Thursday, October 27, 2011

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil (Simmondsia chinensis)  are indigenous to southern United States and northern Mexico.  The main bulk of jojoba oil is farmed in Israel and Argentina and exported. It takes three years for the seed to grow into a plant and the oil  has a bright, golden color. It  is a relatively stable liquid and can be stored for long periods as it.  It does not contain triglycerides, therefore it does not oxidize easily and will not turn rancid.

Jojoba oil is very similar to sebum

Jojoba is technically a LIQUID WAS ESTER and therefore not an oil. Being structurally very similar to human sebum (which is largely comprised of mono wax esters) produced by the sebaceous glands  in our skin, it can act as a substitute to sebum, giving added or similar benefits compared to sebum.  Jojoba oil can prevent the overproduction of sebum, therefore combating skin issues such as flaky scalp, acne, and wrinkles!  It also helps keep the skin moisturized.

  • Jojoba oil will not clog pores and will not cause any allergic reaction
  • It contains Vitamin E is well known for promoting healthy and clear skin.
  • It prevents damage from free radicals
  • It is antibacterial
  • It balances natural hair oil production and is especially good for brittle and dry hair

Friday, October 21, 2011

Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca) is a natural antibacterial disinfectant that is commonly used as a general antiseptic.  Tea Tree Oil has tremendous medicinal benefits. It is a light yellow oil that has a scent similar to nutmeg, and it is produced by steaming tea tree leaves and then squeezing the oil out.

Tea Tree Oil is a popular natural agent for curing all three types of infectious organisms: fungus, bacteria, and virus. It effectively fight a number of infections that are resistant to some antibiotics. Therefore, Tea Tree Oil is an excellent natural remedy for hundreds of bacterial and fungal skin ailments.

Tea Tree Oil also treats respiratory problems ranging from common sore throats, coughs and runny nose to severe conditions such as asthma, tuberculosis, and bronchitis. The anti-viral properties of the oil fight many common infectious diseases. It also strengthens the body's immune system, which is often weakened by stress, illness, or by the use of antibiotics and other drugs, and can also be used as a mouth wash, since it is highly effective in healing oral candidiasis (a fungal infection of mouth and throat).

Uses of Tea Tree Oil:

Acne Treatment

Boils and Carbuncles

Toenail Fungus


Bad Breath, Inflamed Gums, and Plaque

Sore Throat and Congestion

Canker Sores and Laryngitis

Dandruff and Lice

 The anti-inflammatory properties of tea tree oil shampoo are used for dandruff and cradle cap.  Tea Tree oil helps unblock clogged hair follicles, moisturizes hair and keeps the scalp free of bacteria and fungal problems. A mild solution of Tea Tree oil and natural shampoo also helps cradle cap in infants. Its natural anti-fungal and antiseptic properties aid in removing harmful bacteria and fighting effects of grease and pollution.

Pregnant and breast-feeding women should avoid the use of Tea Tree Oil. 

If you have sensitive skin, it is always safer to dilute the oil in another base oil such as olive oil. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Black Women's Identity and Hair.

  Wed. Oct. 19,2011 I was privileged spoke on KTYM Radio about the Willie Lynch Letter and how it has impacted our sense of beauty and affected our culture.  Below are the questions posed to me, and I'd like to address them here, in this forum.  I welcome your feedback.  Thanks

Why specialize in Natural Hair Care?
I chose to specialize in natural hair care because I saw a need for us as a group of people to be enlightened and liberated from the shackles of ignorance I personally found my self in on my journey of self discovery.

What do you want your clients to understand about their natural hair and beauty?
I want my clients to OVERSTAND that we INDEED have choices.  We have a multitude of choices and we've been taught that our experience is limited.  I want my clients to OVERSTAND that the concept of beauty is purely a matter of perspective and aesthetic.  We, on a kinetic level create our experience, culture, concepts, history, and future. One can adorn themselves in ANY way they so choose, but FIRST we must know we have a choice.

What do you believe are some of our identity challenges as Black Women?
I believe we have been taught to compete with one another and reach for unobtainable goals.  I believe we must celebrate our individuality and unique beauty.

 What do you believe are some of our identity challenges as Black Women?
As Black women a lot of us were taught to distrust one another, especially if we fall on one side or the other of the brown paper bag test.  We perpetuate these stereotypes and they are further reinforced by our insecurities and when we reach puberty a lot of us are grasping at straws just trying to find out where we fit in this world.

My fathers father was Cuban/French Creole.  My mothers mother is a dark skinned Black woman from Texas, by way of Denver.  I was exposed only very little to my Creole family. My family ranges in hue, hair texture, body type, like most Black families I know.  There is however this sub-culture among American Creoles that I never know and always wanted to.

I had Creole friends in 9th grade and we remained friends into adulthood.  They were very much indoctrinated in the Creole culture.  I was told we weren't Black (?) by my friends because we are Creole.  I was told by one that her mom was a passe blanc (which is a black person who passes for white) as a source of pride.  I was told my other friend who is brown like me that her grandmother bathed her in lemon juice to lighten her skin.  I was told they weren't allowed to bring brown skinned boys and men home.

One of the saddest stories told to me was by my very light Creole friend that her grandmother told her not to trust dark skinned girls because they would turn on her.  She ignored her grandmother and befriended two brown girls who in fact turned on her on day and told her she was too light to hang out with them anymore.

She realized the depth of her denial and self hatred one day watching Wattstaxx and she cried and cried coming to grips with the fact that she is in fact Black.

I had a dark skinned friend who would not braid my light skinned friends hair after 6pm. Light skinned girls were not allowed in her house after 6 because her boyfriend might come over.

We have work to do.  We must not forget:
Ancient Kemetic teachings. We can do this, one moment at a time.