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What's your greatest skin care challenge?
As women and a growing number of men of color, what's your greatest skin care challenge? Whether it's dark spots, uneven skin tone, dark circles,puffiness under your eyes or hair that won't grow, you'll find a product that can possibly become the solution to your challenge.
Moisturizers and ingredients that hydrate your skin will always be your best friend, for your face, body and hair. So look for products with nourishing and nurturing ingredients. Shea butter, cocoa butter, mango butter and jojoba oils are a few of the ingredients to keep on your list.
We've got new additions to our store for you. Essential oils have been known to help calm and soothe skin and scalp irritations. Although you'll find a sample kit on the hair category page, you can use them for any of your skin and hair care needs.
The hair care sample kit has been given an upgrade. We've increased the size of the container on the shampoo and conditioners and added a hair butter sample to the mix.
Although there's beauty in your blackness, your skin is sensitive and needs protection from the sun just like everyone else. So if you know you're challenged by sunburn, add a few drops of Lavender essential oil to Jojoba and Grapeseed Oil and create a nice body oil for yourself. It will bring comfort and beauty back to your skin.
We're listening to you and your suggestions, so keep an eye on the category pages and your emails for updates.
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You, your natural hair and essential oils. You and essential oils have always made great partners when it comes to your natural hair. The temple walls of Egypt show images of oils being poured into your hair.
Let’s not get it twisted, this was long before Cleopatra in the movies. Egypt sits in North Africa, as does Libya, Algeria, Tunisia, Mali, Niger, Chad, Sudan and Morocco. These are Black Countries on the Continent. There are people there that look just like you and me.
They have the same kinky, curly and coiled hair variations that you do. Essential oils play a role in everything from natural hair care, to skin care, to aromatherapy and perfume. Your ancestors were the creators of products for all of these categories.
For starters, essential oils have great benefits when it comes to caring for your scalp. Certain oils act as astringents, cleansers and antiseptics. Others are known to make your hair roots stronger, which stops shedding from your scalp.
Then there are those that help with bacteria and fungus infections. Yes, your scalp can become a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi.
So many of you want to see hair growth. It's important to remember that your hair has a natural growth cycle. That being said, essential oils such as lemongrass, rosemary and lavender are known to promote and stimulate hair growth as well as prevent hair loss. These essential oils are often used in hair growth serums.
Serums are typically nurturing products. They are developed to address specific conditions/challenges. Because of certain properties of essential oils, they make great partners when developing a product for your natural hair.
Spearmint oil is known for stimulating blood flow to your scalp. This helps carry more nutrients.
You can also use essential oils in combination with carrier oils to create oils sprays t0 moisturize your scalp. These are great herbal hair oils and can be used two to three times a week.
Although volatile in nature, essential oils are very powerful. Some have been known to burn your skin. This is why you will often see instructions to perform a patch test.
When it comes to carrier oils, some are light and others can be heavy when it comes to your hair. You'll want to look for oils that will moisturize and nourish your hair follicle.
Take castor oil for instance, it's a carrier that is often used on natural hair. Although it's great for deep conditioning, it's a heavy oil and should be avoided for daily use.
On the other hand, grape seed oil is light in texture and can act as a balancing moisturizer for your hair.
1. Keep all essential oils away from children and pets.
2. Do not use photo-sensitizing essential hair oils before you go into the sun.
3. Avoid prolonged use of the same essential oils.
4. Research and learn know to use any essential oil before use.
5. Avoid undiluted essential oils on your scalp. Lavender is often an exception.
6. Perform a skin patch test before using essential oils.
7. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should take precautions.
8. Avoid contact with your eyes.
9. Keep essential oils away from flames.
The key, is the learn as much as you can about essential oils before you begin to make your own concoctions. Once you get the basics under your belt, you will begin to create. Then you will learn more from your creations. You always learn more when you implement what you learn.
That's it for this week. As always …
Dedicated To Your Beauty,