Makeup By Kim Porter

Hair Care

Valentine’s Day Hair Tips: Get your Hair “On Fleek”

Valntine's day hair tipsValentine’s Day is in full effect. It does not matter if you are going to dinner with your sweetie, watching 50 Shades of Grey with your girlfriends or just relaxing at home – there is one thing for sure – sexy bobs are the thing to have for Valentine’s Day.

February is the time of the year where most of clients are itching for some color or a new cut. I challenge you to take some time to decide how you will whip your hair for Feb 14. If you are like most Americans-you are either Pro –Valentine’s Day or think that it is Cliché’ and a “manufactured” holiday with cheesy gifts. For me, when I am in a relationship, it is the perfect excuse to get a new outfit, some fresh lashes, and of course,  that would not do justice if we did not get our hair done.

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Here are three tips to get your hair Valentine’s Day Ready:

1. Depending on your location & weather- Check the weather-there is nothing worse than getting a fresh blowout & style and having humidity or inclement weather converting your hair back into a fro-Natural ladies-you guys feel me right. Trust me-I will never forget the time that I was on a date and could literally feel my roots swelling after getting my hair done.

2. Sexy bobs are in. There is nothing sexier than surprising your boo with a Fresh new playful yet sexy bob. There are so many different variations that you could experiment with this style. If you really want to amp up the sexy-go red!

3. Pull out all the stops with a sexy updo. This is a classic and elegant style with a touch of flair. You can never go wrong with this style. Keep it simple and ensure that you tame flyaways. There is nothing worse than an unkempt updo. Take your time and ensure that it is nice.

Regardless of where you are on Valentine’s Day, or who you share it with-remember that the most important love is self-love.

Stay Fabulous,
Philisha, CEO
Preeminence Salon & Boutique
2520 Shallowford Rd (B1)
Marietta, GA 30066

Hair Care Tuesdays: Introducing Philisha Mack, CEO Preeminence Salon & Boutique

Philisha MackI am beyond excited to share this platform. As the owner of Preeminence Salon & Boutique for the past three years-I have definitely been on a journey. As a southern bell-born and raised in Sumter, SC – I come from very humble beginnings. Since a very young age, I had a passion for beauty, fashion and hair. I was one of the gals that would constantly change their hair, cut it off, color it, and weave it up down and all around lol! If there was a style-I probably tried it. As I grew into my college years-I realized how the stigma of having a “professional” hairstyle impacted a lot of women and played a role in their overall style. This was a notion that always confused me, after-all I grew up in a household that taught me how important it was to be a beautiful, caring person on the inside-so essentially the saying, “I am not my hair” was something that I lived by. Of course, the discussion of good hair, bad hair, natural hair straight hair has been beaten to death over the past couple of years, but I wanted to preface this post with my humble beginnings because is has played a larger role in my journey as a salon owner.

I currently reside in Atlanta.  Now, for those of who have visited-you know that this is the HAIR MECCA of the south. Bronner Brothers is huge here as well as an influx of salons. When I moved from the city to the suburbs- I was finding that there were not many salons that could properly condition and style my natural hair. I would drive to the city on the weekends and literally sit for hours although I made my appointments in advance. I can recall on several occasions entering at 9:00 am and leaving at 5:00 pm-I mean it was ridiculous. So of course, I researched salons closer to my home; however, they were largely Caucasian salons.  And when I would enter, they would look at me and my natural hair as if they saw a ghost lol. They had no clue how to manage my hair.  There was, of course, one person who conveniently catered to people with natural hair, but she was never available  when I wanted to make an appointment.

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I am happy to say that I have created a multi-cultural salon that is located in Marietta, GA. I have a diverse clientele and stylists who service individuals such as myself as well as women with various textures of hair.

If you are searching for a salon home in your area here are 5 tips:

1. Research the salon on yelp, but do not stop there-As a salon owner, I get so upset that Yelp publishes negative reviews but does not highlight positive reviews nor do they make them generally available for the public (You can’t please everyone and the ones that are not pleased are quick to go to yelp, lol) – I say this to say-do not exclude a salon solely based on yelp reviews. 

2. Decide how far you are willing to travel and research salons in that radius

3. Check out first time specials at salons or even check out Group-on deals so that you are able to try them out and save some money in the process. 

4. Ask family and friends if they could refer you to a stylist/salon that they have had great experiences with-There is nothing better than a referral and often times their salon will get an incentive for referring them.

5. Do not be afraid to venture into a specialty or boutique salon- A stylist does not have to have your same hair texture to know and understand the science behind styling and maintaining your hair. 

Please leave your comment below- Have you had similar experiences at the salon? If you are ever in the Atlanta area-I invite you to visit Preeminence Salon & Boutique. Learn more about our salon & Premiere Make-Up Classes here.

