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    Thanks for visiting our site - feel free to browse around and become familiar with the personality of our salon and our handcrafted botanically based hair, skin, and body products. We take on a personable and wholistic approach to life & beauty - by promoting a healthy personal care regimen first and innovative styling second. For a personalized consultation - please click on the "appointment" link above for availability. We look forward to servicing you soon!

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    Hey beautiful (because sometimes we need to be reminded!)…  Have you tried our Tea Tree Facial Spa products lately? New packaging for the New Year – same great benefits as before!

    Handcrafted and loaded w/ therapeutic grade essential oils and plant based botanicals to gently heal and nourish your skin through out it’s life’s cycle. Always made in small batches to ensure quality!

    In salon or online — check them out today, Enjoy!


    Happy New Year Ladies!!

    This year  (April 4th to be exact) marks 10 years that I gave “birth”  and opened the doors to the vision of Alabasta Inc. – and I can truly say that it has been a “labor” of LOVE!  Yes – birthing pains included!

    Im so appreciative to all that has supported us (even before our doors opened) and those who continue to support to this day!  To show our appreciation and to “CELEBRATE LIFE” all year long ~ we have some fun events, classes, gifts and services we’ll be announcing soon… Please check back on a regular basis and be sure to include your name in the “Birthday Box” when you come in for your next appointment!

    “Happiness is having something to look forward to…”  I’m so excited to see what’s to come!

    That’s all for now — until next time,

    Peace and many Blessings to you!


    Hey ladies — it’s that time of the year again!!  The Heirloom Piece Project has already started the collecting and sorting process for our (complementary) Christmas Pop up Boutique in which we partner w/ Sarah’s Inn (a local Domestic Violence agency that provides women and their families w/ legal advice, workshops, shelter and other resources to help them on the road to self sufficiency.)

    The Heirloom Piece Project’s mission is to help cultivate self esteem and celebrate the self worth (inner jewels) of women challenged with unfavorable circumstances. We collect new and/or gently worn jewelry and create an atmosphere of pampering and adornment for a woman in need of uplifting and encouragement.

    For more information and ways to get involved- please visit www.heirloompieceproject.org – something so small to you — can be a major blessing to someone else! #donate #jewelry #giveback #sisterhood #domesticviolence #celebratelife

    “I am like a tree – planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth fruit in it’s season and Everything I do shall prosper…” ~ Psalms 1:3 …

    This is always my meditation and confession whenever my nervous butterflies try to take over… Yesterday was an awesome experience — I was blessed w/ the opportunity to serve through the vehicle of teaching! So cool to see a room full of beautiful brown curlys in one place – celebrating, encouraging and supporting one another at the 4th annual Chicago Naturals Summer Meet at Little Black Peal Workshop — hosted by Rachel O Beauty.

    I think what blessed me the most was my team (Brittany, Kendra, Keshona, Denise, and Roxanne ‘my graphic designer’) and the way my children (Teraneka & Patrick) worked the family business — they were some product selling machines – the table was packed after my presentation — and the crew held it down like pros! I’m still in AWE and so grateful for that!

    I found out later my son was giving away “un authorized” samples to cute girls — so he was really on cloud nine being in the room w/ so many beautiful women, smh…;) Check out some behind the scene shots captured here… This  was a good day☺️ #naturalhair #hairstylist #handcrafted #botanicalhaircare #ChicagoNaturals #ChiNaturalExpo



    Hey Chi town area naturalistas, Alabasta will be a featured vendor here August 30th! Networking, education, inspiration, demos and shopping are some of the great things to expect from the Chicago Naturals Summer Meetup … You ladies (and Gents) should come out! Tickets can be purchased at www.rachelobeauty/meetup .


    Ola ladies!

    I hope you all are relaxing into this laid back summer?!  Well I don’t know if  “laid back” best describes this wet/humid weather we’re having — but it sure does describe how my natural hair is being styled these days! Super simple and again, “laid back.”

