Shame, hate and confusion are words which spring to mind when looking at how we treat our hair from a very young age. If it’s not chemically damaged to make it straight then it is covered under a wig in the hope we look ‘beautiful’.
When asked why not wear your hair natural the normal excuses of ‘my hair is too tough’, ‘I don’t know what to do with it’, ‘it’s so much easier to manage straight’ is the fallacy we tell ourselves when really the answer ‘I wish my hair wasn’t like this!’. Actions speak much louder than words and our willingness to whatever lengths to hide what is naturally ours is all the proof we need.
Our actions also have damaging effects on other young women who associate coming of age with having straight hair. After years of chemical treatment the hair then becomes so damaged that a wig becomes a necessity to cover and hide the irreparable damage made.
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Virgin Olive Oil
Olive oil is high in antioxidants, including vitamin E which protects against age-accelerating free radicals.
Olive oil also promotes a smooth radiant complexion maintaining elasticity of skin. It is also very good for dry brittle nails and cuticles as well as an excellent conditioner for hair.
Unrefined Coconut Oil
Coconut oil helps protect against skin cancer and other blemishes and helps prevent premature aging and wrinkling. It is also excellent as a hair conditioner.
Sweet Almond Oil (Cold Pressed) – Prunus dulcis
Rich in Vitamins E, A B & D , proteins, glucosides and linoleic acid it has beneficial effects on hair, dry skin and brittle nails and is suitable for all skin type and sensitive skin.
Unrefined Shea Butter – Butyrospermun parkii
Shea Butter is rich in Vitamin A & E as well as complex fatty acids which are essential for healthy skin. They help to restore natural elasticity to the skin and promote regeneration of damaged skin cells which is why it is used extensively in Africa for blemishes, wrinkles, dermatitis, rashes, eczema, sunburns, wounds and insect bites.
Unrefined Cocoa Butter – Theobroma cacao
Cocoa Butter is naturally rich in Vitamin E as well as a number of other vitamins and minerals. Vitamin E helps to soothe, hydrate, and balance the skin and also provides the skin collagen which assists with wrinkles and other signs of ageing. Since Cocoa Butter absorbs so quickly, it immediately relieves dry and irritated skin.
African Black Soap
Black Soap originates from West Africa and comes from plantain skin mixed with palm kernel oil to form the soap. It is a natural source of vitamins A & E and iron. The colour of this soap will vary depending on how long the plantains skins have been roasting for but it will range from somewhere between light to dark brown and resembles speckled rocks. This soap has been used in Africa for the treatment of rashes, eczema and also as a natural hair shampoo to prevent itchy dry scalps.
Castille soap is made exclusively from vegetable oil rather than animal fat or synthetic substances. There is a wide variety of castile variants that use oil from plants such as coconut, olive and jojoba. The simple nature of the soap means a lesser environmental impact due to reduced waste stream during manufacture and also faster biodegradability.
While castille soaps can have additional synthetic ingredients, usually you’ll find if it’s marketed under that name, it’s a fairly natural sort of product. They will often contain glycerine – a moisturising ingredient which is usually taken out of commercial soap.