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The Natural Woman is Everywhere!

20 Apr

I did my daily ritual of checking my Facebook, Twitter, and email.  My last stop was my personal Yahoo account, and right there was a picture of a natural woman, with a great twist out to boot!  OK  – so Yahoo is writing about performance reviews in the workplace, but for all those ladies who are always concerned about being natural in corporate America, this picture says it all.  Check out what people are saying about the performance review process here. Happy Tuesday!

Question – how do you wear your hair to work?  Let me know, send me a picture, I’ll post it up on the site!

Black Hair, Still Tangled in Politics

6 Apr

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Came across an article I wanted to share…

Skin Deep

Black Hair, Still Tangled in Politics

Published: August 26, 2009

SILKY straight hair has long been considered by many black women to be their crowning glory. So what if getting that look meant enduring the itchy burning that’s a hallmark of many chemical straighteners. Or a pricey dependence on “creamy crack,” as relaxers are sometimes jokingly called.

Getting “good hair” often means transforming one’s tightly coiled roots; but it is also more freighted, for many African-American women and some men, than simply a choice about grooming. Straightening hair has been perceived as a way to be more acceptable to certain relatives, as well as to the white establishment.

“If your hair is relaxed, white people are relaxed,” the comedian Paul Mooney, sporting an Afro, says in the documentary “Good Hair,” which won a jury prize at the Sundance film festival and comes out in October. “If your hair is nappy, they’re not happy.”

The movie, made by Chris Rock, explores the lengths black women go to get long, straightened locks, from a $1,000 weave on a teacher’s salary to schoolgirls having their hair chemically relaxed.

In the face of cultural pressure, the thinking goes, conformists relax their hair, and rebels have the courage not to. In some corners, relaxing one’s hair is even seen as wishing to be white.

“For black women, you’re damned if you do, damned if you don’t,” said Ingrid Banks, an associate professor of black studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara. “If you’ve got straight hair, you’re pegged as selling out. If you don’t straighten your hair,” she said, “you’re seen as not practicing appropriate grooming practices.”

Anyone who thought such preconceptions were outdated would have been reminded otherwise by some negative reactions to the president’s 11-year-old daughter, Malia Obama, who wore her hair in twists while in Rome this summer. Commenters on the conservative blog Free Republic attacked her as unfit to represent America for stepping out unstraightened.

Please take a moment to finish reading this New York Times article here:  Black Hair, Still Tangled in Politics

By the way…look at Malia Obama sporting a great natural look!

Grandmother’s Advice: Natural Hair Care

5 Mar

Here’s a great article I found on the Epoch Times

Grandmother’s Advice: Natural Hair Care

Anca Hubert
Epoch Times Staff Created: Feb 21, 2010

Here’s a great article I read on the Epoch Times….

Ingredients for natural remedies.

Ingredients for natural remedies. (Cat Rooney/The Epoch Times)


In winter we need to pay more attention to hair care due to low temperatures, wind, and wearing a hat as well as the drying effects of indoor heating.

Some of the tips we heard when we were young have been forgotten in the switch to new and improved products, but they worked for generations and when we go back and try them, we find they still work today.

Did your mother pass along her mother’s admonition to brush your hair 100 strokes a day (gently, not harshly) when you were young? I wonder how our hair would look if we did that each day now. Besides that physical activity, there are several natural hair care treatments that you might like to try.

Hair conditioners and masks

Hair mask with honey and lemon: Mix 1 tablespoon of honey with lemon juice (1 lemon) and 1 tablespoon of water. Apply the mixture to your hair. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then wash your hair with lukewarm water.

Honey: an excellent natural ingredient.

Honey: an excellent natural ingredient. (Cat Rooney/The Epoch Times)

Hair mask with honey and milk or sour cream: Mix 2 tablespoons of honey with 2 tablespoons of sour cream or milk. Apply the mixture to your hair and leave it on for 10 minutes. Then wash hair with lukewarm water.

