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I have been natural for a year and was trying to go it alone. I tried different products and listened to others guide me with what they tried, but was never quite satisfied with my hair. My texture is soft and naturally curly, but it dries very easily and can appear frizzy. My efforts to put moisture into my hair was either not enough moisture or it was too heavy leaving my hair weighed down. I found Dye-Ver-City as I was searching the web for salons that cater to natural hair. I was impressed with the numerous positive rewiews, one-on-one consultations offered and the fact that they would teach you how to better care for your hair based on their professional assessment of your individual hair texture and growth patterns. That is exactly what I got from Monique when she greated me, hung up my coat and asked me what I thought of my own hair and what I wanted out of this experience. She listened and took the time to talk to me about my hair as she washed, conditioned and trimmed my hair. The products she used helped define my natural curls and I am overjoyed with the results. The entire experience was wonderful. The ladies are very professional and courteous. They provide a surine atmosphere with complete focus on one client at a time. I was in and out of there in an hour which means they value my time as much as their own. I think I bought every product she used on my hair so I can keep it up between visits. Not only will I return, but I plan to tell everyone who comments on my hair about this oasis in Augusta, GA. I want other natural hair divas to step out with style without having to travel to Atlanta first!!! Thank you so much Monique and thank you Stacy for having the insight to fill the need for a natural hair salon in the Augusta area.
I am an Army spouse and just moved into town 2 weeks ago. I came from Alaska, I’m originally from the DC/MD area and I am used to going to the Dominicans for hair care. Living in Alaska has damaged my hair due to the dry climate and lack of good hair stylist. Prior to me coming I researched for hair stylist in the area specifically Dominican. Of course I couldn’t find one, but Stacy’s website popped up. I browsed and liked what I saw. I am a visual person and the hairstyles I saw were great and it was Dominican style. Plus the hair products she uses are really good, Alcohol free, organic and natural. From there I knew that she was all about caring for the hair. My first appt went great. I’m so used to coming in and having multiple people doing my hair. I like that Stacy is the one and only who touches my hair. She fully examined my hair and knew what to do from there. She explained each step to me and the products used and why, and we made conversation. I like the personal treatment. There were no other clients except me so she didn’t have to go back and forth from doing my hair to another hair, I wouldn’t mind if needed but it was better. Stacy was gentle and made a good suggestion to not get my hair relaxed after taking braids out, I never knew that until now, no one told me that it makes my hair shed more. That right there showed me she actually cared for my hair as if it was her own. I was skeptic because I haven’t had a relaxer in 8 months and my hair was “rough” but she cut it and straightened it as if I’ve gotten relaxed. I’m excited for my hair growth journey with Stacy for the year I am stationed here because I know my hair will be in its best shape. Go to her, she is very nice and truly genuinely cares.
I have been without a relaxer since June 2009. This was my 2nd time attempting to go natural the first time I went it alone and I broke and got a relaxer this time with the help of Stacy Hill i am almost a year without a relaxer and my hair is stronger and healthier than its ever been. The first time she did my hair i received a Dominican Blowout. My hair was absolutely stunning! Her skill and talent is truly God sent. She amazes me more and more each time I sit in her chair. She puts her all into what she does and would NEVER let anyone leave her chair disappointed. She truly cares about you and your hair. Her knowledge on her craft is extensive any question that I have ever asked, she has been more than willing to answer and she knows what she is talking about!!! Not only is she an AWESOME hair stylist but she is an awesome person who loves God and you can see that in everything she does. My hair has never been better. I even get complements,on my hair,on days when i feel my hair looks horrible. She caters to the client and her customer service is great! You will see a extremely positive change in your hair after a few visits with Stacy. I would DEFINITELY recommend Stacy to any and everyone whether relaxed or natural!!
I have known Stacy only for a few months and she have made a huge difference in my hair. I am in transition from relaxers to blow outs which is working great for me. I recently went to Stacy for a deep condition in which I did not realize her deep condition was not like other deep conditions I have had over the years. My hair feels sooooo soft and silky I could not believe how good it felt, I told her that it was like a miracle mix. My hair is almost in its natural state and with the deep condition she gave me I still have alot of body. I am so glad I have started going to Stacy it has been a wonderful experience from the time you walk in and everyone speaks to you and welcome you to the salon, to the time she complete your hair, it is soooo relaxing. I beleive every woman needs to be pampered at times, and when you go to see Stacy you feel like you have been pampered. I went to many salons before I went to stacy, because I wanted to go natural. I must say she knows hair very well and she guides you in the right directions with your particular type of hair. If you looking for someone that knows about hair please just go see Stacy Hill you will not regret it at all.
