Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Yes...Its All Natural!


Soo ladies when it comes to preparation to your hair, what does the word Natural mean to you? Take your time now, we understand that this is a delicate issue(lol). The decision to go 100 percent natural could be frightening to some, while it serves as a way of life for others.
We was able to catch up with a talented  natural hair stylist who made her commitment to the this way of life some time ago. Lashawn Harvey born and raised in Philadelphia, began  her career, when she enrolled into Gordon Phillips Beauty School. It was here, that Lashawn would embrace the fundamentals of styling. Upon graduation she proceeded to work in several salons, where should used every experience as a stepping stone to perfecting her craft. With 10 years of experience in the industry, Lashawn now spends majority of her time servicing her clients at Ryan Foster Inc Hair Salon.


 Ryan Foster Inc has been in business for 7 years now, with the focus of natural hair for the last 4 years.  Once you enter the environment, your senses will be attracted to the ambiance, giving your mood a reason to ease. The picture above, shows the top floor of the shop, giving you a glimpse of the modern finish. I took the time to wander and explore only to find myself captured by colorful art and decorations. Scented candles were well positioned throughout the shop, along with a background of soulful music.  Below on the lower level, the shop offers entertainment and gives customers some visual photos of some preferred hair styles.

Performing a preferred style of her own on a client downstairs, was shop owner Anika Lee Thompson-Staples. Totally engaged into her work, I was able to interrupt her for a quick statement. When asked what does Natural mean to you? she replied... "Natural means the absence of chemicals." Determined to support her belief, she then showed her product she created titled Str8 away Sufle. A chemical free grease like paste that can take a curly texture to a straight texture with just a blow dry. The product can purchased directly from the hair salon.

Lashawn believes she has found her second home, indicating that she really enjoys the good relationships that have been created from this line of work. She is grateful to be apart of the growing culture and she welcomes all those who are interested to feel free to stop in.

Hopefully this article can serve as a tool for the women who are looking to adopt a more of a Natural look. We support this movement and we feel that a natural look is all about expression. Lashawn Harvey and Anika Lee Thompson-Staples both vowed to assist any woman looking to wear their hair natural no matter the length, color or texture.

Ryan Foster Inc is located 1517 W Girard Avenue 1st floor Philadelphia Pa 19130. 215 769-0118

9 comments:

  1. Wow! Nice article i am not familiar with this particular salon but i surely would like to visit to see their work. I agree with the movement to go nature being we just dont know what these chemicals are doing to our bodies.

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  2. Although is a good way to go, it is not the only way. extensions and weaves can have appeal too. I see both sides #Im Just Saying. There was good information here

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  3. Im a woman tht went all natural and it's the best thing i ever did. Hey cousin.

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  4. I like it... seems like more women are taking this path.. As a man i just like a woman well kept but a natural look does give off a glow confidence as well

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  5. I've been natural 5yrs now it's pretty tough to manage in the summer with the heat so I wear weaves to help a sister out #imjustsayin lol

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  6. Love It! I felt like i have been to the shop before..lol well written...Im curios to see how the product works the str8 away... i just may give this shop a try...hope they can deliver! Best Wishes to everyone going natural

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  7. I love the natural hair "movement"...I've never seen as many women embrace their natural curls, coils or kinks. I think its a beautiful thing and it definitely shows confidence to go against what society deems as beautiful. But I have a question, in reading some of the comments here and others I've seen on other sites about this issue....Why do we as women feel we need to give an explanation as to why we wear weaves, wigs or extensions?? It's been common place for such a long time but there now seems to be a stigma about it. It's as if we're shamed in some way if we admit we wear extensions. Women are known to adorn themselves with jewelry, make-up and HAIR. We are chameleons and can change our appearances for any reason that fancies us. I'm just curious.

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  8. I am a fairly new client of LaShawn and Ryan Foster Salon. I am in the process of growing out the perm I have left in my hair. I can definitely feel and see a change in the texture of my hair. I use the SAS and also alternate between straight hair and 2 strand twist. At times I am not happy with the "atmosphere" of the salon. Meaning the assistant Stylist "talks too much" and looses focus on the client but overall the stylists are professional ! I will stick to my goal of going completely natural.

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  9. I've been natural for two years now and at times its very trying and difficult but I refuse to go back to perms and weaves.. we all know that as black women we can be very hard and mean to eachother so it's good to hear encouragement and inspiration.. I'm booking my appointment now so thanks for this post!!

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