Monthly Archives: August 2015

Textured hair dry? Pre shampoo oil rinse will quench it!

Part 1 in my 5 part series on summer curl care begins with the pre-shampoo oil rinse, or more commonly known as a pre-poo regimen.  This is a hair staple curly girls live by especially when moisture becomes an issue.  Remember, moisturized curls yield healthy hair and growth! So let’s get to it…


The night prior to shampooing, follow these steps:

  1. Lightly dampen hair with water. I use a spray bottle with water infused with lavender essential oil.
  2. Use olive oil, unrefined/virgin coconut oil, or avocado oil to moderately saturate your strands from root to tip. These three oils penetrate the hair shaft, and will most beneficial.
  3. Tie up your hair with a silk or satin scarf/bonnet to protect strands overnight.
  4. Use a sulfate-free shampoo, and cleanse up to two times to remove excess oils. Follow with conditioner, and hair styling regimen.


Additional tips:

  1. Let the oil penetrate for a minimum of an hour.
  2. Wear a terrycloth headband to prevent dripping.
  3. Add essential oilsdry hair after such as lavender, ylang-ylang, and/or tea tree/peppermint to, for additional moisture benefits.


Now that you have beautiful moisturized curls, stay tuned for tips on how to maintain that moisture.

@MiaKauffman #salongw #naturalhair #naturalista

Owning your store in a small and quaint downtown is big business!

There are several keys to being successful in any business:

  1. Consistency- If your hours, days of the week and quality remain consistent it helps solidify your brand.
  2. Customer is king- Treat your customers the way you like to be treated
  3. Price according to your demographic-  Remember the “Big Box ” stores buy in quantity
  4. Make it worth their while-  Send them out with a smile and ready to refer you
  5. Set your self apart- Find a niche’

To be successful as a locally owned business comes with many challenges.  I am in a community where business owners get involved in the machine that runs our downtown.  We don’t get the tax breaks and incentive that are afforded to large corporations, so we must incentivise our customers in other ways.  It is the small things from remembering what they ordered to knowing a name.  We also work hard to promote ourselves on a limited budget and by the help or our local merchants group.  It gets you noticed!  We don’t have corporate names in our downtown, entirely localsalon-gw-dunedin1.