    Don't focus on my lack of make up -- focus on my simple, yet protective do!:)

    Don’t focus on my lack of make up — focus on my simple, yet protective do!:)

    I speak from a stylist prospective most of the time, but in the post, I’ll speak from the prospective of a naturalista that gets Really frustrated with her fro in the summer months! OMG! Can my hair Please not frizz after 5 minutes of unraveling my twist set?  I’ve had really big natural hair as well as super short.  I must say that shorter is easier for me, but I’ve been short for 4 years, so now I’m in the mood for change.  My change is to grow it back – but I really forgot about All of the work required to rock big natural hair — especially in the summer months.

    My rule of thumb is to only wear my fro as a treat because once it’s exposed to air, all of the moisture evaporates causing it to feel dry/ brittle.  I only rock it out when Im going somewhere or doing something special, and maybe a day or two after.  As soon as my fun has settled — I load my hair up w/ our  rich moisturizing cream and in a protective style it goes!  Listed below are some simple go to protective styles for the summer.  Some were done in the salon — and some were inspired by others.  These styles are cute and again, simple — can easily go from a casual day out, to a elegant night on the town.  Either direction — the goal is to protect those tresses and still look fly while doing it!

    Until next time, Peace & Blessings!





    Hey Beauties!!  I hate to have a post like this on our front page — but I needed a way to get folks attention!!! OMG!!   Though I love the convenience of the internet and especially our online booking system, however I really “despised” (strong word) people being neglectful and inconsiderate of others time.

    In the ‘REAL WORLD” – you know, the world that exist once you log off your computer or put your phone down — lives Real people (My staff, Myself and Loyal Clients) who understand and value the time and services that Alabasta provides.  Its so unfair and out right Rude to book an appointment through this site without “firm intentions of showing up!  We totally understand that life happens and plans change — but please be an adult about it and communicate (24 hours is Ideal).

    I understand that some are concerned with providing credit card information to a place that they’ve never been to and has only discovered through the internet — I’ve heard the concerns and “by Faith” decided to stop credit card capturing to secure appointments.  That being said — I have to trust that (some of our) new visitors will be courteous and respect our time by following through on appointments booked through our site!

    For all of our new visitors, we’re so appreciative of your interest in Alabasta salon — please read the “About” section on our site.  We really try our best to live by the standards and integrity that has been set in our salon.  Listed below are some of the ways we display our work ethic with each client:

    ~ We offer individual personal care: Meaning, we service One guest at a time – never over booking.

    ~We start on time:  Even a 10 minute wait is a long wait in our salon.  We “try our best” to make sure that as soon as one guest is finish — the next guest is walking through the door with no wait.

    ~We offer a laid back and peaceful environment:  The only way to keep the energy flowing smoothly is to not make our guest or our selves feel rushed or anxious.

    We LOVE and is so grateful to the fact that our clients understand and appreciates the level of service (hair care, quality products, styling methods, clean/ calm atmosphere and attention to time management) that Alabasta provides.

    Soooo… With all of that being said, Im going to end this rant on a high note with a quote that I once heard:

    “Intergrity is doing what’s right when no one else is watching…”

    It’s not right to book appointments and not show up w/ no explanation…

     Now y'all know that ain't right... *Pardon my ebonics*

    My face when I look at the clock and see that “inconsiderate” client has yet to arrive and has neglected to give a courtesy call… Now y’all know that ain’t right — We’re putting you on the “Block list…” *Pardon my ebonics*

    And on that note,

    Peace & Blessings… Shantenekia

    Happy New Year Beauties!!

    Wishing you love, peace, joy and wellness this coming year!

    From our family to yours, Peace & Blessings!!

    It’s a wrap!! Well until Mother’s Day 2015!  From collecting, to sorting, to setting up,  then gift wrapping – I must say, at the end – it was all worth it!imageimage




    Over 100 women (clients of Sarah’s Inn Domestic Violence Agency)  were able to select more than 500 pieces of donated jewelry (collectively) today… Each year and the stories shared – brings more clarity to the purpose of all of this.   Though a tangible gift was given, the true gifts were the “spiritual jewels” that were discovered and celebrated through out the process.imageimageimage





    Not trying to figure it all out (because I didn’t sign up for this task, I promise I didn’t) just enjoying the journey and grateful that God (Love) saw fit to use me (and you) for it!image

    imageThanks again for the support! For more details about this project, please visit the Heirloom Piece Project’s website!

    Until next time… Peace & Blessings

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