Nycayen Moore:

   Their own stature long established, Nicholas Ashford and Valerie Simpson are encouraging a new generation of songwriter/artists at the Sugar Bar, their restaurant/nightclub on New York's Upper West Side.

The SRO Thursday-night open-mic events, while open to all worthy vocalists (even visiting superstars like Patti LaBelle and Chaka Khan), have served as a steppingstone for aspiring singer/songwriters, some of whom have earned their own solo showcases on other nights at the Sugar Bar

    But Thursday nights also have attracted major music-industry figures who see an opportunity to groom new talent in a unique setting.
   "Where else in this city can emerging artists hone their skills before a discerning audience that truly appreciates songs and singers?" asks Cherry Lane Music Publishing president Aida Gurwicz, whose company administers Ashford & Simpson's catalog.
   "Nick and Val not only attract primo young and sometimes not-so-young artists with big-time aspirations, but also audiences not unlike themselves -- musically sophisticated people who appreciate both quality and effort and who are not parsimonious with their appreciation for either or both," Gurwicz adds. "We have brought developing artists in to practice their craft."
   Unless they are on the road, Ashford & Simpson are always present Thursday nights at the Sugar Bar, which is located in the
same 72nd Street and West End Avenue building that houses their Hopsack & Silk production and Nick-O-Val Music publishing companies.
   Simpson, in fact, leads the backup singing for all vocalists, who are accompanied by a tight, professional house band ensconced in a tiny alcove at the far end of the narrow first floor. Ashford generally stays in an upstairs lounge, singing along with the rest of the room to a projection of the proceedings on a wall TV.


   "It's like 'the New York thing,"' Ashford says. "If you can make it at the Sugar Bar, you can make it anywhere, because it's a tough crowd of intelligent, mature listeners who have heard a lot."
Indeed, a recent open-mic night found Queen Latifah and veteran Warner Bros. Records publicist Liz Rosenberg in the house.
   "If they can prove themselves on a Thursday, we approach them about doing a whole night of their own," says Simpson, who has herself performed new material at the Sugar Bar. She singles out Vicky Natale, a school teacher and open-mic regular who went on to win "Star Search" and then started writing her own songs.

   If you have not been yet, be sure to call and make a reservation.  Thursday are very popular.

   Sugar Bar is located at 254 West 72nd Street, New York City. To make a reservation or for more information, call (212) 579-0222 or visit


Unbelievable ....


By:    Nycayen Moore

   So we have all walked down the streets of Manhattan or been in a social setting and there it is, an unbelievable weave taking advantage of an unsuspecting young lady.  Don’t fall victim to a bad weave.  Educate yourself and learn how you can arm yourself against the possibility of ever having a bad weave!

   As a stylist who has been working with extensions for over 11 years, I would like to share with you a few important facts and helpful hints regard
ing installing extensions (also referred to as a “weave”).  For those of you who may not know, a weave is the process of attach

Extensions should look natural and blend with your existing hair and can be styled and or dyed to create a fabulous new look for you!

ing additional hair to your natural hair for extra length or fullness.  Once the extra hair is attached, it can be styled (including a cut or new color if desired) along with your natural hair for a great new look that looks natural!  No will ever have to know it’s not your hair.
   As the demand for weaves and extensions grows, I am receiving more phone calls and emails from potential clients looking for a well qualified and experienced hairstylist in the art of installing and maintaining extensions. From the East coast to West coast, women from all over the country are searching for stylists who are not only masters of installing extensions, but also masters of installing a weave without damaging their existing hair.


Pictured above is Nycayen Moore with Model Aaron Davies.  Extensions were installed with the model’s existing hair and then I dyed all of the hair red for this particular fashion photo shoot.

There are several key factors to consider when making decisions about your weave which can greatly affect how well your hair will look once your weave is installed. One of the main factors is the hair type to be used in the installation process.  Purchasing the hair for your extensions is not cheap!  Depending on the quality of the hair you decide to install (and how much, i.e. the fullness you desire in your new hair style) and how you have them installed can vary the cost of your weave from a few hundred dollars to a few thousands.
   For real human hair extensions, finding the hair types that match your own existing hair well and which will also make good extensions is key.  There are businesses who sell bad human hair that is brittle, too thin or dry.  You should always ask to see the hair before you decide to purchase it so you can inspect it for yourself.
A very common and loosely used term is "Remy". There is a lot of hype associated with the term "Remy ", but to a stylist it simply means the cuticle is going the same way. That said your hair extensions should always be Remy.  I find it to be a bit of a marketing ploy because to the typical first time customer it sounds like you are getting something magical or amazing. This is misleading.   Another key factor is using the virgin hair.  Virgin hair has not been chemically treated and thus it is more likely not to mat or become dry.  With that said, then the best hair type to purchase when you are shopping for the hair for your weave is “Virgin Remy hair”.

  The next step is to find a hairstylist who is experienced in the installation process.   Be sure to speak to the stylist and ask the following questions:

  1. How many years of experience does he or she have installing extensions?

  2. Ask to see before and after pictures of previous clients with extensions.

  3. Is he or she passionate about their work?  The process can be very time consuming and you want a stylist who enjoys what they do!

  4. Which method of installing extensions does he or she like to use?

There are several ways to install extensions, so be sure to ask which method your hairstylist prefers as stated above.  Personally, I prefer to use the braiding and sewing technique.  This method involves braiding your existing hair down to your scalp and then literally sewing on the hair extensions to your braids.  When installing extensions with this method, it is important the hairstylist braids your existing hair well and also leaves out predetermined sections of your existing hair to blend in with your new extensions.  I believe this method is the most comfortable for you and the best for allowing your natural hair to grow.

