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Grapeseed Oil

Botanical Name: Vitus vinifera
Aroma: Light. Slightly Nutty and Sweet.
Viscosity: Thin.
Absorption/Feel: Leaves a Glossy Film on the Skin.
Color: Virtually Clear. Has a Virtually Unnoticeable Tinge of Yellow/Green.
Shelf Life: 6-12 Months.
Notes: Grapeseed Oils pressed from specific grape varieties including chardonnay and riesling grapes are available. In general, however, Grapeseed Oil tends to be solvent extracted. Be sure to check the method of extraction for the oil that you purchase.
Grapeseed Oil is commonly used in aromatherapy as it is a fairly all-purpose oil and can be used in a wide array of applications ranging from massage to skin care. From a nutrititive standpoint, the most noteworthy aspect of Grapeseed Oil is its content of the essential fatty acid, linoleic acid. Grapeseed Oil, however, has a relatively short shelf life.


Shampoo for Dry Hair

6 organic chamomile tea bags
4 tablespoons pure soap flakes
1 1/2 tablespoons pure vegetable glycerin

Steep the teabags in 1 1/2 cups of boiled water for 20 minutes. Remove the tea bags and discard. Add the soap flakes to the tea and let stand until the soap softens. Stir in glycerin until well blended. Keep in a dark, cool place in a sealed bottle

Maintaining Curly Hair

Maintaining luscious curls is not an easy task. Varying climates, temperatures, activities, stress levels, etc. can all affect the appearance of your hair. Let’s face it…curly hair is temperamental. Over conditioning and product build up can weigh down the hair, rendering it lifeless. What’s the key? A regular hair care regime (including diet, exercise, and vitamins), proper upkeep, and the right products.

Nothing is more unattractive then sparse, stringy ends…especially on curly heads. Regular trims should be a part of your hair care regime. Curly hair should be trimmed at least every 3 months. Don’t just trust anyone with your gorgeous locks. Ensure that your stylist is familiar with styling and cutting curly hair.

Heat things up a bit! Give yourself a hot oil treatment once a month…especially during the cold weather. Harsh temperatures contribute to dry, brittle hair. Counter it with a little heat. The heat opens up the inner cortex and penetrates the hair shaft. The conditioning oil strengthens the hair shaft and lubricates dry, itchy scalps. When you rinse out the oil, the shaft closes and locks in moisture. A must for curly hair!

Give your hair a break! Refresh your dry, unmanageable curls with a touch of essential oils. Avocado, jojoba, coconut, and olive oil are great moisturizers. Shampoo and condition hair. Apply oil of your choice. Gently comb oils through hair. Fine hair – use less oil, to your liking. Medium/coarse hair – use more oil, to your liking. Wear hair in protective style (e.g. bun) for 24 hours. You will find that your curls are soft, revived, and more manageable your next shampoo!

Caution: Avoid products that contain mineral and/or petrolatum oil as an ingredient. Do not use products with these ingredients for your hair or scalp. Both of these synthetic oils coat and suffocate the hair shaft blocking moisture out. Further, they clog pores in your scalp and can retard hair growth. Read your labels. Remember, the ingredients are listed in order of volume.

Written in the Washington Post by Teresa Wiltz

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The fro-hawk has been in, and out, and in again, but right now, in the waning days of summer, it’s enjoying a certain renaissance.
See it doing a low-rise fade on Redman as he bounces onstage with the Wu-Tang Clan recently at the “Rock the Bells” rap tour. Or check it out, in all its glamour-girl glory, on Jack Davey, from the Los Angeles electronica duo J*Davey.

And stalk the gallery at, the online community that sprang up in the wake of filmmaker James Spooner’s 2003 documentary of the same name, and you’ll encounter a bevy of fro-hawked folk who go by such monikers as AfrocousticPunk and Aunaturale22.

To be black and Mohawked — or fro-hawked — is to rage against both the machine and one’s own community, a double dose of in-your-face outsiderism.
“I wanted to be the ultimate rebel,” says New York artist/musician/indie label owner M.J. Zilla, who cut her waist-length dreads a couple of years back in favor of a flat-top/fro-hawk hybrid. “What better way to do it than to do the Mohawk? Socially, I’m making that statement: I’m definitely not going to conform any more …

“It’s a symbol, a visual reference. They can say, ‘Oh yeah, we knew she’s trouble.’ ”

Consider the Mohawk, circa 1979, straight tresses shellacked into submission and directed upward, standing out against an expanse of shaved scalp. It provided instant identification with outrage and rebel status, with punk music and the culture that sprang up around it.

Then consider today’s fro-hawk, kinked out or dreadlocked tresses directed upward, marching across the shorn pates of those of African descent. Think about Fishbone, rocking it out in the late ’80s, blending punk, funk, ska, rap and metal. (But please, don’t think about Mr. T.)

