Sunday, August 30, 2015

Wash Day Recap: Hair Update + My Visit to Studio Six Nine Hair Design

It's been awhile since my last hair update or wash day recap. The last month and a half has been crazy with my work schedule , so I haven't had a chance to post about my hair. My original plan was to try to add moisture to my hair by washing my hair every 3 or 4 days. I was inspired by Naptural85 but realized that my schedule is to hectic to keep it up. I just don't have the time to wash my hair twice a week, so I went back to washing once a week.

           Be sure to check out Naptural85's update on her hair growth plan.

Wash Day Recap + My visit to Studio Six Nine Hair Design

Here is a recap from last Saturday's wash day and the details of my visit to Studio Six Nine Hair Design

[1] Co-Washed with Shea Moisture's Cleansing Cowash Conditioner. 

[2] Deep Conditioned with  Shea Moisture's Jamaican Black Castor Oil Stregthen, Grow and Restore Treatment Masque . Since I had to get to the salon, I only left this on for about 15 minutes and then rinsed it out.

[3] Applied Jia's Caribbean Dream Cream by Tangles and Beyond  and attempted to twist my hair in preparation for my salon visit.  

As some of you know, I was in a dire need of a trim. My last trim was back in September of 2014 and because of my history/fear of trims, I wanted to find a stylist that I could trust. So about a month ago I reached out to Conscious Coils, a natural hair salon here in Portland, and she referred me to Che're at Studio Six Nine Hair Design.

  I had a great experience with Che're. I explained my fear of trims and past experiences. She was quick to reassure me and I knew how much she was taking off. She also had me facing the mirror so I could see everything. To make it easier for both of us, we decided to blow dry my hair on a low setting with using a heat protecting spray.


 I was surprised to see the length of my hair! Although it wasn't fully straight, blowing it out a little give me a better idea of what I'm dealing with. 

All in all, we decided to take off about an inch or so and my hair feels great. I wanted to wear my stretched afro, so we went with a cute braid  in the front and let the rest hang out.


How was your #WashDayExperience? 

The Wash Day Experience

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Behind the Scenes on a Television Set

It's been well over a month since my last post. Although I've thought about posting something several times, the truth is I haven't had the time. Since moving to Portland in May, my main goal has been getting experience in film and tv production.

After a couple of months working on independent film projects, I scored a job on a television show as a production assistant in Portland, Oregon.  Working in television has always been a dream of mine so when the opportunity presented itself, I jumped on it.  The past month has given me a chance to experience television production firsthand.
Here’s what you may not know about life behind the scenes on set:

Creating ‘Hollywood Magic’ Takes Time

Think of your favorite scene or moment from your favorite television show. That one particular scene might have taken up to two hours to film. Unlike a normal 9-5 job, a typical day on set can last anywhere from 12-16 hours.  Each take of a scene is reviewed by the director, the script supervisor, director of photography and hair and makeup, just to name a few. Making sure the lighting, the make-up, props and camera angles reflect the script and the director’s vision sometimes takes several takes.
In addition to looking for continuity errors, the director will often discuss certain aspects of the scene with the actors and other members of the production team. This process will continue throughout the filming of the episode, which typically lasts eight days.

WP_20150805_14_09_36_Pro  Behind the Scenes on a Television Set WP 20150805 14 09 36 ProDressing the Part

One of the best parts of my job as a production assistant (PA), besides being able to see how an episode comes together, is my work attire. Because I work long days on set, my work attire is all about being comfortable. Most days you will find me in jeans, a comfortable shirt, a pair of Merrell shoes with a hooded sweatshirt around my waist or stashed in my backpack.

Go to Strong Is Our Sexy to read more about life behind the camera.