So I know it’s been a while since I published a new blog post but no worries because I’m back!!! For today’s topic, I felt like we should speak about elderberries because it has worked wonders on my dry brittle hair. You may have heard about it while we were at the height of the pandemic as an ingredient added within home remedies to boost the immune system. However, I’ve been using elderberries within my DIY spritz, adding it to my hair and body butters, and using it within this Deep Protein Mask that we are working to release soon called the Fenugreek Shea Mask.
If you haven’t tried it yet then here are some reasons why you should:
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What is Cultural Appropriation? Are the Kardashians wearing Braided styles like cornrows an example of Cultural Appropriation? What about when Adele wore Bantu Knots at Coachella, is this an example of Cultural Appropriation”? How about when Vanessa Hudgens, Rita Ora, Gwen Stefani, Madonna, and Justin Bieber wore braided hairstyles or locs? The list of celebrities who’ve worn their hair in traditionally protective hairstyles that were ancestrally worn by people of African descent can go on and on. Furthermore, all of these celebrities have been accused of cultural appropriation. However, the question I’m putting out to you guys is ‘will there be a day where these acts will be seen as examples of protective styles traditionally wore by people of African descent becoming more mainstream and culturally acceptable’?
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Have you ever experienced some form of discrimination as it relates to your hair? Has anyone ever made comments such as ‘your hair doesn’t meet our company’s grooming policy’ or ‘we don’t allow braids within this establishment’? What about one of these three: ‘we want to offer you the job but you’ll need to cut off your locs’, ‘remove your twists’, or ‘sleek down your hair because it’s a distraction. Sadly enough, adults, even children, experienced and continue to experience these types of comments, social preferences, and biases.
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So we did it. We’ve completed the final part of our herb series. Welcome to Part 6, where we will talk about the benefits of Marshmallow Root, Aloe Vera and Ginkgo Biloba [Silver Apricot]. Throughout this journey, we’ve spoken about the benefits of Fenugreek, Holy Basil, Curry Leaves, Chamomile, Hibiscus and so much more. Even though there are so many other herbs that we haven’t begun to get into. For this journey, we are closing it out with Marshmallow Root and I don’t mean the marshmallow that comes in your s’mores sandwiches. Everyone’s favorite all natural herb Aloe Vera and lastly one that you may not even know Ginkgo Biloba. Furthermore, just remember that even though we’ve spoken about a number of different herbs, they have a lot of the same characteristics and benefits for the hair. We’ve gone from learning about herbs that focus on hair growth, has anti-breakage properties, reduces/ prevents thinning, and even dealt with herbs that help to prevent dandruff, in addition to so much more. So let’s closeout this series by getting this final section started.
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We all wash our hair and have asked ourselves this question at least one time in our lives. It may seem silly to ask, especially if you already know the answer, but you’ll be surprised at how many people aren’t too sure about if a hair mask should go before the shampoo phase or after. Some people also think a hair mask and a conditioner are the same. So many questions can be asked but in actuality they are different and one way for you to figure this out is by looking at the thickness of the product or by rinsing it out with water and seeing what happens. When you apply a hair mask to your hair, it’s very difficult to just rinse it out with water similar to a conditioner. You’ll notice that your hair will often look white as a result of the oils that the hair mask contains. Plus you’ll notice that your hair still feels product heavy or weighed down. These two items are applied during different phases of your wash day routine. So let’s get started.
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Are there days where you struggle with getting your hair hydrated during this natural hair journey? Do you feel like you add products but the moisture and hydration of your hair never seem to last long? What about on wash days? Do you notice that once you add products to your hair, it looks full, moisturize, define, and hydrated for about a day, and then it seems to return back to its natural dry state? I know we all struggle with this and sometimes it makes you question if you want to continue this natural hair journey that we’re all on. However, if you’re thinking about quitting because you just can’t seem to get your hair to reach that maximum hydration for about 2-3 days. I can tell you from experience that utilizing one of these methods is like winning the lottery, because it not only brings life back into your hair, but the hydration that your hair now receives only enhances any style you are looking to do. So, my natural hair friends, the LOC/LCO method is for you.
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Have you ever wore your hair out and someone has either made the comment or asked you the question, is that your hair? I’m sure, I’m not the only one who’s heard this comment and most likely won’t be the last. However, how many times have you heard a comment about your hair that was so outlandish, you either had to do one or two things. Walk away or give them that stank eye because why wouldn’t our natural hair be able to grow long, thick, and full.
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TO ANSWER THIS QUESTION, NO IT SHOULD NOT! However, are you someone who avoids washing your hair because it ends up feeling like a merry-go-round experience? Meaning your wash day routine is so long that it can compete with the energizer bunny because it just keeps going & going & going. Just like a continuous cycle. So what do I mean by this? Do you have to make plans around your wash day? For example, when your friends try to make plans with you on a Saturday, do you let them know that you’re booked to the max because you have a date with the sink or shower since it’s wash day? What about this? When it comes to your product game. Is your closet so full of products that you can compete with the beauty supply store?
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We all know that green tea is great for drinking in the morning if you need help with weight loss, tummy aches, or just beneficial for health purposes and for its taste. Plus we find green tea in ice cream, cakes, smoothies, and cookies, etc. Any foods you can think of, there’s probably a green tea version of it somewhere out there. However, we don’t really hear people talk about green tea being added to our hair products or used within our hair. I mean we use it in every other aspect of our daily lives. Whether it’s in the foods we eat, skin products we use, or just plainly added to our homes because of the earthy aroma that it gives off. So why can’t it be added to our hair? If you’ve asked yourself this question and answered no or I don’t know. Then I need you to stop everything that you are doing in order for you to read this post.