It’s just hair, some folks like to say. No, it’s not — it’s never just hair, certainly when you are African and American. The personal tends to dance with the political.
Why now? Part of it is the inevitable swing back to ’80s-inspired duds — the preoccupation with skinny jeans and leather jackets, stiletto booties and neon brights. Perhaps it’s a response to hard economic times, to widespread layoffs and the fear that accompanies them, a giant nose-thumb to the idea that to work in corporate America, you’ve got to look a certain way.

“It’s like, ‘You don’t have a job, do you?’ ” says Melvin Collins, a 34-year-old stylist, laughing.

Collins says he was never a follower. He was a brother who wore skinny Levi’s 501s in a sea of baggies that slid south.

Just don’t call it a fro-hawk.

“It’s not a fro-hawk, it’s a Mohawk,” Collins says. “We just put a twist to it.”
Says his buddy Tim Slayton, 26, a visual artist who rocks a locked Mohawk, “Just because I’m a black guy with a Mohawk doesn’t mean that it should be called ‘fro-hawk.’ ”

“It’s a little racist,” Collins says.
There are others who embrace the word. Fro-hawk, they say, is specific to a hair texture, a people, an attitude.

“I think it’s descriptive,” says Zilla, for whom the hairstyle is at once an homage to her Afro/Sioux/Blackfoot roots and a sign of affiliation with the 21st Century Maroon Colony, a black arts collective.

“It is what it is. There is a difference to me between a person of color who wears a fro-hawk and white person who wears a Mohawk.”

And then there are those — like Damon Locks (yes, that’s his real name), a 39-year-old veteran of the punk scene — who draw a distinction between the fro-hawk and the Mohawk’s ’80s-era punk roots. And not in a good way.

“I’m not a fan of the fro-hawk,” says Locks, who first Mohawked his hair in ’83 as a teenager. The Mohawk, he says, always had an agitating element. On the other hand, the fro-hawk, he says, “is not only soft and fluffy, it’s kind of trendy and not agitating, really — it’s more like a popular haircut.” Even toddlers and tweens can be spotted sporting it.

“It’s strange, [nearly] 30 years later, to see it as a fashion statement,” says Locks, who appears in “Afropunk.” “I see it taken on by black kids that want to express themselves and show that they’re different. …

“It has almost nothing to do with punk today,” continues Locks, who now alternates between a big curly ‘fro and hacked off. “It’s clearly a stylistic choice and devoid of any potency, and that’s kind of upsetting. Now it’s lost its vigor. Its objective from the get-go was to make a point.”

Don’t even get him started on the faux-hawk: Ricky Martin. “American Idol’s” Sanjaya Malakar. Patti Labelle. Celebs who sport full heads of hair gelled and manhandled until it reaches skyward, toe-dipping in the waters of rebellion. A good strong shampoo, and it’s gone. A true Mohawk, its fans say, requires commitment. A willingness to expose scalp.

“If you’re gonna do it, just do it right,” says Spooner of “Afropunk,” who abandoned the Mohawk/fro-hawk years ago. “When you see somebody who has two inches of hair and they’ve only shaved two inches off the side, it looks so lame. …

“If you’re going to do it, do it. Otherwise, you just look like a poser.”

Birch Essential Oil

Properties: Tonic, disinfectant, stimulant & anti depressant, analgesic, detoxifying, anti rheumatic and anti arthritic, diuretic, anti septic, astringent, febrifuge, germicide and insecticide, depurative
Health Benefits: Stimulates functions, fights depression, reduces pain, promotes urination, protects wounds from being septic, reduces fever, kills germs and insects, purifies blood

How to make Faith Amour Loc Butter

Extra hold
1 part almond oil
1 part beeswax
1 part unrefined shea butter
2 to 3 drops rosemary essential oil
2 to 3 drops peppermint essential oil

Melt beeswax in a double boiler. Add the butter when the wax is melted. As soon as butter is melted, add the almond oil. Continue to heat the mixture, on low heat, until all is thoroughly melted. Remove from heat. Allow the mixture to cool slightly before stirring in the essential oils or fragrance oil. Pour the mixture into a container (preferably dark if you are using essential oils).
You can substitute any hair-nourishing oil, such as amla or argan, and any hard butters, such as cupuacu or mango. This loc butter/pomade provides a bit more hold for twists or locs, yet will wash out of the hair. A little bit goes a LONG way!

Regular hold
2 Tbsp shea butter
2 Tbsp mango butter
2 Tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp lanolin
1 tsp sweet almond oil
1 tsp jojoba
1 tsp avocado oil
10 drops-ylang-ylang
1/8 tsp lavender oil

Jojoba Oil

Botanical Name: Simmondsia chinensis
Aroma: Light to Medium. Distinct But Pleasant.
Viscosity: Medium.
Absorption/Feel: Absorbs well.
Color: Golden Yellow.
Shelf Life: Indefinite/Highly Stable.
Notes: Jojoba Oil is actually a wax. It is highly stable with a long shelf life. Jojoba is said to act as a natural anti-inflammatory and is a good choice for use in massage and for inflammed skin. It is said that its composition is similar to that of the skin’s natural sebum (oil). Jojoba Oil is a good choice for use with those that have oily or acne prone skin.

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