2015 Beauty Resolution: Get Healthier Hair #TheBeautyCouncil

Get Healthier Hair _2015 Kim Porter


My hair, my hair, my freaking hair! It has always been on the thinner side, but ever since having my daughter, almost four years ago, I have had such a hard time with my hair. From it shedding and breaking, to it being dry and brittle, my hair just isn’t healthy. As women, hair and a beautiful face are everything, and can affect how we feel about ourselves.  Trust me, how I feel now because of my hair, is a 180 of how I was before.  For 2015, I promised myself I’m going to do everything in my power to get healthier hair.

What am I going to do to get healthier hair this year?

Visit a dermatologist that specializes in scalp treatments and hair loss.

Two years ago, I did visit a dermatologist regarding my hair issues. I was told to stop relaxing my hair, which I did.  I had to use a prescribed shampoo twice per week, and apply this foam treatment to my scalp.  The shampoo dried out my hair, and I couldn’t use the foam treatment because I was still nursing my daughter.

I found two dermatologists that received amazing reviews regarding their treatments for hair loss.  I’m scheduling a consult with both.

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Take better care of my hair at home

Before, I was giving myself home treatments every wash.  Lately, I haven’t.  My hooded hair dryer broke, and I don’t have the time to dedicate a full day for hair washes like I used to.  I stopped investing in good hair care products, too. I just didn’t feel the need to because we were saving and the money could put to better use, and guess what? I was wrong, and my hair is suffering – badly.

While perusing my Instagram timeline, I came across a post from Tamar Braxton.  She posted a photo of her hair in a ponytail, singing the praises of Simplicity Hair Oil. Like me, Tamar lost her edges postpartum, too.  The products from this line grew them back.  I checked out testimonials and reviews of their products, and was amazed by the results.  I’m sold! I’m picking up some to get healthier hair.

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My hair when it was healthier


Add some diversity to my protective styling

My protective styling for the last few months since taking out my weave, has been a top bun.  It used to be two braids or a top bun. I got lazy, I am not good at styling natural hair, so I stuck to the top bun. My edges are suffering, y’all, and that’s with using Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO) religiously.  In order to get healthier hair, and get back my edges I need to diversify my styling to include styles that don’t cause tension on my edges.

Get Healthier Hair_Protective Style

Other things I do to get healthier hair include:

  • Increasing my water intake
  • Taking vitamins – I take prenatal vitamins since we’re still TTC.  I’m on the fence about hairfinity.
  • Eating a healthy diet

I also need to find a new hair stylist in my area since I’ve moved.  If you have any suggestions for a hair stylist that is not only good at styling hair, but also takes care of your hair, and is in Nassau County, New York, please let me know.  I’d also love to hear your suggestions of things that worked for you to get healthier hair.

What are your beauty resolutions for 2015?



Hair Chronicles: New Product Alert Miss Jessie’s Transitioner’s Magic

While on instagram the other night, as I scrolled through the various pictures on my timeline popped up an image of the new Miss Jessie’s Transitioner’s Magic.  I instantly became excited!


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What is Miss Jessie’s Transitioner’s Magic?

Miss Jessie’s Transitioner’s Magic is a  phthalate-free hair styling product that contains a mixture of  Safflower Seed Oil, Avocado Oil, and Wheat Germ Oil that provides the hydration damaged hair craves, infused with Pumpkin Seed Extract and Soybean Seed Extract to revive life into lackluster strands and encourage growth, all of which are important when treating transitioning hair.

Miss Jessie’s Transitioner’s Magic was developed for women like me who do not want to do the whole “big chop” meaning cutting off all of the relaxed or chemically treated hair, which in most people’s cases, would leave you with a tiny afro or something shorter.   Transitioner’s Magic boasts superb hold and shine, and can be used as a styling agent.  And best of all you don’t have to worry about frizz and curl shrinkage.  We all know how real shrinkage is.

Miss Jessie’s Transitioner’s Magic isn’t going to be released until next month (February 2014), but, I am excited nonetheless. Why? Well, just in case you haven’t been keeping up with my hair care posts, I have stopped relaxing my hair for almost two years now.   Hair care when you’re transitioning from relaxed or chemically treated hair to natural is important, especially since you’re dealing with not one, but two different textures of hair.  Another reason why I’m excited about the Miss Jessie’s Transitioner’s Magic is because I’ve tried and currently use their Leave-in Condish both on my daughter and myself, and love it (read about it here).  When this product comes out, hopefully I will get to test it and report back on the results.

Miss Jessie’s Transitioner’s Magic will be available for purchase at, Ricky’s NYC, Target, CVS and Duane Reade for $22.


Will you try Miss Jessie’s Transitioners Magic?