Making my own beauty products

I have always wanted to make my own hair and beauty products for years.I have finally decided to start doing it.Due to that report that came out ,saying that black women hair products were toxic compare to white women hair products.I have had enough.So many hair and beauty products have names of things I can’t even pronounce and have many toxic things in them.I would love to make my own products and sell them to other black women.I was always unsure and thought who going to buy my products. But I looked at how many Asian men are selling products to black people especially black women .And they don’t think there race or gender stops them from selling things that arent catered for them.Every black women knows what it is to go in the hair shop run by Asian men and be follow around like your going to steal something.I feel like I know what black women want as I am a black woman.

\Here’s some of things I want to put in my Hair & Beatty products .I want to try to use natural  ingredients  and natural preservatives .As we know many black women hair products are toxic.

Here the list of some of the things I am going to be using to make beauty and hair products.

Mango Butter , I love Mangoes and they taste lovely too .And smell lovely too. I will use Mango essential oil and the Mango butter . It has high levels of antioxidants and vitamins, and it is ideal for protecting against harmful sun rays. High levels of saturated and monosaturated fatty acids make it useful for hair. The emollience of the butter is helpful for natural hair because it seals and protects the strand.

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Shea Butter is

  • Moisturizing: The concentration of natural vitamins and fatty acids in shea butter makes it incredibly nourishing and moisturizing for skin. It is often used to remedy dry skin and to help protect the skin’s natural oils.
  • Reduces Inflammation: A 2010 study found that due to its cinnamic acid and other natural properties, shea butter was anti-inflammatory. One compound in particular, lupeol cinnamate, was found to reduce skin inflammation and even potentially help avoid skin mutations. This also makes it beneficial for some people with acne.
  • Skin Smoothing: Shea butter aids in the skin’s natural collagen production and contains oleic, stearic, palmitic, and linolenic acids that protect and nourish the skin to prevent drying. With long-term use, many people report skin softening and strengthening as well as wrinkle reduction.
  • Sealant for the hair

    Curly coily hair has the tendency to be dryer than any type of hair due to the texture. The natural sebum from the scalp has a hard time sliding down the shaft to the ends because of the bends or coils of black hair. Shea butter is frequently found in curly hair treatments because of its emolliating qualities. This makes it excellent for locking in moisture without leaving your hair greasy and heavy. Since it aids in fastening moisture into hair it’s fantastic for keeping your hair protected against the weather.

     

     Protection Against Heat

    Shea butter does not sit on the hair, instead it absorbs into the hair strand/shaft without leaving a greasy or heavy feel. However it does coat the hair shaft so that it is protected against damage from the heat tool being passed along the hair.

     

    Shield Against UVS

    Shea butter is believed to have a low amount but sufficient SPF to protect your hair against the damage from ultra violet rays of the sun. This is definitely beneficial for processed or color treated hair.

     

    Softener for hair

    Shea butter is great for softening hard brittle hair. It’s an excellent moisturizer, and therefore offers that advantage for dried as well as fragile curly hair.

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Lemon Oil and Juice has anti-fungal properties that help maintain scalp health. It helps control the production of oil in your scalp. Lemon juice also helps stimulate re-growth from hair follicles. Lemon oil is one of the most popular citrus essential oils because of its versatility and powerful antioxidant properties.

The health benefits of lemon essential oil have been well established scientifically. Lemon is best known for its ability to cleanse toxins from the body and it’s widely used to stimulate lymphatic drainage, rejuvenate energy, purify skin, and fight bacteria and fungi

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Glycerin  retains the water and prevents drying the hair. Thereby it promotes the hair length. Glycerin can also be used for the scalp for application in order to retain the moisture for the hair growth. Glycerin has a great moisturizer and humectants for hair. Proper care should be taken to protect from environments and can have moderate humidity. Thus, the very hot and humid climate can dehydrate your body and also make your hair dry. Glycerin can absorb a lot of moisture from the air and causes hair to swell. This helps to raise the cuticle and also disrupts the curly pattern, creates coarse, frizzy hair. This is extremely dry and seeks to moisturize your hair to dehydrate and can damage breakage.

