Healthy Hair Color…

Hey Chicas!

Here at Alabasta- we’re always presented with the most challenging hair coloring scenarios.  With the exposure of social media- dramatic color inspiration is Every where. And though we love the inspiration, we also know that sometimes the more drastic you go – the more damage you’ll cause… We have a “slow and steady wins the race” mentality around here, we lift color gradually to maintain the  integrity of your tresses. Ex. to reach platinum blond – it may take two or three visits. Why?  Because the faster you lift, the more damage you’ll cause. We live in a instant gratification society, we want what we want right away! But in the long run, it’s a detriment to our over all health and well being. A gentle, steady, more focused approach will produce more solid results…

.Check out our client Tye — this hot Mama’s color was lifted with 4 shades of neutral blond  “over time” and fortified with Olaplex – a bonding conditioning system that strengthens the hair fibers during the coloring process. Olaplex  is an added service- but worth every penny in keeping your tresses in tact from the shock of high lift color/lightener.  Inquire about it when you book your color consultation with us soon!

Until next time,



To trim or to cut? That is the question…

Ola Chicas!  Wondering why your hair won’t hold a curl anymore, tangled most of the time and dry no matter how much product you apply 🤔… You probably need a hair cut! I know – I know, blasphemy!! You ladies  would rather me say “trim…

If you’re not “trimming” your hair on a regular basis (6 to 8 weeks, or seasonal) – you’ll probably need more than just a trim — you’ll need a “haircut!” Regular maintenance can mean the difference between less than 1/2 inch to 2 or 3 inches..


The longer you wait – the more you’ll lose later🤷🏽‍♀️… Contact your stylist today (if you’re reading this post – schedule right here — we’re here for a reason! #PSA #dustthoseends  #haircut #naturalhair #naturalhairstyles #naturalhairstylist #relaxedhair #healthyhairtips #hairstylist #alabastabeauty #oakpark #chicago

Exhale 🌱

This crazy weather has been all over the place lately!!😑🙄… If sinus problems or congestion has been an issue for you this season – our “Exhale” herbal decongestant is the perfect solution. Loaded with botanicals that gently soothes and open your nasal passages causing you to breathe deeper and simply…. Exhale🌱 Order on line or stop in the shop to purchase! #handcrafted

Slow & Steady

Hey Beauties,

I get lots of questions on ways to transition from chemically treated to natural hair. My answer is always “every journey (approach) is different.”  Some ladies choose to grow it out a couple of inches and chop it off – yet, some are just not ready or don’t desire to rock their hair super short. Natural hair is so much deeper than just “a style” – it’s something that takes some getting use to, especially if all you’ve ever known is silky straight relaxed hair. Trust me, I understand. It’s not for the faint at heart.

It’s a big step no matter what route you decide to take, just remember, you have to do what’ comfortable for you — and you don’t have to rush the process.

The following images show our naturalista finally decided to chop off her straight ends after almost 2 years of growing it out chemical free.  She was extremely nervous, but ready to embrace this journey. Hey transition styling over the years consisted of thermal styling (flat ironing) – flat twist (with straight ends set on perm rods) – and rod sets. She had a goal in mind – and she stuck to it.. You can too!

We blew her out to give a precise cut – and finished her hair with finger coils — she brings a very loose (almost wavy curl to the table), so in her case this would be considered a wash and go w/ a little curl manipulation and product.  Again, every journey and approach is unique, we work as a team to design the best regimen for you.  Book your consultation soon to help get you on your  way!

***Products used***

On dripping wet hair – in the order listed:

~Eclectic Hair Cream (Alabasta)

~Giovanni Direct Leave In Conditioner

~Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel

Until next time,


Change is good…

Hey Beautiful Chicas! I pray your New Year is off to a great start! I know many make resolutions and set goals to help jump start the year with a healthy momentum… What better way to give you an extra push than to change up your look? Check out this cute blunt cut below. Payten has never cut her hair before – and wanted to try something different…   

We cut her hair January 2nd — I’d say that’s a bold start to boost some  New Year momentum! What are some of your goals for the up coming year? Please share in the comment section.



Happy New Year!!

