Customer Q and A – Are There Oils That Can Help Stop Hair Breakage/Shedding?”

Dickey responds to this question that came in via Twitter:

“Hi, I’m a natural who was wondering if you would happen to know of any oils that can stop the shedding/breaking of hair.”

Customer Q and A – Tired of “Fairy Knots”, What Else Can I Do?”

Dickey helps out a customer in search of new styling tips….

“I’m so tired of these “Fairy Knots”, what else can I do??”

Customer Q and A – Help With a Low Cut Natural Fade

Dickey responds to the following question:

“Hello to all, I’ve been searching hi and low for a product that will be suitable for my type of hair.  My name is Brenda, and I’m an African American female who has recently gone natural.  I wear a very low cut fade. Unbeknownst to me, my hair has now formed, what the guys have been telling me, “A 360 degree” wave pattern. My dilemma is finding the right product that will help me manage my hair to the fullest while giving me the natural look– chemical free.  There are hair products out there that cater to longer wavy hair; however, my hair is on the complete opposite of the spectrum because I wear an extremely low fade so I feel products that market to women with natural low fades, kinky wavy hair is warranted because my wave pattern needs direction, managed and maintained. I can send you photos; if you like. Your advice and expertise is greatly appreciated in advance.”

Anyone of the products the Kinky Curling Cream, Wavy Mousse, or Curly Whip, they’re all lightweight moisturizing formulas that you put on and apply to your haircut the same way you would with any other product, they’re not greasy.  The other product I would recommend would be the Daily Cleansing Cream.  It’s not necessarily your haircut that dictates the types of products that you use but your wave pattern.  If you’re trying to enhance your wave pattern than you want to use something that is not greasy and will help to moisturize and hold the wave pattern.  I’m loving your wavy fade and I think you could also use Hydrating Finishing Cream.  Those styles you can do in the shower with you,  take the products in the shower with you apply them to very wet hair first and then dry it as you normally would.  Other than that I don’t know that you have much of a problem besides finding some good products that don’t dry hard or greasy and they give you some type of definition to your wave pattern.  I hope this helps Brenda.  Thanks so much.

Customer Q and A – I am interested in using Hair Rules products but am not sure of what to buy.

I am interested in using Hair Rules products but am not sure of what to buy. I have been wearing my hair natural for the last 16 years.  Usually when I use conditioner on my hair (I use Pantene “Curly” conditioner), my hair curls beautifully.  As soon as I rinse it out it frizzes up my hair which is now approximately 2 inches.  I would like for my hair to keep its curly definition.  I am confused as to if I should use the Kinky Curling Cream or the Curly Whip.  My hair is (I guess) curly kinky.  I have wasted so much money on different products that supposedly define hair curl patterns and nothing so far has worked.  Please HELP, I can’t wait to try Hair Rules!

Harlem School of the Arts – Love Your Hair Day

At HSA, many of the classes require up-do’s and buns that are in keeping with different dance and theater disciplines. Many students are not sure how to accomplish this without ruining or breaking their hair. HSA created an extra-special workshop with celebrity stylist and salon owner Dickey of Hair Rules NY that will helped their students learn even more about loving their beautiful locks.  The “Love Your Hair” Day covered topics like “The Importance of Understanding Your Hair Texture and What It Needs” as well as demonstrated perfectly-polished up-do’s (buns) and safe straight or curly styling techniques.Image

With dance being a visual art form, appearance matters. The objective of this workshop was to educate young performers on the difference between street looks vs looks for stage. Dispelling myths about hair and makeup and most importantly knowing and understanding your hair and skin type and maintaining healthy looking and behaving hair and skin,both on the stage and in everyday living.
Fabulous makeup Artist Gregg Hubbard was also on hand to take it a step further by talking about age-appropriate makeup & skin care. The workshop was free for registered HSA students who were encouraged to stick around after class or come back to the school in time for this special experience: there were also gifts and giveaways from the salon to help the students get their happy hair started at home!


How To Maintain an Afro Style

Our friend Cassidy over at asked Dickey for some tips and tricks on keeping an Afro Style for a series she did for  You can watch the full video here.
Video Transcript:
Hi, my name is Cassidy Blackwell, the founder and editor of, it’s a popular website geared towards empowering and educating people about their natural hair. So, a lot of us curly girls, are really focused on creating perfect, defined spiral curls. But sometimes you don’t want to do that, you want to have big, dramatic, editorial curls. It’s that style that’s really on trend these days. Dickey of Hair Rules of New York City, taught me great technique for you to do exactly that. The first step, is to wash and condition your hair. When your hair is thoroughly saturated with water and still looking wet, apply Hair Rules Curly Whip. This is an awesome styling product that really defines curls of all hair textures. Once you have that thoroughly applied throughout your hair, tip your head upside-down and add a little bit more water to really elongate your curls and set them. When your hair is fully dry, take a blow-dryer with a nozzle attachment, and take one section of hair. Apply heat directly to the root to unlock that curl and elongate it. You can work through the entire head of hair, pulling and stretching with your blow-dryer as you go. When you’re finished doing that, you can take little pieces of hair and kind of, separate any other curls that you may have missed. For an added lift, use a volumizing hairspray. Once you’re finished with that, you’ve got your full, beautiful editorial style. Finish with a hydrating finishing cream to add a little bit of hydration and moisture, and you’re ready to go. I’m a big fan of this sort of easy trick to give me a more editorial style. As you can see, it’s got a lot more movement and gesture and height. For more information on how you can get this style yourself, or to get these products that I use, you can go to If you want to learn more easy, natural hair styling tips and techniques, visit me at Read more: Video: How to Maintain an Afro Hairstyle |

Taren freshens up her color with Aimee

Check out Taren’s new color, courtesy of Hair Rules Salon colorist Aimee B.