Real Housewives of Atlanta is back for season 4!! While we welcome back the women of Atlanta, we are also happy to see the other “girls,” make an appearance this season. Once of which is respected hair connoisseur LAWRENCE WASHINGTON, responsible for dolling up SHEREE WHITFIELD, CIARA, ELISE NEAL, and SERENA WILLIAMS.
As the hairstylist/singer is hitting the studio to produce his next hit single, “Over It,” he’s also in the lab planning to debut his own hair care line. Amazingly Lawrence does it all while keeping that lip gloss poppin’.
WASHINGTON spoke to Juicy about everything from the do’s and don’ts of wearing a sew-in and color, SHEREE’s tresses, his L hair care line, and what viewers can expect from the upcoming fourth season of the Real Housewives of Atlanta.
Juicy: What are some your favorite products you use on SHEREE’s hair?
Lawrence Washington: I live by my own L leave-in conditioner, and L serum. Those are my two products that I swear by. Only because when you use a really good leave-in conditioner you’re setting your hair up for success. Followed up with a really good serum, it gives it a really finished look. I’m hoping by the early winter both products will be on the website for sale.
Juicy: We love the versatile styles we saw Sheree wear last season, what’s your fav?
LW: You know its funny ’cause straight has always been her preference, but I kind of whined her out of it. Going into third season I told her I wanted to give her more diva hair to kind of go with her personality. We ventured off and did some big sassy curls – I call it fuck me hair. A lot of it was inspired by KIM KARDASHIAN – I live for that lady.
Juicy: What are some of the biggest mistakes women make when caring for their own hair while wearing a sew-in weave?
LW: A lot of times when clients have extensions in they are shampooing [the hair] way too much. I would only shampoo weave every two weeks, and then when you’re taking it out, I recommend you go to a beauty specialist rather than take it out yourself. The biggest mistake when women take out their own weaves is they don’t take the time and really detangle and comb their braids thoroughly to get all that dead hair out. So as soon as they put water on [their hair], it nats up really bad. You have to use a lot of tension, causing a lot of stress on the hair to get that big nat ball loose.
Juicy: Whats your take on black women wearing hair color?
LW: I am not a strong advocate of hair color in ethnic hair. I mean I know a lot of women like it, and although I do it, I’m not 100% supportive of it. If you just have to have color I suggest that you talk to your stylist and let them know that you would prefer to have your hair colored with a low volume developer. Understand that anytime you color hair either immediately or down the line, you’re going to compromise some integrity.
So express to your stylist, ‘I remain aware of the different volumes and different levels of developer.’ It’s safer to do color with low volumes of developer; it may take longer [to achieve color] but it’s safer, because you’re not raising the cuticle up so much. Then it’s very important that at least every week or every two weeks your following that color with treatments, whether it’s protein or hydration treatments or both.
Juicy: Off topic, but we can’t help but ask what can we expect for the fourth season of RHOA?
LW: You know I don’t know much because we film things at different times - but I will tell you guys that it’s going to be a great season. Look forward to some drama and the all the girls doing their thing. PHAEDRA is pretty successful and she continues to strive higher. CYNTHIA has new exciting projects that are going to be revealed this season. Of course KIM has her baby, and SHEREE has a surprise. We have a new cast member who is pretty awesome, a very good girlfriend of mine, so look forward to her. She is super fabulous, gorgeous, over-the-top, and a grand diva. You’re going to see some tears, you’re going to see lots of laughter, and you might see some fights – but you know that’s the girls. - SHAWN METCALF