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Aloe Vera Juice

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Macadamia nut Oil 

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Avocado Oil 

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You can use avocado as the fruit or oil for your hair. The oil itself is rich in:

  • antioxidants
  • minerals
  • essential fatty acids
  • biotin
  • vitamins A, B-5, and E

Red Palm oil

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Red palm oil has been used for thousands of years by my mothers ,mothers and fathers fathers for thousands of years in Africa .We use it for everything from cooking to skin and hair care.

Red palm oil is rich in vitamin E and benefits the hair , by promoting cell growth of the hair follicles, which results in stronger hair. Vitamin E also decreases graying of the hair and hair loss. The carotenes in red palm oil is also responsible for the growth and division of cells and will prevent the hair from becoming weak and brittle. Oilypedia says that the saturated fats and lipids make this a perfect moisturizer for our skin and hair.

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Lack of Afro Hair & Beauty Products

I have lived in Northern England most of my life and I am truthly fed up of the struggle to get hair & beauty products .People of black African descent arent well catered for .I am on the hunt for a Afro Pik hair attachment for my Asda Hair dryer and I just cant seems to find one.

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When I do find one with doesnt find my hair dryer. I brought a Wahl one and it only fitted my old Vidal Sasson hair dryer that I gave to my mum .

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The next one I brought was £1.30 from China and its just to small. Its doesnt fit my Travel dryer or my Cute lightweight Asda Dryer.

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Its lovely Afro Pik but why o why doesnt it fit? I remember 15 years ago . Hair dryer came with Afro Pik ,I brought  Vidal Sasson Dryer with one. But you cant get replacement parts for the Afro Pik when it breaks off. You have to buy a whole new one. But the brand of Vidal Sasson Dryer doesnt do afro pik attachment with hair dryers anymore. When will white mainstream society realise us black people hair isnt a fashion accessory its are natural hair.

Make my curls pop

I have 4a hair at the back of my head.I can just wash my hair and you can really see the natural curl.But at the front of my head .It’s 4b hair.I have to be honest .I love my 4a hair more.Its soft and easily to manage and soak up moisture more.I was quite annoy I had two different curls I would prefer 4a curls or 3c curls but you got to deal with the hand God deals you.

Africa Best Organics Olive oil hair and scalp therapy .
Africa Best Organics Olive oil hair and scalp therapy .

Not am not to sure where 4a curls come from, as my mum 4b hair not sure what size curls my dad had.I rarely wear my hair out.Just to much trouble .I wear protective styles 360 days a year.And it suits me fine.I tried a new hair product that my mum give me.I wasn’t aware of this product and would never brought it on my own.The products called Africa Best Organics Olive oil hair and scalp therapy .

Africa Best Organics Olive oil hair and scalp therapy .
Africa Best Organics Olive oil hair and scalp therapy .

Its a fun light green colour , with bits of herbs in it .The consistent is a bit thick and creamy .I don’t normal do cream based hair conditioner because I don’t like the fact you can see the cream until it dries and I always thought it wouldn’t moisture enough. But I am surprise by this product and the way it make my curls really pop .And its easy to distribute threw my hair strands ,unlike the African Pride magical gro I was using for years. I would recommend this products. Here the list of first few ingredients

Water, Glycerin ,Polyquaternium32 ,Mineral oil , Dicetyldimonium Chloride ,

 

Channeling Naomi Campbell

Winters drawing in ,I need some new hair.I have been getting fed up of big curly hair.I want that smooth Naomi Campbell look. As a teen growing up in UK .I got the stereotype comments ,you look like Naomi Campbell.

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Naomi Campbell

 

Just because we were both black tall and slim. I didn’t even wear a long straight weave .I actually just had long box braids. Plus I don’t think we look a like,I think shes actually darker then me and my nose is longer .And my nose is straighter and its sticks out when you look at me from the side.Plus my nose is wider and Naomi has a cute button nose.Naomi also wears coloured contacts sometimes , I don’t .Shes still beautiful but we don’t look alike.But you know folks are blind.

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Naomi Campbell

I think folks we trying to compliment me by saying we look alike but it didn’t really work lol. But I have been grazing at YouTuber Jocelyn Partee makeup look and hair .Its very Naomi Campbell Pocahontas inspired.Jocelyn so pretty .I dont know if I can wear the hair that long but I will give it a try.