If you want your hair to be soft and silky, I recommend a natural conditioner.

Mens sana in corpore sano (a healthy mind in a healthy body) Latin proverb

Honey conditioner: Mix 1/2 cup honey with 1/2 tablespoon olive oil. Leave it on for 30 minutes and then wash your hair with lukewarm water.

Treating problems

The following are natural treatments for hair growth and thickening.

Castor oil treatment: This oil stimulates hair growth and strengthens the hair. It’s recommended to massage your scalp every night with it, for 5 to 10 minutes. Then shampoo and rinse your hair with plenty of water.

Castor oil and olive oil treatment: Use 2 to 3 garlic cloves crushed well, 3 tablespoons honey, a spoon of castor oil, 3 egg yolks, and 5 teaspoons olive oil. Mix all ingredients until you get a homogeneous mixture.

Apply the mask to dry hair and massage the scalp and roots for 5–10 minutes. Cover your head with a warm towel and let the mask sit for an hour. Then, wash your hair with a little moisturizing shampoo and plenty of water. It’s recommended to use the mask once a week, and three times a week in serious cases of hair loss. Link the simple natural treatment with castor oil (see recipe above).

Use the following recipes to fight dandruff and stimulate hair growth

Rosemary rinse: Add 50 g (1 3/4 oz.) of rosemary leaves to 500 g (2 cups) of hot water (boiling). Leave it covered for 30 minutes and strain the leaves. When cool enough to use, apply to the hair as a rinse.

Lotion with olive oil and rosemary oil: Mix 50 ml (3.3 tablespoons or 1/5 cup) of olive oil with 3/4 teaspoon of essential rosemary oil and apply the mixture to your hair. Pay more attention to the ends, as they need more care. After this, tie your hair in a towel (turban-style) and leave it on for an hour. Then wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner.

The following natural treatments are for damaged hair

Lotion with olive oil and lemon: Prepare a regenerating lotion with 3 teaspoons of warm olive oil and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Pour them in a small bottle, mix them well, and apply to your freshly washed hair, massaging the scalp well. Cover your head with a towel for 30 minutes; then wash your hair again.

Fresh lemon:another natural ingredient.

Fresh lemon:another natural ingredient. (Cat Rooney/The Epoch Times)

Conditioner with egg and olive oil: Prepare a conditioner from a fresh egg, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice or lemon juice, 1 teaspoon honey. Apply the mixture on your freshly washed hair, massaging the scalp well. After 10 minutes, rinse with warm water.

Lotion with honey: Prepare a lotion from honey, apple cider vinegar, and warm water. To make this lotion, add a teaspoon of honey and one of vinegar to a cup of warm water. Mix well. To use it, pass a comb through the lotion and then comb your freshly washed hair. After the treatment, don’t rinse the hair, but let it dry by itself.The following natural treatment is help for dry hair

Lotion with olive oil, egg yolks, and rum: Mix 2 egg yolks with 1 tablespoon olive oil and a tablespoon of rum. Apply the mixture to clean, damp hair. Leave it on for 30 minutes, covering your head with a headscarf. Then rinse with lots of warm water.

This natural treatment is for oily hair with excess sebum

Leave-in treatment with herbs: Massage the scalp with a lotion prepared from 4 teaspoons of dried plants (nettle, rosemary, horsetail, and thyme—1 teaspoon each) mixed with 150 ml (5 oz.) water and a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar or fresh lemon juice. Prepare an infusion of the herbs, strain, and add the vinegar or lemon juice. Massage the scalp well after washing the hair. Do not rinse and let it dry naturally.

Special ingredients

The application of these natural treatments is valid only if it is combined with a balanced diet based on fruits, vegetables, cereals, and sufficient protein combined with exercise or walking outdoors and recreation. And don’t forget to smile, be positive, and spend more time with loved ones—and if your grandmother is with you, give her a big hug!

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