Are you appreciative of your clients?

Black Beauty Pioneers, Black History Month 2015, Clients, Cosmetology Industry, Customer Service, I do nails, Instagram, Nail Technician, Omaha Nebraska, Pet Peeve, Salon Customer Service

Hey Beauties;

Welcome back to TNP Loves Nails Beauty Blog! I am glad you are joining me today. I am feeling like a chocolate icicle I should be use to this weather but in my mind I feel like each winter gets more colder.

So, Today’s topic is are you appreciative of your clients? I have been having a problem on my mind and my heart about this issue. I feel as if we should take the time to be as pleasant as possible to our client’s. You client’s are your foundation of your business running smoothly. So, here’s the situation my mother was at a local salon waiting on my baby sister to finish up her service. Majority of my family are natural which means no chemicals are used in our hair to change its texture or pattern. The service is just a regular roller set. My mother ask a front desk rep a question and the rep just turned her back and walked away as if my mother was invisible. So, my mom said ok i’m going to let it go. Next, when my mother go to pay for my sister service at the front desk. The rep rings my mom up and told her an outrageous total and my mom spoke up because the service that my sister got was the same that was quoted on the brochure. So, the rep said ma’am I can call the director and get this figured out…. So, the rep called the director and the director gets to the front desk and said the service my sister got was actually a press and curl instead of a roller set and she said that the reason why she was charged that amount because magnetic rollers was used and the amount of time that it took to do the service. The director said I will let you get away with paying the price for the roller set but keep in mind you will be charged this for future reference.

For one…. What is a magnetic roller?
Then, why at this salon natural hair services for African Americans not recognized?
Next, why don’t this salon don’t know all trends for each culture?
Lastly, I can careless if this situation happened to my mom anybody that get treated like this and spend their hardworking money at your establishment you need to worship the ground they walk on until they leave the salon doors. Customer services goes a long way if you are pleasant and that is only real.

I told you I had a lot to say about this issue.

On the happier side of things….

I am so excited about going to Zumba next Monday! I have been looking into becoming an instructor. Never have I been so excited about exercising at all. I love it. I used to be in drill team so the moves from Zumba are almost equivalent to the moves to drill team.

So of course I have a Talia Says. Enjoy!!

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My blab was informative! Remember these key points and you will be the best practitioner to your clients.

Thanks for reading TNP Loves Nails Beauty Blog stay tuned for more and please enjoy your weekend.

Sincerely, Talia

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February seriously?

Black Beauty Pioneers, Black History Month 2015, Cosmetology Industry, I do nails, Instagram, Nail Technician, Omaha Nebraska

Hey Beauties;

Welcome back to TNP Loves Nails Beauty Blog. I am glad you’re joining me today!!!

I am so over winter really! It does not have to be so cold that the I am actually seeing parts of the movie frozen when I breathe. This is ridiculous. Lol I can be grateful that we are not having the amount of snow that Boston is receiving my goodness I panick when a snowflake hits the ground. I got it bad! Lol

So, I have been working on my empire which is called TNP Talia’s Nail Production and I have been working on my brand for a year now and I am almost ready to launch. I want to say to all entrepreneurs my goodness it’s hard to open your own business I respect the time and effort that is put into branding. I made a little commercial on my instagram go watch @tnplovesnails

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#tbt this was me at CosmoProf North America Las Vegas Show. Thank you @probeautyassoc for capturing this photo of me again.

There will be a Talia Says today watch out for it…

My gossip needs to get better sheesh I am know I know lol I am working on it.

Thank you for reading my blog today… My followers and fans are one in a million and I am appreciative of your support. Stay tuned to TNP Loves Nails Beauty Blog.

Sincerely, Talia

Madam CJ Walker’s Legacy

Black Beauty Pioneers, Black History Month 2015, Cosmetology Industry, Instagram, Madame CJ Walker, Nail Technician, Omaha Nebraska, Philanthropist

Hey Beauties;

Welcome back to TNP Loves Nails Beauty blog glad you can join me today.

Today, this blog is about the life and legacy of Madam CJ Walker today.

Sarah Breedlove (December 23, 1867 – May 25, 1919), known as Madam C. J. Walker, was an American entrepreneur and philanthropist, regarded as the first female self-made millionaire in America. She made her fortune by developing and marketing a successful line of beauty and hair products for black women under the company she founded, Madam C. J. Walker Manufacturing Company.

I will be interviewing A’Lelia Bundles great-great granddaughter of Madam C.J. Walker. Who have a legacy of her own. A’Lelia is a well-known best selling author, blogger, journalist, and so much more. Interview below… Enjoy!

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°Madam CJ Walker’s Legacy

-How did Madam CJ Walker’s Legacy affect your life?

​     It’s a great privilege to be able to share Madam C. J. Walker’s story and to know that she still has the power to inspire others.​ ​I’m grateful that my parents encouraged me to follow my passion to to become a writer and that I was able to have a long career as a journalist. My thirty years as a producer and executive for NBC News and ABC News helped prepare me to be Madam Walker’s biographer and to have skills that now allow me to be an advocate for her and other women.​

-What would you like people to know about Madam CJ Walker’s life we may not know about?

​     I hope that people who know a little about Madam C. J. Walker already will begin to see her as a multidimensional person. It’s important to know that she was a pioneer of the modern hair care industry, but I find it even more interesting that she used her good fortune from her business as a philanthropist, patron of the arts and political activist who also provided employment for women. So, for me, it’s not just about hair or even primarily about hair–important as that still is to us–it’s about her transformation from a poor, uneducated washerwoman to an entrepreneur who empowered and enriched others.​

-Did Madam Walker invent and patent the hot comb?

