Archive | July, 2009

Diet and Hair

21 Jul

images-3fruits_and_vegetables2A lot of locks that I tighten have extremely disgusting scalps to accompany them. This is a recurring issue that many of our clients deal with but despite many misconceptions it can be remedied.

Dandruff is described as dead skin cells that have surfaced on the scalp but there is much more to this condition than meets the eye. Flaky scalp usually comes from something internal that is awry and needs to be expelled. Many African American’s can not tolerate dairy and thus it comes out in the forms of eczema and dandruff as well as psoriasis and many other unwanted scalp conditions. There is nothing more disgusting than beautiful locks that are caked up with dandruff flakes. It doesn’t make sense to wear locks if you are going to have an unhealthy scalp.

To remedy some of these problems I suggest trying a dairy free diet for a trial period to see if your scalp clears up. You can also make a rinse for your scalp that consists of two parts Apple Cider Vinegar, One part rosemary tea, and a teaspoon of Tea Tree Oil.

This will help remedy some of the itching and help to stop the flaking while you work on eliminating dairy from your diet. The scalp/ skin is one big organ and when things aren’t going according to plan on the inside it will show up on the outside in the form of pimples, dandruff, eczema, etc.

Use the vinegar rinse for several weeks every time you wash your hair or apply as needed and take note of the way your scalp feels after several weeks of application in conjunction with a diet change. Although we don’t want to accept it, the health of our hair is directly related to what we place in our bodies. Our hair becomes weakened by processed food and is strengthen by live fruits, vegetables, and minerals as well as LOTS OF WATER! Do not ever think that what you put in your body doesn’t matter because it has an ecumenical effect on your system and the way you look. Take care of yourself!



8 Jul

DSCN1989Calling all BARBERS, STYLISTS, and those interested in NATURAL HAIR CARE EDUCATION. The Institute of Ancestral Braiding is offering a lock tightening, repair, grooming, and maintenance seminar. Increase your income and become an entrepreneur! Master the art of lock tightening and maintenance without driers, or products filled with gel and wax.

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REGISTRATION DATES are August 8, 15, & 22 @ Salon 17290 Preston Road Suite 104 Dallas, Texas 75052  from 10-1pm.  CLASS DATES are ongoing every Sunday and Monday starting Sunday August 23rd 2-6 pm and Monday August 24th 9-12pm/ 3-6pm. Please call 214-329-3820 for more information.

Job placement will be available with the Institute after training.

Afro Love to Michael Jackson (R.I.P)

8 Jul

FC1005_Michael_JACKSONToday I had the pleasure of watching the public memorial to Michael Jackson and I am truly touched. This man gave of his heart and his spirit in a way that is difficult for most. He transcended race, color, class, and much more through his journey on this earth as the greatest entertainer who ever lived.

I salute him for the sacrifices he made in order to share that part of himself with the world. Thank you Michael for giving unconditionally of yourself and you ideas through music. Michael gave something to the world that is special, kind, loving, and full of light.

This man will never be forgotten and neither will the image of him with a big afro as a little boy growing up in the seventies. From the first time he stepped foot upon the stage he gave off an aura of greatness.

“WE HAD HIM” Maya Angelou

Beloveds, now we know that we know nothing Now that our bright and shining star can slip away from our fingertips like a puff of summer wind

Without notice, our dear love can escape our doting embrace

Sing our songs among the stars and and walk our dances across the face of the moon

In the instant we learn that Michael is gone we know nothing

No clocks can tell our time and no oceans can rush our tides

With the abrupt absence of our treasure

Though we our many, each of us is achingly alone

Piercingly alone

Only when we confess our confusion can we remember that he was a gift to us and we did have him

He came to us from the Creator, trailing creativity in abundance

Despite the anguish of life he was sheathed in mother love and family love and survived and did not more than that

He thrived with passion and compassion, humor and style

We had him

Whether we knew who he was or did not know, he was ours and we were his

We had him

Beautiful, delighting our eyes

He raked his hat slant over his brow and took a pose on his toes for all of us and we laughed and stomped our feet for him

We were enchanted with his passion because he held nothing

He gave us all he had been given

Today in Tokyo, beneath the Eiffel Tower, in Ghana’s Blackstar Square, in

Johannesburg, in Pittsburgh, in Birmingham, Alabama and Birmingham England, we are
missing Michael Jackson

But we do know that we had him

And we are the world.