   There are other methods to install extensions, so be sure to ask your stylist about the methods they prefer and how it will affect you.  Some methods for installing extensions involve attaching the new hair to your existing hair with a bonding agent.  Be sure to ask how your stylist will remove your extensions and whether or not any damage could occur to your existing hair.  Adding hair extensions should never be painful or leave you in an awkward position with your own hair after they are removed.

The final factor to consider when deciding on installing a weave is good hair care and proper maintenance after the installation process.  Now that your extensions have been installed, you should be sure to take good care of your new hair and your existing natural hair.  Human hair extensions can be treated as real hair, but with more care and a gentle touch.  Use a special brush (often a loop brush) made just for extensions, so you don't damage the new hair or the bond.  A gentle shampoo is recommended, and use cool water when you wash your hair to help minimize tangles.  Furthermore, a light conditioner will help reduce tangling and keep your new hair supple.  Additionally, sleep with your hair in a ponytail or braid to avoid bed-head and/or knots.  And most importantly, be sure to visit your hairstylist for leveling the extensions as your natural hair grows out.   You may need to go back to your stylist to have your weave tighten and adjusted as your natural hair grows out under your extensions.  Following these key factors will help keep hair extensions looking great along with your natural hair!

   If you have a question or comment regarding healthy hair care, please email us directly at


From Nycayen:

Welcome to the second edition of my Newsletter.  I am thrilled to share some of my recommendations regarding hair care and other inspirations which I hope you to will enjoy as well.  And by all means, please feel free to send a link to this Newsletter to any of your friends or family who may also enjoy it.

Big kiss,


IMPORTANT NOTE:  I have relocated to a new salon in Midtown East in Manhattan.  Please continue to contact me directly to make your appointments at 347.556.3860 for both NYC and Chicago availability.


Product Recommendations:
   This month I would like to recommend to you two new products.  The first is  TIGI by Bed Head.

   I swear by this product. First of all it comes in a convenient stick applicator so no need to get your hands gooey with thick pomades. Second it has a great hold that still manages to keep your hair pliable so no
more of the flaky stiff hair you get from gel. It doesn't have a great smell, it's a stick of styling wax but its styling capabilities more than make up for that.If you like a spiked, messy looking hairstyle, or love to keep those edges laying down ,this is the right product. Goes on easily water resistant but comes out very easily with shampoo. Don't have to use much either. It will easily last a month when used once a day.

The second item I would like to recommend is for men:

Task Essentials Time Serum

   Everyone is always looking for youth, right? Question is ... Can you handle the youth?  Well, if so, guys you should check out this Swedish line of skin care products for men.

Product Description:

   Revitalizing and restructuring cellular serum combines Peptides, Oxygen, Vitamin C and Edelweiss Extracts (what doesn't love EE's) to bring youth back to the mug. Peptides stimulate natural muscle contractions to minimize signs of aging. EE's protect against free radicals and pollutants and Vitamin C provides long-lasting hydration throughout the day. Comfortable and easy to use, it's not tacky or oily (unlike your sister's last boyfriend). Sinks in immediately and renews skin elasticity and natural radiance. Advanced airless package design maintains product potency and freshness. Preservative-free. Works well with Task's Skin Feed or Age Rescue.  Here in Manhattan, I could only find this product in Barney’s and Bloomingdale’s SOHO store.  But, as listed above, it is available from as well.

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New York Eats:

  In my last newsletter I suggested a nice upscale Italian restaurant on the Upper Eastside of Manhattan.  This time around I thought I would share with you two of my favorite “quick bite” food stops when your in a hurry and money maybe a little tight.

Papaya Dog

   The standard Papaya style hot dog is a Sabrett's natural casing all-beef frankfurter, grilled and served on a toasted bun with sauerkraut, mustard, and that mysterious yet delicious red onion sauce. Washed down with a "heathy" tropical fruit drink under the glaring pink and yellow signs among a variety of eclectic New Yorkers, there's really nowhere else in the world to recreate this experience.  There are several different restaurants in the City which serve almost the same fast menu of items (i.e. the hot dogs and juice).  While they are different owners and the items maybe slightly different which they offer, for the most part they are the same. 
I have listed them below for you.  For a quick lunch on the run, you can’t beat a Papaya Dog!  Enjoy.

Papaya Dog - 333 Avenue of the Americas, New York - (212) 627-9748

Papaya King - 179 E 86th St, New York - (212) 369-0648

Gray's Papaya - 402 Avenue of the Americas, New York - (212) 260-3532

Gray's Papaya - 2090 Broadway, (between 72nd St & 73rd St)

New York, NY 10023


   Perfectly formed. Lovely to look at. Delicious to eat. Cupcakes delight both the eyes and the soul. Made with the finest ingredients, they remind us that the best things in life are simple. Made by hand, baked with love, handled with joy.

   Their cupcakes are to die for!  Best part is they are only $3.25 and your sweet tooth is totally satisfied when you leave and you won’t feel guilty when you leave!  There are several locations around Manhattan so be sure to click on the logo above to check out their website for the closest location to you!  Don’t fret if you not in Manhattan, because Crumbs is also on the West Coast in Los Angeles and these states as well CA, CT, DC, IL, NJ, NY and VA.


APRIL 2011 - newsletter: Volume 1, edition 2


Sugar Bar Rocks!

Located on the Upper West of Manhattan, Sugar Bar is a must do.  I recently spend an  evening there with friends and  will definitely be  back.

  Here is a review from Jim Bessman of Billboard Magazine that says it all:

Billboard Magazine
Duo's Sugar Bar Is Sweet on Open-Mic Night
By Jim Bessman


Here is a recent YouTube video of just two of the singers who were performing that night I attended Sugar Bar.  I filmed them with my iPhone.

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