking to the heart, mind and soul.  Photo from the Official Instragram Page.

The Melbourne singer was born to an academic family of high achievers where the career of Arts was pretty much absent from her upbringing.  At 16 she already knew what she wanted to and where she wanted to.  Caught in social isolation, it was enough to sway her career choice.  At 18  she is exploring the world from her own perspective.  Many girls her age can relate to the way she grew up.  Not wanting to live up to the norm of today’s society, but exploring the opportunity to be one’s own person, live one’s own life and do what feels right.  And seeing the Arts as a career and a pathway to the life chosen.

Belbel’s path is guiding her where she wants to be in this life, delivering lyrical talents and a strong creative spirit as she takes this journey.  At Studio5 couldn’t be more delighted to be asked to feature this talented young artist as she represents a genre that continues to reach new heights.

Visit the Official Belbel Music Page to read her story and her journey.  Keep coming back stay up to date with the release of her new upcoming EP, and be sure check out these links below to follow Belbel.

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People: Babs on Instagram Excites Fans

August 7, 2014

a2b8d680-1e35-11e4-ab16-1f37945ea0d7_babsFunny Girl star, Barbra Streisand, takes to social media by posting her first picture on Instagram, with over 12,000 followers, or should I say fans flocking to the site to show their support, remembering precious moments, it is a reminder how well she is still loved and admired.  The Hollywood legend is looking as good as ever in her age of 72.  She definitely wears her age well, looking younger than she appears.  Picture from Yahoo! Celebrity.

In a today’s edition of Yahoo! Celebrity, Barbra Streisand, known to many as Babs, is joined with her pup, Samantha.  No denying that she just loves her very much.  Babs is best known for other rememberable roles on screen, Yentl, The Way We Were, and my all time favorite, A Star is Born.  She was funny in Meet the Fockers, too.  And don’t forget she was on one or two South Park episodes. :)

I remember growing up, weekend morning you could here Barbra Streisand music playing and my mom singing to them.  My mom has a nice voice, too bad she never got to use her singing talents as well as she did her cooking talents.


So what is Barbra Streisand up to these days?  In February she spoke out on heart disease on the TODAY show.  And I pay homage to a rememberable speech she gave at the 75th Academy Awards.  Social media is another check on her list of things to do when she is not enjoying time at home with Samantha, out and about, reminding us of the legend she truly is.

Keep up with Babs on her official site at and her Instagram.  And on the Streisandofficial page as well.

Announcements: Exciting Changes to the Blog & Upcoming News

August 5, 2014


I have some announcements I wanted to share with all of my readers and followers.  I’m changing the blog up a little.  Giving it sort of a different vibe without changing much of the content.  Excitement photo from The Design Inspiration.

  1. Removal of pages:  Some of the changes you may have already noticed.  I removed a couple of pages, “Rene’ Closet,” “Other Sites,”  and “My D.I.Y. Projects.”  If you want to keep up with the D.I.Y. projects, you can follow the blog at Simply Fine D.I.Y. and keep up with some of my projects at All Things Crochet where only my crocheted creations are featured.   The removal of the pages made sense because of the new structure of the blog itself focusing more on health, lifestyle, fashion, and entertainment.  Any new creations will go to my blogs I just listed.  So, remember to keep following those blogs to see what’s new.
  2. Blog name:  The blog name is going to go from being Studio5 to At Studio5.  This will be effective immediately.
  3. Entertainment:  At Studio5 has been selected to feature an Australian pop star whose video was directed by Beyonce’s director.  All details are to soon follow once I receive all of the information from my resource.

I am exciting about the new changes taking place with the blog, and I am really happy to be back on the blogging scene in full force.  Keep coming back for updated information and more announcements, and see what else I’ve blogged about.  Tell your friends.  The more you tell, the bigger my blog grows and I hope to take it to a whole new level.

At Studio5 exists because of my readers and followers like you.  I owe the success of this blog to you all.  I am blessed.

