Top 10 Self Help Books

As business owners, it’s important to keep our minds sharp. Of course maintaining a busy household with three children, a healthy marriage and a business keep us on our toes. However, we also love good books, and consider authors our mentors. We have a few good ones that we reference often to help us stay motivated and to pull from in times of need. If you’re into good reads, here’s our list.

The Power of the Subconscious Mind

By: Dr. Joseph Murphy

This book changed our lives tremendously. It was the first book that we started reading that made us aware of the importance of mental state along the journey called life. It’s about how our thoughts become things and make us the masters of our destiny. Our copy is so tattered from regular reading. I think we read it once a quarter.

The Travelers Gift

By: Andy Andrews

This is one of Chef Ed’s favorites. The premise of the book is faith based. In the book there’s a warehouse filled with ideas and prototypes that people started and abandoned. It’s a reminder of how important it is to keep going, and striving everyday toward your dreams and goals. Because you don’t know how close you are to success. Keep going!

The Psychology of Selling

By: Brian Tracy

This book was paramount to Jane’s success as a shoe saleswoman. When she first started in a commissioned sales environment this book taught her everything. After reading the book, she watched her sales increase from 20 percent to 30 percent and just keep climbing. It breaks down how selling is psychological, habits and how to ask for the sale confidently. How to bring your most confident self into the sales environment and win every time.

The Four Hour Work Week

By: Timothy Ferriss

This book is full of gems for the person that’s ready to start a business, but has a full time job. The author offers tips on time management, and how to leave the 9 to 5 life for more joy and fulfillment. We recommend this to any entrepreneurs out there.

The Money Makeover

By: Dave Ramsey

This book was the wake up call we needed as entrepreneurs, parents and just regular people. We got it on audio and felt like the author Dave Ramsey was speaking directly to us. This book is about being conscious consumers and asking yourself if you really need that three dollar cup of coffee everyday. We cut up a few credit cards after reading this book.

Crush It! and Crushing It!

By: Gary Vaynerchuk

We consider Gary one of our mentors. Keep in mind, a mentor doesn’t have to be someone that you actually talk to in person. We follow him on social media but grabbed this book. It provides insight into e-commerce and how to maximize profits in the online marketplace. We recommend reading Crush It first then, Crushing It after. You won’t be disappointed.

Girl Boss

By: Sophia Amoruso

A great read about how the author went from being broke and unable to make rent to being the owner of multi-million dollar brand Nasty Gal. She started with a few dollars in her pocket reselling items she found in a thrift store. She just kept going, bucking tradition and changed they way that online sellers do business. Grab your copy, girl boss.

How to Win Friends and Influence People

By: Dale Carnegie

This is a great resource to learn how to navigate through life. You meet people everyday as you go about your chores and list of to-do’s. This book is about connection and how to grow a network of people who can assist you in this life journey.

48 Laws of Power

By: Robert Greene

Another book that Jane picked up along her commission sales journey. This book talks about hierarchy and how to thrive in certain environments. In this book, the author draws from the different philosophies of great people from the past. He shows you what thought processes they used to ‘win’ and how you can too.

Profit First

By: Mike Michalowicz

This might be the only book you need in your life. It borrows from the concept of how people used to put money in different envelopes for things like groceries, rent, car repair, etc. And how you don’t dip into the envelope until you need the money. Allocating money to different accounts twice a week and watching your money work for you, instead of the other way around. It’s a great resource, maybe the only book you need.

Maintaining Moisture for Curly Hair

If you have curly hair, you already know the struggle to keep it healthy and full of moisture. The fact that the hair shaft is curly makes it challenging for products to penetrate. Applying products formulated for curly hair regularly like, 2 Mango Sisters, is only a small part of keeping your hair healthy and full of moisture. Here are a few other things to try to maintain a healthy curly mane.

Sleep on Satin

If you don’t own a satin bonnet already, run, don’t walk, to your nearest beauty supply to grab one. If you feel like you’re applying product day after day to still wake up to dry hair, it could be your pillow case. Standard pillow cases are usually cotton, which dries the hair out. Night after night of sleeping on cotton pillowcases result in product being sucked right out of your hair and into your pillowcase. The best way to combat that moisture loss is with satin while you sleep.

As mentioned, you can find a satin bonnet at your local beauty supply. The best options are ones that are tension free around the hairline. Avoid elastics or bands that sit on the hairline and have the potential to rub or cause friction and hair loss as you sleep. The satin pillowcase is the easiest option as there’s nothing to worry about keeping on your head through the night.

Oils to Seal

Once you’ve applied moisturizing product to the hair, you need to seal it in with an oil. The 2 Mango Sisters Set of hair softener and moisturizing oil are great options for maintaining all the post shampoo and conditioner moisture you need.

If you apply a conditioner that you rinse out, you’re going to need an oil to lock in whatever moisture remaining. A great oil penetrates the hair shaft to enhance moisture or seals in moisture that’s already there. If this is a new step for you, see if you notice the difference.

Ingredient LIst

Check the ingredient list of your favorite products. Contents like alcohol might be the reason your curls are starving. In addition to isopropyl alcohol, parabens, sulfates and mineral oils are damaging to the hair and your body. When reading labels for hair products, note products at the beginning of the list. These ingredients are most abundant in the product you’re using.

Opt for vegan hair products and things with natural and beneficial oils. Maracua, brazil nut, shea, and coconut oils are all great options for curls.

