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Foster and Kadena Salons receive Dudley Training Seminars

By: Takina Etherly

Date Posted: 1999-10-08

For many cultures throughout the world, African American hair is a mystery. For international hair stylists, creating new styles on African Americans is no mystery, as long as you possess the experience, the knowledge and the expertise.

This past week, Donnie Wilkins, of Woodbridge, Va. visited the Foster and Kadena salons for a special seminar hosted by the Dudley Cosmetologist School. The seminar was originally scheduled for last week, but Super Typhoon Bart swept through the island causing a brief cancellation. The seminar was held for the cosmetology staff to give them up-to-date information and techniques used about working with African American hair.

Wilkins has been in the haircare business for four years and currently owns his own hair salon, but his experience goes beyond his tenure with the Dudley Cosmetologist School. He has traveled extensively, to Guam, Barbados, Mexico and many other countries, to promote not only Dudley Hair Care Products but to pass on invaluable knowledge.

When asked what differences there are from the over-the-counter relaxers and Dudley's professional relaxers, Wilkins replied: "Box perms have calcium hydroxide which changes the texture of the hair and guanadine in the Dudley's product cancels out the calcium from the over-the-counter relaxers."

Robin Williams, an AAFES headquarters employee, was a model at the Kadena seminar and said how very excited she was about getting advice from a professional stylist. Wilkins used her hair to show staff step by step how to relax, shampoo, condition, and style African American hair types. "It's good when the customer educates themselves on chemical hair treatment they plan to receive," he explained.

There are many aspects to consider before getting a relaxer, Jerry Curl or any other chemical required hairstyle. For instance, the price, the education and license of the salon/hairdresser and the type of medication you are on. It may come as a surprise, but some medications can cause your relaxer not to straighten or even result in hair loss. Therefore, it is so important and beneficial to be honest and upfront with your hairdresser. Some questions may seem far too personal, but it. s vital information for the hair stylist who will determine whether or not you can receive a chemical treatment.

Dudley's corporate headquarters is in Kernersville, N.C., while the Dudley Cosmetology University (DCU), DCU Inn and Dudley's Q+ Travel Agency are located in Kernersville, N.C. In addition, Dudley Products has beauty salons in Chicago, Kernersville and Brooklyn and 16 beauty schools, including schools in Chicago, Charlotte, N.C., Washington, D.C., Zimbabwe and Brazil. The company also creates make-up for women of color.

Now that the training sessions are over, a visit to either the Foster or Kadena salons can help get your hair healthy and revitalized. If you already have a healthy mane then the salons can help you maintain that wonderful sheen and texture.

Remember, some handy tips to healthy hair are washing, conditioning and clipping those ends ladies. For more questions or to make an appointment to get your do done, call Foster Beauty Shop at 645-5596 or Kadena Beauty Shop 633-9251.

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