​   No. No. No. Madam Walker did NOT invent the hot comb. She did NOT patent a hot comb. She purchased her hot combs from a supplier.​ ​Heated metal hair care implements were being used decades before Madam Walker was born.​

-How will you make sure that the next generation of your family will keep Madam Walker’s Legacy alive?

​    I created the Madam Walker Family Archives as a way to ensure that Madam Walker’s story will continue to be told. I’ve already written three books about Madam Walker
  Madam C. J. Walker: Entrepreneur (a young adult biography)
On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walker (the first truly comprehensive, nonfiction biography of her​ was named a New York Times Notable Book in 2001 and the Best Book on Black Women’s History 2001 by the Association of Black Women Historians.)​
Madam Walker Theatre Center: An Indianapolis Treasure (a pictorial history that includes more than 200 photographs of Madam Walker, her business, employees, advertisements and the current activities at the MWTC)

I served for many years on the board of the Madam Walker Theatre Center, an arts education and cultural performance venue, in Indianapolis. I am a board member emeritus of this National Historic Landmark, which was the headquarters of the Madam C. J. Walker Manufacturing Company for several decades.

​I am working with the National Trust for Historic Preservation in its initiative to re-imagine the future of  Villa Lewaro, another National Historic Landmark and the home Madam Walker built in Irvington, NY in 1918. It recently was named a National Treausure by the NTHP. Here’s an article http://bit.ly/16UAaok

I make at least 20 to 30 speeches every year about Madam Walker. You can see the speaking schedule on my website (www.aleliabundles.com)

I have donated items from my Madam Walker Family Archives to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, which will open in late 2015 or early 2016. I also have loaned items to other museum exhibits through the years.

  I maintain the official Madam Walker website and regularly post items on several Madam Walker Facebook pages.​ Through these platforms I assist students with their National History Day projects.

Several years ago, our family and the Walker trustees donated the Madam Walker Collection of personal and business records to the Indiana Historical Society. It is a rich trove of material which allows scholars to document Madam Walker’s accomplishments in a way that is rare for most other  early twentieth century businesses owned by women and African Americans.

I am now writing the first major biography of Madam Walker’s daughter, A’Lelia Walker, and will be able to add a great deal more to the public record about the lives of these two extraordinary women.

Through the Madam Walker Family Archives, I preserve and maintain hundreds of photographs and thousands of documents related to the Walker women. I regularly share these photographs with publishers, newspapers, students and scholars. I will eventually donate those items to the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University, my alma mater.

°Black Hair Then & Now

-In the 1900’s Black Women were transitioning from braids to straighten hair, today’s trend in black hair is natural. Why do you think black women are going natural?

I think black women have been on a long trajectory of learning to appreciate our natural beauty. The pendulum swings back and forth every decade or so, but more and more women are comfortable with natural hair.

As we have evolved, products that make caring for and styling natural hair have evolved. A century ago when Madam Walker was at the helm of her business, her ideas were revolutionary for her times. But since that time we’ve learned that our hair needs moisture more than it needs the heavy ointments that our grandmothers and great-grandmothers used.

I do think it’s important for us to remember that Madam Walker’s initial concern was addressing the dandruff and severe scalp disease that was causing her to go bald. She was more concerned about having hair period than about straightening her hair. Her real push was to encourage women to wash their hair more often so their scalps would be clean. Once clean, she applied an ointment that contained sulphur because that cured the sores and scalp disease.

Madam Walker herself spoke about this concern and said she was interested in her customers having healthy hair.​

-Are you natural if so, what is your favorite natural hairstyle?

​  My hair is natural. Like most women my age, I’ve had almost all the hairstyles possible from permed and long to very short and natural, except weaves, which I personally am not interested in having. For most of the last twenty years, I wore my hair in a short natural. I’ve been letting it grow for the last few years because I like the gray that is coming in.​

-Do you have any natural hair tips?

​  Everyone’s hair texture is different. What works for me may not work for someone else. I can only say what works for me. Wash and condition your hair regularly. Experiment with different products. Moisturize.​ ​Become acquainted with you hair and how it responds to products, to the weather, to the seasons.​

-Do you have any advice you would like to pass onto the cosmetology industry what would it be?

​    I just hope that today’s cosmetologists would find some inspiration in Madam Walker and like her, see the importance of giving back to their communities and being leaders.


In your own words what’s the key to success?

​   When people asked Madam Walker the key to her success, here’s what she would say: “There is no royal, flower strewn path to success and if there is I have not found it. For whatever success I have attained, has been the result of much hard work and many sleepless nights. I got my start by giving myself a start. So don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. You have to get up and make them for yourself!”

   In addition to that I would add that I think it is important to stay aware of current events and politics, to pay it forward, to keep abreast of all the new social media platforms, to mentor others and to cultivate friendships.

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I am very honored that Ms. A’Lelia Bundles took this time out of her busy schedule todo this interview

Follow Ms. A’Lelia Bundles on instagram and read her informative blog called Black Hair Historian.

Thanks for taking your time to read my blog today. I will be blogging tomorrow. May God bless you all. Good night and stay tuned to TNP Loves Nails Beauty Blog.

Sincerely, Talia