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Jocelyn Partee

Time to channel Pocahontas,watch this space.

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Kids Organics Shea Butter Hair Lotion

I have been looking for hair lotion for a while , as I have been using Hair pomade for years .And it’s not really worked out that well.My natural hair seems to break off lot. And the African Pride Gro pomade , just seems to get stuck in one place.Plus I find products like Old Fashion Blue Ultra sheen just dry my hair out.

The Blue Ultra sheen back in the day was my mum favourite hair cream .It gives great for shine but it will dry my hair out the next day.

I’ve been looking for more water based and glycerin products with Shea butter or oil in them lately. Luckily I found this product called Kids Organics hair lotion.It is mineral oil and petroleum free.Plus its has Glycerin ,Shea butter , Cacao Seed butter and lovely natural ingredients.Its lovely and runny and its easily to spread on my hair from root to tip.

The next day my 4a /b hair was still soft.I have very thick hair and the price of hair products without petroleum oil and minerals oil in them are very expensive e.g kinky curly, Shea Moisture, Carol Daughter.

The general cost of hair products has been burning a hole in my pocket.My unemployment benefit money just isn’t enough ,I seem to be constantly in debt.I always seem to forget to budget the cost of hair products and household cleaning products.But at only £2.99 it’s reasonable price.

I just wish the bottle was a bit bigger ,as my hair is thick and I have a lot of hair.

I would recommend this product for afro hair .

Natural Straight African Hair

As a women of African descent Its amazing the amount of blatant misinformation about what Africans look like.In Africa there were two types of Africans, Africans with natural straight to wavy hair and the Africans with curly to coily hair.They have always been there .The straight or wavy hair African can be found all over Africa.Plus folk move about especially as the Sahara expanse. The straight hair Africans we know left African in huge numbers that’s one of the reasons why you wont see them as much as the curly or coil hair African . (Plus they say straight hair genes is recessive and curly hair genes are dominate).Even though straight ,wavy hair African left, that’s doesn’t mean they all left .They still in Africa.There are number of African tribes that have straight wavy hair,Tuareg, Somali, Songhai,Fulani  etc.

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African DNA is the most diverse on the planet.Right now Africans don’t control information ,so many people with a racist agenda seek to distort Africans contribution to humanity.I write my blog to try and redress this balance.

When I studied beauty school l had many people tell me black Africans only have coily hair .And curly ,wavy ,straight hair was given too them by a random Asian or white Europeans when there came to Africa. The official line is white people and Asians have a copyright on straight ,wavy hair.As well as blue eyes , green eyes, blonde hair etc. Most of these folks that told me this have never step one foot on Africa soil but have become an expert on Africans.

European Scholar and there cousins the Americans have no studied on natural straight African hair .The books always say Afro hair is one of Africa and ignore that not all black Africans have that hair type. Don’t bother going to hairdressing school to learn about difference types of African hair .AS THEY HAVE NO CLUE ABOUT DIFFERENT TYPES EXPECT ASIANS OR EUROPEANS.

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Lucky though with the migration of Africans to Britain, people are starting to see Africans with natural straight or wavy hair. I see quite a few in Moss Side , Manchester. Its always a fun experience when your not use to seeing dark brown skin and naturally straight or wavy hair.

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People of African descent, who can write in these European languages English , French, Spanish, Dutch must write books , articles ,make films to redress the balance .Or our story will never get told.Our future kids and there kids will be reading lies for generations too come

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One of the most usually experiences, I had was in Nigeria meeting my cousin who was a old lady by then with dark brown skin and blue eyes. I nearly ran from the church.It was very scary .I was just not use to bright blue eyes with brown skin darker then my own. In Nigeria they call it pussy cat eyes.Its amazing the diverse of the Africa gene. I would recommend if your not use to the pussy cat eye Africans .Dont be rude as you might hurt the person feelings with the unusually eyes. I would brace yourself for these people .Green ,Grey, blue eye black African are all over Africa. Blue ,Grey, Green eyes are African recessive genes but these folks just pop up out of nowhere in Africa.

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Here a video of a little beautiful black African Ugandan girl with blue eyes.

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