Continue reading Is Green Tea only for Drinking and Flavoring Ice Cream or Can it Be Used On Natural Hair….
Are you missing the smell of the ocean during this winter season? If you’re like me who’s located on the east coast then you know it’s too cold to walk down the street, let alone to go to the beach. Plus lately, it’s either snowing, raining, or just so cold that your hands feel like it’s going to freeze off. Mother Nature is clearly making up for lost time this winter. However, for those of you who can’t relate to my experience, I’m sure you’re just either looking to spice up your hair recipes or test out new products on your hair. You’re probably wondering why I started with the smell of the ocean as my introduction to the benefits of Sea moss. Sounds pretty random huh? But trust me, it does relate, and here’s why.
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Have you ever gotten a protective hairstyle that was so tight you needed to take a Tylenol just to go to bed and get some salvation? I know I have and I’m sure some of you can agree with me on this pain. However, for those of you who can’t relate to this struggle, I need you to pay close attention to what I’m about to say. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, DO NOT PULL A BLACK PERSON’S HAIR IF YOU SEE THAT THEIR EDGES ARE SLICKED BACK OR PULLED BECAUSE MOST LIKELY THEY JUST GOT THEIR HAIR DONE IN A PROTECTIVE STYLE AND THE FUZZ THAT USUALLY GROWS AFTER A FEW DAYS TO RELIEVE THEM OF THE PAIN FROM THE TIGHTNESS HAS NOT YET SUBSIDED.
For example, when someone pulls your braids because they think it looks nice and bouncy,you just want to give them that side-eye like Rasputia did to Norbit when she thought he moved her car seat up. However the only difference here is we usually don’t want to say ” how you doing“, we honestly want to say, ” what the hell is wrong with you, can’t you see my braids are still tight“.
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Have you ever wanted to change your look and it ended up being a nightmare that you couldn’t wake up from? I know I have and I sure something similar has probably happened to you. When I was about 18, I recently began college and wanted a new look. First I decided to buy a rinse since that was the safer option, in order to dye my hair burgundy. I spent 3 hours in the chair at the salon. Not only did I dye my hair, but I also blow-dried and straightened it as well just to find out that once it was done my hair looked black until it hit the sun. Now ya’ll know if someone is trying to go for a new look that this experience was not it. Since I went to a family friend who worked at a salon the first time around to dye my hair burgundy and that failed miserably. I decided to change my approach and go to another hairdresser that was recommended to me by another family member.
Lively Naturale Textures was an idea formed by me (Samantha) and my sister (Genna) right in our home on wash day. I don’t know about you but for me and my sister, wash day and doing our hair, in general, was just always a long process that we wanted to avoid. One of the reasons we wanted to avoid that day was because of all the work and hassle that came with washing and doing our hair.
As young African American women with 4b[i.e. tightly coiled hair] and 4c [i.e. kinky hair] our hair would just tangle and always be dry after every wash or even when it was left out too long. We remember going to the beauty supply and buying every product you can think of for detangling, moisturizing, and even preventing breakage. But nothing seemed to ever last long enough as a solution for our hair.
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Welcome back for the end of part 5 of our herb series. For this part, we are going to get into the benefits of Lavender and Rose Petals. I’m sure we’ve all used lavender and rose petals as fragrance oils, soap scrubs, lotions, and just as flowers that we have within our homes. However, they can also benefit the hair. For those of you who don’t know there’s Rosewater, Lavender Water and they also come in oil and powder form. So why aren’t we talking about these products a lot more as it relates to natural products that will work on our hair? Hmm, to be honest, I’m not really sure but that’s ok because this is why we are doing these posts. So let’s get into how your favorite scent can also benefit your hair while on this natural hair journey.
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As we get close to wrapping up our herbs series post, I figured we could break down Part 5 into two sections. This way we can get into more detail on how to actually use these herbal ingredients to benefit our hair. Since part 5 will talk about 4 different types of herbs called Lavender, Gotu Kola, Rose Petal, and Calendula. For Part A, we are going to get into the benefits of Gotu Kola and Calendula as these herbal ingredients are less common than the other two. If you are someone, who’s actually heard about these ingredients before, it’s usually referred to as scented fragrance or as flowers that can be planted within your garden or seen outdoors. However, for the purpose of this post, we are going to get into the benefits of these herbs for our hair. So let’s get started.
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Here we are with Part 4 of our Herb Series and surprisingly almost towards the end of our 6 part series. In Part 3, we talked about the benefits of Chamomile, Bhringraji [i.e false daisy], and Hibiscus. This time around, we are going to get into the benefits of Horsetail, Waterhyssop [ i.e Bramhi], Rosemary, and one of the most popular herbs, Peppermint. I’m sure we have all used Peppermint and Rosemary within our hair oils, hair masks, and just within our hair period since these are more common than the other two. However, how many of you guys have tried Horsetail and Waterhyssop? I know for me, I’ve tried every herb on this list except for Waterhyssop. However, I do plan on trying it out and letting you guys know how it worked for me. So let’s get into why these herbs are a necessity within our natural product journey.
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