“Do it afraid!!” Wishing you all an amazingly exhilarating 2019!! There’s something special about the collective “shift” of the New Year energy… Deny it if you may – but I feel the Newness in the air!! Ready… Set… Go!!🎉✨🎊🎉 #happynewyear2019

Dry/ Peeling / Itcy Skin? We have the solution

It’s that time of the year again… Mutilple layers of clothing, dry air and cold temperatures — the recipe for dry and itchy skin.

Sealing moisture (water)  into our skin is the same concept as sealing moisture into our hair. With less water in the air during the cold season — we must be proactive about feeding our skin and body with the proper nutrients to help compensate for that  lack of moisture deficiency  . Along with “drinking” plenty of water – and limiting sugar intake, what we put on our skin is just as important as what we put in our bodies.

Our “Joy.Love.Peace Hair and Body Balm” is the quench your skin is calling for! Made with a rich natural blend of  buttery goodness like : Avocado, Shea, Coco along with vitamin and mineral rich oils to help promote soft and supple  skin – by sealing in moisture that tends to escape when skin is dry, cracked and peeling. Best to use after a bath or shower when skin is slightly damp and pores are opened.

You’ll love it!

Available online or in store today!

Wishing you and your family the Happiest of Hoilday’s — Blessings!


Hibernation Season is Upon Us…

Moving a little slow lately? Feeling a little tired? Frustrated? Short tempered? Unmotivated? Hungry? Kinda sad? Woe is me(ish)??? If you’ve answered yes to more than three of these questions – you may be feeling the affect of the season changing. Yes, hibernation season is upon us!

With the lack of sun (Vitamin D), longer days and cooler weather, it’s easy to slip into mild to sometimes severe depression. But I’m here to tell you, sometimes it’s literally all in your mind (no pun intended). I’m not saying to ignore the challenges and situations of life – I’m just stating that if you can recognize what trigger the self loathing thoughts and marry it with the change of seasons, you can be better prepared to battle those blues.

Hybernation in the animal kingdom – is a time to gather, rest and prepare. We as women are always juggling so many things: family – work – relationships – social life, you name it, we handle it!  The summer months lends us the opportunity to fit extra things in and stay in “go” mode, which is great, but we also had the natural energy of the sun and blue skies encouraging our psyche to stay upbeat.  Somehow we miss the memo/instinct of the animal kingdom that it’s time to slow down, gather, rest and prepare… We keep moving full throttle – when nature is telling us otherwise. And because we fight that natural ebb & flow, it doesn’t work on our behalf concerning our mental health.

Im determined this year to be intentional about not letting hybernation season zap the best of me.  I will rest when I need to – yet, I will on purpose do things to keep my spirits up and my body moving. Listed below is some thoughts on combating the blues:

  1.  Prayer (just taking a moment to give thanks puts you in a mind set to count your blessings and not exalt your problems.)
  2. Read – feed your mind and spirit with good substance that’ll inspire and motivate you to keep moving forward.
  3. Clean eating – now this may be a challenge, but the more we feed our body with “live” foods, the lighter and more energetic we’ll become! I’m not saying to forgo brownies, no, we need brownies, and cookies, and peach cobbler — yes, we need this goodness too for sanity sake … It’s called ” BALANCE:) I’m just saying, lean more toward “living” unprocessed foods and watch how much better you’ll feel!
  4. Join a fun class – as the days get longer, and it starts to get dark fast, the only thing most of us want to do is go home. Nothing’s  wrong with home – but it’s cool to be around other people learning something new that interest you! Auntie Oprah said “Happiness is having something to look forward to.” Be it dance, pottery, yoga, writing, French or sewing – having something to look forward to weekly, will help keep your mind sharp and get you out of that seasonal slump. I think I’m gonna learn how to play chess this season!
  5. Exercise – yadda, yadda,yadda… I know we “know” this, but I must list it again here. We have to keep these bodies moving, stretched and active during this resting season. Limbs and muscles gets stiff from all of that sitting and laying in bed. Let’a not even mention the weight gain. Since it’s natural to want to eat more during the colder months for comfort sake, we have to be purposeful about staying active so indulgance don’t take over… Remember, the sun shines again and layers comes off!

If you have any tips to help get over the seasonal blues — please leave them in the comments below!

Until next time,

Peace & Blessings — Shan.