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:
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’?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.