If you are looking for a professional hair Artist Stacy is the one. After my consultation with Stacy I knew I wanted her to take care of my hair because she asked probing questions about products I use, styles I wear and she checked my hair and scalp. I thought to myself, Wow!! Someone who knows hair not just styles it. I was planning to get a facial after I visited Stacy and she took time out to recommend someone who could do my facial. Not just that but she searched for the phone number and address as well. Today good service is hard to find and Stacy showed she cared about me as an individual. I have natural hair as was looking for color. I was not sure exactly what I wanted. Stacy was patient with me. She took time to explain what she was doing and what I would need to do to keep my hair healthy. Best of all I did not have to wait!!! Stacy services one client at a time, and yes I forgot to mention my hair looks great!! I've received several complements and one young lady said to me, "I can tell your color was done by a professional; it perfectly rounds your face and is accented just right." Thanks Stacy!!!
I have been going natural a little under a year and no one else has been able to give me the results that Stacy has. I visited a popular salon in Augusta and paid 90.00 for a shampoo and set and a trim. My hair did not even last 12 hours and there was no type of remorse from the stylist and no guarantee of the services rendered. I visited Stacy almost a week ago now and my hair is still silky straight and manageable, I only have to wrap it before bed and bump it a little the next day and go.She charged less than 60.00 and I had money left to buy hair products. I recommend anyone who is going natural and struggling with the decision to stay natural to just give Stacy a try and she will calm your fears about going natural. I don't think I will ever go back to a relaxer. Last but certainly not least, my appointment was at 9am, she and I both arrived about 20 minutes early and she did not hesitant to get started on my hair and had me out of the salon before 10:30, not to mention the followup call I received the next day. I have never had such stellar service at a hair salon. We need more stylists like her.
I just got my Brazilian Blowout and some color and just love it!! It allows me to wear my hair straight or curly. I called one of my friends on the way home and and now she is looking in to getting hers done too! I have been going to Stacy for 6 -7 months now and have been completely pleased with the experience. Stacy, as everyone in the shop, is very professional. I have been trying to were my hair natural and had been going to Atlanta to get my hair done until two different people told me about Stacy. Why didn't I hear about her sooner! Stacy makes it her business to let you know what she is doing to our hair and why. Healthy hair is truly her concern and she wants you to feel comfortable and confident about wearing your hair how you want. You will find a variety of products right there in the salon to help maintain your style. The vibe at the salon is always upbeat and positive. Dye-ver-city salon is truly that! I would and have recommended the salon to anyone who really wants healthy hair that is easily managed! Stacy is a God send!! Thank you Stacy!
I visited Ms. Staci to have my haircut, pressed & curled and everyone thought I had gotten my hair relaxed. Soon as my husband saw me he said, "Baby your hair really looks nice." The next morning when we were getting ready, he looks over into the mirror and says, “Your hair looks so healthy. She did an excellent job." Need I say more? Staci is more than a beautician she's an educator and a magician. She's has been available for any questions I have thought up since taking out my locs and just rocking naturals. She gave me the confidence to rock my natural for a while instead of rushing back to locs. I am grateful for her and I truly consider her more than worthy of the title "Master Hair Stylist." If you are in need of a stylist who is on time, keeps her appointments, does not hold you hostage all day just to get your hair done, and actually knows what she is doing, and genuinely cares about you and your hair then stop reading this and call her now!! You will not be disappointed. Ms.Tiff
FoundTruth's review is kind of funny to me because it's so NOT Stacy! I just happened to scroll down and read it and cracked up laughing. And anyone who's ever been to DyeVerCity can witness that it's obviously not true or that there's more to this customer's story. Anyway, on to my review, I've been going to Stacy since she opened up her own! I LOVE her work and her knowledge of the vast hair types! Anyone who can style and nurture my extremely thick and kinky hair (which I happen to LOVE by the way), is a superstar in my book! Before, other salons would just encourage me to relax it or get braids to make the mainteance easier. Stacy embraced by hair though and showed me how to create styles for my texture and thickness. Sometimes she blows it out and it's so beautiful and shiny, swinging down my back. And other times she does cute twist-outs, braid-outs and other styles! Every way I wear it, I always get compliments. I love Stacy for that! You get what you pay for! Your hair and its health is an investment!
