Archive | August, 2009

Hair Color Jones

10 Aug

DSCN1353DSCN2148Just decided to change my hair color!!! I don’t like going to other stylists to do my hair so I did this on my own. I was feeling feisty and other than cutting my hair COMPLETELY OFF- coloring was the only viable solution for my jones.

Let me know what you think? Sometimes I use Bigen to color my hair but it is way TOO DARK! I have gotten suggestions to use Henna but haven’t tried it yet.

I try to steer clear of Ammonia and Hydroxide filled products as they are horrible for your hair– natural or locked…. they are just as bad as putting a perm on your hair but unfortunately sometimes its the only solution 😦

Until the early 1900s, hair coloring was made from a wide range of herbal and natural dyes. Flying in the face of other chemists who found the development of hair coloring trivial and unworthy of their time, French chemist Eugene Schuller created the first “safe commercial hair coloring” in 1909. His invention was based on a new chemical, paraphenylenediamine, and provided the foundation of his company, the French Harmless Hair Dye Company.

A year later, the name was changed to one that is more familiar today — L’Oreal. L’Oreal, one of the hair product giants, has grown steadily over the years; the company credits advanced and applied research of new product development and expansion into markets around the world with its global success.

The two main chemical ingredients involved in any coloring process that lasts longer than 12 shampoos are:

  • Hydrogen peroxide (also known as the developer or oxidizing agent) — This ingredient, in varying forms and strengths, helps initiate the color-forming process and creates longer-lasting color. The larger the volume of the developer, the greater the amount of sulfur is removed from the hair. Loss of sulfur causes hair to harden and lose weight. This is why, for the majority of hair coloring, the developer is maintained at 30% volume or less.
  • Ammonia — This alkaline allows for lightening by acting as a catalyst when the permanent hair color comes together with the peroxide. Like all alkalines, ammonia tends to separate the cuticle and allow the hair color to penetrate the cortex of the hair.

In addition, various types of alcohols, which can also DRY the hair, are present in most hair color.

This time I used a mix of red auburn and bigen and came up with this look. Sadly reading the info I just posted makes me wish I didn’t even dye my hair because of the death process it has to go through 😦

Send me your favorite hair color product suggestions. During my coloring process I gave myself a hot shea butter treatment the day before I placed the dye on my head which cut down on the amount of oils that were stripped from my hair during the dying process.

Since avoiding chemicals is an obvious choice for most people wanting to pursue a more natural way of life…it only follows that conventional hair dyes must go. There are some natural ingredients that help you achieve a new color as well. We have provided a list below:

Cranberry Juice – tints hair a reddish color.

Henna – brown color. Try these brands: Light Mountain Henna | Hennalucent | Dark Brown Henna

Black Henna – This is for black hair. It is a mixture of indigo blue dye and brown henna…it mixes up to create black.

Lemon juice and chamomile tea gives natural highlights to blondes and light-haired brunettes.

Cinnamon can brighten red hair

Tea – brown color

Coffee – brown color

Beets – red color

Most natural health care experts agree that going without hair dye altogether is the safest route. Hair color professionals should wear heavy plastic gloves and a mask to protect against fumes, and should schedule their color work with lots of breaks between applications to limit exposure. Consumers, when possible, should shop around for less toxic, all-natural coloring agents. Many companies like, Avalon Organics, Aubrey Organics, Dessert Essence Organics, Jason Natural Products and Simply Organic make all-natural hair colorings; other popular brands include EcoColors, Naturtint, and Clairol’s Castings line. Hennas, which are available in most salons, are also a good safe, non-permanent option.



9 Aug




I hope this film really takes an honest look at the politics of African American hair and the self hatred imbued by slavery upon the African Psyche when it comes to so called “Nappy” Hair.

How many black women do you know where weaves on a daily basis? Why is this? Are they afraid of wearing their natural hair? If so, Why? Ask yourself these questions. Ask your grandmother. Ask your mother. Ask your daughters. You will be shocked by the answers I am sure!

Blacks are afraid of what their natural God Given Beauty and many of us think that our hair is a curse.

This is a mentality that desperately needs to be reversed. This mentality is perpetuated in pop culture, music, film, television, politics, the office, church, school and everywhere that nappiness exists.

We need to take a look in the mirror and love ourselves and then demand that other people love us for who we are naturally too! Don’t settle for the status quo… challenge ill conceived ideas in search for the TRUTH!
In any event, I already see that I will have to make film that deals with the self esteem of black women and the correlation their hair has upon self love. The Institute of Ancestral Braiding and Sisters of Isis is currently working on several book titles about these subjects. Stay tuned.