These are just a few tips for maintaining your curly tresses. There are other things you can do like getting regular trims and using less heat to improve the health of your hair. Keep in mind also that what you put into your body shows up in the appearance of your skin and hair. Eat fruits and vegetables, drink plenty of water and take the extra steps listed above for happy, healthy hair.

FRONTAL VS CLOSURE??

Frontal vs Closure

If you’re new to perucas (WIGS), you might be wondering, what’s the difference between a frontal vs closure. And which is the best option for me. This article is here to answer your questions.
Both closures and frontals are designed to achieve a natural look. Whether you’re wearing a weave or wig, the ultimate goal is for it to look as natural as possible.

Frontals

There are three types of frontals to choose from. Standard for all frontals though, is the length and width. All frontals, regardless of which one you choose is 13” long from ear to ear, and 4” to 6” from front to back.

The all lace frontal is as the name states, all lace. Of the three types, this look is the most natural. Sewing, is the best way to secure this option.

The other frontal options are all lace with a 4 x 4 strip of silk in the middle, and all silk. The all lace with silk is great for middle parting. While the all silk frontal provides a nice look for parting and some of the most popular styles. The most popular  frontal is the all lace because it is the most natural because it lays super flat. It is also the most delicate.

Closure

There are two types of closures to choose from. The all silk 4 x 4 closure is the most realistic look. When parting, it looks like a nice natural scalp.

The other, all lace closure is ideal for messy parts, or for styles that look best when flat. With all lace you can do a sleek bob or voluminous mane. Another plus is all lace closures are less expensive than frontals.
If you want just a middle part or a side part I would suggest the closure but if you want a more versatile install that allows you to do side parts, middle parts, ninja buns and so much more then go for the frontal. I also want you to know that the frontals are more maintenance.

 

You are now armed with the knowledge of the best front piece option. Whether it’s the volume you seek, or something sleek, you know which option is best. 

Are your hands insured??

I am a stylist, should I get insurance for my hands? 

Celebrities insure their legs, faces and other body parts for millions of dollars. Why? Because it’s how they put bread, money as they call it, on the table.

I was thinking just the other day, as a wig maker and hairstylist, I need to insure my money makers too. As should you if you work with your hands styling hair or making wigs.

Depending upon how long you’ve been in the hair industry, your hands could be worth hundreds of thousands, millions even. Think about wages lost if you suffered a broken hand or severe laceration and had to stop using your hands and heal. That could mean the difference between keeping your business or losing it.

This discussion isn’t designed to scare you, no. It’s designed to share the importance of securing your future. Also taking care of yourself and your family. And to get you thinking about your worth.

People never think twice about health insurance for the body. But there are policies out there for just hands, legs or faces as well.
Disability insurance is A policy that will pay you a monthly benefit if you become disabled or not able to work due to injury , illness or accidents. It’s one of the only insurance that protects your income.  If you are out of work for any of these reasons this insurance will ensure that you get a check to take care of yourself. It usually cost 2% of your gross income. Premiums may cost you between $1 to $3   A day. This is a small price to pay to ensure that you get a check when you’re not able to work.

The first place to start the discussion of insurance is with your current insurer. If you want to go a step further, reach out to an independent broker to see what options they have. You may even have the option to create a unique policy.

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Bye Loves xoxo
Jane ( wigmaker )

Top 5 reasons to buy a wig(peruca)

IMG_6058Wearing a wig offers so many benefits. Some that you might even overlook. Think beyond the synthetic wigs of old for a new, fresh style that offers you fun and versatility.

Of course, a quality wig is an investment, but one that will provide years of enjoyment. Along with convenience and benefits that other forms of hair styling can’t offer. 

Convenient

Wigs are convenient. If you wake late one morning without time to style your hair, a wig gets you out the door in no time flat. Want to switch up the styling of your glueless human hair wig, drop it off at the salon while you run errands.

When you choose a glueless wig from The Virgin Hair Fantasy, you skip the need to apply glue or hairpins. Simply affix the wig to your head, and go. You can’t beat this type of convenience. 

Cost Effective 

If you’re accustomed to going to the salon weekly, wearing a wig can save you hundreds of dollars. 

Your average salon visit for a wash and press is $75. Add that up, over the course of three months with bi-weekly hair appointments, you’ve spent over $400! Our peruca bang bang bob is only $495 and requires zero of your precious time spent at the salon in a stylists chair. 

Versatile

Our peruca is versatile. You can part our glueless wig on any side you like. Feeling like a left part one day? No problem. Middle part the next day? Great! It’s just as easy to style our wigs as you would your own hair.

If you’re tired of your style, change it up. Trim a bang with no problem. Want to try a new color? Our perucas are easily colored with assistance by a color professional. 

Protective Style

If you’re transitioning from a relaxer, or color, to a chemical freestyle, our glueless wig will help you tuck your hair away. Wear cornrow or twist styles under your wig with ease. 

Protective styles allow your hair time to rest from the stress of heat, color, or daily styling. Notice more growth and healthier hair after wearing a wig for a few months. 

Personal Expression/Creativity 

What better way to Express yourself than with your hair! Switch up your look with a few different wig options. Try a new hair color without the maintenance required when coloring your own hair. 

Take on a new persona or exude confidence like never before by wearing a peruca. Be you, be bold, feel free by simply wearing a wig.