I have been a client of Frances for over 20 years. My daughter and I started coming to Lutece when she was in the 7th grade. My daughter had a sensitive scalp and would easily burn. But,once we started coming to Frances, she found the right relaxer that worked for her. After that, no more burning. I was so impressed that I used it, as well! I have always been highly satisfied with Frances' service. She provides quality care to each of her clients based on their individual needs, and gives honest advice on what works for your hair. She cares for her clients by making sure she uses the best products. She even tells you how to take care of your hair until your next appointment. I always receive nice compliments on my hair from friends and strangers when I leave the salon. Her work speaks for itself! I enjoy my time at the salon. Frances makes everyone feel welcome (very warm and friendly atmosphere). You couldn't ask for a better place to go to receive guality service and great care!!!
Drug abuse and addiction is a public health issue with serious consequences. From prescription drugs to cocaine, inhalants and marijuana, illicit substances have affected nearly every community and person in some way. But what exactly is drug abuse and how do people seek treatment for this disease?
Making the decision to seek help for drug addiction is a huge step toward improving your health and overall wellness, as well as that of your family and community. But where do you start? There are many options.
Attend a Rehabilitation Program: There are a plethora of rehab options available to people who abuse drugs. You should be able to find one that fits your budget and lifestyle. For a very intensive treatment, try an inpatient rehab program at a facility that is well-versed in addressing long-term addiction. These organizations provide a place for you to stay while you go through withdrawals, as well as medical assistance if it is needed. Drug rehab facilities offer therapeutic programs such as cognitive behavioral therapy to help users address the problems that may drive them to drug use. You'll also be surrounded by others in similar positions who are looking to stop using and seek support, which can be very helpful and inspiring.
1. Intake Process: Every person beginning an inpatient rehab program will go through an intake process. This involves a physical exam from a doctor and a mental exam from a therapist or psychiatrist. These professionals note any mental conditions, like bipolar disorder and depression, as well as physical issues, such as chronic fatigue or multiple sclerosis, which may be affected by drug use. New patients are usually searched to ensure they do not bring any drugs to the facility on their person or in their belongings. Once a patient has undergone the intake process, they will likely not be allowed to have visitors or even talk with friends and family over the phone for a few days. This promotes focus on recovery without distractions. Each facility is different, but after a few days or weeks, patients are typically allowed to make phone calls and receive visitors.
2. Detox: The first week of inpatient drug rehabilitation is often spent detoxing. Most facilities do not host many classes or require users to attend functions at this time, as it is instead spent dealing with the emotional and physical consequences of coming down from drug use. Long-time users may experience intense symptoms such as temporary blackouts, memory loss, depression, irritability, unpredictable mood swings, headache, insomnia, anxiety, nausea and more. Most patients just entering rehab find their first few days are some of the most difficult as they must completely adjust their habits and mindset, all while going through complex bodily symptoms. Physicians supervise this time of withdrawal to address any symptoms that require medical attention. After you have completed the detox phase and there is no more trace of drugs in your body, you will likely begin attending group and individual therapy sessions.
3. Therapy: While in drug rehabilitation, you don't simply stay away from the substance that you've become addicted to. Instead, you will spend your time learning about what triggers your abuse, and how to address urges and make amends. You will also likely attend group therapy sessions where you and other addicts can share your experiences and learn from one another under the supervision of a therapist or psychiatrist. Being in the presence of others who are learning how to restructure their lives after drug abuse can be very helpful. Knowing you're not alone is a huge step, plus you may be able to turn to those in similar situations for advice.
4. Reintegration: Eventually you will need to leave the safety and routine of your inpatient rehabilitation program and return to regular society. This comes with a lot of risks, as you may interact with situations and individuals that triggered your drug use. Before you leave a drug treatment program, you will learn skills to cope in the real world that don't involve turning to drugs. You might learn to walk away from certain individuals or not go to particular places where you formerly used to go. You may also return to the inpatient program facility for outpatient counseling. This helps many drug users to reintegrate into society and still maintain some source of assistance by going to daily or weekly therapy sessions.
Consider an Outpatient Program
Outpatient programs offer similar assistance to inpatient options such as therapy sessions and counseling, but the patient sleeps in his or her own home and is not confined to the rehabilitation center. Some patients prefer this option because it resembles some form of normality and allows them to potentially work and partake in family activities. It is important to note, though, that a person may require more serious, constant treatment than these outpatient programs can offer. If you are considering seeking treatment for drug addiction, discuss these possibilities with your doctor. He or she will help you decide what program is right for you.
