A Little More Shea…
Part of Living Well means being conscious of not only what goes into our bodies mentally and physically, but also what goes ON our bodies.
I consider myself to be a natural queen and have been wearing dreadlocks or “Locs” for the better part of the past 10 years. I ‘ve had locs twice; I started my first set in 2005 and then cut them in 08 and restarted them in 2010. So definitely, when it comes to my hair, I have tried many things from commercial products to even pure beeswax. I’ve found some commercial things that work well, but at what cost?
This stuff is seeping in to my scalp
– like down into my head!
At times my scalp has been dry or flaky and even irritated. All this trial and error and not knowing whats going in my body. That could be frightening, depending on what you put your hair through with chemicals and heat. So lately I’ve been using more natural products and my locs have grown exponentially and definitely look way more healthy and strong.
Body wise, there are so many products we (I) use daily that we don’t even think to look into concerning chemicals and what they do to our body. So in an attempt to be more conscious, I have decided to get in my lab (my kitchen) and whip up a few products that will be beneficial for my skin and hair.
Currently I have 20 people testing out my 3 products, so I wont go to deep into them, but I will discuss some of the main ingredients I’m using and exploring.
Shea butter comes from the mangifolia, or karite nut tree that is indigenous to West and Central Africa. It is rich in fatty acids, vitamin E and also contains vitamins A, D and F. Shea butter protects the skin and locks in moisture. It also has a buttery texture that easily soaks into the skin.
Shea butter is not only used as a moisturizer, but skin irritations like eczema and psoriasis. However, it is not recommended for people who have severe nut allergies. Please read the labels of the products you buy; allergens can be associated with many different things.
Mango butter is extracted from the shelled fruit kernel of the mango tree, which is a tropical evergreen and originates in Asia. Mango butter is rich in antioxidants, vitamin A and E. This butter is emollient, softening and soothing to the skin. Mango butter can help treat skin rash and eczema.
While mango butter is excellent for skin, it is often mixed with other ingredients because it is much harder than shea butter.
Coconut Oil is an edible, extracted oil from the kernel or the meat of mature coconuts harvested from the coconut palm. The palm this coconut oil comes from can be found throughout Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Pacific region.
Coconut Oil is 100% saturated fat, but it’s the good kind! (This link gives you more info).
Coconut oil is a great moisturizer for your skin and hair. It is an excellent conditioner and helps the re-growth process of damaged hair. It also provides the essential proteins required for nourishing and healing damaged hair. It has good amounts of the antioxidant vitamin E, which is very protective. Coconut oil also helps in treating various skin problems including psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema.
I’m using all 3 in my products, with a few other goodies.
Stay Tuned and Stay Healthy!
If anyone wants to know how I melt these down and combine my products, leave a comment or email me and I will make a post and a video.
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*sways* “ I need one more loc, a little more shea, or another head wrap..”