People: Celebrity Mom’s Breast Feeding and in Today’s Fashion Trends

August 5, 2014

How many times have you been out in public and saw many mom’s breast feeding and thought to yourself how gross you thought it was, when in fact it’s a beautiful bond between a mother and her child, especially if that child is a newborn.

Olivia Wilde-breast6f-13-webOlivia Wilde shows us how not only is breast feeding healthy for the baby, but it can also be sexy.  With the right fashion, the right look, and of course, at the right moment, it is what makes a mom a mom bonding with her child.  Picture from Daily News.

But it is a known fact that for many non-celebrity moms, breast feeding is not always smooth riding.  It has it challenges as best, and like me, it can be a bit stressful.  I tried with my daughter, but it didn’t work out the way I wanted.  To the breast pump I turned, that ultimately became my best friend.

There are the times when looking stylish and wearing the latest in today’s fashion trends is the last thing on our mind as moms when we are still breast feeding.  Well, of course not me…my daughter is almost 20. :)

Fashion has come a long way for moms.  There is a lot to offer, but sometimes time is not always their side and the closest thing to looking their best and being comfortable is a pair of jeans and a T-shirt, or the trusty sweats and sneakers, and comfortable socks.  Why not…it takes the stress off of worrying about what to wear.

But in reality it’s putting so much into motherhood that self becomes almost past tense.  You forget about “you” because you give your all to the well being of your child and you are a mom first.  The little rewards you receive for your job well done comes in little packages…watching them grow up, and seeing them come into their own mind.  You’re preparing them for the world, you remember sleepless nights when they were sick, hours spent at the doctor.  And you don’t give it a second thought.

There is nothing wrong with remember you for you.  You are your own celebrity because you have been the world’s best mother to your child or children.  And there is nothing wrong with rewarding yourself with a little make over to bring yourself back to life — back to the world of fashion.

If you find yourself at a crossroads of fashion and you feel you’ve fallen out of touch with today’s fashion trends, email me at for a consultation, and I can help guide you in the right direction of creating a new you without sacrificing your personal taste.

Olivia Wilde makes it look so easy and comforting.  It is a subtle reminder that we can be who we are as moms breast feeding in today’s society.  Keeping it real and focusing on what is important to us, at the same time not forgetting self.

Email me if you want to come into today’s fashion trends.  I can help you determine which fashion work best for you, put you in touch with makeup artists, hair stylist to introduce you to a new you.


Style File News: Jill Scott’s Rocking a New Look

August 3, 2014

Jill ScottGracing the September cover edition of Essence magazine, Jill Scott is rocking a new look and a new style.  I remember when I first heard her album, “Who is Jill Scott?” I remember thinking the same thing.  Who is Jill Scott?  Her voice gave me goose bumps and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on more of her music.  It’s like her music speaks to you on so many levels and leaves you wanting more.

jill-scott-so-gone-paul-wallHer song, “So Gone (What My Mind Says),” caught my attention one day at work.  
I had the music turned up just enough for me to hear it, but kept low enough for it not to disturb others.  It was a cool day.  Work was heavy, and the song came on, “I’m about to take my Gazelles off…”  and I was hooked from the moment she kicked off the song, to the end when Paul Wall started in with his lyrical rap.  This was one of her singles released in 2011 and was on the “Block Party” tour.  Image from Urban Bridgez.

I knew from the very beginning that Jill Scott would be one to watch.  She is captivating on screen.  Many of you should remember appearing on “Girlfriends,” and staring in “Why Did I Get Married,” “Why Did I Get Married Too,” “Steel Magnolias (2012),” and a host of others, she returns to her ground roots of music.

So, what is Jill Scott up to in 2014?  She performed at the BET Experience at L.A. Live back in June, and fans say she showed up and showed out.  Although there are currently no tour dates listed ANYWHERE she is obviously busy doing what Jill Scott does best, looking and being the fabulous individual that she is.

The daring move to rock a blond wig to show her new figure is turning heads and leaving fans wondering what to expect next.


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