Painkillers and Therapy
Some drug users who have been abusing pain medications like Oxycontin or morphine require pain relief but must find it in other ways than potentially addictive drugs. To address this issue, some people receive methadone, a synthetic narcotic. Individuals in inpatient or outpatient programs may use methadone, as can people who are not seeking any formal treatment but are trying to stop abusing painkillers. Your doctor may prescribe a methadone treatment plan if you have chronic pain issues and are recovering from addiction. Methadone can be given intravenously, via a tablet or as a dispersible. Use of this medication is carefully monitored as it can cause respiratory issues when you first begin or anytime you up your dosage. If you are concerned that you may be abusing prescription painkillers, talk to your physician about Methadone and other options like Suboxone or Narcan.
Working With a Sponsor
Similar to alcoholism treatment, some former drug users require assistance from sponsors. These individuals are often previous addicts themselves or have experiences as therapists or psychiatrists. They meet with patients regularly and are often available at a moment's notice to talk when an individual is feeling vulnerable and triggered. Sponsors can offer help when you need them the most and provide a firm sense of accountability.
To go through treatment successfully, it's important to find the right facility for you. To do so, first talk with your doctor. A physician can determine how severe your addiction is, which will help you decide if you want to try inpatient or outpatient treatment. He or she can also consider any withstanding health issues such as psychiatric conditions that should also be factored into your decision.
Next, check out facilities and programs that offer treatment for the substances that you abuse. Attending a program that is specific to your drug of choice will make your treatment much more likely to be impactful and successful. Look into potential facilities and learn about their drug policies. Some provide certain users with medications like Valium and Xanax to counteract symptoms of distress associated with alcohol or drug withdrawals. You may not want to attend such programs if you fear that you may instead become addicted to these substances or if you have ever had issues with abusing these medications in the past.
You should also note what potential programs to turn to during drug cravings. Some offer excellent nutrition and wellness plans that use healthy eating and exercise to reduce the physical and psychological want or need for a substance. Learning this coping skill is imperative to transitioning back into society, as you will be better prepared to face cravings once you are no longer in drug abuse treatment.
Some treatment programs promote quick sobriety through seemingly impossible means, such as herbal supplements or religious affiliation. When choosing a treatment facility, be wary of questionable claims like, "Shake your drug addiction in one week!" If the advertising sounds too good to be true, the program could potentially be a scam. Instead, look for organizations that include approval and certification from real doctors and health care providers. If a well-known drug abuse therapist or hospital recommends a clinic, for example, it is much more likely that you will have a successful treatment experience there.
Finances are another major part in your treatment program choice. Some facilities accept health insurance like United Healthcare, BlueCross BlueShield, Cigna, Humana and Medicaid. To learn what options are financially feasible for you, call your insurance provider and ask about any programs with which they are connected. Many carriers support in-state assessment, detox and outpatient treatment. Some also partially cover residential or inpatient treatment.
Because drug addiction is considered a disease, major health insurance providers must treat it like any other chronic condition that requires medical treatment. Make a call to the member services phone line at your insurance company and they can explain both in-network and out-of-network coverage for addiction and drug abuse treatment. Be sure to inquire about co-pays and deductibles so you don't receive a surprise bill months after you start a program. If you don't have insurance, you may be able to find outpatient programs like Narcotics Anonymous that offer counseling and meetings for patients at no cost.
Drug Abuse Facts
Every illegal use of a drug, from prescription medications to a hit of methamphetamine, creates an addiction risk for the user. One single dose of a club drug, for example, can cause long-term cognitive damage because it changes the chemical makeup of the brain. It is not always the substance that leads to a label of drug abuse. Instead, it is the nature in which the substance is used. For example, you may break a bone and require surgery. You will likely be prescribed some painkillers to promote healing in your body and make you more comfortable. If, however, you find that the medication creates feelings of euphoria so you pretend you need the drug longer than you do in order to get more pills, that is considered drug abuse. It doesn't matter that you have a prescription and the substance is technically legal.
Helping Your Family Cope
You are not the only one affected by your drug abuse. You family and friends may also appreciate going to therapy to learn how to cope with your addiction. Many people attend support meetings or join groups to mingle with others who are close to drug addicts to provide emotional assistance. When you go through treatment, those close to you must also learn to change their mindsets and behaviors to address these changes to the new you. Many patients have to stop associating with some former friends in order to stay away from illicit substances and avoid situations that may trigger drug abuse. Starting a hobby is a good way to meet new people outside of these social circles once you've received treatment.